It’s been a few days since Microsoft released Windows 10 and everyone seems to be busy downloading, installing and reporting back. Amongst Windows 10 reviews and grumbles, last week we also saw yet another security flaw within Android and stories about how Office 2016 for Mac failed to get those engines revved up.
Android security mess worsens
Android is coming under increasing attack by hackers – and the fixes may be long in coming. One of the latest problems is a flaw that can render the phone completely inoperable. While this is bad, it isn’t as bad as a real security flaw where personal data is put at risk.
The exploit is codenamed Stagefright and it allows hackers to take over the phone by simply sending an MMS message. This new security threat could impact the vast majority of Android phones, close to a billion in total. So far, no phones have been infected, but that might only be a matter of time. One problem with Android security flaws is there are so many providers of Android phones that distributing fixes is very difficult. However, there is a way you can protect yourself from Stagefright. All you need to do is to uncheck the box next to Auto-retrieve in the Multimedia (or Advanced section) within Settings.
Anecdotal evidence points to Windows 10 install problems
Whenever you have millions of people downloading a brand new operating system, there are bound to be problems.
I personally came across some Windows 10 hiccups on my Facebook feed too. Old pal and legendary computer analyst Will Zachmann had the OS fail to install on three different computers. He finally got it sorted out and reports that he likes what he sees.
Another user has this to say: “Windows 10 has failed to properly install on 3 of my 4 computers. The fourth is my “production” computer and no operating system or application touches it until tested on one of the other machines. I will give Windows 10 another six months to work out the bugs and prove itself.”
A third user had a similar problem, but was fortunate enough to find a fix that he was happy to share “It failed on my two main machines, but I was able to get around the failure. If the error was 80240020, then this will get it going.” The fix comes via Reddit user Losemind who lists a step by step guide for the 80240020 error.
Office 2016 for Mac fails to impress
The latest edition of Microsoft Office for Mac didn’t manage to impress an InfoWorld reviewer. Now the first problem I have is that the year is 2015, but Microsoft insists on calling the darn thing ‘Office 2016 for Mac.’
The software should be really good as Microsoft had plenty of time to work on it (the previous version was Office 2008 for Mac) but it looks like it leaves much to be desired and Galen Gruman when reviewing it says that user “deserve better.”
Gruman is surprised that most reviewers are impressed with the new Mac software, especially since he found many areas of disappointment. “When you open the app, there’s a new file-browser window that takes you through an extra step to open files stored locally on your Mac or on cloud storage services other than Microsoft’s own. It’s annoying and unnecessary.”
He continues, “and why can’t the Mac office file browser directly access Dropbox, like the iOS and Android versions can? It doesn’t make sense to offer that ability on some platforms but not all.” Gruman then goes on about the fact the OneDrive for Business doesn’t work, and the overall lack of stability of the software which kept on crashing for Gruman when using files in Dropbox.
Windows 10 makes Wi-Fi sharing scary easy – and just plain scary
How would you like to be able automatically hop on to your neighbors’ network without a password? Sounds great doesn’t it. Now how would you feel if the neighbours could do the same with your Wi-Fi?
Enter Windows 10’s Wi-Fi Sense which lets you and your neighbor do just that – if you’re Facebook friends, or connected via Skype or Outlook.com that is.
The idea is not just about convenience, but also about not having to share passwords, especially since we tend to use the same password for multiple services and loath giving them out.
You have to turn on Wi-Fi Sense in order to share your network, and when you do, you share it pretty broadly. This is the part which is scaring a lot of people because the service cannot be tweaked and you either give all your contacts access or none at all.