Another security flaw/breach has been discovered. This time if you purchased a home pretty much anywhere in the U.S. since 2003, you might be at risk. The largest Title Insurance company in the country had this little flaw that left everyone’s personal information available to anyone (over 800 million documents). Here’s the USA Today article…
If you’re not backing up your data on your computer, you’re now out of excuses. Best Buy has these 128GB USB flash drives for only $18 (as of the time of this post).
This is just crazy cheap for this much storage. If you need more, then go spend $50 on a 1 Terabyte external hard drive, but even that’s cheap too.
PLEASE, I BEG YOU! Don’t get caught with a failed hard drive, a stolen computer or accidental deletion of files and not have a backup of your data when it’s so easy to drag a copy to and external source.
Here’s the link at BestBuy: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/pny-attache-128gb-usb-2-0-flash-drive-black/5577085.p?skuId=5577085
If you prefer Amazon, here’s one for $20: https://smile.amazon.com/Sandisk-128GB-Flash-Memory-Drive/dp/B00P8XQPY4/ref=sr_1_3?crid=33UOCMG04QIOB&keywords=128gb+usb+3.0+flash+drive&qid=1556666070&s=gateway&sprefix=128GB+%2Caps%2C203&sr=8-3
Well, the end of Windows 7 that is. In January, Microsoft will no long support, i.e. update Windows 7, which means although you could still USE Windows 7, it really won’t be SAFE to use Windows 7.
If you’re using Windows 7 you’ll probably start seeing this box show up on your computer from time to time (unless you check the “Do not remind me again” box).
The upgrade to Windows 10 is pretty painless. Upgrading to Windows 10 is free, if you would like me to do it for you I charge a nominal amount. Unless you computer is really old it shouldn’t have an issue (on a rare occasion there is no support for an old video card).
So in the next several months, consider getting your computer upgraded or start thinking about that new computer you’ve always wanted. 🙂
I heard about this on the news last night, then I found an article 2 1/2 years old about this–and I had never heard of this particular angle. Virtual kidnapping.
Apparently a bad guy calls who has faked the phone number of a loved one, like a college student. You THINK the call is coming from your son or daughter, you hear a muffled voice in the distance and then someone on the other end tells you don’t hang up and don’t call the police. You send them money or the kid is a goner.
Spoofing phone numbers is easy to do. The best thing to do is hang up and then call your loved one directly, hopefully your loved ond just answers calmly and you find that everything is fine and they have no idea what you’re talking about. If you get voice-mail, call 911 but then continue calling your child’s phone.
The bad guy will like all bad guys try to frighten you into sending them money, even though they don’t have your child, in fact they probably know nothing about the child. If they call back, ask them to tell you something only your loved one would know, where you went for your last vacation, the name of your pet, something like that. Don’t even use the name of your child because they probably don’t even know the name of the person they supposedly kidnapped.
Here’s the article by the AP… https://www.kxan.com/news/national-news/schools-nationwide-warn-of-virtual-kidnapping-scam-targeting-parents/994969527
The problem with the gadgets that you can connect to your WiFi (called the “Internet of Things”) like cameras, etc. is that most are made in China, sold cheap with no future support (like security updates.) TP-Link is an established networking company and they have a 2-pack of smart plugs that you plug into an outlet, and you can then control whatever is connected to it. It’s GREAT for turning on lamps, and if you’re going to be out of town over the holidays you can schedule the lights to look like you’re at home.
You set them up from your smart phone, and can control them from your phone, Amazon Echo and Google Assistant. It’s on sale for $27.99. There are cheaper devices on Amazon, but they are no-name and I doubt they will get security updates when needed. These little guys can be updated from your phone, that’s great!!! Click on the image to get the deal or click here: TP-LINK HS103P2 10 Amp Mini WiFi Smart Plug No Hub Required, Works with Alexa Echo & Google Assistant, 2-Pack, White
The personal information of 500 million customer of the Marriot coporation
Makes me glad my only stay with them was at a Westin a few weeks ago, when the problem no longer existed. But the hack goes back as far as 2014 up until September of this year, hotels included are Sheraton, Westin, W Hotels, St. Regis, Four Points, Aloft, Meridien, Tribute, Design Hotels, Elements and the Luxury Collection.
Here’s the article from the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/30/business/marriott-data-breach.html
Apparently there is just a wee small problem with the October update to Windows 10… people are reporting that the update deleted files.
What? That’s right. I guess there have been reports of files being deleted, so as a result Microsoft has stopped making it available until it can figure out what’s going on. Now, I’ve installed it on my main system and laptop and haven’t encountered this issue, and there was no mention in the news of what kind of files or the location of the files being deleted.
So right now you can’t get the upgrade even if you want it. I’ll let you know when it becomes available again (you’re not really missing anything.)
Version 1809 just came out today, so being the sucker that I am and being willing to sacrifice my system so that you don’t have to, I upgraded. So far… not a problem. The last upgrade (1803) broke my Skype mic and camera settings, this time–no problem, it works just fine. Everything on the surface looks and works the same. I have a pretty fast Internet connection (over 200 MB/s) and a fast, overclocked and liquid cooled computer running at 4GHz with 16GB of memory, probably more that most of you have, but I started the upgrade at 8:00 pm this evening and by 8:30 I was at the desktop of the upgraded system. I’m guessing for most of y’all it will probably take an hour to two hours depending on your Internet speed and the speed of your computer.
If I see and red flags I’ll be sure to post them here, but at the moment and at first blush, it’s looks like a safe upgrade.
MINOR UPDATE: I have TWO audio outputs from the sound card on my system. One using the normal speaker output goes to the main speakers in my setup and they worked perfectly. I configured a SECOND output from the system to go to headphones (using an output otherwise used for surround sound) and that broke. I went into the Sounds settings and corrected it and now I can listen to both. A MINOR problem that most of you would never even encounter and not even Microsoft probably thought of-so not a problem, just wanted to let you know of any issues I run across after the upgrade.
If you’re still squinting at a little 20″ (or heaven forbid a smaller) monitor, do your eyes a favor and get this Viewsonic 24″ monitor right now from Amazon for 20% off and free shipping for $110. It will make a big difference!