Tech – for Everyone

Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

“Medicaid Database Department” phone scam

I just received a new (to me) ‘caller has a foreign accent’ telephone scam phone call: this one claiming to be the Medicaid Database Department.

It’s gotten so I wouldn’t let my elderly loved ones answer the phone anymore. (And if that’s not possible, I’d sign them up with nomorobo and one of the paid spam-blocking services.[ see https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/12/18220804/how-to-stop-phone-spam-landline-scam-calls])

“How the Scam Works

Medicare and Social Security beneficiaries across the country report receiving calls from scam operators (frequently with foreign accents), who claim to represent Medicare, Social Security, or an insurance company. These callers claim that new Medicare, Social Security, or supplemental insurance benefits cards are being issued or that the beneficiary’s file must be updated. The scam artist asks the citizen to verify or provide their personal banking information, which is then used to commit theft.”

Read more..

May 1, 2019 Posted by | advice, cyber crime, Internet scam, News, phraud, security | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Yet another major theft..

Just one more example of why we’re fools to keep using this tech.

Image-I-Nation supply chain breach exposes data of major credit agencies’ customers

Image-I-Nation Technologies, Inc., which provides hosting services and software to consumer reporting agencies like Equifax, Experian and TransUnion, experienced a supply chain breach that left users’ personal information exposed for as long as two weeks.

This breach disclosure highlights just how little control individuals have over the security and location of their personal data..Read more..

February 14, 2019 Posted by | computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, News, privacy, security, tech | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to erase yourself from the Internet

Reading reco: What to Do When You Want to Delete Yourself From the Internet

Privacy might be dead, but following these steps could help you save your digital life.Read more.

January 23, 2019 Posted by | advice, computers, consumer electronics, how to, Internet, privacy, tech | Leave a comment

Accept these two realities

Reality #1: Bad guys already have access to personal data points that you may believe should be secret but which nevertheless aren’t, including your credit card information, Social Security number, mother’s maiden name, date of birth, address, previous addresses, phone number, and yes — even your credit file.

Reality #2: Any data point you share with a company will in all likelihood eventually be hacked, lost, leaked, stolen or sold — usually through no fault of your own. And if you’re an American, it means (at least for the time being) your recourse to do anything about that when it does happen is limited or nil.

Read more here https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/12/what-the-marriott-breach-says-about-security/

(including a few suggestions what you can/should do..)

I recommend reading all the comments, too.

It’s not pretty, folks.

December 15, 2018 Posted by | computers | Leave a comment

Remove yourself from people search sites and erase your online presence

Read this article, and take actions.

Link: Remove yourself from people search sites and erase your online presence

Related reading: Google’s Pichai says people know how much Android snoops (really?)

December 11, 2018 Posted by | advice, Apple, cellular, computers, consumer electronics, Google, how to, Internet, Microsoft, mobile, privacy, security, tech | Leave a comment

12 Simple Steps..

Read this https://www.pcmag.com/article/360806/12-simple-things-you-can-do-to-be-more-secure-online

December 2, 2018 Posted by | advice, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, how to, Internet, privacy, security | Leave a comment

Probably my last post here.

October 19, 2018 Posted by | cloud computing, computers, consumer electronics, Cyberwarfare, gadgets, Internet, Internet of Things, privacy, security, tech | Leave a comment