Friday, November 27, 2015

CryptoWall 4.0 is Out. Vaccine Available. [Ransomware]

As a computer tech, I've had my run ins with ransomware over the years. Most were removable without harming any important files. But, cryptolocker and cryptowall were nightmares. Yea, the virus can be removed. However, any files encrypted were lost forever.

Prevention is the best cure. So, Bitdefender developed a ransomware vaccine. Very easy to install and use. And, this will not conflict with your current Virus Protection software.

Download here:

"Following the footsteps of its predecessors, CryptoWall has become a financial success for its creators. Recent numbers show that inflicted an estimated $325 million in damages in the US alone. Its high turnaround prompted other cybercriminal groups to write new code that uses more sophisticated encryption algorithms. Therefore, it’s becoming harder for AV vendors to crack the code and come up with a solution."

As always, keep Windows and your Antivirus software up to date. And, constantly back up your personal files. And, of course, never click or open any suspicious links or emails.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

How To Watch The Democratic Debate Tonight

Of all the debates so far, this should be the most easily accessible one. This debate is being shown on CBS. So, all cord cutters can watch this on their televisions. However, maybe you're not in front of a TV. Maybe you're caught up with work and in front of your workstation. Or, maybe it's just you and your smartphone. No worries. You will be able to watch or listen to the debate with no problem.

Read more here:

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

To All Those That Serve.... Thank You

There's a big reason that I'm able to run and operate a home based business. I'm free to do as I choose. I want to honor and thank all those that have served to protect this nation. For those that are serving now. And, for those serving overseas, I hope you come back home safe.

Thank You.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A Better Stream of the Republican Debate

And, yes, it's legit and safe...

Unlike CNBC, Fox Business is being cool enough to let anyone stream the debate. You don't need to have cable. No password is required. Just click the links below and you're watching the debate live.

I was trying to stream the debate earlier. But, I ran into all kinds of video freezing and jumping.
Most google searchs point you here:

But, I found this one that seems to be way more stable. 

It's still part of the Fox Business Website. So, everything is good.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Protect Yourself: How To Easily Avoid Phone Scams

Always keep in mind that Microsoft, the IRS, and other government agencies will not contact you directly over the phone. Do not ever give your social security and bank information over the phone to a random person that called your first. And, remember, hanging up the phone is your easiest solution against any phone scam.

What to do if you receive a call from a scammer
  • Hang up the phone immediately! If you aren't sure whether the claim is legitimate, hang up and call the company or agency directly.

  • If you receive a phone call from an unknown number, don't call it back without researching the number. It could be a scam!

  • File a complaint with the FTC. If you think you might have been a victim of a phone scam, file a complaint with the FTC online or call 877-382-4357.

For more information, read more here.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Tor Messenger - Your Best Bet For Chat Privacy

Tor Messenger helps prevent your text chats from being recorded and saved by sites such as Yahoo and Facebook. Of course, this means more privacy and security. Plus, it's free.

Learn more and Download here:

"Tor Messenger client currently supports:
Jabber (XMPP) chat protocol
IRC (Internet Relay Chat)
Facebook Chat
Google Talk
Desktop clients like Adium for Mac and Pidgin for Windows
The goal of the team is both to make Tor more accessible as well as to create a secure chat client."

Read more here:

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Odem Anti-Bullying Video = Awesome

What happens when you get some students that are proud about where they're from and make a video for a cause? Plenty of Awesome.

I love when people can come together and use technology to make a positive impact.