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  1. #1
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    Be careful with your cell phones...

    Brother sent this article along to me...

    https://www.engadget.com/2019/06/28/...dentity-theft/

    GA has always thought the internet has the potential for all kinds of criminal activity... and chose to keep a very low profile!

    It appears that was a good choice!
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    *Cheap is not good, good is not cheap; however expensive is not a guarantee of quality!
    Choose your contractor wisely!

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    Firefox has a problem with a tracker on that site.

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    I have a cell phone, and all it does ???

    It makes a phone call... lol

    Roy
    A man is no less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years.
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    Some folks rib me about being low tech with a smart phone...

    However I do not have to deal with the malware and identity issues they are susceptible to...

    And what did I miss... BS on social media... wow, my life is forever ruined...
    GA-HVAC-Tech

    Your comfort, Your way, Everyday!

    GA's basic rules of home heating and AC upgrades:
    *Installation is more important than the brand of equipment
    *The duct system keeps the house comfortable; the equipment only heats and cools (and dehumidifies)
    *Cheap is not good, good is not cheap; however expensive is not a guarantee of quality!
    Choose your contractor wisely!

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    I have a case and a screen protector
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    If there's one thing that users should know, it's this:

    Do not conduct sensitive transactions over the phone. This not only includes 'banking by phone' (asking for trouble) and credit card transactions over the phone, but also sending sensitive data via email [& specifically GMAIL!...from any device, be it phone, tablet or desktop]). Any free email account is as insecure as it gets.

    Passwords: Get yourself an offline password safe (for desktop...for Android, I use this, which is also called Password Safe, unrelated) .

    Use different passwords and usernames at every site you log into. I take it to the extreme...I have over 40 email addresses. 10 are from my IP account, the rest are gmail. I use these not only for organization (certain emails for certain things, multiple calendars, etc), but also for security. Different emails for different sites, online transactions (which only take place from my secure network, Desktop systems only [connected via cat5, not WiFi] often through a rotating vpn).

    Overkill? No. Not today.

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    Best be prepared for the end of the WWW soon.

    I have it on fairly good authority that most institutions are going to a secondary "internet" and going back to fax machines in the near future.

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    Ya know... Some folks would call me a nerd...

    However when it comes to security... I could care less what they say.

    Just FYI... our local TV consumer guy (Clark Howard, ClarkHoward.com)...
    Says to get a Chromebook and use it ONLY for financial stuff (NOTHING else, not even emails to your financial folks).

    GA comment...
    What Vin says above... is a good idea...
    One cannot overdue internet security!
    GA-HVAC-Tech

    Your comfort, Your way, Everyday!

    GA's basic rules of home heating and AC upgrades:
    *Installation is more important than the brand of equipment
    *The duct system keeps the house comfortable; the equipment only heats and cools (and dehumidifies)
    *Cheap is not good, good is not cheap; however expensive is not a guarantee of quality!
    Choose your contractor wisely!

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    i wanted to set up a bank account i that i would physically have to go to the bank and show id to access and could not be accessed from online , i was told they do not exist .
    Go Trump

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    Chromebook eh? Googles captive all in the cloud terminal? Not even... Am weaning myself off of goog searches and using duck-duck. Gmail account is pretty idle... Never set up bank with online access.. Real fossil, I write checks! And mail them for goodness sake...

    That said, uncle goog knows all about me. As does FB, altho I keep personals stuff to a minimum.

    Low profile to avoid the whack-a-mole effect. FWIW

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juan Madera View Post
    Chromebook eh? Googles captive all in the cloud terminal? Not even... Am weaning myself off of goog searches and using duck-duck. Gmail account is pretty idle... Never set up bank with online access.. Real fossil, I write checks! And mail them for goodness sake...

    That said, uncle goog knows all about me. As does FB, altho I keep personals stuff to a minimum.

    Low profile to avoid the whack-a-mole effect. FWIW

    Cheers!
    Yeah... it is amazing one cannot have an old fashioned bank account...
    However one CAN have something vaguely like that... at a local credit union...
    One of them in my area, does not have electronic access to the banking network where $$$ can move from bank to bank... which means wire Xfers cannot be done. That is a start IMO.

    While I do online bill pay... that is ALL I do online! And I change my log-in and password regularly.

    And GA has literally ZERO social media access (no accounts at ANY social media platforms... NONE)

    And of course... DDG searches.
    GA-HVAC-Tech

    Your comfort, Your way, Everyday!

    GA's basic rules of home heating and AC upgrades:
    *Installation is more important than the brand of equipment
    *The duct system keeps the house comfortable; the equipment only heats and cools (and dehumidifies)
    *Cheap is not good, good is not cheap; however expensive is not a guarantee of quality!
    Choose your contractor wisely!

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    I do my books via Quickbooks (Bus) & Quicken (Pers) online. I couldn't keep up if I couldn't download the transactions. However, I have a desktop system dedicated to only doing my books. Nothing else. It's cat 5 (no wifi) and behind a gateway and then a subnet router. The machine is turned on only to do books. I run macrium Reflect to create a disk image after each session to a drive mounted in a drive dock & eject the drive and power off the computer when all is complete. Drives get rotated to a safe deposit box to maintain off site backups. All my passwords and usernames are STRONG. That means 34 random characters (lower & upper case letters, numbers & special characters).

    My 'production' machine (used for all other business aside from books) is also isolated on its own subnet, as are all other internet devices. All phones and tablets are on their own network, all TVs are on a separate network, computers not business related are on their own network.

    No one else has access to my secured machines. Guests who come by are placed on a separate 'guest' network.

    For my daily (production) machines, searches are DuckDuckGo (addon into browser). Browser is FireFox with addons: NoScript (a must), cookie AutoDelete (deletes all but whitelisted cookies when browser is closed), HTTPS everywhere, DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials & UBlock Origin.

    Lastly, I'm careful where I surf and what software I allow on my systems. The weakest link in a secure network is the user.

    I don't click on links in emails (copy link, paste into address field of browser).

    I use Gmail for non secure mail and email for my phones. As mentioned, I have many addresses that add to my security.

    As mentioned earlier, NoScript addon for FF is a must. It initially blocks everything and you allow as you go to build a whitelist. It's a little confusing at first, but most will catch on. Amongst the domains I typically block are Google.com, DoubleClick, Facebook, Twitter et all and many others.

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    Years ago we had company cell phones, we called "the brick." Two of us were working a job, and they wouldn't let us bring in the brick, but we could bring in our personal Motorola flip phones. We finally asked why. The company phone could be turned on and listen into remotely without you knowing. The Flip phones, the escort could tell when a call came in, and tell us to wait, depending what was going on in the background. Better believe the "S" hit the Fan on that one, since we kept them in our bedrooms at night.
    Retired, after 43 Years

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