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  1. Intel has released a new integrated graphics (GPU) driver bumping the version up to 15.65.3.4944. The driver is compatible with Apollo Lake, 6th, 7th, and 8th generation processors and comes with game optimizations. The driver introduces a new feature with the ability to automatically configure game settings for Intel Graphics on 6th Gen Core Processors or higher (including systems with 8th Gen Core Processors with Radeon RX Vega M Graphics). To find the new setting, look for the ‘Gaming icon’ in the Graphics Control Panel. The feature is still in beta, so game availability and functionality is limited. Intel is also looking for feedback on the new feature, which you can provide here. The driver and new automatic configuration adds support for the following games: Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Launch Driver Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age HD Launch Driver Battlefield 1 Battlefield 4 American Truck Simulator Call of Duty WWII Destiny 2 DOTA 2 Grand Theft Auto V League of Legends Overwatch World of Tanks In addition, Intel notes the following changes and enhancements with this driver: Enhanced performance of graphics workloads for 6th Gen Core processors or higher with intelligent power management under maximum load. Improved performance in video encoding for all codecs. Power saving optimizations during video playback and UHD gaming is now available on all 7th Gen Core processors and higher. You can check out the full release notes and download the driver using the links below. Download: Share: https://downloadmirror.intel.com Code: /27484/a08/win64_15.65.3.4944.exe Release Note Share: https://downloadmirror.intel.com Code: /27484/eng/ReleaseNotes_15.65.3.4944.pdf Source: Intel + list of supported devices
  2. I was doing laundry and when I came back to my computer I was surprised to find that I had been logged out of the forums. Can someone please tell me what the inactivity time is for auto-logout here at nsane.forums? Can someone tell me how to avoid getting auto-logged out?
  3. Do you own more than one Windows 10 device? If so, you can keep your settings the same on each device or make them distinct. Either way, Windows 10 offers a way to keep your devices in sync if you wish. You can sync your desktop theme, your web browser settings, certain passwords, your language preferences, and more. Syncing not only ensures that your settings are the same on each PC or tablet but also backs them up so you don't lose them if one device goes bad. Let's look at the different settings you can sync and how to sync them. First, you'll need to use the same Microsoft account to log into each Windows 10 device that you wish to sync. If you don't already have a Microsoft account, you can create one at the bottom of this Microsoft account page. Then make sure you log into Windows 10 using your new account. Click on the Start button > Settings > Accounts > Sync your settings. By default, the option to Sync settings is turned on, but you can turn it off completely or turn it off selectively for each setting. Let's keep all the settings turned on at this point and go through each one so you can determine which ones you want to sync and which ones you don't. The first setting is Theme. Your theme consists of a desktop background image, display color, sound, and screen saver. The idea here is that instead of selecting individual backgrounds, colors, sounds, and a screen saver, you pick a single theme that incorporates all those element in one shot. To view and apply a theme, click on the Start button > Settings > Personalization > Themes > Theme Settings. You can apply an existing theme from the ones built into Windows 10 or download other themes from Microsoft's Desktop Themes website. The second option is Internet Explorer settings, which syncs your favorites, history list, and other content from the IE browser. The Passwords setting syncs credentials from certain websites and Windows apps. The fourth setting, for Language Preferences, applies to the spelling dictionary and other settings for the language or languages you use in Windows. The fifth setting, for Ease of Access, applies to all the options in the Ease of Access area, which you can see via the Start button > Settings > Ease of Access. From there, you can enable a variety of features designed for people with certain disabilities or limitations. The Narrator can read aloud to you text on the screen, while the Magnifier can zoom into text on the screen to make it easier to read. The sixth setting, for Other Windows Settings, sounds vague, but it covers options like list of installed apps, connected printers, and the size and color of your mouse cursor. Source
  4. Firefox Gets A Performance Settings Section Mozilla plans to add a Performance section to the Settings page of the Firefox web browser that allows users to modify some performance related parameters in the UI. The roll-out of Firefox's multi-process architecture was a big step in the right direction for Mozilla. The architecture separates the browser's core from sites and applications. While that is good for stability, and in the future also for security, Firefox users do have little control over the feature right now. Experienced users know how to change the number of content processes to reduce the browser's RAM usage for instance, but most users are probably unaware of these options. Firefox Performance Settings The planned Performance section of Firefox's Settings page exposes this, and other performance related parameters, on the browser's frontend. Note: The feature is being worked on right now. Things may change along the way, some may be removed, others added. If the current plan holds, Performance will become an option on the Firefox settings page. It will feature an optimize Firefox button prominently on the page, and a checkbox that determines whether Firefox will use recommended performance settings, or custom ones. If you disable the "use recommended performance settings" option, custom preferences are displayed: A slider to set the number of content processes that Firefox uses (from 1 to 7 currently). An option to toggle UI animations. An option to toggle page prefetching. The three options are pretty straightforward. The two toggles may improve performance of the browser on older systems when disabled. The content processes slider may be used to decrease the browser's RAM usage if content processes are reduced, or may increase the browser's RAM usage if increased. The latter may be beneficial to stability however. This exposes an option in the Firefox user interface to set a custom number of content processes. The optimize Firefox button may look like the most interesting option on the page. It appears however that activating it will only disable all extensions installed in the browser. Extensions are sometimes the source for high RAM usage or slow downs, and that is probably the main reason why Mozilla added the option to the settings page. A bug was filed on [email protected] to exclude WebExtensions from being disabled when a user hits the optimize Firefox button. You can track the implementation of the new Performance section in Firefox here. Closing Words The upcoming Performance section exposes performance related options on the Settings page. While it won't be that useful to experienced Firefox users who know how to use about:config to make those changes manually, it may help less-experienced users of the browser make some of those changes. Now You: What would you like to see in the performance section? Source
  5. Facebook Makes Its Privacy Settings Much Clearer Facebook has made lots of changes to its privacy settings over the years, usually in a bid to make them simpler to understand and use, yet many people just stick with the defaults. Facebook’s new Privacy Basics aims to make it much easier for people to find the tools they need to control their information on the social network. Created, Facebook says, using user feedback, Privacy Basics puts all of the top privacy topics and frequently asked questions within easy reach. There are 32 interactive guides available, in 44 different languages. It provides tips for securing your account, and understanding who can see your posts, what your profile looks like to others, and so on. The update comes as part of Data Privacy Day, which takes place every year on January 28. Source
  6. All Private Internet Access Settings Explained The guide provides explanations for all settings and features of the Private Internet Access client for the Windows operating system. Private Internet Access is a popular VPN provider. The company has a strict no-logging policy which have been verified in court this year. Customers may download one of the available clients for their operating system. The Windows client ships with a list of features that you may enable to improve your privacy and security while being connected to one of the company servers. The following guide lists and explains all settings that the Windows client version of Private Internet Access provides currently. We have used the latest version of the client, version 0.65, for that. We will update the guide when features change. If you notice that before us, let us know in the comments so that we can update the article. Private Internet Access VPN Settings You can open the settings by right-clicking on the Private Internet Access icon in the Windows system tray area. Please note that you can only access the settings if you are not connected to the VPN at that time. If you are, you need to disconnect first before you can do so. The client uses three configuration pages of which one, simple, is not of much use. Advanced Settings The advanced settings page, which you see on the screenshot above, lists several options that you want to check out and configure. Username: your PIA username Password: the associated password of the account. Start application at login: whether the VPN software is started on Windows boot. Auto-connect on launch: whether the software connects to the VPN server when it is started. Show desktop notifications: whether notifications are shown on the desktop (e.g. on connection or disconnect). Region: The region you want to connect to. Tip: You can run speed tests for any server region to find out how well it performs. Connection type: Select UPD or TCP as the connection type. Default is UDP. Remote port: Set to auto by default, but you may specify a port there. Local port: Set a local port. Request port forwarding: The port that is being used is shown when you hover over the PIA icon in the system tray area. This can be useful to set it up in applications. PIA MACE: This is a new feature of Private Internet Access. It acts as a blocker for advertisement, malware, trackers and other undesirable elements. You have no control currently apart from enabling or disabling the blocker. VPN Kill Switch: This terminates the Internet connection if the connection to the VPN drops. Useful if you don't want your "real" IP address to be logged by services you connect to while using a VPN. IPv6 leak protection: This disables the use of IPv6 while connected to the VPN. Use small packets: If you notice connection issues, e.g. connections that drop frequently, you may want to enable this option to see if it resolves that issue. Debug mode: You may be asked to enable debug mode by PIA support. The log is written to C:\Program Files\pia_manager\log. While it is up to you and your requirements what to enable on the settings page, it is usually a good idea to enable all features but PIA MACE and Debug mode. Encryption A click on encryption displays options to set various encryption related parameters. Data Encryption: Select one of the available encryption standards. Available are AES-128, AES-256 and None. Data Authentication: Select one of the available cryptographic hash functions. Available are SHA-1, Sha-256 and None. Handshake: Encryption used to establish a secure connection with Private Internet Access servers. Pia uses TLS 1.2. The default is RSA-2048. The selection depends largely on your requirements. Want maximum protection? Select AES-256, SHA-256 and RSA-4096. Want all speed and no safety at all? Pick None, None and ECC-256k1. The default recommendation is AES-128, SHA-1 and RSA-2048. The client displays warning if you choose none for data encryption or data authentication, or when you chose ECC for Handshake. Now Read: Private Internet Access rubyw.exe connections explained Source
  7. Starting today, anyone visiting Yahoo will be tracked by default, regardless of whether they've enabled the Do Not Track setting on their browser. It's a bold stance by the company, which described the shift as a personalized experience by default, and a serious blow for the Do Not Track standard, which has suffered major setbacks in recent years. Users can still manage their privacy settings through the Yahoo Privacy settings, but they'll have to do so individually, and Yahoo sites won't be responding to any automated anti-ad-tracking signals like DNT. "We fundamentally believe the best web is a personalized one," the privacy team said in a blog post. Do Not Track was envisioned as a single setting that would allow users to opt-out of ad-tracking across the web, but the standard has struggled to get advertisers and browserson-board. Both groups make hundreds of millions of dollars from targeting ads based on user's browsing habits, and proved reluctant to build an opt-out method that might cut into their profits. After legislation that would mandate the setting stalled in congress last year, DNT's future has been unclear. Neither Google nor Facebook currently honors the setting, although many groups continue to support it. Source
  8. smallhagrid

    Privatefirewall woes.

    I've been using Privatefirewall for a little while now and it's sort of OK...mostly=> but also quite a hassle in some ways. For example, if I want to read any PDF file with Foxit Reader, I have 2 choices AFAIK... Click about 20 firewall queries EVERY time, or click 'details' and then 'train' in that window - EVERY TIME. It is very annoying - it seems to think EVERY single PDF file is a separate security problem to address. I set Foxit as fully allowed too, and that made no difference. There doesn't seem to be any setting for allowing files by type either. Worse still, after a restart it forgets alot of settings. So after Process Hacker had to be killed off and I had to reboot - it asked me all over again if Firefox, Firemin, Thunderbird, my mouse software and a few more things were allowed. It seems to be lightweight and decent in most ways, but if it's going to act quite this stupidly all the time I need to find another light but better firewall to replace it. (Even the ancient Kerio Personal Firewall was WAY easier to get along with than this.) Any suggestions on how to make it behave better somehow ?!? Thanks.
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