Tech – for Everyone

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

Yahoo: Your Personal Info Stolen

If you use Yahoo! mail (or your ISP uses Yahoo Mail) you need to read this news item.

* Yahoo breach; at least 500 million accounts affected

According to a company statement, stolen information may have included names, email address telephone numbers, birth dates, hashed passwords and, in some instances, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers.Read more..

[ I think it’s safe to mentally remove the “may have” from that.. ]

Please forward this on to your friends and loved ones who use Yahoo! Mail. Tell ’em they need to change their passwords, and beware of suspicious “phishing” emails that sound like they know you..

And if you don’t know what “phishing” is by now.. please stop using the Internet.

Today’s quote:The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” ~ Winston Churchill

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

September 23, 2016 Posted by | advice, cyber crime, e-mail, hackers, Internet, News, privacy, security | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

More happy news for your Friday

(I hope you didn’t eat at a Wendy’s recently..)

Absolutely none of this should surprise you.

First up:
* Hackers Can Steal Your ATM PIN from Your Smartwatch Or Fitness Tracker

As your day-to-day apparel and accessories are turning into networked mobile electronic devices that attach to your body like smartwatch or fitness band, the threat to our personal data these devices collect has risen exponentially.Read more..

(There are Privacy concerns with those dang things too, BTW.)

And..
* Flaw Allows Attackers to Remotely Tamper with BMW’s In-Car Infotainment System

The Internet of things or connected devices are the next big concerns, as more Internet connectivity means more access points which mean more opportunities for hackers. When it comes to the threat to Internet of Things, Car Hacking is a hot topic. Since many automobiles companies are offering..Read more..

* This Android Hacking Group is making $500,000 per day

The bad news for affected Android users is that Hummer is extremely difficult if not impossible to get rid of, because the Trojan takes control of the phone at admin level, making it impossible for traditional antivirus tools to uninstall Hummer.

The dangerous part: It is impossible to delete the Trojan through a factory reset due to the fact Hummer comes equipped with up to 18 different separate rooting exploits that allow it to root itself on a phone..Read more..

( Infecting a million phones each day…!!! )

And last but not least..
* Over 1000 Wendy’s Restaurants Hit by Credit Card Hackers

The Popular fast-food restaurant chain Wendy’s on Thursday admitted that a massive cyber attack had hit more than 1,000 of its restaurants across the country. The burger chain did not speculate how many people may have been affected, though it did confirm that the hackers were able to steal its …” Read more..

So.. let’s see if I can come up with a good quote after all that news..

Today’s quote:Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.” ~ Ernest Holmes

(And I’m thinkin’ it’s time to Just Say No to our current tech… All of us.)


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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

July 8, 2016 Posted by | advice, Android, cloud computing, computers, consumer electronics, hackers, Internet, Internet of Things, mobile, News, privacy, rootkits, security, software, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sunday Items

Folks, a few things worthy of your attention:

* Data Breach Day — Patreon (2.3M), T-Mobile (15M) and Scottrade (4.6M) — HACKED!

This week, three high-profile data breaches took place, compromising personal and sensitive details of millions of people. Telecommunication giant T-Mobile Crowdfunding website Patreon US brokerage firm Scottrade In T-Mobile’s case, its credit application processor Experian was hacked, potentially exposing highly sensitive details of 15 Million people who applied for its service in the …” Read more..

Related: How to Freeze Credit Report To Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

If your Social Security number gets hacked in any data breaches, including recently hacked T-Mobile, then there’s a way to prevent hackers from misusing your identity (i.e. identity theft). The solution here is that you can institute a security freeze at each of the three credit bureaus, Equifax, Experian, or TransUnion. Once frozen, nobody will be allowed to access your credit report, ... ” Read more..

Today’s Interesting Image (SB #208):

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“Ellis clan” by Homini:), courtesy of Flickr Commons.

Today’s quotable quote: “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” ~ Zig Ziglar

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October 4, 2015 Posted by | advice, cyber crime, hackers, how to, Internet, News, security | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tuesday Items

Folks, here are a few headlines and articles I found worthy of recommendation:

* Despite security flaws, legal failures: How to fight revenge porn

The celebrity stolen nudes scandal has shined an uncomfortable light on everything from cloud security to sexual privacy. Now there’s finally a very public conversation happening about how hard it is for women to fight online attacks such as this.

I think it’s time to talk about fighting back.” Read more..

[ The article provides tips and advice for getting your stuff {i.e. embarrassing photos} removed {“taken down”} from the Internet. It’s not really about porn. ]

Nokia 925: My first Windows phoneThis article has me seriously re-interested in ditching Android and switching to a Windows phone; but what it says about Google is worth the read, too: Nokia 925: My first Windows phone

What’s it like for a lifetime Apple and Android user to begin using a Windows phone? Violet Blue found out.Read more..

And the follow-up article: The Windows phone: One month later

It’s been just over one month since Violet Blue switched from being a lifetime Apple and Android user to trying out a Nokia 925. Our newest Windows Phone user has a few things to say.” Read more..

For those anxious for Windows 10 (and/or the new “Spartan” browser):

This is Spartan! Windows 10 Technical Preview, Build 10049

“With Build 10049 of Windows 10 Technical Preview, Greg Shultz gets his hands on the Project Spartan browser. Take a look at some of the changes you can expect to see.Read more..

And.. I’ve said it before: Heads up people: Tech neck is crimpin’ my style and your skin

That’s because people on BART and buses and in public places don’t talk to each other so much anymore. Heck, some of them can hardly lift up their heads to look away from the tiny screens they hold in their hands.” Read more..

Well, that’s enough for today. If you read only one, read the first one; it’ll make you more aware of how tech (and the Internet) really work. Have a good one, everybody.

Today’s quotable quote:When we treat people merely as they are, they will remain as they are. When we treat them as if they were what they should be, they will become what they should be.” ~ Thomas S. Monson

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

April 7, 2015 Posted by | advice, Android, browsers, cellular, consumer electronics, how to, Internet, Microsoft, mobile, News, privacy, social networking, 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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January 21, 2015 Posted by | advice, consumer electronics, cyber crime, hackers, 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