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Anthem reports 18,500 members involved in new data breach

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Screen reader usage, part 4 is now up

After a long break due to me changing editors, I’m now presenting part 4 of my screen reader usage series. Go get the article by going to this link. Instead of trying to gague keystrokes that I honestly don’t remember, I took a different approach to this article. I talked about how the keystrokes are completely different, and how, when using multiple technologies such as Windows, IOS, Mac, and the various readers, how keeping all of this remembered is the key. I didn’t do any keystroke posting here, as I don’t use the mac on a regular basis. I’m hopeful that people will be finding this article of interest. Thanks for reading, and I’m sure I’ll have more soon.

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Editorial, lets fix this thing or technology is all fine and dandy when it works

Imagine this situation.
You get a bit of tech from a user or family member, in this case an old obselete put together unit from ebay or similar in this case an intel dh55tc which is not made anymore, with an amd module with an old pre gen1 i3 530 at 3ghz with 8gb of ram of unknown type probably ddr2, a ralink card which died at least 5 years ago and with issues up the spout.
So here you are, turn it on, computer, click.
Me good, windows starts, and we wait and wait and wait for ages.
Me run nvda windows oooook stutter, stutter stutter.
Me fine.
No sound, no notifications, ok weird.
Me run dd.
windows, dd not found, no error ding, me ok.
Test sounds windows I don’t want to
me, fine.
Windows, no connection.
Me there is a connection.
Windows, the card sucks.
Me, reinstall card.
Windows there is a connection but its in airplane mode.
Windows, fuck off.
Me, uninstall the driver please.
Windows, insert card, me no.
Windows ok its gone.
Windows says no connection after reboot.
Me install driver, windows ok, connection found.
Me, why,.
Me: google what is this ralink thing, and why can’t I get drivers for it.
Google: according to cloud databases this brand is no more it has been deleted, the new node says the product is legacy.
Me lets buy another one, I find and buy another card, it costs a bit more than a standard card but its duel and tp link.
And its in the mail hopefully.
Right, no sound.
Me run all the fixits.
Windows its fine.
Me update driver, windows says need to get rid of the old one.
Me fine, accept my usb device.
Windows no.
Me ok alt tab hit alt n, wait 10 minutes, windows, I have sound.
Me: ok so now what.
Me, lets ask google.
me : google, the sound does not work right.
google: your user profile is corrupted.
Me, so lets make another one.
I do, Me, windows open the old profile, and transfer all the data over please.
Windows, I don’t want to.
Me: hit’s reset.
Windows starts.
Windows sounds work.
Me: thank the lord.
Windows: I can access the files now.
Me: transfer the files.
windows does so.
Me: delete the old user account.
Windows, confirm deletion.
me: confirm.
windows freezes.
Me reset.
Windows starts the account is gone the files are transfered.
Me, start google drive and install it as does not work.
Windows installs it, the account sets up fine so does onedrive.
Me: install dropbox.
Dropbox, invalid account please make another one.
Me: fuck! off!
It does and I set the mail up.
Me: outlook get mail.
Outlook: ok.
Message from dropbox, your password is expired.
Me: ok, I am really close to taking a hammer to the ceo of dropbox.
Dropbox comes up and I reset the password and login no trouble.
As this dialog shows this has been my week’s work.
My uncle has this old intel out of date board obselete hardware server 320gb hdd which he uses for a few small things which can not be migrated to the cloud.
This includes an isp mail database.
Sadly this database got lost in the corruption.
In addition outlook saved the database for its email in the users/username/hiddenappdata/local which is also hidden.
And sadly I never checked it when the user got dammaged so its gone.
And there is no backup.
Luckily the system is a non critical subsystem, the main datasources are cloud based ms and google respectively.
The last time this happened on the previous server, the encripted hard drive or rather one of its supplies caught fire.
The board died and it had to get recovered at cost.
It is recovered but everything is all over the place in a corrupted mess so who knows.
I have changed it so outlook saves in the documents/outlook files folder so it isn’t but yeah.
I need to check to make sure the dropbox and adobe cloud syncs are updated and then I should be fine.
Technology is nice till it breaks and being a tech the stuff breaks in interesting ways.
Oh if only for the old days of dos.

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This month’s patch Tuesday

This month’s windows updates

Hello all, this month has seen quite a number of fixes, and if you’ve not been around, this is definitely something to read. Trend Micro of course has a great roundup entitled July Patch Tuesday Addresses Critical Vulnerability in Microsoft HoloLens which was an interesting read. I did not know much about this product, but there is other stuff besides that one. Of course, we can’t forget about Kreb’s coverage with Adobe, Microsoft Push Critical Security Fixes which is a good read as well. Lets stay as safe as possible.

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Microsoft’s New iPhone App Helps Blind People ‘See’ | Time.com

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audio game hub

Hi all,

My phone was showing a large amount of app updates today, one of them being audio game hub. The biggest change is that all of the games are going paid unless you want to watch adds. The other is that all casino games will remain free. That is what it shows in the notations for the update. The app version is 2.0.13.

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updates for the month

Well.
I usually don’t post a piece on here especially because ms doesn’t post any info however.
Updates for windows are out no office, adobe reader, flash abbyy fine reader, some applien studio products, amd drivers, codecguide.
and ccleaner.
There is a lot of them.
Read up if you want.

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Tech podcast 262 is now available!

Hi all,

I just released podcast 262. I almost released 263 thinking I already posted it. I can’t believe I almost did that. I’ll be happy to release that one next week, so you can enjoy this one which you can find on our RSS feed and of course, please feel free to let me know what you think.

On this podcast, I talk about my initial experience of windows 10 from podcast 261. Also, Shaun Everess is along with his demo on the game blind cricket which I’ve actually won. I hope you’ll enjoy the show.

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What has been going on?

Hi all,

I know I have been dormant lately, lots has been going on.

First, tech 261 has been released and can be found on the RSS feed. On it, I talk about MENVI’s 20th anniversary and how it all got started on the web.

Next, I have been reading a bunch of stuff, but have not had the time to blog. Krebs has posted some stuff about recent breaches, and it seems like thats where we’re headed. Read anything of interest from Krebs by going to this web page.

My computer up and crashed after I recorded the first segment above on 261, and I had to learn a new operating system as well as a new keyboard.

I published part 3 of the screen reader series, and started a draft of part 4 which talks about my learning the mac and just some thoughts on the different types of keystrokes and resources out there. I don’t remember enough to do a whole course on some of the commands like I did with Windows and DOS, but hopefully readers will have an understanding on the challenges of learning Voice Over which is quite complex. Read part 3 which was posted on June 28th on Omni by clicking on the link.

I’m thinking of writing something on my experience of learning Windows 10, but I’m not really sure how to do this because there is so much that is different. If you have any ideas, let me know.

I think thats it. I’ll try to post more, I’ve been dormant but read interesting things from Krebs and Trend Micro I’d like to blog about but just haven’t had the time. I hope that changes. See you all soon.

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Screen reader series

Hello folks,

Its been quite a busy time of me writing lately. It didn’t help that the person that helps me was away, but things are back on track. I’m curious on your thoughts on my screen reader series. I’ve had the first two published on omni. Part 1 was published on the 8th of June, and part 2 was published on the 9th. I hope you all enjoy the articles.

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Antivirus and the disabled computer user

Hello folks,

I really need some help, and it deals with AntiVirus and security. I’ve been using Microsoft Security Essentials, but have found in my opinion that it doesn’t work as advertised. I saw an article online about creating a file, with some code. The antivirus should pick it up while saving the file. Its not harmful, but it is a test of sorts that checks the antivirus. Its called eicar and you can google it.

MSE did not pick up this file while saving, and saving the file and scanning it showed that it was fine. I wrote an E-mail list with Jaws users on it, and someone recommended Sophos home free which i downloaded. Someone else just said that it was not accessible, and that I’m better off with MSE.

The problem we’re running in to is that we need antivirus now more than ever. Even if we’re careful, things can be downloaded that are not wanted, even when visiting a site we intend to visit. With all the breaches, something is better than nothing, but in my opinion, security essentials is not cutting it.

I do not want to install something that is not accessible, although i want something where I can set some options, and forget it unless something comes up.

It should be able to scan as something is downloaded, notify the user if something is not right about the file, and do daily updates and weekly scans.

If anyone that reads this comes up with something accessible that is free or low cost, I would be greatful.

We should not live without something that can protect our PC’s. Just because we don’t browse much, doesn’t mean that sites we do could become a problem. Its sad that antivirus has become such a problem with companies, that they make it useless to us.

We use a computer just like everyone else, and I hope to publish a series on screen reader usage. Two articles are written, and I am hoping to start a third. I know these developers are aware of access tech, as we once had the access to a lot of the products out there, but as I said, MSE is just seemingly to just pick things up at random, and it doesn’t pick up something that is tested to make sure the program runs as it should.

What are you using? How does it work?
I do not want people responding who don’t use antivirus. That will not be helpful to me.

Thanks for your time.

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Technology podcast 259

Show notes:
Welcome to podcast 259 of tech. I’ve been wrapping my head around the WannaCry worm turned ransomware, or worm turned in to a not so money making venture.
To date, 250,000 machines and only $110,000 in money. The blog has various articles on it including my longer piece on vocal. I also have a talk by Mikko
Hyponen, as well as some JFW stuff I’ve fond as I’ve started the relearning process. All of that on this podcast. Thanks for listening.


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Android Overlay and Accessibility Features Leave Millions at Risk

OK, this is as bad as it gets for Android, right? While reading the sans newsletter I talked about in my first article for today, I came across this. Sent this to Security Now, and someone else who uses Android that i know. All I can say is that I hope that nobody who is disabled who relies on the disability features like talkback’s screen reader, or any magnification program that might be available got hit with this. This sounds bad. Really bad if someone who is disabled got hit with this.

Researchers warn two features, not flaws, in Android can be used together to open devices up to attack.

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WannaCry Ransom Notes Penned by Chinese-Speaking Authors, Analysis Shows

Hi folks,

This is quite interesting. I’ve published several longer posts on ransomware through my Vocal posts on this blog, and while I’d love to write about this one, it is definitely something that can speak for itself. We’ve definitely learned quite a lot since last week’s publishing of my longer piece on Vocal. Like I’ve said before, we’ve got to use our heads, as this has to start somewhere, probably with a phish. I don’t believe this was started by someone using Shodan from that location, and spewing the net with port 445 scans and infecting all of that. Luckily, very little was spent on notes although $110,000 is nothing to sneeze at. The article also continues to say that only 250,000 machines and 150 countries. This thing could’ve been worse.

Before I give you the article, Security Now reported that someone was looking to take the domain offline, unleashing this thing to cause more havoc. Not sure if it was successful, but something to keep in mind.

Now, to the article and its link.

But a Chinese-language link doesn’t shoot down theories of the North Korean Lazarus Group’s involvement in the ransomware worm attacks, say language experts at Flashpoint.

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Target Reaches Breach Settlement: $18.5 Million Fine, Security Controls

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Hard to swallow: 17m user details stolen in Zomato security breach

Oh boy. I just tweeted this for several users, and if this is true, we are definitely lucky in one aspect, but not in the other.

This is 17 million more people who have been breached. The good news is that they used what security experts call salt to add to the hash which from what I understand makes it more difficult to crack the password.

The company is also lucky in that they got the hacker to not sell it, and that they will create a program to better fix the issues that may have been found. Check this article out.

Zomato has become the latest victim of a massive cyberattack, as the details of 17m users are stolen, including email addresses.

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Serotek’s Position on Microsoft Edge | Serotek

Hi folks, I agree with this, although I’m not a Cerotek customer. I don’t believe that anyone is really supporting Edge, even Window-Eyes, which stopped development, doesn’t work with it as far as I know. I’m also not a 10 user, but this should be shared.

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WannaCry, What Is It?

Hi folks, my article WannaCry, What Is It? is now published on Vocal. It even has a world map as of last tuesday of the infection rate. Luckily, the attack has slowed down for now, but we do know there will be copycat variants, and the fact that it has been named means its out there somewhere. I published about that one the other day on the blog. You may find my preliminary thoughts on wannacry on this blog. Vocal has my longer thought process with resources at the end for you to read. I hope you enjoy it!

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Ethics of Self-Driving Cars

This is a very interesting article I found on omni.media, one of many vocal related sites. While looking to see the status of something i published, I came across this. It raises some questions that I think we should discuss. As people with disabilities, what would be some of these answers?

Putting AI behind the wheel raises many questions and concerns, and on the verge of this becoming our reality, we must examine the ethics of self-driving cars.

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The Impact of Ransomware on Non-Profit Organisations

This is a great article in regards to what ransomware is, what you should do, and how to protect yourself. Its a bit lengthy, but not technical at all. If nothing else, people should read this article. Well done.

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