Tech – for Everyone

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

New use for a bag of chips

This new technology is another reason to place video cameras everywhere.

Spying just keeps getting easier.

Related reading: Worldview-3 — Satellite That Could Allow Google and U.S Government to See Your Face from Space

Majority of my articles are related to government spying, privacy and security issues of your online stuffs and also measures that you can adopt in protecting yourself from being spied on. But, your all efforts will soon be of no use – someone is about to secretly track your every footstep. Google will soon get an eye in the space that will be enough powerful to see your face, thanks to the ...” Read more…

[ um.. I could be wrong.. but I think they already can.. (maybe not Google, but the gov.)]

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Today’s quote:If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” ~ George S. Patton

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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.)

August 14, 2014 Posted by | Google, News, tech | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Read all of this

Folks, truly a ‘must read’ for you today. Please read the whole article, and please have your thinking caps on.

Google turns in a user for allegedly possessing criminal material

Find out how Google detected illegal activity on their systems and how they responded to the discovery.Read more..

[ .. and you may want to peruse the numerous comments as well .. ]

And if that wasn’t enough for you, More Good Reading: Hacked Canadian ISP leads to virtual currency theft

A hacker who gained privileged access to a Canadian ISP’s network hijacked net traffic from foreign networks and stole more than $83,000 in virtual currency.

The hacker, who experts believe may be a former employee of the Canadian ISP and is working alone, compromised the servers of firms that generate virtual currencies like Bitcoin and Dogecoin.” Read more..

[ um.. “firms that generate virtual currency”..? ]

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Today’s quote:There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.” ~ Aristotle

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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.)

August 13, 2014 Posted by | cyber crime, Google, hackers, Internet, News, security | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Use Tor or Hotspot Shield? You’re a terrorist!

(Or even Google’d those words?)

One “must read” for all you thinkers out there.

The NSA Thinks You Are an Extremist If You Care About Privacy

You don’t have to perform a search about pressure cooker bombs or terrorism to get on the National Security Agency’s radar. Just being a little privacy-conscious and curious about Tor is enough.Read more..

I suggest forwarding that to your friends and family, as well.

Wow. It’s a fair bet I am on The List because of typing those words… Double “wow”!

Today’s quote: “Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.”  ~ Aldous Huxley

Today’s relief: Another one of those ‘buried into my subconscious’ songs..

“Googled” is a word. How nuts is that?

And speaking of Google: I received an info-Email informing me that Orkut is Kaput (soon).

After ten years of sparking conversations and forging connections, we have decided it’s time for us to start saying goodbye to Orkut. Over the past decade, YouTube, Blogger and Google+ have taken off, with communities springing up in every corner of the world. Because the growth of these communities has outpaced Orkut’s growth, we’ve decided to focus our energy and resources on making these other social platforms as amazing as possible for everyone who uses them.”

I had to say, “Who? What the ___ is an “Orkut”? (jk)
“Outpaced growth”…
Snicker.

Too bad they didn’t pitch it/mod it to be the place where all the kids go (now that grown-ups [parents and grandparents] have flooded Facebook). Then it might be “monitize-able”….

Copyright 2007-2014 © “Tech Paul” (Paul Eckstrom). All Rights Reserved.


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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 7, 2014 Posted by | computers, consumer electronics, Google, Internet, privacy | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Half over

Hard to believe the year’s half over already.. Here are a few items for your consideration.

Taxis sow traffic chaos in Europe protesting against Uber car app

Taxi drivers sowed traffic chaos in Europe’s top cities on Wednesday by mounting one of the biggest protests ever against Uber, a U.S. car service whose smartphone app summons rides at the touch of a button.Read more..

[ Which is it? Adapt or die, or Adapt and die? ]

google robot car* Baby you can’t drive my car

Self driving cars:While the notion has been around in science fiction for at least 60 years, Google wants to bring it into reality.Read more..

Layer 8: “Human error” contributes to nearly all cyber incidents, study finds

Even though organizations may have all of the bells and whistles needed in their data security arsenal, it’s the human element that continues to fuel cyber incidents occurring, according to one recent study.Read more..

A wake up call? Class-action filed against payroll company Paytime over massive data breach

A class-action complaint has been filed against Paytime, a Pennsylvania-based payroll company that experienced a massive data breach in April. “Paytime failed to safeguard and prevent vulnerabilities from being taken advantage of in its computer system,” according to documents filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on Friday.Read more..

Here’s a change: Technology sites “riskier” than illegal sites in 2013, according to Symantec data

The “riskiest” pages to visit in 2013 were technology websites, according to data from users of Norton Web Safe, which monitors billions of traffic requests and millions of software downloads per day.Read more..

Today’s quote:The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity.” ~ Harlan Ellison

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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.)

June 17, 2014 Posted by | News, tech | , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Today We Fight Back

Today is the “Day We Fight Back” (against mass surveillance), here are some tips for staying anonymous online; a way to express your concern for online privacy; and a quick test of your “privacy IQ”.

* Please see https://thedaywefightback.org/ and use the form let your Representatives know you’re fed up – that you deserve to have your basic privacy respected.

http://myprivacyiq.com/ A short 10 question quiz. Do you know how to enhance your online privacy?

How to Stay Anonymous Online

How do you take back control of your own personal privacy online? Is it even possible? One 2013 Pew study reported that 60 percent of Americans have given up on that idea entirely. Ultimately, the only way to stay truly anonymous online is to not go online at all. Since that’s not really an option for most of us, here’s a rundown of what you can do to minimize the spying, the targeted advertising, and ID theft as you explore the world online.” Read more..

(Yes, folks. It’s not just about government spying; it’s also about how much big companies like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft have collected about you in order to serve up targeted ads.)

Welcome to the Information Age.

Today’s quote:There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” ~ Denis Waitley

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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.

February 11, 2014 Posted by | advice, cyber crime, Google, how to, Internet, Microsoft, privacy, security, social networking, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Angry Birds is Big Brother

Here’s some food for your mind.

angrybirdsThe NSA Is Using Angry Birds to Spy on You

Many popular smartphone apps are being mined for user data by the government, and authorities are using them to track your sexual habits.Read more..

The Only Thing Scarier Than Self-Driving Cars Are the Hackers Waiting to Attack Them

A new study claims that nearly 54 million autonomous vehicles will be sold by 2035. But as smart devices proliferate across all categories, risks abound.Read more..

Malicious intent can turn Chrome speech recognition into spying device

A speech recognition expert contends malicious players can turn Google’s Chrome web browser into a remote listening device.Read more..

* The Real Reason Why Google Bought Nest for $3.2 Billion

Here’s a hint: It has to do with things people do ‘twice a day.‘” Read more..

* Did you miss it? Tuesday was Data Privacy Day.

Yes, that’s right. Data Privacy Day. Sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance (aka staysafeonline.org).

Today the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is officially kicking off Data Privacy Day 2014, along with federal and private sector leaders. The theme for Data Privacy Day is Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust and will be echoed during numerous local and online events taking place globally and around the country.

I did not notify you of this important event. Why?

NCSA is teaming up with Facebook to broadcast the Data Privacy Day Kick Off event live online for the world to watch.

ROTFLOL. Facebook???? It sure seems to me… somebody just isn’t “getting it”.
* Facebook CEO Admits To Calling Users ‘Dumb Fucks’

Mark Zuckerberg admits in a New Yorker profile that he mocked early Facebook users for trusting him with their personal information.Read more..

* Privacy no longer a social norm, says Facebook founder

The rise of social networking online means that people no longer have an expectation of privacy, according to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.Read more..

There’s some important things to know in the information above. I hope you’ll do some reading, and then tell your friends/family. (Because yes, the lunatics are running the asylum.) I apologize, Dear Reader, for reprinting that naughty word, but I do believe there’s good cause.

* Work From Home Like a Boss: Top Tech for Your Home Office

Here are four tech tools to help telecommuters work harder, smarter and, yes, more comfortably, too.Read more..

[Question: will these devices really help someone be more productive?]

Today’s quote:If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it. That’s all it takes to get people to win football games for you.” ~ Bear Bryant

It is incumbent upon us to use the brains we have …

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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.

January 30, 2014 Posted by | advice, cellular, computers, consumer electronics, Gaming, Google, hackers, Internet, mobile, News, privacy, security, social networking, software, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Hey! Thanks, Google!

Tech whiz kids really are making the world a better place!

Google just made it really easy for strangers to email you

You no longer need someone’s email address to send them an email. At least, that will soon be the case if you want to email another Google+ user. A new Gmail “feature” will let you simply type in anyone’s name into Gmail’s “to” field and send them an email. Google announced the new Google+ integration on its Gmail blog today, but company representatives have clarified that — by default — anyone on its social network will be able to send messages to your Gmail inbox.Read more..

Fortunately, there will be a way for you to opt out (read the article to find the setting), which you’re going want to do, as I think the only people who are going to do this are spammers (and my guess is, they’ll do it a LOT.)

Genius!

(Hey, Google? Google Plus is never going to compete with Facebook, any more than I can flap my arms and fly.. Smell the coffee.)

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Today’s quote:If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” ~ Mark Twain

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

January 10, 2014 Posted by | advice, computers, consumer electronics, e-mail, Google, Internet, News | , , , , , , | 5 Comments