Tech – for Everyone

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

While I was away…

Let’s take a look at some of the recent headlines in Tech. (In no particular order..)

* FCC privacy rules can’t stop ‘gold rush’ in personal data

The flourishing ‘surveillance capitalism’ that profits from selling consumers’ personal data will be little affected by the new rules.Read More..

* Malvertising Campaign Hits Top Websites to Spread Ransomware

Hackers are always in search for an elite method to create loopholes in the cyberspace to implement the dark rules in the form of vulnerability exploitation. Top Trustworthy sites such as The New York Times, BBC, MSN, AOL and many more are on the verge of losing their face value as a …” Read more..

* Warning — Hackers can Silently Install Malware to Non-Jailbroken iOS Devices

Hard time for mobile phone users! Just recently, two severe vulnerabilities in Qualcomm Snapdragon chip and Stagefright were spotted on the Android platform, affecting more than a Billion and Millions of devices respectively. And now: Hackers have discovered a new way to install malicious apps ..” Read more..

* Apple users, beware: First live ransomware targeting Macs …

Security researchers have discovered what they believe to be the first-ever ransomware attack targeted at Apple users that actually made it out …” Read more..

* Android Trojan infiltrates mobile firmware, Trend Micro apps

An Android Trojan which displays unwanted ads and installs nuisance software on mobile devices has been discovered in the firmware of smartphones and in popular Android applications, according to researchers.Read more..

[ “firmware” is chip-level coding, which comes into play when you first power up, but before the operating system (and therefore, any ‘anti-virus’) launches. ]

* The 18 scariest computer viruses of all time (slideshow)

And, there’s also Apple vs the F.B.I., and other delightful stories… But.. none of them are happy.

Today’s quote:Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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

March 22, 2016 Posted by | advice, Android, Apple, cellular, cloud computing, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, Cyberwarfare, hackers, Internet, iPhone, News, Phishing, phraud, privacy, ransomware, security, software, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Windows 10, and your privacy

Folks, I think everyone should read this…

* Microsoft’s Remarkable Pivot: Windows 10 Abandons Privacy

You can read all you want about Windows 10 powerful new privacy features, but that doesn’t mean you have them.Read more..

More like it..

* Baby Monitors Expose Home — And Business — Networks

Researchers find major security flaws in popular networked video baby monitor products that could allow attackers to snoop on babies and businesses.Read more..

Today’s quote:Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” ~ Willie Nelson

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

September 3, 2015 Posted by | computers, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, Internet of Things, Microsoft, News, privacy, security, tech | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

And so it goes.

Loyal readers won’t be surprised by this latest “breach” headline..

* Premera Blue Cross hit by “sophisticated” hack, 11M affected

The multi-state health insurance company was attacked in January and is working with the FBI to determine the cause of the breach.Read more..

and I think it’s time to conclude that if your “personally identifying information” is in anyone’s database (and you should know, it is in several [at a minimum]) it will fall into a badguy’s hands, and your identity will be stolen, if it hasn’t been already. (Seems it’s no longer a question of “if”..) Because it sure looks to me like databases and/or their networks cannot be secured.

So I urge all my readers to sign up for a credit monitoring service; to make it part of your routine to keep a careful eye on your bank, and credit card statements, and look for any signs of unauthorized activity.

And no. Don’t turn on your smartphone’s payment feature. Ever. Regardless how ‘convenient’ it might seem on that asinine TV commercial. (You may want to join me in wrapping your credit cards in tinfoil too. See Digital pickpockets using smartphones to steal credit cards)

Just my two cents.

(Better, pay off, and then cut up every credit card but a single FEO one [for emergency use only].)

Today’s quote:A mathematical formula for happiness: Reality divided by Expectations.There were two ways to be happy: improve your reality or lower your expectations.” ~ Jodi Picoult

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

March 18, 2015 Posted by | cloud computing, computers, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, News, security, tech | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Play Minecraft? Change Your Password.

While I do not understand the appeal, I do understand Minecraft is an extremely popular online game, with millions of members. If you’re one of them, be aware:

* Minecraft hacked! More than 1800 Minecraft account Credentials Leaked

A sad reality for gamers all around the world who enjoy playing the very popular game Minecraft on their PCs. If you are one of them, you’ll want to pay attention here. A plain text file containing over 1,800 Minecraft account usernames and passwords has just been leaked online, German media reports. The details available in the leak has been posted to Pastebin, which would allow anyone to … ” Read more..

It does no good to warn them..? (note the company’s response.)
* Two Million Cars Using Wireless Insurance Dongle Vulnerable to Hacking

2015 will be a year more smarter than 2014 with smarter mobile devices, smarter home appliances, and yes Smarter Automobiles. Nowadays, there are a number of automobiles companies offering vehicles that run on a mostly drive-by-wire system, meaning that a majority of the controls are electronically controlled, from instrument cluster to steering, brakes, and accelerator as well. No doubt these ..Read more…

I wonder if the people using this have even once considered the Big Brother vileness of this ‘monitoring device’? (I also wonder if law enforcement doesn’t have similar tools..) Oh, well. It’ll save them some money, and that’s the only consideration worth considering… right?

Sometimes, I think the Ostrich Method really is the only way to stay sane on this planet..

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Source: amyrouse.net

Of course there’s plenty of other discouraging tech headlines, (such as Oracle issues critical patch update: 169 new security fixes) but.. read those two (above), and consider the implications. That’ll be enough for today.

Dumb:

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Uh. Okay! I’ll get right on it!

Today’s quote:When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” ~ 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 21, 2015 Posted by | advice, consumer electronics, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, News, security, tech | , , , , | Leave a comment

Winding down…

I hope everyone can say their holiday ranked at least ‘could’a been worse’ on the scale, or a much higher score than that.

Here’s a few final-for-2014 ‘Items of Interest’:

Price Tag Rises For Stolen Identities Sold In The Underground
What cybercriminals now charge for stolen identities, counterfeit identities, hacking tutorials, DDoS, and other services.

One year after the cybercrime underground slashed the price of a stolen identity by as much as 37% due to a glut in the black market, the price tag for a pilfered ID has inched upward again.Read more.

(That’s a very interesting read, folks.)

Tor Network Is Under Attack through Directory Authority Servers Seizures

Tor has been targeted once again, but this time at a much larger scale. A new attack on Tor network reportedly would either completely shut it down worldwide or turn it into evil network.” Read more..

Today’s quote:There is no short cut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation – veneer isn’t worth anything.” ~ George Washington Carver

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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.)

December 27, 2014 Posted by | advice, computers, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, News, security, tech | , , , , | Leave a comment

Happy Halloween

Folks,

I understand that Mother Nature is going to dampen the festivities for some of you, but I would like to wish you all the best possible Halloween, well, um.. possible!

I do hope you all have a fun (and safe) time Trick Or Treating tonight, and your costume wins First Prize.

And please allow me to remind you not to eat too much of your loot at once, or you might feel like this guy..

Happy Halloween!

Today’s reading reco: Zero Day Weekly: CurrentC hacked, White House breached, APT28 exposed, Verizon shamed

A collection of notable security news items for the week ending October 31, 2014. Covers enterprise, controversies, reports and more.” Read more..

Today’s Fun Video (Reader submitted): The fine folks at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory demonstrate why they are the best ever by showcasing their mad pumpkin carving skills.

Today’s quote:Fortune favours the bold.” ~ Virgil

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

October 31, 2014 Posted by | blogging, digital Video, Internet, News, security, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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