Tech – for Everyone

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

Eating my words :( — Uninstall Web of Trust now

Folks, long time readers may remember, years ago now (decades in computer years) I recommended a ‘safe surfing’ browser add-on. A tech news headline – arrived today – has me regretting that.

* ‘Web Of Trust’ Browser Add-On Caught Selling Users’ Data — Uninstall It Now

Browser extensions have become a standard part of the most popular browsers and essential part of our lives for surfing the Internet. But not all extensions can be trusted. One such innocent looking browser add-on has been caught collecting browsing history of millions of users and selling them ..” Read more…

[ NOTE: even if you never heard of WoT, reading the article is a good education on the kind of spying the tech companies have been doing. ]

My love affair with technology is officially over.

Today’s quote:The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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

November 8, 2016 Posted by | advice, browsers, computers, Internet, News, privacy, tech | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Really, really creepy use of tech …

Folks, if you put your thinking caps on, and read this article, (as I recommend you do) you just might start wondering if something isn’t really, really wrong.

And maybe think twice before buying that “smart” toaster, or “voice activated” remote control…

* Ottawa sex toy maker We-Vibe sued for ‘secretly collecting’ its customers’ intimate habits

It has come to our attention that the company was actually recording specific information about her and other individuals usage of the device. That would include when it’s on, how long it’s being used for, what settings it’s on, the temperature of the device …” Read more..

Thank you, Dear Reader, for bringing this story to my attention.

And if that doesn’t do it, maybe this will:

* Hackers take Remote Control of Tesla’s Brakes and Door locks from 12 Miles Away

Next time when you find yourself hooked up behind the wheel, make sure your car is actually in your control. Hackers can remotely hijack your car and even control its brakes from 12 miles away. Car hacking is a hot topic. Today many automobiles companies have been offering vehicles with the …Read more..

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Today’s quote:Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” ~ Winston Churchill

And, yes. I know I said “really, really” twice.

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

September 20, 2016 Posted by | advice, consumer electronics, gadgets, hackers, Internet of Things, News, privacy, security, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Apple owners — 5 quick security tweaks

Folks, if you upgraded to iOS 10 on your iPhone and/or iPad (and it didn’t brick your device) please read, and follow, this brief How To tutorial article.

* Five security settings in iOS 10 you should immediately change

These tweaks will lock down your iPhone or iPad to protect your privacy.Read more..

[ I suggest doing that even if you don’t believe there’s any such thing as Privacy anymore.. ]

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Today’s quote:Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other’s little failings.” ~ Jean de la Bruyere

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September 14, 2016 Posted by | Apple, cellular, computers, consumer electronics, gadgets, how to, Internet, iPhone, Portable Computing, privacy, security, software | , , , , , , , , , | 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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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

This is important (and sign the petition)

Folks, one to read, and take action on … NOW.

* STOP Rule 41 — FBI should not get Legal Power to Hack Computers Worldwide

“We have been hearing a lot about Rule 41 after the US Department of Justice has pushed an update to the rule. The change to the Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure grants the FBI much greater powers to hack legally into any computer across the country, and perhaps anywhere in the … ” Read more..

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Today’s quote:I truly believe that everything that we do and everyone that we meet is put in our path for a purpose. There are no accidents; we’re all teachers – if we’re willing to pay attention to the lessons we learn, trust our positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks or wait for some miracle to come knocking at our door.” ~ Marla Gibbs

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June 24, 2016 Posted by | advice, computers, consumer electronics, Internet, News, privacy, security | , , , , , | 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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June 7, 2016 Posted by | advice, computers, consumer electronics, how to, Internet, privacy, security | , , , , , , | 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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September 3, 2015 Posted by | computers, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, Internet of Things, Microsoft, News, privacy, security, tech | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment