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Firefox now supports the newest internet security protocol

Last Friday, the Internet Engineering Task Force released the final version of TLS 1.3. This is a major update to TLS 1.2, the security protocol that secures much of the web by, among other things, providing the layer that handles the encryption of every HTTPS connection.

The updated spec promises improved security and a bit more speed, thanks to the reduced need for round trips as the browser and server negotiate the security settings. And the good news is, you can already use it today, because, as Mozilla  today announced, Firefox already supports the new standard out of the box. Chrome, too, started supporting the new protocol (based on earlier drafts) in version 65.

TLS 1.3 has been a few years in the making and it’s been 10 years since the last version launched. It’s no secret that TLS 1.2 had its share of problems — though those were mostly due to its implementations, which are obviously a favorite target for hackers thanks to their ubiquity and which opened up bugs like the infamous Heartbleed vulnerability. But in addition to that, some of the algorithms that are part of TLS 1.2 have been successfully attacked.

It’s no surprise, then, that TLS 1.3 focuses on providing access to modern cryptographic methods (the folks over at Cloudflare have a more in-depth lookat what exactly that means).

For users, all of this ideally means that they get access to a more secure web, as well as a slightly faster one, as the new protocol allows the browser and server to quickly negotiate which encryption to use without lots of back and forth.

Some of the companies that already support TLS 1.3 include Facebook (which says that it already serves almost half of its traffic over the new protocol), as well as Google and Cloudflare.

Source: firfox

Windows 10

Windows 10 October 2018

Windows 10 October 2018 Update is the name of Microsoft’s next OS rollout

As Microsoft confirmed during IFA 2018, we now know that “Windows 10 October 2018 Update” is the official name of the next feature update to the operating system we’ll be getting from Microsoft. You’ll probably know it better by its official version number — 1809, the upgrade from 1709 — or by the code name it’s been using during the past months in beta, Redstone 5.

As always, it will be a free download for current Windows 10 users.

It follows Microsoft’s recent change to its Windows 10 update naming conventions from the more ambiguous ones like “Fall Creators Update.” Especially since the forthcoming October update doesn’t really have any thematic changes Microsoft can link it to. Some of the more notable changes it brings are:

  • An improved screenshot experience
  • Updates for Windows Mixed Reality, including support for more AR-like experiences and the ability to use a headset without a monitor
  • The public availability of its eagerly anticipated Your Phone app (for cross-Windows 10/Android communications) and cloud clipboard
  • Refined Windows Update which uses machine learning to try to avoid its much-loathed tendency to force updates at inconvenient times
  • Better search for finding settings within the OS
  • Separation of font scaling settings from the rest of the interface’s scaling
  • The rollout of the SwiftKey keyboard for touch, laying the groundwork for screens to replace keyboards
  • Updates to Edge for managing autoplay audio, Windows Hello-based website logins, PDF handling and more
  • Game Bar enhancements including improved audio recording and system performance monitoring
  • A notification telling you if an application is still using an external GPU when you try to detach it

(We’ve covered some of these features in the past; click the links above for more info. Also, these were the 7 best new features in Windows 10’s previous April update.)

While Windows was once Microsoft’s core focusunder CEO Satya Nadella, the PC and tablet operating system become more of a means to an end: delivering value-added cloud-based services to corporate clients and consumers.

Source: cnet