Tech – for Everyone

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

A Quick Reco..

I sometimes “joke” when asked about computer/Internet security (I find it appalling how naive the average computer user is about “hackers” and “virus”-es) by answering, “if you knew what I knew, you wouldn’t use the Internet.”

Of course that answer isn’t realistic. The Internet has become an integral part of our lives. And it’s true enough: good folks are dedicating their time and talents attempting to make it somewhat secure – a reactive game of playing ‘catch up.’ (You see, our machines, and the Internet, were not originally designed with security in mind at all.. nor with the idea that all of us would use it..)

For those with an interest in such things as “InfoSec”, I have an quick reading reco today. 2012 Will Be The Year Of The…

Much to the embarrassment of several large corporations, last year saw some of the most impactful compromises in the history of the Internet, with companies’ digital dirty laundry dragged out in full view of competitors and the general public. Many companies hurried to find a new two-factor authentication solution, gamers were left wondering who now had their identities, and Lulzboat became part of the common lexicon. But what will 2012 offer in the big, bad world of the advanced threat?”  Read more..

Also.. a real book, book: Loyal readers may remember my mention.. I recently was handed a copy of Mark Bowden’s Worm – the First Digital World War.

“Worm” is about the potentially diabolical piece of computer malware known as Conficker and the efforts of cybersecurity experts to hunt it down…”

I took me a few hours to read, and though most of it was simple review for me, I think for the average person, it would give them a real (and valuable) education ..  How those magic “computer thingies” and that mystic “Internet” voodoo stuff actually works.

Maybe your library has a copy?

(Yes.. there’s some scary stuff in there.. but better that you know it, right? [Though, I understand the “ostrich method” has benefits too..].)
I thought his description of how the Internet came to be (and also, hackers) was particularly well done.

Want more? China Not The U.S.’s Only Cyber-Adversary

China long has been the focus of U.S. authorities and security researchers as a major source of cyberespionage against the U.S., but potential new evidence of targeted attacks by India against the U.S. demonstrates just how widespread cyberspying might be.Read more..

Today’s quote:Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation…tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego. His anxiety subsides. His inhuman void spreads monstrously like a gray vegetation.” ~ Jean Arp

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January 12, 2012 - Posted by | Internet, security |


  1. Heads up: According to my newsletter I got: O&O AutoBackup is absolutely free until the end of January 2012! O&O are good products.

    “O&O AutoBackup automatically synchronizes selected files and folders with an external backup device (USB Stick, external USB hard disk, FireWire volume). As an example, you can use O&O Auto backup to create a backup copy of your photo folder onto a USB stick and set it so that changes made to the original data are automatically taken into account for the next backup.

    The copy process will start automatically whenever you connect your USB/Firewire disk to the computer. Using the status bar icon and the status window in the program, you can see when the process is complete and simply remove the external drive at the end.*

    * In this instance, please be sure to select “Safely remove” as offered by the operating system.

    O&O AutoBackup


    Comment by delenn13 | January 12, 2012 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      Thanks for passing along the tip.


      Comment by techpaul | January 12, 2012 | Reply

  2. As far as your reco..You summed it very nicely. This is the problem in a nutshell…”You see, our machines, and the Internet, were not originally designed with security in mind at all.. nor with the idea that all of us would use it.. Some people would be better off spreading chia seeds over their PC and watering it daily.


    Comment by delenn13 | January 12, 2012 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      IMHO, those people need an appliance, not an artificial intelligence.

      But, the whole PC-to-the-consumer sales scheme started out as an “enthusiast” hobby/niche.. (like HAM radio). I don’t think anybody really foresaw the whole PC-in-every home eventuality.. not even Bill Gates. (But I could be wrong.)


      Comment by techpaul | January 12, 2012 | Reply

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