Tech – for Everyone

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

The More You Know, the Less You Want to Know

(aka “The News Keeps Getting Brighter and Brighter.”)

sigh.. okay folks. Be aware:

* Traveling to US? Agencies want to Spy on your Social Media activities right from Airport

Hey! Welcome to the United States. May we have your Twitter handle, please? That’s exactly what you’ll likely be asked by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the airport prior to entering U.S. soil. Yes, your Twitter handle may soon be part of the US Visa process as U.S. Customs and Border … ” Read More..

Of course, that’s just par for our course. And so is this:

* Dozens of Malicious Apps on Play Store can Root & Hack 90% of Android Devices

It’s not at all surprising that the Google Play Store is surrounded by a large number of malicious apps that has the ability to gain users’ attention into falling victim for one, but this time, it is even worse than most people realize. Researchers at Trend Micro have detected a family of …Read more..

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Today’s quote:I’m not advocating we should all be back in the kitchen and cooking all the time, because life’s too short and we’ve got more interesting things to do. But to rediscover the intense pleasure of making a cake and putting it down on the table is ridiculously satisfying, out of all proportion to the work.” ~ Jane Asher

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June 27, 2016 Posted by | advice, Android, cloud computing, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, Google, hackers, hardware, Internet, News, privacy, security | 2 Comments

An app that records your life so you always have a witness + FF

Two items for you today, Folks.

*An app that passively records your life so you always have a witness

Alibi is an Android app that records the last hour of your life. So if you’re in a protest, police altercation, or even a dangerous personal situation, you can always have evidence.Read more..

[note: currently Android only.]

Today’s Fun Video: (Not quite my usual Rock&Roll)

Love her voice…

Today’s quote:Don’t assume, ask. Be kind. Tell the truth. Don’t say anything you can’t stand behind fully. Have integrity. Tell people how you feel.” ~ Warsan Shire

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

May 29, 2015 Posted by | Android, cellular, computers, free software, gadgets, Google, mobile, Portable Computing, privacy, security, software | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How To Protect Your Wi-Fi (and other items)

Folks, there’s no good (tech) news, but (as usual) plenty of scary headlines. So I urge you to get proactive and harden your wireless router (as per the article below).

Bad News Sampler Platter: (Just today’s)

* Malicious Minecraft apps affect 600,000 Android Users

“So you love Minecraft? You might want to be very careful before downloading the cheats for the popular Minecraft game from Google Play Store. Nearly 3 Million users have downloaded malicious Minecraft Android applications for their smartphone and tablets from the Google Play store, security researchers warned.Read more..

* Android ransomware distributed to English speakers in spam campaign

* Report: IRS breach impacts more than 100,000 taxpayers

Okay. So here’s today’s main article: How to stop Wi-Fi hackers cold

When someone hacked a neighbor’s Wi-Fi router to engage in nefarious activities, the only effective defense was to plug a widespread WPS vulnerability.” Read more..

Please note that while the technique advised in the article will not make you bulletproof; but it will “harden” your gear to where you will no longer be quite the ‘low hanging fruit’. If you do not know how to access your router/WAP’s Control Panel, look at (and note) the unit’s Make/Model and do a search for “Make/Model+update firmware”. Go to the search result that contains the manufacturer’s URL (i.e., netgear.com if yours is a Netgear). (You DO look at URL’s before you click.. Right?)

Today’s quote:Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

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May 27, 2015 Posted by | consumer electronics, cyber crime, Google, hackers, hardware, how to, networking, News, ransomware, routers and WAPs, security, tech | Leave a comment

Mid-April

Tuesday is my usual day for posting what I call “Tuesday Tidbits”; tech headlines (or other tech articles) I find interesting.

But this week there are none. At least, not that I noticed.
I found one.

There’s not even any I think you might find interesting (or that I think you ‘ought to know’).

* Now you can download your entire search history from Google

Earlier this year, Google quietly rolled out a new feature that lets users download their search history.Read more..

Today’s quote:Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.” ~ Henri-Frédéric Amiel

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April 21, 2015 Posted by | advice, Backups, browsers, computers, consumer electronics, Google, Internet, privacy, searching, tech | , , , , , | Leave a comment

I may start surfing with Chrome…

I won’t use Google’s Chrome browser; but this headline has me considering switching to it. (I hope the other browsers will do the same.)

* Google boots China’s main digital certificate authority CNNIC

Google says a future update in Chrome will remove trust for all certificates from China’s main root certificate authority.Read more..

And yet more good news:
* Inexpensive table-top robots will disrupt light manufacturing

Collaborative robots for light industry are coming along at precisely the right moment. They’re primed for quick adoption, and that means big changes for small- and mid-sized manufacturers.” Read more..

[ .. I think “disrupt” has now come to mean “eliminate all jobs”. ]

* Lebanon Believed Behind Newly Uncovered Cyber Espionage Operation

Middle East, US, and other targets hit in nearly three-year-old ‘Volatile Cedar’ cyber attack campaign.Read more..

Best for last * Healthcare Is Ignoring Cyber Risk Intel, Academia Even Worse

For all of 2013 and 2014, the healthcare sector was abuzz with cyber activity invisible to most. As the weeks rolled by, the cyber event data collected and analyzed by our analytic data warehouse increasingly brought an image into sharp focus — and it was beginning to look a lot like an active radar console of the skies over Iraq circa 1991.” Read more..

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Today’s quote:The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.” ~ Andy Rooney

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April 2, 2015 Posted by | browsers, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, Cyberwarfare, Google, Internet, News, tech | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s about time!!!

Talk about waking up to danger years after the war is already lost..

* US declares cybercrime a ‘national emergency’, threatens sanctions against hackers, online espionage

Sanctions will hit cyber criminals where it hurts – in the pocket – says the White House.Read more..

But.. better late than never.. right?

Wonder how/if that’ll affect relations with China.. or, since they own us, and manufacture all our goods, they’ll get a pass? (Since we know they’re major actors.)

(Sounds good, but good luck with that.)

Kinda related: No free pass for Google

Google’s vaunted “Do no evil’’ credo is taking a beating. Leaked documents show that Federal Trade Commission investigators wanted to sue the search giant on antitrust charges, but the push melted away into modest changes after Google executives made numerous trips to the White House.Read more..

Today’s quote:Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone.
Kindness in another’s trouble,
Courage in your own
.” ~ Adam Lindsay Gordon

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April 1, 2015 Posted by | computers, cyber crime, Cyberwarfare, Google, hackers, Internet, News, security, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

News worth knowing

(AKA “Tuesday Tidbits” a day early)

A few items worthy of your time/attention.

* Samsung Admits Its Smart TV Is Spying On You

Is Your Smart TV Spying On You? You just need to make sure you don’t hold any private conversations in front of the internet-connected TV. IS SMART TV GETTING TOO SMART? Smart TVs are connected to the Internet, and they are capable of collecting and transmitting our data. Samsung’s Smart TV uses voice recognition technology to enable voice commands, but its privacy policy defined by …” Read more…

* Anthem Data Breach — 6 Things You Need To Know

“The Nation’s second largest Health insurer company, Anthem, alerted its customers on Wednesday that hackers had stolen the personal information of over 80 Millions of its customers, making it the largest data breach and double the number of payment cards affected by Target data breach occurred in 2013. The stolen personal information includes residential addresses, birthdays, medical …”Read more…

2. BEWARE!! E-MAIL SCAMS TARGETING ANTHEM CUSTOMERS
As soon as the story broke, cyber criminals started exploiting the latest Anthem data breach in an attempt to persuade people to sign up for bogus credit protection services and provide personal information about themselves.

android_adware* Carmakers fail to protect against security attacks

Carmakers are cramming cars full of wireless technology, but failing to protect those features against the possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, a US study has found.” Read more..

* Adware Android Apps Found in Google Play With Millions of Downloads

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Just keeps getting better and better, doesn’t it? (Keep in mind, I could post another dozen depressing day’s headlines, but why overwhelm?)

Today’s quote:Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others…By and large, I have come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are thinking only of ourselves.” ~ Gordon B. Hinckley

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February 9, 2015 Posted by | Android, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, e-mail, Google, hackers, hardware, Internet, Internet scam, News, privacy, security, software, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment