If you are paranoid, you probably should stop reading right now. The internet is a dangerous place and here are a few reasons why:
- Don’t download pictures of sunsets and cute cats. Malware, using something called steganography technology, can be hidden behind the file and it monitors financial institutions like banks. Trend Micro has an excellent article on this: http://tinyurl.com/qz43abk
- If you are still using Internet Explorer 9 or 10, there is a good reason to update it to Internet Explorer 11. At least update your IE9 and 10. It is bad enough that even Microsoft has acknowledged that it is a problem and has issued a fix for the older browsers. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/advisory/2934088
- If you thought malware is just a Windows threat, think again. Here is a recent posting from Symantec on an Android Trojan Horse virus that steals informaiotn from your Android device: http://www.symantec.com/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2014-030418-2633-99
- And nope, that famous operating system that is supposedly invulnerable? They’re not. You need to update: http://blogs.mcafee.com/consumer/update-apple-ios-mac-software
In general terms, regardless of the device you are using and the operating system involved, some basic steps should be taken to protect yourself on the scary internet.
- Make sure your operating system and applications are up-to-date. People who created these are generally very diligent in making sure their products are safe.
- Make sure you have some form of internet security system in place, regardless of what type of system you use. Anyone who tells you that their system is invulnerable is probably not doing you any favours.
- Be paranoid. Don’t download anything, click any link or answer any email that you cannot verify as safe.
- Keep up to date with internet threats. The internet may be dangerous, because of a small group of very bad people, but it is also full of people who spend their time exposing and telling us all about these threats.
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Staying safe online is no longer just as simple as not clicking on links from people you don’t know. Scammers keep trying new things to find exploits in evolving popular technologies. Phishing is one method that keeps getting more and more prevalent and is finding victims that are using different devices like tablets and smartphones.
As the scams get smarter it’s important that you learn more about how to protect yourself. This post from Eset is a good first step to learn how to protect yourself from phising.
Do you let your camera control when to flash? Sometimes using a flash isn’t the best choice even if the camera tells you otherwise. The light from your flash only works within about two meters of the camera. Your camera will want to fire the flash in many situations that aren’t always appropriate for getting the best picture. Wasting your battery and annoying those around you are two of the consequences of not knowing how your flash works and when it’s better to force your flash to turn off. Sometimes even when in bright sunlight you want to make sure the flash is on.
Read about how to use your camera flash the right way and stop flashing at the wrong time:
Go and grab your camera and see if you can find where to make sure the flash is off or on. If you can’t find the setting check your manual or come in and see one of our experts. Your photos will thank you.
There’s a new scam going around that is fooling many people. It starts with this message from Netflix:
The spoofed messages looks so real there are many people falling for it. When you call the number fake tech support takes control of your computer and infects it with serious malware. Don’t call the number!
More details on Malware Bytes blog: http://blog.malwarebytes.org/fraud-scam/2014/02/netflix-phishing-scam-leads-to-fake-microsoft-tech-support/
I was invited to play in the latest Elder Scrolls Online beta which ran over this past weekend. Zenimax, the producers of this newest Elder Scrolls game title, have been running weekend beta tests to see if the servers can handle the load before their official launch. This release is an MMO (massively multiplayer online) game instead of a single player game, and there are many fans of the Elder Scrolls games that are very excited about it. Having played many other MMORPG games including Asheron’s Call, Everquest I & II, World of Warcraft, Guild Wars I & II, Star Wars The Old Republic, and Neverwinter I have a little experience on which to draw to evaluate this new addition to the genre.
I installed my Netgear Nighthawk at home just before Christmas when I noticed that my video streaming was taking a lot of time buffering. I switched out my older 802.11N standard router with the 802.11ac standard Nighthawk. By using the same SSID and password as my old router, the setup was just on the router and I saved time not having to reset all my devices. All of them “saw” the new router, established the link, authenticated the password and “Bob’s your uncle”: Job done in less than 10 minutes.
The immediate effect was the waiting swirling circle was gone in a blink. My iMac, with 802.11ac built-in was running full speed that it is designed for. The rest of my gear, even though running a combination of 2.4 and 5 ghz 802.11n, saw stronger signals everywhere in my house. Dead spots disappeared.
For a look under the hood and a great review check this out at uk.hardware.info
I’ve been attaching straps to cameras for over 20 years. As technology advances the gear has changed but the need to attach a strap so you don’t drop your camera hasn’t. Put your strap on the right way and it will stay in place and make it harder to steal. Do it wrong and it’ll move around!
Here’s a really good guide that explains the method I’ve used.
From the folks at Wired