Posts regarding security and disaster prevention for all platforms.
HowtoGeek just published a warning about SourceForge bundling crapware with downloads.
The freeware/trialware environment has changed radically for the worse over the last few years. What was once a place where you could download legitimate free applications has changed. You can download applications, but if you aren’t extremely careful, the application will be bundled with a bunch of malware / crapware that will create havoc with your machine.
When you do have to download: Continue reading
My mother received a call the other day from a ‘detective’ claiming that my son was in jail in Charlotte Il. She spoke with someone impersonating my son who claimed that he sounded different because ‘he had a cold’ and ‘slept on the cell floor’.
The man claiming to be the ‘detective’ wanted her to purchase money cards in the amount of $2000 to ‘pay his bail’. My mother smelled a rat and asked the kid impersonating my son a question only he could answer which, of course, the impersonator could not answer. Continue reading
Periscope is a popular streaming feature for twitter BUT the problem is that people viewing your stream can pinpoint your address. Creep Factor 10 Mr. Sulu. Also, there is a current flaw that allows the titles of streams marked as ‘private’ to be seen by the public.
In other words, the app allows you to send a video stream using twitter. However, someone can look at the stream and determine your location with a high degree of accuracy. Continue reading
A friend sent a video about the dangers of Flashlight apps for Android based devices. Let me say that I am an App Junkie with dozens of apps on my phone and tablet.
The problem is that these apps are apparently being used to spy on your devices. Every app tells you what permissions it needs in order to be installed. However, most of us ignore that notice. Continue reading
I had been considering trying to use an old android phone as a security/monitoring device. One example of an application would be to be able to check the basement to make sure that the sump pump was operational if I was out of the house.
I came across a great article on HowToGeek as to do exactly this. Continue reading
Lenovo has been bundling it’s PCs with Superfish. The company claims that there are no issues with this software.
The problem is that Superfish is designed to bypass the security and encryption you get when you visit a site using https. Superfish can then see passwords, bank account details and other personal information. Continue reading
The whole system of “secret questions” used by tens of thousands of sites, including email providers, banks and government sites is fundamentally flawed.
I stumbled onto this neat little trick. There are cases where you come across a machine that is so infested with malware that you can’t download any tools to fix it.
This trick uses the windows help tool to give you a bare bones browser. This can be enough to download drivers or anti malware tools. Continue reading
This article will give you the creeps..
Someone can scan your keys with their phone, then have them made on demand at a kiosk..
http://www.wired.com/2014/07/keyme-let-me-break-in/ Continue reading