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Hi.
Well firstly the updates for patch tuesday.
Yeah, for home users the thing will not be a problem unless you just happen to be the unhappy owner of an first generation intel i3 530m mobile type chip.
My uncle’s server has an really mangled m530 first gen, it was really slow to begin with, fast first loaded, but fully loaded was slow.
Cleared off and maintained still on the slow side.
With the update almost useless.
For all the 7th gen and 3rd gen units I own including a first gen or second gen i3 standard from 2009 its not that bad.
Transfering files on all systems from flash drives from and to does seem to slow down a lot especially when its small files I have to deal with.
What should have taken me 5 hours now takes me most of a day.
But since I don’t have to transfer 10-100gb per day thats hardly the issue as such.
I had to recover a friends data for him and have a little to go.
Next swatting, I think this could be added to the nusance or at least scam calls.
You don’t like someone, you get a swat team on them.
There is just one floor in this attack.
The police are not dumb!
They are the police, trusted inforcers of the law so they are not dumb!!!
Except they seem to be as dumb as the cucumber I eat on my salad.
Technically this attack is as bad as something trying to scan a port, its not as bad as a traditional spam attack, or ransomware, but if successfull it can deliver as much dammage as a virus with ransomware, malware, fishing hoax and spam/worm trogen elements.
The only semi cool part of this for the geeks here is that till they get smarter, there is actually a way for you to get destroyed by your computer (the machines are coming! run for your lives)
Seriously though this attack shouldn’t even be able to succeed and even if it did like spam emails it should be recognised as such and handled accordingly.
You’d better hope there isn’t a robot uprising tomorrow because the machines are smarter than us
I do think swatting can be added to hoaxes, fishing and scams in general maybe spam.
The attacks are initiated online in a forum, a bit hard to get handled unless certain phrases are blocked I guess.
Once on twitter, as long as person x keeps the same name well who knows.
If they don’t mask their ips then they can probably be traced.
For those that do its almost impossible.
I recieve scam calls, emails, etc every so often.
The emails and calls are not dangerous in themselves but if you follow them, open their attachments or click their links they can be.
I guess we are only human but this attack is easy to avoid and even if something does happen it should be easy to realise that its a hoax.

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Patch Tuesday is here

Patch Tuesday is here, and so are articles in regards to what is in them. This Trend Micro article entitled January’s Patch Tuesday Fixes 56 Security Issues, Including Meltdown and Spectre tells us about some of the issues and describes the two biggest bugs talked about now. Of course, we can’t forget the Krebs coverage of patch tuesday with his article this month entitled Microsoft’s Jan. 2018 Patch Tuesday Lowdown iws just that, a rundown, including links to other coverage on the blog. On the 3rd of January, our contributer, Shaun Everess, sent me this PC World article entitled Meltdown and Spectre FAQ: How the critical CPU flaws affect PCs and Macs and it does go in to some detail on the latest two major issues. I’m still confused about these two flaws, but it doesn’t appear to just be an Intel issue from what I’m hearing. This article from F-Secure which I read did help some. Some Notes On Meltdown And Spectre is the article from these guys. Trend Micro also has an article entitled When Speculation Is Risky: Understanding Meltdown and Spectre – TrendLabs Security Intelligence Blog and thats the first article I read on this issue. We’ll continue to monitor this one, and any other issues that we have been made aware of.

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Why Amazon’s Alexa Is ‘Life Changing’ for the Blind

Why Amazon’s Alexa Is ‘Life Changing’ for the Blind was sent to me by my dad. I could see the benefits of this device and have played with the one at my home a little bit. I do have the app on my phone, but I haven’t really played with it. This was an interesting story, hope you all read it.

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Swatting, is this a big problem?E

Hi all,

I want to go more in depth with the following, but would like to post this for now. There are two articles through Krebs on Security, and even the news has covered this. First article is Kansas Man Killed In ‘SWATting’ Attack and the second is <a href=”Serial Swatter “SWAuTistic” Bragged He Hit 100 Schools, 10 Homes. I’m a little surprised that this type of activity is still going on today, especially with all of what is happening with the big time breaches.

KNX even mentioned this in a news story through a segment during the 1 PM PT hour in a segment called More In Depth. Suspect In Fatal Swatting Hoax Appears In LA Court, Will Not Fight Extradition so this means he’ll go to Kansas to be charged with murder or another crime depending on what they want to do.

Swatting is not normal, and I mixed up my words this evening talking to someone that lives here, and I am not going to mix it up for the article. Here is what Wikipedia says about Swatting. In the KNX report I heard this afternoon during the news segment I told you about above, the gentleman involved had a way to have his number look like he was in the state. Then he called someone and reported the incident. This whole thing started in an online forum, and another gentleman was giving the one who did it the wrong adress. The gentleman who did this feels bad a guy died, and said he’d rather do bomb threats instead of direct swatting.

Krebs on Security did a great job covering this in both stories I’ve linked above.

The KNX segment was also interesting, the news anchor asked what can be done. The guy interviewed did say that this was tricky, because you don’t nbecessarily call 911, they just call the emergency number and use a service to make it look like you’re in the state. Here are my thoughts.

First, get the telephone number of the caller. I’m not sure what number this guy gave, but when getting the number, call the number back if possible. The reason for the number being called back is simple. If someone other than the original caller answers, you know there is nothing up. In a real emergency, you’d be able to hear something going on. With the callback method in a non-emergency situation, you have time to figure out if this is real or fake. Seeing that the caller gave a number in the area, and not his own, you’d either get a disconnected number or you’d get someone else.

If the gentleman called 911 from a state bound number, than you can’t call back, you’d have your tools handy to tell where the call was coming from. You could use that data, and background noise, to determine if something was going on. If there was a hostage situation, you definitely in my opinion not be calm like the reports indicate.

Always make sure that the information you are given is correct. I’m sure emergency services already does this, but it isn’t a bad idea to say so here.

Do you, the reader, have any thoughts on this? Do report your thoughts.

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New years predictions for tech

Hi all,

I’ve been thinking about this and wanted a post done and posted when the new year happened. I ended up changing my mind about that, because I didn’t quite think thi over very well. My thoughts kept changing, and it wasn’t making sense. Here are some things that come to mind we may see this year as it will probably be another mega breach year for us.

  • We will see a potential breach somewhere, where personal information of the disabled will be taken.
  • The health industry isn’t done yet, I think we’ll see something bigger than the blue cross 80 million this year.
  • Government will have a bigger problem keeping their sites updated, and time only tells us how secure they really are.
  • As we continue to test self driving cars, my hunch indicates that hackers may get in to the testing frey as well. If successful, these test cars will feel the brunt of a successful hack attack. It may be on the low side, and the attack won’t be big, but it’ll be eye opening.

There may be more major stories that I haven’t thought of as of yet, but this may give us a start to discuss activity for the coming year. Leave those thoughts.

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Tech podcast 267 is now up

Hi all, tech 267 is now up. this is the final podcast of the year. Yes, only 13 podcasts this year, but I hope to have more next year. Go over to the RSS feed to pick up your copy. Below, find the show notes.


On this edition of the podcast, we discuss posting your personal information on the phone lines or other places. Lastpass, did they give it to me correctly on making sure they were talking to me when I needed two factor disabled? Find out. Lastly, some final thoughts and thoughts about the first segment and some comments I generalize.


Enjoy!

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With 1.4 Billion Stolen Log-Ins on the Dark Web, it’s Time to Take Password Management Seriously –

On December 21, 2017: I read this article entitled: With 1.4 Billion Stolen Log-Ins on the Dark Web, it’s Time to Take Password Management Seriously – and it is definitely concerting. I’m wondering if this is going to be part of the bigger picture of predictions of 2018? I’ll write a post, and publish it when its ready. I just don’t think its going to get any better, but only time will tell.

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Apple releases IOS 11.2

Hi all,

On the heals of a bug, Apple released 11.2 bringing voice over fixes among other things. Please check out the Apple Vis post for the highlights of fixes as they also link to other sources.

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Podcast 265 is now available

Hi all,

After a while, podcast 265 is now up. Go and get it on our RSS feed. I’m still here, and I’m still producing podcasts, and my goal is not to go anywhere. Below, please find the podcast’s show notes which includes the links to articles that I have talked about as part of this podcast.


Hello everyone, welcome to another edition of the podcast. Football is in the air, College football is in full swing, college basketball is around, and of course, its been busy for me too. I started this podcast when IOS version 11 was released, and I talked about my initial thoughts as well as quick demos of do not disturb changes. One app I really loved was called Notesy. While it still worked, I needed my time sheet to sync with something in case I made mistakes on the phone. Google Docs came in to mind, but these files from notesy were text files, and I needed to find a way to get them in to google docs. Hear in that segment how I did it. In the last segment, I talk about articles I’ve published on a site called vocal.media and below, I’m going to give you those articles specific to technology. Please feel free to read them if they sound interesting to you. Of course, contact information is available at the end.

Thanks for listening to this podcast and I hope you will find the things I bring up of interest.

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ots to read

Lots to read as of late that I’ve been doing, and no time to blog. I’ve also been writing about other articles, as well as starting on the next podcast. Some of the articles deal with ransomware, some deal with the continuing problems with the equifax breach, and yet others are dealing with the complexities of keeping ourselves safe with tips and other information on cybersecurity month. You can go to my go to my live journal where it posts my tweets each day and yiou can pick what interests you. Stay safe.

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Inaccessible cloud services

Hi.
Well we all heard about inaccessible antivirus and sadly this seems to be spreading.
Its spreading to things we use like skype app, and cloud storage.
I use dropbox a lot, it mostly works then again I don’t need to share right now or set anything right at the current moment.
What got me started on this is that I have icloud for a system and its totally inaccessible now, I can use it and get things to run ok but there is some image or window covering it and this with the v7 upgrade.
That is not fully to bad, but google has bundled the photos and drive app together.
While all in all thats fine some of the options could be a lot better.
Things like the my computer, desktop and photos buttons do not press or read statuses if pressed or not.
There is also an invisible window appearing all the time when the thing runs.
Intel has a new updater to which sadly is not accessible till you click it then the internal web app which is online is quite accessible, better than the older app but still.
On upgrading automatically to the new drive app backup sync, it would crash randomly.
To fix things I had to uninstall and then restart else you get issues all over the place.
Then you need to hope it doesn’t upload your computer to itself and choose the right drive to store it all.
I managed with some trial and error to turn all that off.
This took most of the morning.
I really hope this trend doesn’t continue, at least with security software there is a sort of way out, but with this stuff, dropbox, google and icloud not to mention modern skype.
Its a bit of a problem.
Some things go up others down.

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IOS app updates

hi all,

On September 25, 2017: some two days after installing IOS version 11 on my phone, I was able to install updates to various apps with no issue. On the IOS 11 post from Apple Vis, it was reported that people were having issues receiving updates from apps. I had not gone in to the IOS store at all since the update, and I was on LTE when I saw the updates.

In no way am I saying that there are issues, there well could be issues with the update process. I’m just saying that I did not have any issues with the update process.

The IOS store has had a redesign, and I am going to explore it a little more closely. It looks straight forward for the app store’s new layout, but I haven’t explored it thoroughly. I just wanted to post this, in case people run across this to see if I was having any issues with updating, and I have not as of yet. I saw I had 5 updates, and I did hit the fresh button which braught 3 more, but I was not overly concerned about it.

I’ll definitely monitor this, in case there are issues. I’d rather know about the issues, than not at all, just in case I do have them.

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This can’t be good: Equifax or Equiphish?

I just read this article entitled Equifax or Equiphish? and I’m personally not convinced that a freeze is the answer to all of these issues with Equafax and its continuing issues on letting us know about their breach. The more I read about what they’re doing, the more I don’t want any of what they’re offering.

  • Charging consumers to put a freeze on their file because they didn’t update their software
  • Having everyone sign up for credit monitoring which is fine, but then saying you’re not effected
  • When the breach first occurred, telling people to come back at a certain date but the site doesn’t work
  • Having Experian which I understand they control being part of the data breach problem as they had their own issues

When I first got the letter from the OPM breach, and entered my information that I was given, I talked to an agent. The agent was very nice, and explained who they were, as I had no idea. I know that fingerprints are needed as part of getting a job in some cases, but we do not have any idea on who is offering the service for the company. I’m really wondering if we’re losing control of our information. There will be no way for us to have control of it come the next 5 to 10 years.

Have thoughts? Please feel free to sound off in the comments, and let us know how you have credit checked if you apply for a credit card or loan. This can’t be good.

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tech 264 is now up

Tech podcast 264 is now up. We cover Seeing AI, my thoughts on breaches, and audio game hub version 2.x. RSS feed for the area on where to get the podcast. Hope you enjoy this extended version since I have not done a podcast in quite awhile.

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Security Now 629 is up

Hi ll,

On security now 629, it will bring out something Shaun sent me something about via Email. Here are the show notes for this particular episode.


This week Padre and Steve discuss what was up with Security Now’s recent audio troubles, more on the Equifax Fiasco, the EFF & Cory Doctorow weigh in on
forthcoming browser encrypted media extensions (EME), an emerging browser-based payment standard, when 2-factor is not 2-factor, the CCleaner breach and
what it means, a new Bluetooth-based attack, an incredibly welcome and brilliant cookie privacy feature in iOS 11, and a heads-up caution about the volatility
of Google’s Android smartphone cloud backups.


To get to security now, go to its show page on twit or its RSS feed. You can also see a complete index of shows through GRC’s Security Now page where you can also find transcripts.

Thanks for your continued support.

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IOS 11 is here

Hello everyone. APPLE Vis has tons of coverage on the new IOS version 11 that was released on September 19th. It is important you check it out, because there are some regressions in braille support in this first version. There are some changes as well. Instead of linking to the various articles and blog posts, I’m linking to their site and you can go and find the things that are of interest to you. If you’ve checked out IOS 11, please feel free to share your thoughts on this blog.

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Jaws becomes jaws 2018 this fall

Herbie tipped me off to this, and I got a chance to catch up with the freedom scientific podcast. Podcast 142 indicates that Freedom Scientific will merge all of their products in to a numbering scheme that is conventional for all products. They have Jaws 18, Fusion 11, Magic 12, etc. right now. They indicate that uniforming the numbering system will make it more reliable so people knows what will work with what. I can see this to be a good thing in the long run, and honestly, I don’t see any issues with this change. The other products will follow suit when they are updated.

For more information, you may be able to find it on the Freedom Scientific web site.

Thanks Herbie for notifying me about the change. Does sound interesting.

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Social Media Is Bad for Your Soul

I don’t post a lot on social media myself these days, except what I’m publishing on the web in the wake of articles on vocal. I’ve been interested in interesting tech, and this article I’ve found through the new vocal site 01.media was very interesting. I personally shy away from pictures and posting my every whereabout, although I do occasionally do that. I understand the risks, but i also lock down my facebook for personal reasons, but my twitter I leave open. I don’t post much of what I’m doing anymore, I do post my articles, maybe communicate with someone if I find something interesting, but for the most part, I don’t post a whole lot like I used to. Its just changed, the way we do social media. Check this article out.

The Dangers of Living Online

Source: Social Media Is Bad for Your Soul

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Patch Tuesday for September

Patch Tuesday is here folks, and that means another round of updates and security Fixes. Krebs on Security has an article entitled: Adobe, Microsoft Plug Critical Security Holes which was written on September 13, 2017. Trend Micro has an article entitled: Microsoft Office Zero-Day Vulnerability Addressed in September Patch Tuesday also posted the same day. I am looking to try and get back to blogging some over here, and finally releasing podcast 264 which has been sitting around for awhile. Please be safe.

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The article on Vocal: my thoughts on the Equafax breach

Hi all,

I posted the article and the sub title reads: Why You Should Be Worried After the Latest Breach. It posts all of the articles and my thoughts from the last few days, as well as some updates from two new articles, one of which I have posted. The site that it is on is called 01.media. That is where their technology articles are going, although some of my other work was moved to futurism, which was rebranded from omni.media’s branch. The article was updated before publication with two new articles in the same fassion I wrote it in. I’d like to thank my editor at vocal.media for her work with this article, and for getting it out quickly. I have others in the works, one will now be worked on, and so I’m happy for that. Thanks for your continued support of my work.

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