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Thanks for sharing, joe53. I've encountered some sites that asked me to disable my ad-blocker, but none that I've had to go to the extent that you did for.
 The next time I shop for a TV I'll remember to check into the Google situation beforehand.
I've always believed Google was evil, and could never understand why folks let it into their computers and homes. Until now. Google metastasizes.

I recently purchased a Sony Bravia smart TV. Only during the set-up did I learn I had to agree to Google's terms of service (an impossible document to decipher) in order to use the TV. As the TV was by then physically mounted on my wall, I really had no choice but to accept their terms. God knows what rights I granted to Google. All I know is I refused to register the TV with a Google Account.

In a related issue, I was recently denied access to the National Post Canadian newspaper because it detected I was using an ad-blocker. It gave full instructions on how to white-list its website so I could access content and disable the ad-blocker. Despite my following these instructions (and even uninstalling the ad-blocker) I remained locked out. The only option left to me was to purchase an "ad removal pass". When I clicked on that option I was taken to a "Sign in with your Google Account" page. Sigh. No way I was going that way. I blame Google for blocking my access to my favorite newspaper, unless I do it on their terms.
Current News / Microsoft pulls agents from Windows 7, 8.1 and other forums
« Last post by Bugbatter on June 11, 2018, 07:30:45 AM »
Microsoft announced on Friday that Microsoft Community forum support will be discontinued for several company products including Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

Microsoft's Answers Community is operated by Microsoft. It has forums for many Microsoft products and Microsoft employees a number of agents, usually third-party contractors, who interact with users who post on the forum.
Security firm Malwarebytes announced last month on May 24, 2018, that it acquired the privately held Romanian company Binisoft, best know for its Windows Firewall Control security product.

Windows Firewall Control is a standalone security product for supported versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system that adds better Windows Firewall management capabilities to the operating system.
Current News / InvisiMole
« Last post by Bugbatter on June 10, 2018, 11:47:51 AM »
Hunting for secrets from high-profile targets while staying in the shadows

This is the modus operandi of the two malicious components of InvisiMole. They turn the affected computer into a video camera, letting the attackers see and hear what’s going on in the victim’s office or wherever their device may be. Uninvited, InvisiMole’s operators access the system, closely monitoring the victim’s activities and stealing the victim’s secrets.
There are two kinds of spam associated with social media. There are spam ads that actually live on social media, and there is spam that comes in your inbox, courtesy of social media. Both thrive by using data from your social media accounts. But how do spammers know how to target you and send you the mails that you are most likely to click on?
“Software” isn’t just part of Microsoft’s name, it’s the heart of the company, and now it owns one of the most popular code repositories in the world. On Monday, Microsoft announced that it’s acquiring GitHub for $7.5 billion in stock.
Current News / Re: MalwareBytes "Updates are not current"
« Last post by Bugbatter on June 02, 2018, 09:38:05 PM »
Thank you for the info, ky331.  :t
Current News / MalwareBytes "Updates are not current"
« Last post by ky331 on June 02, 2018, 07:43:39 PM »
Database Out of Date Issues

We are aware that users are getting messages that their database is out of date. We are performing maintenance on our database servers and these should be resolved in the next few hours.
This error message should resolve itself once the maintenance is complete.

Google is recording your voice: How to listen to (and delete) the files

You probably already figured that Google keeps track of your web searches, but did you know that the Internet giant may be storing recordings of your voice?
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