Microsoft has plans to increase Monthly subscription for Microsoft Office 365 by 20%

[German]Microsoft seems to have informed its sales partners that it wants to make Microsoft Office 365 subscription customers pay a bit more. Customers can expect a price increase of up to 20% if they continue to insist on monthly payments. The only way to avert this is with an annual subscription. This emerges from a report in a US medium.

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Gravatar: Approx. 114 million user names and e-mail addresses floating in underground

Sicherheit (Pexels, allgemeine Nutzung)[German]Datasets containing the email addresses and usernames of approximately 114 million Gravatar users circulate in underground networks. The service uses an MD5 hash value for the globally unique URLs of the Gravatars, which encrypts the email addresses. However, the MD5 hash has long been crackable, so the data in question could be extracted from the MD5 hash values.

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Thunderbird 91.4.0

[German]The developers of the Thunderbird email client have released Thunderbird 91.4.0 on December 7, 2021. This is a maintenance update for the 91 development branch, which makes numerous fixes. Here's a brief overview. TB 91.4.0 (portable) breaks my system.

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Firefox 95/91.4.0esr

Mozilla[German]Mozilla developers have released version 95.0.0 with some new features and 91.4.0esr of the Firefox browser with a fix rated High as of December 7, 2021. Thanks to the blog readers for pointing out the updates.

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Windows 11: Performance issues with NVMe-SSDs?

Windows[German]A brief question for the readers of this blog who are already running Windows 11 on NVMe SSDs. What about the performance in this constellation? There are reports from users in forums who complain about slow accesses with NVMe SSDs under Windows 11. Some report more than 50% performance loss compared to Windows 10.

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App 'Life360 Locator' is selling GPS location data since 2016

Sicherheit (Pexels, allgemeine Nutzung)[German]This is probably a solid scandal – there is an app Life360 – Familie suchen, which is also available on Android in Germany has millions of users. The app allows family members to be tracked via their smartphone. Now it comes out that the creators of the app have sold the location data of their users to data traders (data brokers) from the industry since 2016.

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Cyber attack on SPAR grocery stores in Yorkshire/England

Sicherheit (Pexels, allgemeine Nutzung)[German]There was a successful cyber attack on SPAR stores in Yorkshire, England. Some of the stores had to close because payment systems could no longer be used and card payments were no longer possible. Here is some information about what I know so far.

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Android App Barcod Scanner with Trojan – opens random websites

[German]I became aware of this security case via a Facebook post. It's about the Android app Barcod Scanner. It seems the app have been infected with an adware Trojan during one of the latest updates. Smartphones of affected users, opens suddenly random web pages in the browser app on their phones. Here is a brief summary of the case.

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Windows 11: Fix for broken Outlook search

[German]Users who have upgraded to Windows 11 and use Microsoft Outlook may run into the problem that Outlook search no longer works. Now Microsoft has released a workaround for Outlook 2016 that brings search results back again.

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iOS 15.1 and the slow calendar app

[German]Since Apple released iOS 15.1 for suitable devices (see iOS 15.1 released), users have complained that the devices have become unusable for certain apps. The Calendar app in particular seems to be extremely slow to respond, as users also discuss in the Apple forums. 

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