Tech – for Everyone

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

A Heads Up For Skype Users (and more)

Quickly, today, as my agenda is full… Use Skype? Beware. There’s a new attack making the rounds.

* Skype Worm in Instant Message Leads to Ransomware

Users need to be careful about clicking on links sent through Skype, as a malicious worm is spreading via Skype instant messages.Read more..

(A little Geekspeak translation: “ransomware” is where the bad guys encrypt your files, and then sell you the key to get your stuff back. [Your files held ransom.] Just… business as usual on the Internet. NBD.)

Do you use Apple? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you need antivirus just like any other web-connected device. Here’s a review of Mac AV from a guy I trust.

* What’s the Best Mac Antivirus?

Austrian independent antivirus testing lab AV-Comparatives has released an initial report on antivirus tools specifically for the Mac platform.” Read more..

Also:

* SecurityWatch Summit 2012: A Lively Debate Over Mobile Security

The evening began with McAfee experts demonstrating just how easy it is to break into someone’s laptop using readily available software. Although most people have heard that public hotspots are “playgrounds for malcontents to do horrid things,” sometimes it takes a live demo to convince people to take the right precautions.” Read more..

* (From Litigation Digest) “If you believe the rumors and interpretations, Microsoft wants to be like Apple. And they want to sell to everyone who owns an iOS and Android-powered device. In other words – have their cake and eat it too (or world domination – you pick). In order to get a more “Apple-like” experience, would you be willing to forego your Dell/HP/Lenovo hardware and buy more expensive hardware directly from Microsoft? Or would you prefer to abandon the world of Windows and use native versions of Microsoft Office? Do you think Microsoft will provide a great, native user interface experience? Read a trio of posts at:

Interesting? A reader sent me a ‘heads up’ about a software download, of a type I was/am unfamiliar with. (I have heard of “subliminal (audio) tapes..) I have not tried this program. Can’t say “boo” about it. But, since CNET editors rate it “excellent”, I will pass it along for those who might be interested.. (Thank you, Dear Reader.)

Subliminal Mind

This simple application flashes extremely short, subliminal messages while you are browsing, working, or playing games. The authors promise it will help you reprogram your mind at the subconscious level to cope with psychological problems. Messages are arranged by topics such as happiness and pain, or you can add your own. The program comes with prewritten messages for common afflictions like emotional pain, fear, anxiety, illness, motivation, smoking, and even physical pain.

Today’s quote:To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.” ~ Confucius

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October 11, 2012 - Posted by | advice, Apple, computers, Internet, mobile, News, security, tech, VoIP |

7 Comments »

  1. The Humble eBook Bundle

    Anyone who loves Sci fi should recognize at least 2 or 3 of those names. I am getting this just for 3 books(well worth it) and I am sure I will enjoy the rest too. I don’t have an ereader but I do use the Kindle for PC program/app from Amazon plus I use Calibre.I can’t make up my mind rather I want a tablet or an ereader…NTM, I need to wait a bit…so…Anyways..

    I have the hard copy of Old Man’s War by John Scalzi http://whatever.scalzi.com/about/books-by-john-scalzi/ Gonna keep my fingers crossed for maybe the bonus of his latest book.. Redshirts. Any one who is a Star Trek fan knows all about the “Redshirts” and what happens to them.

    Then there is Signal to Noise by Neil Gaiman. Neil Gaiman – Awards and Honors He was nominated for an Academy Award and Emmy for Coraline. Also loved Sandman and American Gods.

    Plus Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow – http://craphound.com/pc/about-cory-doctorow/

    Eight works of literary genius. Humble eBook Bundle features eight masterful works from a prodigious league of award-winning authors. Name your price and receive Pirate Cinema, Pump Six and Other Stories, Zoo City, Invasion: The Secret World Chronicle, Stranger Things Happen, and Magic for Beginners. Customers who beat the average will also receive Old Man’s War and the graphic novel Signal to Noise!

    Pay what you want. This collection of fantastic stories would typically cost around $52, but we’re letting you set the price!

    Compatible with computers and mobile devices. These books are available in multiple formats including PDF, MOBI, and ePub so they work great on your computer, eBook readers, and a wide array of mobile devices! Please note that this is the digital debut for some of these great titles, and if you’re having any viewing or usability issues, please let us know!

    Support charities and authors. Choose how your purchase is divided: to the authors, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, or the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. And if you like this promotion, a tip to the Humble Bundle would be greatly appreciated!

    The Humble eBook Bundle (pay what you want and help charity)

    What are you waiting for…Get your CC out…Run to Paypal….Get it! :)

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    Comment by delenn13 | October 11, 2012 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      Do I detect a bit of extra enthusiasm on this one… (“run to PayPal“?). We support reading around here, so thank you for the share.

      And, she’s right, folks. You do not need a “eReader”/Kindle device to enjoy books (or study textbooks) in the digital formats — you just need to download a small program.

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      Comment by techpaul | October 11, 2012 | Reply

      • You bet. Reading is good. Reading sci fi is even better. I can even read these on my MP3 player. :)

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        Comment by delenn13 | October 12, 2012 | Reply

        • delenn13,
          Music player?

          You must have terrific vision! (small screen)

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          Comment by techpaul | October 12, 2012 | Reply

          • Same size as my phone and I can mess with the size of the fonts… :)

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            Comment by delenn13 | October 12, 2012 | Reply

            • I, generally, take it camping with me..rather wreck it than anything else.

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              Comment by delenn13 | October 12, 2012 | Reply

              • delenn13,
                Makes perfect sense to me.

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                Comment by techpaul | October 12, 2012 | Reply


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