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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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Backup Everything to Google

BACKUP EVERYTHING TO GOOGLE Google will release Backup and Sync on June 28, 2017. This is the progeny of Google Drive. Google Drive currently only backups up or synchronizes one folder per user to the Google universe. Backup and Sync will allow multiple folders, up to the entire user home folder/directory, to be synchronized with Google servers.…
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How To Protect Against Ransomware

HOW TO PROTECT AGAINST RANSOMWARE According to today's (Sunday May 14, 2017) statistics, over 200,000 businesses in over 200 countries have been hit by the most recent ransomware. This malware was able to take advantage of a vulnerability in the Windows operating system–at least those that had not updated in the past month. But more…
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ACLU Social Media Password Recommendations

ACLU SOCIAL MEDIA PASSWORD RECOMMENDATIONS The ACLU released this message on Wednesday, April 19, 2107: Homeland Security is considering forcing some travelers to provide their passwords to social media accounts as a condition to enter the U.S. This would violate the right to privacy, undermine freedom of expression, and create numerous cybersecurity risks for all…
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Netgear Prosafe 24-Port Gigabit Rackmount Switch For Sale

FOR SALE: NETGEAR PROSAFE 24-PORT GIGABIT RACKMOUNT SWITCH Model JGS524v2 All ports support 10/100/1000 Mbps Condition: In box, very good condition, used only 1 month Full description on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-ProSAFE-JGS524E-Rackmount-JGS524Ev2/dp/B00GG1AD9A/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1485885761&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=netgear+jgs524v2 Asking Price: $75 $50 Contact: Marc 505.453.0479
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iMac 27″ 2012 For Sale

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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Drobo 5N (12TB) Network Storage Drive Bay

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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How To Choose A VPN Host

HOW TO CHOOSE A VPN HOST In case you have been living in an ice cave (and how many of my discussions have started with that phrase), the US congress has authorized Internet Service Providers (ISPs)–such as AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon, dishNET, Windstream, etc.–to collect your Internet browsing history. This history includes…
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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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