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2 startlingly simple tips to prevent and recover from poisonous software (malware) on your phones and such!

Posted on November 23, 2015 in hntbh - 0 comments - 0
malwareIn a galaxy far far away …
Android and Apple devices (yes that precious iPad too) can be victims to poisonous software (“malware”) that can invade our personal lives. Malware can…
  • Take pictures and videos at will and post them on the internet (but it is ok, because you are never are with your phone in the bathroom or in a compromising position 😉
  • Read and use text messages, Facebook posts, contact details, and listen to your phone calls
As technology has increasingly become embedded in our lives (cars, phones, pacemakers, computers), the speed of poisonous software also continues to keep pace. There are principles you can adopt now that apply to ALL your connected devices. In this piece, I highlight one of these below:
Tip #1 (safety):
  •   Never click on a link
Malware is installed in most cases because we humans receive a message (text message, email, instagram message) and click on a link. The link has disguised itself as a legitimate link, but the click allows malware to be installed on your device. From there bad things happen.
Tip #2 (sanity!!):
  •  Backup your data OFF the device
There are many methods, but simply be sure what you care about is saved on another device. This way when malware happens (or loss, theft, or dropping phone into a lake), you can restore the default software and replace your backup onto the device. The only recommended way to recover from a malware event.
If this was helpful to you or your family, please check out the other principles and 63 additional tips by freely exploring How Not To Be Hacked online using Amazon’s ‘peak inside’ feature. Feel free to message me online anytime with questions. Together we can protect our community and enjoy technology safely and securely.
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Chipped Credit Cards coming soon, and expected fraud increase

Posted on January 19, 2015 in hntbh - 0 comments - 0

Credit cards with CHIPS!!!

The future is here in the U.S. all credit cards will soon have a bit of encryption magic to help prevent in-person credit card fraud & theft. You’ll have this little graphic somewhere on your card (if it is ready). The good news is this will help lower fraud, but as accurately shared by Brian Krebs (basically the online reporter/expert in this space):

In every country that has switched to EMV cards — and the United States is the last developed country to do so — online fraud has jumped, says online fraud expert Brian Krebs. “Fraud doesn’t go away, it just goes somewhere else, and that somewhere else is always online,” he says. “The thieves can still steal the card number and expiration date, which still can be used online. So that’s generally what will happen. We’ll see a pretty big uptick in card-not-present fraud.” – CreditCard.com & Brian Krebs from his new book SPAM Nation

 

So, the tips for managing your online security are even more elevated in this new time. As cards become updated, practice your good tips and carry on.

James

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