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Target Aftermath - Look Before You Click On A Phishing Link And Get Hooked.
In the wake of the Target data breach, you're much more likely to see socially engineered email that looks very real and enticing. Unwary users may click on links that lead to malware sites. The data is already being sold online through a network of web sites where cyber thieves sell your data. They even break the data up into very targeted segmented lists containing things like your credit limits. Knowbe4.com a company that specializes in Security Awareness Training and Phishing Penetration is helping its customers avoid becoming the next victims. - Howard Sobel
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Microsoft to Provide Malware Support for XP until July 2015
Good news for Windows XP users. Microsoft reversed its decision to terminate support for Security Essentials. You will now be able to get "malware" updates until July 2014. This is not the first time Microsoft has reversed some of its end of life decisions for XP but XP is like a cat with nine lives. With millions of users still using XP turning off malware support would not have been a wise thing for secure computing. However, there are a lot of third party malware/anti virus choices that support XP. So really this is not such a big deal. - Howard Sobel List of XP compatible AV/Malware products
Scam Alert - The Great Fake Computer Tech Call Scam
If you get a call from a "tech support agent" asking you if you are aware that your computer or server has serious errors DO NOT LET THEM TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR COMPUTER. They will urge you to let them take over control so they can fix the problem. This is a known scam. The caller ID was spoofed so if you call 212) 777-3456. you'll get "MoviePhone." Be cautious. Don't hand over your password and never let someone you don't know or trust take over your computer. There are some legitimate companies using remote tech but these are initiated by YOU calling their tech support line when you are seeking support for say your cable connection.
Unethical Software Monetization Methods Are Driving Users Nuts
Freeware has always been a benefit for users and developers. Developers were happy to provide freeware to users for the opportunity of selling their more powerful versions. Consumers love to get “free software apps” that provide value (not cripple ware). Things have changed. The new monetization tool for software publishers is either including a toolbar or installing other applications with their download. They key to defining where unethical boundaries are crossed are in the disclosure process to the user. - Howard Sobel Pre-order Windows 8.1
Leap Motion Arrived First Looks
"If you don't have a touch screen you'll be able to enjoy an exciting experience maybe more revolutionary than touch itself on Windows 7 and Windows 8. That's right. Windows 7 and no touch screen." Well that's was our expectation several weeks ago when we pre-ordered. Although this is a great innovation and apps are being developed for AirSpace the Leap Motion "app store" it is a work in progress. Good for a glimpse of future gesture technology but not ready for consumers prime time. For example, I downloaded the app I thought was reason enough to buy the Leap Motion controller. Trying to calibrate and control the device to make it reasonable to control apps in Windows 8 difficult. Many of us had thought this was the holy grail to using Windows 8 on a non touch screen. Truth is it's not quite ready yet for consumers. Geeks will get a thrill but then go back to using their mouse and keyboard which is much easy and accurate if you don't have a touch screen. There are some interesting apps in the catalog like Frog Dissection but most in the catalog are better called proofs of concept More info
Review Dropcam® HD – Wins on Simplicity, Design, and Execution
There are lots of devices that claim to be easy to install. Dropcam has developed a Wi-Fi wireless solution that takes literally seconds to set up. That's quite an acheivment when you pull it off correctly.
The box claims “Watch online” in 60 seconds. I didn’t have a timer going but it sure was very close to its promise. I’ve installed quite a few other Wireless IP Cam solutions which were easy to install but none were as easy as this. Having installed hundreds of hardware devices and thousands of software apps, my main flaw is that I tend to try to jump ahead anticipate the next step after scanning the directions. Sometimes I omit steps by not carefully reading the quick start until I run into trouble. Sometimes it's a good test because many users tend to do the same. Read the review
-- Howard Sobel, Reviews Editor
Small, Fast, Flexible - WR700N 150Mbps Wireless N Mini Pocket Router
These three words spell out the advantages of TP-LINK’s new TL-WR700N 150Mbps Wireless N Mini Pocket Router. Packed inside this tiny footprint (3.2 x 2.8 x 1.1 inches it fits inside a large pocket) sits an extremely flexible wireless solution for use at home and travelling. Since many hotels offer wired ethernet connections they seem to limit you to one specific area. TP-LINK has eliminated that problem by allowing you to plug in the device near the cable and you have your own WI-FI hot spot in your room. You can then use your any of your WI-FI enabled devices. Surprisingly, it supports 5 modes: AP Mode (Default), Client, Repeater Mode and Bridge Mode. The AP mode converts a wired (cat 5 connection) into a simple wireless access point providing any WI-FI device within range a solid ultra fast connection. For comparison we tested a Fios G router, a Belkin N router along with the TP-LINK product. The WR700N got the fastest download and upload speeds on Ookla’s speed tests feeding off of a FIOS fiber optic connection. The modem is compatible with 802.11n/g/b and supports WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK encryption standards.Read more.
Hardware Review. TP-Link's Wireless Pan/Tilt Surveillance Camera TL-SC4171G
Coming Review Wireless Pan/Tilt Surveillance Camera TL-SC4171G
•Motorized Pan/Tilt (354°horizontal pan, 125°vertical tilt) dramatically expands the camera's surveillance area
•Industrial level mechanical IR-Cut filter Removable (ICR) brings true day/night surveillance
•High performance CMOS sensor with excellent low-light sensitivity ensures exceptional video quality
•54Mbps wireless connectivity allows for flexible deployment
•Free bundled software supports 16-camera simultaneous
Still using Windows XP- Get Support Here!
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