S3E18: My Favorite Apps and Print Nightmare

S3E18

Chapter 1

My Favorite Apps Plus Tech News #Top10

My Favorite apps

  1. Google Maps
  2. Google Keep
  3. Authenticator Plus
  4. 1Password
  5. YouVersion Bible app
  6. Filmic Pro
  7. Google Photos
  8. Audible
  9. Flightradar24 | Flight Tracker (one of my wife’s favorites)
  10. IMDb

Chapter 2

Print Nightmare

I was so hoping that tonight I would get to come on tonight and I wanted to focus on Good News in Tech. I am always warning you about stuff or recommending you need to update this or run this app or make sure your antivirus is up to date.

Go run Windows update and update your PCs and laptops. There is a print spooler vulnerability that hackers can take advantage of to literally load programs onto your computer via the print spooler. Now if you are asking what is the print spooler? Excellent question. Basically it is the piece of software that handles printing tasks. When you print from your computer, the print spooler spins out the print job to it. None of this would be a problem if we had ever gone to an actually paperless office or stopped sending faxes. Seriously, why are we still sending faxes in 2021? 

https://www.theverge.com/2021/7/8/22569387/zebra-windows-security-update-printer-spooler-microsoft

Chapter 3

Smart Devices might not make us dumb

So in my attempt at good news reporting…

Smart devices aren’t making is dumb after all.

https://www.labmanager.com/news/smart-technology-is-not-making-us-dumber-26216

So it turns out just as I suspected that using your smart devices to remember and do things for you gives you more brain power to think about other things.

University professor Anthony Chemero and his team from the University of Cincinnati published a paper in the journal Nature Human Behaviour where they explain how smartphones and smart devices seem to actually free up our minds to focus on other things and do not negatively affect our cognitive abilities. 

Chapter 4

Billionaires in Space

More good news A Billionaire went to space. That is all I am going to say about that.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/other/richard-branson-didn-t-go-to-space/ar-AAM4bE0?ocid=ob-fb-enus-894&fbclid=IwAR1-T6jfDq4w0lyAb4B3RBYqOdF8_R6xSHIUwK9GA7ySwfX37vV1HCdL40Q

 

In perhaps bad news, he came back.

Chapter 5

This week’s moment of Zen

I really love this guy’s Photoshop work putting himself in pictures with Disney characters. Really great work.

https://mymodernmet.com/digital-art-disney-characters-samuel-mb/

 

Chapter 6? 

Madlibs

Not sure Mad Libs works as a podcast but as a live video on YouTube it did okay. Should I keep that? 

https://www.flippity.net/ml.php?k=1y9NjpZDs7CelXUZGh2Cl79RP8K4x9xEczcz5wRWjEeg





S3E17: Internet Safety for Everyone Q&A

Internet Safety Tips for Everyone Q&A

Q&A about Internet Safety tips for Everyone

You can watch this as it was on YouTube via this link: https://youtu.be/MLqbHb1bj94

  1. No browser is the king of safety so you have to protect yourself by paying attention to what you click on. Only go to https sites
  2. Consider safety based plugins like WOT (Web of Trust) which shows you the reputation of a site you are visiting. Usually if they don’t have a reputation, I won’t click on the link. This is especially true in Google Search
  3. Hover over links in emails. Is the link legit or is it nefarious? 
  4. Set all of the privacy settings you can in your browser chrome://settings/security Privacy, Safe Browsing, Safety check, Cookies
  5. Make sure your antivirus is up to date
  6. When possible, use a throw away email address for things you aren’t sure you really want so you can protect your preferred account.
  7. Use Firefox with Facebook if you really want to fake our Facebook as to where you are location wise, plus it will sandbox Facebook so it isn’t able to track you as easily.
  8. Don’t tell social media any more than you absolutely have to. You don’t have to give them your home address and phone number, you don’t have to tell them your relationship status. 
  9. This one takes a lot of effort, creating a completely fake persona. Fake address, fake name, Facebook thinks I live in Walla Walla Washington. Same with Instagram
  10. Super strong passwords. You a password keeper like 1password.com
  11. If something sounds too good to be true, it is. Watch out for phishing attacks.
  12. If you use public internet a lot, consider using a VPN product like NordVPN or ExpressVPN (I have not used these two products but websites I trust recommend them)
  13. Never visit your financial sites while on public wifi like at Starbucks or your favorite library. Too many hackers use these to spoof wifi and fake you into their own wifi so they can sniff your information such as logon credentials.
  14. If your bank or credit card offers the option of a virtual credit card number, use this when shopping. Capital One and Bank Of America for example can create one time use credit card numbers so that should your credit card number fall into the wrong hands, it won’t be worth much to them. 

Chapter 2

Bible Translation for unreached people groups. I talk about seeing an app that is the Bible translated for a group that previously did not even have a written language.