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Fridays cannot be all fun and games

People Are Talking

Oh, yes, Dear Reader. I get comments here at Tech – for Everyone. Comments and questions submitted by folks just like you. But for every one of those, I get at least 120 “spam” comments, usually posted automatically (by ‘bots’) by special “submission programs” designed by cheats and lowlifes attempting to manipulate the search engines, and/or get viewers to click links to dangerous websites.
And/or sell me crap.

acting_schools_spam

Here, a ‘bot’ posted a ‘linkback’ URL, and signed it “acting schools in indiana”.
Of all things.

What on earth for? Um.. maybe they need students? Maybe someone got paid to “optimize” the school’s “SEO”? Maybe that webpage is “poisoned” with a lurking “drive-by download” attack?
Maybe someone just has way too much time on their hands… (and not enough IQ)

Bizarre.
The Internet’s a rather bizarre place.

Today’s Friday Fun Video has been reader recommended, consistently comes in at the #1 position of YouTube’s personalized (aka “my”) “recommended for you” list, and, contains an ingredient that should appeal to approx. half the world’s population. (And the thing’s had more than 66 million views!)

And, yes, I know. There’s a bunch of tech headlines I could discuss. The New York Times was (allegedly) hacked by the Chinese; there’s a new Blackberry; iPad sales are just a little too good, maybe; Google’s trying to change the way we use passwords (more accurately, doing away with passwords); and the usual plethora of hacker break-ins/hacktivist attacks; Java’s insecurity; and Windows 8/Office 2013/Surface (tablet) hyperbole.
(For a look at those headlines, click here.)

But I’ve been “keeping my finger on the pulse” for so long now, it’s all starting to look the same as it did in 2007. (Vista, the “new Office”, and a new thing called the “iPhone” were the names in those headlines.) Which looked the same as 2003 looked.
And I’m bored.

.. Though .. headlines like this are kinda new.. Yes, U.S. authorities can spy on EU cloud data. Here’s how

EU citizens and businesses are warned against using the cloud over the risk that U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies can obtain your personal records. Here’s how the U.S. can acquire your data, even if you’re based in the EU.Read more..

(Love that cloud computing. [Not.]) (And if they can do it.. who else can too?) Lengthy, but important, read.

Reader submitted: Loyal readers will know that I am a fan of CCleaner (see https://techpaul.wordpress.com/2010/11/17/tutorial-using-ccleaner/). Recently, a reader mentioned another, CCleaner-like program to me, and said they really liked it. It’s called PrivaZer. I have not had time to test this yet, and doubt I’ll be switching, but here is one good, informational review (includes download link) if you’re interested: PrivaZer, Deep System Cleaner that removes traces

“I first thought that PrivaZer was just another system cleaner like CCleaner or the myriads of alternatives that are available: boy was I wrong. First thing that I liked was the option to run the program as a portable application or install it. When you then start the program you are asked what you want to do, and which device you want to scan.” Read more..

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Windows 8 Users: A Free Software Utility To Edit The Windows 8 Quick Access (WinX) Menu

Recently I posted the article, A Must Learn Windows 8 Tip: How To Get To The Quick Access Menu And To The Windows 8 Start Menu. In summary, this menu appears when you place your mouse pointer in the bottom right corner of the screen and when the the Start Screen thumbnail (or tip) pops […]” Read more..

Glad the weekend’s here.. almost.

acting schools in indiana?
Really??

… 66,000,000 views. I’m in the wrong line of work!

Today’s quote:We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” ~ Frederick Keonig

Um.. I don’t think so..

I think I see a pattern here...

I think I see a pattern here…

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February 1, 2013 Posted by | cloud computing, computers, consumer electronics, Internet, News, privacy, tech | , , , , | 4 Comments

You have received an eCard.. WOT?

Have you installed the safer surfing WOT (Web Of Trust) toolbar yet? I install it on all my friend’s and family’s machines because its red – yellow – green “traffic signal” warning system is simple enough even for young children.

In this screenshot, it’s warning of a dangerous hyperlink embedded in a phishing email that’s attempting to get me to open what it says is an “eCard” (hoping I won’t look at the odd URL or “.zip” file type, as most people don’t). This screenshot shows a Hotmail account.

eCard_scam

..and should you be so foolish as to ignore (or.. simply not notice) the red circle, and click on the link anyway, and try to go to the website..

totalprotectwot

A warning ‘curtain’ (overlay) intervenes. It tells you why the website has “earned” the very bad red rating. You must click “Go to site” to proceed to the website itself.  [note: sample shown is not a download-able eCard, but a virus!]

These ratings are determined by you, me, and other Internet surfers… not some faceless giant corporation or government agency. It is “people driven”, and you get a vote. I urge you to check it out. Visit http://mywot.com today. Gain another layer of protection from online scams, “phraud”, “phishing”, and “rogue antivirus” programs .. like TotalProtect2009.
(See, Is that anti-spyware program really spyware?)

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April 22, 2010 Posted by | cyber crime, Internet, Phishing, phraud, security | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments