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SB #204

Folks, another “interesting image” for your Sunday.

Click on image to see more by this artist.

Click on image to see more by this artist.

“Sacred Valley NGOs 056 – Awamaki weaving tour” by McKay Savage, courtesy of Flickr Commons

Today’s quote:please believe that things are good with me, and even when they’re not, they will be soon enough. And i will always believe the same about you.” ~ Stephen Chbosky

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

August 23, 2015 Posted by | Digital Images | Leave a comment

Alert: another emergency Windows patch

Folks, please make sure your Windows PC (all versions) is up-to-date with security “updates”.

* Microsoft issues emergency patch for all versions of Windows

The security flaw is the second “critical” out-of-band patch issued in as many months.Read more..

And, some of you might enjoy some strong drumming..

Today’s quote:In an era of parental paranoia, lawsuit mania and testing frenzy, we are failing to inspire our children’s curiosity, creativity, and imagination. We are denying them opportunities to tinker, discover, and explore – in short, to play.” ~ Darell Hammond

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

August 19, 2015 Posted by | Microsoft, News, security, tech, Windows | Leave a comment

Just keeps getting better…

* IRS Tax breach much worse than originally thought

The cyberattack on U.S. taxpayer data reported by the Internal Revenue Service earlier this year now appears to be much worse than originally thought, the agency announced Monday, with as many as 300,000 citizens now believed to be potential victims.Read more..

“Breach” means “hacked” with means “broke in and stole”.

Today’s quote:Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.” ~ Ayn Rand

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

August 18, 2015 Posted by | cyber crime, hackers, Internet, News, security, tech | Leave a comment

SB #203

Folks, another pretty picture for your weekend.

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Click on image to see more by this artist

“July 7 2009 Extravaganza – Prediction = True” by Pilottage, courtesy of Flickr Commons.

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

August 16, 2015 Posted by | computers | Leave a comment

15 scariest things

As I mentioned before, recent tech security conferences have made for plenty of alarming headlines. Here’s an interesting synopsis:

* The 15 Scariest Things We Saw at Black Hat

We’re back from the Vegas-based security conference, these are the most terrifying among the many disturbing things we learned this year. Break out your tinfoil hat!” Read more…

Today’s quote:Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get” ~ W.P. Kinsella

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August 13, 2015 Posted by | cyber crime, hackers, Internet, News, security, tech | , , , , | Leave a comment

More news about drones…

After the recent security conference, the scary/bad headlines are actually too numerous to list. But here’s an item of particular interest.

* How Drones Can Find and Hack Internet-of-Things Devices From the Sky

Security researchers have developed a Flying Drone with a custom-made tracking tool capable of sniffing out data from the devices connected to the Internet – better known as the Internet-of-things. Under its Internet of Things Map Project, a team of security researchers at the Texas-based firm Praetorian wanted to create a searchable database that will be the Shodan search engine for SCADA …Read more..

On the brighter side: This protest/warning against Big Data/Facebook/Data Mining/NSA/etc. is much more pleasant.

Today’s quote:There is no such thing as paranoia. Your worst fears can come true at any moment.” ~ Hunter S. Thompson

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August 8, 2015 Posted by | advice, cloud computing, Internet of Things, News, tech | Leave a comment

Guide for securing Windows 10

Folks, for those of you have ‘upgraded’ to Windows 10 (and for those of you who will soon) this tutorial is a ‘must read’. (I even reco it for those of us who plan on sticking with Win7 until the wheels fall off. It says a lot about tech and the Internet.)

* How to secure Windows 10: The paranoid’s guide

Worried sick over Windows 10’s privacy settings? There’s a lot you can do to lock them down, but you will lose some functionality along the way.Read more..

Other items of interest:

* Attackers can access Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive files without a user’s password

The so-called “man-in-the-cloud” attack is said to be a common flaw in most cloud-based file synchronization services.” Read more..

* Could cyberwar knock us back to the Stone Age?

If the United States were involved in a major cyberwar, just how badly would it be hit? Could the U.S. survive? Could modern civilization survive? In this thought experiment, David Gewirtz explores such a scenario in-depth.” Read more..

[ if you can even think to ask the question.. the answer is ‘yes’. ]

Today’s quote:I have an advanced degree in procrastination and another one in paranoia.” ~ Joanne Harris

Want more? Nuclear nightmare: Industrial control switches need fixing, now

Researchers at Black Hat USA have disclosed critical SCADA/ICS vulnerabilities in switches actively used in industrial control management systems, such as substations, factories, refineries, ports, and other areas of industrial automation.” Read more..

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

August 7, 2015 Posted by | how to, Internet, News, security, tech, Windows, Windows 10 | , , , , | Leave a comment

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