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1Password, a popular password management app, has introduced a new security feature for those that are concerned with having their accounts be as secure as possible. The so-called "pwnage checker" verifies the specific chosen password to ensure that it hasn't appeared in any data breaches.
1Password has posted [a video of the new feature](https://youtu.be/6VyvFJgu-jw ) to its YouTube channel. The feature is powered by [Troy Hunt](https://www.troyhunt.com/ ), developer of Have I been pwned?, a website dedicated to checking whether or not users' email addresses were compromised in data breaches.
The "pwned password" checker is now available to all 1Password members. In order for users to check up on their passwords, they must sign into their account on 1password.com and view the items in their vault by clicking on them. Once that's done, users must enter a 4-key combination to test out the feature. For Mac, that's Shift-Control-Option-C. For Windows, that's Shift-Control-Alt-C. Once that's done, a new "Check Password" button will allow users to check the integrity of their passwords.
For free and commercial alternatives to 1Password, AlternativeTo.net is the best site around!
Google researcher Tavis Ormandy discovered [a security vulnerability within µTorrent](https://bugs.chromium.org/p/project-zero/issues/detail?id=1524 )that details how an outside user to manipulate another user's computer using the torrent application's remote control feature.
Ormandy first reached out to µTorrent developer BitTorrent, Inc. about the vulnerability in the application in November of 2017, with Google's Project Zero security team providing the company its standard 90-day window to address the vulnerability before it is made public knowledge.
BitTorrent, Inc. has released the following statement about the matter:
“On December 4, 2017, we were made aware of several vulnerabilities in the uTorrent and BitTorrent Windows desktop clients. We began work immediately to address the issue. Our fix is complete and is available in the most recent beta release (build 126.96.36.199352 released on 16 Feb 2018). This week, we will begin to deliver it to our installed base of users. All users will be updated with the fix automatically over the following days. The nature of the exploit is such that an attacker could craft a URL that would cause actions to trigger in the client without the user’s consent (e.g. adding a torrent)."
According to [a post by Kyle Wiggers](https://www.xda-developers.com/android-p-audio-recording-limitations-privacy/ ) at XDA Developers, Android's next release, codenamed Android P, will disable access to the device's microphone or camera when an app enters an idle state according to its user identifier (UID). This is in order to combat any application from recording audio or video even when not in active use.
Previously, the permissions system that was introduced in Android Marshmallow was bypassed with a single prompt of user consent. Once a user gave an app permission to access the camera or microphone on their device, the app was able to use it freely whenever it wished. This Android P release is hoping to greatly enhance and simplify the previously convoluted and tedious process of revoking that permission.
For reviews and alternatives to the Android mobile operating system, AlternativeTo is the right place!
Microsoft [announced via its support forum](https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/mobiledevices/forum/mdwindows-mdsettings-mdversionwp8/mobile-push-notification-services-are-ending-for/912395fa-9f1d-4390-a4de-7cb03ae3c933 ) that it is discontinuing support for multiple features in its Windows Phone 7 and 8 mobile operating systems as of February 20th.
Features that are being discontinued include notifications, live tile updates, and the "find my phone" feature of devices running Windows 7.5 and 8.0. Microsoft stated that, as these operating systems have "reached their end of support dates," the services that have been included with them will be "discontinued over time."
Microsoft also noted that, "at this time," Windows Phone 8.1 will continue to support all notification features and that Windows 10 Mobile is still "fully supported." This "full support" does not change the fact that Microsoft announced that the operating system will no longer receive new features or supported hardware back in October of 2017 (see [this article](https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/9/16446280/microsoft-finally-admits-windows-phone-is-dead ) by our friends at The Verge).
For alternative mobile operating systems to Windows 10 Mobile and all other versions of Windows Phone, you're in the right place!
A couple of days ago, Google started to block ads in Google Chrome. A lot of you may ask “Wait, what? Isn’t Google’s main source of income online ads,” and that was my first reaction as well. But after a few seconds, I realized that this is a really smart and strategic decision that hopefully will stop a lot of users from using third-party ad-blockers.
**What’s the problem with traditional ad blockers, then?**
Over the last 10 years, we have worked hard on AlternativeTo. We are a really small team with two full-time employees in Sweden, as well as 5-6 remote employees that work a few hours per day. 100% of our income comes from ads, and I’m guessing most small and medium sized websites around the world have a similar situation. Online ads has been an incredible way for regular people who have a vision to earn an income without having to be a slick salesperson or a venture capital hustler.
Anyway, back to the question. The problem with traditional ad blockers has been that they block everything without any consideration that particular websites are doing everything they can to not run intrusive, offensive, dangerous, or just irritating ads. I’m 100% sure that ad blockers in the long run are making the internet a worse place by both pushing more and more businesses towards proprietary platforms where ads cannot be blocked (such as app stores) while also showing more and more ads to users that do not run ad blockers. It’s a “vicious spiral” that Google is now trying to fix.
Just to be clear, I totally understand why people want and use AdBlocker. Loads of site owners are abusing ads to the extreme and have pushed users towards using ad blockers to be able to experience the web as it should be. However, this punishes the good guys as well.
**So, how will the Chrome Ad Blocker fix this?**
Chrome will block ads on sites that don’t comply with the guidelines from the Coalition for Better Ads' [Better Ads Standards](https://www.betterads.org/standards/ ). These could be issues like high ad density, auto-playing ads, ads that block entire pages, and especially ads that try to trick users into doing bad stuff.
Hopefully, this will push site owners to show fewer, better, and less intrusive ads, and also make the internet a better place for all users by making it possible for more people to make some money off of their website and be able to spend more time making them better.
You can read more details about how it works on [Google’s Chromium Blog](https://blog.chromium.org/2018/02/how-chromes-ad-filtering-works.html ).
And I understand that users might want to continue to run a “block all” ad blocker, but at least you may not have to install an ad blocker on your “not so tech savvy” friend’s or relative’s computer if they use Chrome just to keep them safe. This also acts as a new alternative that sits in between a "Block all" and a "Block nothing" approach.
Also, check out the interesting project Brave that has a built in ad blocker that blocks everything but encourage you to pay publishers instead.
Gmail is the latest Google app to get a lightweight version in the company's "Go" series. The "Go" versions of Google's applications have been designed for devices that have lower technical specifications in comparison to "mid-range," "high-end," and "flagship" tablets and phones.
This means that Gmail Go is currently only available to those that already have the app pre-installed. Presently, that is limited to devices that have shipped with Android Oreo (Go edition). Google's official website for this version of Android can be found [here](https://www.android.com/versions/oreo-8-0/go-edition/ ).
According to [this article](https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/15/google-launches-a-lightweight-gmail-go-app-for-android/ ) by our friends at TechCrunch, Gmail Go is a 9.51 megabyte download, with the fully installed app only taking up around 25 MB of storage space. This is roughly half of the standard Gmail app's 20.66 MB download and 47 MB full install.
Users that receive a message containing a character from the Telugu language using the built-in Messages application on iOS will face crashes from the operating system's built in app manager, Springboard.
Since iMessage crashes when attempting to load the character, the only way to regain access to the application would be to "have another friend send you a message and try to delete the thread that contained the bad character," according to [this article](https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/15/17015654/apple-iphone-crash-ios-11-bug-imessage ) by our friends at The Verge.
The bug in Apple's operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch occurs even on the latest version, 11.2.5. However, the issue is not present in Apple's public beta release of iOS 11.3, suggesting that the next software update the company releases will resolve it.
Messaging applications that are seemingly unaffected by the crash on Apple's mobile operating system include Skype and Telegram. For other software alternatives on iOS to test and ensure are functioning in the face of this bug, you're in the right place!
Following its recent redesign, Snapchat is now bestowing upon its most popular users (referred to as "influencers" with "official stories" posted on the service) advanced analytics and insights into who is viewing their content and how they're viewing it.
Snap Inc. has stated that it will share total views, unique viewers, post view completion rate, time spent watching, follower audience demographics (with breakdown including gender and age group spread), follower interests (travel, food, fashion, sports, etc.), and geographic location data for their followers.
This move coincides with Snap Inc. CEO Evan Spiegel's plan for the social network, stating that "In 2018, we are going to build more distribution and monetization opportunities for...creators.”
Popular users on Snapchat that have access to this data will be able to use it to position to companies that they could be used as advertising mediums for their products and services. The specificity of this data makes it all the more valuable to interested parties that want to reach certain demographics that can only be found on Snapchat and other social networks.
For alternatives to Snapchat and other social photo and chat networks, you're in the right place!
According to TechCrunch (https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/12/facebook-starts-pushing-its-data-tracking-onavo-vpn-within-its-main-mobile-app/ ), this occurred previously two years ago in the United Kingdom, also on iOS.
This move raises multiple privacy concerns, as Facebook does not disclose ownership of the application, and, according to Onavo’s Apple App Store description, collects user’s browsing data for Facebook (it “improve[s] Facebook products and services, gain insights into the products and service people value, and build better experiences.”)
VideoLAN has released version 3.0 of its flagship open source software VLC Media Player. Named "Vetinari," this is the first major release for the software in over three years. This release shifts the default decoding method to hardware-based in order to facilitate playback of video content in 4K (2160p) and 8K (4320p) resolutions. It also supports video encoded with 10-bit and High Dynamic Range properties, as well as 360 degree videos.
Audio codec enhancements include support for HD audio passthrough and 3D audio (EAC3 and TRUEHD passthrough for PulseAudio), alongside a pitch shifting module and reworks of the iOS and macOS AudioUnit modules and a complete rewrite of the AudioTrack Android output.
Arguably one of the most impressive new features of this 3.0 release is complete support for Chromecast streaming, even in formats the Chromecast does not natively support. As VideoLAN told to Ars Technica (https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/02/videolan-vlc-releases-version-3-0-with-hdr-and-360-degree-video/ ):
"Chromecast support in VLC 3.0 is fully open-source for all platforms! That’s the reason why it took us so long to ship as we completely reverse-engineered the entire thing. The closed-source component by Google can’t be used for legal reasons in VLC, isn’t compatible with Macs, Linux and Windows and supports a very limited set of codecs only. With our code, you can play basically anything VLC can decode on your Chromecast (as we transcode on-the-fly if needed)."
For VLC 3.0 Vetinari's full release notes, as well as a link to its full changelog, visit https://www.videolan.org/vlc/releases/3.0.0.html .
VLC 3.0 is available on Windows XP and later, macOS 10.7 Lion and later, operating systems running off of Linux kernel (as well as a direct release on Ubuntu and BSD derivatives such as FreeBSD) iOS 7 and later, Android 2.3 and later, Windows Phone 8.1, Windows 10 Mobile, and Xbox One.
Today, Google announced it will be taking measures to inform users when they're on an unencrypted HTTP website further than before, labeling all HTTP sites as "not secure" starting with the release of Chrome 68. This release is scheduled for July 2018. Google has shared some statistics that highlight its progress to ensure that developers are transitioning their websites from http to https:
• Over 68% of Chrome traffic on both Android and Windows is now protected
• Over 78% of Chrome traffic on both Chrome OS and Mac is now protected
• 81 of the top 100 sites on the web use HTTPS by default
Chrome Security Product Manager Emily Schechter has published these statistics and more over at the Google Online Security Blog at https://security.googleblog.com/2018/02/a-secure-web-is-here-to-stay.html
For Google Chrome users that want to peruse alternatives in light of this upcoming feature, you're in the right place!
Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are like app versions of websites that work even when users are offline and offer services like push notifications without the need to install like standard apps. Android popularized them by letting users add them to their home screen when loading properly configured websites. Now, Microsoft is introducing Progressive Web Apps to the Windows 10 Microsoft Store, positioning them "first-class app citizens in Windows," on par with Universal Windows Apps (UWAs).
These apps will be listed starting with the next release of Windows 10. Microsoft states "Progressive Web Apps installed via the Microsoft Store will be packaged as an appx in Windows 10 – running in their own sandboxed container, without the visual or resource overhead of the browser." Microsoft recommends the use of the PWABuilder application in order to convert web applications to the appx format. Quality curation will be handled by Microsoft's Bing Crawler.
For more information on how Microsoft plans to include Progressive Web Apps on its Windows 10 digital storefront, visit https://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2018/02/06/welcoming-progressive-web-apps-edge-windows-10/ . For alternatives to the Microsoft Store, you're in the right place!
BTCPay Server is a completely free and open source payment processing alternative to BitPay. The framework enables business owners to accept Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency payment methods without the worry of BitPay's application process and limit to utilizing Bitcoin as the only supported cryptocurrency. This also enables users to be in complete control of their funds.
BTCPay Server lowers the barrier to entry for business owners that are interested in accepting Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as mediums of exchange for their goods and services but might have been intimidated by the price and limitations of BitPay. You can read more about how to deploy BTCPay Server on the software's GitHub page at https://github.com/btcpayserver/btcpayserver-doc .
It’s holiday season, Christmas and New Years Eve are nearly here. No matter what you celebrate, we here at AlternativeTo would like to wish all of you a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year.
If you happen to be traveling for the upcoming holidays and are searching for the best price on plane, train or bus tickets, then check out this [list](https://alternativeto.net/list/845/best-apps-for-upcoming-travel/ ) on apps to help you find the cheapest tickets.
We’re so grateful to you all, our users. Thank you for terrific year here at AlternativeTo. We hope you had a great 2017 and we are wishing you a wonderful 2018 to follow.
The developers behind Pixelmator, the popular image editing application for macOS and iOS, just released the latest and an upgraded version of the software, Pixelmator Pro. The original Pixelmator application received praise from users, both for its intuitive interface and affordable price. Pixelmator Pro is a much more powerful and advanced version of its predecessor, built with macOS in mind.
Pixelmator Pro includes a variety of improvements and enhancements, compared to the previous version. For starters, the interface has been improved and their focus on user-centered design is clear in the latest update. Compared to some other advanced image editing software, Pixelmator Pro has a low-barrier of entry for new users, but also includes the features that allow you to complete most advanced projects. The UI is smooth and comfortable to work in, as Pixelmator Pro features a single-window UI. All your tools are available to you in one window, no need to juggle different toolbox windows on your screen.
![Pixelmator Pro](https://i.imgur.com/IAMqzYm.jpg )
Pixelmator Pro clearly takes advantage of being a native macOS application. Being developed in Swift 4 and utilizing the latest macOS features and capabilities, it looks and feels as though it has been perfectly tailored to macOS's design and function. By utilizing macOS's Core ML framework and Metal 2, Pixelmator Pro is able to offer features such as _Automatic Layer Naming,_ an easier _Repair Tool_, smarter _Quick Selections_, and much more. Enhancing, modifying, and editing images is near effortless in the new version.
![Pixelmator Pro](https://i.imgur.com/pWMVqlB.jpg )
One of the import features in Pixelmator Pro is its _non-destructive image editing_. Essentially, this means that any changes or edits you make to an image can be reverted or adjusted at a later point. It also allows you to be selective with changes you may wish to revert, enabling you to undo specific changes, rather than everything up to the point you wish to revert to.
Overall, Pixelmator Pro is a great application for image editing and graphics. It is great to see the developers are working to utilize the latest capabilities of macOS as well, and hopefully this trend continues in future updates. The new version is currently being offered at a special price during its release, at just $60 (no subscription licensing), it seems to be a great deal. It is also important to remember, that while this may lack some of the advanced features as more mature applications, such as Adobe Photoshop , this is 1.0 version of Pixelmator Pro and we can expect that there will be many improvements and features added in future updates. With that said, if you're on the market for an alternative to Photoshop, Pixelmator Pro is worth checking out.
For those of you that are still using the original Pixelmator, you won't be left behind, as the developers plan to continue releasing updates for Pixelmator. While you may be missing out on the latest macOS features integrated into Pixelmator Pro, if you don't require them, then you still have a quality image editing application.
There are many features in Pixelmator Pro that we didn't get to touch on in this article. If you'd like to learn more about Pixelmator Pro and the features included in the new version, be sure to check their website [here](http://www.pixelmator.com/pro/ ). Pixelmator Pro is also available on the [Mac App Store](http://www.pixelmator.com/pro/buy/ ).