Tech – for Everyone

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

A Heads Up For Skype Users (and more)

Quickly, today, as my agenda is full… Use Skype? Beware. There’s a new attack making the rounds.

* Skype Worm in Instant Message Leads to Ransomware

Users need to be careful about clicking on links sent through Skype, as a malicious worm is spreading via Skype instant messages.Read more..

(A little Geekspeak translation: “ransomware” is where the bad guys encrypt your files, and then sell you the key to get your stuff back. [Your files held ransom.] Just… business as usual on the Internet. NBD.)

Do you use Apple? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you need antivirus just like any other web-connected device. Here’s a review of Mac AV from a guy I trust.

* What’s the Best Mac Antivirus?

Austrian independent antivirus testing lab AV-Comparatives has released an initial report on antivirus tools specifically for the Mac platform.” Read more..

Also:

* SecurityWatch Summit 2012: A Lively Debate Over Mobile Security

The evening began with McAfee experts demonstrating just how easy it is to break into someone’s laptop using readily available software. Although most people have heard that public hotspots are “playgrounds for malcontents to do horrid things,” sometimes it takes a live demo to convince people to take the right precautions.” Read more..

* (From Litigation Digest) “If you believe the rumors and interpretations, Microsoft wants to be like Apple. And they want to sell to everyone who owns an iOS and Android-powered device. In other words – have their cake and eat it too (or world domination – you pick). In order to get a more “Apple-like” experience, would you be willing to forego your Dell/HP/Lenovo hardware and buy more expensive hardware directly from Microsoft? Or would you prefer to abandon the world of Windows and use native versions of Microsoft Office? Do you think Microsoft will provide a great, native user interface experience? Read a trio of posts at:

Interesting? A reader sent me a ‘heads up’ about a software download, of a type I was/am unfamiliar with. (I have heard of “subliminal (audio) tapes..) I have not tried this program. Can’t say “boo” about it. But, since CNET editors rate it “excellent”, I will pass it along for those who might be interested.. (Thank you, Dear Reader.)

Subliminal Mind

This simple application flashes extremely short, subliminal messages while you are browsing, working, or playing games. The authors promise it will help you reprogram your mind at the subconscious level to cope with psychological problems. Messages are arranged by topics such as happiness and pain, or you can add your own. The program comes with prewritten messages for common afflictions like emotional pain, fear, anxiety, illness, motivation, smoking, and even physical pain.

Today’s quote:To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.” ~ Confucius

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October 11, 2012 Posted by | advice, Apple, computers, Internet, mobile, News, security, tech, VoIP | | 7 Comments

Does My Tablet Need Antivirus?

A Reader Writes In With A Good Question…

Q: I think I know what your answer is going to be, but I thought I would confirm. This week I bought a Galaxy Tab tablet and I am wondering if it needs antivirus like a regular computer does. Thanks.
Carol B.

A: Carol,
Congratulations on your new Android tablet computer. Let me answer your question with a question: does your Tab connect to the Internet?

I have stated here before, and will repeat; criminals (aka “hackers”) and hostile governments/orgs have made the Internet a dangerous place to visit, and I recommend that any device which connects to the web have security installed – and that means an “antivirus”.
Tablets and smart phones are not “immune” from “rogue” applications, spyware, etc.. No digital device is.

I do not yet own a tablet, but a quick look in the Galaxy Tab user’s forum suggests an equal split with folks recommending AVG Mobile (free) and Lookout Mobile (free) to their fellow Tab users. (Also, you may want to refer to 15 Mobile Security Tools.)

{note: If you have been using an Android tablet PC, and have an antivirus you’d care to recommend (or, infection story), please share it with us by leaving a Comment. Thanks!}

Something like over 10 million Americans had their identities stolen last year (and the year before) (and the year before) (and the year before). I’m glad you wrote in.

Today’s quote:The world is in a constant conspiracy against the brave. It’s the age-old struggle: the roar of the crowd on the one side, and the voice of your conscience on the other.” ~ Douglas MacArthur

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September 28, 2011 Posted by | advice, Android, computers, Internet, mobile | , , , , , , | 18 Comments