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.

I don’t have to look up my family tree because I know that I’m the sap.
Fred Allen

OS X flaw leaves Macs vulnerable to attacks, no password required

The issue is around a hidden document — Sudoers — which is effectively a list of permissions as to which pieces of software are allowed to mess around with your computer. Unfortunately, a change to how Yosemite stores the list means that it’s now possible to add malware to the register. As such, if you…

British Fashion & Costumes at Flickr

Image taken from page 255 of 'London (illustrated). A complete guide to the leading hotels, places of amusement ... Also a directory ... of first-class reliable houses in the various branches of trade'

Image taken from page 255 of ‘London (illustrated). A complete guide to the leading hotels, places of amusement … Also a directory … of first-class reliable houses in the various branches of trade’

Have you checked out the Fashion & Costumes collection at the British Library’s archive in Flickr Commons?

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Android + Stagefright = Disaster

Let me stress this out once more: the patches are ready to go. They were approved by Google months ago. But you won’t get them for another few weeks (if you’re lucky) or months (most likely) or never (a very solid possibility) depending how old your phone is—if it’s too old manufacturers just stop supporting them—and how lackadaisical your manufacturer and carrier are with regards to updates. Given the open nature of Android, pushing out updates, as Android Central put it, is a “messy, unpredictable business” that requires a lot of “moving parts.

This is the fundamental difference between Android and iPhone. When there’s a bug on iOS, Apple patches it and can push an update to all iPhone users as soon as it’s ready, no questions asked.

Source: Goodbye, Android | Motherboard