Tech – for Everyone

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

Use a cellphone? Read this

Just one more reason I walked away from tech..

Article: New SIM Card Flaw Lets Hackers Hijack Any Phone Just By Sending SMS

According to the researchers, all manufacturers and mobile phone models are vulnerable to the SimJacker attack as the vulnerability exploits a legacy technology embedded on SIM cards, whose specification has not been updated since 2009, potentially putting over a billion people at risk.Read more..

(emphasis mine.)

At this stage.. I’m not sure what to tell you. There’s no defense. You don’t even have to open/look at the text..

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

September 12, 2019 Posted by | computers | Leave a comment

A great How To guide for Online Privacy

The reality is, though we really shouldn’t be using this technology¹, we kind of have to. If you have a brain, you should be taking at least a few simple steps to secure your devices, and your activities, from the bad guys – whomever they happen to be today.. This PC Magazine resource can help, regardless your skill level, or device type (Yes, you Apple people need to read this too!)

* How to Stay Anonymous Online

We live in a world of mass surveillance. Here’s how to stay anonymous online without ditching the internet entirely.Read more..

If this information is nothing new to you, you can probably think of a few friends and relatives who really need to learn it..

¹ daily headlines like this, for example..

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September 4, 2019 Posted by | advice, browsers, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, e-mail, hackers, how to, Internet, security, tech | 1 Comment

“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