Tech – for Everyone

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

A Little of This, and a Bit of That

For your consideration..

* How to find out if your password has been stolen

There are many public databases of breached accounts, the largest breach being that of Adobe.com, but no way to search across all of them. Until now.Read more..

* Hackers access plain text info on nearly 500K JPMorgan Chase cardholders

Banking and financial services holding company JPMorgan Chase is alerting 465,000 prepaid cash cardholders that their personal information may have been compromised by hackers.Read more..

* 3 Big Misconceptions About Bitcoin

Not long ago, most people were dismissing Bitcoin as merely a passing fad or a hobby for crypto-geeks, if they knew about it at all. Its quixotic nature was taken as a given, as was its ultimate fate: failure to change the status quo, followed by irrelevance. It wasn’t until Bitcoin’s exchange value topped $200 in April 2013 that most mainstream media outlets first took notice.Read more..

And how about a pretty picture? (aka Sunday Beauty #143)

zion canyon

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Today’s quote:Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.” ~ Earl Nightingale

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

December 8, 2013 Posted by | advice, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, digital music, hackers, Internet, News, security, tech | , , , , , | 2 Comments

You might want to know… And Friday Fun

If you have ever used the Nationwide Insurance company, or their website..

* Personal info of 1m compromised in Nationwide breach

The FBI is investigating a breach at Nationwide Insurance, where hackers recently accessed the sensitive information of about one million people, including policy and non-policy holders.Read more ..

[reminder: “breach” is geekspeak for “a hacker broke in”.]

If you “download”, Torrent, or “share” music, software, or videos.. you have a little more time.

* ISP piracy alert system now expecting early-2013 launch

The rollout of a piracy alert system backed by several major internet service providers (ISPs) has been pushed back to early next year.

* ISPs can slow or suspend web use under anti-piracy program

No surprise..

* Cloud decisions are no longer in the IT department’s hands – the suits have taken over

“A new report has revealed that decisions around cloud are increasingly being made by people outside IT departments.Read more..

(History shows how well things work once the beancounters take control of something.. [and there’s good reason it is a derogatory term.] Trying to get the suits to comprehend anything remotely IT-related, and budgeted, is one of the oldest headaches in the biz [ref: Dilbert character “pointy-haired boss“.])

Friday Fun Video (sing along if you like..)

Today’s quote:Doing what little one can to increase the general stock of knowledge is as respectable an object of life, as one can in any likelihood pursue.” ~ Charles Darwin

Copyright 2007-2012 © “Tech Paul” (Paul Eckstrom). All Rights Reserved.


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November 30, 2012 Posted by | cloud computing, computers, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, News | , , , | 3 Comments

Vacation Odds and Ends + Giveaway

The weekend is here – the last weekend of Tech Paul’s ‘vacation mode’ – and I intend to get the most out of it as I can.. by doing as little as possible. With that in mind, here are some quick bits.

1) Have you ever wished you could go back in time…and un-do something you did? Windows’ built-in recovery tool, System Restore, allows your computer to do what you and I cannot do, jump back in history to a time when everything was working properly, and that’s a pretty neat trick!
See, How To Use System Restore To Fix Windows

2) In spite of the pop-up windows that are geared to urging you to purchase, AVG can STILL be downloaded for free. (To do so now, click here.)

3) Skype CANNOT detect a problem on your computer… but that doesn’t stop a criminal from sending you a “chat” that says it has.
See, Skype — “Windows Requires Immediate Attention”.. Not!

4) Are you still using XP? Want a more “modern” and attractive look and feel?
See, Make XP Look Like Vista or Mac OS X

5) Welcome to the world of the illiterati, where ignorance is indeed bliss, where being a moron is somehow classed as being “cute” and where screaming and roaring abuse at someone for any perceived slight doesn’t mean you’re an ———-, it means you have “attitude”.
See, Welcome to the world of the illiterati, where ignorance is indeed bliss…
(Thanks to Tech-Thoughts for bringing that one to my attention,)

6) Network Solutions discovered in early June that attackers had hacked into Web servers the company uses to provide e-commerce services – a package that includes everything from Web hosting to payment processing — to at least 4,343 customers, mostly mom-and-pop online stores.
See, Network Solutions Hack Compromises 573,000 Credit, Debit Accounts (in some browsers, you may have to scroll down a bit..)

And last but not least.. (drum roll please)
Free Lifetime License for SUPERAntiSpyware Professional – 20 to Give Away

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July 25, 2009 Posted by | computers, tech | , , , , , , | Leave a comment