Apple updates its operating system and hardware processors regularly, so older apps that have not kept up with the changes will be too outdated to run on the new iOS software expected later this year. This is not unexpected as Apple fully transitions its hardware and software to the 64-bit world, older apps still stuck in a 32-bit world will be left behind.
You can find a list of all the apps that are destined for involuntary retirement in iOS 11 by opening the Settings icon on the Home screen, selecting General, then About and then tapping Applications.
Some apps on the list may have been abandoned by their creators, but others may have alternate, updated versions in the App Store — or on the way.
For more information, read here.
According to a U.S. government study released Thursday, 50.8 percent of homes and apartments had only cellphone service in the latter half of 2016, the first time such households attained a majority in the survey. Read more here on this growing trend.
With today’s reality of NSA spying and corporate snooping, a new smartphone seeks to shield users’ data from prying eyes.
Mike Janke, a former Navy SEAL sniper, founded an Android-based smartphone called Blackphone, which guards privacy – credit card information, contact lists, emails — in ways typical smartphones don’t. It is built by a "team of cryptographers, security and mobile innovators."
http://www.offthegridnews.com/privacy/finally-an-off-the-grid-smartphone-that-protects-privacy/Read here on how the phone protects your information, including a video interview with the inventor about this new phone!
A combination of common sense, backup, proactive protection, and automated removal tools is a solid defense against the growing scourge of ransomware. Ransomware doesn’t sneak into your PC like ordinary malware. It bursts in, points a gun at your data, and screams for cash—or else. And if you don’t learn to defend yourself, it could happen again and again, as the recent WannaCry outbreak is demonstrating. Read this article on protecting yourself. As always, The Goto Tech Guru is here to help!
If you own a Windows XP or Windows 7 PC that's been hit by the WannaCry ransomware, there's good news: French researchers have created a software utility called wanawiki that can potentially unlock an infected PC. There are specific instructions on running this fix, so read the article carefully!
For help with installing and running wanawiki, contact The GoTo Tech Guru!
Users of old Windows systems can now download a patch to protect them from this week’s massive ransomware attack. This week, Microsoft published a patch for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 8—all of them operating systems for which it no longer provides mainstream support. Windows 10 customers were not targeted in Friday’s attack. For information and to download the patch appropriate for your Windows version, read here. For assistance with installing this patch, contact The GoTo Tech Guru.
It used to be that Google and other online maps could only show low detail images. Now, the government has allowed much higher resolution, allowing online maps to potentially show features like the color of your mailbox, objects sitting in your backyard, and even the types of plants growing in your garden.
The bad news is that, so far, it is impossible to hide your home from these next-generation eyes in the sky. The good news, though, is that all of the major mapping websites – Google, Bing and Yahoo – allow you to blur your home on their “street view” images, which often provide even more detail than satellite images.
Follow this link to get directions on how to blur your home on the street view functions of Google Maps, Bing and Yahoo. It only takes a few minutes for each one.
Today, a federal judge ordered Uber to stop using technology that a key executive downloaded before he left Waymo, the autonomous car company that was spun off from Google. The order filed Monday in a trade secrets theft lawsuit also forces Uber to return all downloaded materials by noon on May 31. The court order is a major setback to Uber's self-driving car program, which its CEO has said is the key to the company's future. Read here for the scoop!
In a twist to Uber's fate, Lyft is joining forces with Waymo, Google's self-driving car unit, to develop self-driving cars, company officials said. Read here for the details!
Stingrays, also known as "cell site simulators" or "IMSI catchers," are invasive cell phone surveillance devices that mimic cell phone towers and send out signals to trick cell phones in the area into transmitting their locations and identifying information. To find out more and whether your state is using Stingray and what agencies are using it, read this article and this article.
By now, you've probably heard about the 75,000 Ransomware attacks that has hit 99 countries including the UK this past Friday, May 12, 2017. There are some reports of it hitting the USA as well. It is one of the broadest and most damaging cyberattacks in history.
For those not familiar with Ransomware, it is one of the most viperous forms on Malware that holds your computer hostage until you literally pay a ransom, usually $300-$500 USD. Even after you pay, it's often a scam and you never get they key to unlock your computer and it's files. What makes this particular attack so threatening, is that it did not require anyone to actually "click" on anything like an email attachment to affect them!
Don't let this be you! In just the last year, Ransomware attacks have increased 50%, up from just 20% the prior year!!! It's a huge money maker for hackers, hence the growth. There are thousands of Ransomware's out there, some laying dormant on your computer until a specific date or action activates it!
Things to help you prevent from being affected:
1) Keep up-to-date on all Windows patches
2) Keep all virus scan and malware scan software up-to-date
3) Don't open emails and attachments from even people you know if they look suspicious
4) Don't go to rogue or unknown websites.
Even if you do the above, if you don't have the proper virus and malware scan software installed, you are quite likely still vulnerable.
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A company by the name of eSight has developed a high-tech set of glasses that may enable legally blind people to "see".
"The headsets from eSight [pictured above] transmit images from a forward-facing camera to small internal screens -- one for each eye -- in a way that beams the video into the wearer's peripheral vision. That turns out to be all that some people with limited vision, even legal blindness, need to see things they never could before. That's because many visual impairments degrade central vision while leaving peripheral vision largely intact."
"Although eSight's glasses won't help people with total blindness, they could still be a huge deal for the millions of people whose vision is so impaired that it can't be corrected with ordinary lenses."
Read this article on the future of these glasses.
Want to get off the grid? Deleting yourself off the internet is very difficult but you can make it difficult for people to find you. Here are a few things you can do to get further down that road. Just remember, any trace of you, once in cyberspace, is likely to be there forever, in some form or another. But that doesn't mean you have to make it easy for people to find our publically! Follow these suggestions to get on your way!
Most people don't know that Ransomware has been around since 1989. Did you know there are different types and variants?? Ransomware has gained great popularity in the hacking industry because why just infect a computer with a virus when you can hold it hostage and get good money??? Ransomware attacks rose from 3.8 million in 2015 to 638 million in 2016, an increase of 167 times year over year, according to Sonicwall — even as the number of malware attacks declined. Read here to learn the history of Ransomware and its future.
Google recently acquired Skybox imaging for $500 million in order to jumpstart its live satellite imagery endeavors. Skybox’s plan is to have 24 satellites circling the earth at all times by 2018. Wired magazine notes that “With six small satellites orbiting Earth, Skybox could provide practically real-time images of the same spot twice a day at a fraction of the current cost.” While this innovation could stand to become Google’s next billion dollar revenue stream, the model presents all kinds of problems for those who value privacy. For information on how this affects you, read here.
If there's an e-mail in your inbox asking you to open a Google Docs from someone, and you don't know who it is, don't open it. It's probably a phishing email disguised as a contact attempting to share a file from Google Docs, says Google. The email appears to come from someone inviting the user to share a document. The sophisticated email looks very similar to one sent by Google. For more information and details, see this article.
It's almost impossible to protect your privacy in such a technological and digital world. Although it is important to note the stark differences between protecting privacy and becoming fully anonymous, there are things you can do to minimize your exposure and protect your privacy. This article provides insight into how you're exposed and how to minimize it.
A variety of tools now enable law enforcement to gain intelligence on your movements! One of their biggest tools is to get a dump of data cell towers contain. Read here to find out how it all works!
I love technology and how it enhances our lives! Just think, without the Apollo moon missions, we might not have calculators! Imagine!!