Toggling Bluetooth and Wi-Fi via the new Control Center in iOS 11 won’t fully disable the connectivity features. Additionally, the features will periodically re-enable themselves automatically if not turned off in Settings. Rather than disabling Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity entirely, the new Control Center toggle will only disconnect certain accessories and disable Wi-Fi auto-join. In addition, the toggles will reportedly turn themselves back on automatically when certain conditions are met, such as if a device is restarted, if it’s 5 a.m. local time, or specifically for Wi-Fi, if a user walks or drives to a new location. Connecting to a Wi-Fi network or a Bluetooth accessory will also toggle the options back on in Control Center. Read here for the full details!
As if ransomware wasn’t bad enough, there is a new twist called doxware. The term "doxware" is a combination of doxing — posting hacked personal information online — and ransomware. Attackers notify victims that their sensitive, confidential or personal files will be released online. If contact lists are also stolen, the perpetrators may threaten to release information to the lists or send them links to the online content.
One of the earliest doxware attacks, Ransoc, informed victims that files violating intellectual property rights or files containing child pornography were present on their computers; unless the victim remitted a payment, the authorities would be notified and the victim would be incarcerated. With access to more devices, attackers could refine doxware attacks that make it cost-effective to target individuals on a massive scale.
Although ransomware prevention software can be put in place, nothing is a 100% guarantee against being attacked. Protect the data on your PC so that even if stolen by Doxware, it can't be read or used. Read here for more details. Call The Go To Tech Guru for a consultation on how to protect your data!
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In addition to Apple Pay, Apple Pay Cash could be available with iOS 11. Apple Pay Cash is the company’s upcoming peer-to-peer payment system that will allow iOS users to send (as well as receive) payments to family and friends. It’ll feature deep integration with iMessage and Siri.
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Did you know that when your laptop or desktop is stolen or taken somewhere for service, all anyone needs to do is take out your hard drive or SSD and they can get all your data without even your password??? That's right! It's really that easy and anyone can do it, even without any IT knowledge, training or experience! All they need is a regular screwdriver! Yep! So if you have all your passwords in a file, tax filings with your SSN, financial statements, private client data, browser stored passwords, etc., it will be easy as pie for anyone to steal your identity, if not all our money or worse!
The good news is that there is a way to protect yourself and it's not the cloud!
Call The Goto Tech Guru for a consult and get your data protected today!
It does NOT happen to everyone else except you!
Don't wait till it's too late! It happens more often than people realize.
Did you know that the first version of Microsoft Windows was version 1.01 released on November 20, 1985? That's 32 years ago! Here is a nostalgic visual history of all the Windows splash screens since then, all the way up to current day, Windows 10!
Did you know that iPhones can harbor up to 10 times the amount of bacteria found on most toilet seats??? There are actually a number of ways to clean your phone and you don’t necessarily have to look much farther than our own medicine cabinets to find the necessary tools! Get the scoop here!
Apple is known for its innovation. But not everything is successful nor hits the market due to "being before its time" or just plain being weird. Check out the curious, strange and innovative here!
Ever wonder what goes on inside Apple as a company? Like what their profit margins are? Read here for the scoop!
Augmented and virtual reality devices are the latest trend in consumer tech — but one company’s smart glasses stand out. Rather than let users explore a digital world, the eSight headset aims to help those with vision impairment to see the real one.
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If you're in the market for an e-watch and are considering the Fitbit vs. Apple Watch, this article is a must for you! Fitbit has a new competitor to Apple, the Ionic with a load of compelling features! Fitbit has a new competitor to Apple, the Ionic, with a load of compelling features! Read on for the scoop!
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Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for tech which could be used to covertly call the authorities in an emergency situation. The method, if implemented, could mean that emergency services would be just a secret tap away. The standard method of contacting emergency responders is “readily apparent to someone watching.” With the panic command method, a user could secretly call 911 when being compelled to unlock their iPhone by an attacker, for example. In that case, the tech would make it seem like the iPhone owner is simply complying with the attacker’s commands. Get the details here!
The personal information of up to 143 million U.S. consumers has been accessed in a “cybersecurity incident” at Equifax, one of the three major credit bureaus that monitor payments activity and other factors to determine your credit score. The company announced the attack in a press release Thursday.
The attacks began in mid-May and continued through July. The information leaked includes names, Social Security numbers, birthdays and addresses — but in rarer cases, hackers were also able to unearth driver’s license and credit card numbers.
Equifax says it will notify affected people via direct mail, and the company has created a dedicated website — equifaxsecurity2017.com — for consumers looking to see if their personal details were leaked. The company has also set up a call center to handle inquiries, which you can reach at 866-447-7559.
Finally, the company says it is offering one free year of complimentary credit monitoring and identify theft monitoring, the latter of which includes a feature that scans the internet for any appearance of your Social Security number.
If you’re worried about your personal information, you can always ask credit bureaus to set up a security freeze. That will prevent anyone who was able to get their hands on your information from actually being able to open up new lines of credit in your name.
Click here to find out if you have personally been affected.
"In one of the largest single data sets of emails yet discovered, computer security experts have come across a spam list containing a pretty extraordinary 711 million email addresses. Initially uncovered by the Paris-based security researcher known as Benkow, it contains two separate troves of data, one simply of email addresses, while the second more serious set contains addresses and passwords.
The important thing to do now is to stick your email into haveibeenpwned.com to see if yours is one of the unlucky 700 million address that has been harvested, or one of the even more unfortunate souls to have also had their passwords picked too.
The site is run by a computer security expert Troy Hunt, who is the one who first got his hands on the mega list after Benkow sent it to him, and subsequently uploaded it. As he writes on his website, this is the largest single data set he has ever loaded into Have I Been Pwned, and that for a sense of scale, that's almost one address for every single man, woman, and child in all of Europe.
Change the password. This goes not only for the email address in question, but also for any other websites that you may have used that password for. We all know that this is a total pain in the ass, but if someone had made a copy of your house key, you’d sure as hell get the locks changed." Get the full scoop here!
Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are veritable Swiss Army Knives when it comes to privacy enhancement, censorship avoidance, anonymous file sharing, and more. But not all VPNs are created equal, and there’s no sense paying for features you don’t need. Read on as we explore the ins and outs of picking a perfect VPN service.
Basically, VPNs encrypt your connection, and prevent others from seeing the data you're transferring. This keeps data secure, particularly on public Wi-Fi networks in places like coffee shops and airports, ensuring no one can snoop your traffic and steal your passwords or credit card numbers.
VPNs are also useful for hiding your activity from a snooping Internet Service Provider (ISP). If your ISP likes to throttle your connection based on content (tanking your file downloads and/or streaming video speeds in the process) a VPN completely eliminates that problem as all your traffic is traveling to a single point through the encrypted tunnel and your ISP remains ignorant of what kind of traffic it is.
Every user is going to have slightly different VPN needs, and the best way to pick the ideal VPN service is to take careful stock of what your needs are before you go shopping.
One thing to note: When using a VPN, your bandwidth will be reduced due to the overhead required by the VPN. As such, part of evaluating a VPN service before purchasing is to try it at different times of the day, for several days. Please note that if you are using cable for your ISP, your bandwidth may be further degraded due to the sharing of bandwidth within your neighborhood and/or condo/apartment complex, which is irregardless of whether you use a VPN or not. However, even with this slight inconvenience, safety and security should rank higher.
This article will provide you with the knowledge to choose the right VPN service for you. Contact The Go To Tech Guru for questions and to help with the installation of your VPN service.
Apple Inc. plans to transform the way people use its next high-end iPhone by eliminating the concept of a home button and making other adjustments to a flagship device that’s becoming almost all screen, according to images of the new device viewed by Bloomberg News and people familiar with the gadget.
Apple is preparing three new iPhones for debut next month. One of the models, a new high-end device, packs in enough changes to make it one of the biggest iPhone updates in the product’s decade-long history.
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I love technology and how it enhances our lives! Just think, without the Apollo moon missions, we might not have calculators! Imagine!!