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Sat 1029  9/23/2017

Speedtest.net (I have included this for those that don't know about it because recently I have had to service calls that a major complaint was due to slow internet access and the user didn't know or understand what they were paying for.  Check your speed and what you're paying for.)



Inaudible ultrasound commands can be used to secretly control Siri, Alexa, and Google Now

It’s an effective hack, but unlikely to do much damage in the real world



How to Fix: Disable Facebook Notifications in Windows 7, 8, and 10



For a limited time, score a professionally recertified MacBook Pro for just $500



Apple Watch Series 3: Here's the Top 11 Features



3 School Laptops You Shouldn’t Buy for Any Reason



Ten Tricks for Checking Your Phone Less



How to Scan Your Linux Computer for Viruses and Rootkits



Verizon buyer's guide: Everything you need to know



The Best TVs of 2017

No matter your budget or the size of screen you want, here's what to look for when you're shopping, along with the top-rated televisions we've tested.



DIY Object Recognition with Raspberry Pi, Node.js, & Watson



Qualcomm Is Building a Vehicle-to-Everything Chip for Safer Cars



Edward Snowden offers mixed review on Apple's Face ID

The new facial recognition system sports a "robust" design but may normalize technology that is ripe for abuse, the NSA leaker tweets.



How to snoop on your kids and grandkids



23andMe Wants to Turn Your Genetic Data into a Drug-Discovery Goldmine



iPhone 8 emergency mode locks out thieves



iPhone 8 Hands-On: Don't Overlook This Big Update



9 Great Safari Browser Alternatives for Mac Users



How to Detect Bullshit 



Windows 10 Sound Not Working? Here Are Some Fixes



[Windows 10 Fix] Why Too Many Svchost.exe (Service Host) Process Running in Task Manager



How to Unsubscribe From Unwanted Email

If you want off a mailing list (or lists), here's how to make it happen.



Your Serverless Raspberry Pi cluster with Docker



Should Windows 10 Power Users Shut Off Windows Update?



Apple flatters, deceives, makes sure you won't leave

Commentary: The company's big iPhone X and iPhone 8 event offered more for the future than the present.



How to prevent your smartphone from keeping you up at night



Target's Sales Floors Are Switching From Apple to Android Devices



Hackers can take control of smashed Android phones using replacement screens



12 iPhone X Features We Can't Wait to Use



The 21 Best Entertainment Apps for Your Apple TV



Everything You Need to Know About a Credit Freeze



How to Export an Unfinished iOS iMovie Project to Your macOS Desktop



Smart Security Camera



The Best Smart Home Security Systems of 2017

The Internet of Things has made securing your home and your family easier than ever. Here's what you need to know to get started with smart home security tech, along with our top reviews of DIY and full-service alarm and surveillance packages.



3D Print This Blooming Flower Night Light



How hackers could send secret commands to speech recognition systems with ultrasound



Apple reportedly can't make enough of the iPhone X to go around

The company may only be able to produce 10,000 iPhone Xs a day, according to a respected analyst.



3 awesome apps that block unwanted robocalls



iPhone X: Everything You Need to Know About Apple's Most Interesting Phone in Years



Samsung Gear VR app provides help to the visually impaired



iPhone X Hands-on: The iPhone, Nearly Perfected



Using Linux With Wayland? Here’s What You Should Know



Google Is Fixing Pixel Phones in Houston for Free



How to Check If a USB Drive Is Bootable or Not in Windows 10



Android Oreo vs iOS 11: What’s different and what’s the same?



OUCH! Password Managers 



The Best Mechanical Keyboards of 2017

Is typing a pain? Are you ready to switch things up? A mechanical keyboard can make everything click again. Here are our shopping tips and product recommendations.



These simple upgrades can make even older computers run like new



Equifax's credit-monitoring site also reportedly hackable

The vulnerability could let hackers spoof the site, allowing sensitive data to be siphoned off, ZDNet reports.



Get real-time crime alerts for your neighborhood



The New Apple Watch Is Basically Also a Smartphone



Galaxy Note 8 hands-on: Samsung found a way to improve upon 2017’s best phones






Hackers Targeting UK Uni’s For Mediacal, Missile And Scientific Data



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

FYI#1028  (Fri 9/22/2017)

Three Ways Chromebooks Are Better Than PCs or Macs

So, how's the search for Chromebook Backup going? BTW, my NUC with a fast processor and a good SSD, boots very fast. So that claim is overblown. Even my tablet, also all solid state, boots fast enough for me. The tablet has Windows 10 Fast Startup enabled, while the NUC does a more traditional boot, especially when booting into Linux. All this said, Chromebooks are in fact much easier to build, update and rebuild than other PCs.


The Cloud Is Big Business, But for How Long?

Keyword here is Business. That market will not go away anytime soon, and American companies will not universally trust some Chinese Startup. But in the Consumer market, Microsoft's Cloud is already way behind Apple and Google, and China poses a significant challenge. It's not wise to bet against John Dvorak, by the way. He's been around the tech industry long enough to know a thing or two.


Android Users, Welcome to the Age of Oreo

Or not, on the majority of devices. Most of use will not be getting this upgrade.


Budding malware author uses same Skype ID across job applications and IoT botnet ads

Thinks they’re safe from law enforcement because they’re a juvenile…

If caught in this country, juveniles can get a criminal record, be excluded from some schools and colleges, lose financial independence if the have any, and be totally banned from the Internet. It's not easy to enforce a total ban on touching any Internet connected computer, phone or device, but US courts have ruled this way in juvenile hacking cases. Upon turning 18 or 21, the juvenile records may or may not go away. But if you're as infamous as this kid, good luck ever finding a job on the right side of the law!


Restoring a File from an EaseUS Todo Image Backup

This feature in the free edition has been used as a selling point for EaseUS over Macrium Reflect Free. If you keep separate and more frequent data backups (and use some form of versioning), this difference pales in value.


How to Easily Back Up Your Linux Desktop to the Cloud with CloudBerry Backup

This is not backup. It's data archiving. Totally different. And BTW, I'm just fine with local copies of my Linux data. I should use an off-site method too, but I'd rather not rely on the Cloud. Cloudberry looks like a good choice for those who like "Cloud Backup". The price for the encryption-capable Pro version is not bad, considering it's a perpetual license.


Forget Linux: 10 Reasons You Should Stick With Windows

I don't care who the intended audience was for this article, it is condescending toward Windows users and downright insulting toward Linux users. There is no place in a 2017 tech article for this kind of flame-war inducing FUD.

This is yet another article on What You Can't Do With Linux -- except that you CAN do these things. 

XnView Multi-Platform does everything IrfanView does. (Who cares if it's not FOSS?) Most users will not notice the difference between LibreOffice and MS Office, although Office 365 is not a Linux app. WPS Office, also available for Linux, is even closer to the MS Office formats, including PowerPoint and Sway. Photoshop is overrated in the extreme, and some Linux photo editors are even more useful than The GIMP, which will suffice for all but the most demanding pros and hobbyists. Again, Final Cut Pro is nowhere near the most capable video editor, and Linux versions exist for a dozen better video editing programs. Dreamweaver has not been considered state of the art for almost a decade now.

7-Zip isn't installed by default in Ubuntu but once installed it handles all the file types 7-Zip for Windows and "integrates" with the same file-roller GUI evrything else uses. (In other words, yes there is a utility in Linux called PeaZip which natively handles 7-Zip archive types, and can create and encrypt them. There are at least two types of archives which the Linux version does not recognize, but these are not often encountered by most users.)

Software updates way behind? What year are you living in, 1995??

Most of us see the number of Linux distros as a plus, not a minus. Many Windows users since Windows 8.0 came out have been really, really hoping someone forks Windows 10 into three or more distinct OS versions. It won't happen, but this proves that One OS To Rule Them All is the royal road to being Owned by Microsoft. (Apple users have been Owned since Day One.)

Bugs? Are you kidding me?? Look at what Microsoft has put Windows 10 users through just his year. Just take one look!

Support? Microsoft? For consumers?? This is so laughable it doesn't even deserve an answer. Yeah, there are bricks and mortar Microsoft Stores, but the first thing they will do for you is charge you $140.00 for a one-year "support contract". It goes up from there. While not as good as phone support, Ubuntu does have several user forums to look to for answers to even some rather obscure and infrequent issues. There is much less putting down of "noobs" in most Linux forums than there used to be.

Drivers are becoming a hot-button issue in Windows 10, especially for "sunsetted" hardware. Now entire devices are being banned from MS Updates and feature upgrades, just because Microsoft and Intel have decided they only want to support devices for two years. Linux will continue to develop drivers for many of these devices.

Games are a weakness for Linux. Again, Microsoft has lately been crippling Windows support in this area. They're driving more and more support toward a walled garden of XBox variants.

Linux is NOT complicated. It's just different. Ever try calling up the Command Line in Windows 10 Fall 2017 Creators Update? Or even the Control Panel? Ever try making your File Type and Default Apps associations stick? And controlling advertising, telemetry, updates and privacy behaviors in Windows 10 -- that requires an advanced degree in Computer Science!

What in the world is so hard about running a USB stick based installer (which can be ordered online and delivered pre-made) and sitting back while it installs or upgrades? All you choose is which partitions you want to use for the installation? Just like Windows. Some devices need driver updates or even to have drivers selected by Windows uninstalled and replaced, then blocked from downloading again -- don't get me started on how hard it can be on some devices to update or install Windows 10! Dual-boot is a red herring. Almost no one does this anymore. Virtual Machines work inside Windows for Linux, and inside Linux for Windows. Since dual-boot involves both OSes, there is no comparison of Windows vs. Linux possible. GRUB and the Windows Boot Manager are equally arcane for most users.

Now when you mention peripherals, I have to concede Bluetooth support is spotty in Linux, and Miracast is simply not supported at all. (Wireless HDMI does work in Linux, BTW.) Wireless scanning is almost unachievable in Ubuntu last I tried it (two weeks ago, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS). But some printers and other legacy hardware which has no Windows support at all, can still be run (with limitations) in Linux. Overall, I'd say which OS is better or worse with peripherals depends on what specific hardware you want to use, and how you are connecting to it. 


Google Drive is Now a Piracy Paradise

So what is the Author proposing? Shutting down all Cloud Storage services? Limiting them to so little storage that no one can post a pirated show up there? Why single out Google Drive? Is there any statistical evidence that Google Drive is the prime offender in hosting pirated materials and in allowing unlimited downloads of pirated materials? Where's the evidence to support the headline in this article?

By saying "Now" in the headline, the Author or this Publication implies that there is something recent about Google Drive being uniquely used as a "Piracy Paradise". What is the purpose of such language?


How to Deal With All the [Expletive] on Social Media

First, filter the profanity out of the headlines. Seriously, this article has some good advice on how to filter Social News. And information about why we keep falling for Fake News.


What's the current state of Linux distros for kids?

It's not the OS which needs to be specifically a "Child's OS" or a "Child's Distro". It's a matter of taking a stock OS, adding apps appropriate for children, and installing it on a device which is easy for kids to control. iPad has all of this built in, but a Linux device shouldn't be too hard to make "kid friendly" with any distro.


How to Clear and Reset the Store Cache in Windows 10

Been there, done that, I can't tell you how many times. The Candy Crush series of unwanted apps keeps not updating, then crashes the whole store updating mechanism. Reset! Rinse and repeat until all the other apps are updated.


How to Extract Images From PDF Files & Save Them for Other Uses

Old article -- some tools defunct or no longer free. But the best way is simply to use a free PDf Reader which can do the job, or use the Windows Snipping Tool or take a screenshot with a third party screenshot utility. I can also do these things in Linux using different tools.


Face ID Raises Some Scary Questions—Here Are Some Answers

Interesting how all the components of this face recognition AI work. But there's still only one camera, so I still think it's less secure than Windows Hello, which uses a dual-camera approach (3D Sense). Lots of interesting scenarios in the Comments.  


The shocking truth about the Do Not Call Registry

Why is it so shocking that the Do Not Cal Registry, which relies on voluntary compliance, does not work? BTW, NomoRobo is working fine for me on my Comcast (MA) VOIP service line. It also worked on my old AT&T U-Verse VOIP line. Two blocked calls today, and many more in the past. Very few if any false positives.


Things You Need to Do Before and After Installing Windows

Apparently the authors don't know that ProduKey and Belarc Advisor can't retrieve the product keys for MS Office for recent editions. Otherwise, these steps, along with either doing a wipe and clean install, or else scanning fo malware before upgrading, are good advic.


VPN Unlimited: A Reasonably Priced, Solid, and Reliable VPN

They keep Connection Logs. Also, there is an upsell for more features and better connections.


Why a Drug Company Is Selling Patents to a Native American Tribe

There is no honor among thieves. This sort of sidestepping of patent expirations and other regulations is just what I'd expect from companies which engage in price gouging and other shady tactics. It's the lack of moral compass on the part of "indigenous peoples" which appalls me. Tribes shouldn't have "tribal sovereign immunity" and other special exemptions if they are going to abuse their privileges.

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Fri 1028  9/22/2017

How to use your Raspberry Pi as a Chromecast alternative



iPhone 8 wireless charger to be sold as separate accessory, reports show



Apple’s 4K Content Pricing Strategy is a Very Smart Move



Three Ways Chromebooks Are Better Than PCs or Macs



The Cloud Is Big Business, But for How Long?

One of these days, an aggressive Chinese company will wipe out existing cloud operations with a cheap alternative.



How to sideload an app onto your Android phone or tablet (you better know the app's source)



Best Motherboards



Microsoft’s Workspace App Brings Useful Information to Mac Users



Android Users, Welcome to the Age of Oreo



Take a trip through music history with the Great 78 Project

By digitizing songs recorded on 78 rpm records from the 1890s to the 1950s, project preserves old music for future generations.



What the Equifax Breach Means to You

One of the largest data breaches in history has left many wondering what to do next.



Budding malware author uses same Skype ID across job applications and IoT botnet ads

Thinks they’re safe from law enforcement because they’re a juvenile…



Get the 3-in-1 FileHub Plus for $31.99

It's a mobile charger, wireless media hub and travel router all rolled into one compact package. Plus: three bonus deals, including a free game and free audiobook!



Attacks on Android Soared 40% in Q2

Despite a rise in attacks, the average number of malicious variants remains surprisingly limited, according to a report from Avast.



DTS vs. Dolby Digital: What You Need to Know



4 Best Raspberry Pi Smart TV Projects We’ve Seen So Far



24 Things You Can Do in iOS 11 That You Couldn't Do Before



Google might launch a reborn Chromebook Pixel and smaller Home



Nintendo Will Bring Back the NES Classic Edition in 2018



Four Simple Timers That Remind You to Take Breaks from Your Computer



AI-Generated Reviews Fool Users, Embrace Fake News



How to use Do Not Disturb mode on your phone



Symantec: 'Dragonfly' Attack Group Targets Energy Companies In US, Turkey, Switzerland



Microsoft’s Workspace App Brings Useful Information to Mac Users



Tip: You Can Install OneNote 2016 from Windows Store Too


An introduction to machine learning today


An introduction to machine learning today

Machine learning and artificial intelligence have changed a lot since the last wave of interest, about 25 years ago.



Restoring a File from an EaseUS Todo Image Backup

Even though an image backup contains everything, that doesn't mean you need to restore it all if you only need one file.



40 days after discovering data leak, Equifax warns that 143 million US consumers could be at risk

Unknown number of UK and Canadian consumers also at risk.



London police deploy drones to search for missing people

The drones save police manpower and time by scouring open spaces.



FTC Opens Probe into Equifax Data Breach

Apache Struts flaw was known to be critical and should have been addressed, security researchers say.



How to Easily Back Up Your Linux Desktop to the Cloud with CloudBerry Backup



Forget Linux: 10 Reasons You Should Stick With Windows



Samsung's Flexible Flip Phone Might Be Coming Next Year Whether You Want It or Not



Android Oreo: Best features of Google's new operating system and how to download it



Intel Coffee Lake Benchmarks Leak, Launch Rumored for October 5



How to Remove HomeKit Devices from Your Apple HomeKit Home



Google Drive is Now a Piracy Paradise



Two-stage spyware attacks triggered by malicious apps



ASRock Fatal1ty X299 Professional Gaming i9 Review



How to Deal With All the Bullshit on Social Media



SwiftKey for Android Now Support Over 200 Languages



What's the current state of Linux distros for kids?

We round up which distros are still supported, and fondly remember those that aren't.



How to Clear and Reset the Store Cache in Windows 10



iPhone X widens the gap between tech haves and have-nots

The $1,000 premium-tier model will be a hard-to-find product in the holiday-shopping season. That's the point.



A New Model for 'Mathematically Provable Security'



How to Assign Custom Hotkeys to Your Chrome Extensions



How to Extract Images From PDF Files & Save Them for Other Uses



Face ID Raises Some Scary Questions—Here Are Some Answers



FBI reportedly advising companies to ditch Kaspersky apps



Best Buy Will No Longer Sell Kaspersky Antivirus



The Best Free Video Channels for Your Roku



How to Unsubscribe From Unwanted Email

If you want off a mailing list (or lists), here's how to make it happen.



The shocking truth about the Do Not Call Registry



Gigabyte Unveils World’s Smallest GeForce GTX 1080



Fight "Email Apnea" With One Breath



[Tip] Restore Missing “Downloads” Button on Firefox Toolbar



Essential open source software for running your small business

Keep your business humming along with these applications ideal for smaller organizations.



How to Run SFC Command to Repair System Files in Windows 10



The iPhone X didn't topple the Galaxy Note 8

Samsung and Apple's top phones look great, but both missed opportunities to wow.



Microsoft's Azure 'Confidential Computing' Encrypts Data in Use

Early Access program under way for new Azure cloud security feature.



Things You Need to Do Before and After Installing Windows



VPN Unlimited: A Reasonably Priced, Solid, and Reliable VPN



Why a Drug Company Is Selling Patents to a Native American Tribe



iPhone 7s and 7s Plus leak shows brand new phones with the same old design



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

FYI#1027  (Thur 9/21/2017)

How to access the traditional Control Panel lost in the Windows 10 Creators Update

I would be very reluctant to mess with the Win-X Menu. Mistakes at the level where the linked tool works can be fatal to Windows 10. Have a System Backup before doing anything like that.


Minitool ShadowMaker Free backup software review

I really don't see in the article or the comments, any compelling reason to consider using this utility. Other programs are more robust, or have better Rescue Media environments (especially Aomei Backer Upper, as the entire suite is based on Win PE) or work faster. I also don't see in the review how you would back up multiple partitions, but not the entire disk, as with my dual-boot Windows/Linux SSD in my NUC. I like Macrium Reflect's method of selecting those partitions necessary to make Windows work (including all those Recovery and EFI Boot Partitions), and leaving the others up to user choice. (I include my Windows and shared NTFS Data Partitions.)

When is your phone getting Android 8.0 Oreo? We asked every major manufacturer

Not surprisingly, my Moto G4 will not be getting Oreo. Fine, as long as security updates keep coming. 


Billions Of Bluetooth Devices Vulnerable To Code Execution, MITM Attacks

While my phone (Moto G4) will neve get Oreo (and doesn't need it) this does not mean it will not get a security update which will include the patch for this issue. Same for many, but by no means all older devices which won't be getting any feature upgrades. Meanwhile, the phone's Bluetooth stays disabled.


Court: Employer Right to Monitor Computer Use Has Limits

This was an EU Court ruling. It does not apply to US employers. Best advice here is to keep your personal and work accounts separate and on separate devices. Don't use employer supplied devices for personal stufff and there should be no issues. For devices like Chromebook which are Cloud based, keep two separate Cloud Accounts and connect only to the Work Account while doing work.


Apple TV 4K hands-on: Finally, no compromises

Of course, we realize that 4k video means nothing on any screen smaller than about 60 inches viewed from at least five or six feet away. Just another excuse for hogging bandwidth when streaming. Great for ISP revenue, but bad for everything else.

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Thur 1027  9/21/2017

Google Docs: Everything you need to know!



Google Discusses the Future of its Assistant



How companies leave your data online without your knowledge



Apple Watch 3 makes calls, but you'd better keep them short

Apple pledged an 18-hour battery life for its cellular-enabled watch, but its real-world estimates for specific activities are often far shorter.



How to Connect an Xbox One Controller to Windows with Bluetooth



Should You Upgrade to the iPhone 8?



LG adds Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa support to many of its home appliances

New LG home appliances can be controlled with voice commands via Google Home and Amazon Echo smart speakers.



Ayuda! (Help!) Equifax Has My Data!



Apple Developer site goes down and some users are fearing a hack

Some developers say accounts changed to point to Russian address.



4 Easy Steps to Fine Tune Your Display in Windows 10



Just How Screwed Are We by the Equifax Data Breach?



Apple's Touch ID Is Probably Doomed and That's Okay



Is Google making us dumb or making us smarter?



The Best Chrome Extensions Made by Google



Chrome 63 notifies you of Man-in-the-Middle issues



Microsoft Office Zero-Day Spread Surveillance Software

FireEye discovered CVE-2017-8759 flaw patched by Microsoft this week.



Google accidentally revealed the name of next version of Android — it's called 'Android Oreo'



EU pressures social networks to cull illegal content

Google, Facebook and Twitter have a whole new set of guidelines to grapple with.



How to Block Text Messages from a Certain Number on an iPhone



How to Find Out If You Were Affected by the Equifax Hack



Yamaha YAS-107 soundbar review: This speaker delivers plenty of bang for the buck

Highly intelligible dialog and great overall performance make Yamaha's sound bar a top performer in its price class.



The Equifax Breach: What You Should Know



Smashing Security #041: Hacking Instagram, facial failures, and spying bosses

Industry veterans, chatting about computer security and online privacy



How to Turn On/Off Picture Password in Windows 10



The Worst Data Breaches of All Time



FTC Publicly Confirms Equifax Investigation, Revealing Just How Horrific This Breach Is



Check your blood sugar with your smartphone’s camera



10 Hobbies for Programmers That Don’t Involve Code



Manage Crucial drives with Storage Executive



'ExpensiveWall' Attacks More Than 1 Million Android Users

New Android malware variant registers users for paid services without their permission and sends bogus premium SMS messages.



Norton's Core wants to be the ultimate watchdog for your home tech



With iPhone X, what does Samsung call its next phones?

Commentary: The Apple unveiling creates an interesting naming dilemma for Samsung.



How Much Free Space Should You Leave on Your Windows PC?



Boxy 2 is a Beautiful Inbox by Gmail Client for Mac



Build the ultimate Chromecast remote with an old Android phone

Chromecast doesn’t come with a dedicated remote control, but you can easily make your own with these tips.



How to access the traditional Control Panel lost in the Windows 10 Creators Update

Microsoft is phasing out the traditional Control Panel with the Windows 10 Creators Update, but with a few tweaks you can still access it. Mark Kaelin explains how.



How to Free Up Space from Locally Available OneDrive Files in Windows 10



5 of the Best Camera Apps for Android You Should Try



What to Do After a Data Breach

Here are the steps you should take if you know your personal information has been compromised in a data breach.



One Year After Bricking Third-Party Ink With Update, HP Is Back on Its Bullshit



Why you'll be taking a ton of 360-degree photos next year



How to Use Kodi Without Breaking the Law



Firefox 57: Search bar off by default



The Hunt for IoT: The Rise of Thingbots

Across all of our research, every indication is that today's "thingbots" - botnets built exclusively from Internet of Things devices - will become the infrastructure for a future Darknet.



When is your phone getting Android 8.0 Oreo? We asked every major manufacturer



Apple just killed the iPhone 9. What now?

With the iPhone 8 and iPhone X in the books, Apple might be prepping for change.



How to Stream Every NFL Game Live, Without Cable



These Are the Devices That Support iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra



It's football season! These second-screen apps make NFL games even more fun to watch

Bringing you everything from stats to game-time snacks, these apps are as indispensable as your TV remote.



5 fundamental differences between Windows 10 and Linux

Microsoft has tried to forge a closer relationship with all things open source these days, but the Windows 10 and Linux OSes are still very different. Here are five fundamental differences between these two platforms.



How to Create Shortcut to App, File, Folder, Drive, or Website in Windows 10



What Is Web DRM and How Does It Affect You?



Best Identity-Theft Protection 2017



5 Things You Should Do Before Switching Phone Carriers



Make Windows 10 work the way you want it to



What Amazon Hides: 5 Apps to Show Deals and Discounts to Save Money



Minitool ShadowMaker Free backup software review



Billions Of Bluetooth Devices Vulnerable To Code Execution, MITM Attacks

IoT security vendor Armis this week disclosed a total of 8 zero-day bugs in Bluetooth implementations in Android, Windows, Linux, and IOS.



What Intel’s (INTC) 8th Gen Processors Launch Means To Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD)



Apple's Latest Headache Over New MacBook Pro Hardware



Court: Employer Right to Monitor Computer Use Has Limits



Microsoft isn’t Killing Skype for Business, But They Will be Making Changes



Apple TV 4K hands-on: Finally, no compromises



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

FYI#1025 (Tue 9/19/2017):

What’s the Worst That Could Happen With Huge Databases of Facial Biometric Data?

See recent coverage of the Equifax Security Breach. Now think what it would take to get a new face. Stuff can happen. Also, I sure hope they're using 3D-Sense-type cameras (used by Windows Hello and by airport security). Those can distinguish between a live face and a photo.


Why you should NEVER throw away or post pictures of your airline boarding pass

If you have any extra copies, this is a good argument for a cross-cut personal shredder.


Light Smartphone Portrait Photos With a Big Mac Box

I'm pretty sure this would work perfectly well with boxes from Whole Foods or some other healthy eating joint!


BlueBorne Vulnerability Scanner for Android

Meh. This doesn't fix the problem. Only a manufacturer update can fix the issue. Just check your Android Version and the Date of the Last Update. My Moto G4 is still vulnerable. No need for an app to tell me that. Bluetooth stays off on that phone.


uBO Scope: Measure your privacy exposure score on the Web

Not answered -- Does this extension work if you use a system cleaner which clears out app history and extension history files? And does it work with Linux?


HP pushes third-party ink blocking printer firmware update (again)

The recommended "fix" which disables Dynamic Security, would seem to be exposing these printers to malicious attacks. The best fix for a company which has clearly gone rogue and has no intention of reforming, is to avoid all its products until further notice. I use an Epson all in one, and that company is no paragon of virtue about third party cartridges either. 


How to Open and Use Disk Cleanup in Windows 10

Once in awhile, especially after a major Feature Update has stabilized, I use Disk Cleanup and recover significant amounts of space. When overused, this cleanup tool can cause problems with the Windows Update mechanism, requiring the use of the downloaded Windows Update Troubleshooter daignostic utility from Microsoft.


How to Sue Equifax

Legalist and Chatbot are scams. It's called ambulance chasing in the legal profession. Do not fall for this sort of scam. Chatbot collects personal information and may sell it. So does Legalist. And Legalist has enough info on you by the end of their process that if you lose, you could end up paying them back more than they sent you. They are full of fine print. And you will lose in almost every case. The Class Action is useless to the consumer. Unless you have demonstrated serious financial losses or business losses, do not go anywhere near any lawsuits against Equifax. Just signing up for any of these or other legal actions could get into your credit records -- and this can and will be held against you in the future.


What’s Really Going On With Google Drive

A lot less scary than the tech and pop media headlines lately declaring that Google is killing off Google Drive. BTW, as an Android and Linux user who accesses the Google Drive contents through a phone or a web browser, I and others like me, will not be affected by these changes in the slightest. Even the compression of photos will most likely not take place for us. Don't know how Chromebook users may be affected.


25 Things You Didn't Know Could Be Hacked

Half of these reports are about things which have already been patched.


How to Lift or Cancel a Credit Freeze

I many States, doing these things will cost you money for each freeze and thaw you ask for. And the changes don't take place immediately. Plan accordingly!


Re. FYI#1026 (Wed 9/20/2017):

The Best Universal Remotes of 2017 (All Happen To Be From Logitech)

Well, it's not their fault theirs are the best. But none is perfectly compatible with every device they control.


Which Credit Monitoring Service Should You Use?

Straight from the Comments: "I realize [C]redit Karma is free, but they get your information, so if you are not paying for the product, you are the product.

Not to mention that using any monitoring service opens your personal info up to any new security breach. And no amount of monitoring will prevent fraud or ID theft. (These services don't put up a message on the Dark Web like those "Protected By ADT" signs people put outside their houses. I've never understood how giving thieves clues about what system your home security uses provides any added security, but that's a different topic.) Once your info is out there, unless it changes you are at risk forever, and there's nothing you can do to reverse this fact.


How to Fix: Malwarebytes MBAMService.exe High CPU Usage

I had not known that to truly revert to the MBAM Free Version, it is necessary to change the MBAM Service to Manual. Time to get cracking on this with my tablet and NUC!


Declutter Your Chrome Browser Tabs or This Tamagotchi Clone Will Die

And as a Chrome background process, this extension adds to the CPU and resource usage of Chrome. Nothing gained, performance-wise.


Google: timeline for distrusting all Symantec Certificates in Chrome

In light of what Chrome put me through with Acrylic WiFi's securty certificate, I will keep my tricked-out "ignore certificates" Chrome launcher handy. 


$550 dock turns a smartphone into a medical lab

So how do they calibrate the settings in the field? If they're not checked frequently, false psitives and false negatives could have serious implications. Let's hope these things cannot get into the hands of untrained personnel, like employer HR officers or school administrators. The potential for misuse boggles the imagination.


Image Inspector in Vivaldi 1.12 browser

One more reason to scrub the metadata when posting photos.


Windows 10 Dominator: another privacy tool

From the Comments: "TinyWall isn't under active development and should't be used anymore besides it's hard to install because the certificate is blocked." A blocked certificate is a red flag in any freeware download.

As for Windows 10 Dominator -- I don't think many people are recommending this tool. It doesn't save a configuration or settings file for easy access when restoring settings after a Windows Update resets something (which happens all too frequently). And there are no explanations within the program as to what each setting will do, and the levels of risk of instability or outright crashes associated with each slider setting. No Recommended Settings either.  O&O ShutUp 10 has all these features.


How to Make a Create System Restore Point Shortcut in Windows 10

Given the infrequency when I want to manually create a Restore Point in Windows 10, I find the Godmode Control Panel a better way to find this infrequently used feature.


Adobe, Microsoft Plug Critical Security Holes

Yep, it's mid-month patching time again. Flash Player in Chrome is updated using Component Updating. Type into the Chrome address bar "shrome://components" (no quotes) and find the button to update Flash Player. Other browsers should update themselves, although there's still a manual way to update Firefox's Flash Plugin if you're still using it. Microsoft's .NET patches come through Microsoft Updates.


THE END OF APPS: How Apple, Facebook, and Google are ushering in the next evolution of app experiences, and what that means for businesses

Web Apps are still apps. Just under a different name, and not stored locally. App data if stored in the Cloud, will be harder to erase. Business systems will see some changes in their apps, but not the kind of issues posed by what consumers may be faced with.


From My Own Reading 



BTW, CCleaner is NOT security software. It is a System Cleaner, nothing more. Just because Avast now owns the software, does not make it security software. Version 5.35 (current) is safe to use. Only Version 5.33 (which I installed) was infected. At the time, security scanners did not find the infection, but now many scanners would probably find it. So definitely rescan with multiple scanners. 


Comcast quietly acquires Stringify and will use the IFTTT rival to power its Xfinity Home smart-home platform


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Wed 1026 9/20/2017

The 5 cyber attacks you're most likely to face

Don't be distracted by the exploit of the week. Invest your time and money defending against the threats you're apt to confront



The Best Wireless Router (for Most People)



The iPhone 8 launch will leave people furious, but Apple is already working on a fix



How to See Who Has Logged Into Your Netflix Account



New government tool to stop annoying robocalls



2018 Nissan Leaf EV First Drive: 150 Miles, Pro Pilot Assist Highway Driving



Firefox 57: disable highlights on the New Tab Page



The Best Universal Remotes of 2017 (All Happen To Be From Logitech)



This giant ransomware campaign just sent millions of malware-spreading emails

As many as 23 million emails containing Locky ransomware were sent in 24 hours, according to researchers.



Which Credit Monitoring Service Should You Use?



How to Fix: Malwarebytes MBAMService.exe High CPU Usage



Elon Musk Just Shared Footage of a Hyperloop Accelerating to 200 Mph And Holy Crap



Credit Card Hacker Roman Seleznev Enters More Guilty Pleas

The Russian hacker already hit with a 27-year prison sentence for credit card hacking pleads guilty to two more charges.



Declutter Your Chrome Browser Tabs or This Tamagotchi Clone Will Die



Equifax blames months-old web server flaw for allowing hack

Patches published months before the massive hack began apparently weren't applied before the hack.



Google Docs version tracking makes collaboration easier



How to Remove a Device From Your Netflix Downloads Allotment



Best anti-theft devices for cars



RED Reveals Tech Behind Its Upcoming Holographic Phone Display



Google: timeline for distrusting all Symantec Certificates in Chrome



Help Me, Tom's Guide: Samsung Galaxy S8 vs. Huawei P10 Plus



Mystery surrounds malware attack that forced German state parliament offline



Don’t Get Duped by Phone Scammers Posing as Equifax



This Is the No. 1 Most Hated Industry in America, According to Real Customers



An Instagram hack hit millions of accounts, and victims’ phone numbers are now for sale

Selena Gomez was first. Who’s next?



7 Takeaways From The Equifax Data Breach

The exposure of PII belonging to 143 million US consumers raises questions about the continued use of SSNs as identifiers, breach liability and app sec spending.



You Have to Be Hopelessly Devoted to Antique Computers to Build a Commodore 64 VR Rig (if interested, I have two with floppy drives, no disks)



To charge the iPhone X and iPhone 8 faster... ditch your Lightning cable

The newest batch of iPhones can charge to 50 percent battery in 30 minutes, but you'll have to buy some extra hardware.



$550 dock turns a smartphone into a medical lab



Is Wireless Charging Slower Than Wired Charging?



Facebook Messenger spreading dangerous malware



Google Is Replacing the Desktop Google Drive App With Two New Apps



Image Inspector in Vivaldi 1.12 browser



How to Move Your Desktop Folder Location in Windows 10



Insider Threats Account for Nearly 75 Percent of Security Breach Incidents



How To Avoid Being Scammed Into Buying A Hurricane-Damaged Car



Equifax Hackers Stole 200k Credit Card Accounts in One Fell Swoop






7 Tips to Fight Gmail Phishing Attacks

Popular email platforms like Gmail are prime phishing targets. Admins can adopt these steps to keep attackers at bay.



Declutter Your Chrome Browser Tabs or This Tamagotchi Clone Will Die



Equifax reportedly used 'admin' as password in Argentina

Add Argentina to the list of countries potentially affected by sloppy Equifax security.



Intel's second 10-nanometer chip architecture is Ice Lake



What Are “Silent” Notifications on Android?



Search your kids' web history for these troubling trends right now



We Need to Talk About the iPad Pro’s App Problem



Windows 10 Dominator: another privacy tool



How to Make a Create System Restore Point Shortcut in Windows 10



Artificial intelligence cyber attacks are coming – but what does that mean?



What to Do Now That You Can’t Sync iOS Apps Using iTunes



Adobe, Microsoft Plug Critical Security Holes



711 million email accounts susceptible to new spambot

‘Onliner’ bot can bypass spam filters



Sandbox-Aware Malware Foreshadows Potential Attacks

For the continuous monitoring industry to remain relevant, it needs to match the vigor of sandbox vendors against targeted subversion.



Robots Made From DNA Could One Day Transport Medicine Inside Your Body



Your Apple Watch cellular plan? That'll be $10 a month

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile will give you three months free, though.



The Essential Phone is a beautiful alternative to Apple's iPhone



MacEwan University Victim Of $11.8M CEO Fraud



Ransomware is Going More Corporate, Less Consumer (not necessarily all, but any amount in shift is good news)

Cybercriminals on average charge $544 for ransom per device, signaling a new sweet spot for payouts.



THE END OF APPS: How Apple, Facebook, and Google are ushering in the next evolution of app experiences, and what that means for businesses



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

FYI#1024 (Mon 9/18/2017)

What really happened with Apple’s Face ID 'fail' onstage [UPDATED]

Apple FaceID, like Microsoft Windows Hello, is still a work in progress. These login methods should be used with caution and an eye toward their limitations. But when they work, these non-password methods are far easier to use than having to remember a bunch of secure passwords, or having to use a password manager. And these newer methods are getting better.


Sen. Al Franken wants Apple to answer Face ID privacy concerns

Probably good to get these issues out into the open before this login style really takes off.


Mac's Biggest Threats Lurk in the Apple App Store

And this is the ecosystem model Microsoft is copying? Well, I have Linux, so I seem to be safer for now.


T-Mobile Will Pay for Your Netflix: Is It a Good Deal?

Depending on what other streaming options you already own, this is definitely not a good reason to choose one wireless carrier over another. I don't find a phone screen any good for streaming anything (images are too small), unless I invest in a Chromecast to send the content to a monitor or HDTV. Which kind of defeats the purpose of free wireless streaming.


Apple just made your iPhone more expensive to fix

All repair costs go up over time. This is not targeted at users to make them upgrade, in case anyone had a conspiracy theory about this.


China Fossil Fuel Deadline Shifts Focus to Electric Car Race

(get India too, and that would be the virtual end of fossil fuel cars everywhere)

Already in the works, Tim. Europe, too. 

But the US is still and will remain by far the world's leader in fossil fuel powered vehicles on the road.

(See http://www.oica.net/wp-content/uploads//Total_in-use-All-Vehicles.pdf -- and there's an Excel format so you can sort and sift the data. India's vehicle ownership per capita is and is expected to remain surprisingly low, BTW.)


These countries want to ban gas and diesel cars



Another interesting presentation of the present worldwide state of motor vehicle ownership:



The number of cars worldwide is set to double by 2040



Why Don’t Anti-malware Tools Work Better?

This article illustrates beautifully why you need several on-demand "second opinion" scanners. That said, more and more malware is not detectable by scanning. The stuff scans can detect is still out there, so we have to keep scanning. But behavior detection is increasingly important, and this requires active antimalware. Unfortunately, we can't pile one active program on top of another. So keep an eye toward ratings from respected testing labs, and if your defense falls badly, be prepared to augment or replace it. 


Insecure IoT Devices Pose Physical Threat to General Public

I can't argue with this. There are defenses available for consumers and businesses, but manufacturers need to step up their game.


How to enable legacy extensions in Firefox 57

The tips in this article and in the comments still do not work. Over 85% of the Firefox add-ons have been disabled, and there is little hope of getting most of them back. I am never going to use Friefox as my primary browser anyway, and this is just one more large amount of nails in the Firefox coffin. I am hardly alone in my opinion of the recent changes in Firefox.


Do You Think Using Tech to Predict Crime Is a Good Idea?

There are legitimate uses of tech in this regard. But "Person of Interest" is still pure fiction. And so is crowd-sourcing police work, as portrayed in the upcoming TV show "Wisdom of the Crowd". The only "wisdom" crowds have ever shown in police work is the power of rumors and gossip to falsely accuse the wrong people. This same principle applies equally to crowd-sourcing web site reputation services.


Google's Safe Web Surfing Tool Is Quietly Protecting Apps Like Snapchat, Too

Is this the same "browser security" which prevented me from accessing the download site for Acrylic WiFi last week? If so, who's protecting us from Google?


Restoring an Image Using EaseUS Todo

Although I prefer Macrium Rflect Free, EaseUS ToDo works pretty well also. Just as long as everyone knows how to use (and tests from time to time) at least some form of system imaging software. And the program's Rescue Media.


(Related:) Windows 10: Reason for delay in Macrium Reflect Free V7


I don't need or want the new features, but eventually, an upgrade will be forced on all of us who use Macrium Reflect Free. Best to get the beta bugs out before free users get our hands on the new version. After all, we don't get unlimited tech support if anything fails to work properly. I also hope the GUI interface doesn't get crazy -- and judging from screenshots of the paid version 7, this will ntot be an issue.


Why You Should Replace Windows’ Default Image Viewer With IrfanView

I use both, but I agree with this article.



Cute, but the project's teaching value exceeds its practical usefulness. We do have cell phones for these things, you know.


Manage Windows 10 Search Indexing

Search Indexing is not the same thing as the more general Indexing, which is used by a lot of other types of programs. SSDs don't like to be indexed (for one thing, it wears them out), and don't get a lot of benefit, but some AV scanners rely on indexing to do their job.


Microsoft Edge usage doubles in a year

This is specious use of selected statistics. Every Feature Update (formerly known as an upgrade) now counts as a new installation of Edge. So even if you never use Edge, its installed base grows according to this statistic.


How to Automatically Clean Windows 10 of Unused Files

Routine cleaning (CCleaner), Disk Cleanup and now Storage Sense, are not just about freeing up disk space (especially on SSDs). Windows stability and performance can still be affected by excessive amounts of junk accumulating on storage media. After a Feature Upgrade, the junk can be as much as several gigabytes, which is not something to scoff at. Just be aware, aggressive cleaning can mess up future updates and can require resetting Windows Update.


Design Expert: The Secrets to Better User Interfaces

Tucking away less-used (read, advanced or power user) options in out of the way places is one of my worst frustrations about "modern" GUIs. These design guys are trying to dumb down the interface so as not to "confuse" (meaning empower) the end user. I am NOT amused! 


Re. CCleaner Infected With Malware:

CCleaner hacked with malware: What you need to know


"According to Avast, the malware doesn’t seem to have affected any machines in the wild. In a blog post by vice president of products Paul Yung, he states that the company identified the attack on Sept. 12 and had taken the appropriate action even before Cisco Talos notified them of their discovery. Yung says the attack was limited to CCleaner and CCleaner Cloud on 32-bit Windows systems—fortunately, most modern PCs will likely be running the 64-bit version."

"Most reassuringly, Yung states that Avast was seemingly able to disarm the threat before it was able to do any harm. "

"...  the infected version has been removed from the company’s servers."

As a precaution, you should scan any PCs or devices which got the version where the issue arose. (A Quick Scan should detect anything potentially dangerous.) Use several on-demand scanners. Most likely, nothing active will show up, though until you update CCleaner to Version 5.34 AV programs may find something to quarantine or remove.

I'm not going to go into a rant about Avast acquiring Piriform, and now this happens. No need to stop using CCleaner as far as I'm concerned. 64-bit Windows devices should not be affected. That said, my tablet is 32-bits, and it runs CCleaner. 


Comments by -- Joe Nowak

Current CyberThreats

Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:16 pm (PDT

Top Cyber-Threats: Ransomware, Insiders and DoS


Back to Top

Tue 1025 9/19/2017

Equifax Breach Response Turns Dumpster Fire



Expert: Fraudsters may already be trying to use breached Equifax data



What’s the Worst That Could Happen With Huge Databases of Facial Biometric Data?



Apple: Face ID didn't fail during iPhone X demo

The security feature worked "as it was designed to," said the company.



Senators Propose US Elections Cybersecurity Commission

The proposed commission would aim to review the 2016 election process and safeguard future elections from interference.



Houston man sentenced to 27 months for hospital hack



Logitech Craft Keyboard Unboxing and Hands OnSep 15, 2017



Why you should NEVER throw away or post pictures of your airline boarding pass



The Best iPhone 7 Battery Cases

These top-rated battery cases will keep your iPhone 7 running all day long.



Light Smartphone Portrait Photos With a Big Mac Box



How to Use Your Ecobee Smart Thermostat with Alexa



BlueBorne Vulnerability Scanner for Android



The price of AppleCare+ coverage for iPhone Plus models has increased



Whoops, Spotify's Web Player No Longer Works on Apple's Safari Browser



Wondering how well you slept last night? Just ask Alexa

Eight Sleep's smart mattresses and accessories now work with Amazon Alexa.



Google, Spotify Build Open-Source Community for GCP Security

Google and Spotify create Forseti, an open-source community with tools to secure projects on the Google Cloud Platform.



Top 10 Security Challenges for 2017



Microsoft Adds Cloud Security to Keep Out Hackers -- and Government Snoops



New iPhone models getting wireless charging! But is it worth it?



Pinnacle Studio Ultimate



Stop Leaving Your Smartphone's Bluetooth On



Lease vs Finance vs Buy: How Should You Pay for the iPhone 8 or X?



uBO Scope: Measure your privacy exposure score on the Web



Comparing the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus



Virginia Is Getting Rid of Its Vulnerable Voting Machines



iPhone 8, X's wireless charging is a game changer for Android

When it comes to Apple, plenty of Android phone makers are monkey see, monkey do.



7 Indicted Iranian Nationals Now Hit with Sanctions by US Treasury

US Dept. of Treasury has announced sanctions against Iranian nationals and security firms for 'malicious cyber-activity' against US interests.



Lenovo's Superfish security fiasco ends in a slap on the wrist

$3.5 million fine after customers’ privacy and security was compromised.



Microsoft: Edge In Use on Over 330 Million Active Devices Monthly; 18 New Extensions Added to Store



Unpatchable flaw in modern cars leaves MILLIONS at risk of hacks






Here’s Why You Should Embrace Multi-Account Web Browsing



How to Revoke Third-Party App Permissions From Spotify



HP pushes third-party ink blocking printer firmware update (again)



I hate my iPhone but I'll still never ditch Apple



Here Are Some More Deals On the Most Popular SSDs Out There



The iPhone X camera tech may go well beyond phones

Face ID and dancing emoji today, but what about tomorrow? Apple's TrueDepth camera on the iPhone X could be even more.



Why You Need to Study Nation-State Attacks

Want to know what attacks against businesses will look like soon? Examine nation-state attacks now.



Instagram breach deepens with dark web 'Doxagram' domain

Hackers call platform’s efforts to fight back “odd”



How to Open and Use Disk Cleanup in Windows 10



Bluetooth Mesh is coming and here’s why you’ll want it



If Not This Then Stringify



How to Sue Equifax



Does Wireless Charging Work with a Case?



QTranslate 6.4 Windows translate software update



Apple’s real innovation is killing the instruction manual



What’s Really Going On With Google Drive



People don't get Apple's Face ID, says Conan

Commentary: In this take, we're back at the Apple event and real people are asking questions about the new way to unlock the iPhone X.



Ransomware: The Tripflare in the Modern Cyberwar

With the frequency and scale of breaches on the rise, and our legacy security failing to protect us, is ransomware the catalyst we need to trigger improvement in our security postures?



25 Things You Didn't Know Could Be Hacked



How to Enable or Disable Automatic Updates for Windows Update in Windows 10



5 ways to speed up your Wi-Fi



TeamViewer Linux Host



How to Lift or Cancel a Credit Freeze



How to Get the Most Out of Your Ring Doorbell



Microsoft: Privacy improvements in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update



iPhone 8 and iPhone X don't support the new T-Mobile LTE network that cost $8 billion



Breach at Equifax May Impact 143M Americans



Comments by -- Joe Nowak

Did You Know About The Hackbusters Community?

Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:46 pm (PDT

This forum might be interesting for some and even useful for those involved with computer security and safety.

*Created especially for you to discuss social engineering, ransomware, and


Back to Top

Mon 1024 9/18/2017

Pacemakers 'Recalled' Amid Hacking Concerns (whois picking up the tab for replacing these other than the new device? The problem with medical devices, no security.  These are classified as IoT devices.)



Windows 10 Redstone 4 (RS4) Builds Changelog (what's being worked on for Spring 2018)



This dad created an app that freezes your kids' phones until they answer your texts



What really happened with Apple’s Face ID 'fail' onstage [UPDATED]



Mac's Biggest Threats Lurk in the Apple App Store

Mac malware is on the rise, especially adware and potentially unwanted programs in the App Store.



T-Mobile Will Pay for Your Netflix: Is It a Good Deal?



Apple just made your iPhone more expensive to fix

Apple will even charge more to fix older iPhone models like the iPhone 6.



Who Is Marcus Hutchins?



Ellp is like IFTTT but for the Windows desktop



StandStand: A Beautiful, Easy-to-Use Portable Standing Desk – Review and Giveaway (except for the Grand Stand, this could be something to look closer at.  Al, here is a challenge for you!)



China Fossil Fuel Deadline Shifts Focus to Electric Car Race (get India too, and that would be the virtual end of fossil fuel cars everywhere)



Why Don’t Anti-malware Tools Work Better?

It's possible to get malware, even with anti-malware tools installed. Why the heck is that true?



With Android Oreo, Google Enforces Background Task Limits for Apps



How to Middle Click on a Laptop Touchpad






The Best Wireless Routers of 2017

Keep all of your gadgets cruising along with a top-notch Wi-Fi router. Here's what you need to know to optimize your wireless network, along with our highest-rated recently reviewed routers for all budgets.



Detect hidden credit card skimmers with this smartphone trick



T-Mobile just got burned by Apple and the iPhone X



nsecure IoT Devices Pose Physical Threat to General Public



7 Reasons to Buy the Galaxy Note 8, and 2 Reasons to Skip



How to use iOS 11's Notes app as a document scanner

With iOS 11, you no longer need to install a random third-party app to scan and sign documents.



Is Your Mobile Carrier Your Weakest Link?



How to enable legacy extensions in Firefox 57



Do You Think Using Tech to Predict Crime Is a Good Idea?



Google's Safe Web Surfing Tool Is Quietly Protecting Apps Like Snapchat, Too



Restoring an Image Using EaseUS Todo (backing up was an earlier article)

You have an image backup and an emergency disk. Here's how you restore that image to your computer.



US Wireless, Wireline Speeds Continue to Lag Developed World: Report



Why You Should Replace Windows’ Default Image Viewer With IrfanView






The Best NAS (Network Attached Storage) Devices of 2017

A network-attached storage (NAS) device is ideal for giving multiple users remote access to large amounts of data. Here's our shopping advice along with top-rated reviews.



How to keep your laptop from overheating



Apple Watch with LTE will cost $10/month on US cellular carriers



China, US Top List Of Countries With Most Malicious IPs

Brazil has 20% more risky IPs than Russia, Recorded Future's analysis shows.



Galaxy Note 8 Now on Sale: Here Are the Best Deals



Sen. Al Franken wants Apple to answer Face ID privacy concerns

The face scanning technology lets you unlock your iPhone with a glance. Franken wants Apple CEO Tim Cook to tell him about the privacy implications.



How to Reset Windows Update in Windows 10



Manage Windows 10 Search Indexing (disable this with an SSD, it dates back to a helper for hard drives)



6 Must-Have Reminder Apps for Android



Hackers Have Already Started to Weaponize Artificial Intelligence



Hands On: Photos App Story Remix 3D Effects for Video



AMD: Ryzen Development Was a ‘Worst-Case Scenario’



How to Move Your Documents, Music, and Other Folders Somewhere Else in Windows






Symantec Norton Core Router



Over 180,000 iPhone apps won't work with iOS 11



The key differences between the iPhone X and iPhone 8



72% of Government Agencies Hit with Security Incidents

The cause of the incidents large fell on human error and employee misuse.



Arris Modems and Routers Have Major Security Flaw



Microsoft Pix camera app now can snap documents, too

We're photographing more whiteboards and business cards now, so the camera app uses its AI smarts to do a better job.



How to create a Windows 10 ISO image for clean, in-place upgrade and repair install



Microsoft Edge usage doubles in a year (according to Microsoft)



How to Automatically Clean Windows 10 of Unused Files



It Turns Out iOS 11 Is Even More Cop-Resistant Than We Thought



The U.S. Escaped Apple Watch's European Carrier Restrictions



Microsoft, Facebook Unveil Open Standard for AI, Deep Learning Networks



How Does Wireless Charging Work?






The Best Smart Bathroom Scales of 2017

Effortlessly track your weight, body fat, bone density, water percentage, heart rate, and other health stats with these connected scales.



Why now is the BEST time to sell your old iPhone



iPhone X won’t cost anywhere near $1,000 for hardcore Apple fans – here’s what they’ll pay



Design Expert: The Secrets to Better User Interfaces

Designer Scott Schaedle feels that user interfaces would look and function much better if developers simply followed a handful of good design practices.



WPS Office 2016 for Linux



Here's Why Microsoft Is Making Its Own AI Chip for Hololens

Competition in the artificial intelligence segment is heating up -- and Microsoft doesn't want to get left behind.



Comments by -- Bob Primak --


NextGen TV and What It Means For Cord Cutters:

I just got an email invite from TiVo to try out their new Beta of something (probably their rumored Hydra Interface -- no need to illustrate, as this is not an earth-shaking upgrade). So I became interested in the future of TiVo hardware and services. Along the way, I made a very interesting discovery about the future of OTA Broadcast TV.  In case someone reading this doesn't know me, I am no fan of Beta anything (except the Chrome Browser), so I took a pass on this offer. 


TiVo Just Debuted New Models, But Are They Even Worth Buying?


Then scroll down to the Comments, where ATSC 3.0 (NextGen TV) is discussed, but only too briefly.


What Cord Cutters Need to Know About ATSC 3.0


Aimed at Tablo users, but also applies to other DVRs which rely on OTA signals (today's Broadcast TV) , like the HomeRun HD and my TiVo Roamio OTA DVR. This does not just affect Guide Services. There is a massive change coming in the way we receive and redistribute on our devices and networks, all OTA TV content. (Broadcast, though here the term is hybrid, as the Internet and a router are involved.) 


FCC Unanimously Approves ATSC 3.0 Rollout Proposal



Multichannel video programming distributor [MVPD]



Notice of proposed rulemaking [NPRM]


Right now, it looks like everything's fine through 2019, but after that things get pretty murky. So plan accordingly! 


In Other Tech News:

Equifax blames breach on a server flaw it should've patched


Great. Now that I know all that, what do I do? Where do I go to get my identity back?


Windows 10: How to type emoji on your PC using the Fall Creators Update


Right now, in Linux, I have an AppIndicator pinned to my Top Panel, which works pretty well. I select an emoji from a drop-down and fly-out menu, then it is on my clipboard. I paste it from there into the document or whatever else I'm typing. The AppIndicator works in most apps and at many web sites. But it is a multi-step process, and it's very inconvenient. In Windows, there are also apps which can be used to generate emojis, but I haven't seen until now a real emoji keyboard option in Windows 10 or Ubuntu Linux. 


Windows 10: A guide to the updates



Office 365: A guide to the updates


These are the regular monthly updates, not the big Fall 2017 Creators Update. Current best practice seems to be to wait a couple of weeks before letting Windows 10 install anything new, especially if you just upgraded to v.1703, the Spring Creators Update, as I have done. I won't be letting any new updates install until around the end of Sept. 2017. 


Here’s Why You Probably Don’t Want To Freeze Your Credit


While helpful, it won’t undo the damage of already having your data breached.


Credit Karma says it will offer credit monitoring for Equifax following this month’s huge breach


I don't know that entering your personal information into yet another service's online database is such a good idea, and I can't say Credit Karma is either accurate or free forever. I can say they have to make money somehow, so most likely it's either through selling your data, spamming you with ads, making non-free offers.  Monitoring does not freeze your credit info. So it does not prevent fraud, but only serves as an indicator after the fact. 


Here's a weird coincidence:

I just updated Chrome Beta to Chrome 62. All of a sudden the certificate issuing authority used most recently by Acrylic WiFi is considered valid -- both possible owners of their site's SSL client security certificate. But now Firefox shows thie issuing authority as Comodo (it was Startcom or WoSign). The product, Acrylic WiFi, has not been updated since Version 3, probably in 2016, but it still works on current Windows versions. Something very weird is going on with these certificates! The Comodo Security Certificate is dated (valid from) Sept. 14, 2017. Both browsers agree on that. Neither browser now blocks or flags the certificate of the download and information pages. I am still recommending the product. The blocking behaviors may have been specific to Chrome operating on Linux. 


Comments by – Joe Nowak

Beware of online quizzes offered on Facebook

Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:59 pm (PDT) .

A day doesn't go by without one of my FB friends posting information about an online "quiz" they took and scored high. Heck I've taken some of those myself. But I don't think I'm going to do that anymore. Be careful out there.

Hackers Use Facebook Quizzes to steel Personal Info


 Back to Top

Sun 1023 9/17/2017

(Again, sorry for the disruption.  Hopefully, we're back to normal.  A reminder that every day new software is always coming out and updates to your existing software.  Not keeping your software up to date is almost as bad as not keeping updates to your operating system updated.  As to new software, maybe I have found a backup of sorts for my Chromebook to increase the likelihood of the major crash I had to a minimum.)


It's Never Been a Worse Time To Upgrade Your Phone

The iPhone X cements a growing trend of less for more.



HP firmware update blocks the use of non-HP cartridges (HP has lost before in court on this issue, so why this again.  Perhaps its best to not update.)



iOS 11 is a second chance for QR codes and NFC to hit it big



Thunderbird 52.3.0 is out



10 Clever Tricks for Your Roku



Turning Sound Into Keystrokes: Skype & Type



iPhone X's Face ID challenge: Getting you to trust it

Apple has a mountain to climb to get people to use Face ID. Here’s how the company will do it.



How to Recognize Russian Propaganda on Social Media



[Tip] Hide/Remove Pages or Sections from Windows 10 Settings



HOW TO RUN ANDROID APPS IN WINDOWS WITH BLUESTACKS (if you have favorite apps on an Android phone or tablet, you might be able to run on Windows)



First Quarter Top-Clicked Phishing Tests



Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Fast Ring Build 16288 (PC) & 15250 (Mobile)



Macs Fail to Stop Even Basic Adware (Report)



Microsoft Surface Pro (if this is too pricey, look at the Surface Pro 3 or 4)



5 fake Hurricane Harvey photos spreading like wildfire



How to Enable Developer Mode and Sideload Roku Apps



Apple's LTE-enabled Watch could be a wearable watershed moment



Captura desktop recording program for Windows



10 Sites to Send Free Text Messages to Cell Phones (SMS)



Apple iOS Exploit Takes Complete Control of Kernel

Researcher demonstrates 'severe' ZIVA exploit at Hack in the Box.



The 5 stages of iPhone X acceptance

You're definitely not spending THAT much on an iPhone X. OK, probably not. Well, maybe.



The Fitbit Ionic Might Be the Smartwatch That Unseats Apple



[Fix] Some Pages or Sections are Missing in Windows 10 Settings



Can You Get Kodi on Roku?



7 signs that you've been hit with malware



Apple's New Tech Goal: It's Everywhere and You Don't Even Think About It (this sounds a lot like Microsoft's plan)



Asus Chromebook Flip C213SA Review



Huawei MateBook X



Over 6K apps found carrying malware - Is it hiding on your phone right now?



The Best Tools for Editing Pictures on a Chromebook



British warships will soon have Siri-like voice controls



Waterfox 55 news: Android app, continued legacy add-on support



20 Nifty Gadgets, Devices, and Tech for College Students



Tech Firms Team Up to Take Down ‘WireX’ Android DDoS Botnet



Ad industry attacks Safari's effort to protect your privacy

A feature in Apple's upcoming browser makes it harder for advertisers to track us online. That will "sabotage" the internet, advertisers say.



Last Call: Get Anker's Take on the Echo Dot For $30, Plus Three Months of Amazon Music Unlimited



How to Improve Windows Hello Face Recognition in Windows 10



This Google Scientist Learned an Interesting Way to Teach Neural Networks



419 phishing email from 'Rev. Goodluck Ebola' offers $10.5M



If you can’t avoid Word's 'Enable Editing,' patch Windows right now

There’s an easy way to avoid the CVE-2017-8759 Word/RTF/.Net security breach, but if you can’t keep your finger off the 'Enable Editing' button, you'd better patch.



SSDs Vulnerable to Deliberate, Low-Level Data Corruption Attacks



Apple's iPhone Service Eligibility Guidelines Leak

Learn how Apple technicians decide whether your iPhone is eligible for an in-warranty service.



When will self-driving cars arrive in your state?



The Best New Features in Android 8.0 Oreo, Available Now



Apple's AR efforts will only work if the battery can keep up



Opera VPN Gold: subscription-based Opera VPN upgrade



How to Install Linux in Windows With a VMware Virtual Machine



Is Your Mobile Carrier Your Weakest Link?



iPhone X: How Face ID works

It's like a tiny Microsoft Kinect embedded in your phone, plus machine learning.



How to Mute Tabs in Google Chrome



How to Boot to Advanced Startup Options in Windows 10



Intel Y-Series vs. U-Series Ultrabook CPUs: What's the difference? (the Y-Series use to be call Core M, good for those concerned more with battery life over the computing horsepower.)



Researchers claim new security bypass could threaten 400M Windows devices



Bloated Patch Tuesday brings fix for nasty Word/RTF/Net vulnerability

While most of this month’s Windows and Office security patches appear unremarkable, the CVE-2017-8759 fix merits your attention right now, if you're guarding state secrets



Equifax’s Failure to Patch Enabled Massive Hack



These Rugged Cat Devices Can Handle Dunks, Drops

We go hands on with Cat's new rugged phones, the S41 and S31, and Windows tablet.



Secret smartphone trick for clearer calls even when you have a bad signal



Are Smart Locks Secure?



iOS 11 release date, key features and what iPhones and iPads can I get it on?



How To Avoid Being Scammed Into Buying A Hurricane-Damaged Car (this should be criminal and prosecuted to the full extent of the law unless fully disclosed)



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

New Bluetooth vulnerability can hack a phone in 10 seconds


This is real -- patch now if your devices allow patching. If not, you will remain vulnerable, and can transmit malware via Bluetooth connections to other devices. I just got the patch for my Linux PC. Windows devices got patched in July. My Moto G4 Android phone does not appear to be getting this security patch. (It just got the June, 2017 Android 7.0 Security Patch which does not address this issue.) So I won't be using its Bluetooth capabilities unless it does get patched.


FYI #1017  (Fri 9/1/2017):

NOTE: I just updated my tablet and my Intel NUC PC to the Windows 10 Pro Spring Creators Update (Version 1703).

The tablet needed the SoC (System on a Chip) and ATK (hardware omnibus) drivers to be reinstalled.

The NUC has a more serious issue with HD Audio. I think it is not a driver issue, though I had to remove a Realtek Sound Driver due to conflicts. In both Linux and Windows, the NUC does not shut down correctly, and does not do a full Restart when prompted (it either locks up in Windows 10, requiring the hardware button to be held down twice, or does a rebound to the Welcome Screen in Linux). The sound and headphone output hardware remains tied up somehow.

There are reports of hyperthreading issues with the Skylake Core-i series processors, and I'd bet this is the source of my issues on that PC. The update for Windows did not cause this issue and unfortunately there is no fix or workaround which seems to fully address the problem(s). 

So overall, I would rank the Creators Update experience as successful. A few new wrinkles in Windows Explorer and the Legacy Desktop, but no real showstoppers. And this makes almost six upgrades which my tablet has survived. That's pretty good for an Atom based tablet.

Oh, and one thing to definitely check for Local Password Login accounts -- passwords now expire after a set period of time, at least in Win 10 Pro. I went into the GPE and changed the Policy back to NBever Expire, since I'm not a coprorate user connecting through a Domain.


How to Fix (Permanently): Hundreds of Cab_XXX Files in C:\Windows\Temp

I think the author (who is usually very good at tracking down Windows issues) missed the point in this post.

The condition he describes usually happens when Windows Automatic Updates fails to install an update, and since it is always set to automatically download and install available updates, a loop is generated. This is usually the underlying source of the issue encountered. 

The key clues are that the problem was kept at bay by resetting several components of Windows Update manually. Microsoft has a Windows Update Diagnostic Cabinet Tool which can be downloaded and run from here:


This is more powerful than the built-in Windows Update Troubleshooter found in Windows 10. Additionallly, after this tool is run, the user should immediately run Windows Update manually and observe the results. Look into Update History and check for recurring failures and retries, which may result in literally hundreds of entries clustered about a particular week. 

If these are found, download wushowhide (link at the bottom of this article):


You will need to note the titles and KB Article Numbers of all failed and recurring update downloads from the Update History, and check off each one to Hide Update. This will only defer some updates, not prevent them forever. So you have to hope that the offending updates have either been superseded, or been pulled or fixed by Microsoft by the time the next round of MS Updates starts to automatically download.

What has almost certainly happened in this case is only too common with Windows 10 and its forced automatic updating system. This is yet one more reason why Automatic updates is for chumps, as Woody Leonhard so succinctly puts it.


How to Manage Windows 10 Updates:







I list a lot of articles because no one method appeals to everyone, and no one method works best on all Windows devices. Home Edition users are pretty much out of luck on a lot of these methods. So one piece of advice I always give is to Upgrade to Pro if you can.


Symantec launches secure Wi-Fi router

They're actually the third or fourth security company to begin offering hardware solutions and subscriptions to home users. I prefer BitDefender, but everyone has their preferences.


Why You Should Replace Windows’ Default Image Viewer With IrfanView

I agree that IrfanView runs circles around the default Windows (or Linux) image viewer. (In Linux I use XnView MP, which is similar.)


What Is YouTube TV, and Can It Replace Your Cable Subscription?

Not if you watch local channels, it can't. Then again, most of us get pretty good OTA reception on most local channels, and HomeRunHD and other DVRs aren't expensive or difficult to set up.



Re. FYI#1018  (Sat 9/2/2017):

You're wasting money if you use a modem from your cable company — here's a cheap replacement

I am still not convinced that third party modems have the same features as a Comcast XFinity Gateway. Depending on how many of their advanced features you use, the tradeoffs may not be os appealing. And having your own separate modem and router makes troubleshooting much more complicated.


Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (Redstone 3) Coming on October 17 (most, like with Redstone 2 (Creators upgrade 1703) will delay upgrade)

Delay is indeed the keyword here. I like my OS to be stable, which often means waiting four months or more with these rapid-release bug-fests.


Re. FYI#1019 (Sun 9/03/2017):

New government tool to stop annoying robocalls

I find the most success by using Nomorobo. It worked on my old AT&T U-Verse service,a nd with Comcast Voice, it works, but the calls still ring once. This alerts me to check my all History to make sure no one legitimate got blocked. One bot recently tried to impersonate CitiBank. The real CitiBank Csutomer Service Rep (at the umber on the back of my Citi Card) then tried to convince me that the bot was a legitimate CitiBank customer Service Number. When I called the bot number back, the Bot Rep said they were not CitiBank, but that they were Sears CitiBank, and they were looking for someone other than me with bad debt (but the alleged person of interest just happens to own my phone number -- yeah, riiiight!). So you still can get hassled, and even the real Customer Service Reps are now participating in promoting spambot activities. You can't trust anyone anymore!



A Full System Image is still the best backup strategy. At some point, nearly everyone who owns any device will need to reset or reinstall it. Having a rollback option sure beats rebuilding a highly-customized PC or tablet system. This method works best with three current backup copies, one stored off-site. It requires the most hardware investment, but it's also the best strategy. CrashPlan is no longer available for Home Users. Cloud services will always fail you when you need them the most, in my experience. For data backup, Windows 10 until the upcoming Fall Creators Update, has had File History. This is being replaced with a version of Storage Spaces. Either way, this is the most effective way of having the same three-fold backup as with System Image Backups, but updated more frequently to reflect changes in your most-used files.


Give Western Digital's My Cloud Home All Your Data

If I am not mistaken, all of the data you access remotely with MyCloud passes through Western Digital's servers before going out onto the Internet. Both the use of the public Internet and WD's servers as intermediaries compromises privacy and security. Your data is not private in the My Cloud ecosystem.


Behold the cameras destroyed by the solar eclipse

Well, this was inevitable. Camera lenses, unless specifically designed for direct sun exposure, can act like the magnifying glasses we used as kids to fry ants. We were warned by major news organizations about this.


Anker's highly popular Bluetooth keyboard is just $14 right now

The Amazon listing for this keyboard lists the device as a 2013 model. Bluetooth 4 did not exist back then, and earlier Bluetooth versions are universally inscure. In other words, these things can be hacked and hijacked to steal data.



So now we all will know how to spoof USB devices and spread malware all over the world. Very nice of these folks to publish the how-to of this formerly black-market type of device.


Re. FYI#1020 (Mon 09/04/2017):

Do You Have Wifi Intruders? Category: Wireless

Other tools, like Acrylic WiFi ( https://www.acrylicwifi.com/en/wlan-software/wlan-scanner-acrylic-wifi-free/  ) [WARNING! Google Chrome 61 would not offer any options to override its blocking of this site as "not private -- certificate expired". I had to use Firefox to get to the site. Don't worry -- the site is current, as is the product. What Google's problem is, that they have to remove override options to their "browser security features" is beyond my knowledge or belief.] and SoftPerfect's WiFi Guard ( https://www.softperfect.com/products/wifiguard/ ) can identify all the connected devices on your wireless network. Trouble is, if you have any ISP provided second room equipment or their DVR, the devices won't be identified by these tools, and may appear with extra IP addresses and MAC addresses which don't yield valid results when looked up online. This leads to having to guess which devices and how many, are legitimate. Third party hardware seldom has this issue.


Arris Modems and Routers Have Major Security Flaw

I am unable to confirm that this is an Arris modem flaw. The article says it is a setting put into specific models distributed by AT&T in Texas, which sounds like it is not a manufacturer firmware flaw. If any Arris models can be used with other providers, they will not likely have this setting or this AT&T specific firmware. When I had U-Verse in the Chicago area, they were not using Arris equipment. Neither does Comcast in IL or MA.


Cybersecurity and Road Signs Are Concerns for Self-Driving Vehicles

You should see some of the intersections and signage in the Boston area, especially outside of the Route 95/128 Beltway. I defy humans not familiar with the area to choose the correct road and the correct lane to be in, let alone a self-driving car! Without machine-readable signalling, serious errors will occur here and in similar areas.


What Is the $WINDOWS.~BT Folder, and Can You Delete It?

If Windows doesn't delete this and a bunch of other stuff by the time of the next round of MS Updates, I will run Disk Cleanup on both of my devices (using the "clean up system files" option), as they are by then post-upgrade to the Spring Creators Update (v.1703).


Bitdefender Home Scanner

The point of telling users to buy an appliance is that there is really no better way to fix the IoT vulnerabilities this scanner can find. No software solutions or router firmware tricks will save your bacon if yout IoT devices don't have their own security, and have it set up properly.


Microsoft extends free Windows 10 S upgrade offer through March 2018

So they are that confident of adoption of their new Crippleware OS? In all fairness, the Rapid Release schedule is also slipping for the Fall Creators Update. Unrealistic thinking still seems to rule the roost at Microsoft.

5 of the Best Chrome Extensions You Need to Try

Good sampling of Chrome Extensions.


The Best Malware Removal and Protection Software of 2017

Read this:


Malwarebytes Free is rapidly becoming as useless as Webroot or Super Antispyware. I no longer recommend it, even alongside Windows Defender. The paid Premium Version of Malwarebytes suffers from similar issues to those cited by Rubenking for the free edition. I no longer trust any removal-only antivirus you don't boot from outside Windows.


How to convert a DVD to MP4 files in Windows or MacOS

Beware! Doing this may violate DMCA (copyright laws).


How to Fix (Permanently): Hundreds of Cab_XXX Files in C:\Windows\Temp

As I posted for am previous FYI postign of this article, I think the author is addressing the wrong issue. This looks to me like a classic failed/reoffered Windows 10 update situation.


Re. FYI#1021 (Tues 09/05/2017):

When is your phone getting Android 8.0 Oreo? We asked every major manufacturer

Their Motorola info is pure nonsense. The G4 and E series Moto phones haven't even gotten Android 7.1 yet, let alone Android 8. There are no plans to upgrade these phones. My last security update was for Android 7.0, dated June, 2017. It arrived just a week ago.


Tips for customizing your new Linux installation

A lot of this stuff applies to Ubuntu as well as Fedora. But whereas Freon is used in Fedora, pSensor is used in Ubuntu. There are other wrinkles like that.


[ALERT] Change Your Passwords... NOW Category: Security

So a spambot has my 2014-2016 Yahoo credentials. I changed those years ago. But if you are a person who does not pay attention to notices of breaches, go ahead and test -- then change whatever shows up. If you're like this, that probably means, change everything.


Why You Shouldn’t Use “Anti-Spying” Tools for Windows 10

People who don't understand what the settings are and what they do, should not mess with them. Yes. But these tools are not all of the same quality, and not all are always harmful. 

Some of these tweaking tools like any other category of freeware, are of very questionable origins and should be avoided. But some are well curated, of good quality, and have decent help menus.

The harm which can be done by a tool should not be the criterion for not using it. O&O ShutUp10, for example, can be misused by checking off items which are not in the recommended list. Checking off those items can severely damage Windows 10. This does not make the tool dangerous. It only makes users who check off everything dangerous. Manual Windows tweaking has caused far more issues than automated tools from reputable sources. True of System Cleaners as much as Privacy Tools.

The same users would probably try to mess with everything they read about online, and would severely damage Windows 10. And those same fools probably would not have an image backup to fall back on. No software which changes Windows settings or cleans up Windows can be made totally foolproof. This is not the software's fault -- it is end user error.


The military’s quest for autonomous drones could also yield sky taxis

So, who wants to be first to ride in a self-guided robot helicopter?

I'll take a rain check on this.


How do I run Windows software on Linux?

Dual Booting or running Windows in a Virtual Machine are not examples of running Windows software on Linux. They are workarounds based on having a Windows License or Electronic Entitlement for each instance. I dual-boot, and I do not equate this with running Windows programs on Ubuntu Linux. To do dual booting or a virtual machine, you need to do twice the maintenance, plus maintaining the dual-OS setup itself.


Is Google making us dumb or making us smarter?

It's not Google Iworry about -- it's the other Social Media providers who can't seem to teach people to distinguish between real news articles and Fake News posts. Those providers are who's making America stupid.


Full? Incremental? Differential? What Kind of Backup Do I Want?

With Macrium Reflect Free, I only do Full Backups. I have had other types fail repeatedly with various backup products -- usually when I needed them the most. Also, don't expect an Image Backup from a year ago to fully restore Windows. I have had older backup archives, even those which verify with the backup product's current version, fail for many, many reasons.


Recovering from Ransomware with an Online Backup

The real issue is, do you really trust that when you need them the most, your Cloud store files will be accessible to you? Or that you will have access to the Internet with your device? Best to also have local copies of everything you may wish to restore.


FBI reportedly advising companies to ditch Kaspersky apps

Based on spying within the apps, I'd be far quicker to dump AVG and Avast than Kaspersky, though they would be Number Three on my list to dump. 

Also check his out:

Best Buy pulls Kaspersky's antivirus software from its shelves



Build Your Own Magnetic Levitating Plant

I can't imagine why anyone would waste their time doing this. Sooner or later, everyone will figure out how you did it, so where's the fun after that? BTW, strong magnetic fields are not good for the health of most plants.


Re. FYI#1022 (Wed 09/06/2017):

These simple upgrades can make even older computers run like new

This is only aimed at Mac users, and these upgrades alone would not necessarily make an older Mac be able to run the newer MacOS versions. There are other factors to consider. Windows PCs aren't quite so fussy -- or at least they weren't so fussy until recently. Now, even upgrading a Windows PC is asking for trouble, as older processor types are being kicked to the curb by Intel and Microsoft at an alarming rate.


How to Run Android Apps on Ubuntu Linux with Anbox

Anything which relies on the dreaded Android Debug Toolkit is too Alpha for me! I worry about applying any Alpha modifications to the Ubuntu kernel. It's unstable enough as it stands.


Despite appearances, WikiLeaks wasn't hacked

Protect your DNS records.

Those who live by hacking may die by hacking. What goes around comes around, and karma's a b****.


Secret smartphone trick for clearer calls even when you have a bad signal

WiFi Calling has many uses. But just to be clear -- while wiretapping laws make it a crime to tap into calls over a cell phone network, no such protections exist for WiFi calls. This also applies to Skype vs. cell phones. Operators of public WiFi networks often log and record user activities.


How to Make a New Directory and Change to It with a Single Command in Linux

Or, you can just launch a GUI navigation utility like Nautilus, and do everything with the same methods you used in Windows. I NEVER use the Command Line to do basic tasks like this (except when using some really weird installers or Tarballs).


Shellshock Still in the Crosshairs

Spike in scans for the flaw spotted en masse in Q2.

I can't believe this exploit is still unpatched in so many Linux systems.


How to convert videos with VLC

There are better converters, like Transmageddon for Linux and Format Factory for Windows.


This emergency feature on your smartphone could save your life

While location tracking might be appropriate for households with children or elderly people who wander, most of us would probably not want for our whereabouts to be tracked by any app, even if the history is not logged or shared with third parties. The biggest issue is, the time you may need this feature the most, you will not have activated it, or you will be out of cell tower range.


How to convert Excel file to PDF online using Google Drive

My PDF conversions often concern confidential information which I do not want exposed online. I do my conversions offline. And it's PDF to Word or Open Document formats which is more useful. That requires different tools.


Pros and Cons to Using Electron Apps

Not the right solution, and what can these apps do which apps I already have access to in all OSes can't do?


[Software Update] Google Chrome 61 Stable Release Now Available for Download

The Beta of this version blocked me out of a legitimate web site due to an expired Certificate, and offered no access to any "Advanced Options" to go to the site anyway. I had to go into Firefox to get to the site. That site is for Acrylic WiFi, a legitimate and free WiFi analyzer to find out who's on what network, and which channels are crowded in your location. (In Linux I have other tools for this type of task.)


Interesting Utility Software to Discover This Week

Pretty good tools, mostly the Linux versions. CCleaner is way better for Windows cleanups than Bleachbit.


Microsoft’s Next Windows Variant Must Be the Modern Thin Client

No, it must NOT be that at all! What is needed is a return to the traditional desktop PC OS. When your competitors zig, the correct business move is to zag. Microsoft could develop a Cloud Platform for consumers and small businesses, but this must NEVER become the replacement for Windows on the Desktop.


How to Unlock “In Use” Files in Windows

I noticed that LockHunter went dormant for a few years, but was recently updated. Interesting. Looks like a useful tool at times, but I would be very careful using it to unlock files being used by Modern (Windows Store) Apps in Windows 10. Make any changes inside those apps or their AppData, and you may find yourself reinstalling the Store, or even Windows 10 itself!


Make Windows 10 work the way you want it to

Pretty good tips. I know and use a lot of these already.


From My Own Reading:

Europe rules employers must inform staff of email snooping





"[O]verall, Sutton said they were “really impressed” with just how few pieces of gear came back wrecked. And, as he pointed out, Lensrentals hopes that by posting images of damaged kit now, it’ll 'serve as a warning to those who are already prepping for the next eclipse in 2024.'"


Google's new Street View cameras help AI map the real world



Don't even try to repair the Essential Phone



Lenovo will pay a $3.5 million fine for preinstalling adware on certain laptops

The company still denies any wrongdoing.



Intel gets second chance to appeal $1.25B antitrust fine



Lenovo's Superfish bloatware scandal reveals a sneaky tactic we thought Microsoft had started

When you click an 'x' to close a window and get a software download instead.



Google Drive is being replaced by Backup and Sync: What to expect



Why Acrylic WiFi Won't Display in Chrome -- Not Unsafe!

I just found a way to enable access to a site known to be safe, but where Chrome shows a Revoked Security Certificate error message with no option to proceed anyway. If this is only an error due to Chrome (and Linux) not having correct information about the trustworthiness of the site's Certificate or its Issuing Authority, then it is usually safe to make a Chrome Launcher Link (or alter the Windows Desktop Shortcut) to append "--ignore-certificate-errors" (no quotes) to the Target box (the Command box in Linux). 

Emphasis that this is very insecure, so make sure you really want to allow access to the site before proceeding. You will no longer be warned of invalid or revoked certificates anywhere! 

When possible, it is vastly preferable to go to a site with a different browser, rather than to compromise your security by ignoring security certificate errors. This is why I used Firefox for the Acrylic WiFi site before messing with Chrome launch parameters. 

Acrylic WiFi uses a revoked Certificate Authority, which is very stupid to begin with. But to reach the site and download the Acrylic WiFi installer, Chrome and only Chrome (and maybe only Chrome under Linux) needs the modified launcher or shortcut. Once you finish with the Acrylic WiFi download, I would strongly suggest clearly labeling your Chrome no-certificates shortcut, or trashing it entirely. Maybe even change its icon if you can. 

There may be third-party sites which host Acrylic WiFi installer downloads. If so, use these sites, please! Or  use a different web browser, as Edge, IE and Firefox all allow access to the Acrylic WiFi site and all its downloads. The issue is between Google and two Certificate Issuing Authorities, not a problem with the Acrylic WiFi web site being infected or otherwise dangerous. 


Credit Monitoring

Check this out in the same vein, regarding Equifax.

In Reversal, Equifax Says It Won't Charge Hack Victims For 'Free' Service

In Reversal, Equifax Says It Won't Charge Hack Victims For 'Free' Service



Comments by – Joe Nowak

Latest edition of CyberHeistNews

Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:50 pm (PDT) .

CyberheistNews Vol 7 #36 Scam of the Week: Equifax Phishing Attacks



Inaudible secret commands for Siri, Alexa, Google Now

Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:08 pm (PDT) .

Inaudible ultrasound commands can be used to secretly control Siri, Alexa, and Google Now



Locations in Radius from Given Location

Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:53 pm (PDT) .

For purposes of business or just personal interest, you need to know all the communities within a given distance from a particular geographical location. Here's how you find out what's in that circle and how to create a map with the circle in place.

How to Find Out What Places Are a Specific Distance From You



Botomoter checks Twitter accounts to see if they are human or machin

Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:23 pm (PDT) .

This is kind of fun if you're a Twitter user. It will check any Twitter account and analyze it to determine if it is a real person or a bot. Not a hundred percent accurate but it does the best it can with all the criteria available. According to the Botometer there's a 54% chance that I'm a bot.

How to Check If a Twitter Account Is a Bot


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