Tech – for Everyone

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

Quick Reco’s..

A few items worthy of your consideration.

* Proposed amendments to ECPA would make Orwell squirm

George Orwell wrote his famous book about Big Brother in 1948. What would he think about the Electronic Communications Privacy Act? Changes to the act are being voted on this week in the U.S. Senate.Read more..

Computers (and “high tech”) are fundamentally changing.

* Windows 8: It’s only one part of Microsoft’s brave new world

Just how do you completely rebuild a company? Windows 8 is important but it’s just one step towards the future for Microsoft.” Read more..

* A new checkbox (aka “option”, aka “setting”) Skype users may want to un-check..

They snuck that in during an “update”…

* Do you have more than one “device” on your network? Free, from Sophos: Network Security Scan

Scan for threats on your network — up to 200 machines

  • Finds viruses and other threats your antivirus missed
  • Works alongside your existing antivirus
  • Includes free security updates for 30 days

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Want to see what your current software might have missed? Try our free scan on up to 200 computers.

It’ll find malware, suspicious devices and apps

You’ll be able to see threats in all their forms. It could be removable media, games or other peer-to-peer software that are your biggest risks. Read more/download..

* Photographers, I recently came across two websites anyone thinking about buying a digital camera should (IMHO) take a look at:

* Cyber Monday: Can The Internet Be Taken Down By Massive DDoS Attacks?

 “A security expert from Arbor Networks says bandwidth and performance increases combined with increased sizes of botnets have got service providers worried that large scale DDoS attacks could cause massive Internet interruptions.Read more..

(… I won’t tell you about the planned hacker “blitzkrieg” attack on US banks… But you can ‘google it’..)

Today’s quote:Today, you always know whether you are on the Internet or on your PC’s hard drive. Tomorrow, you will not care and may not even know.” ~ Bill Gates

(Sorry, Bill, but I will care [and I will know] ‘cuz I’m not a sheeple.)

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November 27, 2012 Posted by | advice, cloud computing, computers, consumer electronics, Internet, News, privacy, security, tech | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Warning For Apple Users

I have long been advising owners of computers – even Apple computers – to make sure they run an antivirus (any device that connects to the Internet needs an antivirus) and keep it up-to-date.  Also true: the outright *myth* that Apple is immune from viruses and hackers persists. Guess what I saw in my InfoSec headlines yesterday?

Attackers set sights on Mac OS X with Apple malware toolkit

“The growing success of Apple’s Mac OS, bolstered by iPhone sales and new iPad tablet users, has caught the attention of cybercriminals who are setting their sights on Apple users.

Danish IT-security firm, CSIS Security Group, has stumbled upon a new Apple crimeware toolkit targeting Mac OS X. Security researchers at the organization discovered the toolkit being sold in low numbers on several black hat hacking forums.Read more..

Also: New MAC OS X scareware delivered through blackhat SEO

Researchers from Intego have intercepted a new scareware sample targeting the MAC OS X. Read more..

(Geek Speak Translation: A “malware toolkit” is a simple-to-use program that creates custom viruses, and takes advantage of known weaknesses. See, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hacker (computer_security). They are [typically] used by ‘hackers’ who aren’t really into computer programming, called “script kiddies”. “Blackhat SEO” refers to criminal manipulation of search results, so their ‘poison’ websites appear at or near the top.)

I know that my posting this will not do anything to dispel common perception; but for those of you who are Apple Mac owners, and want to prevent Identity Theft and to surf the web (more) safely, I re-recommend purchasing and installing Norton for Mac, or downloading ..

Today’s free download: Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition

“Free antivirus that works simply and beautifully. Just like your Mac.

Overview: As Apple computers grow more popular than ever, they’re an increasingly-enticing target for hackers. And these hackers aren’t just mischief-makers — by targeting your computer or applications you use, these criminals are out to steal and profit from your valuable personal information. Don’t let them. Get free Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac today.”

Please! Let your Apple using friends and family know – Apple is in the hacker crosshairs now. (And also tell ’em “hacker” translates to “cyber criminal” these days.)

Bonus:

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May 4, 2011 Posted by | advice, Apple, computers, cyber crime, free software, hackers, Internet, News, security | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A Heads Up for Twitter Users

If you use the very popular Twitter social networking site, or know someone who does, please be aware of a look-alike fake website “Tvvitter” and an attack that is currently trying to steal login credentials. (“Phishing”)

Graham Cluley of Security firm Sophos has produced this short video that shows this social engineering attack “live”. If you “tweet”, please take a moment to watch.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “A Heads Up for Twitter Users “, posted with vodpod

As you have seen, the lure says, “check this guy out” and includes a link. Mr. Cluley has also published a sample of other “users” sending this “tweet”.

Animated GIF of other Twitter accounts trying to phish details from unwary users

Gives you an idea how these things work, and why – when you’re on the Internet – you want to use what I call “paranoid common sense” — don’t click the link!

Today’s free link(s): Long a member of my Blogroll, please take a look at Mr. Cluley’s other writings. His manner is very relaxed and friendly, and his topics are important. Graham’s blog.

Also, today Bill Mullins posted a great piece — You Won $1,230,310! Still Believe in Fairy Tales?

Today’s free download(s): TipCam 2.0.1 is a fine specimen of free screen-recording apps. Its best tricks let you record remote PCs using a VNC server, annotate while you record, and zoom in on the mouse position as it travels around the screen. You can also upload finished screencasts to YouTube or send a link privately through e-mail.

And Mr. Cluley mentions a FireFox add-on in the video, LongURL which helps to let you know where shortened links really go.

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May 23, 2009 Posted by | advice, computers, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, Internet scam, Phishing, phraud, privacy, security, social networking, tech | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment