COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE & SECURITY BLOG

My Technology OMG! Moment

Years back, Business Week magazine published a study on what personal computer IT upgrade provides the biggest return on investment. Issues such as faster cpu, more RAM, larger storage (they didn't have "faster" storage back then as we do now with SSD and Flash drives), and monitor size were evaluated. The study prompted me to…
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New, Best-In-Class Network Equipment For Sale

New, Best-In-Class Network Equipment For Sale MintzIT is clearing out our stock of new, best-in-class network equipment at great discounts. Asus RP-AC68U AC1900 Wireless Access Point New, never opened. 2 available. Currently selling on Amazon for $223 plus $21 shipping. Specs MintzIT Price: $175 plus $20 shipping. Ubiquiti UniFi AP AC Pro Access Point New. In box. 2 available.…
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Practical Paranoia macOS 10.13 1-Day Workshop

Practical Paranoia macOS 10.13 1-Day Workshop with Marc Mintz Secure your Mac OS 10.13 computer from malware, criminals, snoops, and the whackadoodle ex. Concerned about being hacked? Your identity stolen? Your precious data stolen or encrypted? You should be. Hacking is a billion-dollar enterprise and everyone is a potential target. At risk are your personal and business messages, emails, photos,…
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Can I use a basic software solution like Apple’s Mail to manage multiple email addresses?

First, I’m a bit pressed to see Apple’s Mail as a basic software solution. I believe it has hit the sweet spot of performance, features, and stability. Ignoring that, yes! Outlook, Thunderbird, and almost all (maybe all) mail clients allow for multiple accounts. Where you will see the one-account limit is with web-based email (hotmail,…
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Why did Apple change all the ports on the Macbook Pro to USB-C when you can’t connect your iPhone to it with the usual cable? Is this against Apple’s motto of simplicity and seamlessness?

I may well have missed the memo, but as a Certified Apple Consultant and Apple Developer, I’ve never heard that Apple had such a motto, and it is nowhere to be found in their mission statement (I may not have the current statement). When would you like Apple to move to the next generation technology?…
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Are Apple’s iOS updates throttling phone speeds based purely on it being an older phone, or can it tell if the battery is bad? Would an older phone with a new battery still get forcibly slowed down by iOS updates? Which versions of iOS slow iPhones?

According to Apple (and the substantial evidence we have at hand), throttling is done based on the performance of the battery. As the battery ages, it is less able to provide for peak current demands. This can result in the phone shutting down. To help prevent such events, iPhone 6, 6S, 6 SE, and 7…
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What media would one use to store a large amount of data (4000 MB) to transfer to a different computer?

Without getting esoteric options, we have: magnetic hard drives Least expensive Slower than RAID or ssd Faster than online Solid state drives Most expensive Fastest RAID (comprised of multiple magnetic hard drives or solid state drives) Faster than hard drives Can be faster than solid state if combining multiple SSD’s Less expensive than a single…
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Q: Why do recent iOS operating systems such as 10.3.3 cause earlier iPhone models, such as the 5c to have performance slowdowns on common tasks, such as launching and switching between apps? What OS architecture changes account for this?

A: Your premise is in error. Independent testing has been performed that determined there isn’t any code within newer iOS systems that makes older units slower. However, as with almost every OS and app upgrade, there are significantly more features and functions (most under the hood), requiring more cpu cycles. This can have the effect of…
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Equifax Cybersecurity Breach

Equifax Cybersecurity Breach Announced today via the Equifax Cybersecurity Incident & Important Consumer Information page https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com, between May and July, 2017, criminals were able to access the Equifax database. The criminals harvested Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, driver's license numbers, credit card numbers impacting approximately 143,000,000 consumers (don't you just love being identified as…
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Secure Your Digital Life With UNM Continuing Ed

PRACTICAL PARANOIA SECURITY ESSENTIALS WORKSHOPS AT UNM CONTINUING EDUCATION You don't need to be a Microsoft Engineer, Apple Genius, or Google Guru to know state-sponsored system penetration, ransomware, malware, hackers, pranksters, and even a whackadoodle ex or two are out there to get you. You includes your data, intellectual property, financial information, personal communications, web activity,…
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Practical Paranoia Security Workshops at UNM

PRACTICAL PARANOIA SECURITY ESSENTIALS WORKSHOPS AT UNM CONTINUING EDUCATION You don't need to be a Microsoft Engineer, Apple Genius, or Google Guru to know state-sponsored system penetration, ransomware, malware, hackers, pranksters, and even a whackadoodle ex or two are out there to get you. You includes your data, intellectual property, financial information, personal communications, web activity,…
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Q: Why does Apple charge more to repair an Apple Watch than what it is sold for?

Q: Why does Apple charge more to repair an Apple Watch than what it is sold for? The cost of out of warranty repairs to Apple watches are posted at https://support.apple.com/watch/repair/service/pricing. Depending on model, out of warranty repair is as much as $100 less than replacement cost, up to 25% the cost of replacement. Original Post: https://www.quora.com/Why-does-Apple-charge-more-to-repair-an-Apple-Watch-than-what-it-is-sold-for/answer/Marc-Mintz-4?share=701ab32f&srid=hFp4n
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Q: Could the FBI have requested a subpoena if Apple claimed a First Amendment right for not unlocking iPhones?

Q: Could the FBI have requested a subpoena if Apple claimed a First Amendment right for not unlocking iPhones? Theoretical legal arguments are the domain of fools. Dozens of potential paths of argument. Zero potential to reach a conclusion. Apple has no need to risk a costly constitutional law battle. They had no back door.…
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Q: If brains can be connected to computers, then how would a brain be protected against malware and spyware?

Q: If brains can be connected to computers, then how would a brain be protected against malware and spyware? Our brains are already connected to other systems, and have been for a very long time. Our eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin pull in (or better, interpret) information constantly. This is used by advertisers to sway…
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Announcing Practical Paranoia Live Editions

Announcing Practical Paranoia Security Essentials Live Editions 1440, Johannes Gutenberg creates the first revolution in the written word by inventing the printing press. 2007, Amazon introduces the first e-book reader, Kindle, launching the second revolution in the written word. 2017, The Practical Paranoid LLC introduces Live editions for all current version of Practical Paranoia Security essentials, starting…
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Instructor Free Desk Copy of Practical Paranoia Security Essentials

Free Desk Copy of Practical Paranoia Security Essentials Our staff has been chained to their grindstones over the past months tasked with updating our best-selling book series Practical Paranoia Security Essentials. The latest versions are now available in kindle, paperback, and live editions. If you are a high-school, college, university, or tech school computer science or STEM…
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New Edition Just Released-Practical Paranoia iOS 10

New Edition Just Released-Practical Paranoia iOS 10 Practical Paranoia iOS 10 is the best-selling, easiest, most comprehensive guide to securing your iPhone and iPad, data, intellectual property, communications, and personal identity. Period! Written for the non-technical user to secure their personal device, while covering everything that an IT professional needs to secure the enterprise mobile device. And…
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New Edition Just Released-Practical Paranoia macOS 10.12

New Edition Just Released-Practical Paranoia macOS 10.12 Practical Paranoia macOS 10.12 is the best-selling, easiest, most comprehensive guide to securing your Mac, data, intellectual property, communications, and personal identity. Period! Written for the non-technical macOS user to secure their personal computer, while covering everything that an IT professional needs to secure the enterprise computer. And while the Practical…
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