Today, hackers are moving beyond their old techniques.

For many years, your security was based primarily on the computer/device you were using.

I do tell people that using an iPad/iPhone is the best computer security generally available. Chromebooks are next. A Mac is probably next. Then quite a bit less secure is Android. And very, very last is Windows, it is many orders of magnitude less safe.

I’ve written an article comparing security of various platforms in great detail here:

However, even if you are taking measures to be safe, you can still be hacked!

How? It’s called phishing, and basically it is fooling you into providing sensitive information such as your login/password, SSN, credit card number, etc.

Computer security will not protect you from this, so you need to be aware of the threat.

Here are three good rules to follow:

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OK, it has happened, one of my clients got hit by ransomware.

What is ransomware? It is a trojan (pretends to be one thing while it is another) that infects your computer, secretly and silently encrypting all your files in the background. When it is DONE encrypting your files, THEN IT DEMANDS A RANSOM TO GET THEM BACK!

How did it get infected? Through social engineering. What is that? Tricking you into opening an attached file, thinking it is one thing, when it is actually another (dangerous) thing.

Like an “innocent” looking PDF in some random email, like a “PDF” of a scanned image, or a UPS or FedEx bogus delivery notice, or a “bank” wire transfer notice. With a file name of, for example, innocent.pdf.exe - however, Windows, by default, HIDES that last extension (BAD MICROSOFT!), so all you see is “innocent.pdf” and maybe even a PDF icon (they added that in to the file). So you open the “pdf” and *boom* - YOU JUST LAUNCHED THE RANSOMWARE. 

You won’t notice anything in particular. It may actually open what looks like a PDF. BUT IN THE BACKGROUND, THE RANSOMWARE IS SEARCHING OUT ALL YOUR FILES AND SCRAMBLING THEM.

AFTER it is done encrypting your files, hours or days later, THEN it will demand the ransom!

Looking to be more secure on the Internet on your Windows computer?


Why? Because, unbelievably (but true) it installs its own web browser, Chromodo, and takes over as the default web browser, hijacks your DNS settings, replaces all web browser links to links to its flawed web browser, AND TURNS OFF ALL INTERNET SECURITY!

You read that right, it turns OFF security. It is a disaster.

Google has outed them for their foolishness, alerting the world of the dangers of their software.

I advise avoiding the "Security" suites altogether, as they cause more problems than they solve.

The best anti-virus: Bitdefender Free Edition

This is the one I recommend.

Read more:

Chromodo web browser is anything but secure, says Google - TWCN Tech News

Issue 704: Comodo: Comodo "Chromodo" Browser disables same origin policy, Effectively turning off web security.

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Mac OS X has had this for a while. Imagine your finger on the mouse scroll wheel like it is touching the screen, like on a tablet. Push your finger forward, and the content slides up. That is "natural" scrolling. Once you use it with a trackpad or phone or tablet, it is ingrained into your muscle memory everywhere...except with a mouse on Windows.


Yes, Windows has a trackpad setting to "invert" scrolling direction. But the setting to invert mouse scrolling to natural is not built-in to Windows, it is a hit-and-miss proposition, depending on the mouse driver from the vendor. Many PCs don't have it.


Here is the answer: X-Mouse Button Control


Some services are finally adding Two-Factor Authentication, which adds "something you have", a code, to your email address and password, to be able to login. This helps to keep your account more secure.


Now, Amazon is joining them!


Here is how to set it up:

Microsoft has finally followed the lead of Apple on their mobile devices and computers, and added a "Find My Device" function in the latest major update to Windows 10.

People are becoming more concerned about their privacy online, and rightfully so. Facebook released some controls over privacy settings some time ago, and now Google has done the same.

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