Tech – for Everyone

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

Out with the old…


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I don’t know about you, but I’m always glad to put ‘election years’ behind me.

Be safe & sane in your celebrations, and I hope you have a happy and prosperous new year!

Today’s quote:Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

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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.)

December 31, 2016 Posted by | advice | Leave a comment

Today’s ‘Must Read’

Folks, not only does everyone need to read this article, but pass it along to their friends and family.

* How your connected home or office is a gift for hackers, criminals, and cyber spies

The Internet of Things needs to learn how to secure devices — and fast.Read more..

[ Note: I also highly recommend clicking on some of the embedded articles.. Like, the Snowden one.. ]

Related articles: (In my way of thinking..)

* Britain has passed the ‘most extreme surveillance law ever passed in a democracy’

The law forces UK internet providers to store browsing histories — including domains visited — for one year. Not only that, the law also gives the intelligence agencies the power to hack into computers and devices of citizens.Read more..

* Distracted minds: 3 tips to disconnect from tech and increase productivity

Adam Gazzaley, neurologist and author of The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World, explains how multitasking damages focus, and offers advice for workplace productivity.Read more..

.. But the truth is, no one’s going to read those. And no one’s going to change their thinking or behavior. I’m wasting my time.

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Today’s quote:No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~ Aesop

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

November 17, 2016 Posted by | advice, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, Cyberwarfare, gadgets, hackers, Internet, Internet of Things, mobile, networking, News, privacy, security, tech | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Own an Android? Read this!

It just keeps getting better and better..

* Pre-installed Backdoor On 700 Million Android Phones Sending Users’ Data To China

Do you own an Android smartphone? You could be one of those 700 Million users whose phone is secretly sending text messages to China every 72 hours. You heard that right. Over 700 Million Android smartphones contain a secret ‘backdoor’ that surreptitiously sends all your text messages, call log, contact list, location history, and app data to China every 72 hours.” Read more..

This is why you don’t let your enemy build your stuff.. And it’s as predictable as the sunrise. It might sound paranoid, but it wouldn’t surprise me if this (type thing) isn’t on every device made there (maybe dormant) and it’s why I won’t buy Lenovo.

November 16, 2016 Posted by | advice, Android, cellular, consumer electronics, cyber crime, Cyberwarfare, gadgets, News, privacy, security | Leave a comment

Eating my words :( — Uninstall Web of Trust now

Folks, long time readers may remember, years ago now (decades in computer years) I recommended a ‘safe surfing’ browser add-on. A tech news headline – arrived today – has me regretting that.

* ‘Web Of Trust’ Browser Add-On Caught Selling Users’ Data — Uninstall It Now

Browser extensions have become a standard part of the most popular browsers and essential part of our lives for surfing the Internet. But not all extensions can be trusted. One such innocent looking browser add-on has been caught collecting browsing history of millions of users and selling them ..” Read more…

[ NOTE: even if you never heard of WoT, reading the article is a good education on the kind of spying the tech companies have been doing. ]

My love affair with technology is officially over.

Today’s quote:The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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

November 8, 2016 Posted by | advice, browsers, computers, Internet, News, privacy, tech | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: Best Internet Security Suites 2016

Folks, the guy I trust has published his product reviews for the all-important software category of Internet Security for 2016.

* Stay Safe With a Security Suite

Using your computer for games and social media is fun; keeping it safe isn’t. A security suite can be your one-stop solution. We’ve tested almost four dozen of them, and these 10 get our highest recommendation.Read more..

I cannot say often or fervently enough that one simply must do everything they can to protect themselves from the scumbuckets and nation-states who have ruined the Internet. It is a most dangerous place. Far worse than we can know. Do what you can!

(And that title should say “safer”, not “safe”. No product is bulletproof.)(And no product protects you from you. Careful what you click!)

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Today’s quote:It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.” ~ Winston Churchill

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

September 28, 2016 Posted by | advice, anti-spyware, antivirus, computers, cyber crime, e-mail, firewall, hackers, Internet, security, software, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Yahoo: Your Personal Info Stolen

If you use Yahoo! mail (or your ISP uses Yahoo Mail) you need to read this news item.

* Yahoo breach; at least 500 million accounts affected

According to a company statement, stolen information may have included names, email address telephone numbers, birth dates, hashed passwords and, in some instances, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers.Read more..

[ I think it’s safe to mentally remove the “may have” from that.. ]

Please forward this on to your friends and loved ones who use Yahoo! Mail. Tell ’em they need to change their passwords, and beware of suspicious “phishing” emails that sound like they know you..

And if you don’t know what “phishing” is by now.. please stop using the Internet.

Today’s quote:The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” ~ Winston Churchill

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

September 23, 2016 Posted by | advice, cyber crime, e-mail, hackers, Internet, News, privacy, security | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Really, really creepy use of tech …

Folks, if you put your thinking caps on, and read this article, (as I recommend you do) you just might start wondering if something isn’t really, really wrong.

And maybe think twice before buying that “smart” toaster, or “voice activated” remote control…

* Ottawa sex toy maker We-Vibe sued for ‘secretly collecting’ its customers’ intimate habits

It has come to our attention that the company was actually recording specific information about her and other individuals usage of the device. That would include when it’s on, how long it’s being used for, what settings it’s on, the temperature of the device …” Read more..

Thank you, Dear Reader, for bringing this story to my attention.

And if that doesn’t do it, maybe this will:

* Hackers take Remote Control of Tesla’s Brakes and Door locks from 12 Miles Away

Next time when you find yourself hooked up behind the wheel, make sure your car is actually in your control. Hackers can remotely hijack your car and even control its brakes from 12 miles away. Car hacking is a hot topic. Today many automobiles companies have been offering vehicles with the …Read more..

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Today’s quote:Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” ~ Winston Churchill

And, yes. I know I said “really, really” twice.

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

September 20, 2016 Posted by | advice, consumer electronics, gadgets, hackers, Internet of Things, News, privacy, security, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment