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Windows 10 Spying Concerns: Are They Still Viable?

When Windows 10 first launched many users quick to flock to the new operating system as they were in a hurry to get away from Windows 8. However, a lot of those users became unsure of Windows 10 when reports started coming in that the operating system was practically spying on everything you did. Some of the reports were completely false while others held some truth but were completely blown out of proportion. With the operating system now available for over 8 months, it’s time to take a look at all the concerns people had and whether or not those worries are still relevant today.

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Ransomware Is The Newest Virus Wreaking Havoc On PC Users

Let’s face facts. If you own a computer, whether it be a laptop, desktop, or tablet, you run the risk of getting some type of virus. Computer viruses come in all types of variations and can wreak total havoc on your technology. It seems that a new type of virus or malware is popping up every day and the most recent one is a real piece of work.

The newest computer virus to plague is known as Ransomware. Ransomware is a malware that is used by underground criminals to get cash quickly from the pockets of innocent computer users. Ransomware is a virus that takes control of your entire computer, locking it down, and demanding a “ransom” from you, the user, in order to get control of your PC back. While users were quick to shell out the money when Ransomware first arrived on the scene, we now have better ways to combat it.

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Apple May Be About to Fix One of the iPhone’s Most Frustrating Flaws

Anyone who’s ever owned an iPhone will know the frustrations of being forced have a bunch of apps you never use hanging out on your homescreen all the time. When was the last time you needed to use Apple’s Compass app, or felt compelled to check your financial fluctuations in Stocks? Exactly.

With any luck, your days of tucking this smartphone filler away in a folder named “Stuff I cant delete” could soon be over.

Eagle-eyed developers have spotted some new code that’s recently started popping up in Apple’s iTunes metadata that suggests we could soon be able to at least hide these unwanted apps.

“Apple has added two new keys labelled ‘isFirstParty’ and ‘isFirstPartyHideableApp’ in iTunes metadata,” the App Advice report states.

“These two new values started showing up a few weeks ago on every app in the App Store.”

While it suggests we could soon be able to free our handsets of some of Apple’s pre-installed apps, it sounds like Apple’s leaving its options open for keeping some apps as unhideable.

Apple has yet to comment on the claims the long-coveted feature could be added the next major iOS release.

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