Tech – for Everyone

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

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* Loss from cybercrime exceeded $1.3B in 2016, FBI report

“The financial loss from cybercrime in the U.S. exceeded $1.3 billion in 2016, a rise of 24 percent, according to a new report issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).” Read more..

And remember gang –> that’s ONLY what was reported to the FBI. Think “tip of the iceberg”. (And, only USA losses.. How much global?)

* Google Gets Record-Breaking $2.7 Billion Fine for Manipulating Search Results

Google has just lost its biggest regulatory battle! Google has been hit with a record-breaking $2.7 billion (€2.42 billion) fine by the European antitrust officials for unfairly manipulating search results since 2008. After a lengthy seven-year investigation that was launched in 2010..Read more..

.. “since 2008” .. HA! Try, “since Google”. And don’t think Google’s going to pay that fine — the advertisers are. Be smart. Bail out now people.

* Judy Android malware unleashes massive attack on Google Play Store (NOTE! it wasn’t an ‘attack’.. the criminal hackers ‘poisoned’ the site with infected apps.)

When it comes to apps for mobile devices, InfoSec experts will always recommend downloading from official vendors like the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. While these sites are much more stringent in their standards for malicious app prevention, there are always exceptions (which require the consumer to use common sense).Read more..

OMG. Too funny. “require people use common sense” ..!

Sad part is.. that ‘attack’ netted tons of cash with automated click fraud (do you advertise? Look up the term ‘click fraud’ NOW!)

ALERT: New Petya ransomware variant attacking computers worldwide

Following the high profile WannaCry attack merely a month ago, we have detected another ransomware outbreak that is spreading rapidly across the globe. It appears to be a new variant of the known Petya ransomware, also known as Petna, and it has already affected many high profile companies and government institutions across Europe and currently shows no sign of slowing down.Read more..

And: Six quick facts to know about today’s global ransomware attack

This is what you need to know — right now.Read more..

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* And you better believe — my ‘page views’ will take yet another hit for posting this.

Today’s quote:In view of the fact that God limited the intelligence of man, it seems unfair that He did not also limit his stupidity.” ~ Konrad Adenauer

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

June 27, 2017 Posted by | advice, cyber crime, Google, hackers, Internet, News, phraud, security, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Microsoft License Scam?

Folks, a reader wrote and asked me about a phone call they received. The (female) caller claimed to be from Microsoft, and warned the reader that their “Windows license had expired”…

This is a scam. Don’t fall for it. Hang up. And, please, warn your friends and family. As this ‘thread’ says, Microsoft would not call you unsolicited. Nor would they know if any errors existed on your computer.

The article has good information on scams and what you can do. Again, click here to read more.

And thank you Dear Reader for bringing this to my attention.

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Today’s quote:I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be.” ~ Ken Venturi

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May 3, 2016 Posted by | advice, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, Internet scam, Microsoft, Phishing, phraud, security, tech | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

While I was away…

Let’s take a look at some of the recent headlines in Tech. (In no particular order..)

* FCC privacy rules can’t stop ‘gold rush’ in personal data

The flourishing ‘surveillance capitalism’ that profits from selling consumers’ personal data will be little affected by the new rules.Read More..

* Malvertising Campaign Hits Top Websites to Spread Ransomware

Hackers are always in search for an elite method to create loopholes in the cyberspace to implement the dark rules in the form of vulnerability exploitation. Top Trustworthy sites such as The New York Times, BBC, MSN, AOL and many more are on the verge of losing their face value as a …” Read more..

* Warning — Hackers can Silently Install Malware to Non-Jailbroken iOS Devices

Hard time for mobile phone users! Just recently, two severe vulnerabilities in Qualcomm Snapdragon chip and Stagefright were spotted on the Android platform, affecting more than a Billion and Millions of devices respectively. And now: Hackers have discovered a new way to install malicious apps ..” Read more..

* Apple users, beware: First live ransomware targeting Macs …

Security researchers have discovered what they believe to be the first-ever ransomware attack targeted at Apple users that actually made it out …” Read more..

* Android Trojan infiltrates mobile firmware, Trend Micro apps

An Android Trojan which displays unwanted ads and installs nuisance software on mobile devices has been discovered in the firmware of smartphones and in popular Android applications, according to researchers.Read more..

[ “firmware” is chip-level coding, which comes into play when you first power up, but before the operating system (and therefore, any ‘anti-virus’) launches. ]

* The 18 scariest computer viruses of all time (slideshow)

And, there’s also Apple vs the F.B.I., and other delightful stories… But.. none of them are happy.

Today’s quote:Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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March 22, 2016 Posted by | advice, Android, Apple, cellular, cloud computing, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, Cyberwarfare, hackers, Internet, iPhone, News, Phishing, phraud, privacy, ransomware, security, software, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

10 top security threats of 2014

Folks, this really is a ‘must read’, even if you are not a techy.

10 top security threats of 2014 (so far)

One email spiked with innocuous-looking malware to a vendor cost Target an estimated 40 million credit cards and 70 million user accounts at the crest of 2014, beginning a year which made our own employees, coworkers, friends and family one of the biggest security threats of the year

Non-technical people were 2014’s favorite targets for malicious hackers, from data dealing crime rings to targeted corporate espionage attacks...

F-Secure’s Mobile Threat Report Q1 2014 was a bucket of cold water in terms of just how pervasive attacks on typical users are, and how they can spread through apps into businesses.” Read more (please) …

I hadn’t heard the term “the snappening”.. had you? (And I would move her #4 to #1.)

Today’s quote:Either you run the day or the day runs you.” ~ Jim Rohn

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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.)

November 19, 2014 Posted by | advice, cloud computing, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, Cyberwarfare, hackers, Internet, Internet scam, mobile, Phishing, phraud, Portable Computing, privacy, ransomware, security, tech | Leave a comment

Expidited Delivery Problem

Take a look at the image below, and tell me how many ‘red flags’ you can spot.

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… she seems kind of proud of herself …

Yes, folks. Just because Christmas is over doesn’t mean we’ve left Threat Level Red cybercrime season.

Please be on the alert, and THINK before you click. On the Internet, curiosity CAN hurt you (yes, shouting). [note: when you “open”, or ‘download’, you’re bypassing your antivirus/firewall. So you better be sure it’s safe.]

Today’s quote:We have the right as individuals to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right to appropriate a dollar of the public money.” ~ Davy Crockett

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December 26, 2013 Posted by | advice, computers, cyber crime, e-mail, hackers, Internet, Internet scam, Phishing, phraud, security | | Leave a comment

Before You Invest In Online Advertising…

Okay, so your company has come up with a new doofangle. Nevermind that this doofangle is basically a copy of someone else’s doofangle, you want a slice of that doofangle-sales pie, (as it hasn’t been sliced up enough yet) and so you have a Product Launch coming up.

skeptical-face_thumb.jpgAnd you’re The Marketing Specialist.

And everything you’ve ever heard, or read, says you Have To Have An Online Campaign. And your company has given you the budget. (After all, with the here-today-gone-tomorrow nature of tech, you might not have a company next year if the Doofangle 1 doesn’t sell millions of units.)

So you do your research, and conduct focus groups, and decide that having 20-somethings dance around a fountain holding the Doofangle 1 is what you’re going to go with. It’s zesty, hip, and it is F-U-N-!
You’re going to dress the dancers in vibrant colors, as the Doofangle 1 is a boring black plastic .. rectangle.

So you spend MILLIONS on TV ads. (Which nobody looks at, except to maybe laugh.)

And now you’re ready to launch your online banner ads, using still images from the TV spot. And you’re going to spend more MILLIONS, to get lots of eyeballs.

Oops.

You are now the person responsible for *urinating*-away millions on online ads that only robots looked at. As you didn’t know about click fraud, (a term first coined sometime around 1997) or botnets.

Sorry. But don’t worry. Someone is always hiring Marketing Specialists. A different one calls me at suppertime every night.

(Latest) * Chameleon Botnet Steals Millions

Internet advertisers are the latest target of a botnet that could be costing them up to $6 million a month.Read more..

(Last month) * Botnet steals millions from advertisers with fake mouseclicks

The Bamital botnet defrauded the entire online advertising platform, which is what allows the Internet and many online services to be free..Read more..

The entire history of defrauding the online advertisers would – I suspect – fill a book. But, “You Have To Have An Online Campaign”.
Everyone says.
I would think, though, that you’d want actual humans to see/hear your marketing efforts.. right?

It isn’t the ad services that take the hit; it’s you, the Doofangle seller.

Oh, well. Not every click is bogus… right? Some sales will happen.. right? But how will you know? That number might not be real either.

Down the rabbit hole.. and ignore the man behind the curtain.

At least with the airwaves advertising, the worst they can do is run your spots from 1am – 3:30am (or show you charts that say they ran all 1,000 spots but only air 200) … This online stuff seems 100% the shadows of vapor.

Today’s quote:Go on till you come to the end; then stop.” ~ Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

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March 21, 2013 Posted by | advice, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, News, phraud | , , , | 4 Comments