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Your Network Should NOT Look Like a Rat’s Nest

Network Installations Should be CLEAN – and NEAT I’ve been doing large scale wiring projects for almost 50 years. My first introduction to precision wiring was in my first year college Electronics Fabrication classes. Our instructor was a stickler for precision. If your project didn’t look like the inside of a Tektronix Oscilloscope it didn’t Continue Reading

The Tax Evasion Email Scam

Today’s scam comes in the form of a threat to rat you out to the authorities for tax evasion. The perpetrator wants a bitcoin for not ratting you out to the “state’s department of taxation and finance”.  Actually they want 1.4573 Bitcoins.  In today’s market that’s $5,858.00. As with every other current phishing scam, it’s Continue Reading

Yahoo Email Porn Ransom Spam

Unless you live in a cave deep in the center of the Sahara (in which case you can’t get this post) you know by now that Yahoo had a data breach about 5 years ago and all the user account information was harvested. Well in the last year or so, all that information was released Continue Reading

Today’s Windoze Ten Trainwreck

Tales from the Trenches # 1803 Windoze Ten Strikes Again As anyone who has every read any of my posts knows by now, I consider Windoze Ten to be right up there with Millennium and Vista in terms of absolutely horrible OSes. So it should come to no one as a surprise that I have Continue Reading

WiFi Coverage in Your Home or Office

WiFi is a funny thing. Not funny HaHa More like funny What the Hell! Remember these two important rules when dealing with Wifi Your mileage may vary Everything interferes with WiFi On the Everything list: Walls Windows Doors Microwave ovens Cordless phones Big Screen TVs Other WiFi networks (your neighbors) The phase of the moon Continue Reading

Today’s Email Scam – Caught You Wanking

Today’s email Scam: Busted Visiting Porn Sites These are becoming more prevalent all the time. It’s a numbers thing. The scammers figure if they send this out to enough people, they’re going to score with a few. Here’s the email I recently snatched out of a client’s SPAM filter: Subject: Ti?k?t#419410607 <your email address here> Continue Reading

Fake Flash Player Update Latest Example

This morning I was searching for a local business to find an event to attend. I Googled the business, determined the URL looked appropriate and clicked on the link. Firefox immediately issued a redirect warning, something I always take seriously and evaluate. The next thing I know there is a Flash Player Update alert with Continue Reading

VPNFilter May Already Infect Your Router

Reboot Your Router – Now! In recent days the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI have both released statements regarding the worldwide infestation of a malware product infesting hundreds of thousands of residential and small business routers. VPNFilter is using your router to create a botnet capable of targeting government, military, security organizations, and Continue Reading

From AVG to Avast to Anything Else (almost)

Over the last 13 years or so, I have personally been responsible for the sale, installation and fine-tuning of at least four thousand (4,000) licenses of AVG AntiVirus products of one kind or another.  The reason is this.  It has very simply been the most effective Windows based protection available.  At the same time, AVG Continue Reading