Tech – for Everyone

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

A few items for your Friday

Here are a few items for your consideration:

First up, yesterday I alerted iPhone users to the fact that Apple is urging all owners to ‘upgrade’ to the latest version of iOS. Here’s more on why that’s a really good idea:
[ NOTE: “zero-day” is Geekspeak for “an attack for which we currently have no defense”.]

* Three zero-days found in iOS, Apple suggests users update their iPhone

Pegasus is highly advanced in its use of zero-days, obfuscation, encryption and kernel-level exploitation and the malware has been active for some time..Read more..

And a couple more..

* Every Android App You Need

Whether you’ve got a brand-new Galaxy Note 7 or an older Android phone or tablet you just want to spruce up, these are the apps that matter.Read more..

* The Best Laptops for College

Need a light, affordable laptop you can carry all over campus? These 10 affordable picks make the grade.Read more..

And last but certainly NOT least…

* WhatsApp to Share Your Data with Facebook — You have 30 Days to Stop It

Nothing comes for Free, as “Free” is just a relative term used by companies to develop a strong user base and then use it for their own benefits. The same has been done by the secure messaging app WhatsApp, which has now made it crystal clear that the popular messaging service will begin sharing …Read more..

[ NOTE: that “sharing” includes your phone number.. but sheeze, you don’t think FB doesn’t already know your phone number?? ]

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Today’s quote:Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” ~ Steve Jobs

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

August 26, 2016 Posted by | advice, Android, Apple, cellular, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, gadgets, hackers, Internet, iPhone, mobile, News, privacy, security, software, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Big Brother is Facebook — Here’s what EVERYONE needs to do

Whether you ever had a FB account or not, you need to read this and do these things now.

* Stop Facebook tracking you across the web, change these settings

Facebook member or not, the social networking giant will soon follow you across the web — thanks to its new advertising strategy.Read more..

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Weird: It was 9 years ago today that I posted my first ‘How To’ here.. My, my.. almost a decade.

Today’s quote:Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.” ~ Peter Marshall

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

June 7, 2016 Posted by | advice, computers, consumer electronics, how to, Internet, privacy, security | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tips for staying safer on Facebook

I wouldn’t touch Facebook with a bargeman’s pole, but for those who do.. (and please, direct your Facebooking friends and family to this tutorial also.)

* How to stay safe on Facebook and avoid the top 5 scams

Facebook has over a billion users, which makes it a popular medium for cyber criminals to spread scams. Facebook users continue to fall for the same old ones, while some new tricks are growing as well.

All of them aim to steal sensitive user data or distribute malware. We looked into what the biggest Facebook scams are, how they trick users and included tips on how to avoid falling victim to them.

You may be surprised which popular “application” that one of your friends may have sent you is actually the biggest scam going around...” See the full list

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Today’s quote:People will always notice something about you. It might be the way you walk or the way you talk, or just simply your personality. Live each day in the way you want to be remembered. Live in such a way that people will be inspired by those unique qualities that you have and strive to live better lives for themselves.” ~ Amaka Imani Nkosazana

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

April 24, 2015 Posted by | advice, computers, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, Internet scam, privacy, security, tech | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Facebook in the News

Here’s yet another thing I want no part of:

* Facebook talks plans for drones, virtual reality at F8 2015

Facebook’s multi-billion acquisition of Oculus VR still has some followers puzzled, but the social network offered some extra foresight into its vision for the subsidiary on Thursday.” Read more..

And another: Zuckerberg at F8: Messenger Business will change customer service and how we interact with businesses

At Facebook’s F8 event in San Francisco, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said calling businesses “doesn’t feel like the future.” So he unveiled Messenger Business.” Read more..

[Sure. Who wants to talk to a real person anyway? (well… when that person’s in India.. maybe I don’t, after all..)]

F8.. isn’t that the key you press when there’s a super-serious problem?
;-)

Today’s reader survey: Are you eager for the new Windows 10 to hurry up and get here?

Today’s quote:Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”  ~ Desmond Tutu

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

March 26, 2015 Posted by | consumer electronics, gadgets, Internet, News, tech, Windows 10 | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Friday. A ‘check in’.

Since it’s been a while, I thought I would post a little something.. but as I sit here, I’m still not sure what that’s going to be.

* It has been my habit to post a ‘fun video’ on Fridays.
And I probably would have, had it not occurred to me that yesterday was the anniversary of the 9/11 attack.
And a video of goofballs proving Darwin’s theory, or monkeys throwing poo, seems inappropriate today.

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These folks slept on the sidewalk to be one of the first to own…

* And we all know a new iPhone was announced this week.
And loyal readers should know by now what I think of iDevices, and that I couldn’t care less.
Of much more interest to me was the announcement the new Amazon phone was reduced to 99¢.
Like.. a month after it was announced (and priced at $200).

* Facebook.
I’ve nothing positive to say. Wean yourself from it, if you can.

* Firefox Beta 243 is out.
Seriously. Guys. Just fix the bugs, and call it a day. (And bug fixes don’t call for new version numbers..)

* I’m looking forward to the weekend. I hope you are too. Having something to look forward to is important for your mental ‘well-being’.

* And speaking of ‘well-being’, would the one person who answered my poll with “I feel none of those things” care to share how they do it? (You can leave a comment w/o a name.)

Be well

Today’s quote:No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~ Aesop

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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.)

September 12, 2014 Posted by | advice, Apple, gadgets, iPhone, News, social networking, tech | , , , | 2 Comments

Facebook (and more)

Here are a few items worthy of your consideration.

* Facebook: Unethical, untrustworthy, and now downright harmful

News of Facebook experimenting on its users’ emotional states has rattled everyone. Worse, the tool used to perform the experiments is so flawed there’s no way of knowing if users were harmed.” Read more..

[ Yet again, I’m reminded how glad I am that I’ve  never touched Facebook… ]

* Do you have one of those “fitness” doodads? The scary truth about data security with wearables

Data brokers collect data from numerous sources for everyone in the US. It is alarming how much data is collected and the potential for security breaches, particularly from wearable devices.Read more..

* How to Block Online Tracking

Many sites track user behavior using a variety of invisible third-party software. This means any time you visit a Web page, you’re likely sharing data about your online habits, from clicks to views or social shares, whether you realize it or not. But there are a few ways to combat online tracking—although none can block some of the more sophisticated tracking techniques, such as “fingerprinting” and “onboarding.” Here are three tools that block the most common trackers.Read more..

So.. you want a career in IT?

humans

Chinese Hackers Target Logistics & Shipping Firms With Poisoned Inventory Scanners

‘ZombieZero’ still actively pushing rigged handheld scanning devices, reviving concerns of doing business with Chinese tech companies.Read more..

[ “Concerns”??? How asleep-at-the-switch are people?
Related: Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales in China

An undisclosed amount of reselling has forced Oculus to suspend sales of its Oculus Rift dev kits in China.Read more..

Someone at Oculus there may do well to look up the term “reverse engineering” too..]

* 8 Geeky Summer Projects to Keep Kids Busy

These projects will keep you and your kids entertained this summer.Read more..

Today’s quote: “The Paradoxical Commandments:

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.” ~ Kent M. Keith

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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.)

July 10, 2014 Posted by | advice, consumer electronics, gadgets, mobile, News, privacy, social networking, tech | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment