Gmail To Stop Scanning For Targeted Advertising
Unless you have been holding out in an ice cave, you already know that I favor using Google for email. My reasons in favor include:
Gmail for consumers is free
G-Suite for Business is low-priced
Huge storage allotment
The best anti-malware scanning available
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 introd...
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,...
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 cov...
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, whi...
Q: How do I get Wi-Fi without knowing the password?
A: You don’t.
The design intent of having a password on Wi-Fi (a password is not required for Wi-Fi) is to prevent those without the password from accessing the Wi-Fi.
Of what use is having a password protected and encrypted network if any fool can get onto it?
Q: Is Windows Defender enough to keep my computer safe from viruses? I used to have Norton but my son says it is malware and all it does is use a big chunk of my cpu and slow my computer down. He claims to never have had a virus on his computer and that he has never installed anti-virus software. I don't understand how...
Q: Can I have two anti-virus software apps in my computer?
A: If you are using antivirus software that is operating in real-time scanning mode, then when you open a file, or download an email, the antivirus scans it then.
If you have two such programs installed, it is possible they will each want to scan the file befor...
Q: How long would it take to crack an 8-15 character Wi-Fi password?
A: If we take 15 characters as the longest the password could be, that gives a 62 character search depth (26 a-z+26 A-Z+10 0-9 possible characters). Doing the math on the permutations of all possible passwords up to 15 characters using any combination...
Q: Why can't we build public networks that don't require VPN to be safe?
Is there any area of your life that is “safe” from the get go? Conversations you have in the privacy of your home can easily be overheard. Phone calls are recorded. Even trusted friends and family will occasionally rat you out from a secret.
Q: HOW CAN TWO DISTANT PARTIES CREATE AND SHARE A SECRET KEY FOR COMMUNICATION WITHOUT ACTUALLY SENDING THE KEY?
If there is a single key to unlock a communication, that key must be known by the person doing the locking, and by the person doing the unlocking. At some point, both must know the key. If they are always di...
Q: IF I USE COLLEGE WIFI, WILL THEY SEE WHAT I SEARCH AT HOME USING MY WIFI, OR ONLY WHAT I SEARCH ON THEIRS?
Whoever has administrative access to the router can see what you are doing by viewing the router logs. So, the college can't see your home logs.
But that is only part of the equation. Your internet provider als...
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 synchr...
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...
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...
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...
FOR SALE: NETGEAR PROSAFE 24-PORT GIGABIT RACKMOUNT SWITCH
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...
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
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...
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...
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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