security

Gazing Into The Abyss: Republicans Are Selling Out Your Privacy

Gazing into the abyss - Republicans are selling out your privacy

When you think about the future, you may start to suffer from “abyss gaze,” the depression that settles in when you realize that we’re all doomed. Warren Ellis coined the term in a novella named “Normal,” which tells the story of futurists who suffer nervous breakdowns after discovering that there is no hope for humanity as a result of the trends in whatever area they study. […] continued

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Security Warning: Be Suspicious Of Everything (Including Fonts)

Chrome malware - "HoeflerText font wasn't found"

If you see the above message – “The HoeflerText font wasn’t found” – it is a lie. If you click on the “Update” button and run the executable named “Chrome_font.exe” or “Chrome Font v7.5.1.exe”, you will install malware on your computer, most likely ransomware that could take down your entire company. […] continued

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Rules For Computer And Online Safety 2017

Paranoia is your best defense on your computer and online

Email & online security     |     Computers     |     Phones & tablets

Antivirus programs     |     Adware

Passwords     |     Phone scams     |     Wire transfers

These are the rules for computer and online safety in 2017. You can download a copy here.

We are required to be paranoid and vigilant. Bad guys are coming up with inventive and sophisticated ways to fool us in email messages, on the phone, and on the web. […] continued

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The 2016 Bruceb News Year In Review

The 2016 Bruceb News Year In Review

 

Did you miss any Bruceb News articles in 2016? Maybe they slipped out of sight in your Inbox. Fun fact: when I look over my clients’ shoulders, I see that many of them file my articles in folders that have whimsical names like “Deleted Items” and “Junk Mail.” Such impish senses of humor! […] continued

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Happy Holidays From Bruceb Consulting!

Happy holidays from Bruceb Consulting!

My goodness. Pause for a deep breath.

By every measure that truly matters – personal, family, friends, relationships, community – 2016 was a glorious year for me. I sincerely hope you are the same – happy, healthy, rooted, and all your dreams coming true for you and loved ones.

Breathe deeply because by almost every other measure, 2016 was quite an unpleasant piece of work and 2017 will be worse. […] continued

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Security Tip: Replace, Upgrade And Secure Your Router

Linksys WRT54g router

Pity the poor forgotten router. You have one in your house or your business. It’s your closest approach to the Internet. The router is the first line of defense that you trust to keep your computers safe. If they do their job, routers do not call attention to themselves and they’re easily overlooked, but they’re crucial to your Internet connection and your security. […] continued

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LastPass Emergency Access Provides Security For Trusted Family Members

LastPass Emergency Access

What happens to your passwords after you die?

We’re living in the password era. Our passwords unlock important parts of our lives that would have to be addressed if a disaster happens – access to family financial records, bill paying, shopping, online services, email, and so much more.

LastPass Emergency Access provides a safe way for you to give a trusted family member or friend access to your LastPass Vault if you become incapacitated or die. […] continued

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Beware Of The Baidu Links! Your Skype Account Might Be Hacked

Skype is hacked - beware of Baidu links

If you get a link to a website with “Baidu” in the name sent through the Skype messaging system, don’t click on the link. The message will appear to come from someone you know but it’s not – it’s just the bad guys with their latest exploit. The link will take you to a phishing site that attempts to install malware. […] continued

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LastPass Is Now Free On All Devices

LastPass now free on all devices

LastPass announced this week that it is now free to use on all your devices, including computers, phones and tablets. Here’s the LastPass announcement. If you’re a LastPass user, you can install the LastPass app on your phone or iPad now. If you’re not using LastPass yet, there are no excuses: it’s time to take control of your passwords. […] continued

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Yahoo Is Dangerous And Endangered

Yahoo - hackers and spying

Yahoo is in free fall. It is negotiating a sale of its Internet business to Verizon but that sale is in jeopardy, likely at least to be renegotiated to lower the price by one or two billion dollars and perhaps on the verge of collapse into acrimony and lawsuits. In that case, Yahoo is effectively dead – oh, it will continue to exist in some diminished form but its decline will be quick and ugly. […] continued

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Don’t Answer The Phone! And Other Advice About Robocalls

Robocalls are on the increase - don't answer the phone

It’s not your imagination: robocalls are on the increase. The volume of robocalls has risen sharply in 2016. Complaints are up. The government and big companies are taking new steps to try to rein in the scammers and perhaps tame the “legitimate” telemarketers. It may be a losing battle, because the scammers and nuisance telemarketers are leveraging new technology and taking advantage of decreasing costs of doing business. […] continued

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You Can’t Escape From A Ninja

You can't escape from a ninja

If you have any illusion that privacy means anything, forget it. If you are targeted for surveillance, there is nothing you can do to prevent it. Every keystroke on your computer will be logged. Everything you do on a phone – every message, every call, everything – will be intercepted. There are no tricks that will be sufficient to let you hide. […] continued

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Security Warning: The Bad Guy’s Get Smarter (And Learn Spellling And Grammar)

The bad guy's get smarter (and learn spellling and grammar)

Virus emails from the bad guys have been steadily getting more sophisticated and harder to spot, but careful proofreaders have almost always been able to find errors in spelling and grammar that give them away. “Your mailbox has exceeded the storage limit may can not to receive email until you Upgrade. […] continued

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Security Tip: Hover Over Links Before You Click

Security tip: hover over links before you click

When you hover over a link in Outlook or a web browser, a small window pops up to show you where the link really goes. If the real link doesn’t match the sender or doesn’t match what you expect, assume it is poisoned and don’t click it.

This is a basic security requirement for using a PC. […] continued

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Improvements to Windows Defender In Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Windows Defender - improvements in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Windows Defender is the built in antivirus program included free with Windows 10. It provides all the security that you need, quietly and efficiently. The combination of Windows Defender and all the security improvements in Windows over the last ten years means that you don’t need an antivirus program from Norton, Avast or the rest; they’re noisy and cause problems and don’t provide any important additional protection. […] continued

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