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Ransomware

How To Protect Against Ransomware

May 14th, 2017

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 m...

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ACLU Social Media Password Recommendations

April 20th, 2017

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...

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Ransomeware Attack

Computer Security Made Easy: The Importance of Updates

April 15th, 2017

COMPUTER SECURITY MADE EASY: THE IMPORTANCE OF UPDATES Most people think that computer security is far too complex a topic to even think about. And yet there are very simple steps each of us can do to easily help ensure the security of our devices, data, and personal identity. In over 30 years of computer consulting, r...

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Netgear 24-port switch

Netgear Prosafe 24-Port Gigabit Rackmount Switch For Sale

April 9th, 2017

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=148...

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2012 iMac 27"

iMac 27″ 2012 For Sale

April 9th, 2017

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 s...

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For Sale Gentry Drobo Empty

Drobo 5N (12TB) Network Storage Drive Bay

April 9th, 2017

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. Suppor...

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How To Choose A VPN Host

April 9th, 2017

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 brow...

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What Features Do Wireless Carriers Offer

April 9th, 2017

WHAT FEATURES DO WIRELESS CARRIERS OFFER After my blog last week on how to enable Wi-Fi calling on iOS, I received a comment that an iPhone 6s did not have a Wi-Fi calling menu, and how to fix that. That was my bad... I neglected to state in my blog that each of the 44 wireless carriers in the USA offered different fea...

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Protected Health Information PHI medical information

Perform Routine Maintenance On macOS 10.12 Sierra

April 9th, 2017

HOW TO PERFORM ROUTINE MAINTENANCE ON MACOS 10.12 SIERRA Most of the high-value items that you purchase include manufacturer recommended service schedules. Your car may need oil changes every 5,000 miles. Your air conditioner should be serviced at the start of the season, even your bicycle requires routine maintenance....

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$99 Sale

Why You (And Your Business) Need a New Wi-Fi Router

April 4th, 2017

Using an Older Wi-Fi Router Kills Your Time & Profits This is an update to a 2015 blog. According to a 2013 AT&T poll, 98% of small businesses use Wi-Fi. And the poor performance of that Wi-Fi may be one of the most effective killers of the small business bottom-line. The solution is to trash your current Wi-Fi...

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Wi-Fi Calling–Call For Free On Your iPhone

April 3rd, 2017

WI-FI CALLING-CALL FOR FREE ON YOUR IPHONE There are many ways to enable Wi-Fi calling on both Android and iOS. But iOS wins hands-down for the fastest and easiest setup. WHAT IS WI-FI CALLING The typical way that a cell phone works is to broadcast and receive using your carrier's cellular network. This is where your "...

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Practical Paranoia IT Security Essentials Book Series

Yes You Can Protect Your Privacy

April 3rd, 2017

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-i...

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Intel CPU

Know Your Mac Firmware Password

April 3rd, 2017

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, mi...

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Practical Paranoia Windows 10 Upgrade: Chapter 20 Social Media

March 28th, 2017

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...

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Practical Paranoia Security Essentials mobile device security

Is Your Apple Account Vulnerable?

March 23rd, 2017

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 ...

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Practical Paranoia

Passwords Are No Longer Legally Protected

March 20th, 2017

PASSWORDS ARE NO LONGER LEGALLY PROTECTED Until today, one could not be legally compelled to provide their password to smartphone, computer, or other electronic device in a court of law. This has been one of my reasons to recommend to clients not to use their fingerprint reader–there is legal precedence to allow the co...

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Internet of Things

“They” Are Watching You–In the Most Intimate Areas

March 16th, 2017

THEY ARE WATCHING YOU–IN THE MOST INTIMATE AREAS As if it wasn't bad enough that our smartphones, TV's, computers, and video cameras are phoning home about our activities, now our most intimate activities may not be private. As reported by NPR on March 14, 2017, Standard Innovations, the makers of the We-Vibe line of  ...

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