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  1. Microsoft Edge tests fix for DNS-over-HTTPS performance issues Microsoft is testing a fix for performance issues in Microsoft Edge’s DNS-over-HTTPS feature and has once again enabled a list of suggested DoH servers. DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) allows DNS resolution to be performed over an encrypted HTTPS connection rather than through normal plain text DNS lookups. As some governments and ISPs block connections to sites by monitoring DNS traffic, DoH will allow users to bypass censorship, prevent spoofing attacks, and increase privacy as their DNS requests cannot be as easily monitored. Microsoft Edge added support for DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) in version 86, but the prepopulated DoH providers list/configuration pane was removed after users began reporting performance issues. “Due to a performance issue recently discovered with DNS-over-HTTPS, we have temporarily turned off the built-in list of providers and the auto-upgrade logic that looks at your OS’s DNS setting. Manually providing a resolver URL is still supported,” Microsoft Edge engineer Alex Rowell explained in an Edge Insider forum post. Microsoft has begun testing a fix for the DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) performance issues, and you now access the built-in list of providers once again in the latest Microsoft Edge Canary and Dev builds. Prepopulated list of DoH providers in Microsoft Edge The current suggested DoH providers are CleanBrowsing, Cloudflare (1.1.1.1), Quad9 (9.9.9.9), NextDNS, Google (Public DNS), and OpenDNS. How to enable DoH in Microsoft Edge DoH support is included in all Microsoft Edge builds, but the feature is not enabled by default. If you want to use DoH when making DNS queries, you need to follow these steps: Open Edge Settings. Head to the Privacy, search, and services tab. Under "Security," locate the "Use secure DNS to specify how to lookup the network address for websites" option. Enable it and use either your current service provider or choose an alternate DNS-over-HTTPS provider, such as Cloudflare and Google. If you select to use your current service provider, and that provider does not support DoH, your DNS queries will revert back to the normal insecure DNS protocol. You can test if DNS-over-HTTPS is working correctly by visiting Cloudflare's Browsing Experience Security Check page, which will report whether DoH is working, as shown below. Cloudflare's Browser Experience Security Check page If your current provider shows that Secure DNS (DoH) is not working, you can select one of the preconfigured DNS servers if on Edge Beta, Edge Dev, and Edge Canary and try the test again. Sometimes you may need to restart the browser after making a DoH change. If you are using the current Microsoft Edge Stable, which does not currently contain the prepopulated list to choose from, you can select 'Choose a service provider' and manually enter one of the following DoH provider's URLs: Cloudflare: https://chrome.cloudflare-dns.com/dns-query Xfinity: https://doh.xfinity.com/dns-query{?dns} Google: https://dns.google/dns-query{?dns} Quan9: https://dns11.quad9.net/dns-query Windows 10 is getting native DoH support Microsoft is also bringing DoH settings to Windows 10, which will allow you to browse all of your apps securely. If you want to test built-in DoH settings in Windows 10, you need to join the Windows Insider program and download a beta build from the Dev Channel. Once you've upgraded, follow these steps: On Ethernet (wired) connections, open Settings > Network & Internet > Status. Click Properties and select Edit DNS server assignment , set it for Manual, enter a preferred DoH DNS provider, then select Encrypted only (DNS over HTTPS). Windows 10 DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) settings When done, press the Save button to save your changes and exit. For Wi-Fi (wireless) connections, you can perform the same steps as above. H/T Techdows Source: Microsoft Edge tests fix for DNS-over-HTTPS performance issues
  2. These days all the mobile devices like the smartphones, tablets or the notebook computers depend on the rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries. But there is a huge problem with these batteries – they do not last more than 2-3 years. Their charge holding capacity reduces with time even if you do not use them and the number of charge/discharge cycles are limited to less than a thousand. Actually, many of us have to buy new batteries for the smartphones in a year or two. This is why we all want to make each of the charge cycle last as long as possible. The free Kaspersky Battery Life app for Android can help you do exactly just that. “Kaspersky Battery Life : Saver and Booster” app can extend your battery life by stopping the apps that are running in the background and consuming the battery without any productive results. When you launch the app in your smartphone, it will show you a list of all the apps that are running in the background. You can tap on the big button to close all these apps and improve the battery life. After closing the apps, it displays how many minutes were gained by closing these apps. Some of the apps re-spawn as soon as they are closed. But in the settings of Kaspersky Battery Life, you can choose to terminate such restarting apps. Other settings are to show notifications on the lockscreen about too many apps running or when the apps are draining your battery really fast, and so on. It also displays some information about how this app works – by analyzing your battery over several charge/discharge cycles and then reducing the battery drain using this analysis. Conclusion: Kasperksy Battery Life app for Android is intended to boost the performance and the life of your phone’s battery. It will work better when it has analyzed your battery over a number of charge and discharge periods. You can get the Kasperksy Battery Life app for Android from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kaspersky.batterysaver&hl=en. Article source
  3. This is something most are familiar with.. But incase there are noobs on here, w/an older PC or laptop, looking to get the most out of their machines.. I disable all non-essential services, and create .CMD shortcuts to turn them on when i need them. this reduces CPU and Memory load.. thereby improving overall responsiveness.. Included are .CMD shortcuts for: Power Scheme: i set my laptop to Power Saver every night, and have it hooked up to my stereo while foobar plays the audio of documentaries i've downloaded & converted :)VMware: i have all VMware related services disabled. . and when i need it.. i simply enable the services.. takes a second.VPN: since i have ESET installed.. Windows Firewall can be disabled.. but VPNs require Firewall service among a few others.. so i've created .CMD shortcuts to enable/disable all related services. (if you need a free/reliable VPN service, i use VPN Gate.)Windows Backup: same thing.. it's only required to run right before backing up.Windows Update: same thing.. why waste badwidth when you only need to check once a week.File: CMD.zip CRC: 5AE965BC Size: 4.50 KB (4,613 bytes) How to use: Create a CMD folder under %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs.Copy content into created CMD folder.and it should show up on the Start Menu. UPDATE December 9, 2013Found an extremely useful script, which uses wevtutil, for clearing Windows 7 Event Logs for a more responsive OS Do this once a week.. (i do it once a day.. i have no need for the logs.. and disabling Event Log will cause problems.. so DON'T disable)Download: http://paste2.org/Nt00nMIJ Copy & save with Notepad as *Name*.cmdNOTE: noobs would like to argue, clearing the Event Log is dangerous or useless.. that's because they haven't tried or is confusing w/disabling the service. :)
  4. Microsoft touts great performance for Windows 10 containers Windows 10X is much more than a new version of Windows 10, as it has been designed to interact with apps, files and software differently than Windows 7 or 10 do. On Windows 10X, every app runs within its own container to protect the OS from potential malware. Windows 10X comes with containers for all types of apps. For example, Win32 Container exists separately for legacy Win32 code and traditional desktops. We also have MSIX Containers that will run inside the Win32 Container. In Win32 Container, users can run system utilities, old traditional apps, and other programs designed for older versions of Windows securely. The container allows Windows 10X to remain fast and the OS won’t get slower after a particular period of time. The traditional Windows 10 also comes with containers such as Windows Sandbox, which creates a secure “Windows within Windows” and you can open browser and surf securely, download apps and run safely without impacting your main system and files. You can also use it to visit websites that you probably shouldn’t. In a new LinkedIn post, Microsoft said they are hiring a Software Engineer to significantly improve performance of Windows Sandbox and Windows 10X Containers. The employee will work with Microsoft and device manufacturers to build a kernel that will boost Windows Sandbox and containers performance. Microsoft is promising great performance for virtualization-based features like Windows Sandbox and Windows 10X containers. The company says its hardware team is also working on battery backup improvements for Surface products. In future, you can expect Windows Sandbox to run apps faster, but it’s unclear what changes are being implemented. Source
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