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BINSIDER: Google says Nest microphone was 'never supposed to be a secret'

Posted on February 22nd, 2019

Nick Bastone, Business Insider Feb. 19, 2019, 9:04 PMNest GuardIn early February, Google announced that its home security and alarm system Nest Secure would be getting an update. Users, the company said, could now enable its virtual-assistant tech...

BINSIDER: Ex-Facebook security boss Alex Stamos likens the company's leadership to a 'Game of Thrones'

Posted on February 12th, 2019

Alex Stamos Win McNamee/Getty Images Rob Price, Business Insider, Feb. 10, 2019, 9:00 PM Former Facebook exec Alex Stamos says the leadership culture at the company is like "Game of Thrones."In an interview with CNN, the outspo...

LIFEHACKER: How to Protect Your Credit Now That Equifax's Monitoring Service Has Ended

Posted on February 6th, 2019

Editor’s note: After the 2017 Equifax data breach QTIPS recommended that users avoid using the credit bureau’s TrustedID Premier service. Reasons were explained in this QTIPS blog post from October 2017. That QTIPS post also highlighted instruct...

QTIP: What's a Never-Ever?

Posted on February 5th, 2019

A "Never-Ever" is something no one should ever do. "Never Evers" are those sometimes unwritten rules about things that matter most to us; love, family, work, and computing. Topping my list of computing "Never-Evers" is this: never, ever fall for...

REUTERS: U.S. judge rejects Yahoo data breach settlement

Posted on January 30th, 2019

This article from Business Insider is from original reporting by Jonathan Stempel, Reuters, Jan. 29, 2019Marissa Mayer was CEO of Yahoo from 2012 to 2017. Ethan Miller/Getty A U.S. judge rejected Yahoo's proposed settlement with millions of people...

QTIP: Beware of Fake PDF apps

Posted on January 9th, 2019

Watch out for phony PDF reader apps. Even mainstay free Adobe Reader can be compromised by cybercriminals and posted to sketchy software download sites visited by the unwary. Myriad off-brand free PDF reader apps are often malicious schemes to ...

NYTIMES: Devices That Will Invade Your Life in 2019

Posted on January 5th, 2019

(and What’s Overhyped) Brian X. Chen, The New York Times, January 4, 2019 A.I. that responds to your voice. Next-generation wireless networks. If this year’s biggest consumer technology trends have a familiar ring, there’s a reason for that. Cr...

ZDNet: US iOS users targeted by massive malvertising campaign

Posted on November 27th, 2018

A malvertising campaign deployed via a high-profile ad platform targeted iOS users across the US. Crooks hijacked over 300 million web sessions. By Catalin Cimpanu for Zero Day November 27, 2018 -- 00:05 GMT (16:05 PST) Topic: Security A ...

QTIP: Two-Faced: Delay, Deny and Deflect

Posted on November 23rd, 2018

Is Facebook your friend? Are you OK with how Facebook uses data about you that it collects? Was Facebook’s motto "move fast and break things" ever a great idea? Billions of users here and around the world really like Facebook. They can have fanta...

NYTIMES: F.B.I.’s Urgent Request: Reboot Your Router to Stop Russia-Linked Malware

Posted on May 28th, 2018

An analysis by Cisco’s threat intelligence division found that hundreds of thousands of routers, from a range of manufacturers, were infected by the malware linked to the hacking group Fancy Bear. Credit Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times By Louis ...

QTIP: The #1 Online Risk Factor

Posted on May 17th, 2018

It’s no surprise that risks abound online. However, you may be surprised that security researchers point to computer user behavior as the #1 risk factor. It’s true, cyber attacks occur mostly as a result of users’ innocent (or careless) mistakes a...

QTIP: What is the 3-2-1 rule?

Posted on March 8th, 2018

Data backup is more complex than ever for computer users as we ponder how to protect our data in local, virtual, and cloud storage environments. To meet this challenge all computer users need a realistic data protection plan so that at least one c...

NYTIMES: The Sublime and Scary Future of Cameras With A.I. Brains

Posted on February 27th, 2018

Credit Doug Chayka By Farhad Manjoo Feb. 27, 2018 Something strange, scary and sublime is happening to cameras, and it’s going to complicate everything you knew about pictures. Cameras are getting brains. Until the past few years, just about all c...

WIRED: Look Out! Chrome Extension Malware Has Evolved

Posted on January 31st, 2018

Google has cracked down on Chrome extension malware—but the bad guys are finding ways to stay ahead of their defenses. HOTLITTLEPOTATO Lily Hay Newman, January 30, 2018 You already know to be wary of third-party Android apps, and even to watch yo...

FTC: How to Spot a Tech Support Scam

Posted on January 30th, 2018


QTIP: Digital Street Smarts

Posted on January 16th, 2018

Experience knows that when the air bags deploy it’s already too late. You're street smart. While driving 70 mph on a crowded highway you notice a sticky pattern forming in traffic ahead. With barely a thought you drop back a few car lengths. Car...

NYTIMES: Keeping Up With the Meltdown and Spectre Bugs

Posted on January 15th, 2018

By J. D. Biersdorfer Jan. 15, 2018 Q. Is it safe to install the Windows patch for these new Spectre and Meltdown bugs? Do they affect Linux? (And who names these security flaws, anyway?) A. Meltdown and Spectre, the two recently announced securit...

iMORE: What MacKeeper is and why you should remove it from your Mac

Posted on January 14th, 2018

By Mike Matthews, iMore 14 Jan 2018 It happened again last week. A friend was telling me she had convinced her mother to get a Mac laptop. "But what is this MacSweeper?" she said, with a hint of puzzlement in her voice. She meant, of course, MacK...

QTIP: Don't Click It!

Posted on January 10th, 2018

Warning!! Don't click the big green button. The button will download dangerous malware in the guise of a must-have media player app. oops. You clicked it. It was irresistible, wasn’t it? After the secret thrill of downloading the app, the excit...

QTIP: Should You Trust a VPN?

Posted on December 15th, 2017

Q: Are VPN operators to be trusted? A: My opinion is that VPN operators are at best a little shady. After all, they’re offering anonymity to anyone. What do you really know about the scads of free and paid VPN operators promoting themselves onl...

Lifehacker: The Complete Guide to Avoiding Online Scams (for Your Less Savvy Friends and Relatives)

Posted on November 8th, 2017

Our readers are a savvy bunch who aren't likely to be taken in by an online scam—but we've all got those friends and relatives we worry about. Here's our definitive guide to helping them stay safe online. Photo from Futurama. When training your lo...

Lifehacker: How Spammers Spoof Your Email Address (and How to Protect Yourself)

Posted on November 8th, 2017

Most of us know spam when we see it, but seeing a strange email from a friend—or worse, from ourselves—in our inbox is pretty disconcerting. If you've seen an email that looks like it's from a friend, it doesn't mean they've been hacked. Spammers ...

MACWORLD: APT28 - A complex Mac virus that may signal the shape of tomorrow’s malware

Posted on October 17th, 2017

From MacWorld, by Liviu Arsene Oct 17, 2017 This malware’s striking characteristic: its ability to drop a payload individually designed for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS running devices. Macs are the go-to device for professionals and high-level of...

WSJ: Equifax Hack Drives GOP Bill to Overhaul…

Posted on October 12th, 2017

Equifax Hack Drives GOP Bill to Overhaul Credit Bureaus October 12, 2017 By Andrew Ackerman Top congressional Republicans on Thursday made the first significant moves to boost federal oversight at credit-reporting firms in response to the massive...

QTIP: Don’t Trust trustedidpremier.com

Posted on October 12th, 2017

Holy Wells Fargo! As if the high-handed and careless (never a good combination) handling by Equifax of your private credit data wasn’t bad enough, the credit bureau has gone even lower. A client asked me if he should follow through with signing...