Tech – for Everyone

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

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

Opera Browser Now Offers Free VPN Service

I tip my geek hat to the folks over at Opera.

* Opera Browser Now Offers Free and Unlimited Built-in VPN Service

Opera’s Free VPN protects unencrypted browser session from leaking on public WiFi networks and will also let unblock firewalls to improve privacy and security.Read more..

* Get the Opera browser here.

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Today’s Pretty Picture:

Not a bad cellphone pic, eh? Click on image to see more by this atrist

Not a bad cellphone pic, eh? Click on image to see more by this artist

“Spring 2011” by SurFeRGiRL30, courtesy of Flickr Commons

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Today’s quote:There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” ~ Aldous Huxley

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

April 24, 2016 Posted by | advice, browsers, computers, consumer electronics, how to, Internet, News, privacy, security | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Important Reading!

Folks, again I feel the need to direct your attention to a news item. And I agree: it is ‘time to make a stink’!

* Stop the Obama administration from surrendering authority over the Internet

The “IANA Transition” took a big step forward this month and we are one step closer to the US government handing control over the DNS and IP numbering to a vaguely-defined group accountable, effectively, to nobody.Read more..

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Today’s quote:Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.” ~ Henri Nouwen

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

April 1, 2016 Posted by | computers, consumer electronics, Internet, News, security, tech | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Today’s ‘Must Read’

Folks, here’s an article I recommend everybody reads.. even those who are ‘not techies’. (Especially those..)

* How one hacker exposed thousands of insecure desktops that anyone can remotely view

Imagine being given the keys to the internet. One minute you could be looking at a building’s air conditioning panel, a pharmacist’s inventory, and a Windows programmer’s console, and the next minute it’s a school administrator’s email inbox, and a touch-screen toilet customer satisfaction monitor (which, sadly isn’t a joke).Read more..

[ read it and find out why the weakest link in the chain is us.. ]

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Today’s quote:Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” ~ Lyndon B. Johnson

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

March 29, 2016 Posted by | cloud computing, computers, cyber crime, Cyberwarfare, hackers, Internet, Internet of Things, News, security, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

While I was away…

Let’s take a look at some of the recent headlines in Tech. (In no particular order..)

* FCC privacy rules can’t stop ‘gold rush’ in personal data

The flourishing ‘surveillance capitalism’ that profits from selling consumers’ personal data will be little affected by the new rules.Read More..

* Malvertising Campaign Hits Top Websites to Spread Ransomware

Hackers are always in search for an elite method to create loopholes in the cyberspace to implement the dark rules in the form of vulnerability exploitation. Top Trustworthy sites such as The New York Times, BBC, MSN, AOL and many more are on the verge of losing their face value as a …” Read more..

* Warning — Hackers can Silently Install Malware to Non-Jailbroken iOS Devices

Hard time for mobile phone users! Just recently, two severe vulnerabilities in Qualcomm Snapdragon chip and Stagefright were spotted on the Android platform, affecting more than a Billion and Millions of devices respectively. And now: Hackers have discovered a new way to install malicious apps ..” Read more..

* Apple users, beware: First live ransomware targeting Macs …

Security researchers have discovered what they believe to be the first-ever ransomware attack targeted at Apple users that actually made it out …” Read more..

* Android Trojan infiltrates mobile firmware, Trend Micro apps

An Android Trojan which displays unwanted ads and installs nuisance software on mobile devices has been discovered in the firmware of smartphones and in popular Android applications, according to researchers.Read more..

[ “firmware” is chip-level coding, which comes into play when you first power up, but before the operating system (and therefore, any ‘anti-virus’) launches. ]

* The 18 scariest computer viruses of all time (slideshow)

And, there’s also Apple vs the F.B.I., and other delightful stories… But.. none of them are happy.

Today’s quote:Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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March 22, 2016 Posted by | advice, Android, Apple, cellular, cloud computing, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, Cyberwarfare, hackers, Internet, iPhone, News, Phishing, phraud, privacy, ransomware, security, software, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Best Black Friday Tech Deals

Folks, in addition to the links I recently provided in my last post, this resource provided by the folks at PC Magazine can help you find the bargains you’re looking for.

* The Best Black Friday Tech Deals

Looking for a deal this morning? Check out the best deals from Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and more in PCMag’s Black Friday deal rundown.” Read more..

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Today’s quote:Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” ~ Melody Beattie

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

November 27, 2015 Posted by | advice, computers, consumer electronics, shopping for, tech | , , , , | 4 Comments

Monday, Thanksgiving week.. (updated)

A couple of items for you, today, folks.

As you might have noticed, many retailers have started their ‘Black Friday’ sales already. I’ve been keeping my eye on Gadgets and Gizmos, and can tell you that there are deals out there that make waiting for BF (or ‘Cyber Tuesday’) unnecessary. I monitor Tiger Direct and New Egg for my tech deals (links to sales pages). And of course I check Amazon.

* Have you every been minding your own business, and happen to catch  a song that you haven’t heard in a really, really long time, and – magically – forgotten memories come flooding back? That happened to me yesterday when I heard this tune..

* And since that put me in the mood for ‘classic greats’.. here’s another for you (tho, Led Zepplin live is not for ‘everyone’):

Well.. I hope you are all having fun getting ready for your holiday.. ;)

Today’s quote: “Surround yourself with positive people and you’ll be a positive person.” ~ Kellie Pickler

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

November 23, 2015 Posted by | consumer electronics, digital music, digital Video | , , , , , | Leave a comment