April 14, 2017
You have the option with most browsers, for the matter of convenience, to save your passwords. This option is typically used on a computer that you exclusively use, such as, your computer at home.
The problem with this is you are accustomed to the browser remembering the password for you; however when you change to another computer (or use another browser) you suddenly realize that you can’t remember the password. This is where Sterjo Browser Passwords comes to the rescue.
SterJo Browser Passwords is an easy-to-use tool that recovers passwords for most popular web browsers like: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Opera, Vivaldi and Yandex. Recovered data includes the URL (website address), the forgotten username with password, and the browser used to store those details.
Available as a full install or as a portable app.
Source: Sterjo Browser Password
April 12, 2017
On the same day Microsoft officially began rolling out the Creators Update for Windows 10, they were also rolling out a patch for a zero-day exploit (that spreads malware) for all current Microsoft Office versions used on every Windows operating system (including the latest Office 2016 running on Windows 10). If you are running Microsoft Office at home, make sure you have installed the patch. To learn more, click on the source link below…
All versions of Office on all versions of Windows are vulnerable to this zero-day that spreads malware, so make sure you patch quickly
Source: Microsoft patches Word zero-day booby-trap exploit – Naked Security
April 9, 2017
Windows 10 is sure developing a bad reputation for data collection… Here is an article from PCMag.com (see source link below) with some insight and instruction on what you can do to shut down or limit what data is being harvested…
When the Windows 10 Creators Update arrives next week, its users will have several privacy options to comb through…
Source: Use Windows? Microsoft Might Know a Ton About You | News & Opinion | PCMag.com
April 4, 2017
In discussion with a computer geek friend of mine he indicated that Malwarebytes has a new version out (v3.0). I further confirmed this and learned that a new version was released on and about March 20, 2017. Based on what I am reading on their blog (for this release) — CLICK HERE — the excitement over this release is that it is being touted as a next generation anti-virus replacement and will be called only Malwarebytes.
Once you download and install you will be entitled to a 14 day free trial. If you desire to revert to the FREE edition now and turn “off” the free trial, simply click on the “settings” (at the left side) and then click on “my accounts”, then turn off the trial under “subscription details”. If you decide to stick with the free edition, you will need to periodically perform the scans manually.
Malwarebytes is one of the first things I install on a new computer and is my “go to” tool when helping others eradicate malware and other exploits…
This product is built to provide comprehensive protection against today’s threat landscape so that you can finally replace your traditional antivirus.
Our engineers have spent the last year building this product from the ground up and have combined our Anti-Malware, Anti-Exploit, Anti-Ransomware, Website Protection, and Remediation technologies all into a single product which we simply call “Malwarebytes.” And it scans your computer 4 times faster!
With the combination of our Anti-Malware ($24.95), Anti-Exploit ($24.95) and Anti-Ransomware (free, beta) technologies, we will be selling Malwarebytes 3.0 at $39.99 per computer per year, 20% less than our previous products combined and 33% less than an average traditional antivirus. But don’t worry, if you are an existing customer with an active subscription or a lifetime license to Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, you will keep your existing price and get a free upgrade to Malwarebytes 3.0. If you have both an Anti-Malware and an Anti-Exploit subscription, we will upgrade you to a single subscription to Malwarebytes 3.0, reduce your subscription price and add more licenses to your subscription.
April 3, 2017
Below you will see a “fraud alert” that was circulated by my cable TV service provider. I am sure this is a common template used by criminal element in many areas around the United States (and maybe abroad). Bottom line is, DO NOT REACT or RESPOND or CLICK to any emails where personal information is being requested. These type of emails typically contain a threat of some type (such as loss of service); then, go on to request that you to click on a link contained in the email that will route you to a website where your information (such as credit card info, social security number, etc…) will be harvested.
ALWAYS, If in doubt, contact your service provider. It will save you a whole lot of grief…
ATTENTION ANTIETAM CABLE CUSTOMERS: FRAUD ALERT!
Several Antietam Cable customers have notified us they have received an email from an IT company claiming to be myACTV Customer Care. This company claims that accounts will be terminated if the customer does not enter their personal information, and asks for access to customer’s accounts.
In many cases, the email contains a message similar to the following:
“Your email account will be blocked in response to a complaint received by the administration.
myACTV may at any time, terminate its Services for your account and all your data will be lost.
You have to upgrade now to the newest myACTV Office to avoid this termination process.
Once your account is upgraded, we will restore your account to its normal state.
Follow the account service link below:
This process takes just a few minutes and once complete.
We’ll get back to you.”
March 28, 2017
AKBearfood a visitor to the blog (from Alaska) recommended; “Get On The Email List Of The US CERT / US Homeland Security’s Latest Threat Update & Info E-Mails”. You can CLICK HERE to setup your email subscription.
Based on AKBearfood’s email name and additional employment information that was provided, it appears he (or she) deals with two potential threats that could impact his (or her) well being: 1) – Becoming food for bears; and, 2) Cyber Security Threats…
AKBearfood provided the following example of the importance of being on the email list:
As an example, the E-Mail link to their website yesterday covered: Apple Releases Security Update for iWork | US-CERT – found at the following URL: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/03/27/Apple-Releases-Security-Update-iWork
The e-mail subscription to the Homeland Security Website is free, and for my work group, helps us keep up with the latest threats and fixes recommended by the USA’s Cyber Security folks – at least the threat info that they release to the public without any “hacking” assistance.
The National Cyber Awareness System is America’s first cohesive national cybersecurity system for identifying, analyzing, and prioritizing emerging vulnerabilities and threats. Managed by the US-CERT, the system relays computer security update and warning information to all users. It provides all citizens—from computer security professionals to home computer users with basic skills—with free, timely, actionable information to better secure their computer systems. The National Cyber Awareness System provides valuable cybersecurity information in the form of Alerts, Tips, and Bulletins.
To take this one step further, I have subscribed to the US-Certs National Cyber Awareness System RSS feed and have posted the feed under the blog’s TECH NEWS (see tab at top of blog). The very first thing you will see in the feeds I have posted is the most recent alerts and documents as distributed by US-Cert / U.S. Homeland Security
A big THANK YOU to AKBearfood…
March 17, 2017
Google’s Family Link app lets you create a Google Account for your kids that helps you set certain digital ground rules, such as; managing the apps for your kids, keeping an eye on their screen time, and even setting a bedtime on their device.
Family Link is available by invitation only
to parents of kids under 13 years old.
To get started, you’ll need:
- To create a Google Account for your kid through Family Link.
- A compatible Android device for your kid*.
- Your own Android device.
- Your own Google Account.
- To be in the U.S.
Source: Google Family Link – Home