Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to computer systems today. If you are not familiar with the word “ransomware,” read the description on Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ransomware. The Wikipedia article states, “Ransomware is a type of malware from cryptovirology that threatens to publish the victim’s data or perpetually block access to it unless a ransom is paid. Ransomware attacks are very common on Windows systems. Corporations, hospitals, governments, and individuals […]
Facebook has been prompting some users registering for the first time to hand over the passwords to their email accounts. Nobody should ever ask for your email password. Let me repeat that: “Nobody should ever ask for your email password.” A Twitter account using the handle @originalesushi first posted an image of the screen several days ago, in which new users are told they can confirm their third-party email addresses […]
Aren’t you tired of reading about Facebook’s frequent scandals? Aren’t you dismayed by Facebook’s executives’ claims that they will do better in the future when you know that the only thing they will do better is to better hide what they and their software are really doing? Aren’t you sick and tired of companies like Facebook and Cambridge Analytica working together to change your voting instincts and therefore attempt to […]
Yes, our least-favorite web site is in the news again. This time it is about still another data leak at Facebook. The company has been embroiled in one scandal after another since the 2016 US presidential election. Details about the latest breach may be found in an article by Louise Matsa in the Wired web site at: https://www.wired.com/story/nonprofits-facebook-get-hacked-need-help.
A new form of spam has appeared. Just what we need, right? More obnoxious intrusions into your personal privacy. A Twitter user hacked over 50,000 printers last week to send out unwanted and unsolicited advertising. The same hacker is advertising that he or she will continue to do this as a “service” for advertisers willing to pay for it. The messages take advantage of the “print over the Internet” functionality […]
Yes, Facebook is up to even more dirty tricks. You expected something else? Facebook is letting advertisers reach users with contact information collected in surprising ways. Quoting an article by Kashmir Hill in the Gizmodo web site: “Facebook is not content to use the contact information you willingly put into your Facebook profile for advertising. It is also using contact information you handed over for security purposes and contact information […]
I suggest if you receive one of these calls, simply hang up. That’s what I do to ALL robocalls. It seems that big telecom companies are once again trying to disrupt a net neutrality bill in California, this time by robocalling seniors to spread misinformation about the bill. The call states: “Your Assembly member will be voting on a proposal by San Francisco politicians that could increase your cellphone bill […]