Origin game platform sends login and messages in plain‐text

The chat functionality in EA’s game distribution and management platform, Origin, sends your Origin unique account number (“username”) along with a login token to the Origin Chat servers when the client logs in. Any presence data (availability) as well as any messages to and from friends or in the public chat rooms are also sent unencrypted.

Wi‐Fi Sense in Windows 10 to reduce users’ network security

Accepting the Express settings during the first‐run of Windows 10 will share your network passwords with your Outlook, Skype, and Facebook contacts and connect automatically to insecure open Wi‐Fi hotspots. Enabling wider network access for everyone at the expense of network security.

Setup a wildcard domain to catch misstyped adresses

Typing URLs or even copying them can be an error prone operation. Take a break now to type ww. in your browser’s address field. How many suggestions from your browser history did it bring up were you had dropped off one of the three w’s? It’s an easy mistake to make, and it’s an easy mistake for the web server you’re trying to reach to automatically correct.

Resolving the battle for control over your DNS settings in Debian/Ubuntu

The Debian 8.0 “Jessie” network installer installs some packages that leaves you with broken domain name resolution in some situations. Ubuntu 15.04 “Vivid Vervet” also does some strange things out of the box. Both leaving Network Manager with a hard time controlling the systems’ DNS settings. Let us correct this by putting Network Manager back in control.