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Tonight’s Video Worth Sharing: BLU Studio Energy 2 Did Have a Virus!

Originally posted 2018-07-18 21:01:43.

A few days back I mentioned restoring the BLU Studio Energy 2 phone back to factory defaults and yes it was a long arduous process. Today however I may have discovered why.

Yeah, it looks like there was a virus on it and that virus has now been cleaned/destroyed/defeated! Well, at least for now!

So there isn’t a lot I need to explain that you can’t find out from watching the video below. Perhaps you might even learn something!

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Tim

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Scammers Are Driving Me Nuts Lately, Okay Perhaps More Like Providing Me A Humor Break At Work!

Trust No One…unless you can look them in the eye.

I know, this is not exactly the normal info you may see on this site, but it is important from a security point of view. The advantage of having a website is that you can post info that might help 1 or even 100 people. Since we strive to provide information, then I guess this post qualifies!

The last week or so has been very interesting phone wise. I have received an average of 1-2 calls per day from a variety of scammers. Now as a prelude here, I do not usually give out my number except to folks I know and people I trust.

So a few questions need answering here and then we will move on to what you should do when getting a call from a scammer. As far as I can tell the scam calls usually pickup after I post an item for sale on Craigslist. I will point out that this is not their fault, it is simply what happens when you tell folks to send a text when interested. Therefore scammers can scan through Craigslist, harvest phone numbers and go to work.

So what does a call from a scammer sound like? That depends, if they say they are from the IRS, they will invariably have a non-local number and an Indian or Pakistani, etc, accent. Now if they are North American based they will generally be belligerent, not answer your questions and generally try to bully you as they follow their script.

First rule of thumb, the IRS will never ask you for your social security number. Think about it, if you owe them, they already have that number, don’t they? So ask the caller why they need that number and then depending on how much of their time you want to waste, listen to the response. The voice will get louder, they will speak in a non-professional manner and they will tell you all about the officers coming to arrest you. Or you can simply hang up. Never call them back, because that may provide them your name through caller ID.

The next level of scammer is like the call I got the other day from a gent who accused me of stealing his WiFi. I was like wow, that is amazing where do you live. He became angry, called me names and then I simply hung up. I traced the number to someone local and they live roughly 3.5 miles away. I guess I must have a super great WiFi router? Nope…scammer.

Today I got two hilarious ones. One was from a guy named Jerome, who gave me a case number and had insisted I had not showed up in small claims court. So after interrupting him roughly 5 times and finally asking him to tell me where the court was located, as in what state and county he said of few expletives and hung up. Another bad income day for him!

The funniest one today was from a guy calling to ask me if I was the guy who hit his car this morning. So while trying to hold back my laughter, since my car is in the shop and I walked to work, I explained that I had no knee or toe damage and perhaps he was mistaken. However he insisted I had left my number on the note I had left on his car. So I asked what the number was and where this event had occurred. He then proceeded to get verbally abusive and I simply kept repeating the question until the jack-wad hung up.

Don’t fall for scammers. No professional will ever get angry, curse you or threaten you. Another good idea is to immediately ask if it is okay to record the conversation. After all, professionals in call centers record them all the time and they warn you up front.

Of course you can simply play along and then give them a ton of false info and then when they are starting to lay the trap, say excuse me, I will call you back, the “Price is Right is On!”, then hang up. Don’t call them back, ever!

That is about all I have at this time,

Tim

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So Today I Got The Strangest Phone Call At Work: Probable Scammer Or Prank Call?

Trust No One…unless you can look them in the eye.

Now I have had a few of my domains hacked in the last few years and managed to fix them with a bit of effort. But today I got a call that is still driving me nuts.

So about 3:40 PM CST today I get a call from this number: 773-571-1203 (and yeah, if it was a prank, sorry, but if it was a scammer, not sorry). The number in question is a cell number and feel free to text them or re-publish this info in any manner you see fit. Payback is a bitch, although I suspect it was cloned, but, what the hell.

I have dealt with scammers many times when selling stuff on Craigslist and all sorts of other situations, usually involving text or emails, but this call came into our business number at work from a Chicago area code that made it unlikely that it was business and then it got real suspicious. First of all I don’t believe I have ever associated my name with our business or our website. So that makes it most likely a prank, but if so, well hopefully  someone will take my advice and publish there number as I am doing.

The caller asked for me by name and then proceeded to to tell me my “personal website” was insecure. So I responded by asking him about which domain he was speaking of, since I own several, (note here, never tell the caller the names of your domains), and he only kept responding, “you know”. First of all I no longer have a personal domain anywhere, that ended when moving and putting stuff onto a remote host.

At this point after repeatedly asking for what domain I should be concerned about the asshat on the phone terminated the call.

First of all, all my domains, which can easily be looked up on a whois search are associated to MY phone number, not my work phone . So that sets off immediate warning bells. When dealing with an unknown caller, never give them ANY information, because that is exactly what they are fishing for.

So one more time: the cell number in question is: 773-571-1203

That is all I have for now,

Tim

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Tonight’s Video: Major iPhone Bug Allows A Single Character to Crash Apps on iPhone and Macs

02/19/2018 Update:there is a fix for this flaw, check this post! Apparently this has been reported as of yesterday, but I just noticed it today.  Since a lot of folks own these devices I thought it best to pass on what I know.

The core of the issue is a single text character from the Indian language known as Telugu (that is the language). I won’t show you the character on here for fear of crashing some iPhone user’a phone or Mac notebook. More info is available here.

Suffice to say this bug could be pretty serious. Of course if you are an Android user this doesn’t affect you and if you happen to have some snooty friends who think there iPhone is the greatest thing since sliced bread, well, a short search on the Interwebs and, well you know I won’t tell you to do it, but, it could be funny…but please don’t.

It may seem like a great prank, but never forget payback is always a bitch.

Below is a video from the folks over at UnBox Therapy who I do find entertaining, but rarely share videos since they usually unbox and don’t do any thorough  in-depth testing. However the channel is entertaining! So check them out.

That is all for now,

Tim

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A Few Days Ago I Wrote About The Meltdown And Spectre Security Flaws, Here Are Some Videos Explaining Them

Less than a week ago we all heard about the security flaws that affect many Intel, AMD and even ARM processors. I even posted an article about it. As you may already know this is something that could potentially affect every one of us, but there is a lot of confusion about these two exploits.

Presumably Microsoft is going to be issuing an update on Tuesday January 9th and I assume other OS vendors will already be releasing patches or have already released them. Remember, this affects Windows, Mac, iOS, Chrome, Android and Linux devices.

Because folks seem to like videos I am going to give you folks 3 videos that may or may not clear things up.

So in no particular order, here are those videos. Keep in mind that there is a lot of info that we do not know just yet, but these will explain the basics without being too tech oriented.

That is all for now,

Tim

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