Tech – for Everyone

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

Best Free Antivirus, and Security Headlines

Here’s an assortment of Items of Interest for you.

* The Best Free Antivirus for 2015

Relying on Windows’s built-in antivirus for protection is a big mistake. Luckily, you can get an upgrade without paying a cent.Read more..

* CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield breached, more than one million individuals notified

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is notifying more than one million individuals that their personal information could have been accessed by attackers who gained limited, unauthorized access to a single CareFirst database in June 2014.” Read more..

Does this next indicate a change in the wind? I hope so.
* Federal prosecutors charge Chinese nationals with trade secret theft

Over the weekend, federal agents arrested a Chinese professor who had just entered the United States via a flight to Los Angeles – one of six Chinese nationals charged with economic espionage and theft of trade secrets from U.S. tech firms.Read more..

* Half Of Retail, Healthcare Sites ‘Always Vulnerable’

Finding vulnerabilities in custom web applications isn’t the major problem; fixing them in a timely fashion is, a new report from WhiteHat Security finds.Read more..

* Oil & Gas Firms Hit By Cyberattacks That Forgo Malware

New spin on the ‘Nigerian scam’ scams crude oil buyers out of money with bait-and-switch.Read more..

… I’ve noticed that the Apple Watch dropped out of the headlines quite quickly.. (listen Folks, it’s pretty simple: Never Buy The First Version of Anything) but if you are thinking it’s time for you to get a “smartwatch”, this article may interest (I’ll never own one, but, hey, here you go): The Best Smartwatches You Can Buy

Think it’s time to upgrade your traditional watch by adding some apps and notifications to your wrist? Check out our top-rated smartwatches for the best place to startRead more..

Today’s quote:If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

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

May 21, 2015 Posted by | antivirus, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, free software, gadgets, hackers, Internet, News, privacy, security, tech | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I prefer weekends

A few items for your weekend.

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“Picnic” by Sumriana Babyana, courtesy of Flickr Commons.

* Spent 15 minutes with five Apple Watch bands, left Apple Store and ordered a Garmin Vivoactive

Matthew Miller made a try-on appointment with an Apple Genius to make an informed purchase decision. After his testing, he decided to ordered something that better fits his needs.” Read more..

* 11 simple steps to secure your PC and online accounts

Data breaches, hacks, and vulnerable software makes it easier than ever for a hacker to get access to your data. These simple steps can help mitigate it happening in the first place.VIEW THE GALLERY

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Today’s quote:Service is a smile. It is an acknowledging wave, a reaching handshake, a friendly wink, and a warm hug. It’s these simple acts that matter most, because the greatest service to a human soul has always been the kindness of recognition.” ~ Richelle E. Goodrich,

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April 18, 2015 Posted by | consumer electronics, Digital Images, Internet, privacy, security, tech | , | 4 Comments

Friday Good Stuff

Here are a few items for your Friday.

* Why TV is doomed: HBO Now and the new cord-cutting economics

The entire old-school television distribution system has been rocked by a quake of epic magnitude. Now I can watch whatever I want — and save hundreds of dollars a year.” Read more..

Related: Add Pluto TV To Your Internet TV Lineup

If you are looking for a FREE internet based TV like environment you may enjoy exploring Pluto TV where the amount of content is amazing.” Read more..

That number should be much much higher, IMHO. But.

That number should be much much higher, IMHO. But.

* I don’t care about the Apple Watch. Would never own/wear an Apple Watch. And as a family-friendly blogger, cannot print what I think about the Apple Watch. If you’re looking for info on the Apple Watch, well, every single tech website out there has oodles & oodles of drooling propaganda advertising hype articles on the latest Apple gizmo, so feel free togo to one of those. (To do so, click here.)

* Firefox helps you cover your assets with latest Tracking Protection feature

Did you know that not all websites honor Do Not Track? If privacy while browsing is at the top of your priority list, Jack Wallen offers up a Firefox tip that just might allow you to sigh a breath of private air.Read more..

[My best guess is that no website {0} honors ‘Do Not Track’, actually.. Why should they? Tracking you pays $$$.]

Today’s Important Message: As you know, tax season is a “prime cybercrime season”, and we are warned to be on the alert for bogus IRS emails/phone calls. Truth is.. it’s always “Prime Cybercrime Season”, and we must realize it. Operating with an ever-vigilant healthy paranoia has to be our day-to-day.

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Today’s quote:For it is in giving that we receive.” ~ Francis of Assisi

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April 10, 2015 Posted by | Apple, browsers, cloud computing, consumer electronics, Firefox, how to, Internet, News, privacy, tech | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

More Tuesday Tidbits

Folks, here are a few items worthy of your consideration:

* VPN Unlimited: Lifetime Subscription 70% off

“Safety First–Protect Your Online Activity & Browse without Restriction for Life.” Learn more..

[Please note: I have no knowledge of, or experience with, this particular product.]

*A glimpse into the future of money: Spain’s banking revolution shows what’s next for your cash

In Spain, where smartphone use is the norm and peer-to-peer lending is taking off, banks’ shift from payment processors to financial services advisors is particularly noticeable.Read more..

* Florida law enforcement docs show widespread stingray use, secrecy

"Tower dump" of consumer mobile data a popular police snooping tacticFlorida law enforcement documents obtained by the ACLU show widespread stingray use and troubling secrecy.Read more..

[That’s warrant-less wiretapping, right here in the good ole US of A, folks..]

* Who Will Buy the $10,000 Apple Watch?

The $10,000 gold Apple Watch is a move to make Apple a global luxury brand.” Read more..

[my fave part: “..in China, it will be given as gifts from officials to their mistresses, and from businessmen to officials.”]

* CTB-Locker virus: How to protect your systems, and what to do if infected

Jesus Vigo examines the CTB-Locker virus, its effects on your data, and how to best protect your computer from this ransomware infection.Read more..

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Today’s quote:I’d far rather be happy than right any day.” ~ Douglas Adams

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March 10, 2015 Posted by | advice, Apple, consumer electronics, hackers, News, ransomware, tech | , | Leave a comment