Tech – for Everyone

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

Use Spotify? Be aware..

Folks, yet another item to know about.

* Spotify serving malicious ads to freemium users

Several Spotify users are reporting that the streaming music service is serving malware to its users through its advertiser network. Users on company’s user forum noted that ads running on Spotify Free, the streaming music service’s free product, automatically open malicious websites without their permission.” Read more..

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Today’s quote:You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.” ~ 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.

October 6, 2016 Posted by | cloud computing, computers, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, News, security, software, 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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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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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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September 20, 2016 Posted by | advice, consumer electronics, gadgets, hackers, Internet of Things, News, privacy, security, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

And today it’s Apple Mac — again

I really, really have to stop looking at tech news…

* What’s behind backdoor #3? Mac version of Mokes malware follows Linux, Windows variants

The malware is programmed to swipe data and images from a victim’s machine, including screenshots taken every 30 seconds, audio and video captures, documents and keystrokes..” Read more..

This crap is costing us trillions.. each and every year.
(That we know about.. and that’s the tip of the iceberg.)

Please don’t think you’re safe because you have an antivirus. No security program is bulletproof. You simply must constantly exercise “paranoid common sense”, and turn off all curiosity. The bad guys want you to click their links, so don’t click (when on the Internet) unless you’re certain it’s safe, and you need to go there. Don’t ‘download’ and install a program unless you’re certain you need it. I’ll go further: if you don’t know what the word “malware” is, 3/4ths through 2016, get off the Internet altogether.

  • The telephone has gotten almost as bad. No you didn’t win a free cruise. No, the IRS is not about to “file criminal action”. No, they are not “conducting a quick survey”.. etc., etc..

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Today’s quote:My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.” ~ Jack Layton

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September 8, 2016 Posted by | Apple, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, News, PC, rootkits, security, software, tech | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

And today it’s Linux’s turn .. (sigh)

I gotta stop paying attention to the tech news… :(

* Linux rootkit, named for Pokémon’s Umbreon, targets Linux

A new rootkit family, dubbed Umbreon after a character in the popular Pokémon game who hides in the night, has been detected targeting Linux users, according to a Monday post by Trend Micro researchers.” Read more..

[ Don’t know what a “rootkit” is? You really should by now. No excuse, actually. Go to Wikipedia right now! ]

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Today’s quote:Since our society equates happiness with youth, we often assume that sorrow, quiet desperation, and hopelessness go hand in hand with getting older. They don’t. Emotional pain or numbness are symptoms of living the wrong life, not a long life.” ~ Martha Beck

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September 7, 2016 Posted by | advice, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, hackers, Linux, News, PC, security | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Today it’s Apple Mac – Owner’s Alert

Folks, last week I alerted iPhone owners the need to ‘upgrade’. Turns out, it’s all Apple products need to do it.

* Update your Mac OS X — Apple has released Important Security Updates

If you own a Mac laptop or desktop, you need to update your system right now. It turns out that the critical zero-day security vulnerabilities disclosed last week, which targeted iPhone and iPad users, affect Mac users as well.” Read more..

Pass the word on to your Apple-owning friends and family.

More cheery news:

* Hey, Music Lovers! Last.Fm Hack Leaks 43 Million Account Passwords

Another Day, Another Data Breach! If you love to listen to music online and have an account on Last.fm website, your account details may have compromised in a data breach that leaked more than 43 Million user personal data online.Read more..

[ The first line of that ‘blurb’ is why I no longer post everyday. And it’s why one should change all their online login passwords several times a year {but who does that?}. ]

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Today’s quote:Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you.” ~ John Wooden

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September 2, 2016 Posted by | advice, Apple, computers, cyber crime, hackers, PC, security | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment