Tech – for Everyone

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

Darn it…


I have aphids on some of my rose bushes.


Normally, what I do is “mist” ’em with a dishsoap-in-water solution..

Normally, that has had a happy end result..

Yes. We have lady bugs.
But the ladies seem totally uninterested in the aphids.


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Ah, well.

Such is life.

On the bight side, the tomato seedlings I planted are going gangbusters.

Now, How About Some Tech?

1) Yes, that computer in Berlin is still merrily spewing out spam comments as the owner is still unaware they are hacked (aka “pwned”). Today’s free download: Think it might be possible that you have been ‘botted’ (aka “pwned”) like that person in Berlin? One tool to help you find out is the free RUBotted from Trend Micro.. recently improved.

2) Read: Fraud attempts in social networks – This is how scam on Facebook works

Every year, there is more news about fraud attempts, identity theft, and hacker attacks on Facebook. Most attacks are based on scam, i.e. fraud that no anti-virus or anti-malware software is able to protect you from, as it is not always malicious software that is used. The authors rather rely on their victims’ naivety or greed. This is reason enough for us to explain the general proceedings, so you can avoid scam more efficiently and use Facebook in a more secure manner in the future. Read more..

Okay. Coupl’a good things there. Excuse me while I go charge up my hand phaser and figure out how to set it on “aphid”…

Today’s quote:A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.” ~ Arnold H. Glasow

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May 16, 2012 Posted by | advice, computers, hackers, Internet, security | , , , , , | 6 Comments

10 Ways To Dodge The Latest Online Scams

Folks, a quick reading reco today. This article reiterates some very sound advice for you to be aware of while online, and offers advice on how to protect yourself and avoid becoming a victim. Here are some highlights…

“The internet is a big part of our everyday lives—and the con artists know it. Cyber crooks are coming up with more and more ways to use the web to run their scams and cheat unsuspecting people out of their money.

Fortunately, with just a few easy steps, you can fight back and keep your hard-earned cash out of the hands of these criminals. To follow are the latest online frauds making the rounds, along with some advice on how you can protect yourself.

Social networking frauds
Thieves are devising increasingly clever ways to use these popular sites to run their cons. They’ll hack into an account, pass themselves off as your friend, and then trick you into downloading malicious software….or they’ll make a desperate, emergency plea for you to send them cash to a mail box…or they’ll lead you to a fake web site that asks you for your private banking information.

Another ploy are the quizzes and games that ask for your cell phone number so that the results can be sent to you—and you don’t know you’ve been conned until you see mysterious charges on your next phone bill.

Online charity hoaxes
… Most hoaxes are designed to take advantage of people’s desire to help, and online charity fraud is a perfect example of this tactic. The National White Collar Crime Center reports that in 2009 alone, more than $122 million was lost in donations to fraudulent internet charities.

Scareware scams
Here’s how it works: you’re surfing the web and a pop-up window says your computer has a virus. You download the scanning tool—it’s free, after all—and you’re alarmed to see the long list of dangerous files found on your computer. But luckily all can be fixed with a simple purchase,”

To read the entire article, and see the 10 tips for How To avoid these risks, please click here. I highly recommend you do.. even if you think you already know the answers. It’s a quick read, and the advice is 100% valid.

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March 29, 2010 Posted by | advice, computers, Internet, security, social networking, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment