Be sure to update your browsers to block bad SSL certs from China

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I just updated to the new Firefox 37 and you should too. Both Google and Firefox are now block SSL Certificates from China’s CNNIC Certificate Authority. They have be caught forging invalid certificates and you could be hacked if you visits websites that use these certificates.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/02/mozilla_revokes_cnnic_cert_trust/

WordPress Websites Being Hacked By ISIS

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If your website is based on the popular website platform ISIS is gunning for you. This website is based on WordPress as a many of my websites are and I’ve actually been hacked in the past few months. It actually didn’t have anything to do with WordPress but the hackers did get into my wordpress sites and actually installed more WordPress websites and phishing attacks. I had no clue until Google and my web hosting company alerted me. They don’t want to take down your website they will to take over the server and use it for other malicious attacks against other websites and servers. So beware and find a good professional to help you make sure you are secure.  FBI Public Service Announcement

Learn how to protect and secure your computer

Firewalls Don't Stop Dragons

Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons

Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons: A Step-by-Step Guide to Computer Security for Non-Techies

In this day and age it’s important to take steps to protect your privacy and security. I recommend this book for anyone that wants to learn how to secure and protect their privacy and data on their computer. It’s written for non technical people so it’s easy to read and understand.

Don’t Get Caught With Your Drawbridge Down!

Just how secure is your computer right now? My guess is that you probably don’t really know. Computers and the Internet have revolutionized the modern world, but if you’re like most people, you have no clue how these things work or what the real threats are. It’s not your fault. Where would you have learned about this? Who would have taught you? While there are tons of technical books on ‘cybersecurity’ for people that already understand computers and networking, there are almost none for regular, everyday folks. That’s why I felt the need to write this book.

 

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Search The Web Anonymously

If you want to have a laugh about searching the web anonymously watch this video which pokes fun at the NSA and Google spying on us.

It’s a knowns fact that lots of people are watching you surf the web. Why not just have a guy with a megaphone yell out what your searching for in public. ShopPrivate.org filmed a man with a megaphone reading over people’s shoulders and announcing what they just typed.

If you want to surf the web privately you can use a search engine https://duckduckgo.com/ which doesn’t track you.

Is WhatsApp safe?

Now that Facebook has purchased WhatsApp everybody is wondering if WhatsApp is safe for texting.

Well, the fact is, WhatsApp has never really been a secure texting app and now that Facebook is the owner your texts will certainly be read and used by Facebook, the NSA and who knows who else.

Facebook recently made some changes to it’s Android mobile app requesting access to all your text messages. If you want to use their app you have to accept the permission update. I’m sure the same will be true for WhatsApp soon.

If you want a secure text application look at my Threema Review

Apples Goto Fail

Did Apple Give The NSA A Back Door Into Your Computer and iPhone?

A major computer code fail was found in Apple’s SSL security check has gone seemingly un-noticed for years.

There’s been a website put up that will show if your system is vulnerable at http://gotofail.com

 

As of this writing you should run an update immediately on any Apple device you have anyway to update the operating system and fix this supposed error that was missed by Apple for so long.

If you want to learn more about the nitty gritty details of this bug listen to Security Now Broadcast 444

Security Now w/ Steve Gibson

Stay current with Security Now

One of my favorite shows and the best source for Security & Privacy related issues on the internet is the Security Now show with Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte. There are lots of great shows on Twit so definitely check it out.

They get a little technical sometimes, but it’s a great show to listen to even if you don’t understand it all.

I try to distill the great information they give out there and make it more understandable for the non techie person.