February 11, 2018
New update to Click&Clean. If you are using this application, which is a browser extension for the Google Chrome web browser, it will auto update on its’ own. I have been using his cleaning utility on my desktop computers, as well as my Chromebook. Click the source link below to learn more or click here for the quick start guide to get a good feel about how Click&Clean works.
Privacy and security news, important security vulnerabilities and how to fix them. Latest Click&Clean and another software releases and updates.
Source: Click&Clean | Privacy and Security News, Updates and Releases
February 8, 2018
If your getting rid of a computer or hard drive, here is an “must do” option to completely remove your personal data.
A disk wipe tool that can wipe hard drive data from any hard disk drive. Data Shredder is freeware to download! Protect your privacy and sensitive data.
Source: CBL Data Shredder
February 8, 2018
Malwarebytes AdwCleaner is a “must have” application to help keep on your computer from being infected. You will need to routinely run this software to help keep your computer in good shape.
Malwarebytes AdwCleaner is a free anti-malware app that deletes adware, PUP’s, toolbars, and browser hijackers. Video tutorial available. It specializes in removing adware, PUP/LPI (Potentially Undesirable Program), toolbars, and hijackers.
Source: Download Malwarebytes AdwCleaner – MajorGeeks
January 2, 2018
Here is an Android app, called Firefox Focus, that I highly recommend for your Android-based smartphone, tablet, and Chromebook. Firefox Focus, built by the same maker (Mozilla) as the Firefox browser, has been engineered for our Android mobile devices with privacy, safety, and security in mind. When you browse with Firefox Focus it automatically will block a wide range of online trackers; AND, will automatically erase your history, passwords, and cookies (which, by the way, is the method used to bombard you with unwanted ads). I use this browser a lot, to supplement my regular browser when I am shopping on the internet to prevent the cookies from haunting me with ads. The install on this is small (less than 3 MB) and works great on all Android devices, including the Chromebooks that support Android app installations.
SOURCE: Google Play Store – Firefox Focus: The Privacy Browser
December 19, 2017
Saw the graphic below on the website, NakedSecurity, and felt compelled to remind the readers here on the blog that the scammers will not let up and will take advantage of any opportunity (such as Christmas) to trick and rob people. One very common scam is the phone call you answer from a person who claims they are tech support from Microsoft and want to fix a problem they detected with your computer. Please do not fall for this… Hang up on them and do not proceed with any conversation. Most of the time if they know they have a live number and person, they will relentlessly call back (often with a different scam).
To protect yourself, do the following: Most of us have voicemail or an answering machine. Let all your calls ring through. If you have caller ID, only answer the calls from numbers you are absolutely sure about. Even the phone numbers that may appear to be legit (i.e. from your area code) can be masked to look like a local number. I know this may sound extreme; but, this is how bad this problem is.
Also, there are poisoned websites out there that will prompt you to call a number to fix your computer. It is the same deal, they will scam you for money to fix a problem that does not exist. Bottomline is to avoid all solicitations by phone, computer, email, etc…
“Boiler rooms full scammers would make cold call after cold call, ploughing day and night through lists of phone numbers to scare victims into paying up for technical support they didn’t need for malware infections they didn’t have.”.
SOURCE: NakedSecurity – Watch out – fake support scams are alive and well this Christmas
November 24, 2017
Currently, Windows 10 does not offer up an option to turn Windows Updates “on” and “off”. This is where the “Windows 10 Update Switch” can help. It is a third party software option that allows you to toggle the Windows 10 Updates “on” and “off”. This software is especially helpful when you are on a limited broadband connection, such as satellite broadband; where you are allotted a certain amount of data per month. The “Windows 10 Update Switch” not only allows you to turn the updates “on or off”; it also allows you to set the computer to a metered connection where the updates are delayed and prevents Windows from gobbling up bandwidth. The metered connection, from a security standpoint, is probably your best bet…
Windows 10 Updates Switch is a FREE utility and is available as a portable app (for your tech toolbox)…
SOURCE: Rizonesoft – Windows 10 Update Switch
November 20, 2017
Over a period of time you most likely auto login to most sites due that your browser saves and auto inserts the username and password for you. The password is typically not revealed; instead you will see a row of dots or asterisks. The problem I have seen people do when they auto login; especially over long periods of time, is that they will forget the password or where they wrote the password down.
If you ever get into that situation, one solution is to download and run “Asterisk Password Spy”. Asterisk Password Spy works on wide range of platforms starting from Windows XP to new Windows 10 and can help you to easily find (and record) the passwords from any Windows based application.
Here is how to use Asterisk Password Spy:
- Launch AsteriskPasswordSpy on your system
- Now simply drag the ‘search icon’ to any password box to reveal the passwords.
- When you place it over the password box, it will automatically highlight it and password is added to list as shown in the screenshot below.
- Finally you can save all recovered password list to HTML/XML/CSVfile by clicking on ‘Export’ button and then select the type of file from the drop down box of ‘Save File Dialog’.
SOURCE: SecurityXploded – Asterisk Password Spy