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Android users may still be vulnerable to Stagefright. Google has just released another patch to fix the problems in the first patch. Zimperium, the company that first discovered Stagefright, has released the Stagefright Detector app to see if it is on your device.

Research 101: The Computer

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We spend a lot of time and effort learning to use the databases, search engines and genealogy programs that support our research. What about the computer that makes it all possible? Are you taking advantage of the tools it provides?

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If you use the Firefox browser, you need to update it right away. There is a major exploit actively trying to steal your data. TheNextWeb is reporting:

A major vulnerability discovered by Mozilla lurking in an advertisement shown by a Russian news site could steal your files and upload them to a Ukrainian server without you ever knowing.

The flaw exploits Firefox’s PDF viewer and the JavaScript context to inject a script that can search for and upload local files. All you need to do is load the page with the exploit and it’ll silently steal files in the background.

All Firefox users are urged to update to version 39.0.3 right away.

Security Concerns for Android Phones

From Zimperium Mobile Security: Zimperium zLabs VP of Platform Research and Exploitation, Joshua J. Drake (@jduck), dived into the deepest corners of Android code and discovered what we believe to be the worst Android vulnerabilities discovered to date. These issues in Stagefright code critically expose 95% of Android devices, an estimated 950 million devices. Drake’s research,…

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Windows 10 is out and for the first time Microsoft is offering upgrades for free. If you are running a PC with Windows 7 or 8 installed, your PC will support Windows 10. You have a year to take advantage of this free upgrade offer.

There are a number of new features that look very interesting like the new Edge web browser. Microsoft appears to have taken some lessons from Apple and Google. There is now an apps store as well as a personal assistant app – even fingerprint login.

For details, visit the Windows 10 Upgrade site.

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Digi-know that Wunderlist has a calendar feed? 

You’ll find it in your profile details – just click on your profile icon in the mobile app. To include task reminders in your calendar app, just copy the link from the details screen and paste it into the calendar’s configuration panel. You’ll find the details in the Wunderlist Support Center.