Of course weak password is bad. However, the major problem is not easy to fix.
More and more criminals are trying to attack data centers that have important user information and use that to unlawfully take your money.
Do a Google search and find a number of the big banks in the USA and overseas have had data loss. Data loss can be a polite way to say that data was stolen from the bank. So far, the banks and governments have helped resolve the trouble. But too often the criminals do not get apprehended and they go on to try again and again.
What can you do? Be careful about having large amounts of money in just one institution. Avoid credit cards that can be used to drain all the money from your cheeking account.
Some people now prefer to buy a plastic card for a given amount and use it to pay on-line bills or to go shopping. This is safer t than having your checkbook or cash in your purse.
The limited funds plastic cards are not linked to your bank and therefore a thief would only get the value of the card and nothing more. The card does not even have your name on it.
NBC says the Wiki Leak things reveals a major hacking tool used by CIA.
But now the attention is about who told. The government reaction is al about who told and not about the harm that was done. Here is a quore from the NBC news website:
A MAJOR mole hunt is now underway as the Federal Bureau of Investigation tries to find out how anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks got its hands on alleged CIA hacking tools.
Here’s the link for the Full Story y from NBC.
What can you do? Protect your self with Anti-Virus and backups.
The answer might surprise you. The really do it all the time.
Personally I have had this. An agent will go beyond what it can legally do and ask questions that are not his business. This is a physiological trick to catch you.
This has been documented elsewhere. Here are just a few of the websites where individuals claim the government went to far in an attempt to get more money.
Please notice this post does not say yu should stop paying tax. Not at all. Rather do not let a few greedy people cheat you to promote their own self-interest. Pay you tax. Pay only what you owe.
The Ffreedompop co,pany claims a free monthly service to smart phone users. Not exactly what you think.
Here are the details. Read carefully, very carefully. You buy a Sim card from them for about one dollar and from then on you are able to make phone calls without the need to pay anything more. But it has a catch, you must agree to a 30 day trial.
During the 30 day trial plan you must cancel your plan. But you get to keep the Sim card and use it to make a few phone calls once in a while. How can they do that? Well, I was not able to locate this information actually printed out in a clear and concise form,.
Here is what I assume they are doing. If you do go over a certain amount of time any month, they will bill you. But they don’t tell you. Now if you protest they cancel your account. That, in a nutshell is there a business plan. Now I admit, but I cannot prove it, but this seems to be the case judging by complaints that many have made against the company.
Currently I have a Sim card from freedom pop that works. I only use it when absolutely necessary to make a call when I don’t have my cregular ell phone with me. Here’s what I do: I put an old smart phone in my car. It has he freedom pop Sim card in it along with the freedom pop messaging software. With that I am able to make an occasional telephone call with just that smart phone and the freedom pop Sim card. I
I am unable to tell you exactly how it works, because my online account with freedom pop does not tell me how many minutes I have used and I cannot depend on the phone itself to tell me how much time I have left .
You can check this out yourself and find that a number of big companies have invested in venture capital into this idea. The company is located in California and has expanded into the United Kingdom recently.
This is not an endorsement. I just want to warn you that if you do get into freedom pop expect to have to pay something for the service. It is a free service only when you pay attention to the rules, which are rather narrow and hard to understand.
Above is a picture of what they will send you in the mail. It contains a Sim card that looks like any other Sim card. Plus they give you instructions about how to get there messaging service from the Google place site. They claim it also works on the Apple iPhone, but I have not been able to confirm this.
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Disclaimer. I don’t work for anyody. I am retired.
Methane will be a big part of your future. For better or worse.
Credible publications are warring people about the the dangs and the benefits of methane. Yes, the common invisible gas that is made by animals and vegetable decay can benefit you if men make the right decisions now. But if not, methane will bring on global warming more that just carbon dioxide.
But here is the good part. Methane is a good fuel. It becomes Co2 when consumed. But that is good. Because CO2 is much less harmful to the earth than methane.
True, this may seem hard to understand. If we ignore it, methane can make weather on the Earth much more severe. But if you harness it, we can have abundant energy for our needs for a long time into the future.
I will post some news findings about methane in my next post.
Don’t get caught up in the current solar energy mania. There are other ways to cut your energy costs without doing a major investment.
First of all, do you live in an area where solar energy would be very productive? Actually, only a portion of the United States is well-suited to solar energy. It is the area known as the Southwest United States which includes the lower half of California and the western half of Texas and all of Arizona and most of new Mexico.
Do not expect a solar panel salesmen to provide you with all the relevant facts. In some areas the cost of electric power is very low and will probably stay that way for a long time. Also, if some new development should occur, the power companies would be the first to take advantage of it for their own benefit.
What many homeowners do not realize is that many large companies have looked at the alternatives and have made other decisions. In some cases they are using fuel cells to convert natural gas and electricity. Of course, that doesn’t do a whole lot for the environment, but it is very cost effective. The reason is that natural gas is available almost everywhere. It can be piped across United States through pipelines or it can be liquefied and shipped.in freight trains. Natural gas is extremely available everywhere. In some parts of United States is not enough sunlight to justify solar energy installations. But those areas can benefit by the use of fuel cells that depend on natural gas.
So then, to answer the question here are the two major issues. The first is do you live in an area where solar energy really would be productive? The second question: What is the cost is relative to the cost of electrical energy in your area?
Don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating that we consume all the fossil fuels we can find. Rather my objection is to the flimflam shoddy misrepresentation being made by solar panel salesmen. It is not a good return on your investment. It takes years and years for become cost effective. There are other ways to save your energy costs.
Here are some other things that will help you cut your energy costs. Improve the insulation in your existing home. Think about heating or cooling your home with other types of equipment. In some places a water-cooler can be just as effective as an air-conditioning unit and cost a lot less to maintain and use.
At the present time there is a lot of research being done on alternate forms of energy. Most likely the big energy companies are going to get into this before the average person can benefit. It is just the way it is. It takes money to save money. The big companies will invest their money in the kind of research that will produce real results inside of a reasonable timeline.
Now in your case, do you really think that you can wait 40 years to see if you got the right return on your investment? Probably not.
The government wants Apple to unlock cell phones that were found on two terrorists.
They hope the i Phones will reveal information about his contacts and past activity.Two terrorists were killed after the tragic San Bernadino Shooting.
Back in December er 14 people were killed in the southern California city. The two shooters were killed before they could destroy the two Phones. The FBI was not able to unlock the phones.
Modern cell phone and tech companies commonly use encryption to protect customers’ data, features that terrorists used to communicate secretly. If a phone is secured with a password, it is almost impossible to access the data.
Apple claims it does not know how to do this. Some lawmakers want to make companies like Apple responsible for this problem. Therefore all phones swill become subject to search if police think it is important to an investigation. It may be that the engineers at Apple did a very good job. So good it can not be creaked with any reasonable effort.
Here is my thought. Watch this story. It could mean a major change in what we do with lout cell phones. Someday nothing will ever be private again. Except maybe in your
The Apple iPhone Security will weaken if a new bill becomes law.
Some government authorities want to make it easy for police to see what is in your iPhone or tablet. This has come up before, but now it is getting to be a thing for the politicians to toss around.
Here is post written by Benjamin Mayo elsewhere:
Benjamin Mayo – 1 day ago
Although the bill is only being proposed and isn’t law at this time, it poses a big issue for Apple which is facing pressure from politicians across the US to relax its stance on privacy in favor of security. The California case is especially problematic given the location of Apple’s HQ. It would be very awkward if Apple was barred from selling iPhones in the state where they’re designed.
If the bill came into effect as written, anyone caught buying an iPhone past January 1st, 2017 would be fined $2,500 per device. Naturally, there’s a reasonable chance this will not be instated, or at least delayed for further review. It is nonetheless a worrying trend for users interested in controlling their own information.
Tim Cook and Apple has repeatedly taken a hard-line stance on privacy.
To see the full text of his article, click here.
The FDA gas reported earlier this year bad dog and cat food being sold at major outlets in the USA.
It includes some of the bed-known and advertised brands on the market. Namely Alpo, Friskies, Mighty Dog have been mentioned as having Salmonella All of these products are canned/moist foods.
For more information, do a search on the key words below:
FDA Purina pet food recall.
That will gibe you the information you need.
The AC adapter for you laptop or tablet might start a fire while you are gone. Ask your insurance company.
Every year there are over a 200,000 home fires in the USA. Experts say that bad wiring and bad cords are a leading cause. But even the AC adapter for a small device can draw enough current to star a small fire.
Of course, if you smell something burning, you will check it out. And you smoke defector would also warn you. So you insurance company says to unplug any appliance when you are going away for several hours.
A few years ago some laptop computers caught on fire. Really! But is the problem over now? Well, consider how many devices are now coming from other countries where the certification may not be reliable. How do we know for sure the problem devices are no longer being sold?
This article below is about eight years old. We would hope that the things mentioned are no longer true. You decide.
- Notebook computer batteries that burn up computers, cause other property damage and burn users;
Whenever you buy any electrical device, check to see if it has been certified to meet the requirements st by the insurance companies for electrical devices.