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Jim’s WebLetter for 3/12/16

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Hi-ya fellow Web people!

There was a time when Apple gloated about having secure, safe products. While Microsoft has had its share of viruses and malware invade its software over the years, and now Android mobile devices need protection, we have watched as iPhones and iPads now risk intrusion. This article from Tech Crunch includes a video which shows how easy it is to hack a mobile device. You would be surprised. http://techcrunch.com/2016/03/10/watch-how-easy-it-is-for-someone-to-hack-your-iphone/?sr_share=facebook

Hacking phones and computers happens primarily because a link that was clicked from an email or a website that downloads a file that infects the device. Here’s an article from Kim Komando, the Digital Goddess, with 5 questions you should always ask yourself before clicking the link. http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/komando/2016/03/11/dont-click-any-link-before-asking-these-questions/81578920/

Now we need to understand that, like locks on a door, security on phones and computers can only do so much. It is not to make a device impenetrable, but to deter someone from getting in. Passwords are used to make it harder to get into a secure website. But passwords can be figured out if given enough time and the hacker has good software. There are measures you can take to help prevent someone else from obtaining entrance and accessing your information. The Next Web recently released an article which gives good advice. http://thenextweb.com/insider/2014/09/03/protect-hackers-least-make-difficult/#gref

As long as we’re on the hacking subject, I ran across a story about how a radio broadcaster hacked into a listeners’ Amazon Echo, the home device that responds to its’ name being called. This is actually a funny story and worth the quick read … http://www.forbes.com/sites/aarontilley/2016/03/11/radio-broadcaster-hijacks-listeners-smart-home-with-amazon-echo/#7462dfde1baa

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That’s it this week. Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.

c-ya!
Jim

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