Security

Android security check

Posted on April 16, 2018. Filed under: Android, Everything, Security | Tags: , , , , , |

ZDNet has a post on SnoopSnitch, an Android app that checks your Android phone or other device and “will outline not only vulnerabilities that have been patched, but also patches that are missing, as well as new vulnerabilities that have yet to be patched.”

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Disabling UEFI to allow dual boot

Posted on April 1, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Security, Techniques | Tags: , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on disabling the Windows UEFI to permit installing another operating system, such as Linux or Android.

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Facebook Container for Firefox

Posted on March 28, 2018. Filed under: Facebook, Firefox, Freeware/Shareware, Security, Social media | Tags: , |

Mozilla has provided an add-on for Firefox to keep Facebook from tracking you across the web. MSN has a post about it. Just go to the Add-Ons function and search for “Facebook Container”.

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What to do if your Facebook gets hacked

Posted on March 25, 2018. Filed under: Facebook, Security | Tags: |

HowToGeek has a post on what to do if your Facebook account gets hacked.

“Are you locked out of your account? Are posts showing up from you that you didn’t share? Are people getting messages you didn’t send?”

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How to spot and avoid fake apps

Posted on February 7, 2018. Filed under: Android, Freeware/Shareware, Phones, Security | Tags: , , , , , |

HowToGeek has a post on avoiding fake apps in your Play Store (Windows, Google, etc.).

The fakes are getting trickier — so see how to detect them!

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Check for Meltdown/Spectre protection

Posted on January 9, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Security, windows | Tags: , , |

(Updated 2018.1.10)

HowTo Geek has a post on how to check, and advice for what to do if you are vulnerable.

There’s a list of the anti-virus programs and whether or not they are compatible with Microsoft’s requirements. IF NOT COMPATIBLE: you may not get any updates from Microsoft (not just for this problem) so be sure your anti-virus is fixed. Of course, if you are using the built-in Microsoft anti-virus, that is already good for this.

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After Windows 10 upgrade, do these seven things immediately | ZDNet

Posted on October 27, 2017. Filed under: Security, Windows 10 | Tags: , , , |

ZDNet has recommendations: You’ve just upgraded to the most recent version of Windows 10. Before you get back to work, use this checklist to ensure that your privacy and security settings are correct and that you’ve cut annoyances to a bare minimum.

Source: After Windows 10 upgrade, do these seven things immediately | ZDNet

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7 Ways to Make Your LastPass Account Even More Secure | The LastPass Blog

Posted on June 28, 2017. Filed under: Passwords, Security | Tags: , , , |

Source: 7 Ways to Make Your LastPass Account Even More Secure | The LastPass Blog

Oh yes, there’s also 8 Easy Ways to Supercharge Your LastPass Security.

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How to protect your laptop in cargo when you fly

Posted on May 24, 2017. Filed under: Security | Tags: , , , , , |

ZDNet has a post: In this guide, learn about current regulations and how to deal with theft, insurance problems and hardware damage.

Source: How to protect your laptop in cargo when you fly | ZDNet

Basically, any device larger than a smartphone has to be in checked luggage, at least if coming from certain countries.

Also, if you enter/leave the country, you may be required to give your password and have all your data downloaded from any device for any country, not necessarily just overseas.

You might consider a “burner” phone for short term use (such as a pay-as-you-use service phone, available from several sources). If you do not use an app for your online storage, but have to log into it via a browser, then you can limit the access by clearing your browser history and leaving no trace even if you have to give up a disposable password.

A cheap tablet may not be as useful or fast as usual, but if stolen/damaged, using it only with all your data on a USB drive leaves you carrying only the USB drive more securely in a pocket. USB flash “stick” drives are not restricted at this time.

The reasoning for this is discussed in another ZDNet article.

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Running Windows XP, Vista, 8.0? Read this NOW.

Posted on May 17, 2017. Filed under: Malware, Security, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , , , |

Gizmo’s Freeware has a post: You’re probably aware that there’s a massive ransomware epidemic spreading right now. It’s already affected companies and computers in more than 150 countries, and causing untold misery for hundreds of thousands of people whose computers have been rendered unusable.

Source: Running Windows XP, Vista, 8.0? Read this NOW. | Gizmo’s Freeware

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Windows 10 tip: Stop using the horribly insecure SMBv1 protocol

Posted on May 17, 2017. Filed under: Malware, Security, windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , |

ZDNet has a post: For years, Microsoft has been recommending that you disable the vulnerable SMBv1 protocol. The recent WannaCry ransomware outbreak underscores the need to take this important step. Here’s how.

Source: Windows 10 tip: Stop using the horribly insecure SMBv1 protocol | ZDNet

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Stop Wi-Fi Thieves: How to Secure Your Wi-Fi From Neighbors Stealing It

Posted on May 5, 2017. Filed under: networking, Security, wireless | Tags: , , , |

If your Wi-Fi SSID is being broadcast to the surrounding houses, there is a chance your internet is being stolen. Find out how to stop this from happening and keep control of your bandwidth.

Source: Stop Wi-Fi Thieves: How to Secure Your Wi-Fi From Neighbors Stealing It

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Tell Bart and other ransomware families to ‘Eat my shorts’ with new, free decryption tools | ZDNet

Posted on April 6, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Malware, Security | Tags: , , , |

ZDNet has a post on ransomware: Free tools for unlocking Bart, Merry X-Mas, and other types of ransomware have been released as part of the No More Ransom initiative.

Source: Tell Bart and other ransomware families to ‘Eat my shorts’ with new, free decryption tools | ZDNet

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How to lock up your digital life in less than an hour

Posted on March 7, 2017. Filed under: Security | Tags: , , |

ZDNet has a post: Follow this simple checklist of best practices to protect your privacy and information without spending a cent.

Source: How to lock up your digital life in less than an hour | ZDNet

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Is Anyone Looking At Your Files? A Canary Will Tell You. | Gizmo’s Freeware

Posted on February 16, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Security | Tags: , , |

Gizmo’s Freeware is giving you the bird! Has anyone been looking at the files on your computer? Or on your cloud drive? Has anyone been browsing parts of your web site that they’re not supposed to, and which you thought you’d secured? Has anyone managed to find your contacts database online?

Source: Is Anyone Looking At Your Files? A Canary Will Tell You. | Gizmo’s Freeware

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How to Opt Out of the Most Popular People Search Sites

Posted on January 26, 2017. Filed under: Security | Tags: , , , |

Lifehacker has a post: Genealogy site Family Tree Now made waves when people discovered it can be used to look up almost anyone’s personal information, even if they’d never heard of the site before. Addresses, family members, and known associates are free for anyone to find. Here’s how to protect yourself from Family Tree Now, Whitepages, Spokeo, and other popular free people search engines just like it.

Source: How to Opt Out of the Most Popular People Search Sites

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How to securely erase hard drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs)

Posted on December 21, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Hardware, Security | Tags: , , , |

ZDNet posts: Got a pile of old drives that you need to wipe before sending them to Silicon Heaven? Or do you want to wipe a drive in a computer that you are selling or giving away? Here are some tips and tricks to help you get the job done.

Source: How to securely erase hard drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs) | ZDNet

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How to securely erase hard drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs)

Posted on November 9, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Security | Tags: , , , , , , , |

ZDNet posts: Got a pile of old drives that you need to wipe before sending them to Silicon Heaven? Or do you want to wipe a drive in a computer that you are selling or giving away? Here are some tips and tricks to help you get the job done.

Source: How to securely erase hard drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs) | ZDNet

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Extract The Licence Keys From Your Installed Software

Posted on November 9, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Security, Techniques | Tags: , , , |

Gizmo’s Freeware has a solution: You know the problem. A program is misbehaving on your computer so you decide to fully remove it and then reinstall it. But although you have the installation CD, or you can download the installer from the vendor’s web site, you can’t find the installation key that you paid for. So you’re unable to reinstall the program.

Source: Extract The Licence Keys From Your Installed Software | Gizmo’s Freeware

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8 Tools that can Help Keep Your PC Secure | www.infopackets.com

Posted on October 18, 2016. Filed under: Anti-Virus, Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Malware, Security, windows | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

At Infopackets we’re often asked to recommend security software and tools or give our opinion on specific products. While every product has its pros and cons, as the old saying goes, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. With that in mind, I thought I’d run down the actual tools I use in my day to day life rather than when we’re testing out products. That means trying to find the balance of staying protected without taking up too much time and attention or computing resources.

Source: 8 Tools that can Help Keep Your PC Secure | www.infopackets.com

Covers:

  • Microsoft Security Essentials
  • Rapport
  • Lastpass
  • CCleaner
  • Malwarebytes
  • Process Explorer
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