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Observations, experiences and advice for navigating the tech wilderness in Panama.

In an effort to help others tackle the technology wilderness here in Panama, I have decided to begin this blog.   As a point of reference for the reader, I have been in the technology business for more than 35 years and lived in Panama since March of 2009.   I own and operate Twin Wolf Technology Group, as a consultant and technology solution provider.   This blog is not about my business but rather the challenges and experiences of expats face here in Panama.

It is my hope that the reader can benefit from the topics I post.   I welcome your comments and questions.

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Facebook hacked

Today, September 28th,  news sources are reporting that Facebook was hacked affecting 50 million accounts or more.   It is highly recommended that you log into Facebook and change your password at this time.   More information on the hack are available here: https://mashable.com/article/facebook-50-million-accounts-hacked  

Twin Wolf Technology Group

Twin Wolf Technology Group

 

Planning Airline Travel

I have just completed planning and purchasing airline tickets for a month long visit to multiple cities in the US.   Using the Internet to do so is a must and can be an exhausting process.  If you are looking for the best deals with cheapest prices, things have changed in recent years.   It used to be a quick visit to (Oribiz.com, Expedia.com, or Travelocity.com ) would be a great place to compare fares and find a good deal.   Then, over time I noticed that sometimes going direct to the actual a
 

Hackers

Technology has become so intertwined in our lives that it is hard to imagine life without it.   It makes our lives simpler in many ways yet the complexity challenges even the most well informed.  The news is full of technology stories that can be confusing, misleading and down right scary at times.   Today there is news of more hacker activity and I want to pass along what you need to know in simplest terms. Equifax Data Breach    The security breach of Equifax happened between May and

Twin Wolf Technology Group

Twin Wolf Technology Group

 

Your Passwords

As I write this, I am shaking my head.   Another site hacked, this time one that hold passwords for thousands of people.  What I am commenting on is a service called One Login.  It is a password manager service.   The idea is to keep all of your passwords in one place and have a program or app on your phone keep track of them so they can all be very long and different.   You only need to remember the one password for the service and the rest is done for you. Well, OneLogin was br
 

Worldwide Ransomware Cyberattack

As predicted more than a year ago, we are seeing another expanded attack of "Ransomware"  (the encryption of your data and holding it for ransom).   The news reports are full of this, so I will not go over every detail yet again.   The basic questions everyone has are: 1.  Does it or will it affect me? Probably not but lets layout the details.   This particular malware/virus attacks older Windows XP,  Windows Vista and some unpatched Windows 7 installations.   It does not appear to att
 

Windows 10 Updates

I am seeing more and more clients with issues due to the latest Windows 10 Update.    Common issues are that printers/scanners and other devices that worked one day suddenly do not work the next day.   I also have had clients reporting their laptop will suddenly shuts down and not power back up until the laptop is plugged into the wall.   It gives every appearance that the battery is somehow bad.  It is not a bad battery at all.   The removal of the latest Microsoft update returns the laptop to
 

WhatsApp Scam

For those that do not follow the latest security scams and tricks being used to compromise your smartphone, here is the latest to be aware of: A new scam using WhatsApp is trying to infect smartphones with a nasty virus. Users of the mobile app are being warned about the scam which is affecting Android devices. They are being sent 'secret' messages, which offer an exclusive version of the app called WhatsApp Gold, with enhanced features "used by celebrities." But it is just being used
 

Netflix by country

I have received several questions regarding Netflix blocking users that use a VPN to access content.   If you are a VPN user and cannot get to Netflix, I would recommend the service called "Unlocator".   It uses a different method of accessing the blocked content and as of this writing, Unlocator users users are still able to access the Netflix content they want.   You can get more information about Unlocator service at their website http://www.unlocator.com.   They offer a 7 day free trial and
 

Ransomware and Backups

I have received several questions regarding the recent news story about Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in L.A. whose computers were infected with "ransomware".   For those unaware of the news story, here is a link to it.   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-hospital-cyberattack-idUSKCN0VS05M Ransomware is malware (malicious software) that infects a computer and encrypts all of the user's files making them unusable until they are decrypted with a unique key.
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