Jim’s WebLetter for 8/31/13

Hi-ya folks!

Security is the buzzword of the week on the Web.

Regular visitors to websites like the New York Times and the Washington Post found out they were hacked this week and brought down.  Not that this is heart stopping news – several other well known sites have been hit in the past.  This time it’s believed the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) was the group responsible for the attack.  The group led by a 19 year old friendly to the Asaad Regime.  The government President Obama said crossed the “red line” when it came to using chemical weapons on its own people.  These two sites were among a handful that were hit by this team.   

How did they get into sites that were believed to be secure to the highest level?  They discovered the sites were not DNS locked.  Domain Name System is the means of converting the letters of a domain name to numbers of the Internet address.   Security at that level is not something that smaller sites are necessarily concerned about, but larger sites like Google and Yahoo work to keep things protected.  This story from Read Write Web gives how-to instructions in protecting higher security.  http://readwrite.com/2013/08/28/avoiding-dns-hacks-new-york-times#awesm=~og1BG2Iz3Z3SEP

This week, I learned that all MAC computers all have a security issue that was revealed.  The flaw allows the hacker “super user” status which means the user can get access to all private information, delete other users from the computer and generally control the computer.  PC users know this by the term administrator or “admin”.  And how easy is it to get that access?  How about setting the computers’ clock to a specific date?  Amazing … http://www.slashgear.com/mac-hack-offers-super-user-status-by-resetting-the-clock-30295432/

Finally this week, security with young users isn’t what it used to be years ago.  In this article by Macworld, Abbi Perets discusses why it’s smart for parents to keep up with the teens.  Even if you completely trust your kids, their friends may have issues going on you may not know about that can lead to problems in your teen’s life.  Abbi’s 6 tips conclude with the best advice – parents should be a good role model. http://www.macworld.com/article/2047488/six-ways-to-keep-teenagers-safe-online.html

=== HuMoR ===
My friend was slowly recovering from a heart attack. “Doctor,” she pleaded with her cardiologist, “you must keep me alive for the next two years. I want to attend my first grandchild’s graduation.”
“We’ll try,” he replied compassionately.
In due course she gratefully attended the graduation.
Some time later she again spoke to her doctor. “My granddaughter is to be married in 18 months. Please help me to be able to attend her wedding.”
“We’ll do our best,” he replied.
And my friend happily attended her granddaughter’s wedding.
Ten years passed. She visited her cardiologist regularly and followed his instructions religiously.
One morning she called him. “Doctor,” she began, “I’m feeling fine, but I have another request to ask of you. Remember how you saw me through to my grandson’s graduation?”
“And later how you helped me attend my granddaughter’s wedding?”
“Well, as you know I’ve just celebrated my 80th birthday. And I just bought myself a new mattress.”
“It has a 20-year guarantee…”
(thanks, Doc)
When my husband took his beat-up pickup truck to our insurance agent for a pre-insurance inspection, the teen-age receptionist was sent to look over the truck. Armed with a checklist and a few simple questions, she breezed through the chore.
She asked, “What are the age and make of the vehicle?”
My husband replied, “It’s a ’65 Ford.” Apologetic about its desperate condition, he added, “It’s an old fossil.”
Inside, the office assistant entered the data into her computer and frowned.
“Is there a problem?” asked the husband.
“Our computers have a lot of automotive data,” she explained, “but it’s never heard of a Ford Fossil.”
(thanks, Russell)
That’s what I have for you this week … make it a good Labor Day weekend friends, and until next, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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