Author Archives: Tracey Capen

Tracey Capen

About Tracey Capen

Editor in chief Tracey Capen was the executive editor of reviews at PC World magazine for 10 years, from 1995 to 2005. He was InfoWorld's managing editor of reviews from 1993 to 1995 and worked in the magazine's test center and as networking editor from 1989 to 1992. Between his stints at InfoWorld, he was senior labs editor at Corporate Computing magazine.

Windows Secrets taking a holiday break

Like most of Windows Secrets readers, the newsletter’s contributors and editors are looking forward to visiting friends and family during the end-of-year holiday season.

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A remote Windows Secrets Thanksgiving

To celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, Windows Secrets’ editor in chief is on the road, visiting family. This age of Internet everywhere and mobile computing makes remote publishing relatively easy — especially with a bit of preparation.

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Problems with Firefox synching

If you’ve been using Firefox Sync to automatically update your history, add-ons, preferences, passwords, bookmarks, etc. between your various devices, you might want to check your settings. Mozilla apparently made a change last May that has gone largely unnoticed.

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Skype kills third-party IM client support

It appears that Microsoft/Skype has dropped support for SkypeKit, the code that allows IM clients such as Trillian to connect to the Skype service.

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Heartbleed threat goes well beyond PCs and websites

According to a Wired story, the SSL flaw exploited by Heartbleed is found in many Internet-connected devices, such as routers, printers, firewalls, and more.

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Out-of-cycle update from MS for IE vulnerability

PATCH WATCH UPDATE: According to a TechNet blog post, Microsoft will release an official patch today for the widely reported IE vulnerability.

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Microsoft releases fixes for IE 9, 10, and 11

It’s been a rough week for Microsoft’s browser. Yesterday, Feb. 19, the company released Security advisory 2934088 for a zero-day threat to Internet Explorer 9 and 10. Then today, Microsoft posted an update for Adobe Flash Play, built into Win8/8.1 versions of IE 10 and 11.

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A lively discussion about migrating off XP

We ran across a recent Windows Experience Blog post titled “Help your friends and family get off Windows XP.” The interesting information in the blog comes from the reader comments. It’s obvious that opinions about the direction of Windows are highly fractured.

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Newsletter delivery issues

Some Windows Secrets readers continue to have problems receiving the Windows Secrets newsletter. In most cases, delivery interruptions are due to email anti-spam services blocking the newsletter.

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More on cracking browser-stored passwords

Reader Martin Thelen sent in a link to an interesting article on cracking the passwords many of us store in our browsers. The story was published June 2013, so it’s not completely up to date. But it’s a valuable — though somewhat technical — discussion about the password security of Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox.

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