Why File Encryption on Android is Hotter than Jennifer Lawrence!

Jennifer Lawrence By Gage Skidmore

Jennifer Lawrence By Gage Skidmore

File Encryption for Android

With the recent hack into Jennifer Lawrence’s account and her pictures and documents were copied without her knowledge.  We all know that if you didn’t encrypt your phone you would be just as much the responsible as the next person.   Most teens and young Adults never really think about how’d they would feel if there pictures were copied without their knowledge.  We’ve known that all photos are automatically uploaded to a server to protect them from getting lost.   Android does this also probably without your knowledge sometimes.   I get emails and notifications when they are uploaded to Google+ to share with friends and family.  So the problem persists, what can we do to prevent unauthorized access to those delicate photos that you might not want anyone else to get or even see!

Encrypting the Whole Phone

The problem with this for Android is, it can be quite difficult to recover your pictures and stuff if your android won’t start or even load up.   It also can be very difficult to use with services such as Google Drive or Google Photos.   Since they will automatically un-encrypt them to upload them to server.   You really can’t use this feature to protect your Photos and other such files unless you DO NOT Trust anyone or Anything else except the phone.   Then if you lose the phone or it gets damaged then you have lost photos that you might of wanted to keep.  I only suggest this option for my clients who are Doctors, or Lawyers who might need to keep their patient or client information safe.   It isn’t really a fool-proof method and I am sure somewhere, some program can crack the encryption.  If you are wanting to go this route, please check out a good article from How To Geek on Phone encryption for the Android Device!

Alternatives to Phone Encryption!

We have several ways to go about encrypting the delicate photos or most documents that you might not want anyone to see without doing a full Phone encryption on the Android device!  I’m going to talk about a few of them on this article to help you start the journey into keeping your pictures safe and documents safe.  This isn’t for everyone and you should know if you do not trust the application, I wouldn’t install it.   Here are a list of Free Applications to Encrypt the files you might need to keep safe!

  • Sophos Mobile Encryption — This worked with Google Drive and dropbox with very little problems on my end.   I’d it out for a few days and it seems to do the job really well. I however had some beginning problems with it because i had to figure out how to make it encrypt files but once I did it was a real snap.
  • File Locker — This one doesn’t have any cloud storage solutions but can be good to encrypt the file before uploading to a cloud storage like Google Drive.   I found this one to be easy and not so hard.   Each file can have a unique passphrase so that is the only downfall on this.   You could have several different passphrases for any given time.
  • ES File Explorer — Another good one that has some good Cloud Support like Dropbox, SugarSync, OneDrive, Google Drive, S3 and More.   It can’t encrypt files on the drives themselves so it is only good to download them and then upload the encrypted file.   It however is another good Alternative then not having anything at all!

I’ve only had a chance to play around with these few three but there are ones that are paid application that might do even better jobs than these.   It is how you use the applications that will help you protect your files and what you want to protect most of all!  With all the photo leaks going on, I would rather have my stuff encrypted before it goes to the cloud.   This way I do not have to worry about unauthorized access to the files in question.  I have no doubt that someone will come up with even a better way to keep your files safe but until then this is my recommendation for those who might want to at least start the process and keep the delicate files from being viewed or copied.   These applications worked on my Blu View Phone and I had no problems with them on my phone.   So go take a look at these and see for yourself.

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The RCA 7″ Tablet with 8gb Memory (RCT6077W22) battery Dilemma problem!

The RCA Tablet 7″

When my kid got this tablet (RCA 7″ Tablet [Amazon Affiliate Link]) , it was the one thing that got her excited.   She saved up the 70 dollars to buy this in March.   It wasn’t more than 3 months old when this started to happen.   The symptoms of what happened were quite interesting.

Symptoms

  • The battery wouldn’t keep charge
  • It would get really hot while charging
  • it would go from 100% to 50% in under an hour

these were just a few of the symptoms that it was showing signs of the last days of the battery.   One day I looked at the tablet and it was split in two.   I thought one of the kids did it but in fact the battery pushed the back off.   The tablet wouldn’t turn on or anything.   So I had to go through some hoops, but finally I found the right number to call to replace the 7″ tablet which is (877) 284-7942.  In the end it took 21 minutes to call and get a new tablet sent to me for my kid.   

Final word

All in all, if I ever get another tablet it probably won’t be from RCA but maybe a Hisense product.   I’ve got the 32″ Hisense Television (Affiliate Link) and I am really happy with it.   So I have to believe the HISENSE Sero 7 Pro 7 Inch 8GB Tablet (Affiliate Link) will do or be just as good as the television.  Even the RCA mobile Phone that I bought wasn’t that good to begin with. Hopefully the next tablet will last a few more months so I can give her a better tablet for christmas!

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Darth Vader’s Guide to Facebook Messenger

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Today will be a day long remembered. It has seen the death of Kenobi, and soon the fall of the rebellion.  {Darth Vader}

Facebook Messenger

I’ve seen posts by Huffington Post about the security and liabilities of the app.  I then have seen people talk about the Permissions on Facebook VS Permissions of Messenger.   I’ve tried apps such Advance Permission Manager on Android to prevent some of these permissions.   I haven’t really tried to go deep into these permissions but some of them may be well unrequired and should be throwing up red flags for others.

Facebook Permissions

May Permissions on Facebook Page talks about what you are allowing when you install the Facebook App on Android!

The Facebook app on Android has some minor things that I worry such as:

  • write call log
  • test access to protected storage
  • modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
  • view Wi-Fi connections
  • download files without notification
  • connect and disconnect from Wi-Fi

As you can see these are just a few of why I  would  not need these.   In one way or the other Facebook probably knows even more about me than my mom.   I am sure these aren’t that greatest permissions to begin with but I am more concerned with what permissions the Facebook Messenger has.

Facebook Messenger Permissions

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My Permissions of Messenger Page talks about all the permissions you are giving away when you install this App!

Now we are getting down to the underbelly of the beast.  I’ve done my research and some of this seems kind of uncalled for.   Here we will talk about some of these permissions in depth.  Some of your questions can be answered by reading Mashable’s Post about the permissions.

As much as that makes it sound like an NSA spying tool, the Messenger app does not do anything or ask for anything different than the regular Facebook app.  (Mashable)

Which is a totally wrong, It is more different from the regular Facebook App permissions.  We can simply see that by the reviewing the two permissions and seeing the difference.  We are required to accept more from the Facebook Messenger app than we do with Facebook alone.   Like having it automatically download a new version of the app.   It isn’t like we have a choice in the matter unless we are saying the app is only going to get better which it may or may not.   We also have to concern with Sending MMS and SMS through this app.  Why doesn’t Facebook do that or need to do?    There is also a way around some of these permission.  Do not set up your phone number with these app and they will not be able to use your phone as a SMS or MMS.    Most of the time we can prevent some of these at the start of adding a new app.   We just simply hit the SKIP button to prevent them from getting the information they so readily want and wish for.

Should I be concerned!

I would have to say I am a little more concerned than most because I think half of what you get from Facebook isn’t telling the whole truth and we are being logged and watch for their benefit and not ours.   They want this information to better track you and learn more about your so they can target Advertising and other such ways to make money with their Applications.   I can not say for certain that they are 100% doing things for our benefit but I know if they make an application freely they are going to have to have a way to pay for it in the future and this is one such application that I am waiting for the advertisements to begin.   Whether we see small advertising on the screen somewhere or we get SMS from Facebook about a product or service.   It is bound to happen, I can pretty much put that in the bank.

In this post I pointed out what you should be concerned with and in hopes will honor me by using my Amazon Affiliate link to show your support with my efforts.   It helps me pay my bills for my website.   It cost you nothing and keeps the lights on with this website!

 

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Some Common Questions about these phones RCA A1 and the Blu Lifeview!

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I’ve Been asked these questions!

When I started showing off the phone to my friends and family.   Some of the questions I got were really cool and others were quite hard to answer with a one sentence answer.   So with my friends, and family asking these questions.   I thought it was time to answer these as a post to all those who have these questions about the RCA A1 (Amazon Affiliate Link) and the Blu LifeView 5.7′ Phone (Amazon Affiliate Link).

First off these questions come from people asking these questions that I felt should be answered in one place for others to find.   It is my hope that this will stop people from asking me directly.   Although, it is bound to bring even more questions to me but at least it should stop some of these most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Storage Capabilities

RCA A1 —  For this phone you can add up to 32 GB of of extra space to the phone.   You get 4 gb of internal space, so you will have to go by a Micro SD card to put into the phone for extra storage.   I found this to be very complicated to the phone because you had to do a lot of jumping through the OS to move apps to the new SD card.

Lifeview By Blu — This phone has a maximum of 16gb and you really only get around 14 gb or 15 gb of storage space but that has not been a problem for me.   I have pretty much decided this phone is Rock solid for the most parts.  I haven’t had any space issues and I’ve put all my photos to Google Cloud.  There is no Micro SD slot for this phone!

Speed

RCA A1 — Will get 3G/EDGE on any Carrier that supports HSPA 850/1900 Spectrum.   The default list that I tried this one were T-Mobile and AT&T.  Both work flawlessly on the phone and I suspect it would do that fast on almost all other carriers.

Lifeview By Blu — It will go as fast as 4g but it isn’t an LTE phone.   This means you can expect to get around 10 to 15 MBps which would allow you to stream video from your carrier if you have unlimited service.  It however depends on get 4g in your area.   It will go to 3g if no 4g is available.   It depends on signal strength also.

Contrast and Compare

I was asked by a few people about each phone and it was hard to tell them.   So this is where we talk about the phones of each and I’ll tell you my thoughts.

RCA A1 — Was a good phone for the price.   You could do a lot with it but the camera was not better than any other low priced phone.   The maximum was 5mp and so it wasn’t all that good.  I liked the size of the phone but there was no way to protect the phone.  It was a good phone for the price.

LifeView by Blu — Love this phone ever since I got it.   It has what I needed and the picture quality is above par!  The size is a little bigger than I liked but it has been a very useful phone for my purposes and if I had to recommend one of these phones, I would have to say this one.

The RCA is good for the ones who have a lower budget but the LifeView (Amazon Affiliate Link) can do so much more than I ever thought it was possible.   I am very glad to of gotten this phone and to tell people about this.   I really can’t say much more about this phone but I just like this phone!

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Some Unlocked Android Smart Phones for under $100 That should work on Straight Talk




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BLU Advance 4.0 Unlocked Dual SIM Phone (Amazon Affiliate Link)

  • Unlocked Dual SIM Phone, Dual Core 1.3 GHz Processor
  • 4.0″ High Resolution WVGA Display
  • 3.5 mm Audio Jack, FM Radio, MP3 Player, MP4 Player Micro SD Slot up to 32GB
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 4GHSPA+ 21 Mbps 850/1700/1900: Nationwide AT&T: Cricket Wireless, Tracfone, Straight Talk, Net10, H20 Wireless, 420 Wireless, Black Wireless, Consumer Cellular, Pure TalkUSA, Red Pocket, Telcel America. T-Mobile: MetroPCS, Lyca, Speedtalk, Go Smart, Simple Mobile, Net10, Straight Talk, Solavei, Ultra Mobile, Telcel America, Walmart Family Mobile.
  • 5 Megapixel Camera W/ Flash!
  • Comes in Black or White!

This phone is looking promising because I have the Blu Life View Unlocked Phone.   I bought that one for $240 but this would be a good 3rd or 4th best for those who are looking to keep it under 100$   So far it should work on most of the major telecom providers including Straight Talk as you can see!

BLU Dash Music 4.0 D272a Unlocked Dual SIM Phone (Multiple Colors) (Amazon Affiliate Link)

  • Unlocked Dual SIM 4.0-Inch High Resolution WVGA Display, Dual Core 1.3 GHz Processor
  • Dual Stereo Surround Speaker; 4 GB ROM, 512 MB RAM + microSD up to 64 GB
  • 3.2MP Camera with Geo-tagging and touch focus; HTML5 Browser
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot; Bluetooth v4.0; 1500 mAh Battery
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, 4G HSPA+21Mbps 850/1900: Nationwide AT&T: Cricket Wireless, Tracfone, Straight Talk, Net10, H20 Wireless, 420 Wireless, Black Wireless, Consumer Cellular, Pure TalkUSA, Red Pocket, Telcel America. T-Mobile: MetroPCS, Lyca, Speedtalk, Go Smart, Simple Mobile, Net10, Straight Talk, Solavei, Ultra Mobile, Telcel América, Walmart Family Mobile supported in most areas; check with your service provider.

Another Blu Product that looks like it’s designed for those people who love to play music and videos on the wifi.   I would classify this one as being ranked at 2 or 3rd best for under 100$.   Even though this one is on the upper 100$ range it would bring more to the table for those who just want a Pandora, or Music player!

DOOGEE DG150 MTK6572W Dual core 1.2GHz 3.5 Inch Screen Android 4.2.2 Unlocked Phone GPS Bluetooth (orange)  (Amazon Affiliate Link)

  • Supports 2GB-32GB Tf card
  • Unlock GSM 850/900/1800/1900 Mhz,WCDMA 850/2100 Mhz.
  • MTK6572 Duad Core Android 4.2.2 RAM 512MB ROM 4GB
  • 3.5 inch IPS Screen ,Front 1.3 MP+back 2 MP Camera.
  • Detected over all products before shipping.
  • Warranty:6months.
  • IP67(waterproof, shockproof, dustproof)

Very interesting Phone for those who might need to have it not be damaged as quickly.   I can’t say how waterproof or shockproof this phone is but I would have to say it will have some degree of water or shockproof capabilities.   It looks to be very useful for outdoor types who are wanting a sturdy phone that can be somewhat rugged look and feel.

 

Dell Venue Unlocked GSM Phone with Android 2.2, 8MP Camera, Touchscreen, GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth – Black (Amazon Affiliate Link)

  • This unlocked cell phone is compatible with GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile. Not all carrier features may be supported. It will not work with CDMA carriers like Verizon Wireless, Alltel and Sprint.
  • 8MP Camera that shows off every detail; Android 2.2; 1GHz Processor
  • 4.1″ AMOLED Touchscreen Display; Full Adobe Flash 10.1; Wii-Fi; GPS; Bluetooth
  • MicroSD card slot for expandable memory; Slim & Lightweight; HQ Corning Gorilla Glass for extra strength.
  • Stunning 10.4 cm (4.1) WVGA AMOLED, multi-touch display.

This is by far the last one that I would recommend.   It should do Straight Talk and some other ones but probably not all carriers.   I can not say if this will work on your network but it is one of the more useable phones out there that is under 100$.

 

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The Best way to Utilize Google Keep for Android!

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Evernote or Google Keep!

Having been using Google Keep for months now, I thought it was High time for me to talk about how Google Keep works better than Evernote!  I have used Evernote in the past and simply loved it but there is no native Evernote client for Android or Google Chrome.  When I started looking for way to Keep notes on the go,  I didn’t want to have the need to buy premium services from Evernote.   I basically wanted a way to write blog ideas or topics for me to explore on my blog.   I would usually just care a pen and paper wherever I go for when I thought of a blog topic or blog post.   It got cumbersome but it was something I did because I love just to write on my blog!   I really didn’t want to have to install another application on all my Android Devices.  So I went stumbling around to find an alternative for Evernote and came across Google Keep which is installed on newer  versions of Android operating systems.

Benefits of Google Keep!

Even though most of you have used Evernote, I thought it would be nice to talk about Google keep and how it could just be even easier to switch to it.  I know why I did it but some people would probably like to know the main ways to use it!

  • Voice Notes — When you record your voice with Google Keep.   You then get a good example of what you said.  It is what I like to call Voice to text speech.   This feature helps you in the long run!
  • Photos — You can easily save photos to the Google Keep and have them on other devices with little effort.   I find this really good to use when you are wanting to save certain pictures.
  • Checklists — This helps me tremendously with my blog but it can be used with Shopping or other things.   I am sure people use this to check off stuff that needs to be done in the house or other odd jobs.
  • Searchability — I just love being able to search for keywords or reminders in the app itself.   I can find anything I’ve recorded or even written down on Google keep just by searching for it!  Makes my life so much easier!
  • Access on Devices — I can use on my Android phone, my Chrome OS, and my Tablets with ease to all you other devices.   It can even be accessed on the web!

Evernote Vs Google Keep

I could easily do a who wins in my class but I honestly know each one has their unique qualities that some will like and other just hate.   We could discuss about how Google has all your information to how Evernote can do so much more.   I like to use free products and I trust Google.   I simply do not want to have to install another application.   I like Simple and this is the best simple for an Android user such as myself!

 

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The Insider’s Guide to Picking the Right Unlocked Phone!

 

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Alin S Living with Autism — Unlocked

Unlocked Phones Rules!

Having been using an unlocked phone for so long, I thought it was time I talked about it some more.   As most of your know, I have been an advocate for No contracts!  In order to get the best possible service for my cell phone plan, you’ll need to consider some features of the android phone.

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Size is everything!

If your going to be using it more for games and everything in between such as Netflix or even watching movies from the Google Play store, then you will need a big display maybe even more like a Phablet.   If however your going to use as a just a cell phone, then you will want to a smaller and more sleek phone.   One you can easily put in your pocket and not have to worry about belt holders or even a really fancy screen protection for the smart phone.

Data Speed!

Depending on your area, some people have access to the LTE Network and others are only limited to 3g, CDMA, 4G network.   It varies from Network provider.   Let’s say you’re going to use AT&T through Straight Talk, well the Map for coverage of the US is limited at best for 4G LTE, so you will most likely only get 3G in some if not all areas depending on where you live!   What if your were going through Sprint?  I will say most of the time you will have 4G access to most areas in the US but I can’t say it is a 100% reliable and available in all areas.  You must do research on which network you’ll be using with the unlocked phone!

Storage Size!

With some phones you will be able to add more storage like getting a Micro SD (Amazon Affiliate Link) card to use with the phone to put pictures and media files on it and not have to worry about running out of memory!  Although like my new phone the Life View Blue (Unlocked), it doesn’t allow me to add a Micro SD card, so I only have 8 Gb’s of space on the phone and that is it.  It doesn’t mean I can’t use it for streaming my music, or media files.   That will always be something I can do with this phone.  It will always be limited to how much Data you can use on any given month.  You must decide if you are willing to use the Data of your network or if you are going to use it at free wi-fi Hotspots.   If you can live with the space, then it isn’t such a big problem!

Picture Quality

The is going to be my last one for this blog post.   Some of us use our phone as a camera and thus we have those special moments in our life that we may want to get a very clear picture of to remember that moment.   So you must decide which phone is going to do that for you.   If you’re going to be using it for pictures and not a professional camera then you might want to get an unlocked Phone with the Highest quality pictures it can take.   This usually means trying to find a Phone that has 8mp or High on the phone!  If you’re looking for the best Unlocked phone with the Highest quality camera on it.   It looks to be right now the Nokia Lumina 1020 (Unlocked phone) (Amazon Affiliate Link) with it’s 41 Mp(38 Mp effectiveness) picture quality.   So it just depends on which phone you are willing to pay or buy for the quality of the pictures with the phone!  I personally Chose the Life View Blue Phone [Unlocked]  from Blu with it’s 12mp camera!

Hope this blog post has helped you decide what your going to buy.   If this has helped you out please consider using my Amazon Affiliate Link to say thank you for this excellent blog post!

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First Impressions of the Blu Life View Blue (Unlocked)


Blu: Life View Blue (Unlocked) Phone (Click link to see price)

Some links in this blog post will be Affiliate links to Amazon for making money from reviewing the phone.   This phone was paid by me and was not given to me for review.   Using the amazon links will not cost you anything but a small commission for use of it will help me keep reviewing phones!

The Phone is Amazing!

I really can’t say anything but the truth. As soon as I got this phone I was thoroughly impressed with their dedication to the customers.  Now to clarify the RCA A1 (Unlocked) was really good for the price but had some really big pitfalls.  I will say after getting this phone, I didn’t know it came with a useful rubber gel phone cover to keep it from getting scratched.   I however also while I was ordering this phone also order a good hard cover from For BLU Life View L110 Rugged Arched Hybrid Kickstand Phone Cover Case with Stylus Pen and ApexGears (TM) Phone Bag (Black Blue) (Amazon Affiliate Link) and XtremeGuardTM Full Body Screen Protector for BLU Life View (Ultra Clear) (Amazon Affiliate Link).  Although I didn’t know they also had a rather good quality screen protector also come in the bundle with the phone itself.   So you really do not need to buy all these to protect the Life View Blue Phone (Amazon Affiliate Link) but it does help!

Specifications for the Phone!

So let’s start with what the phone brings to the table:

  • 5.7 inches IPS Display- HD (1280×720), Corning Gorilla Glass 212MP Camera with LED Flash with HD recording (1080p), 5MP Front Camera
  • 16GB Internal Storage
  • 4G HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps 850/1900/2100
  • 1.2 GHz Quad-core Cortex-A7 Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • Life View brings the latest technology in a slim modern design, for the ultimate Phablet experience. View pictures, videos, emails, social networks, books, magazines, newspapers, maps and games like never before. Enjoy a totally new visual experience of all your files and apps with a large 5.7 HD display that incorporates BLU’s Nex Lens and Infinite View Technologies. Also, get impressive durability thanks to Corning Gorilla Glass 2. Get more things done, with faster processing and outstanding multitasking capabilities, thanks to its 1.2GHz Quad-Core Processor and 1GB of RAM. Create and share your most important moments in life, with an incredible 12MP HD camera. Share your life as you make it, with its frontal 5MP camera for video calls.

As you can see this comes with an impressive set of things.  The camera is really nice to have to take pictures of family and friends.   The CPU speed is magnificent you can watch videos on the go if you have a HSPA+ Connection.   Let’s not forget the display of 5.7′ screen, it should be consider a Phablet and I might just use that term for the phone.   It is big so it will take up more space in the pocket so you might want to consider finding a belt clip that would perfectly with this phone.

Good Phone for the Price

I will be talking more about the phone in the coming weeks but I thought it was a good idea to at least touch on the phone a little and tell people my impressions of the phone.   Currently the phone is 240$ on Amazon so it isn’t anywhere a bad price.  So far I’m really impressed with it and am liking the phone even though it is a little more bulkier than the RCA A1 but you get more display space and more stuff you can do with the phone!

On a side note, You can use the phone with Straight Talk and works just fine.   You just need to follow the instructions that I have talked about in the past to do it!

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Your leaking and your probably don’t see that puddle of information!

Water Leak -- Aaron Escobar

Water Leak — Aaron Escobar

Your Leaking!

Most of the time, you are either emailing people or talking to friends through email. Some people probably thinking they are safe!  Privacy to some is not letting people know anything about you on the internet, however most people get complacent.   They think they are sure no one will ever be able to find out even the basic information about them.   That however is the problem with being on the internet.  You really can’t protect your privacy to any degree of success.

Back Story

Example of you see on a Google web based email!

Example of you see on a Google web based email!

So I have talked to a someone online about a problem with there RCA A1 Phone and setting the APN settings for Net10.   It has been a pleasure to do what I love to talk about.   I thoroughly enjoy helping people with their problems with getting it to work properly on any cell phone network.  So we have discusd APNS and how to send MMS.   I was really intrigued by this person.   So I happen to glance to the left of the email message and saw Name and what the person does.   I was thinking this is something you normally do not see.   So did a basic social network search for name.  I found the personal Facebook, LinkedIn, Phone number, Where this person lives, favorite team, When they started working for this one company, and much more!  I am not trying to scare anyone away from using your email.

I’m not a Private Investigator

So with that said, I was quite seriously wondering if this person knew how much information was being leaked just by knowing the email address.   The problem is, you really do not keep track most of the time where that information is going.  I could easily without paying anyone probably find out even more information about this person.   It wasn’t hard.  I just had to know how to do some of this and it wouldn’t cost me a dime.   Most of the time, when you are a blogger, or even a writer you expect people to easily find you.  So I could care less if people find out this information to a point but I have worked really hard at keeping some information from going out on the internet.

How to know!

This part of the blog post is going to tell you how to find out what is available to find from anyone who might know one piece of information or maybe even more information just by knowing the basic information.  This is nothing more than a way to find out if it is out there or not but I strongly recommend getting something like Lifelock (Affiliate Link).

  • Search your Name — Usually start off by just searching for your first and last name on Google and maybe even Bing.  You really do not know how much information you’re shelling out to the search engines until your start there.
  • Search your email address — Just because not everyone knows your email address doesn’t mean a hacker couldn’t find it through spam methods and thus someone might find some more information about you.
  • Search your Phone Number — Although less likely to find anything or who you are, there is a slim chance somewhere some place might have given that information out to search engines!
  • Search Social Network Sites — In order for this to work, you should see what Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other sites sees.  So you probably will need to log out and do this search or create fake accounts to do these searches but it is in your best interests to see what everyone else sees!

As you can see, once you’ve compiled what is out there, you will need to think like a criminal and ask what does he need to become me.   Once you’ve done that you know where you will need to fix to keep your identity from being taken from you.  Although Nothing you do can prevent it a 100% but at least that is where Lifelock ( Get a 30-day free trial of LifeLock Ultimate and save 10% off your final purchase! *Affiliate Link*) can help keep your identity safe!

 

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The Complete Beginner’s Guide to flyclick.biz removal!

Viruses From Mobile Devices!

Viruses From Mobile Devices!

Information about flyclick.biz

flyclick has several different characteristics that slow down the system and constantly uses the most memory available for that computer.   I had to deal with this with one of my clients.   The problem with this little trojan/virus is that it is rootkit and a key logger.   So I hate to try spend the time of removing the virus and going through Code of Windows to find this thing.     This virus/trojan is definitely a memory hog and surprises me that the person who wrote this must not of looked a the code very carefully because once your infected you know something is severely wrong with your computer.

Symptom of this nasty key logger

For my client it was just slow and constantly unusable.   When I finally got the computer, I found “IEXPLORER.EXE” using over 2 gigabytes of memory and not being used by him or me!  I love Malwarebytes  (Affiliate Link), which prevents an outgoing connection to flyclick.biz and would tell me about it.   He though only had a trial version so it wouldn’t do anything else but block it.  I would have to download a new version of Malwarebytes (Affiliate Link) to even attempt to remove this virus.

My Removal Method

I did a quick Google search on removing this virus/trojan and each one of the links talk about manually removing it.  Anyway, I decided the best option for my client was to backup his data and then do a complete reinstall of Windows.  He deals with clients that are quite personal in nature, so I felt the best course of action on this computer was to be sure it was gone.   So I loaded up my boot and nuke CD and erased the hard drive completely!  I wasn’t trying to securely erase the hard drive but I wanted to make sure no files were left for the re-installation of Windows 7.  Depending on your circumstances, it isn’t always necessary to use this product but it does give me some measure of security that the computer will not be infected by the same virus/trojan!

After re-installation of Windows

After windows was installed on the system again these are the steps you should take to secure your Windows machine:

  • Enable Restore points — Most of the time it should already be enable but depending on manufacturer it is always good to make sure.   Create a restore point so you know it is working!
  • Windows Update — Before I do anything this is another thing I do, I go out and update windows to make it current and quickly as possible.   I will not go to websites or anything like that until it updated completely!
  • Check Windows Firewall — Occasionally you will need to make sure your firewall is still active in windows.   It isn’t always necessary but it should be checked from time to time!
  • Install Microsoft Essentials — I download and install Microsoft Essentials to help make sure he doesn’t get infected again.
  • Installed SAS Pro and MBAM PRO –  Since I know how important his clients are, I decided on keeping him from getting infected again by installing both malware removal tools.   Superantispyware and Malwarebytes Pro have been on my list of things you should install on any computer!
  • Create standard users — After all this is done, I create a standard user for my client to try to protect their computer from viruses and malware later on down the road!  You should never use an administrator user account for anything but updating and installation of files!

After all that!

It was time to restore his files onto his newly fixed system.  I recommend a big hard drive like a 1 terabyte hard drive (Amazon Affiliate link) to use to back up the important files and documents from my clients computer.   Restoring the backup documents, songs, movies, and all that for my client wasn’t really hard but it can be time-consuming because depending on the size of the files can take an hour to only a few minutes.   Just be patient and let the files be copied back to where you got them.   I also made sure to delete any applications before backing up the data that might have caused the infection.   You should not re-install applications from the backup but from the websites directly.   If you feel like doing the manual root, I wish you luck but I felt this was the best possible option for what was needed for my client!

Did you get hit by this infection?   What did you do?

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