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SB #189

Folks, there’s something about this image I really like…

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

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

That Free Feeling” by Rennett Stowe, courtesy of Flickr Commons.

Today’s quote:With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy
.” ~ Max Ehrmann,

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

March 15, 2015 Posted by | Digital Images | Leave a comment

A splash of cold water

Here’s one more item that should be a splash of cold water in the face for those who still think the Internet is a wonderful thing.

* Report: 71 percent of orgs were successfully attacked in 2014

71 percent of respondents said that their organization’s global network was compromised by a successful cyber attack in 2014 – a number that jumped up from 62 percent in the year prior – and 22 percent said that their organization experienced six or more successful attacks.Read more…

Two things kinda jump out of (just) that blurb: (it’s more disturbing to read the whole enchilada)
1) Dang-near 3 out of 4 are already victims.. shall we go for 100%?

2) Things continue to get worse, not (any) better (at all!).

avoid-thumb.jpgWhat’s it gonna take before people realize we can’t keep using our current technology for what we use it for? I hate to say it but, sure seems to me like real disaster looms. (Actually, we’re in the midst of a [cyber] disaster, but who’ll admit it?)
Yippee.

Now, folks, I have been seeing this since 2007. This isn’t any revelation to me. Just more confirmation. So don’t worry about me being all depressed on a beautiful Friday. (And I do hope it’s a beautiful day there where you are.) Things are starting to bud and even bloom here. The hills and fields are green. And it’s good to be alive. (Because a cheerful robot on the phone told me it was my lucky day –> I’ve won a cruise!)(Three different robots & cruises, already.. and it’s only 3pm yet!!!)

Want more proof?

* Symantec research highlights security failures in the connected home

Research analyzing today’s smart home devices has revealed disturbing security implications for consumers.Read more..

And
* Verizon rushes fix for email account open season security flaw

A severe security vulnerability which allows any user access to any Verizon email account has been exposed.” Read more..

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Don’t worry though: People are hard at work putting bandaids on things as fast as they  can. Nevermind that those bandaids sometimes kill your machine.

bandaids_thumb.jpg* Panda antivirus mistakenly flags itself as malware, bricks PCs

Panda users were warned not to restart their PCs, in case they wouldn’t boot up again.Read more..

* MS Update 3033929 Causing Reboot Loop

One of the operating system updates Microsoft released on Tuesday of this week — KB3033929 — is causing a reboot loop for a fair number of Windows 7 users, according to postings on multiple help forums.” Read more..

{I humbly suggest reading the comments on that one…}

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Today’s quote:To be poor does not mean you lack the means to extend charity to another. You may lack money or food, but you have the gift of friendship to overwhelm the loneliness that grips the lives of so many.” ~ Stanley Hauerwas

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

March 13, 2015 Posted by | cloud computing, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, Internet of Things, mobile, News, security, tech | Leave a comment

In the mood..

This fit my mood…

March 11, 2015 Posted by | computers | Leave a comment

More Tuesday Tidbits

Folks, here are a few items worthy of your consideration:

* VPN Unlimited: Lifetime Subscription 70% off

“Safety First–Protect Your Online Activity & Browse without Restriction for Life.” Learn more..

[Please note: I have no knowledge of, or experience with, this particular product.]

*A glimpse into the future of money: Spain’s banking revolution shows what’s next for your cash

In Spain, where smartphone use is the norm and peer-to-peer lending is taking off, banks’ shift from payment processors to financial services advisors is particularly noticeable.Read more..

* Florida law enforcement docs show widespread stingray use, secrecy

"Tower dump" of consumer mobile data a popular police snooping tacticFlorida law enforcement documents obtained by the ACLU show widespread stingray use and troubling secrecy.Read more..

[That’s warrant-less wiretapping, right here in the good ole US of A, folks..]

* Who Will Buy the $10,000 Apple Watch?

The $10,000 gold Apple Watch is a move to make Apple a global luxury brand.” Read more..

[my fave part: “..in China, it will be given as gifts from officials to their mistresses, and from businessmen to officials.”]

* CTB-Locker virus: How to protect your systems, and what to do if infected

Jesus Vigo examines the CTB-Locker virus, its effects on your data, and how to best protect your computer from this ransomware infection.Read more..

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Today’s quote:I’d far rather be happy than right any day.” ~ Douglas Adams

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

March 10, 2015 Posted by | advice, Apple, consumer electronics, hackers, News, ransomware, tech | , | Leave a comment

SB #188

Dear Congressperson,
Here’s a win-win idea for you. Be the hero who writes the Bill that ends “Daylight Savings Time”. This is a measure that both parties can get behind (“nonpartisan”) and would make constituencies so happy, they might stop badmouthing you for up to a week (so time it to pass in the weeks prior to election day).
I have never, not once, ever, in my many decades of talking with people, heard anyone say they like DST.. or even ‘support’ it: I’ve only heard complaint.
So make yourself useful for a change, and do something popular. Win win.

Today’s Pretty Picture:

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

“Wild Spaces” by Rennett Stowe, courtesy of Flickr Commons.

Today’s quotable quote:Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.” ~ Albert Camus

Today’s poll:

Today’s Misc. Notes: Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door.

Today’s Fun Video:

Wow.

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

March 8, 2015 Posted by | Digital Images, digital music, digital Video | Leave a comment

And the winner is…

Two “winners” items today. One good. One vile.

Let’s start with the bad news:

* Oracle extends its adware bundling to include Java for Macs

For years, Oracle has tormented Windows users by bundling adware with its Java installer for Windows PCs. With the most recent update of Java for the Mac, Oracle has begun including the same adware as part of a default installation, using the same deceptive techniques.” Read more..

[I cannot print what I’d like to say about that..]

And now the good:

* This year’s security app all-stars

If reading about Superfish and Gazon has made you want to put your PC in a panic room and your Android in an armory, you’re not alone. Protecting your privacy and your gear requires constant vigilance and regular software updates — of all your software, not just the antivirus apps. If you’re searching for a new or updated security app, check out AV-Test’s and AV-Comparatives’ recent award winners. These independent labs benchmark effectiveness, speed, usability, and other factors, so when they crown apps as the best, that’s the result of rigorous tests. Read on for the lab results and our reviews.Read more..

[The “FREAK” vulnerability made news after this was written, apparently..]

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Today’s quote:Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

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

March 5, 2015 Posted by | advice, Android, anti-spyware, antivirus, Apple, computers, consumer electronics, free software, Internet, security | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tips for Safe Online Job Hunting

Recent events have made me decide to repost an important prior article.

A reader wrote in with a simply terrific question, asking about our modern way of finding employment. I think the answers are important.

Q:Paul:

I was laid off earlier this summer and have been looking for new employment since day one of my termination. The method for job search is now the Internet. You no longer can knock on doors and submit resumes and fill out application in person.
My question to you is, I have filled out numerous applications online and a number of companies ask for the last 4 digits of your social security number, and some will ask also ask for your month and day but not year of your birth.
I can understand if they are asking for a cell number, and some other standard information.
How can you tell if these are legitimate job sites or persons who are looking for quick score of your personnel information?

I have run into a few sites that offer jobs that seem to good to be true, once you contact them, they ask for up front money. A legitimate job site will not ask for any money. If they get paid it is from the employer.

Thanks for all you great information and keep up the good work,

A: I would like to applaud your awareness. Identity Thieves (and other scammers) are not only posting phony job listings, but whole websites. They are taking advantage of our desire (desperation?) and the supplicant nature of the job seeker.

  • Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America.
  • Depending where you look, the stats say someone’s ‘identity’ is being stolen every second, or once every three seconds. (Either one. Where’s the outrage?)
  • This isn’t something that “happens to other people”: cybercrime is big business, costing our economy over a hundred billion a year. That we know about.

I have written many articles on cybercrime, as well as ID Theft. I won’t repeat myself here (but encourage you to use my ‘keyword’ Search widget). I will focus in on the sentence I highlighted in bold — how can you tell if it’s a real job opportunity?

Well, the short version is: you can’t, always. There is no magic formula. You simply must apply a double dose of “paranoid common sense”. And apply a protective self-policy. Because, yes, you will have entered a predator’s favorite hunting ground.

These scammers will post positions on legitimate employment-seeking websites. And those sites will make an effort to find and remove the scam postings. Do they succeed? Yes. Allatime always 100%? Instantly? Don’t make me laugh. These crooks post new ones as fast as their old ones are taken down. Faster.
The online classified services simply aren’t as equipped to try to sift out the bogus, having neither the budget, staff, tools, or.. motivation. You should apply a triple dose of “paranoid common sense” in the classifieds.

(My questioner points out that some ask for month and day, but not year of D.O.B.. Why? Because your year is published in tons of places. The crooks will simply research, then add two and two… With the amount of info about us already posted online, the crooks don’t have to research too much, or gain too many tidbits, to pose as you.)

A protective self-policy – Cyber Safe Resume: Let me remind you of a few early postings. The second one directly relates to this subject..
Identity Thieves Want Your Resume
Cyber-safe Resume Gets Noticed
A Top Site for Finding Work

All are great supplements to this article, and if you are currently seeking employment, well worth your time (it helps they are short, ha!).

Here’s one more: Scams & Schemes in Work and Employment Services

Review the following websites for additional recommendations on how to proactively protect your identity:

(You may also want to consider investing in an ID “protection service, such as, LifeLock.)

I know you want the job, and don’t want to do anything that will jeopardize your chances.. or get your application tossed before it’s even read, but in this world, today, you really have to leave the box blank, or put in “I will provide this to a real person, but not in this online form.” If you only click one link here today.. click this one: Cyber-safe Resume Gets Noticed.

Research the company using a search engine. Call them and ask them, when you have doubts and concerns. (And understand, the scammers will post phone #s, and answer them too. The con is not restricted to ‘online only’.)

I do wish you a speedy and successful job search. (And no, I don’t live under a rock. I know it is dang tough out there. But don’t add to your troubles by becoming an ID Theft victim.)

Copyright 2007-2015 © “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.

March 4, 2015 Posted by | advice, cyber crime, Internet, privacy, security | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment