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Microsoft has officially discontinued its support for Windows 8 today. This means that the company will not release additional security patches or provide technical support for home users of the operating system. Older operating systems which are missing critical updates have a greater chance of being infected by viruses or malware and it’s recommended that users update their system. 

Researchers have discovered a number of vulnerabilities in EZCast, a popular streaming device. EZCast is a dongle, similar to Google’s Chromecast, which enables you to connect devices such as laptops, smart phones and tablets to your television set. The dongle is attached to the HDMI port of the TV and the EZCast software allows users to stream media content from their devices onto the television, including music, videos and pictures.

To protect her privacy Edith Ramirez, chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, uses an old-fashioned pedometer to track her steps instead of an internet-connected fitness tracker.

As the year comes to a close, here are the top posts which have helped our users configure their routers, monitor their kids' social media use, configure their smart homes and learn about cyberbullying:


Dear Google,

It’s been a year of ups and downs. There were some great Google Doodles, such as the one above for Sally Ride's 64th birthday (she was the first woman in space), as well as this recent interactive one celebrating Beethoven's 245th year:

LifeLock, an identity theft protection company, has been ordered to pay $100 million to the US Federal Trade Commission for failing to protect user information. The settlement comes as a result of the company’s failure to adhere to a 2010 federal court order which required the company to secure consumers’ personal information and stop deceptive advertising practices.