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WhatsApp messages: Safety of encryption still under question

WhatsApp message encryption  is still under question.  The fact that messages written between users of this popular service enjoyed it because of its privacy, messages can still be read by prying eyes.

Remember the uproar over the privacy issue in the San Bernadino shooting? IPhones had additional safety features built into the phone to avoid someone seeing incriminating evidence. Yet, the FBI found its way around the First Amendment and everyone’s right to privacy, including the dead terrorists. This blogger still has her phone coded around my family just in case someone gets too nosey.

Once again, the media might be the catalyst for giving people the wrong idea concerning the safety of chatting on WhatsApp. Being able to read messages through a back door led users to Most other chat services that aren’t encrypted or as safe. Sometimes it makes this blogger wonder why the media allowed for such stupid scare tactics to occur?

My biggest concern is whether my gmail and yahoo email accounts were safe. Because the app had been compromised at yahoo for the second time my password is coded, preventing a breach. In times of war, nothing is absolute, not even the right to privacy.  In the case of the San Bernadino shooting, the FBI showed just cause in retrieving the data in the iPhone as evidence of a terrorist attack and maintained the proper warrant.

The concern over WhatsApp encrypted messages has merit. This didn’t sound so dumb to a lot of people. According to Chris Mills January 13 bog post, End-to-end encryption relies on both users having two parts of a secure key, used to encrypt and then decrypt the message. But to make sure that messages are always sent, even when the recipient is offline, Whatsapp appears to have compromised that system. According to The Guardian, “WhatsApp has the ability to force the generation of new encryption keys for offline users, unbeknown to the sender and recipient of the messages, and to make the sender re-encrypt messages with new keys and send them again for any messages that have not been marked as delivered.”

Here’s how the WhatsApp feature worked, according to Chris Smith’s January 17 blog post :

  • When a message is sent but not delivered to the recipient (you see a single tick on your sent message), WhatsApp servers will hold onto the message until it can be delivered, regardless of what happens to the receiving account.
  •  If a person — let’s call him Jay — loses a smartphone, buys a new one, or changes SIMs, but wants to keep using the same WhatsApp account, the application will warn all Jay’s contacts that their friend has changed devices, and an in-person security check might be required to verify his identity.

Now, here’s where the backdoor ‘feature’ steps in. The messages sent by all of Jay’s friends via WhatsApp will still arrive — that’s when his friends will see two ticks under their sent messages, marking the fact that the messages have been sent.

*Boelter explains that all the government has to do to spy on a specific friend of Jay’s — let’s call him Silent Bob — is to mimic  Jay’s phone using sophisticated equipment or by accessing WhatsApp’s servers. The government would then prevent the server from sending confirmation ticks to Silent Bob that his messages have been sent to Jay.

Jay, meanwhile, will not receive those messages, as they’re sent to the government’s devices. But Jay might soon realize that something is wrong with his WhatsApp app.

The gist is that Silent Bob will continue to send out messages to his friend, thinking that Jay has not seen the messages. The government would then collect that data.

In Tobias Boelter’s January 17 blog post, he stated that Facebook’s failure to acknowledge this flaw is a major concern because it allowed hackers to use this vulnerability. The collection of data  would’ve been a violation of users First Amendment right to privacy and free speech. Facebook and WhatsApp would have to keep all messages sent to an account that’s activated on a new device and prompt the senders to send them again if they want to do it. Even if it’s a hassle for the user, who sent those messages. In this case, Silent Bob’s messages that are in transit would need confirmation to be sent again to Jay.

Even though this made encrypted messages safe, it isn’t totally safe from hackers or unethical government people. Tobias Boelter showed this.

 

Sources:

Feelings Tobias Boelter’s Blog, January 17, 2017

WhatsApp vulnerability: Encryption backdoor or convenience feature? Chris Smith January 17, 2017

Whatsapp bug allows viewing of encrypted messages Chris Mills January 13, 2017

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Safe holiday shopping tips

With the biggest shopping season upon us, safety remains a top priority both on and offline. Retailers expected more than $11 billion be spent between Black Friday and Cyber Monday and beyond. That meant that most shoppers are using the internet for those must-have gifts this season.

This also meant that thieves are monitoring people’s shopping habits. Just like the criminal that watches one’s comings and goings, hackers find patterns and find where their victims frequently shop and hone in on their weaknesses.

With that in mind, here is a set of helpful online shopping safety tips:

1. Ensure that the website address is secure and has a valid encryption certificate. It will usually display a “locked, green” indicator in front of the website name. If it doesn’t have that, it does not have a higher level of security that has been guaranteed by a known entity like Verisign, Symantec and others.

2. Ensure your system has the most recent recommended system and security patches.

3. Always use a credit card that is not tied directly to your personal bank account(s), even if you are using PayPal, Bitcoin or some other payment method. Thankfully, there isn’t a bank card in my wallet.

4. Never give anything other than name, address and phone number.  You should not need to answer security or privacy questions when making a purchase or checking out. If they ask, see if you can checkout as a “guest” instead.

5. Monitor your credit through a third party for identify theft and have SMS and email alerts sent to you immediately. I use LifeLock, which notifies me via phone or text messaging when there is a problem with my identity.

6. Set-up alerts with your credit card company that send both SMS and emails when any purchases are made and the credit card was not scanned (meaning, it wasn’t in someone’s hand when the charge was made). Set them as low as $25 per purchase. Also, set-up alerts for total purchases over $500 in a billing period to protect multiple $24.99 purchases. And if possible, a maximum amount of purchases allowed in a billing period, such as $1500 before card will get declined. My credit card companies will notify me of suspicious activity on my cards for free. There isn’t much space for a criminal to run up a bill on any of them anyway.

7. Ensure that you have a reputable Antivirus program running on your computer and that your browser has an Ad blocking plug-in. Even with this protection in place, things still slip under the radar like the flashing ads from a flashplayer. If this happens, run the antivirus program immediately to avoid an infection or malware problem.

8. Ensure that the network your computer/device is on is secure and you know who has access to your network. This is usually done with your router. You want to lock down your router so that traffic can be initiated from the inside-out but you do not want traffic to be initiated from the outside-in. If you are using a WiFi connection, make sure that network is also secure and requires a password to join. If it is a public WiFi network that doesn’t require a password, then the traffic coming from your device can be monitored and stolen. I don’t use hotspots. With only two gigabites a month, my phone is only used to make calls when I am out. I make purchases via the computer anyway.

9. Any passwords that you use should be strong, hard to guess ones. Or, even better, hard to guess, but easy to remember.

10. Don’t click on unfamiliar links to sites advertising sales, coupons, etc. This was one of the reasons why people, myself included, got in trouble. In my desparation to have that elusive video, I went ‘off the grid; to make the purchase and ended up not getting it. I got something with English subtitles instead from Amazon.

11. Use two-factor authentication/verification, if it is offered. I’ve learned my lesson. To protect Yoboogle from hackers, I tried this. It took three tries in order to have this safety feature removed. Because I had no hooked up printer/scanner, I had to send the form to the apartment manager to print out so I could sign it. E-signing wasn’t accepted. They had to rescan the signed form back to me so it could be sent to GoDaddy.

It has been my policy never to purchase anything via my phone. My bad habit is leaving sensitive information on the clipboard or not erasing my cyber trail after Googling something. I my phone didn’t have an alert about this, hackers would have a field day. No wonder someone from Turkey and Taiwan tried hacking into two of my email accounts a while back. After my yahoo account got hacked via the app, I stopped ordering food, like pizza using online coupons. There are some safety tips to remember when using your phone:

1. Only download apps from official app marketplaces like Google Play or Apple’s App Store.

Most of the time one can download the free version of an app. Always look for this first.

2. Be wary of applications that ask for suspicious permissions, like access to contacts, text messages, administrative features, stored passwords, or credit card info. Never allow this unless absolutely necessary.

3. Check out the background of an app before downloading. Research the developer and be cognizant of the spelling of brand names. Like fraudulent emails and phone numbers, there can be fake apps too. If there is any bad press, you will find it.

 

4. Make sure to take a deep look at each app. New developers, or developers that leverage free email services (e.g., @gmail) for their developer contact, can be enormous red flags — threat actors often use these services to produce mass amounts of malicious apps in a short period. Also, poor grammar in the description highlights the haste of development and the lack of marketing professionalism that are hallmarks of mobile malware campaigns. Check the reviews to see if there is a history of trouble.

The ironic thing about most Black Friday purchases is that the majority of shoppers used this method, according to a Today Show Saturday report. Target had the top sales of 3,200 TVs a minute their first hour. Online sales hit a record $3 billion. Amazon sold 100,000 toys in their first few hours. Also ironic is that Target, Walmart and Best Buy had the best sales on electronics like gaming consoles and kitchen items, in spite of some big ticket items and their ‘limited availability’ or ‘allowed amount’ per buyer.

My trouble with apps aren’t the shopping kind, like Amazon, Overstock, Best Buy and Retail Me Not. They usually are the type meant to support one’s smart phone. Cleanmaster was great until it was infected with malware. CM Security already had memory boosting capabilities, a way to clean junk files, shut down battery draining apps, a security scan, and call blocking capabilities. There isn’t any need for all other apps.

My first desktop computer was bought after Christmas. My first laptop was purchased about one month before the holiday shopping season officially opened. My reasoning for owning a laptop at the time was because my desktop was showing its age and slowing down. Sale ads have been always on television, in the local paper and online. I got lucky—or so I thought, because they were getting rid of the brand of computer or laptop desired by me. I got what I paid for. The motherboard was not expandable.

This is a hard lesson to learn both with laptops and desktops. Buyer beware. One should buy new or trade up, not just look at the price tag when considering an electronic purchase. Trading up meant the purchase was expandable. I went from Windows 8 to 10 because it was built into my laptop and it was free till July of this year. Compatibility is a major factor also. My television is compatible with the Clearwire TV Antenna. My brother just bought me a Blue-Ray DVD Player, but in order to work, it needed the newest in television sets because the new player did not decode on the analog sets I have. With both the old computers, the lack of space to upgrade to Windows 7 after Windows XP went out of service, forced the need for a new laptop.

The trick here is avoiding scams both online and in the store at any time, not just around the holidays. They can happen anywhere, even over the phone. While one locks their gifts in the trunk to avoid theft, avoid being taken for a fool by believing everything in print. Know what the offers are and their limitations to avoid any misunderstandings.

 

 

Sources:

15 tips to stay safe while shopping online from Black Friday to Cyber Monday

What You Should And Shouldn’t Buy On Black Friday

Black Friday weekend expected to kick off busiest holiday-shopping season ever

Fighting Back: The Scam-Buster’s Survival Guide

I love to write about trending topics and real life experiences. I love to read and write Science Fiction and Fantasy stories dealing with parallel worlds.

Black Friday 2016: Tech and movie tie-ins predicted hits

Black Friday 2016 will be upon us soon, now that the Presidential Election is over. One thing different this year is that there are a whole host of stores that decided that they are remaining closed on Thanksgiving Day.

This blogger believes that Black Friday 2016 actually started long before the target date. The ads for great Christmas buys started after Halloween. If shoppers were smart, shopping should start midsummer. My mother read me the riot act for waiting until Christmas Eve to shop for gifts. Then threaten bodily harm if my shopping done before Thanksgiving. I did my shopping via the internet after that tirade. To be honest, Black Friday 2016 and Christmas Eve were the worst times to do one’s shopping. The stores were a mad house for those rushing to get the best deals in the beginning and buy those forgotten on their list the night before Christmas.

Don’t lose heart, though. There are places that have good deals on some of the hottest selling items this season. While some stores wished to remain closed, the list of those staying open are updated daily.According to one article on AOL, one of the biggest sellers this season is to be the iPod. The Nintendo NES has been available since Veteran’s Day, One of the hottest items, Hatchables, are already hard to get. Some parents are buying these toys on ebay for four times their retail price and beyond. It looked to me that the most popular toys flying off the shelves this holiday season were either technology-based or had a movie tie-in. Remember the superhero movies last year? All the toys released for the holiday were based on the movie in theaters. Retailers were counting on this and the predictions made by execs and children earlier in the summer.

My prediction is that the Nintendo NES and the new Xbox One and Xbox One S will be hits this Christmas in addition to those toys predicted to be sold faster. Fans of Nintendo are going to have to wait until the universal theme park opens as it is still in the planning stage. It remained to be seen what toys became popular this year.

 

 

 

 

Sources

Stores Closed on Thanksgiving Day 2016

Stores Opening on Thanksgiving Day & Store Hours 2016

DealsOfAmerica.com.

10 items that will sell out fast this Christmas

Nintendo and Universal Studios announce partnership to bring games, characters to life in new theme park attractions

I love to write about trending topics and real life experiences. I love to read and write Science Fiction and Fantasy stories dealing with parallel worlds.

Windows 10 software

Microsoft: Refund faulty Windows 10 software to complainers

As a Windows 10 user, I am in agreement with the article that stated that Microsoft should refund its users if they have issues with faulty Windows 10 software. So far, this user has not had any, except with the downloaded Amazon.com music program. It was not Windows 10 compatible, even though it said so. In the article, the problems with Windows 10 software were with things like web cameras and internet protection software after being added to the computer.

The issue with my laptop was the software already on the computer. For instance, Windows 8 already had McAfee, which had to be removed in order to install and operate Windows Defender. Both of these together butt heads, locking up computer performace by slowing it down. This blogger disagreed with the article’s continued allegations that Microsoft forced the latest upgrades to its users though its updates. Any time an update was free and didn’t mess up my OS system, it was a blessing.

Microsoft says Windows 10 has been installed on more than 350 million devices, and as of August this year was running on 23% of PCs on the market globally.

The Windows 10 upgrades were free to Windows 8 and 8.1 users, if they scheduled their upgrade before the button was removed this year after July. There was no way, this blogger is paying $99.99 a piece for two upgrades. Granted, Mom had to send both the new and old laptops to my brother to fix them. The weird thing about this is they just needed to be plugged in at his house.

Why return to a previous state when Windows 8 went the way of Windows XP? One should enhance, not got back unless their computer is damaged. The trick here is going back far enough so that one didn’t have to do a full restore. In my case, the flash player ads on the internet messed up the computer my mother loaned me a few years ago. With no reimaged software, my only recourse was to purchase a new one for her.

For those that had trouble with the Windows 10 upgrades, they should be reimbursed for the faulty sotware. Microsoft should honor it too.

I love to write about trending topics and real life experiences. I love to read and write Science Fiction and Fantasy stories dealing with parallel worlds.

Walmart top 25 holiday toys chosen by children, suppliers and trends

Ladies and gentlemen, start your shopping now! Get ready for the trending toys this Christmas. Walmart already had their top 25 holiday favorites listed. The beauty of this is, they didn’t rely Walmart treding holiday toys2016bon the recommendations of parents, but children aged toddler to preteen and toy suppliers also. Another plus, they are supposedly to boost holiday sales.

If the child is interested in a specific toy, it is bound to be on the shelf. The trick, though, was getting there early. Black Friday started earlier every year. So far, a racing playset, a Disney princess carriage, a Sky Viper Steaming drone and a  Razor Power Core E100 Electric Scooter are very popular among this chosen set

Of course, Star Wars remained among the top sellers also. This is due to last year’s hit movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which bought back a shift in focus to galactic defense. Tmely, since North Korea and Iran have nuclear weapons. I lost count after the first three movies in trilogy came out years ago. I had to wait two years before Star Wars: Return of the Jedi came to cable. It was still good though. Star Wars: Rogue One, due in theaters Dec. 16, is destined to bolster holiday sales also.

Toy suppliers are important too. They are given the difficult task of developing toys that interests children. Thankfully, last year’s, hit Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, made things a lot easier. Remember how it got panned by critics? Well, Walmart counts on the bat cave from this franchise becoming a premier item sold from Mattel. It had strong sales from November to spring 2016.

Shoppers wanting to get a jump on toy shopping might like the Walmart layaway policy, which gives early-bird shoppers more time. There are no fees ad customers are allowed as little as 10%. Before being phased out in 2006 on all products except jewelry, it got re-instated five years later. When my niece’s mother bought her oldest daughter the contraband Easy-Bake Oven, only the oven got placed on layaway, not the cake mixes.

Let’s not forget the ever popular video games and their consoles. Other than Amazon.com, the best place to buy locally is Walmart.. Of Course, the Sony PlayStation Virtual Reality Bundle is a standout, along with standards like cookware and make-up kits. I got my T-Fal ten piece set in 2001 and it is still holding up well.

 

Source: Walmart names its 25 hottest toys for holidays: Get in line now

I love to write about trending topics and real life experiences. I love to read and write Science Fiction and Fantasy stories dealing with parallel worlds.

Targeted ads using WhatsApp cell numbers breaches Facebook’s promise

Facebook and WhatsApp  users are fuming over the parent company using data collected from phone numbers to target ads. The backlash is far-reaching. Some WhatsApp users have left the chat service over this announcement. Frankly, this blogger didn’t blame them. Unfortunately, this blogger wants updates through her phone on news related items, so Facebook had my cell number. WhatsApp requires users to give their cell number to validate the account. I only chat with one person, even though other friends use that chat service.

I don’t mind the Facebook targeting their ads to me as long as they are beneficial. It’s to their credit they have been so lately. However, this blogger understood users outcry of both system’s determination to make a profit from their targeted ads. This is a breach in their promise not to use collected data from WhatsApp. The social media giant bought the app two years ago. Back then, a $5 price hike concerned its users.

Facebook must be hard up for members to breach its agreement with its users. While it is a great place to gather trending news topics, it wasn’t the only choice. There was a time when I’d get three or four alerts on the same trending news story from different outlets. It is difficult deciding which one to use. The link easiest to use won. That ranked People near the bottom because their stories were removed a lot.

While Facebook remained quiet about this latest announcement, users of these services can stop it. With the encryption added, no one outside of the sender or receiver can read messages. They didn’t share anyone’s posts from WhatsApp on Facebook or send a list of cell numbers to advertisers. On the flip side, sharing one’s number got targeted ads, better friend requests and fight spam. I’ve noticed that unverified accounts on Facebook are removed. Before accepting the TOS agreement on WhatsApp, remove the check mark from the box that reads ‘share my account with Facebook’, then put a check mark in the agree to the TOS box. If it was already checked, go to the account section and remove the check mark from ‘share account info’. This blogger plans to check her account on WhatsApp and Facebook.

I love to write about trending topics and real life experiences. I love to read and write Science Fiction and Fantasy stories dealing with parallel worlds.

VCRs are extinct–or soon will be

VCRs are becoming extinct, literally. The last ones are being made this month. Right now, the only place VCRs are bought are in resale shops. As for ‘feeling old’ my first VCR wasn’t until after graduating college. This blogger is still waiting for her brother to find a Blue-Ray player, my Christmas present from two years ago. Apparently, the halt in production is because parts are harder to acquire and poor sales also, according to this morning’s Huffington Post article.

VCRs:  Remembering the BETAMAX

As a preteen, my family had one of these overseas. Okinawa is the best in purchasing the first VCR, the Betamax. Electronics like that are cheaper in the country in which they are created, at least before China or Taiwan became involved! My dad had fun recording movie titles, everything from A to Z. “Blazing Saddles”, “Silver Streak”, “History of the World, Pt. 1” and “The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie” are our favorites. While I like “Phantasm 1-4” my brother likes “Squirm”.

VCRs: The Problem

My father used this because it was in the living room with the family television set, which later included cable. While programing it became my father’s, brother’s and sister’s responsibility, it became a major source of entertainment for all of us. Like the first TV set, it was analog and had actual working parts. It lost to the competition because most movies are at least two hours. Betamax tapes only play one hour, meaning death in the rental market. Size and cost contributed, especially with shipping.The Betamax was 36 pounds! Hey, the first electronic typewriters had ribbons and a wheel of letters, not screens with a delete button. One used white out if they had typos.

VCRs: Still in use

Right now, my VCRs are a symbiant to my DVD player since replacing my first one with an RCA. It won’t play without a VCR. Watching cable through the first one aged it quickly. My cable box got replaced more than my VCR. The company tech didn’t have the know how to reattach either one of the above and wouldn’t touch them. His high rating depended on both being reattached correctly, whether needed or not. By God’s grace he did it right and double-checked before leaving.

When CDs and DVDs came out, most of my VHS tapes got replaced. Some of my records did too. Most of my DVDs are Disney classics, literary classics comedy favorites or old cartoons. The blue-ray player plays both types of DVDs. Since my television viewing is non-existent, the recording isn’t needed. As long as it works, there aren’t any high-powered electronics needed, like a DVR.

I love to write about trending topics and real life experiences. I love to read and write Science Fiction and Fantasy stories dealing with parallel worlds.

Success: Apps times marketing equal sales

Nothing beats having downloadable apps for a website or blog. The reality being, that this crucial element  secured on-going traffic. Of course, it as easier if these were already mobile friendly, meaning that a site or blog was viewable almost exactly as is on a phone, PC or tablet. What is the goal of marketing? What part did social media play?

The Goal of Marketing  The goal was making viewers of one’s blog want to visit the web site and sign up or buy what one featured. Remember the college economics class about supply and demand? Downloadable ebooks have been always popular, especially when the author can offer some valuable information on how to get something either for free or reduced price for a limited time. Since writing about parallel universes was my favorite, offering the first chapter of my novel, The Long Journey Home, might excite a few readers. It might be better to offer The Eros Chronicles for download too, as a limited release.

The role of Social Media. Social media was a great marketing tool. With the right apps and marketing strategies earning money became easier.One thing my brother taught me is never pay for anything if it was downloaded for free. Even though Facebook purchased WhatsApp a while back, the cost to use the chat service still remained at .99 a year. At least the social media giant was in fourth place behind SnapChat. Here were the Android top five free trending apps for The Google PlayStore:

Messenger (Facebook)

 Slither io

SnapChat

Facebook

T-Mobile Tuesdays

The nicest thing about the top five grossing apps had a few games recognized through on phone ads and tried by me on my smart phone. With only 2GB of space on my phone, these had to be played on my computer. It is easy to become addicted to ad disgusted with some of them, especially Candy Crush Saga, just like Angry Birds. The music was annoying.

Game of War

Mobile Strike

Clash of Clans

Candy Crush Saga

  Clash Royale

As mentioned before, it is fun and profitable to create a free mobile app of one’s own, if the public liked the product. One of my Facebook pages had a mobile app through Como. Normally, this was free for the first 50 downloads, then one paid for it. AppsGeyser is great, but  troubles existed when downloading and monetizing the app. The beauty being that a contest going on through July 31 sponsored by Amazon for the best app. Creating the app was free and could even be downloaded into the Google PlayStore and the Amazon Apps Store. The winner got $70 and a tablet. Images and names had to be free of copyright infringement. Most of the popular competition was gaming apps.

Apps were a great advertising tool. In order for web traffic to flow, one had to entice readers with some sort of free or reduced price download,  It was easy to see that some of the above games did well in the Google Play Store. This blogger recognized some or them through the ads online. A few were even played by me. 

I love to write about trending topics and real life experiences. I love to read and write Science Fiction and Fantasy stories dealing with parallel worlds.

Feedback: Future with cable company ‘in limbo’

As a blogger, a recent magazine article, Am I Making a Difference?, made me wonder the same thing, but on a different scale. Once again, my troubles were with the current cable company, Time Warner Cable. The issue they had this Saturday past was supposed to fix fraying outside wires. The filters were supposed to prevent noise from radio frequencies. Unfortunately, these filters killed the internet. Several of the people in my complex called because they didn’t have service. Instead of band-aiding the situation, the broken lines should have been replaced. Did any feedback, good or bad, matter since the company was to be absorbed by another?

Access to the web was crucial. It was my job to engage readers on my websites and social media outlets with trending topics. Because of one tech’s bumbling, readership was down a big chunk from Friday. At its worst, nothing was able to be posted on Facebook. Imagine if there were a deadline to meet with Freelancer.com. Missing a deadline could mean not being paid or getting fired. Thank goodness my electric bill was paid by phone, otherwise it would’ve been late again. The penalties for that were painful enough in March.

Negotiations for a lower rate fell on deaf ears. Like the four year-old in the article above, fighting with TWC customer service wasn’t the way to handle things, even if they didn’t budge on allowing a lower price. This blogger “gets it”. In my case, because of my being disturbed over the shoddy job the tech did on Saturday, my only recourse would be to complain to higher up. This might work with the other situation a few weeks ago with Yoboogle too, since that hasn’t been resolved either. My being unable to post bothers me. All that was received from the host company was, “We’ll get this fixed for you, OK?”

The automated feedback number was down. It never got past the first question, no matter what was pushed. Because no further reduction was made on last month’s bill, no feedback was made by me. This time my wish was for something to be done to improve competency among the workers and for those that make major mistakes like the one on Saturday be held accountable for it. With all the trouble experienced by this company in the last three years, repairing an outside line should be done free of charge. This was a technical error.

Perhaps this blog piece will get them to notice. Bad press was a nail or a thorn. My cousin was right. Things like that ran rampant on the Internet. My future with this new company remained ‘in limbo’. At this point, leaving any kind of feedback was remote.  At least the tech today left his personal card in case anything else went wrong with my connections.

Sources:

  1. Will the new company name mean better cable deals?
  2. Yoboogle: Sign in error sources found
  3. By hooking VCR and DVD player right, TWC tech kept 9 rating
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Windows 10 upgrade: Getting the free option was a choice

If people wanted Windows 10, they’d better get it before July 29 if they wanted it for free. After that time, one would have to pay for it. Why was there such a rush for Microsoft to have the new updates next month? Were they forcing users who didn’t want the upgrade to have it anyway? There was a media backlash over that they way they killed off other Windows operating systems.

Enhanced Security According to an article in PCWorld, the best way to protect a computer against anything that might harm the operating system, like adware, malware, and other web viruses. My brother agrees that one wanted to go up, not down.This should be done once a month when the user ran Windows Defender. They should check for computer upgrades as well.

Upgrading was a choice PC users were never ‘coerced’ to take the upgrade if they didn’t want it. Social media had this wrong. As long as the upgrade wasn’t running, one could still stop the improvements to their compter. It had to be done in the scheduling stage though.

Here was what they were reporting to Microsoft:

a. Microsoft is making it extremely difficult to avoid automatic Windows 10 updates now, and is removing the option to cancel the update altogether.  A report from The Register claims that there is no cancel option in the update dialog box anymore, as the user is presented with choices to either upgrade instantly or choose an upgrade time. 

b. Microsoft has promised to support Windows 7 until 2020, and users should be let alone to use their favorite operating system until then. As a report from PCWorld recently shared that to avoid Windows 10 upgrades, users are disabling critical security updates on their Windows 7 machines, which is not only counterproductive but also puts Microsoft’s users at risk.

Microsoft Essentials will protect Windows 7 operating systems until 2020 also. They will still get the much-needed security patches needed to keep their computers safe. Microsoft said, even though PCWorld said having the latest upgrades kept the computer safer with Windows 10. Windows 7 users weren’t out yet.

c.  Microsoft says The Regs report is “inaccurate:” Microsoft Denies Removing the Close Button from Get Windows 10 App

Free Windows 10 to end Why end the free option? Microsoft wanted it like that because it was the first anniversary of the premiere Windows operating system. Any time after this date, users of the older Windows systems would have to pay $119. The app was to shut down automatically. This eliminated ‘forced’ upgrades.

Unfortunately, a few chunks of Windows 10 were still being added to the customer’s computer, even without their consent. This blogger can see why the article above was written, but it wasn’t over the choice to upgrade or not. It was just how the app worked automatically.

The good news was that, like the free upgrade, it took time to shut down the Windows 10 upgrade app on every computer used worldwide.

I love to write about trending topics and real life experiences. I love to read and write Science Fiction and Fantasy stories dealing with parallel worlds.