Microsoft has introduced several new security features in Windows 10 Spring Update/April Update, one of which is called “Core Isolation” and is designed to prevent attacks from inserting malicious code into high-security processes.
In theory, it’s a great feature. In practice, Microsoft cocked it up. Again. Not with the feature itself, that should work fine, but with controls for it. And I can’t believe this slipped past their QA control given that I noticed the feature being broken in 1 minute after trying the Spring Update.
You can enable it just fine under Security center, but if you for whatever reason want to disable it again, you’re greeted with this message:
I’m the bloody Administrator. What the hell? Well, after some fiddling, I managed to figure out the controls for this thing and created a tool to manage Core Isolation externally.
I present you Windows 10 Core Isolation Control tool:
It’s a simple tool to flip Core Isolation controls ON or OFF regardless of what Security Center interface says. I even made it aware in what state Core Isolation is, so you basically don’t have to use Security Center anymore to control it (or check its status).
Windows 10 Core Isolation Control
Ok, I don’t get one thing with Mozilla and this is also the ONLY reason why I’m not using Firefox at the moment and am forced to use Opera whether I like it or not.
I have 3 systems which have to be connected with Sync function. I also have a phone where I want my bookmarks. And for all the countless pages, I also need tons of secure logins. And frankly, I don’t trust Firefox password manager because it’s really badly designed and doesn’t give me the flexibility I need. It’s far from secure. So, I use tools like Bitwarden or LastPass to handle passwords in a secure way.
And on Android, only way for this to work is to allow lets say LastPass to have Accessibility Access to apps so it can detect login fields inside a browser.
Only problem here is, for some monumentally dumb reason, Firefox for Android doesn’t allow Accessibility Access function AT ALL for privacy/security reasons. That’s the single DUMBEST thing I’ve heard and seen, ever. It’s so stupid they don’t even allow users to turn this crap off. Nope, it’s hardlocked into Firefox browser. Only way to get rid of it is to use Firefox Focus. Which is an useless cut down, dumbed down version of regular Firefox for Android. This one, super privacy and security focused one does work with Accessibility Access for some retarded reason. WTF Mozilla?! WHY? Firefox Focus is useless, it doesn’t even have ANY Sync function. What good are countless passwords if I don’t have the god damn bookmarks to even access pages comfortably?!
Add the damn setting to allow Accessibility Access to interact with Firefox for Android. I don’t care if it’s disabled by default, at least give us a god damn option to disable this crap in Firefox settings so we can at least use LastPass, Bitwarden and similar apps. And I don’t care if they support Oreo login thingie. We’ll get old before people actually get any Oreo updates on their phones. We want the old access back damn it.
This is such oxymoron thing, on one end they want to boost security by blocking access to Firefox, but at the same time, preventing you from using an actual secure password management tools. How on Earth does that make any kind of sense!?
I’m a long time HP user. Had HP printers and currently have 3 laptops from them. Have always been downloading drivers from this page:
Until recently when it got all fucked up and stopped listing ANY downloads. You can select OS type and version all day long and all it will serve you back is We were unable to retrieve the list of drivers for your product. Please select the desired operating system and select “Update” to try again. Yeah, well, I’ve done that countless times and you still don’t list me shit.
This shit worked just fine in January and February of 2018. But since March 2018, this system returns no drivers, no updates nothing for anything I try. I’ve also tried on my smartphone that uses entirely different ISP, entirely different DNS, entirely different everything. Same result. Same across all browsers from Opera to Edge.
Asked HP support on Twitter (I really don’t have the nerves to contact usual tech support for reasons you’ll soon read) to look into it and they wanted my entire list of my personal info for something they need to look into on their own fucking side. You don’t need my home address and phone number, just click the fucking link to your very own service and fix your shit you dumb idiots. Jesus. How fucking hard can it be?
I really hate calling people names because of system failures or glitches, but this bureaucratic bullshit really pisses me off. I’d have to go through 20 pages of e-mails for something they can inspect on their own in freaking 5 minutes and report it to their internal operators responsible for this service. I don’t need this corporate sleaziness of being all slimy around customers, just fix the service someone reports it’s broken.
Cloudflare launched their new free public DNS service yesterday (yeah, funny date to make product announcement on April 1st). But this is no joke. They actually launched this product. In a nutshell, it’s a service like OpenDNS or Google DNS, except it’s the fastest of them all and cares about user privacy.
Primary DNS: 126.96.36.199
Secondary DNS: 188.8.131.52
It is yet unknown if Cloudflare DNS provides any other security features like cache poisoning protection, anti-phishing and malware blocking. Still waiting for their reply on this one, will update as I receive more info.
I’ve also included it on my public DNS list where I feature all DNS services that matter.
I guess I can call this one an Easter Special update for the Spring Event in Killing Floor 2. Updated some of the existing features to be even better and adding few extra goodies that will make gameplay as well as fiddling with INI files more convenient. Happy Easter! 🙂
New features in version 2.2 (2018-03-31)
- Totally redesigned Disable Intro Videos feature (doesn’t affect credits and loading screens anymore)
- Added ability to throw 250, 1000 or 5000 dosh with “M” key
- Added ability to instantly open Killing Floor 2 Config folder without having to manually navigate to it
Visit Killing Floor 2 Tweaker micro page for download:
Killing Floor 2 Tweaker
Took me a while, but when Google fired James Damore for his memo, that was a tipping point for me. It was also a day when I entirely dropped Google Search. And also a day when I decided to start using more and more “independent” alternative services that are more privacy focused. Some are easier to switch to, some are not. But let me tell you, it’s worth it when you realize how these mega corporations are just straight up evil. From their fucked up internal politics to endless meddling with politics worldwide to how they handle our sensitive private info with next to no regard for anything or anyone. Sure, they offer services for free in exchange for our privacy, but there will be a point when you’ll ask yourself, is my private info and data really worth so little that I trust it to Google instead of paying a relatively small subscription for a secure encrypted private mailbox with nearly same features as found on GMail? It takes some time to realize that, but take some time and think about it.
To make final decisions easier afterwards, here are some tips on what services to use in order to break free from mega corporations mining your personal data…
iquick | StartPage
HERE WeGo | HERE Maps for Android
After long hours of research and investigation, I’ve dug up these services that are highly focused on privacy and security, are mostly located in countries with most rigorous privacy laws or they are designed in such a way no one can even force them to uncover your data, because only you have the decryption keys. They may not be free, but can you really put a price tag on your privacy when you think about it? Some services cost a bit more a year, others less. Some are even free but with certain limitations like e-mail storage space and less features which kinda forces you to upgrade. But you can evaluate them cost free this way and decide which ones you like.
If you know any other services that you feel they need exposure here, leave them down below in the comments and I’ll check them out. If I feel they are worthy, I’ll include them on the list above.
I’ve had this bizarre issue where most videos online, be it on Twitter or Youtube had sound, I had sound in Musicbee and in video players, but there were some videos online that were just dead silent. It looked like audio is playing, but I couldn’t hear anything. Couldn’t figure it out for a while till it hit me I’ve done a soundcard driver update recently. The reason was I’m using 2.1 speakers and the soundcard reset itself to 5.1 mode after driver update.
When this happens, videos with mono sound won’t play any audio at all because the mono channel is expected to play on a center speaker which, with using 2.1 speakers, you do not have. Switching back to Stereo mode in soundcard settings forces mono sound from non-existing center speaker into both stereo channels and sound should “appear” again.
So, if you’re having such problem, check your soundcard settings speakers mode to see if it changed by itself to 5.1, causing this problem…
Hope this helps 🙂