Practicing Safe Computing

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Practice Safe Computing !

It is very important that you keep all your PCs updated.

1.) Your operating system should always have the latest updates applied.

2.) Your real-time anti-malware and anti-virus software should also be kept up to date daily.

3.) Your web browsers like Chrome or Firefox should always be up to date.

4.) Another important piece of software that should be constantly kept up to date is your Adobe Flash software. Many attacks hide in videos, pictures and emails.

5.) All other software should be updated regularly.

A majority of the latest security threats like the recent Wannacry Ransomware, and the even more worrisome Eternal Rocks threat can be minimized just by keeping your operating system, browsers, anti virus/ anti malware software and your applications up to date.

https://www.cnet.com/news/doomsday-worm-eternalrocks-seven-nsa-exploits-wannacry-ransomware/

Regular backups are critical  to get you back up and running quickly if you do suffer an attack on your PC and your data.

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1 Man Singlehandedly Stops Attack

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1 Man Singlehandedly Stops Attack

Interesting article about the latest Malware Ransom Attack.

https://www.cnet.com/news/ransomware-attack-cyberattack-malware/

Be aware, he just delayed it. If you don’t immediately apply the fix, you could be forced to pay up. Windows 10 was not targeted, but everyone should check this notice to see if they might be vulnerable.

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msrc/2017/05/12/customer-guidance-for-wannacrypt-attacks/

Learn more about protecting yourself:

http://www.helpmeus.com/computersecurity.htm

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Secure Calling

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Secure Calling

A rather long but interesting article about secure encrypted phone calling and why it is so difficult to become popular. Hint: It’s not about technology, it’s about wanting to make a big profit doing it.

https://www.wired.com/2017/04/encrypted-chat-took-now-encrypted-callings-turn/

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Easy Email Encryption?

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Easy Email Encryption?

I set out to find free, easy email encryption programs. After many hours I found only one decent solution. And it requires both the sender and the recipient to use the Firefox browser AND perform an easy, quick installation of the program.

I expected to find free, easy solutions that allowed the sender to encrypt the message, set a password, and send it. And when the recipient opened it. it would simply require them to enter a password to read it. I found no such solution.

There are many services which charge a fee to send your mail in an encrypted form though their servers, but I found no other solutions that are quick and easy to use. The few that do not charge are difficult to install and set up. And the biggest problem is the recipient has to perform complicated procedures to decrypt your message, has to perform an installation which is time consuming and confusing, or has to install software and create keys ahead of time to allow you to share encrypted messages.

I am very disappointed that there is no easy decent solution out there. I assume the reason is that there is no motivation to provide such an option without being rewarded monetarily for their efforts.

The reasonable package I did find is ONLY for users of the Firefox Browser. It is simple and easy to use.  Once you install the package on your PC, you set the password for the file. You can communicate with the recipient via another method such as text, voice or in person and give them that password. With that password they can read the message. It is encrypted using a strong AES-256 encrypted method. It is not stored on anyone’s server.

It DOES require the user to perform a quick easy installation of the software by clicking on a link in the encrypted message, AND it requires the recipient to use the Firefox browser.  They simply right click on the encrypted message and select “Decrypt Communication”.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/encrypted-communication/

I am hoping someday to find such a real solution and will inform the readers of this blog if I ever discover such a solution.

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Are Your Internet Searches Private?

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Are Your Internet Searches Private?

Do you realize that whenever you use a search engine like Google or Bing that the information about you and your search is shared with all the websites you visit, as well as it is complied and then sold to other companies to allow them to track you and market directly to you?

If you are concerned about this, there are alternatives.

https://www.howtogeek.com/113513/5-alternative-search-engines-that-respect-your-privacy/

I personally have been using DuckDuckGo for the past month. While it is not as comfortable for me as Google is, it seems to work well. I’m not sure if it is just that I have used Google for so long that it is just like that comfortable old chair. But, for the added privacy, I can handle a little change.

DuckDuckGo’s privacy information

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What are your Internet Privacy Options?

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I have recently posted about Smartphone Privacy Options like Signal. I recently concluded a series about using a VPN Tunnel & Encryption Services. My next post will be about Internet Browser options which respect your privacy. I have discussed software which can be used to encrypt files stored in online services like Dropbox.

I will soon be posting about software which can encrypt your email so that only you and your recipient can read it, not even your email provider or ISP will be able to read it and harvest information from it to allow them to resell it to advertisers to let them use it to target you. You do have many privacy options, but it is not easy or quick. It takes extra time and effort to protect yourself.

The only one that can protect you is YOU! The government, your search engine provider, your ISP (Internet Service Provider), Facebook, your phone company, and a majority of businesses you deal with are not concerned with protecting your security or privacy. In fact, they are often the ones that are most interested in violating it. If you ARE concerned and ready to protect yourself, Partners In Profit is here to help you. Just contact us.

http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2017/03/28/521813464/as-congress-repeals-internet-privacy-rules-putting-your-options-in-perspective

https://www.wired.com/2017/03/want-use-vpn-protect-privacy-start/

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Paid VPN

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There are a number of excellent paid VPN services out there. Which one is the best for you depends on what you are looking for in a VPN. Look for services that let you try a brief free trail period to see how it fits your needs, and see for yourself how it performs for your particular circumstances.

https://www.cnet.com/best-vpn-services-directory

https://www.vpnmentor.com/bestvpns/overall

https://www.bestvpn.com/best-usa-vpn/

https://www.comparitech.com/vpn/

After trying out various paid VPNs that offered free short trials, I personally settled on Nord VPN. It was a bit more expensive than some of the others, but if you hunt around its website for a while, a 2nd or 3rd better offer pops up that makes it competitive on a longer term subscription. It’s very reliable. It has high security and is excellent at protecting your privacy from commercial and governmental snooping.  There is a reasonable speed loss due to higher security protocols. It has minimal logging and tracking. It is easy to install and use.

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