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CNET How ToJul 19, 2024
Air Travel Delays and Flight Cancellations: How to Avoid Them and Get Money Back When They Happen
There's not much worse than missing a plane trip. Learn how to minimize the risk and how to get compensated when canceled.

Washington Post TechJul 19, 2024
What caused the Windows outages affecting flights, companies around the world
Microsoft said it was aware of an issue affecting Windows programs running cybersecurity technology from CrowdStrike. Here's how flights, hospitals and services were affected.

PC World Latest NewsJul 19, 2024
How to find lost gadgets (and avoid losing them)

Coming home from a recent vacation, my wife left her phone at airport security. After a frantic race back from the gate, we were able to get the phone back without issue, along with a tip from the agent who was holding onto it: Put an emergency contact on the lock screen, so whoever finds your phone knows who to call.

There are actually a bunch of ways to do this, which I'll explain shortly. But the incident also brought to mind a broader point about how to deal with lost or stolen devices, both before and after the fact. If you have any trips coming up, it's worth taking a few minutes to know your options.

This column first appeared in Advisorator, Jared's tech advice newsletter. Sign up to get more tech tips every week.

iPhone users: Set up Family Sharing If you're traveling with a partner and both of you have iPhones, setting up Family Sharing lets you use Apple's Find My app to play a sound, enable "Lost Mode," or remotely trigger a factory reset on the other person's devices. (Family Sharing also has other benefits, like being able to share some subscriptions.)

Set it up under Settings Your Name Family Sharing, or view Apple's documentation for more details. Family Sharing alone does not share your device's location with family members. If you want to do that, head to Settings Your Name Find My, then enable "Share My L

PC World Latest NewsJul 19, 2024
Best antivirus software 2024: Keep your PC safe from malware, spyware, and more

Most systems come with security software baked into the OS, but for some folks, an upgrade can help demystify and simplify online security. To help you choose a good suite, we've identified products that offer excellent protection, worthwhile features, and minimal performance impact on your PC.

Why you should trust us: PCWorld has been deep in the trenches of testing computer hardware, software, and services since 1983—including security suites. For antivirus apps, we continually evaluate popular or noteworthy software. We consider the user experience, strength of protection against threats (online and offline), and how well it addresses the ever-expanding types of attacks. Our guide on how we test antivirus software at PCWorld gives the full details of our review process, but for the results of our work, read on.

Update July 19, 2024: If you missed the news, AT&T had a massive leak of wireless call log data, affecting nearly all of its millions of cell phone subscribers. Besides keeping an eye out for scams and hacking attempts related to that information, you'll also want to read up on

EngadgetJul 19, 2024
Faulty Windows cybersecurity update takes out banks, airlines and other major companies worldwide
A massive Microsoft Windows BSOD (blue screen of death) outage has impacted multiple companies worldwide including airlines, broadcasters and others. The problem was a caused by a faulty update from security giant CrowdStrike that forced PCs and servers into an unrecoverable boot loop. The change has since been rolled back, but many machines are still affected.

"We have widespread reports of BSODs on windows hosts, occurring on multiple sensor versions," CrowdStrike wrote in a pinned Reddit post. "[We have] identified a content deployment related to this issue and reverted those changes." The company went on to describe a workaround, which involves booting Windows into Safe Mode and deleting a specific driver. 

The issue forced Delta, Frontier and other airlines to ground flights, and impacted UK broadcaster Sky and the London Stock Exchange. On a Reddit thread, dozens of commenters stated that their companies were effectively offline due to the problem. 

"Even if [CrowdStrike] fixed the issue causing the BSOD, I'm thinking how are we going to restore the thousands of devices that are not booting up," one user noted. "Let me explain to someone who is not tech savvy and is working from home how to boot their machine into safe mode," another wrote. 

Reddit users including many IT managers from Australia, Malaysia, Japan, India, the Czech Republic and elsewhere have said they're fighting through the issue. "Here in the Philippines, specifically in my employer, it is like Thanos snapped his fingers. Half of the entire organization [is] down due to BSOD loop. Started at 2pm and is still ongoing. What a Friday," said one.

CrowdStrike is a US-based security firm that provides real-time protection against security threats to corporations. One of its key products is Fal

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