Tech – for Everyone

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

And today it’s Apple Mac — again

I really, really have to stop looking at tech news…

* What’s behind backdoor #3? Mac version of Mokes malware follows Linux, Windows variants

The malware is programmed to swipe data and images from a victim’s machine, including screenshots taken every 30 seconds, audio and video captures, documents and keystrokes..” Read more..

This crap is costing us trillions.. each and every year.
(That we know about.. and that’s the tip of the iceberg.)

Please don’t think you’re safe because you have an antivirus. No security program is bulletproof. You simply must constantly exercise “paranoid common sense”, and turn off all curiosity. The bad guys want you to click their links, so don’t click (when on the Internet) unless you’re certain it’s safe, and you need to go there. Don’t ‘download’ and install a program unless you’re certain you need it. I’ll go further: if you don’t know what the word “malware” is, 3/4ths through 2016, get off the Internet altogether.

  • The telephone has gotten almost as bad. No you didn’t win a free cruise. No, the IRS is not about to “file criminal action”. No, they are not “conducting a quick survey”.. etc., etc..

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Today’s quote:My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.” ~ Jack Layton

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

September 8, 2016 Posted by | Apple, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, News, PC, rootkits, security, software, tech | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

And today it’s Linux’s turn .. (sigh)

I gotta stop paying attention to the tech news… :(

* Linux rootkit, named for Pokémon’s Umbreon, targets Linux

A new rootkit family, dubbed Umbreon after a character in the popular Pokémon game who hides in the night, has been detected targeting Linux users, according to a Monday post by Trend Micro researchers.” Read more..

[ Don’t know what a “rootkit” is? You really should by now. No excuse, actually. Go to Wikipedia right now! ]

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Today’s quote:Since our society equates happiness with youth, we often assume that sorrow, quiet desperation, and hopelessness go hand in hand with getting older. They don’t. Emotional pain or numbness are symptoms of living the wrong life, not a long life.” ~ Martha Beck

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

September 7, 2016 Posted by | advice, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, hackers, Linux, News, PC, security | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Windows Owners Be Aware of this Latest Threat!

An ALERT! for you folks who own Microsoft Windows PC’s. And you should know by now, “ransomware” is that (type of) hacker virus that makes you pay to get your files back. Please pass this item on to your friends and loved ones.

* New ‘Fantom’ Ransomware Poses As Windows Update

Fantom malware comes disguised as a legitimate Microsoft Windows update to trick consumers and business users into downloading it.” Read more..

And.. to counteract all the bad news in the tech world, how about a dose of relief? (And yes folks, there’s enough of it that I am becoming thoroughly ‘anti-technology’ :( .)

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Today’s quote:Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~ Leo Buscaglia

Yes. I’ve posted that one before. But, be honest, it’s easy to let this slip one’s mind.
We can’t let it.

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

September 1, 2016 Posted by | advice, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, Microsoft, News, PC, ransomware, security, software, tech | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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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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

iPhone owner be aware (alert)

iPhone owners need to look at this.

* Apple releases “important security update” for iPhone after spyware discovery

They would have been able to turn on his iPhone’s camera and microphone to record Mansoor and anything nearby, without him being wise about it. They would have been able to log his emails and calls — even those that are encrypted end-to-end. And, of course, they would have been able to track his precise whereaboutsRead more..

I hope Apple owners no longer think they’re immune from this “viruses” stuff… ‘cuz they ain’t. If it has an operating system, it can be ‘hacked’.

Today’s quote:Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” ~ Ashley Smith

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

August 25, 2016 Posted by | Apple, cellular, consumer electronics, cyber crime, Cyberwarfare, hackers, hardware, iPhone, mobile, News, security | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Best read in a while..

This article is the most interesting ‘techy’ piece I’ve seen in a bit…

* The Good and the Terrifying Things at Black Hat 2016

Car hacks, cash-spewing ATMs, Apple’s special blenders, and computers generating Taylor Swift songs were just a few of the things at Black Hat 2016.Read more..

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Today’s quote:Any idiot can face a crisis – it’s day to day living that wears you out.” ~ Anton Chekhov

Beware of being ‘worn out’ folks. Take good care of yourselves. Get rest. Do what you have to for your emotional, spiritual, psychological, as well as your physical ‘well-being’.

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

August 10, 2016 Posted by | cloud computing, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, Cyberwarfare, hackers, Internet, Internet of Things, mobile, News, privacy, ransomware, security, tech | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Beware People (Be Aware)

There’s a new development in the world of cybercriminal scammers everyone needs to be aware of.

* Tech support scams gain sophistication, now using malware

Tech support scammers are upping their game, actively using malware to cause computer technical issues— effectively holding devices for ransom and forcing consumers to call a fake support number, which opens them up to identity theft and future credit problems.” Read more..

Remember: “Malware” is viruses, trojans, cryptolockers.. anything bad.

And to lightening things up a bit (as I don’t you to think I’m nothing but a downer).. something completely unrelated to tech:

Today’s quote:Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.” ~ Jim Rohn

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

May 18, 2016 Posted by | advice, computers, cyber crime, Internet, News, privacy, security, tech | , , , , , | Leave a comment