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  • January 13, 2013

    Airtime Review

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  • December 13, 2012

    Encrypt Browser Traffic

    We hear about the hackers who steal people’s sensitive information and often even their identities. So some of us decide to take action and employ some software to encrypt all inbound and outbound traffic from our computers. Nowadays there are several encryption programs that can provide a layer of security to the internet traffic of the user. Many people are not convinced or do not know about their necessity and their value. Business like banks and online retailer’s make internet transactions safe by implementing an encryption/decryption stage between the program one uses to access the internet and the server it connects to on backend. Let’s SSL and TLS in more detail. SSL (Secure Socket Layer) is the time tested security protocol for encrypting information that is sent across the internet.  SSL has been replaced by the new but similar TLS (Transport Layer Security) and it is often used everywhere on the web for email, messaging, faxes, and file transmission.  Typically data is encrypted using 1024-bit and 2048-bit RSA.  In other words, it helps keep people from eavesdropping in on what you’re transmitting between your computer and the destination server. If you want an extra layer of security you need to encrypt you browser traffic and use a non-Operating System integrated browser like Firefox or Chrome. Encrypt Firefox traffic For this you will need an addon Visit the add-on’s website https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere Click the big blue button that says Encrypt the web Install https everywhere. Restart Firefox Firefox Tools > Add-ons Click the Extensions tab of the Add-ons window Then HTTPS-Everywhere Click the Options button  Click Allow to give it permission. Enable All Encrypt Chrome traffic Same process is going to apply to Chrome and the addon is found at the same site https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere Your going to want encrypt you chrome Sync as well Go to...
  • December 1, 2012

    4Chan Post Predicts Doomsday

    The guys at 4chan had a little fun making a picture that went viral saying that when PSY video Gangnam Style hit counter reached a billion hits on YouTube the end of the world would happen.  The picture featured Nostradamus saying: “From the Calm Morning, the End will come When of the Dancing Horse the Number of Circles Will be G” Korea is called the country of the calm morning.  PSY gangnam style is a horse dance. The 9 circles, as in 1 000 000 000 views. The picture spend all day on the front page of Reddit on Wednesday and got reposted on many forums and social media. 4chan is known for funny stunts like this some people took it seriously who are not familiar with the 4chan sight.  Remember just because its on the internet does not make it real.
  • November 30, 2012

    Firefoxs 8th Birthday

    On Friday November 9 2004, eight years ago the Mozilla foundation launched the first version of Firefox. Mozilla’s open source browser was seen as a breath of fresh air at the time when Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6 dominated the market share, annoying many users with its numerous security issues. Over the years, Firefox captured a sizable chunk of the market share from Internet Explorer, but in the last couple of years it has gotten some very serious competition in the form of Google’s Chrome. Currently, Firefox is the world’s third most popular browser, behind IE and Chrome. Mozilla renewed the partnership with Google in November that ensures Google remains the default search tool.  Google contributed to 84 percent of Mozilla’s $123 million revenue in 2010.
  • November 30, 2012

    Zynga Loses Facebook Exclusivity

    Zynga will no longer be tied so closely to Facebook as the two companies have forged a new deal that changes the way both companies operate there platforms. Under the new terms, Zynga games will be under Facebook’s standard terms of service starting March 31, 2013. Zynga won’t have to display Facebook ad units or use Facebook credits on Zynga.com games, as it had to. Facebook and Zynga had previously agreed to a deal in which included, among other things, Facebook agreeing not to develop social games in exchange for Zynga using Facebook as its exclusive platform for certain games. Zynga gets opportunity to operate their own standalone gaming website, but gives up its ability to promote its site on Facebook and to draw from the thriving social network of about 1 billion users. Both internet companies have been trying to reduce their reliance on each other, Zynga wants to start its own Zynga.com platform, and Facebook want to work with other games developers.  This could be a very bad move for both companies as Zynga games is a big draw for Facebook and Zynga is now competing with other games and game sites.
  • November 28, 2012

    WikiLeaks Financial Block

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange lamented a preliminary ruling by the European Commission on Tuesday that it was unlikely Visa Europe, MasterCard Europe and American Express Co had violated EU anti-trust rules with their blocks on processing WikiLeaks donations. Bank of America, VISA, MasterCard, PayPal and Western Union were among half a dozen U.S. payment firms to start the financial blockade just after the group published some 250,000 secret State Department cables in December 2010. DataCell, a company that collected donations for WikiLeaks, complained to the European Commission after Visa Europe, MasterCard Europe and American Express stopped processing donations for WikiLeaks. According to European Commission documents released Tuesday by WikiLeaks, two high-ranking U.S. politicians are responsible, at least in part, for a financial blockade that the organization claims has cut off 95 percent of its revenue.  Wikileaks claims to have lost more than $50 million of donations over the blockade. Wikileaks has found 1 way around its financial blockades with a global payment method called bitcoin.  Wikileaks has taken in over $32,000 equivalent in more than 1,100 separate bitcoin donations throughout the blockade (1BTC = $10.00) There is no question that WikiLeaks is a questionable site providing an online “drop box” to provide a secure and anonymous way for sources to leak sensitive or classified documents.  Nevertheless, the United States has never charged WikiLeaks or any of its staffers with a crime, and neither have any other countries.
  • Reddit users may have helped another man solve a medical mystery that might have saved his life. A Reddit user submitted a web comic known as a rage comic detailing his male friend’s experience of trying his ex-girlfriend’s unused pregnancy test as a joke. He was shocked when the result came back positive. While the user intended the story to be amusing, others pointed out that the false positive test could be a sign of testicular cancer. He got tested and it turned out that his friend had a small tumor in one of his testicles. Because it was found so early, the cancer could be treated immediately.
  • November 12, 2012

    Twitter Password Reset Email

    If you’re wondering if the e-mail asking you to change your password on your Twitter account is legit or a phishing scam look no further the e-mail is legit.  Twitter sent password reset email to many accounts, thanks to a security breach.  Sites like Mashable, Techcrunch and many others got there Twitter accounts hacked and a tweet with a link was sent out saying: “Make $250 A Day From Home” Twitter has sent out e-mails to user that they believe have compromised accounts.  The e-mail reads “We’re committed to keeping Twitter a safe and open community. As part of that commitment, in instances when we believe an account may have been compromised, we reset the password and send an email letting the account owner know this has happened along with information about creating a new password. This is a routine part of our processes to protect our users. In this case, we unintentionally reset passwords of a larger number of accounts, beyond those that we believed to have been compromised. We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this may have caused.” If you received this message or when you login to twitter they asked you to change your password this is legitimate.  Make sure you do this to keep your account safe.
  • November 11, 2012

    The Slashdot Effect

    CmdTaco aka Rob Malda took to the time to write an excerpt on his new home page about the site he founded, and was chef editor of for 14 years.  For those of you who do not know who Commander Taco, he is the original owner and founder of my favorite tech news site slashdot.org.  Over a year ago he left and now works for the WaPo Labs a division of Washington Post. Commander Taco’s site slashdot had an proverbial impact on my life I started reading slashdot in high school, and quickly it became something I read every morning in my home room class waiting for role call.  By the following year my home room ended up being my computer votec class.  I would have first period there everyday until I graduated high school. In high school reading about tech news everyday, and getting to work with technology on daily basis inspired me to pursue a career in technology.  I went on to pursue my career in Information Technology in college where I would spend two years of my life acquiring skills that would allow me to get a job.  As news would always break about tech in college I got quoted as saying “I will believe it when it hits slashdot.” Towards the end of my college career I needed to start thinking about work, so I decided to open up a computer business, which will be celebrating it’s 10th year in business soon.  We started out just doing repair work we have now branched out into many other areas of technology which has allowed me to enjoy my work and make enough money to support a family. Even though CmdTaco is not at slashdot anymore I continue my daily trend with a cup of coffee in the morning,...
  • November 7, 2012

    2012 Election Results

    The 2012 election results are in and President Barack Obama will be our president till 2016.  President Barack Obama won the popular vote by 2,548,473 and the electoral vote by 97 votes making this a very close election.  After the election had concluded Mitt Romney made speech congratulating the President on his reelection and saying his prayers were with him as he continues to run our country. President Obama made a speech as well saying he will go forward with his plan to improve and make America a better place.  Saying we are not just red and blue states but the great United States of America despite religion, race or sexuality.  The speech was very powerful and I think will even impress Mitt Romney supporters. I was rather surprised at how close the election was I personally did not think the popular vote would have been a 2 percent margin.  I believe our President will have another rough term he is still dealing with a struggling economy, and slow rate of change.  President Obama is our president but strong negative support from American’s is something he is going to have to deal with over next four years, as almost half of the country did not want him as president for another 4 years. Despite all the negativity Barack Obama is our President and our prayers and support are with him over the next four years.