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  1. 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 broken into by hackers and all of the passwords, including the keys to unencrypt them, were exposed. If you have this service, you have already received an email about it. For the people that do not have that particular password manager but do use a similar service I would like to caution you with a bit of reasoning. The old saying is "Don't put all your eggs in one basket". A password manager does exactly that. It puts everything valuable in one place. You are then trusting some company to keep the passwords to all your valuable information safe. Consider this... if you are a hacker, it would make sense to attack the place where there are hundreds if not thousands of passwords rather than trying to get just one password of yours. Personally, I solve the problem of having different passwords on different sites by making a formula out of them. It is a rule that I apply to each website when they want me to create a password. If follow the rule, then each site then gets a unique password. I do not need to remember the password, instead I can recreate in my mind by remembering the simple rule. Here are a few examples: Let's say this is my formula to make a password for any web site I visit: First two letters of each word of the website name, followed by the year I was born, followed by a $ and then my initials in lower case Wells Fargo = WeFa56$DP Ebay = Eb56$DP Chiriqui Life = ChLi56$DP As you can see you end up with both upper and lower case letters, numbers, and a special character ($). That meets all the recommendations and it is unique for each website. Now when I visit in the future, I just think the rule out and I can figure out my password without having it written down or stored in a password manager. You can add other things and mix it with your own variations to make your formula unique. Perhaps you want to use the first initial of all your kids names or maybe the last two letters of the website name. The idea is to create a simple rule that lets you create a password for each site and makes it unique. Keep the rule the same for every site and it will have enough variations to make a different password each time. By doing this, you no longer need the password manager service and all of your accounts will not suddenly be exposed with a single failure should it get hacked. It is something to consider. I have always said a password manager works right up until the company disappears or gets hacked. When that happens, you do not have to deal with a single exposure, you have to deal with EVERY site. In today's world, that can easily be 100s. Now... about saving the passwords in your web browser so you do not have to enter them each time - I will let you consider the risks when your computer goes into the shop for repair ! Stay safe and enjoy the day
  2. Webdesign and Online Marketing Training I worked more than a decade as a professional web developer in big online-agencies in Germany and also studied media design. Since 4 years I am driving my own business (www.simon-koehler.com/) and from time to time I give small teachings to customers. If you want to create your own website or blog, or you want to improve the search engine visibility or marketing power of your existing website, I can help you. Especially for people who want to make some money with their websites or blogs, this topic might be interesting. I can teach you the following: Basics of Online Marketing / Websites Writing clean and modern HTML and CSS code Setting up a website with Wordpress Manage a web hosting account, ftp, email and databases Basics of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Advanced Search Engine Optimization (if you have the basics already) Create and optimize graphics for the web How to design stunning websites (you need to be a creative person for this) Build professional Landing Pages to sell products or services I also offer: Photoshop Basics Basics in 3D graphics with Cinema 4D Making perfect photos for websites Important note: My service is not „cheap“ but very professional. My philosophy is not to have hundreds of customers. I'd like to share my experience with people who want to be successful with what they do. Quality matters, not only quantity. Pricing: A single private lesson: $40 2 persons in a group: $18/person 3 persons in a group: $15/person for more persons, please ask... Package of 10 private lessons: $340 Additional Information: A lesson is 60 minutes. Single person lessons can take place in my house or your house in Boquete or Alto Boquete. Group lessons with more than 2 persons will take place in the restaurant „Zum Emsländer“ at Plaza San Francisco in the evening hours. Contact: You can contact me by email: info@simon-koehler.com or phone: 6822-4998
  3. I am an experienced teacher with seniors, for all things Apple, including iPads, iPhones, Macs, etc. I offer classes in April on Wednesdays at BCP, Villa Cafe, from 2-4pm. Or I can come help you at your home. I use WhatsApp and FaceTime. 68082061 howardgreen1@me.com
  4. Twin Wolf Technology Group

    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. Once the files are encrypted, a ransom demand is made. This type of malware has been around since 1989 but gained popularity around 2013 with the popularity of BitCoin, an untraceable way to make payment to the extortionist. So the question becomes how do you protect yourself from this type of attack. I have a client that was attacked this way in 2014 and several lessons were learned. First, you should know that this type of attack is not isolated to just Windows computers. All computers that connect to the Internet use data encryption to protect your activity. Whether you are logging into your bank account or shopping online, your computer is using encryption to keep your data safe. In this case the data encryption is not use to protect you but rather to make your own files inaccessible. Second, both Malware and Anti-virus protections programs, while helpful, do not give you 100% protection. In the case of my client, he was using both an Anti-virus program and a Malware scanner. Part of the problem here is that encrypting files is a completely normal activity for a computer and unless some unique attribute can be found, this malware appears as normal activity. Another part of the problem that is until someone is infected and the Anti-virus/Malware software companies have time to figure out a detection, everyone remains at risk. There is always a window of opportunity to be infected regardless of what software programs you use for protection. In the case of the hospital in this news story, they paid the ransom of $17,000 and got lucky that the extortionist actually sent them the decrytion key after making payment. It is just as likely the extortionist would demand more money or simply disappear leaving the files encrypted. The only real solution is your backups. I am not one to preach at people, nor use fear to motivate people. What I offer here is my own person experience with a client that suffered this same attack. My client, a mortgage broker in California, contacted me once he got the ransom demand of $300 and was unable to get to any of his files because they were encrypted. His business came to a complete stop. He was told the ransom demand would double every day he failed to pay. Going to the backup seems like a simple solution but in this case it was not. The problem is that the backup files were on an external hard drive that was connected to the computer at the time the infection took place. All of the backup files were also encrypted, making them equally useless. Both business files and years of family photos were lost. A few things were recovered from a backup I had made personally when working on his computer the year before but that was little consolation. Important Lesson Learned - If you backup your files to a device, such as a flash drive or external hard drive, YOU MUST DISCONNECT THE BACKUP DEVICE when you are not making the backup. Your backup is the only safe when it is disconnected and separated from the computer. My personal advice to my clients regarding backups is this: You need to have multiple backups, I recommend 3. 1. Have one near the computer but disconnected unless actually making a backup. This is your convenient backup. Used quickly and done often. Understand that this backup is at risk of being stolen, damaged or destroyed in the event of a break-in, or local disaster such as a fire. It is also at risk when it is connected to the computer. 2. Have one outside of the home/office. This protects you against anything that might happen to the backup that is near the computer or damaged while in use. It needs to be in a separate physical location such as with a trusted friend. It should not be in the same building or location as the computer except when making a backup copy. 3. Have one online using a service such as Dropbox or a cloud based storage. This backup is your final line of defense. A physical device in your possession is always superior but a copy online gives you the advantage of being accessible from any place. A backup online provides protection if the physical backup devices get damaged or stolen. Due to the generally slow Internet speeds in our area, it can be difficult to keep large files stored online and slow to retrieve them. One last bit of advice regarding backups. If you use a software program to do your backups, realize you will likely need that particular software program installed on another computer to recover your backup if your computer is lost or stolen. I recommend not using a software program that creates a single backup file, rather one that copies all of the files individually so they can be read on any computer without installing the same backup software program to retrieve them. This ransomware type malware is on the rise and often is it not talked about due to embarrassment. Heed the advice and check to be sure your backups will save you should you suffer the same fate as my client or the hospital in this news story. All my best - Dan Porter
  5. Tecnorado best technical services for Panama! We repair electronics, laptops and computers. We are your best I.T. Partner in Panama. Our Office is located in Chorrera, Calle Primera, La Heradura. Dead Phone and Laptop repair - no Display, no screen, not booting. Password removal from Phone and Laptop. We can fix all of the following faults: - Not powering or charging - Overheating or noisy fans - Windows corrupted / not starting - Randomly restarts / Blue screens - Lost or damaged Files - Password removal - Keyboard or other functions not working properly - Slow Computer or virus cleanup Technician from Germany! Best service in Panama! Website: http://www.tecnorado.com Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/tecnorado Google+:https://plus.google.com/+TecnoradoPanama Twitter:https://twitter.com/tecnorado For German and English call or whatsapp: 6746-5177 For Spanish and Italian call or whatsapp: 6427-4129 Tecnorado Técnicas Servicios de Panamá! Reparamos electrónicos, Laptops y computadoras. Podemos arreglar todos los fallos siguientes: - No es alimentar o cargar - Sobrecalentamiento o ruidosos ventiladores - Windows dañado / no empezar - Reinicia aleatoriamente pantallas / Azul - Archivos perdidos o dañados - Eliminación de la contraseña - Funciones del teclado u otro no funciona correctamente - Equipo lento o virus de limpieza Technico de Alemania! El mejor servicio en Panamá! Para llamadas o WhatsApp Alemán e Inglés: 6746-5177 Para llamadas o WhatsApp español e italiano: 6427-4129
  6. I have some old home movies on Beta tapes that I would love to save onto a D.V.D. format or onto a thumb drive. Can anyone help me with this?
  7. It is one thing to hire cheap services when getting a wall painted. It is quite another to take the same approach in getting your computer repaired. When you get home and discover that the operating system is now in Spanish and all your files and data have disappeared, a new coat of paint and a little clean up will not fix the problem. This is an unsolicited third party endorsement from Rhody Edwards for the computer services of Marilyn Jenkins. Yes, you will pay her a little more but your computer will go home with you functioning as it should, and if not, any issues will be taken care of to your satisfaction. Do not gamble with your computer data. Think about it. Call Marilyn at 6839-8086
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