COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE & SECURITY BLOG

Yes You Can Protect Your Privacy

YES YOU CAN PROTECT YOUR PRIVACY Congress, the courts, and the president may be working hard to erode our right to privacy, but we are working even harder to ensure your ability to maintain your privacy. Over 30% of computers are infected with malware. <http://www.infoworld.com/article/2618043/cyber-crime/malware-infects-30-percent-of-computers-in-u-s-.html> 82,000 new malware threats found each day. <http://www.pcworld.com/article/2109210/report-average-of-82-000-new-malware-threats-per-day-in-2013.html> Over 80% of passwords…
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Know Your Mac Firmware Password

KNOW YOUR MAC FIRMWARE PASSWORD Do you know your Mac's firmware password? If not, you may be in for a headache. Does your Mac have a firmware password? If not, you may be in for an ever bigger headache. MacOS has multiple layers of security built in to provide the encrypted at rest requirement for HIPAA, SEC, legal, military,…
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Practical Paranoia macOS 10.12 Upgrade: Chapter 20 Social Media

PRACTICAL PARANOIA macOS 10.12 UPGRADE: CHAPTER 20 SOCIAL MEDIA Practical Paranoia macOS 10.12 Security Essentials has just released its latest upgrade to v2.4. This new version contains a full chapter on how to protect your security and privacy when using social media services. George Orwell had it wrong. Instead of the government installing cameras and watchers everywhere, we…
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Practical Paranoia Windows 10 Upgrade: Chapter 20 Social Media

PRACTICAL PARANOIA WINDOWS 10 UPGRADE: CHAPTER 20 SOCIAL MEDIA Practical Paranoia Windows 10 Security Essentials has just released its latest upgrade to v2.4. This new version contains a full chapter on how to protect your security and privacy when using social media services. George Orwell had it wrong. Instead of the government installing cameras and watchers…
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Is Your Apple Account Vulnerable?

IS YOUR APPLE ACCOUNT VULNERABLE? If we are to believe both the CIO and Motherboard reports (both highly respected news sources), a hacking group named Turkish Crime Family has cracked more than 627 million Apple iCloud accounts. Of these, over 220 million have been verified to be working accounts. We don't know about the other 407…
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March Special: $99/Hour All Standard Services

MARCH SPECIAL: $99/HOUR ALL STANDARD SERVICES You read correctly, all Mintz InfoTech standard support services are just $99 per hour through the month of March. This includes: New clients Existing clients Windows and Macintosh installation, maintenance, and repair Network and system security audit Routine monthly maintenance To receive your $99/hr special, all you need do is…
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CIA Hacking Tools Revealed

CIA HACKING TOOLS REVEALED Having released my morning blog post about prosecutors using Amazon Echo recordings of home sounds in a murder trial, I thought I could kick back and relax for the day (hey, cut me a break, I had back surgery yesterday!) But noooo. WikiLeaks comes along and blows everything before it away. On…
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50% Off Practical Paranoia Security Essentials Is Only The Beginning!

50% OFF PRACTICAL PARANOIA SECURITY ESSENTIALS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING! 3 years, and still the #1 best-selling cybersecurity workbook series for both the CS and non-CS students Starting immediately, school purchases of Practical Paranoia Security Essentials for Android 6, iOS 10, macOS 10.12, and Windows 10 offer the following: New Online PDF edition Same best-selling, easiest, step-by-step,…
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“They” Are Always Listening

"THEY" ARE ALWAYS LISTENING Not to put too fine a point on it, but in this world of Internet of Things (IoT), George Orwell's 1984 has come true. And we have done it to ourselves. Our smart devices–from mobile phone, tablet, computer, smartTV, webcam, security camera, Amazon Echo, fitness band, even your modern car–may be recording everything you…
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For Sale: Mac mini

FOR SALE: MAC MINI Condition: Slightly Used, Good Condition, boxed Model A1347 Late 2014 CPU: Intel i5 Dual Core 2.8GHz Storage: 512 Apple SSD RAM: 16GB DDR3 System: macOS 10.12 Sierra (bare metal reinstall) Includes Power Cable Asking Price: $750 $550 Contact: Marc 505.453.0479
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For Sale: Drobo 5N 12TB Network Storage Drive

FOR SALE: DROBO 5N (12TB) NETWORK STORAGE DRIVE BAY (NAS RAID) Condition: Like new - open box, used less than 1 month Capacity: 5 x 3.5" drives (3 x 4TB drives installed) Includes 250GB SSD for superior performance Highly scalable network storage array with 64TB filesystem support Gigabit Ethernet connectivity. Supports myDrobo Platform, DroboAccess encrypted-end-to-end…
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For Sale: Drobo 5N Plus 250GB SSD Network Storage Drive Bay

FOR SALE: DROBO 5N (EMPTY) PLUS 250 GB SSD NETWORK STORAGE DRIVE BAY (NAS RAID) Condition: Unused, open box Capacity: 5 x 3.5" drives (not included) Includes 250GB SSD for superior performance Highly scalable network storage array with 64TB filesystem support Gigabit Ethernet connectivity. Supports myDrobo Platform, DroboAccess encrypted-end-to-end remote access, and DroboPix allowing secure…
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For Sale: 2012 iMac 27″

FOR SALE: 2012 IMAC 27" 2012 Apple iMac 27” 3.4GHz i7, 32 gig RAM 1 TB Fusion drive Includes all original packaging, boxes, documentation Mouse Both wireless and wired keyboards Apple external USB Superdrive Current OS X clean installed Also includes Apple/Harmon-Karden Soundsticks and sub woofer Condition: mint, no scratches, dings or dents, no hardware or software…
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Practical Paranoia Windows 10 Update Released

PRACTICAL PARANOIA WINDOWS 10 UPDATE RELEASED New edition, v2.1, updated January 31, 2017. The best-selling, easiest, step-by-step, and most comprehensive guide to securing your home or business Windows 10 computers. Completely revised and updated for Windows 10. Official workbook for the Practical Paranoia: Security Essentials Workshop. Designed for classroom, workshop, and self-study. The entire workshop…
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Practical Paranoia macOS 10.12 Update Released

PRACTICAL PARANOIA MACOS 10.12 UPDATE RELEASED New edition v2.1, updated January 24, 2017. The best-selling, easiest, step-by-step, most comprehensive guide to securing your home or business macOS computers. Completely revised and updated for macOS 10.12, Sierra. Official workbook for the Practical Paranoia: Security Essentials Workshop. Designed for both college course, workshop, and self-study. The entire…
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Practical Paranoia iOS 10 Update Released

PRACTICAL PARANOIA IOS 10 UPDATE RELEASED New edition v.2.1, updated January 21, 2017. The best-selling, easiest, step-by-step, most comprehensive guide to securing your home or business iPhones and iPads. Completely revised and updated for iOS 10. Official workbook for the Practical Paranoia: Security Essentials Workshop. Designed for classroom, workshop, and self-study. The entire workshop is…
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Practical Paranoia Android 6 Update Released

PRACTICAL PARANOIA ANDROID 6 UPDATE RELEASED New edition v4.3, updated January 21, 2017. The best-selling, easiest, step-by-step, most comprehensive guide to securing your home or business Android phones and tablets. Completely revised and updated for Android 6. Official workbook for the Practical Paranoia: Security Essentials Workshop. Designed for classroom, workshop, and self-study. The entire workshop…
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Discounts On All IT Service & Support

DISCOUNTS ON ALL IT SERVICE & SUPPORT Starting today, January 11, 2017, Mintz InfoTech is offering all existing and new clients $25/hour discount on all services and support. This discount applies to the occasional support visit, monthly contract clients, and major projects. Regardless of your contracted rate, you now have $25 per hour discounted from…
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IBM Report: How Consumers and Businesses Value Their Data

IBM REPORT: HOW CONSUMERS AND BUSINESSES VALUE THEIR DATA IBM has released a new report on December 14, 2016, on how consumers and businesses value their data (full report at https://ibm.biz/RansomwareReport.) The report was based on findings from 1,021 adults, 200 small-business leaders, 200 medium-business leaders, and 200 large-business leaders. The Cost The first finding is…
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Practical Paranoia Book Reviewers Wanted

PRACTICAL PARANOIA BOOK REVIEWERS WANTED Practical Paranoia Security Essentials is the best-selling, easiest, and most-comprehensive computer and mobile device security workbook series you can buy. Based on NSA, US-CERT, and NIST guidelines, the series is written with the novice user in mind, while containing all that an IT security professional needs. Practical Paranoia has just…
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Fingerprints Are Not Secure Authentication

FINGERPRINTS ARE NOT SECURE AUTHENTICATION Are you using your fingerprint as authentication for your mobile device or computer? I've been telling clients for years that biometrics are not secure–they are far too easily faked. Keep to using strong passwords until a better system becomes available. Well, the news is even darker. I recently discovered this 2 year…
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Google Chrome Now Blocks Flash, Uses HTML5 By Default

GOOGLE CHROME NOW BLOCKS FLASH, USES HTML5 BY DEFAULT Google has announced that as of Google Chrome browser version 55, it will disable Flash and use HTML5 by default. Their presentation on this change can be found at https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/106_KLNJfwb9L-1hVVa4i29aw1YXUy9qFX-Ye4kvJj-4/present?ueb=true&slide=id.p Unless you haven't been using a computer over the past few years, you already know that…
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Anti-Virus Installation 50% Discount

ANTI-VIRUS INSTALLATION 50% DISCOUNT Having a quality anti-virus program running on each of your computers is one of the foundations of security. From today through December 17, 2016, Mintz InfoTech, Inc. will perform a remote installation of Bitdefender 2017 at over 50% discount–just $30 per Windows or Mac computer. To receive your discount, please call…
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How To Spot Fake Websites

HOW TO SPOT FRAUDULENT WEBSITES Just in time for the holiday spending spree, Europol has released a great website on how to spot a fake website. Although written with the European market in mind, everything in it applies to the US market as well. The original website is https://www.europol.europa.eu/activities-services/public-awareness-and-prevention-guides/i-just-thought-it-was-bargain-i-was-not-aware-of-risks%E2%80%A6.  First, you've just gotta love their motto: "Don't…
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Bitdefender Up To 60% Off

BITDEFENDER UP TO 60% OFF If you have been reading any of our Practical Paranoia Security Essentials books, you already know that Bitdefender is the only antivirus/antimalware that I recommend. It is currently the best solution for a number of reasons for both home and business, Android, macOS, and Windows. Bitdefender is currently holding a Cyber Monday Sale…
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Best-Selling DIY Cyber Security Books On Sale

BEST-SELLING DIY CYBER SECURITY BOOKS ON SALE Practical Paranoia Security Essentials is the best-selling cyber security book series of all time (try to ignore the fact that my grand kids are older than the field of cyber security!) Through December 31, 2016, all current OS Practical Paranoia books are on sale at 33% discount. Available on Amazon.com in both kindle…
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Government OK’s Hacking DoD Sites

GOVERNMENT OK'S HACKING DOD SITES Historically, even with the best of intentions, finding vulnerabilities with government sites would often lead to a shooting of the messenger. That has been turned on its head today! Quoting from the Department of Defense: DoD will deal in good faith with researchers who discover, test, and submit vulnerabilities² or…
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It’s Time To Upgrade To G-Suite

IT'S TIME TO UPGRADE TO G-SUITE Google Apps for Business has changed it's name to G-Suite <https://gsuite.google.com/together/>. My clients know that I don't drink anyone's Kool-aid, but when a product is superior in it's niche, I will certainly sing praises for it. And I've done so for Google Apps for Business and now G-Suite for…
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Practical Paranoia Books On Sale

PRACTICAL PARANOIA BOOKS ON SALE All new editions of Practical Paranoia Security Essentials workbooks are now on sale for 33% discount. This is the lowest price ever! Practical Paranoia are the best-selling, most comprehensive, and easiest DIY cyber security books you can buy–Guaranteed. Perfect for anyone–from the computer novice, to the IT professional–who wants to protect their computer…
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Secret Backdoor in 100’s of Millions of Phones Sends Data to China

SECRET BACKDOOR IN 100'S OF MILLIONS OF PHONES SENDS DATA TO CHINA As reported in The New York Times today http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/11/16/us/politics/china-phones-software-security.html over 700 million Android phones, cars, and other smart devices include code developed by Shanghai Adups Technology Company http://www.adups.com/index.php that harvest user data. Every 72 hours the device transmits your data to China. It is not yet known if…
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Practical Paranoia macOS 10.12 Security Essentials v2 Now Available

PRACTICAL PARANOIA MACOS 10.12 SECURITY ESSENTIALS V2 NOW AVAILABLE Version 2 of the best-selling Practical Paranoia macOS 10.12 has just been released to the printer, with Kindle versions available Monday, November 14, 2016, paperback available from Amazon Wednesday, November 16, and all other fine booksellers within two weeks. Personal and business cyber security and identity theft has been…
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