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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

MrP- Re:Protection advice? (463 comments)

CryptoPrevent is nice. It sets up a bunch of group policy settings so windows prevents exe's running from locations where viruses usually run (appdata, programdata,etc). Also has rules for fake file extension like foo.pdf.exe. It's free but there's also a pay version that auto updates to add new rules as they're discovered. If it ever blocks an app you want to run you can white list specific executables.

The paid MalwareBytes is also nice also. Whenever I clean a friend or family members computer I suggest they buy it (you can still get the lifetime license key on Amazon which works with the latest 2.x which is now a yearly subscription).

Then also you should run an antivirus program (malwarebytes is meant to run along side an antivirus program). Microsoft's free one should be fine.

Then just backup a lot and preferably somewhere where if you did get infected the malware won't mess with the backups. So don't just back up to a network share or an always connected drive. Maybe backup weekly and then disconnect the drive and store in a fire safe or use a service like CrashPlan or store files in Dropbox, both of which do versioning so if encrypted files get backed up you can still restore the version from before it was encrypted.

about three weeks ago

Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

MrP- Re:Project "Candy" (161 comments)

At least they keep it internal as apposed to releasing things like KitKat and Lollipop.

about a month and a half ago

Gangnam Style Surpasses YouTube's 32-bit View Counter

MrP- Re:Marketing gimmick (164 comments)

Read the end of the article. They did fix it ahead of time.

about 2 months ago

Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

MrP- Re:Loss for Planetary Resources (443 comments)

Ah so this was sabotage by oil companies!!

This sucks as I'm a member and backer of them. ;(

about 3 months ago

Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

MrP- Re:ApplePay vs CurrentC (631 comments)

Apple Pay uses standard NFC.

I paid with it at CVS until they blocked it (and Google wallet)

The only apple specific part is the link between apple pay and your bank or credit card. Those same cards can be used with Google wallet. There's no lock in to Apple.

CurrentC on the other hand directly links to your bank, so you can't use credit. They need your SS# and drivers license. They store all that in the cloud and actually try to make that sound more secure than having it on your phone (btw Apple doesn't store your card info on the phone or anywhere they just store a unique device token on dedicated hardware that can only be used for apple pay purposes directly with the bank).

Also if there's any fraudulent activity with CurrentC it's all on the customer to deal with it.

They also track and log all health related purchases as well as location data and other purchase history.

CurrentC is just to collect data so they can sell it and make money it's garbage. And it won't be out for months but I have Apple pay now and want to use it and others use Google wallet.

about 3 months ago

Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

MrP- Re:Another theory has emerged... (399 comments)

Of course I'm sure lots of programs doing string comparisons will detect 10 as being 8 (or 7 or whatever they're comparing it to) similarly how sites would think IE10 was older than IE9.

about 4 months ago

Will Apple Lose Siri's Core Tech To Samsung?

MrP- Re:Do people actually use Siri? (161 comments)

I mainly use it for reminders...

"Remind me to clean my AC filter in 2 weeks"
"Remind me to pay my car taxes on October 25th"
"Remind me to do the laundry when I get home"

Stuff like that and it works great. I don't really use it for texting or notes since it makes too many mistakes but I think that's more of my problem. I feel weird talking to a computer so I talk weird and not loud enough.

about 4 months ago

Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

MrP- Re:4 digits = impossible? (504 comments)

As others said you can set it up to wipe after 10 failed attempts.. It also slows down when you do that (it'll start saying please wait 1 minute before trying again, 5, 15, an hour etc).

In addition you can also enable a password lock instead of passcode where you can type whatever long and complex password you want, assuming you don't mind having to type that every time you want to unlock your phone.

about 4 months ago

US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

MrP- Re:Yes, let's do this. (409 comments)


about 6 months ago

My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

MrP- Re:CFL or LED? (278 comments)

I've gone through probably 3-40 CFL bulbs in the past 7 years. They die just as much as incandescent bulbs for me.

Hoping my expensive Philips Hue LED bulbs last longer, only had them for about 6 months so far.

about 6 months ago

Two Earth-Like Exoplanets Don't Actually Exist

MrP- Re:Get it right (102 comments)

I say we only go once we've communicated with the life forms on the planet and made reservations.

Would suck to go that far only to have to turn around because they don't have any spare beds.

about 7 months ago

Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

MrP- Re:But what about the email footer???? (346 comments)

I thought so.

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about 7 months ago

Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

MrP- Re:Similar bug in iOS (349 comments)

Hmm that doesn't make sense. iOS updates are delta updates and have been since they first introduced the feature where you can update on the device itself.

Only when doing complete version upgrades (e.g. iOS 6 to iOS 7) does it download the entire OS. Or if you download updates via iTunes instead of on the device.

I just updated my iPhone 5S yesterday from 7.1.1 to 7.1.2 and it was just a 32mb download.

about 7 months ago

The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...

MrP- Hue (196 comments)

One of my last purchase was the Phillips Hue starter kit which was like $200. And then I think I got some generic 40W style white LED bulbs for about $16. But I haven't used them yet so I'll just ignore them and go with the Hue and say $200 so I voted "Cost $20 or more"

about 7 months ago


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