Questions tagged [windows-10]

An operating system developed by Microsoft released July 2015 and designed to run across devices with multiple form factors - PC, tablet, smartphone, Xbox and HoloLens.

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How does Windows 10 allow Microsoft to spy on you?

Windows 10 is perhaps the most Internet-connected and cloud-centric operating system released by Microsoft to date. This, of course, has caused many users to be concerned about how the OS respects ...
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Can you recognize this virus?

Yesterday i noticed a folder with a strange name, it looked like this from the inside: I was cautions not open any of the files, but i opened the .sql in a text-editor, to realize it's not SQL but ...
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How to add AltName from csr file to crt file using "openssl x509 -req"?

I'm a webdeveloper and want to test my websites locally with a self signed SSL certificate. Everything was working great until a few days ago, when chrome started complaining about a missing AltName ...
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What are the privacy and security implications of Windows Telemetry

There have been quite a few news stories relating to the use of "Telemetry" in Windows 10 (and also now Windows 7/8) with suggestions that users would want to disable or remove these updates due to ...
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Can Microsoft access all private data if a user installs Windows 10?

According to this Forbes article by Gordon Kelly, a condition of using Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system is to agree to the following: [Microsoft] will access, disclose and preserve personal ...
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Can autoplay USB stick spread virus to windows 8 or 10?

Autoplay was a security hole on older versions of Windows, but can I trust newer version like Windows 8 or 10 to insert USB stick without turning autoplay off?
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Windows Certificates - where is private key located?

In Windows 10: When I load a certficate into the "Current User" store, it puts a private key file here: C:\Users\[userID-A]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Crypto\RSA\S-1-5-21-xxx\...
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How to ensure Windows 10 is safe from critical security hole reported by NSA on 2020-01-14?

All over the news today (2020-01-14) is the story that the NSA and Microsoft have reported a critical security vulnerability in Windows 10. But I haven't been able to find clear instructions about ...
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Is it safer to be setup as a user with 'standard' vs 'administrative' privileges in Windows 10?

I am setting up a relatives computer using Windows 10. I am going to create them a 'standard user' account which I will encourage them to use as their every day account. In addition to that I will ...
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Is it risky to download but not use a zip file?

Is there any possibility of malware infection in Windows 10 for the following three situations: When you download a zipped file, but do not use it (you do not open it)? When you only open a zipped ...
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Replacing Windows 7 security updates with anti-virus?

Microsoft has announced Windows 7 will no longer be receiving updates after January 14, 2020: Here. I hate windows 10's forced updates and telemetry so I have always stuck with Windows 7, but it may ...
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Is Windows 10 backup safe from ransomware?

Windows 10 stores its backups in a protected folder, e.g. E:\System Volume Information, and only the SYSTEM account has full access to it. Does this make it safe from ransomware that encrypts files? ...
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Windows RDP over internet

I'm trying to figure out the risks of running RDP over the internet, using two windows 10 professional stations, and if a VPN is absolutely necessary to achieve good security. From the information I ...
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Why does Windows 10 not have the secure attention key as default?

My understanding of the CTRL + ALT + DEL keyboard combination is that it is "hard wired" into the bios and triggers an interrupt which historically caused the PC to reboot but in Windows was used to ...
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How long should Windows 10 pins be?

Pins in other contexts seem to usually be only four or six characters long, but this seems to be vulnerable to brute force attacks. However, I am not very knowledgeable about this, so there may very ...
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Web Attack: CCTV-DVR Remote Code Execution (Node.js - Swedish string.js URL)

I have been using node.js and running live-server package in my project for a while with the following command: node node_modules/live-server/live-server.js . --ignore=\"css/sass\" --open=./ --cors ...
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Does Chrome cache smartcard PIN?

When I have authenticated with a server suing TLS/SSL using HTTPS using a smartcard and PIN and I invalidate the TLS session by restarting the server, refreshing Chrome browser does not reprompt for a ...
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How secure is bitlocker with a pin when whole machine is stolen?

I assume if I use Bitlocker on Windows 10 on a laptop with a TPM chip without a password, then if the laptop gets stolen, then the attacker can simply turn the machine on and then he gets to the ...
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How can I track executed PowerShell commands within a network?

I wanto to track PowerShell commands which are executed by users in the intranet. How can I do this? I need the user's information and their executed commands. Is it possible? Edit 1: I guess I can ...
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How secure is Windows Hello when used with Intel 3D facial recognition?

Windows 10 mobile devices, Surface Laptops, and several other 3rd parties integrate an Intel Realsense 3D camera. Windows Hello extends this 3D camera to support user authentication. What ...
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Windows Defender catches Trojan right after clean install

I recently upgraded some desktop PC components (GPU, SSD). I decided to perform a clean install of Windows 10 onto the SSD. I used a USB created using the Installation Media tool provided by Microsoft,...
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How to sandbox students' Python 3 code submissions for automatic assignment evaluation on Windows 10?

I am the TA for a coding class in which students will have to write Python 3 scripts to solve programming problems. An assignment consists of several problems, and for each problem the student is ...
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Localhost loopback risk

By default, access to [::1] and localhost are disallowed in Microsoft Edge. One way to workaround this is to enable it in the about:flags page: On that label it also says (this might put your device ...
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What damage can a malicious .iso file cause without explicitly executing it?

have a question about a downloaded "bad" file, i was redirected to a page from a link and, because i used chrome, it automatically downloaded a .iso file and saved it on the C drive in the downloads ...
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pwdump8-8.2 correct hash for Microsoft Account Win10

I am having a real issue cracking one NT hash i've pulled from my system for a Microsoft Account. I used - PwDump8.2 I have an admin account unlocked on the system and can access most files. I know ...