Your Monthly Security Fix

A bunch of things to note:

First, please don’t post the Facebook copyright notice. It’s totally bogus.  When you signed up for Facebook you agreed to their terms of service which pretty much gave away all your rights to anything you post.

And speaking of Facebook, there are some real scams on the site.  Check out this article from Senior Planet. Basically, be careful about links from people you don’t know, and anything that has to do with money is probably a scam.

Free is too good to be good, sometimes.  Turns out the anti-virus program AVG has been spying on you.

Too bad Hillary didn’t call Tech Concierge.  As many of you know by now, just deleting files does not securely erase them from your hard drive.  The data can still be recovered.  Apparently, her lawyers, or whomever deleted her email, did not understand this distinction.

If you are wondering what’s up with your new credit card with the chip, and the new card readers at retail shops, here’s the scoop.  Although this new technology makes using your card more secure at a retail store or restaurant, it is still less secure than in Europe where a PIN is required. We all know that there is nothing very identifying about our signature when we sign on the pads. Moreover, this new technology does nothing to protect us if our credit number is used for online shopping.

Finally, please be aware of the fake tech support scams.  If anyone you don’t know calls and says you have a problem on your computer, just hang up. I don’t care if they say they are from Microsoft, Apple or the United Nations, just hang up. If you are concerned that there maybe something wrong with your computer call me or someone you trust.


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