Tech – for Everyone

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

Tuesday tidbits (on a Weds)

Folks, I found time to post a couple of items for your consideration:

An older, easier to spot skimmer.

The Evolution of ATM Skimmers

In a little over a decade, ATM skimmers have gone from urban myth to a wildly complex, ever-evolving suite of technologies that has the potential to be the worst nightmare of anyone with a bank account. Here’s a look at how quickly skimmers have evolved—and why they’re increasingly impossible to spot.Read more..

* CryptoWall surpasses CryptoLocker in infection rates

According to the threat analysis, CryptoWall is “the largest and most destructive ransomware threat on the Internet” and is expected to “continue growing.” But Jarvis expects “to see ransomware that ‘destroys files’ become the new normal.” In fact, the most of the major ransomware families, such as Reveton and Urausy, “are evolving into more sophisticated threats in parallel with those like CryptoWall and CryptoLocker.“” Read more..

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Today’s quote:Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.” ~ Aldous Huxley

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.
And please, never forget – one person can make a difference.
Find a way to make someone’s day today.
(Best advice I ever heard? Don’t sweat the small stuff.)

September 3, 2014 Posted by | advice, consumer electronics, cyber crime, News, security, tech | , , , | 2 Comments

Do NOT Call This Number..!

AKA Norton Users Be Aware

I just received an alert from an alert reader (ahem) which demonstrates a new twist on an old attack tactic.

fake_norton
Yup. That’s a fake. (One hint is the “Message from webpage” in the title bar.. [Norton is not a web program, it’s installed on your machine.])

The website you’re visiting is poisoned (and you probably have some programs in need of updates). Keywords, if you’re interested in learning more are “scareware” and “rogue anitvirus” (and maybe “poisoned website”, too).
*  Your Computer Is Lying To You… The Epidemic Of Rogues
* Why You Don’t Stand A Chance Against Cyber Crime

Copyright 2007-2014 © “Tech Paul” (Paul Eckstrom). All Rights Reserved.


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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.
And please, never forget – one person can make a difference.
Find a way to make someone’s day today.
(Best advice I ever heard? Don’t sweat the small stuff.)

September 2, 2014 Posted by | advice, antivirus, computers, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, Internet scam, security, tech | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

SB #170

I hope everyone is having a safe and relaxing holiday. Here’s an interesting image to welcome in September.

img beach ball in pool

Click on image to see more by this artist (reco’d)

“Summer Time (I)” by pasotraspaso, courtesy of Flickr Commons.

Today’s quote:The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” ~ Albert Einstein

Copyright 2007-2014 © “Tech Paul” (Paul Eckstrom). All Rights Reserved.


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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.
And please, never forget – one person can make a difference.
Find a way to make someone’s day today.
(Best advice I ever heard? Don’t sweat the small stuff.)

September 1, 2014 Posted by | Digital Images | | Leave a comment