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Maxthon browser bad?

(Thanks to Justin for warning us…OK, me…about this.)

“…users of the browser…were reassured by the manufacturer that this type of content will not be transferred anywhere without their explicit consent.

“…information transmitted without the user’s knowledge between the Browser and the Maxthon server…about the user’s website browsing preferences, information about his Google searches as well as the complete list of software installed on the user’s computer…

“…the Maxthon browser is not secure.

“It is also worth emphasising that the Exatel’s SOC got in touch with the creators of the Maxthon browser, sending a detailed technical report, with a request for Maxthon to respond, either in the form of a notice sent to the users about the type of data transmitted from their browsers to the Maxthon servers in Beijing, or in the form of a Maxthon browser software patch which would enable the alarmed users to deactivate effectively the transmission of the UEIP files to their servers. This request was ignored.”

https://exatel.pl/advisory/maxthonreporten.pdf

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Our Promise to Users

We at Maxthon take users’ privacy and information security seriously. We keep our users’ information secure and private…

Jeff Chen (CEO of Maxthon)

11:00pm EST, July 14, 2016

http://forum.maxthon.com/index.php?/topic/20208-security-and-privacy-are-top-priorities-at-maxthon/

 

E-mail the boss, and install Windows 10

If you ever have not been fairly treated, and wanted to “e-mail the boss”…now you can, as Justin did! Use http:EmailTheBoss.org

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Linkysys has expanded DD-WRT support to WRT1200AC, WRT1900AC, and WRT1900ACS routers. Their statement to TechtalkRadio is that: “…WRT is our flagship brand within the Linksys consumer line…”

Features include:
dual core processors…
USB 3.0 ports which support storage devices, and the ability to share files across a network…
and eSATA ports.

(The Linksys WRT1200AC AC1200 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Wireless Router also has parental controls, and “guest access” for devices that may be used by visitors to the household.)

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Andy downloaded and installed Windows 10 on a computer…if he can do it, so can you! Download it from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

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And we talk about preparing tax returns with a representative from TurboTax

Notes from our November 28 show…

We discussed what can happen when you trust software and services more than you should have…

We also mentioned “UEFI”…which is the “Unified Extensible Firmware Interface”. Some information from UEFI.org might help to understand its function…

“…the BIOS refers to a specific implementation of the firmware that initializes the platform and loads an OS setup.”

“BIOS is typically used to refer to an Intel Architecture firmware implementation rooted in the IBM PC design. Based on older standards and methods, BIOS was originally coded in 16-bit real mode x86 assembly code…”

“…UEFI specifications define an interface in which the implementation of UEFI performs the equivalent of the BIOS, by initiating the platform and loading the operating system.”

“…UEFI is ‘processor architecture-agnostic,’ supporting x86, x64, ARM and Itanium.”

“…the Specification supports a more secure system, a faster boot time, improved performance…With regard to security, UEFI Secure Boot helps defend against malware attacks before the operating system loads.”

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And if you ever need to install Windows 10, the information on how to download and install it can be found at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

Links related to our October 31 show…

Here are some links to things that were mentioned in our October 31 show…if you’re not familiar with some of the lingo we used during that episode, these might be of some benefit to you:

modem

DOCSIS

router…switch

firewall

Wi-Fi

wireless access point

firmware

(internet service) speedtest

EULA (End-User License Agreement)

TOS (Terms of Service)

 

(I’m) Up (on) Periscope!…

Andy has been bugging me…(this time) about using Periscope.

In one of the posts on our blog I stated I was waiting for something to be done by personnel at Periscope. It was to change my username. You can now follow me at “Slick1”.

My thanks to the “Periscope people” (Nader/Jamie/all) for being nice to look into the issue for me. Some of our conversations is posted below…

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SEP 02, 2015

Dear Periscope Team,

I assumed I would be allowed to use my Twitter name with Periscope…

Is there any possibility I can request to have “slick” assigned to me?

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SEP 04, 2015

Nader replied:

Hi…

We are now able to change usernames on our end. Please note that this is a one-time request. We have alerted our team this is a feature users want for the future. In order to change your username, please provide the following: 1. Provide your current username. 2. Confirm what you would like as your new username. (No spaces or special characters.) 3. Provide your Twitter account or phone number. Once we have the above information, we will do our best to help you out.

Happy Scoping,

Nader
Periscope Team

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SEP 04, 2015

S!ick replied:

Cool! Thank you very much…

My current Periscope username is: slick1

(To match my Twitter account,) I am requesting: slick

My current Twitter username is Slick (http://twitter.com/slick)

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SEP 17, 2015

Jamie replied:

Hi…

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to change your username because it was already taken. Do you have another in mind? Let us know!

Happy Scoping,

Jamie
Periscope Team

 

New Windows notebook to compete with Chromebooks?

It’s being reported that specifications for a Windows competitor to Chromebooks, for around $200, have been found…

I feel a strong need to comment on this issue. I’ve owned a Chromebook. And many “low-end” notebook computers. And have tried to use outdated computer hardware (notebooks and desktops) with various operating systems. Before you spend your money, I want to try to help you with your decisions about what to buy…and what not to buy.

The information about the possible upcoming HP Stream Notebook PC was publicized by http://www.mobilegeeks.de/hp-stream-199-dollar-notebook-kommt-mit-14-inch-display-amd-plattform-100-gb-onedrive-alle-details/

It should have a 14-inch screen. Anything less, and I have felt a bit cramped…as I do when using a netbook, or a large (10-inch) tablet with a keyboard. The keyboard on my Asus C7 Chromebook was smaller than a standard one. I was not comfortable using it over long periods of time.

The processor in the HP Stream is expected to be a quad-core AMD A4 Micro-6400T. When using Chrome OS, AND Windows, I have no complaints about the performance of dual-core processors…UNTIL:

I am trying to watch video, or stream something from the internet (including YouTube)…
I use multiple applications/programs and browsers…
I have multiple tabs open in a browser…
and I try to use some websites where they are heavy with whatever it is they feel the need to bombard me with (video/graphics, “dancing baloney”, etcetera).

I will never invest my money in any computer (or tablet) with less than a quad-core processor, and expect it to be able to reasonably render multimedia content. I’ve been very, very disappointed. (I have a notebook computer with Windows 7, 8 GB RAM, and it has a quad-core processor which I have no complaints about. I don’t like using my other computers that have Windows 7 and 8, 8 GB RAM, and dual-core processors in them: they lag and drag when I am using them with the internet.)

The HP Stream will probably come with only 2 GB RAM, that cannot be upgraded. We will all need to wait to find how this configuration might perform. There are Chromebooks available with 4 GB RAM, but none I’m aware of with quad-core processors.

If, as expected, it has at least a 32 GB drive…this will be a great incentive. I read a report from someone who was trying to download content from Google Play Movies & TV to his Chromebook ( https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-play-movies-tv/gdijeikdkaembjbdobgfkoidjkpbmlkd?hl=en ) but could not, because it had only a 16 GB storage drive.

A screen-shot of the specifications that were found is at http://1-ps.googleusercontent.com/h/www.mobilegeeks.de/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/605x1165xhp-stream-specs.gif.pagespeed.ic.YcCSaefr99.png

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I found a review that gave me answers to some questions I have about the more “powerful” Chromebooks…and I want to warn you about them:

“…Samsung…Chromebook 2 uses Samsung’s latest Exynos 5 chip…along with 4GB of RAM…It does fine as long as I’m only doing one thing at a time, but as soon as I open a bunch of tabs in rapid succession or try to stream music while I power through my RSS feeds, the Chromebook 2 starts to chug…

“…A number of manufacturers are working to put Intel’s latest chips into similarly priced Chromebooks, and every one I’ve tried works faster than this one. These devices don’t need to be exceptional, but before we’ll ever get any work done on Chrome OS they must keep up; the Chromebook 2 feels like it was running two steps behind me all the time, red-faced and breathing heavily.

“…I can’t imagine ever recommending a Chromebook without an Intel processor…

“…I can’t work on a laptop that can’t keep up with me — and I wouldn’t recommend anyone else do so either…”

http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/10/5788934/samsung-chromebook-2-review

 

 

No internet July 9…for some…

(I apologize: this post is LONG overdue. I have been actively battling other malware, which kept me too busy to warn you earlier about this one…)

July 9, if you have trouble with the internet…don’t be surprised:

Lots of computers, “servers”, that help to make the internet work were infected.

“The clean DNS servers will be turned off on July 9, 2012, and computers still impacted by DNSChanger may lose Internet connectivity at that time.”

From as many computers as you can, I want you to do some things:

Go to the “DNS Changer Check-Up” website at http://dns-ok.us/ . If the computer is infected with DNS changer malware, you might see a red background…

Next, consider going to http://www.dcwg.org/detect/ and read the section “Manually Checking if your DNS server have been Changed”.

Facebook and Google are trying to help with this problem. You can read more about it at these webpages:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook-security/notifying-dnschanger-victims/10150833689760766

http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com/2012/05/notifying-users-affected-by-dnschanger.html

To try to help you not become infected in the future, take a look at http://www.stopbadware.org/home/badware_prevent

It’s best to use the latest and greatest operating systems (Windows, Mac, Linux, etcetera), and keep all of your software (and hardware) updated. But you also need to be careful when using technology, and the internet and other services you connect to.

Plan for the worst with MySpace

During our latest show, we had been asked about the status of Myspace. The parent company of MySpace is News Corporation.  AllThingsD.com is reporting that News Corp. might be seeking to sell MySpace…During a conference call with the Deputy Chairman, President, and Chief Operating Officer of News Corp. (Chase Carey) about earnings…
QUESTION:
How much time do you give the relaunch to figure out if it’s successful. And what if it’s not?
Carey:
We judge in quarters, not in years. Goal is to get to a place where top-line revenue is going in the right direction and “a clear path to profitability.” We feel good about the relaunch. But “our traffic numbers are still not going in the right direction” and we have to stabilize that.
(Cue the dramatic “dun-dun-DUN!” music…)

I Spy Something That Begins With “W”

Unlike many of my Disneyland Blogs, this is NOT one of them . BUT, read on and find out what I have been pondering….

So, I was searching the Internet reading Disney Blogs, Disneyland Twitter, looking for TRON exclusive updates  and playing with my boyfriend’s new Daft Punk  inspired Android App when I came across something interesting. A website proclaiming it can track and monitor your child’s internet use including screen caps of their web pages, content filters, keystroke loggers  records of IM conversations and even live viewing of their current business on the Internet.  This website sounds pretty user friendly and parent kind.  So I begin to think to myself, ” Self,” I ask ” What would keep a spouse from using the software for purposes of catching a cheater in the relationship?” And this is when I visited the website.

I’d like to start by adding a disclaimer: I have not experienced this web program which proclaims the services to be top notch and  have viewed only the content on the website for the product.

Upon clicking the link to the site, I noticed that it proposes many uses other than the advertised version I previously explained. In fact, it seems more like a “spying” software program which is being marketed to government agencies to record and log information from workers, at Schools to record information about teachers and student’s use of the Internet, and low and behold ” Catch a Cheating Spouse” software. Now, I am sure all of these uses  are part of the same program, but how funny was it that I thought of this after looking into the program that was being marketed to parents to spy on their kids? HA!

So, the reason I chose to write this blog was simple. I , like many  in my close inner circle of Geeks and Freaks, have a moral dilemma on my hands. IF I had children, which “technically” I do not, and IF they were using the Internet would I choose to monitor them digitally without their knowledge using this program? Likewise, IF you thought you had a cheating significant other, would you do the same? I don’t think I would. So I leave you with this to ponder and respond as you have free will. Maybe someone is watching you? Makes you wonder doesn’t it?

IF you want to check out the site or test the software out for yourself the Program is called Web Watcher and it’s located at