Tech – for Everyone

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

Winding down…

I hope everyone can say their holiday ranked at least ‘could’a been worse’ on the scale, or a much higher score than that.

Here’s a few final-for-2014 ‘Items of Interest’:

Price Tag Rises For Stolen Identities Sold In The Underground
What cybercriminals now charge for stolen identities, counterfeit identities, hacking tutorials, DDoS, and other services.

One year after the cybercrime underground slashed the price of a stolen identity by as much as 37% due to a glut in the black market, the price tag for a pilfered ID has inched upward again.Read more.

(That’s a very interesting read, folks.)

Tor Network Is Under Attack through Directory Authority Servers Seizures

Tor has been targeted once again, but this time at a much larger scale. A new attack on Tor network reportedly would either completely shut it down worldwide or turn it into evil network.” Read more..

Today’s quote:There is no short cut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation – veneer isn’t worth anything.” ~ George Washington Carver

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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.)

December 27, 2014 Posted by | advice, computers, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, News, security, tech | , , , , | Leave a comment

Use Tor or Hotspot Shield? You’re a terrorist!

(Or even Google’d those words?)

One “must read” for all you thinkers out there.

The NSA Thinks You Are an Extremist If You Care About Privacy

You don’t have to perform a search about pressure cooker bombs or terrorism to get on the National Security Agency’s radar. Just being a little privacy-conscious and curious about Tor is enough.Read more..

I suggest forwarding that to your friends and family, as well.

Wow. It’s a fair bet I am on The List because of typing those words… Double “wow”!

Today’s quote: “Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.”  ~ Aldous Huxley

Today’s relief: Another one of those ‘buried into my subconscious’ songs..

“Googled” is a word. How nuts is that?

And speaking of Google: I received an info-Email informing me that Orkut is Kaput (soon).

After ten years of sparking conversations and forging connections, we have decided it’s time for us to start saying goodbye to Orkut. Over the past decade, YouTube, Blogger and Google+ have taken off, with communities springing up in every corner of the world. Because the growth of these communities has outpaced Orkut’s growth, we’ve decided to focus our energy and resources on making these other social platforms as amazing as possible for everyone who uses them.”

I had to say, “Who? What the ___ is an “Orkut”? (jk)
“Outpaced growth”…
Snicker.

Too bad they didn’t pitch it/mod it to be the place where all the kids go (now that grown-ups [parents and grandparents] have flooded Facebook). Then it might be “monitize-able”….

Copyright 2007-2014 © “Tech Paul” (Paul Eckstrom). All Rights Reserved.


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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.)

July 7, 2014 Posted by | computers, consumer electronics, Google, Internet, privacy | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment