Super Monday – Gmail will be tested by Microsoft’s New Hybrid Outlook Mail.

Microsoft says it’s working to offer better security for users of its web-mail service, but don’t expect two-factor authentication, like on Gmail. Instead, Microsoft wants to offer a “strong solution” that won’t be as inconvenient for users. is currently in preview and doesn’t offer Google’s optional two-factor authentication, which requires both the account password and to be in possession of the user’s phone in order to sign into a Google account on an unrecognized computer.

When asked about security, a spokeperson for Microsoft said “requires strong passwords” and offers single-use codes.

Single-use codes are codes users can have sent to their phone via text message (as long as that phone is already associated with the user’s account) that can be used to sign in to an account without needing the password. That way, a user can sign in on a public computer without worrying that a keylogger might capture the account’s password.

However, the spokesperson said Microsoft was “putting a lot of investment and R&D” into more security while the site is in preview, with the goal of finding a more convenient option that two-factor authentication, which requires using both confirmation codes and alternative passwords for apps.

The rep said it looked at two-factor authentication but chose not to offer the service since it found that only a small number of Gmail users actually use it. Microsoft’s goal is “to find a strong solution that everyone can use, vs. just the 1% of users that figure out how to navigate a bunch of additional setup options,” the spokesperson said.

Asked how many users had turned on the two-factor feature, a Google spokesperson said: “we have millions of 2-step verification users, and thousands more enroll every day.”

Recently, Gmail’s two-factor authentication has received a lot of attention due to the “epic hacking” of Wiredreporter Mat Honan, who had his phone, tablet and laptop taken over and wiped by hackers. One of the ways the hackers got access to Honan’s accounts, and thus his devices, was because he had not activated two-factor authentication on his Gmail account.

What sort of security solution would you like to see Microsoft implement in Have your say in the comments below.

Source : Net, Tech News

By : 20th CEN




iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit is your Ultimate Weapon to Fix Any Gadgets.

iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit – iFixit Home.

If you need to upgrade your electronics or repair your electronics, the New iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit has enough driver bits, spudgers, and miscellaneous other tools to open, disassemble, repair, and reassemble your phone, laptop, or most other electronic products that you can think of.

The heart of the set is the 54 Bit Driver Kit. I really liked that the magnetic bit driver that came with an extension that you can use to give the driver a t-handle for extra torque. It also has a flexible shaft extension (“write your own joke here”) and a driver to adapt the 4mm bits to a standard ¼” chuck. The bits themselves have all the standard Phillips, Slot, and Torx bits along with a selection of Pentalobe (as used in newer Apple gear), JIS, Hex, Tri-Wing, Square, Triangle, and Torx Security bits.

Also inside the tool wrap is are various metal and plastic spudgers (used to pry open casings), a precision tweezer set, an anti-static wrist strap, a suction cup to help slide the screen off a phone or tablet, and a six-inch metal ruler. The Pro Tech Toolkit retails for $59.95 which is a lot if you’re ever doing one repair or upgrade but is more than worth it if you’re the lucky person all your family and friends come to to fix computers, change out iPhone batteries, and in general keep their tech working. If you need extra or speciality tools you can also buy one of their expansion toolkits designed not to duplicate anything in this kit.

iFixit was also kind enough to send their new Magnetic Project Mat, a magnetic gridded dry-erase workmat with a foam base to prevent slipping and hold small screws. It is handy for keeping track of the order in which you disassemble a gadget and you can put the screws on the same grid square where you write down your disassembly steps.

Many of us have bought cheap bits or opening tools so we can swap out batteries and displays that fall apart after one use. The tools in this kit seem to be made to a much higher standard and the price seems fair for what you get. If you don’t need 54 bits and all the openers you can get their Home Tech Toolkit contains half the tools for half the cost. I love for their detailed repair guides and with the few repairs so far (I’ve changed out an iPhone 3GS battery and took apart my Spyderco Tenacious folding knife) the tools have been a pleasure to use.

Check out iFixit – (Need Repair Now)

Source : Gizmodo, Net

By : 20th CEN





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