Tech – for Everyone

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

This is why so few posts..

I see headlines like this everyday.

And nobody seems to care.

LATEST NEWS Nov 29, 2016

Cyber Attack Knocks Nearly a Million Routers Offline

Mirai Botnet is getting stronger and more notorious each day that passes by. The reason: Insecure Internet-of-things Devices. Last month, the Mirai botnet knocked the entire Internet offline for a few hours, crippling some of the world’s biggest and most popular websites. Now, more than 900,000 …

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San Francisco Metro System Hacked with Ransomware; Resulting in Free Rides

Nothing is immune to being hacked when hackers are motivated. The same proved by hackers on Friday, when more than 2,000 computer systems at San Francisco’s public transit agency were apparently got hacked. San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency, also known as MUNI, offered free rides on …

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Hacker who exposed Steubenville Rape Faces longer Prison term than Rapists

Remember Steubenville High School Rape Case? In 2012, Steubenville (Ohio) high school’s football team players gang-raped an unconscious teenage girl from West Virginia and took photographs of the sexual assault. In December 2012, a member of the hacker collective Anonymous hacked into the …

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Researchers Show How to Steal Tesla Car by Hacking into Owner’s Smartphone

New technology is always a little scary, so are Smart Cars. From GPS system and satellite radio to wireless locks, steering, brakes, and accelerator, today vehicles are more connected to networks than ever, and so they are more hackable than ever. It’s not new for security researchers to hack …

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Beware! Malicious JPG Images on Facebook Messenger Spreading Locky Ransomware

If you receive an image file sent by someone, even your friend, on your Facebook Messenger, LinkedIn or any other social media platform, just DO NOT CLICK ON IT. Even JPG image file could eventually infect your computer with the infamous Locky Ransomware. Earlier this week, we reported a new …

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Worse, there’s too many people using computers who’ve never even heard of ‘ransomware’.

Well.. I’ve been pointing to important headlines such as these since 2007. Been doing my part. It’s up to you people to educate your friends and loved ones with the bleak picture. The handwriting’s on the wall, folks.

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November 29, 2016 Posted by | cellular, cloud computing, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, Cyberwarfare, e-mail, gadgets, hackers, Internet, News, tech | 6 Comments

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

Just now, Hotmail (oops, I mean Outlook) changed!!

Microsoft just now did one of those things I just simple H-A-T-E! They “modernized” the user interface (no doubt to make it more compatible with ‘mobile devices’) and changed the look of my Inbox.

Thanks a lot Microsoft! Don’t you know we users detest this crap?

Didn’t you learn from the kickback you received from Office’s “Ribbon”? Or Windows 8?

Crap man. At least offer a setting that says, “No thanks. Leave my Inbox the *&^% alone.”

And now to send an email, I have to learn where you moved the buttons and thingies.. Just how I wanted to spend my time! (Not good to change the “insert inline image” to a seperate command button..)

NO. I am not going to start using One Drive just because you always default point to it. Or put shortcuts – for me – to it.

 

July 14, 2016 Posted by | computers, e-mail, Microsoft | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Our mutual friend

I haven’t posted a snapshot from my Inbox in a while… But I guess it’s kinda reassuring to see some things never change.

mutual friend

I hope you noticed what I ‘highlighted’, and – more importantly – I hope your brain immediately told you, “those URL’s sure look strange.. DANGER! DO NOT CLICK!

Because those kind of URL’s are big-time “Red Flags”.
One can only guess at what the criminals have waiting for you if you click their link.. but my guess is it starts with a virus..

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Today’s Quote:Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it.” ~ Irving Berlin

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July 1, 2016 Posted by | cyber crime, e-mail, hackers, Internet, Internet scam, spam and junk mail, tech | Leave a comment

Um… yah.

It is not terribly surprising to see this in my Inbox..

shaneka

I mean.. people are curious creatures by nature. And some *people* are going to take advantage of that. (And some people are lonely, and some *people* are going to take advantage of that.)

But I assure that I don’t know anyone named “Shaneka”, and I assure you that should I have tried to view that eCard, very bad things would have happened.

So – even though I really shouldn’t have to be saying this in the year 2016: IF YOU DO NOT RECOGNIZE THE SENDER –> DELETE IMMEDIATELY.

The Internet is a dangerous place, full of predators. Never forget. Always surf with your “paranoid common sense” fully activated.

Or your computer will be locked by ransomware, and you’ll have to pay the blackmailers to get your files back.

Every passing month, the idea of ‘going off the grid’ seems more and more appealing.

Note: when you see asterisk at the beginning and end of a word, it indicates the author cannot publish the word they’d prefer to use.

June 9, 2016 Posted by | advice, cyber crime, e-mail, Internet, security | Leave a comment