A new method of hacking devices via Bluetooth has been recently revealed. The potential threat is to for Android, iOS, Windows and Linux devices as well as many common household gadgets often referred to as IoT (Internet of Things) devices. If you're device Bluetooth radio is turned on, even if the device is locked, BlueBorne can hack it!
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Following a barrage of complaints about “stain damaged Retina Displays” spanning as far back as 2014, Apple announced this week that for the second time since October of 2015, the company will be extending its warranty program offering free screen repairs for select 12-inch MacBook and 2013 or newer MacBook Pro models afflicted by “anti-reflective coating issues.” See what models are eligible to be covered here.
A new and highly-sophisticated variant of the malicious Panda Zeus malware is capable of exploiting Google’s standard search results to trick unwary consumers into providing their banking credentials over the web, as highlighted in a blog post published by the Cisco-System’s-owned Talos earlier this week.
This malware “poisons” Google’s search engine results using Search Engine Optimization (SEO), essentially so that “fake bank-related results” are shuffled to the top of the first page, according to a FOX News report. Users searching for bank-related information such as branch locations, hours, or to open a new account online are being tricked into clicking a fake and malicious link which ostensibly looks harmless, but ultimately infects their system with the virus.
Read here for more information and on how to protect yourself!
As always, The GoTo Tech Guru is here to help with this as well as all your I.T. needs!
For those not familiar with Net-Neutrality, the law prevents Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from dictating the types of content customers can access on the internet. With Net Neutrality, ISPs must treat all traffic sources the same. Net Neutrality creates an even playing field among content providers — both large and small — to the web. And it's great for consumers because they can access everything they want online for no extra charge. So for example, ISPs cannot currently charge Netflix extra for better movie streaming bandwidth. Right now, consumers control what they see online — not ISPs — and that's thanks to Net Neutrality. Read here for more on understanding Net Neutrality.
Without Net Neutrality, which that Trump adminstration is pushing the FCC to undo, an ISP could chose to block or slow speeds to/from certain websites, or give preferable treatment to content that it owned or had partnerships with. Ajit Pai, who was nominated to head the FCC by Trump in January, has said undoing the net neutrality rules was one of his top priorities, arguing that the regulation stifled innovation and was an example of government overreach.
What does this mean to you? If you are a business owner, it could likely affect both your website and email, directly. For example: if the company hosting your website and/or email has a dispute with your ISP, the ISP could elect to stop allowing internet traffic from the hosting company and thus your website + email! This would result in your company presence literally falling off the face of the map. No one would see or find your website. All emails sent to you would be returned as deliverable; they would not store up and flood in when/if service was returned. If there is an appeal between the ISP and hosting company with the Government, the ISP and hosting company may not temporarily activate your website and email during the appeal waiting period which could take years.
What can you do about it? The plan to roll back Net Neutrality is scheduled to be approved by the Republican-led FCC as early as its Dec. 14 meeting. This means you have 3 weeks to contact your congressman, senator and sign every petition you can get your hands on.
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With Microsoft's release of Windows 10, Build 15031 on February 8, 2017, it added a new OS feature for Bluetooth-equipped devices. It’s called Dynamic Lock, and lets you control access to your PCs based on how close they—and your Bluetooth-paired phones—are to them. That is, if the phone you’ve paired with your PC (it works for laptops, notebooks, tablets and desktops) is not found within radio range of your PC, Windows 10 turns off the screen and locks the PC after 30 seconds have elapsed. Thus, Dynamic Lock makes a dandy new security feature in Creators Update, one that most business users (or their IT departments) will find worth turning on and using. Here is how to enable this new feature! As always The GoTo Tech Guru is here to help!
Anyone who owns a smartphone needs a battery pack. It’s the only way to ensure that your mobile device has sufficient juice throughout the day. And if you own a modern Android phone, that portable charger probably needs to support USB-C. With Amazon seemingly overrun by inexpensive battery packs, each one claiming faster charging and better efficiency than the next, it’s hard to know just what you are getting. Here you'll find not just reviews on the best battery packs but how they were tested!
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Is there a need to defragment your SSD like conventional hard drives? To find out why not, read here!
The best SSDs can supercharge your PC. Here are picks for the best SSDs, what to look for in an SSD, whether you even need an SSD, and more.
Uber announced today, November 8, 2017, the next generating in it's ride-for-hire model: flying cars, called Elevate.
In a speech at the Web Summit in Lisbon today, Uber’s head of product Jeff Holden announced that the company is adding a third city, Los Angeles, to its list of places where it hopes to pilot its aerial taxi service by 2020. LA joins Dallas-Fort Worth and Dubai as cities announced to be working with Uber on the program.
Uber has signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA to create a brand-new air traffic control system to manage these low-flying, possibly autonomous aircraft.
Holden argued that even without a demonstrable product, Uber Elevate is indeed closer than many people think. Holden said that Uber wouldn’t have to wait for 2020 before it starts testing things out IRL. The company aims to begin operating a fleet of low-flying helicopters around Dallas-Fort Worth Airport — while working with air traffic controllers to not encroach on their flight paths — as a way to test NASA’s UTM system.
Once approved for commercial use, trips could cost as little as $20.
See here for more information and to see a video.
This week, the (Chinese) Malware KeyBoy was discovered again, this time specifically targeting Western countries rather than Far East countries previously. It uses legitimate Microsoft Word documents to piggyback malware that can transparently record keystrokes, take screenshots, gather system information, browse and download files, shutdown and reboot victim machines.
This allows the hacker to steal online passwords in real-time literally as you type them, take screenshots while you review your online bank + financial statements and download any file that's on your computer ... all this without you knowing!! What makes this malware even more tricky is that the Microsoft Word file is actually a valid document that you can open and edit! First, after installing itself, it deletes the original piggybacked file so it's more difficult to trigger a malware warning. Then it disables pop-ups so any warnings your virus or malware prevention software may issue is suppressed.
Bottomline: This malware is more difficult to catch and people are lulled into a false sense of security since the Microsoft Word file is a real document. Don't be it's next victim! Contact The GoTo Tech Guru so you are properly protected against KeyBoy!
Read more on this malware here.
Uber already has a home on your phone. Now it wants a place in your purse or wallet. The ride-hailing giant has unveiled a new no-fee, co-branded credit card with British bank Barclays that it hopes becomes a major part of consumers' everyday spending habit.
Get the scoop here!
AMD and Intel have been long time competitors. Technologies have come a long way for both. Now the two have somewhat diverged in their designs while offering both somewhat different advantages and costs. Find out the advantages and disadvantages of both in this article. As always, The GoTo Tech Guru is here to help as you consider these in your next PC purchase.
This fantastic initiative by Samsung called the ‘Safety Truck’ had a huge video display on the back to allow drivers to see ahead of the truck. This is extremely helpful when the cars want to overtake the truck. Inspired by high rate of fatal car crashes in Argentina, we would love to see this project introduced elsewhere. See the video here!
"While they may be small, light, fascinating and truly unique, AirPods are also, unequivocally, little dust magnets. EarPods, Apple’s standard, 3.5 mm headphones, fall into the same category. And while the latter may be included with your new iPhone free of charge, going out and dropping $159 on the latter is no small decision to make; so protecting either investment is crucial – not only to help sustain optimal functionality, but also to properly and sanitarily dispose of all the dust, grime, wax, and other particles that manage to make their way inside as you use them. Here, we will provide three key steps to properly clean and protect your EarPods or AirPods so they’ll last as long as possible." Find out all you need to know here!
I love technology and how it enhances our lives! Just think, without the Apollo moon missions, we might not have calculators! Imagine!!