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Would you like to search the internet, maybe watch YouTube, without Google keeping track of everything little you do? Here are a couple tips:
- You can search with duckduckgo instead of google. That site does not track your searches. However, the search results are not quite as good.
- Turn off tracking for some google services. Go to Google Account Personalization.
Log into your google account if you are not already, then scrolll down a pinch until you see:
Simply pick which "Activity" you wish to turn off tracking for...in this case choose "Web & App Activity", and you will see this page:
Then simply click OFF the button, and web search tracking is supposed to be off. You can do the same for other activities, such as YouTube search or watch records.
- Use a browser other than google chrome. Because no browser collects as much data about you as Chrome.... Try Firefox from Mozilla. It's a good browser. All the other browsers I've tried had their drawbacks, had compatability issues at some sites, or were just plain awkward to use.
Dell and other OEMs include Support Assistant software with their PCs. It opens systems up to DLL hijacking attacks.
I have been taking this out of my customer's machines for many years... as I knew this could prove to be a vulnerability -- and was never generally productive or helpful long-term.
If you still have Support Assistant on your machine, then it is strongly suggested that you go to Add/Remove Programs and take it out.
May 29, 2019
To discover which version you are running, type :
Windows Key and the R,
in the run entry, type:
Next major update should come out this Fall.
For you stubborn folks still using XP, Microsoft as released a patch to fix a very serious vulnerability involving remote access. You can get the fix at:
microsoft security update KB4500705
The vulnerability also affects Windows 7... so win7 users should double-check windows update.
You are online and suddenly there is a warning that you have a virus or malware and Microsoft (or someone else concerned) wants you to call...
Microsoft is not contacting you. This is a browser pop-up scam. All you have to do is close the browser to get it to stop -- but the scammers make it difficult. Here's how to shut them out:
You open the task manager and "end task" for the browser you were using (be it Internet Explorer, Firefox of Chrome.
1.) On your keyboard, press the keys CRTL and ALT and Delete
You will see this screen:
2.) Then choose Task Manager and you will see:
3.) Then choose the browser (in this case Chrome)
and hit End Task
And the warning should disappear.
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GizmoTrader for phones:
Swappa for tablets:
Security researcher Michael Myng found the keylogging code in software drivers preinstalled on HP laptops to make the keyboard work. HP said more than 460 models of laptop were affected by the "potential security vulnerability." It has issued a software patch for its customers to remove the keylogger.
The affectedlaptops annd update are available at:
There is a virus circulating: UPS/Fed Ex/USPS Delivery Failure. It has been used for several years, most often near the holidays.
How it works:
You will receive an e-mail (allegedly) from UPS, Fed Ex, or USPS -- along with a packet number. It will say that they were unable to deliver a package sent to you on such-and-such a date. It then asks you to print out the invoice copy attached or click on a link for more information.
DON'T TRY TO PRINT THIS OR CLICK ON LINK -- IT LAUNCHES THE VIRUS!
Look in the email header to see who actually sent it to you.
BIG exploit, also known as wncry or wcry ransomware.
It can encrypt all your personal files and charge a ransom of you ever want to be able to see them again... a patch was issued by Microsoft in March, but if a system was not updated it could still be vulnerable. More likely to happen with older systems -- but MS has issued patches even for XP.
I don't use it or install it, but I have had several customers who use webroot antivirus (suggested by some other "computer guy") -- might be a good time to consider my recommendation of Panda Antivirus or Avira, if you are sticking with the free stuff.