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The Risky, Corporate Life Of Fish [comic]

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10 Best Ways To Secure Your Android Phone

Very informative article for Android owners –

Android is under constant attack and older versions are far more vulnerable than new ones. Way too many smartphone vendors still don’t issue Google’s monthly Android security patches in a timely fashion, or at all. And, zero-day attacks still pop up. So, what can you do to protect yourself? A lot actually.

Continue reading HERE.

How To Secure Thumb Drives

Informative article from MakeUseOf –

USB thumb drives are small, portable, and universally readable. These features make them perfect vehicles for transporting data between computers. Due to their portability, however, they are also easily lost. Hence, you should always protect sensitive files carried on a USB stick. Unfortunately, you cannot simply password protect your entire USB stick, like you can password protect your PC or phone. Tools that will seriously protect your data all work with encryption. Unless you want to invest in a secure flash drive with hardware encryption, you can use freeware applications to achieve a similar level of protection. This article summarizes some of the easiest ways to password protect files and folders on your USB flash drive.

Continue reading HERE.

Security For Windows 10 – FreeFile Review

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This review addresses how an average user of Windows 10 can easily and effectively maintain security. These are my experiences and observations after more than a year using Windows 10, your mileage may vary.

Antivirus Protection – Many security pros feel that zero-day threats greatly reduce the effectiveness of antivirus programs. Overall, I find Windows 10 to be reasonably secure, and today, most security threats focus on internet browsers. Windows Defender is a lightweight, efficient program, pre-installed with Windows, that operates unobtrusively and effectively. It runs in the background with no user input needed and it receives frequent updates. Use Windows Defender – no additional antivirus is needed.

Browsers – Both Firefox and Chrome are good choices. The best malware blocker add-on is uBlock Origin (available for Firefox and Chrome). Keep your browser up to date and install uBlock origin and you’re good to go. Bear in mind that smart surfing is still the most important thing you can do – no app can help with that.

Malware Scanner – The free version of Malwarebytes does not provide realtime protection, but it is effective when run every week or two, or when a problem is suspected.

Disk Imaging – This is the most important piece to achieve real security. All of the previously mentioned steps can fail, so the ability to quickly recover is key. Imaging software makes an exact copy of the entire C drive, so that the entire PC can be quickly restored after disaster strikes. This will protect you from not just virus and malware attacks, but also from hardware failures and Windows issues. Ideally, the image should be stored on an external drive, so it may require spending about $50. The best free imaging software is Macrium Reflect. It is very fast and reliable.

— — — — The Bottom Line — — — —

1.Use Windows Defender (no additional antivirus programs are needed) 2.Use Firefox or Chrome browsers, with uBlock Origin add-on 3.Get Malwarebytes 4.Consider disk imaging.

Read more FreeFile Reviews on DanKostecki.com

Back Up Is Important [comic]

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Hardwipe – FreeFile Review

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When a file is deleted from a pc, that file still exists on the computer. To actually erase the file, a secure delete utility is needed to overwrite the data. Hardwipe is such a utility. It is Windows only and is available in free and paid versions. The free version which is sufficient for most users, has ads in the program window ($13 upgrade will remove the ads).

Hardwipe has both features that I consider essential in a secure delete utility – context menu integration and Recycle Bin erasure. Many of the other free apps lack one, or both, of those features. Context menu integration means that a file can be erased through a simple, quick right-click. Recycle Bin erasure is self-explanatory. Data can be overwritten 1,2,3,7, or 35 times (one time should suffice). The ads in the free version are not too intrusive – they remain contained to one corner of the program window. Hardwipe works fast and has an accurate progress bar.

— — — — The Bottom Line — — — —

I have used Hardwipe on both Windows 7 and 10 and found it to be fast and reliable on both. It has replaced my long time secure delete program Eraser, which seems to have gotten a bit slow and clunky in recent years. I recommend Hardwipe over Eraser, due to it’s speed and reliability. Hardwipe is definitely a keeper.

Download Hardwipe HERE

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How to Unsend a Gmail Message

00ps1Yes, even a lowly peon (you) can be like the owners (Goldman Sachs) and recall an email after it has been sent. However, you have only 30 seconds after clicking ‘Send’ (ownership does have its privileges). This feature must be enabled in Gmail, but it is a simple process if you follow the steps in PC Mag’s article. I tried it – very quick and easy.

PC Mag’s article HERE.

 

 

Does Avast Antivirus Have Security Issues?

avast-wpFirst, let me say that I have been using Avast as my antivirus for the past few months and have had no problems with it. However, yesterday, the program invited me to view my monthly security report. The link took me to a web page that I could not view without enabling JavaScript in Firefox. I am no security expert, but disabling JavaScript is generally considered to be one of the best ways to block malware on the web. I visited Avast’s home page and main download page, and received the same message. Why does a security company require an insecure JavaScript-enabled browser to use their site? My guess is just poor site design – nothing sinister. However, when their entire web site encourages dangerous activity, I have to question how solid is their antivirus product. Out of curiosity, I visited the sites of two of the other big free antivirus programs, AVG and Avira, and found that JavaScript was not required on those sites.

While this information causes concern, I plan to continue using Avast and blocking JavaScript with NoScript on Firefox. Hopefully, the antivirus will continue to perform well and they will improve their site.

 

Way To Go, New York!

Sadly, it was newsworthy that “No Person Got Shot, Stabbed, Slashed, or Murdered in NYC Monday“. Thirty six hours without a murder is a good start, but really?

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Credit Card Of The Future – Here Today

BBC reports –

A credit card with an LCD display and built-in keyboard has been launched in Singapore by Mastercard. The card has touch-sensitive buttons and the ability to create a “one-time password” – doing away with the need for a separate device sometimes needed to log in to online banking. Future versions of the card could display added information such as the remaining balance. The card will be available from January before being rolled out globally.

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Should I Use My Browser’s Do-Not-Track Setting?

Wired reports –

Judging by the frenzied claims of lawmakers like US representative Jackie Speier, enabling the Do Not Track feature ranks up there with locking doors and shredding credit card statements. “People have a right to surf the web without Big Brother watching their every move and announcing it to the world,” Speier said last February,when she introduced a bill to regulate online tracking. But none of that really matters, since the setting has no legal muscle. Websites are free to ignore it. And they do. As of June, only five had pledged to follow it—the Associated Press plus four of the hundreds of behavior-tracking ad networks whose raison d’èAtre is figuring out how you view the web.

So, the bottom line is that the ‘Do Not Track’ setting may make you feel better, but it does does no good – just like the Tea Party.

Continue reading the Wired article HERE.

 

 

Thanksgiving At The Airport [pic]

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