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New Smishing and Phishing Scams on the Rise

TweetThere’s a new scam every fifteen seconds Or at least that’s the way it seems. I have recently become far more proactive about blacklisting IP addresses that overload my inbox with scams.  You know the ones: From: <your email address> Subject:  Security Notice.  Someone have access to your system Body: Hi! As you may have Continue Reading

Your Network Should NOT Look Like a Rat’s Nest

Tweet 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 Continue Reading

Yahoo Email Porn Ransom Spam

TweetUnless 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

TweetTales 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

TweetWiFi 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

Fake Flash Player Update Latest Example

TweetThis 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

TweetReboot 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

What You Don’t Know About Windows 10 Updates

TweetWindows 10 Updates May Not Be What They Seem One of my major pet peeves about Windoze Ten is the update process. You cannot stop it. You cannot override the update process. You cannot disable the updates. Updates can wreck the OS. It may choose to do a full reinstall in the middle of the Continue Reading

Amazon Assistant Popup Virus

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TweetAmazon Assistant Popups Galore aa.hta Sound familiar? I had a client contact me at dinner time yesterday in near hysterics.  The desktop of her Windows 7 computer had been overtaken by white screen popups that covered everything and she was working on some very high priority projects and a tight deadline. I managed to remote Continue Reading