Want to communicate over Facebook without installing Messenger? Here’s a few options…

Well some of you know that I have a strained relationship with FB to put it mildly….. but friends, family and potential clients/customers are there so I must acquiesce to a point. BUT I do it without using the official FB apps because to be frank, they are shitty. They use way too many resources on mobile devices and as I have detailed in more than a few posts, them shits is all in your business in places they have no business looking.

So here’s a few options to make life dealing with FB a little easier… sorry IOS folks but this is for the Android users because your options are very limited…

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5 Free Online Services for Sending Email to a Fax Machine

Figure someone could use this info since I’ve known about a few of these services for a while… shame people can’t just scan a document and email it as a PDF… the quality would be better and prevent fraud IMO

Send and receiving fax is old school. You might not see many fax machines these days, but they’re still in operation in certain workplaces. Insurance companies, banks, and realtors all use fax machines to quickly and securely exchange important documents.

Nothing else has managed to beat the fax machine at its own game—not even email. How can you send a fax without a fax machine, though? Thanks to online email to fax services, all you need is a PC with an internet connection. Continue reading

Office Depot pays $25 million over fake virus scans – Android Authority

Guess they’ll pay their way outta this fraud and life goes on… smmfh

Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that Office Depot agreed to pay a $25 million settlement over what the agency alleged were bogus virus scans.

According to the announcement, Office Depot used diagnostics software called PC Health Check. Created and licensed by Support.com, the software would supposedly run a virus scan on a customer’s computer and conclude whether or not the computer was infected with malware. Continue reading

Family tracking app leaked real-time location data for weeks

I don’t trust ANY tracking app or any kind of tracking period…. what happened to being an actual parent and not letting kids run willy-nilly…

Family tracking apps can be very helpful if you’re worried about your kids or spouse, but they can be nightmarish if that data falls into the wrong hands. Security researcher Sanyam Jain has revealed to TechCrunch that React Apps’ Family Locator left real-time location data (plus other sensitive personal info) for over 238,000 people exposed for weeks in an insecure database. It showed positions within a few feet, and even showed the names for the geofenced areas used to provide alerts. You could tell if parents left home or a child arrived at school, for instance. Continue reading

Please, for the Love of God, Make Sure You Delete Things Properly

Good info here….

Your personal data—be it financial spreadsheets or web searches—is not something you want to be leaving behind for other people to find, and totally wiping your activity off devices or the web takes a few more steps than you might have realized. Don’t worry though, as we’re going to walk you through the process. Continue reading

LibreELEC (Leia) 9.0.0 RELEASE

Bout time lol .. for those not in the know, LibreELEC is a small linux distro which turns your computer into a Kodi “box” and now it includes retrogaming!!

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LibreELEC 9.0 (Leia) has finally arrived after a long gestation period. Based upon Kodi v18.0, the Final 9.0 release contains many changes and refinements to user experience and a complete overhaul of the underlying OS core to improve stability and extend hardware support. Kodi v18 also brings new features like Kodi Retroplayer and DRM support that (equipped with an appropriate add-on) allows Kodi to unofficially stream content from services like Netflix and Amazon.

via LibreELEC (Leia) 9.0.0 RELEASE – LibreELEC

How to Beat Geoblocking and Access Content from Anywhere

If you follow the news about internet privacy and freedoms, then you will have heard a lot of discussion recently about geoblocking. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, it refers to the restriction of access to web content based on a user’s location. In other words, it means that some websites will be available in the US but not Canada, or that you will be restricted to using a different version of a site when you access it from China than when you access it from Sweden. Continue reading

8 Tools to detect fake storage devices

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Yeah I got got for a 128 GB flash for $20… too good to be true…

The rise of the global marketplace and sites like eBay or Amazon has made it easier for consumers to purchase computer hardware and for manufacturers and companies to sell hardware to users from around the world.

But the rise made those marketplaces attractive to criminals as well who use them to sell fake or counterfeit hardware to unsuspecting buyers.

While there may be indicators that a product is not genuine, for instance if it is offered at a (way) lower price than comparable products or if it promises storage capacities that don’t exist yet, it is usually impossible to tell with certainty if a product is fake or not without making the purchase and analyzing it. Continue reading