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Apple watch gets updates

Hi all, as I thought, apple watch did get an update to 5.2x. This apple vis post Apple Releases watchOS 5.2, Bringing the ECG Feature to Hong Kong and Europe and Adding Support for Air Pods 2 has all the details. I don’t have a watch, but I do want to pass this along to those that do and didn’t know about the update. Thanks for reading.

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Tech podcast 310: Phones, privitation of messages on voice mail, and more

Edited to fix HTML, and to remove the listen line because the show has been removed by request.

RSS and Mixcloud have the show.

Hello everyone, welcome to podcast 310. On this podcast, we’ve got a very diverse podcast for you.

  • Bullying, is it a disability problem? I talk about this again in a different way. I talk about this in a way where one might be deleted for no reason, including but not limited to false information, information that may be old, and other aspects of the article. Bullying, Is This Just a Disability Problem? longevity.media May 2, 2017
  • Privitizing messages in voice mail, is it a big deal? Live wire made an announcement and change in regards to marking messages private which was received well. In today’s day in age, it is easy to take any private message and make a copy of it if you know how. Good idea? Bad idea?
  • Why Phone Numbers Stink As Identity Proof is talked about next. This article was written by Krebs on Security on the 17th of March. It argues in part that giving out our mobile telephone numbers may be more of a problem, and we should use services including but not limited to Google and disposable numbers from Services like Text Now. There are several people I know that have used, or are using the service in different ways. I’m sure there are other services that can be used too.
  • 51 Critical Cyber Bullying Statistics in 2019 is linked from the blog to an article sent by Someone named Caroline Black. She linked in an email to a post of mine from last year where bullying and cyberbullying was talked about. This article has some very chilling stats, and its talking to others and bringing awareness to the problem that will solve it. I talk about some of the statistics within this article and have invited Caroline to the podcast to discuss this.
  • IOS and Mac have updates is a short segment. In this segment, the fact that IOS and Mac have updates is mentioned with info on how to find the posting where you can learn more.
  • Finally, Text Reminders is talked about. There is no demo, but a description of the service, the fact it isn’t free, and the basics about it. I worked with the company behind this to make the site accessible. The service works, and I find it valuable.

As in all podcasts, contact information including Email, Imessage, and Text Messaging options is given at the end. If you’re listening by phone, leave public feedback, and if you want, have it aired on an upcoming podcast by letting me know. The podcast lasts over an hour in length. Thanks so much for listening, and make it a great day!

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IOS and Mac have updates today

There was an apple event today and IOS and Mac both haveupdates. It would not surprise me if apple watch also have updates. Below, I’ll list the apple vis articles that I’ve found.

Thats all I can find, but that doesn’t mean that there may be something else I am not spotting. Thanks for reading, make it a great day!

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51 Critical Cyber Bullying Statistics in 2019

On the 12th of March, someone contacted me to share an article with this blog entitled 51 Critical Cyber Bullying Statistics in 2019 and there are a lot of things in there.

Cyberbullying is now defined as online, or offline methods of harassment, where by technology such as SMS, and social media is used.

There is a lot of things in this article that jump out at me, however, the biggest thing to jump out at me is the fact that this problem is not going away any time soon, and children and adults have had this done to them.

As I discussed in an earlier post, I believe that my deletion off of one of the chat lines was a bullish move, but yet, the company behind the telephone line choses to have someone that does this behavior to run it. All of that is their choice, and my participation is not wanted there.

Thats OK, we’ll just have to outsource elsewhere, and I’ve found that place.

I suggest each and every one of you look at this, and please feel free to share it.

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Tech podcast 309: Equifax, Goldwave, Live Wire news, and more

The RSS feed, Mixcloud, and the telephone all have the show.

631-403-1002 box 2276

On this podcast, Equifax is back in the news, and its not so great. Next, Live wire has shows, and we talk about it. Goldwave is talked about with something new I discovered that it can do. You may notice a change in the program. Sports and technology, what are they using? I know of some of it, but yet I may not be correct. Finally, my confussion on assignment 12, and some of my confusion explained. Thanks for your continued support in this podcast.

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Blog update

Hi all,

It has come to my attention that clicking on the titles or the comments links had some issues. I saw this yesterday but didn’t get a moment to look at it. Got an email from my other admin here on the blog, and one of the plug ins has been removed. it was used to allow us to post to social media, but I’ve set up dlvr.it to assist for twitter and linked in. We still allow you to post your favorites to social media through other plug ins that are still active.

Thanks Shaun, for your continued support and helping fix the error.

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I’ve just been deleted from mytelespace

I’ve been on MyTelespace since its beginning. It was born on March 24, 2008.

I’ve enjoyed the system, and quit participating on the main bulletine board since it had turned in to a bashing board.

While I’ve been on the system, I’d make suggestions what could be changed, and even respect the parent company who runs MyTelespace.

Several weeks ago, MyTelespace added a co-administrator. The name of that person is not important, because people can come and go, and I do not have anything bad to say about the administration as a whole.

The only problem I do have is the shows that the administration gets involved in. Both people who administer the system now run bashing and trashing shows. Thats my only problem. This is their choice, and I respect that choice.

I picked up a voice mail this morning saying that I was targeted on one of the administrators shows. I politely responded telling the caller that the info was probably false, and inaccurate. People will believe whatever they want, and that is the choice each individual has when calling a telephone system.

This afternoon, I got a voice mail indicating that I was deleted. Administration didn’t reach out to tell me what rule(s) I might have violated so I may correct it.

The only reason that I’m posting about it here on the tech blog is because I’ve talked about the system on my podcast. Now, you can find me on Live Wire where my box number is 2276.

I have found it a pleasure to be on MyTelespace, and I always knew that it was a free system so anyone can be deleted for any reason they felt like. While I don’t agree with that practice, its like a job. You can be hired, then fired for whatever reason they see fit.

Hopefully the system can survive, but then again, they may not survive, depending on certain factors including how the administration makes their money.

I understand but have never been able to confirm or deny it, that MyTelespace is part of the traffic pumping system, and if changes to that occur, then that system won’t survive.

Hopefully, people will come over to live wire, and communicate with me, and I leave that the choice of the reader or caller of the system.

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Patch Tuesday is come and gone, are you patched to the best of your ability?

Are you patched to the best of your ability? Articles around the web talk about patch tuesday in different ways.

I recently went through a reboot to clear up some issues, and I noticed it wanted to update so I let it do it. It took two reboots for it, so let it do its thing.

Cyberscoop also had an article of interest, you can go to their site to see if there is something of interest besides that article.

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Equifax is at it again, bad security gone wrong?

OK, so we all know that Equifax had a very big breach. We probably are finding out that it is more targeted than we think, as none of the data is in the underground. We also know that they’re scrambling to get this right because they screwed up. However, I have a very bad feeling, and I read MyEquifax.com Bypasses Credit Freeze PIN and this is not good. They can’t verify you based on info you provide, they don’t ask for the pin which is required once a freeze is put in place, and its just all bad.

Brian does a great job covering this, and I put my thoughts on board 295 on Live Wire, but I also will cover this on the next podcast. This can’t start the year right for the company, can it?

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Thousands of Arizonans hit in Medicaid agency’s data breach

OK, here we go. If you’re in Arizona, please at least read this short article. It is important for you to do so if you receive Medicade from the state. I found this toay on twitter, and I feel that we should pass this along to people who are in this state.

Thousands of Arizonans were affected by a data breach earlier this year that targeted the state’s Medicaid agency, it was announced Monday. 

Source: Thousands of Arizonans hit in Medicaid agency’s data breach

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Tech podcast 308

Tech podcast 308is out. Ground zero has an update, and we’ve covered some articles as well.

On this podcast, Ground Zero is closing. Why? Hear why in a segment. Satelites, can they be hacked? An article is very interesting, yet its not common. Michael in Indiana has an update on Vorail. Equifax is back in the news, and its not good. Finally, the 2018 trends from Trend Micro and their findings, something caught my attention about them. I hope you enjoy the program.

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Senate panel accuses Equifax of neglecting cybersecurity ahead of 2017 breach

You aught to nbe kidding me, right? 8500 vulnerabilities that weren’t patched in 90 days? Holy crap.

An institutional neglect toward cybersecurity contributed to the massive 2017 data breach at Equifax that compromised sensitive information for

Source: Senate panel accuses Equifax of neglecting cybersecurity ahead of 2017 breach

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Ground Zero has been closed

Hello everyone,

This is an important announcement that I am passing along to you. On an earlier podcast, I talked about two systems that I have been on. The first is Livewire. The second is Ground Zero.

Today, March 10, 2019: Live Wire’s Amadeus announced that he is closing Ground Zero.

Instead of giving you the full announcement via text, I invite you to call the phollowing phone number: 631-686-8600 for the entire details. The message takes a couple of minutes to play, and I’ll endeavor to see if I can play the full announcement on my podcast.

If you had a box on both systems, please use your box on Live Wire.

If you had a popular bulletine board, Amadeus says that he’ll move it over for you.

Thanks for your support of reading the blog, and seeing what I have to offer. I’ll have more soon.

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Security Now, podcasts 701-704

Here are the announcements about podcasts 701-704 of one of my favorite podcasts Security Now.

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Time change


The blog has been updated with the correct time as we just changed time in the united States.

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Trends from 2018, what can we learn?

This is an article i definitely want to talk about. It is entitled A Look Back at the 2018 Security Landscape and it has some very interesting things in here.

Phishing has gone up 269 percent. That is a huge jump, and I have a hunch that it won’t get any better, will it?

Social engineering has also been in cybercriminals minds as they are using fraudulent addresses to get at their victims.

The good news is that Ransomwhere is declining, but it is still an issue for companies. I predicted that this was going to be a continuing increase, and I’m glad I’m wrong on this.

To take its place, buisness email compromise is on the rise, and that may be the upcoming trend this year. This could be just as bad as the ransomware that was once so common.

The program vulnerability landscape is also increasing. I don’t remember what the final number Steve mentioned in one of the final security now’s of 2018, but it was in the thousands for the CVE index. Trend Micro’s zero day program will continue to be busy as well as other bug bounty programs.

Is there anything else that they missed that yoou noticed? I’m curious on what you think. Thanks for reading!

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BEC is back, should we blame the employee?

I recently read this article entitled Don’t Blame Employees who fall for a BEC scam! and it is an article by Trend Micro. They have some great points, one of which is education. How are your average non-technical people to understand what to look for if they don’t know? While common sense is at play, we can’t fault them when they are in a hurry and think that it looks legit. We must train on the signs on what looks real and what looks fake. The fakes always have some sort of mistakes in its message, and it definitely doesn’t have the words of the domain, in the address, or within its URL’s if it does have links to log in somewhere.

Have you had any signs of this before? What did you do?

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Technology podcast 307 is now out

Tech podcast 307 is now out on the RSS feed. I’ll be updating mixcloud later.

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Think of satellites as big, vulnerable IoT devices, researcher says

When I read the article entitled Think of satellites as big, vulnerable IoT devices, researcher says I really had to sit and think about this a bit. I didn’t even think when I read this article that satelites were even connected to the Internet. It would make sense seeing that we have the international space station, and they can do work on it unmanned. This is something that can definitely be thought about, CyberScoop did a great job on this article.

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Here’s some great news: 20-year-old pleads guilty to DDoS-for-hire scheme that netted $550,000

Hello everyone,

Its time for some good news. 20-year-old pleads guilty to DDoS-for-hire scheme that netted $550,000 is the latest in the good news department. I’m very happy to see this, now lets see if the sentence will teach them how to not use services for evail, and thoughts are welcome.

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