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postheadericon Trick or treat? Beware so a ransomware won’t end up between your Halloween sweets

Ghosts, monsters and the living dead can all send a chill down one’s spine. Ransomware, for some people, is just as spooky. This Halloween, we look at why.

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postheadericon New report explains gulf between security experts and non-experts

Security experts and non security experts take very different attitudes to staying safe online, according to new research.

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postheadericon CPL Malware in Brazil: somewhere between banking trojans and malicious emails

Not only is Brazil one of the most populated countries in the world, but it is also one of the countries with the highest percentage of Internet users using online banking. The latest research from ESET is now available: CPL Malware in Brazil.

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postheadericon Facebook announces peer-to-peer payments between friends

Facebook has announced a new feature of its Messenger product, which allows friends to send payments directly to each other, reports Tech Crunch.

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postheadericon Digital divergence: Microsoft poll shows striking differences in attitudes toward technology between Internet users in developing and developed countries

DAVOS, Switzerland — Jan. 19, 2015 — A survey of Internet users around the world conducted by Microsoft Corp. shows an overwhelming majority believes personal technology is making the world a better place to live and has vastly improved how they shop, work, learn and generally get things done.

There are nonetheless notable differences in certain attitudes toward personal technology between developed and developing economies. Developing countries express widespread enthusiasm about the benefits of technology — including its impact on social bonds, the sharing economy and personal fitness — while developed countries, where technology is more ubiquitous, express concerns about emerging issues.

Microsoft unveiled the results of its new survey Monday in advance of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The report, titled “Views from Around the Globe: 2nd Annual Poll on How Personal Technology Is Changing Our Lives,” encompasses the views of 12,002 Internet users in 12 countries. This is the second year in a row that the company has commissioned the study.

“Internet users overwhelmingly say that personal technology is making the world better and more vital,” said Mark Penn, Microsoft executive vice president and chief strategy officer. “But there is a digital divergence in the attitudes of Internet users in developing and developed countries regarding how technology will affect them going forward.”

Among the overall findings of the poll are these:

  • Majorities in all 12 countries surveyed think personal technology has had a positive impact on their ability to find more affordable products and start new businesses. They also say it has benefited social activism, as well as innovation in business.
  • A majority in nearly all of the countries thinks personal technology has improved productivity.
  • Compared with last year’s results, more respondents said technology has had a positive impact on transportation and literacy, while fewer said it has benefited social bonds, personal freedom and political expression. Concern about technology’s impact on privacy also jumped significantly.
  • Indeed, in 11 of the 12 countries, most Internet users said technology’s effect on privacy was mostly negative. Majorities in every country but India and Indonesia also said current legal protections for users of personal technology were insufficient, and only in those two countries did most people feel fully aware of the types of personal information collected about them.

As previously noted, attitudes toward technology in developing and developed economies diverged in several key emerging areas:

  • Sixty percent of Internet users in developing countries, compared with only 36 percent of people in developed countries, think personal technology has had a positive impact on social bonds.
  • Fifty-nine percent of people in developing countries think technology-enabled, sharing-economy services, such as Uber and Airbnb, are better for consumers than traditional services, such as taxis and hotels. By contrast, only 33 percent of people in developed countries think the new services are better for consumers.
  • Only 59 percent of people in developed countries, compared with 85 percent in developing countries, say they are interested in working in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. And notably, while 77 percent of women in developing countries feel encouraged to work in STEM fields, only 46 percent of women in developed countries do.

The poll was conducted between Dec. 17, 2014, and Jan. 1, 2015, and surveyed Internet users in Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey and the U.S.

The results were then weighted based on the size of the Internet populations in each of the 12 countries. The full findings can be found at

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postheadericon New Microsoft Dynamics CRM breaks down silos between marketing and sales

REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 16 , 2014 — Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) on Tuesday announced that Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015, as well as updates to its Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and Microsoft Dynamics Marketing services, will be generally available in the fourth quarter of 2014.

The new updates revolutionize the way sellers and marketers unite and collaborate by bringing outside-in insights to sales and marketing professionals so they can understand the impact of their campaigns to customers, giving them more personalized experiences. Salespeople now have the visibility to impact campaigns and targeting with unprecedented insight into marketing calendars and campaigns. The updates also enable marketers to more effectively plan and execute marketing campaigns and better track their impact, while strengthening synergies with the sales process. Microsoft Dynamics CRM continues to deepen its interoperability with Microsoft’s leading productivity applications, including Microsoft Office 365, Yammer, Lync, Skype, SharePoint and Power BI for Office 365.

The new release is designed to address ongoing needs for businesses to collaborate among different divisions and groups to better take advantage of opportunities and to meet the evolving needs of their customers.

According to Ray Wang, principal analyst, founder and chairman at Constellation Research Inc., “Closing the gap between marketing and sales is required for a successful customer experience. Organizations need tools to track the customer interactions from marketing to sales and back, collaborate on leads and opportunities, and measure the metrics that matter to both sales and marketing.”

“Unlike vendors that want to separate businesses by selling them countless different clouds and solutions, we have designed Microsoft Dynamics CRM to facilitate the kind of collaboration that businesses need to thrive and grow,” said Bob Stutz, corporate vice president, Microsoft Dynamics CRM. “This means that marketers and sellers can work more closely together to engage customers, bridging the chasm between marketing, sales and service to truly deliver end-to-end experiences that customers will love.”

Uniting m arketing and s ales

To break down the silos between sales and marketing, Microsoft Dynamics Marketing introduces the new Sales Collaboration Panel, which allows sellers to provide input into campaigns and targeting. The release also gives marketers the ability to streamline campaign creation and improve segmentation with graphical email editing, A/B testing, integrated offers and approval workflows. Marketers can more effectively collaborate with the click-to-call feature in Lync and easily schedule and execute webinars as part of their marketing initiatives. The new Interactive Marketing Calendar allows marketers to visualize and manage their end-to-end marketing plans. Microsoft Dynamics Marketing will also be available in Japanese and Russian.

In addition to providing salespeople with the ability to more effectively collaborate with marketing, the new release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM provides the ability to recommend products to up-sell and cross-sell across product families, improving their selling effectiveness. The new release enhances the Guided Sales Processes to help steer sellers toward desired outcomes and ensure the enforcement of business rules across all devices. New mobile sales capabilities across mobile platforms increase productivity with flexible RoleTailored dashboards and analytics, as well as personalized home pages.

Continuing to enhance capabilities to Microsoft Social Listening, the company added Italian as a sixth native language for sentiment tracking and analysis and expanded listening capabilities to include news sources. These capabilities give people access to real-time insights so they can see what is happening and make the right decisions to take advantage of opportunities the moment they arise.

Expanding into new markets, Microsoft announced that Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online is available for purchase in 17 new markets in Latin America on Tuesday, making the service globally available in more than 65 markets worldwide. The company confirmed that the global expansion of Microsoft CRM Online will continue and is expected to reach over 130 markets and in 44 languages by the end of calendar year 2014. The company, which recently announced the opening of a Brazil datacenter to service the Latin American region, also noted that in calendar year 2015, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online would expand into additional Microsoft regional datacenters. More capabilities and features of the new Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 and Microsoft Dynamics Marketing, such as productivity improvements, automated business processes and real-time forecasting data, are detailed in the Release Preview Guide. A blog post series by Bob Stutz is available on CRM Connection. In addition, all can follow and engage with the Microsoft Dynamics CRM community @MSDynamicsCRM at, #MSDYNCRM.

About Microsoft Dynamics

At the heart of every successful business are the people who make things happen. Microsoft Dynamics designs modern business solutions that empower individuals with intuitive tools that allow them to do their best work. Our proactive, easy-to-use business applications adapt to the way people and systems work, enabling businesses to rapidly deploy and be forward-looking in an ever-changing world.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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postheadericon VPN Showdown: The Differences Between PPTP, L2TP and OpenVPN (Networking FAQ)

Welcome to VPN Basics

If you are just starting to scratch the surface of VPN, VPN Providers and their respectivebenefits, you are already on the right path to identity protection, network privacy and personal security. It is likely you are browsing around to try and find some basic answers to decipher the large array of acronyms that techies are throwing around, and you probably just want a straightforward, honest breakdown of what all these VPN (Virtual Private Network) acronyms like OpenVPN & PPTP.

Even if you have already been using VPN but trying to decide what is best for you, this breakdown of the features of the most popular VPN security tunneling protocols should assist in that decision. PPTP, L2TP and OpenVPN are all Virtual Private Network protocols used in order to establish a fast, secure, and reliable connection between two nodes. In this article, we will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each protocol one by one, so that it can be clarified which protocol is better for which user.

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What is PPTP?

Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) is the most commonly used method for establishing virtual private networks (VPNs).

  1. Encryption Type/Level: Supports up to 128 bit session encryption keys.
    • The data encryption is done using the Microsoft Point to Point Encryption Protocol.
    • Only requires a username, password, and server address in order to establish connection.
  2. VPN Comparison: It is not the most secure option out there; upgrading to OpenVPN is recommended for users looking for better security.
  3. Compatible & Usually Pre-installed with MS Windows XP/7/8, Linux, DD-WRT, Tomato, Android, Apple iOS and Mac OSX.
    • Limited to no compatibility with default/manufacturer router firmware.
  4. Port Configuration: Uses TCP port and GRE.

PPTP provides a fast and easy to setup solution for users who do not have much concern over security and reliability and is the quickest/simplest method of VPN to set up with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware. It compatibility with a wide range of platforms is a plus point. However, due to it’s well-reported security flaws, it is not recommended by most tech experts.

What is L2TP?

Layer 2 Tunnel Protocol (L2TP) is a popular method for establishing VPNs and is provided as an option by most internet service providers (ISPs).

  1. Encryption Type/Level: Supports up to 256 bit session keys using the IPSec protocol, however the session keys can vary depending on the algorithms being used.
    • Uses double encapsulation of data for better security.
  2. VPN Speeds: Slightly slower when compared with PPTP and OpenVPN.
  3. Built-in clients and support for L2TP/IPSec is also available in all modern devices/operating systems out of the box.
    • Compatible with: Microsoft Windows XP/7/8, Linux, Android, Apple iOS and Mac OSX.
  4. Port Configuration: Utilizes UDP 500, Protocol 50, UDP 1701 and UDP 4500.

L2TP/IPSec provides a highly secure and reliable connection. L2TP is advanced protocol when compared to PPTP and is combined with IPSec in order to obtain better security.  The speed may be lower than PPTP but Internet speed varies based on a number of factors. Usually, the difference in speed is negligible.

L2TP is recommended for people who require greater security due to do the professional nature of their internet use. It is also recommended for people looking to setup VPNs just on their mobile devices. If you use a shared secret log-in with L2TP, it will not be compatible with open-source firmware integrations, and in this case it would be best to use PPTP or OpenVPN.

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What is OpenVPN?

What is OpenVPN?

OpenVPN is probably the most advanced, and arguably the most popular, open source software application being used to establish VPN connections.

  1. Encryption Type/Level: Supports Up to 256 bit session keys are supported; however, the session keys can be vary.
    • Data encryption is done using the OpenSSL library.
  2. VPN Speeds: Considered the fastest VPN protocol, faster than PPTP and L2TP/IPSec.
  3. VPN Comparison: OpenVPN provides a highly reliable, easy to install, and stable connection. For unstable connection, OpenVPN sacrifices a little speed in order to increase stability.
  4. Not included within routers default firmware, but can be utilized with a firmware upgrade to DD-WRT or Tomato firmware.
  5. Port Configuration: OpenVPN can be configured to use either TCP or UDP ports. It is compatible with MS Windows, Linux and Mac. It can be made compatible with Android via installation of a third party application.

OpenVPN provides a reliable and secure connection, with high speed. The free online availability of the software application and the continual support of and updating via the open-source community makes it the ideal choice for users with moderate to intermediate computer skills.

Deciding Between PPTP, L2TP, and OpenVPN

So here we have it. The VPN protocol facts are on the table. So where do we stand?

A PPTP solution is easy to setup and use, and provides fast connection. It is recommended for users that are whose main concern is setup simplicity and accessing blocked or restricted content or websites in their area. PPTP is NOT recommended for those whose primary intent is network encryption and security since PPTP is not as secure and reliable. However, in certain countries, other VPN platforms are unavailable or banned so PPTP is better than nothing at all.

An L2TP/IPSec VPN connection is slower, yet secure and reliable. It may be a step up from PPTP but interoperability between devices can be difficult and varied.

The clear winner in the battle of VPN protocols is OpenVPN which provides speed and security, but is not an out of the box feature in most operating systems and is a bit more complex to setup for that reason and . the application has to be downloaded and setup, and compatibility has to be ensured. We recommend OpenVPN because it often offers the best of both worlds (speed and security) when it comes to VPNs services if available to you.

How To Integrate OpenVPN on a Router

Sadly, OpenVPN is not an included full-bodied option on consumer routers right out of the box. We think it should be so we flash all our routers with enhanced firmware with full-blown OpenVPN implementation as a client connection or to create your own OpenVPN server (this goes for PPTP as well.)

The one issue for most people with OpenVPN integration is the barrier of knowledge to entry and that is where we can give a helping hand. Each VPN provider has a different way to setting up their OpenVPN connection and how to do it within a router. Using a VPN provider within a router means that the setup only has to be done once and can cover all of your devices. Any device connected to an OpenVPN connected router will be using OpenVPN even if it is not an integrated option on your iPhone, Tablet, Roku, SmartTV. OpenVPN for every device!
Tired of Buffering Routers? Get a DDWRT or Tomato VPN Routers

Ready to get cracking with any of these VPN encryption protocols right on your router to protect your entire network with one setup? We might have a few good VPN-ready routers for the job.

When looking to establish a VPN between two nodes, it is extremely important to know your priorities, and to also understand if your router is up to par. If you are looking for the best DD-WRT router to work with OpenVPN, the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 is a processing power and wireless heavyweight standout – 1 GHz processor, Wireless-AC up to 1900 Mbps. For Tomato, the Asus RT-N66U is one of our most popular options. To peruse some of our best selling VPN installed routers, take a gander at the bestselling VPN services/routers.

All FlashRouters include provider-specific setup guides and three months of VPN router expert setup support. If you wish, you can enter your account information and preferred server location during checkout in the SSL-secured Comments section and a networking technician will preconfigure your router for you. So no matter what the VPN provider related task, FlashRouters is here, ready to make your network sing!

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postheadericon Logic Remote 1.0.2: How to switch between applications controlled by Logic Remote

You can use Logic Remote 1.0.2 to control either Logic Pro X or GarageBand X with your iPad. Here’s how to switch between them.
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