Thousands of Hacked Home Routers are Attacking WordPress Sites
popular request, we have created a tool that lets you check if
your own home router is vulnerable to the problems discussed in
this post. (later on are two such articles)
How Does a VPN Protect Me?
A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a fully encrypted and
private internet connection via a VPN provider. I'll look at what
protection it offers.
Microsoft Announces Next Windows 10 Feature Update (Redstone 3)
Coming in September 2017 (where we've been, where we are, and
where we will be)
Time’s Running Out For Office 2007, Samsung Adds Bixby Button For
Instant Personal Assistant, and iHeart Radio App Hits 100 Million
5 Security Tools You Should Have on Linux
Ads for voice assistants are here and they're already terrible
Can commercials ruin the Amazon Echo and Google Home?
Using RPGs to Solve Environmental Problems
Landscape architects at North Carolina State University developed
open-source modeling software that uses the basics of role-playing
games to help solve environmental problems.
Run Android Apps on Your Windows PC
How to Install Tor Browser to a USB Drive and Surf Privately
Wherever You Are
Go big or go home: Why you should buy the larger Galaxy S8+
How Do I Encrypt a Hard Drive Using VeraCrypt?
VeraCrypt makes is easy to encrypt whole drives, making it safer
to travel with your data. Here's how to safely encrypt and then
access your data.
[Windows 10 Tip] Restore “Open Command Window Here” Option in
SHIFT+Right-Click Menu (this applies to the Creator's edition of
Windows 10 - 1703)
Single-Space In WordPad
What Are Kodi Boxes and Is It Legal to Own One?
What Is the ProgramData Folder in Windows?
11 TV Episodes You Can Download Free on Google Play Right Now
These could disappear at any time. You snooze, ya lose!
How to turn your Mac into a digital video recorder for
In the rush to pay for Internet-delivered streaming media, don’t
forget that you can capture free programming.
Avoiding “Juice Jacking” Attacks on Your Phone
A secret prototype at Apple is reportedly causing eye pain, and
it's stoking smartglasses speculation
Get the Windows 10 Creators Update Now, If You Like
If you're eager to get the newly released Windows 10 Creators
Update, I'll show you how.
[Tip] Restore Command Prompt Shortcut in Win+X Menu in Windows
10 (this applies to the Creator's edition of Windows 10 - 1703)
Insufficient Backup Space
5 Easy and Affordable Smart Home Devices You Don’t Want to Miss
Windows 10: Optimize Battery Life when Watching Movies and Videos
in Windows 10
Optimize Battery Life when Watching Movies and Videos in Windows
How to Recycle Your Technology
Do your part by donating your old tech or getting rid of it in an
environmentally safe way.
Samsung’s Bixby is even less useful on the Verizon Galaxy S8 at
Verizon is ‘working with Amazon’ to let you shop with the Galaxy
Best wireless router
Few elements of your home’s infrastructure have a bigger impact on
your tech life. We’ll help you find just the right router to
anchor your home network.
Someone rendered that leaked iPhone 8 design, and it looks even
worse than we thought
What’s the Difference Between Spam and Junk Mail?
"Spam" and "junk" mean the same thing when it comes to email.
There's a lot of confusion about how they, your email service, and
your email program all interact.
[Tip] Different Ways to Open Control Panel in Windows 10 (this
applies to the Creator's edition of Windows 10 - 1703 The Control
Panel is slowly disappearing, but some things are still only found
Amazon Email Scam
2017 Guide: The Best Cheap SSDs
The ongoing price wars between SSD makers benefit you! Here's how
to shop for a new budget SSD, along with our favorite picks.
Windows 10: Change Cortana SafeSearch Setting in Windows 10
Change Cortana SafeSearch Setting in Windows 10
Samsung Gear VR (2017)
Watch this all-electric ‘flying car’ take its first test flight in
Lilium Jet claims its can reduce travel headaches with a network
of vertical take-off and landing aircraft
What cord-cutting TV antenna users need to know about the FCC's
Big changes are coming to local broadcast TV stations. Here's how
they'll affect cord cutters.
The best tablets you can buy
12 Steps To Keep from Getting Your Account Hacked
Here are the steps you need to take to prevent losing your account
- forever - to a hacker.
Updates on CyberSecurity, WordPress and
what we're cooking in the lab today.
Check if Your Home Router is Vulnerable (check next article)
Inside the Tech Support Scam Ecosystem
There's now a tool to test for NSA spyware
A script that detects a related code implant has shown as many as
100,000 systems worldwide may be infected
HP ScanJet Pro 3000 s3 Sheet-Feed Scanner
Here Come Apple's "iMac Pros"
The new "server-grade" all-in-one desktops are due out later this
As US prepares to gut net neutrality rules, Canada strengthens
Canada cracks down on zero-rating while FCC allows paid data cap
Comments by --
Bob Primak --
AT&T email users to lose access to Yahoo Groups
Setting up a Yahoo ID for continued access
If you have an AT&T email address which is your current access to
Yahoo sites, take action!
Antivirus Quarantine and
Removal Can Mess Up Windows Security Permissions
I ran into a dire warning from Chrome about downloading Java JRE
Update (whatever) from the Filehorse download site. This site in
the past had been perfectly benign and never served me adware or
malware. But this time, the Chrome warning was only too real.
Avira detected a malicious installer and Quarantined it. I decided
to trust Avira after seeing that the file name was altered by
Filehorse from Oracle's official file name.
Then loads of troubles broke loose, as I could not remove the
listing from the Admin. Downloads Folder for the rogue download
from Filehorse. Windows Permission was denied -- I knew then and
there I was in trouble.
Other weirdness with Windows Permissions followed as I proceeded
with other non-Microsoft updates.
Later, I tried to do a limited run of MS Updates (after running
wushowhide to hide the current CU and one other big update)...
10:31 AM 4/23/2017 I cannot run Microsoft Updates on this PC
anymore!! Something has really wrecked this Windows installation,
and I have no recent backups! Now I'll have to spend all day
Did I mention? I HATE WINDOWS!!!
(I tried various solutions suggested at the Microsoft Sites to
repair Windows Update, and none worked.) Then...
10:40 AM 4/23/2017 Disk Check (recommended by Microsoft as a last
resort) found and scheduled a repair of something in the Security
Descriptors. I have restarted and the repairs should be completed.
Now for the testing.
First, Can I remove the Download entry from the Filehorse Malware?
Yes. Now, Can I install the Flash Player Update? (Try the download
from MS Updates first.)
Yes. So I have a probable analysis of what happened.
No need to try the MS Updates Catalog download, which said it was
not for my system the last time I tried to run it. This error can
mean lots of things, not necessarily that I downloaded the wrong
version of the update.
Avira Quarantined the Filehorse Malware. I Removed the Malware
from Avira's Quarantine. This changed the security descriptors for
this Account. As the Administrator Account, this is a very bad
event. Running Checkdisk /-R (perform repairs on next restart) can
restore the security descriptors in this case. But not always, if
a lot of damages were done by the Malware or by the Repair
attempts of Avira. Any AV product can make these sorts of
undesirable changes BTW, not just Avira. It's best to note that
Filehorse is a Malware Site, and never get downloads from there
again. Google is not kidding with their warning in Chrome about
And did I mention? I HATE WINDOWS!!
In all fairness, even in Linux, I have downloaded software and
updates from third party sites, and found the Ubuntu Software
Center's installer refused to play nice with these downloads. Then
the downloads themselves were difficult to remove in some cases.
Still, this issue sure beats installing something which crashes
the OS at the kernel level. In Linux, at least there is only
minimal risk of having the system hijacked at the OS kernel level.
So the risks of rogue third party updates and software are not
restricted to Windows.
Oh, and did I mention? I HATE WINDOWS!!
How Do I Encrypt a Disk?
This article and the comments (and the link for using Bitlocker
when TPM is not available in a PC) makes me cringe at the thought
of encrypting an entire Windows drive. Windows is a fragile enough
OS without introducing further sources of instability.
There is a version of Microsoft Drive Encryption which is
available to Home Users, with a Microsoft Cloud Account. (In other
words, you must log in with your Microsoft Account, and the
Account on the device must be an Administrator Account. There is
no TPM bypass policy for this method.) I do not recommend this
method, as it leaves your passwords and keys with Microsoft and
locked up in the Cloud. In other words, if you have no Internet
Connection, good luck unlocking your drive.
What happens when an encrypted System Drive receives MS Updates?
As for backup, Acronis was a poor choice (in comments). Macrium
Reflect does not trip over Bitlocker or Veracrypt volumes.
Cloud Backup is a very poor choice for those with large amounts of
data to back up. The amount of bandwidth used by such backups is
only one issue. Better to have several unencrypted backup copies
in several locations, all offline. (Windows File History can make
the first round of backup.)
How to Use the Snipping Tool in Windows to Take Screenshots
This is one of my favorite Windows built-in tools. Very useful,
and a good article on how to use it.
You can now sign into your Microsoft account without a password:
Mastercard Adds Fingerprint Sensor to Biometric Card
RandolphRandolph3 days ago
So when someone steals your phone, they are you and you're nobody!
RoyB3 days ago
My thought exactly. A portable device is the worst security I can
think of. 2 Step Verification is the best so far.
Fingerprint sensors which can fit onto a credit card can't
distinguish between a live print and a copy. However, Windows
Hello with a RealSense 3D webcam (even the $70.00 ones) will work
just fine. 3D cams can distinguish a real face from a photo.
Pin the Control Panel to Your Taskbar for Quicker Access to Your
Most-Used Windows Tools
I have mine pinned to the Start Menu and the All Apps List. But to
each their own.
Bose accused of spying on end users, data mining their private
records via headphone app
NBC News update Friday, April 21, 2017 -- Bose answered the
It's simple and anonymous telemetry. No Personally Identifiable
Info is collected or transmitted. The case is dead. If you don't
like telemetry, don't install the phone app. Duh.
5 Ways To Get Internet On A Limited Budget: Part 2
Here's Part 1
Have Cable? Use a Hotspot From Your Cable Provider
Who has Cable TV but no Internet? It's always the other way
around. And without bundled services, the company's hotspots are
not available to you in most cases. Comcast only has hotspots for
people who themselves have Comcast modems. With AT&T, if you are a
Wireless customer of theirs, you may be able to access their WiFi
Hotspots, depending on your plan.
Google Developing Own Ad Blocker for Chrome
Guess whose ads this probably will not block?
Dell's new high-end all-in-one PC offers Ubuntu Linux or Red Hat
This is not what I think of as an all in one. It's a Desktop PC
without a separate Tower, that's all. And for a Linux machine,
this one's price is through the roof, even with all that hardware
(which for Linux is massive overkill). You'll do a lot better at
System 76, and putting Linux on an Intel NUC bolted to the rear of
an HDTV monitor will cost you even less, with comparable
performance under Linux.
Lower Your Internet Bill with This $39 Modem
This modem does not comply with the soon to be implemented DOCSYS
3.1 standard, which for Comcast XFinity mid to upper tier
customers, will be a real problem. It also will not support
Comcast's WiFi Hotspots. Otherwise, this is a nice looking option.
Chrome Blocks Crafty URL Phishing Method
This patch requires updating your browsers. Don't wait for them to
automatically update. Do it manually, and do it soon. Chrome 58 is
not sufficient -- you need the latest dot-version, just released
this week. Firefox was also updated this week. Probably Opera is
in the same situation. IE, Edge and Safari were never vulnerable.
I just got the updates for my Linux browsers a few days ago.
How Do You Safely Run an Untrusted Executable File on Linux?
The term "untrusted" in Ubuntu does not mean there's a security
risk (although there may be one). It means that the executable
does things which may make Ubuntu unstable, especially if
kernel-level resources are going to be changed by a Binary.
This is the reason many of the fixies by third party devs for the
chronic NVidia graphics drivers issues in Ubuntu (especially after
a kernel upgrade to version 4.8 or higher) have been branded
"untrusted" by the Ubuntu Devs.
Ignoring this warning can lead to GUI issues, failed logins and
black screen issues.
Basically, any third party app or executable which does not have a
registered Security Token (these can be imported) will be labeled
"untrusted" and may be prevented from installing or running. This
is not usually a security warning -- it has more to do with system
My recommendation -- if you can't update to a stable NVidia
driver, revert your system to an earlier kernel version (like
version 4.4). You won't have issues with most other updates if you
do this, and security is not compromised as long as you receive
updates for your kernel version.
How To Create A Password That Will Take Years To Crack
The safest way to deal with passwords is by using a password
manager which is not tied to your web browser. After that, most PW
Managers will generate strong passwords and you can adjust them to
use whatever constraints the web site places upon you. The Master
Password should be something you can remember, so the method in
the article might be as good as any for that limited purpose. But
in general, as regards passwords -- Windows Hello can't come soon
HOW TO ADD MULTIPLE USERS TO GOOGLE HOME
This change is one of the best updates I've seen for these Digital
Assistants in all the time they've been around.
User-made patch restores Windows Update for blocked processors
As I have posted before, what good is this hack for Windows
Updates, if Drivers for the older OS versions are not made
available for these devices? And like any third-party hack, it is
vulnerable to being made obsolete when Microsoft changes their
Windows Update authentication scheme again.