Ira Wilsker's archive

This past few weeks have been as busy for cyber security professionals as it has been for bargain shoppers. While there have been several stories in the national and local media about shopping safety and security, cyber crooks are also well aware that that the seasonal shopping frenzy creates illicit financial opportunities for those ingenious enough to create malware to again attack our “POS” (Point of Sale) payment systems, as well as to infect popular Android tablets with malware at the time of manufacture.

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Hardly a week goes by that an acquaintance does not ask me about recovering data from a lost, damaged, or otherwise dead smart phone. Just as the three most important words in computing are backup, backup and backup, backing up the contents of a smart phone may be even more imperative than for a desktop computer. Unlike a desktop computer, smart phones and tablets of any operating system are far more prone to breakage, loss or theft than the more stationary desktop computers.

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Another coordinated malware attack on Android devices has been detected. This particular family of malware has evolved through at least three modifications, each apparently to evade the defenses and tools that have been created to prevent their infection of Android devices, and make their removal very difficult, if not impossible.

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Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition

I like bargains, and I like to save money while shopping. While the granddaddy of all bargain days, Black Friday, and its younger cousin, Cyber Monday, will be here in the next few weeks, some people might like to take advantage of bargains at other times. For those who might be willing to forgo a little personal vanity, some of the familiar retailers have websites devoted to often deeply discounted items that have been returned, had shipping damage, or had been refurbished to like-new condition, sometimes with the same warranty that the same new, unopened item may have had.

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Project Fi Regional Coverage

When traveling with family and friends who have smart phones and other devices from T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, the one constancy is that we all do not have the same level and degree of broadband wireless coverage at any given time. 

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