Travel Booking Sites Hit by Massive Data Breach: How Can You Protect Yourself?

A hotel reservation platform has exposed users’ data along with the details of at least 10 million customers worldwide. This could affect anyone who has booked a room via an online booking site in the last seven years.

Here’s what you need to know about this massive leak, how this can possibly affect you, and what you can do about it.

Which Vacation Booking Sites Were Affected?

The Spain-based Prestige Software that’s responsible for a hotel reservation system has been improperly storing several years’ worth of guest data on a misconfigured AWS S3 bucket, a popular cloud storage resource.

Users with accounts on the following sites should take steps to secure their data:

  • Agoda
  • Amadeus
  • Booking.com
  • Expedia
  • Hotels.com
  • Hotelbeds
  • Omnibeds
  • Sabre

More have been affected, but those are the highest-profile ones.

This is not a complete list since Website Planet, who exposed the data breach, hasn’t reviewed all the exposed data yet so there may be more. This could also affect other smaller or lesser-known booking sites that may have used the popular hotel reservation platform.

If you traveled anytime within the last few years, review your accounts to see if you booked any reservations online and so left …

Make TikTok Safer for Your Children with Family Pairing

You’ve probably heard some bad stuff about TikTok. It’s a video-sharing social media platform seemingly with good intentions, hijacked by users with questionable motives. That means sexual content and privacy concerns.

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It’s hugely popular, however, so your children will probably want to use TikTok. How can you make the service more secure?

What Age is TikTok Appropriate for?

Browse TikTok and you might find inappropriate language and suggestive footage, porn stars, and users hurting themselves. This isn’t all the social network is, but you should know about the darker side alongside the positive stories about communities, fun dances, and joyfulness.

TikTok reacted to media attention by adding Family Pairing. After further concerns were raised, they expanded the capabilities of this function too.

So what is Family Pairing on TikTok? It’s a service which lets parents link their own TikTok account to their teen’s, so you can impose restrictions on their activities.

The first thing to note is that it’s marketed for people over the age of 13. Don’t let them use TikTok unless your child is a teenager.

There’s also an affiliate app, TikTok for Younger Users, which severely limits what the user can do. They can’t post their own

How to Use Xbox Game Pass on Your Android Device

After spending some time in beta as xCloud, Microsoft finally released Xbox Game Pass cloud gaming on Android. This lets you play a range of Xbox titles on your smartphone, and you don’t even need a console or PC to do so. Making it an excellent entry point to gaming.

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As long as you have an Android smartphone or tablet, a Game Pass Ultimate subscription, and a decent internet connection, you’ll be able to enjoy everything Xbox Game Pass cloud gaming has to offer.

In this article, we explain how to get Xbox Game Pass up and running on your Android device.

What Are the Minimum Specs for Xbox Game Pass on Android

The list of essentials for Game Pass streaming on your phone is pretty short. Here’s what you need:

  • A compatible mobile device: Android version 6.0 or greater, Bluetooth version 4.0+
  • A compatible Xbox Wireless Controller with Bluetooth (controller mount optional but recommended)
  • 5GHz Wi-Fi or mobile data connection 10Mbps download speed (also works on 2.4Ghz)
  • The Xbox Game Pass app

If you’re unsure which version of Android you’re currently running, just head to Settings > About Phone > Software Information. Devices running Android 6.0 or greater

How to Set Up a New Database With LibreOffice Base

One of the apps offered in the free and open-source LibreOffice suite is called Base. Base is a front end application for creating, connecting to, or reading databases (including those created with Microsoft Access). This guide will walk you through the process of using Base to create a simple but useful database of your own and start entering data.

An Electronic Database

1. Install LibreOffice Base

The LibreOffice suite, an alternative to the Microsoft Office suite, is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. There are several ways to install it on your system (particularly if you’re a Linux user) but you can download the official installation packages at libreoffice.org/download. In this article, we’ll be using LibreOffice version 7.0.2.2.

2. Launch Base and Create a Database

LibreOffice Base Launch Screen

Once LibreOffice is installed, launch Base from your desktop. Every time you open Base, you’ll see this dialog, asking you if you want to start a new database or open an existing one. Select the Create a new database radio button.

Base comes with a relational database management system called HSQLDB (HyperSQL Database Management System) that’s ready to use and is the default option.

HSQLDB is ideal for your first project, as it’s simple and easy

What Is Packet Loss and How to Fix Its Cause?

Focus on the troubleshooting and fixes. The list of tools to reduce packet loss in the DNS stuff article is overkill, but you can recommend one. Apparently, the game Apex Legends is a prime sufferer from packet loss; is there a specific reason and fix? Explore.

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Packet loss is a major problem with network communications and can make your connection spotty. But what is packet loss, and why is it a problem?

Let’s take a look at what packet loss is and how to fix it.

What Is Packet Loss?

First, let’s break down what a “packet” is, so we can understand what causes packet loss and why it’s so bad.

When you browse the internet, you need to both send and receive data to load a website. Your computer needs to talk to the server it’s trying to connect to.

To do this, it sends small bundles of data down the internet toward the destination. These small bundles are known as “packets.”

Packets can’t store a huge amount of data; at most, they can fit 65,535 bytes (or 0.065 megabytes) of information within them. However, your average internet packet won’t even be this big. Typically, internet packets store only

Microsoft Edge Is Becoming a Productivity Dream

Microsoft’s next move for Edge is to use one of Chrome’s planned features before Chrome gets it.

Microsoft wants Edge to become a major competitor amongst the other browsers, and an upcoming update gives the browser a foot ahead of its rivals. You’ll soon be able to use Microsoft Edge more productively to help you organize your work.

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What’s on the Horizon for Microsoft Edge?

The newest update was spotted in the wild by Windows Latest, which noted a particularly promising addition to Edge Canary. Canary is Edge’s update testing branch, so it’s a great way to see what’s on the horizon for Microsoft’s browser.

First, the browser now allows you to rename windows. You can achieve this by right-clicking each window’s title bar and assigning it a custom name.

This feature is actually a part of Microsoft Edge’s Chromium base and was added by Google engineers. However, Google hasn’t quite pushed this feature out yet. Microsoft Edge’s developers are taking the initiative, however, and getting it out for their own browser.

Renaming a window is great for sorting out your tabs. You can have different windows with specific tabs in each and then name each window accordingly for