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  1. This journalist got it in his head to do everything he can to avoid using any top 5 hardware, software or service for 1 month. Learn why and how it went for him. Cybersecurity includes privacy as well. The top 5 industry leaders are that way mostly by questionable actions, tracking, selling your data, forcing you to use their services and many more dirty little tricks. We help millionaires and their corporations get richer while giving up our privacy for convenience. So, article 1 is why he decided to do this and article 2 what he did and the final results he found. 2 is definitely and interesting read, but it is LONG. You may choose to scroll through to just sections you are interested in. So I ask you, do you think you could give up the top 5 services etc.? 1. Why I'm Quitting Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, and Apple for a Month https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/mbxndq/one-month-without-big-five-microsoft-google-facebook-apple-amazon 2. How I Quit Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Amazon https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/ev3qw7/how-to-quit-apple-microsoft-google-facebook-amazon
  2. Python is becoming the world’s most popular coding language https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2018/07/26/python-is-becoming-the-worlds-most-popular-coding-language 😶... 😐... ☺️... Interesting comparison for sure. This link comes from Nathan House of StationX who brought it up in his blog who goes on to explain the use of Python in the hacking community: The World’s Most Popular Coding Language? Reasons to Get to Grips with Python… https://www.stationx.net/the-worlds-most-popular-coding-language-reasons-to-get-to-grips-with-python/
  3. Under the umbrella of "Accessibility subjects", I found this one that made me say "Excuse me?" Looking at a Federal job announcement for the Forrest Service Law Enforcement, I found this under Qualifications: Really? Mental Defective? Hello? As most of you know I am technically Autistic, ADHD and Depressive... so would that make me a "Mental Defective?" I really hate this "Politically Correct" movement... but this seems just one step left of "Don't apply if your a retard." I had to read that one twice to be sure someone actually wrote it that way. That said, maybe that is some acceptable terminology I have just never heard before.
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    The Death Of Firefox

    Here is an interesting article about the status of the browser wars and Firefox's failing numbers. But it is not as gloomy as it sounds if you read it through. Us old timers despised IE because it tried to force you to use it and it really was not that good... M$ liked to ignore standards and try to force their own on everyone, so we went with Netscape. But eventually Netscape got bloated and shut down, they broke their unified software up and created the Mozilla project (Mozilla was originally the base structure of Netscape) to specialize them and we ended up with a quick little thing called... er... something that then became Firefox. That forced IE to get better and eventually M$ joined the standards movement... and Firefox began bloating and slowing down just like Netscape before it. I still use firefox at work but privately I made the Chrome switch early on for the speed as many of us here did. So here is the latest update on the browser wars... good read. The death of Firefox - ExtremeTech.com
  5. Major Complaints About the iPhone XS Are Stacking Up https://gizmodo.com/major-complaints-about-the-iphone-xs-are-stacking-up-1829447724
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    Wi-fi is being rebranded

    Wi-Fi now has version numbers, and Wi-Fi 6 comes out next year https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/3/17926212/wifi-6-version-numbers-announced
  7. Google Android P is officially called Android 9 Pie https://thehackernews.com/2018/08/android-9-pie.html
  8. https://thehackernews.com/2019/02/unsend-delete-facebook-message.html
  9. Just an article that I thought some of you may find useful speeding up your wi-fi networks. 5 things that will slow your Wi-Fi network by NetworkWorls Magazine https://www.networkworld.com/article/3256026/lan-wan/5-things-that-will-slow-your-wi-fi-network.html
  10. I am posting this as I feel it is an important issue. You may not have heard of it or simply not really know what it is about. Briefly, the Net Neutrality rules state that High-speed Internet is a utility that all Americans have equal right too. My Internet has to be the same speed as yours. If this is removed, it will mean, for example, that my ISP could charge services for speed. You may watch Netflix at high-speed because they paid for it and Hulu did not so it keeps buffering and snagging etc. Another form of this is poor people get slow speed internet (remember that from the 80's?) while rich people can afford high-speed Internet. The claim is that it will make new jobs, but how often is that the fact? The truth is the ISP and others stand to make lots of money serving the richer and the poorer will get a poorer internet experience. This is coming to a vote soon. Trump wants it gone and it is an Obama legacy. Whether it is to wipe away another Obama legacy, or to increase the wealth of his big business buddies or if Trump really believes it will make new jobs, I do not believe it to be a win for the people and most people do not seem to believe so either. The Internet is now a human right and all should have equal access to it in my opinion. I cannot support ending Net Neutrality anymore than I could support censorship like the Great Firewall of China. If you are an American, read these and do your own investigation and then if you agree, sign a petition or call/write your congressional and house representatives and let them know you do not agree. The vote is before the Holidays. Burger King explains Net Neutrality The New Net Neutrality Rules (From 2016) What Net Neutrality Rules Say I'm on the FCC. Please stop us from killing net neutrality A Lump of Coal in the Internet’s Stocking: FCC Poised to Gut Net Neutrality Rules Most Americans Support the Net Neutrality Rules that Trump’s FCC Wants to Kill Investigate it yourself and make an informed decision as to if you think it will benefit the people. Just please do it soon.
  11. Armagadd-on redux: Certificate expiration caused Firefox to disable all add-ons https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/05/firefox-add-ons-mass-disabled-by-certificate-bug-hotfix-for-some-ready/
  12. We get a lot of questions about learning, but part of getting a job is also experience. Volunteering is not just a way to get experience but also built up a body of work and employers do tend to like people who volunteer. So how can I get experience? What are you thinking with volunteering? 1. Teaching: This will depend on your experience and area. In Germany I helped Youth Club staff build good web sites. Here in Juneau I did a seminar for local businesses. Here at Killersites I have learned things or made “mental connections” as I have tried to teach or help many of you with your issues. Often when helping others you realize other ways of doing things that you never considered before, you learn things answering other’s questions. Maybe teach a local high school computer club good web design. 2. Free web work: Like many others I did web work for some non-profit sites. I did the work for free, so they got a cheap web site and I had a web site to show besides my own and a professional reference for my application. Look around at charities, churches, and other non-profit entities online or your area. 3. Volunteering: Naturally any place you volunteer will aid you. I will stick with IT work here though. Even if it is not web design, you have more computer experience than most average folks to you can be of great help just doing basic IT stuff. You will also learn new skills and experience other IT areas you like more. I started in web design, then went to programming and am now my divisions cyber security person. So, do not fear volunteering for “other” IT work. A. Red Cross/Crescent – The Red Cross works differently is different countries, so I can only speak to the American Red Cross (ARC), but my guess is that the Canadian Red Cross, Deutsches Rotes Kreuz e.V., etc. will have the same needs, just other terms. i. Disaster Services Technology (DST): The ARC is going digital more each year, many of the tools they use are online. Every time ARC volunteers deploy to a disaster, some of the first ones in are DST, and there are never enough DST volunteers. So, as long as volunteers are in the field at disasters, so are their technical support. Computers: There is a sub-team that handles passing out, setting up, managing and maintaining and collecting computers. Also support for the apps used. Networking: A sub-team that specifically deals with networking, connectivity, and Servers. Big disasters like this fall will have field servers deployed, many communications may be down, so we set up satellite internet connections. We use wired and WiFi connections, routers, switches and set up printers. Communications: This sub-team passes out and supports smart phones, tablets, handheld and mobile radios, radio base stations, antennas etc. Customer support: This is basically the help desk folks who help the users. [NOTE: these are the four official jobs in DST, but the disaster decides the actual build. You may find yourself doing multiple jobs if the disaster is not as big or there are not enough volunteers. DST from hurricane Harvey is still in the field from all over the country, and it is usually a two week deployment, so they constantly need people, so there may not be enough. I am the only DST member for all of SE Alaska] ii. IT End User Services (IT EUS) – Another ARC group to consider for those times between disasters. This is really just the IT shop for the ARC broken into regions. I am currently going through the process. As an EUS volunteer I will be dealing with maintenance and troubleshooting of ARC computers in my area, helping other volunteer and staff with their computer problems, running updates etc. Again, I am the only EUS person for SE Alaska, the nearest are almost 6 miles away in Anchorage. iii. There are many other volunteer jobs for logistics, shelter workers etc. with any of the Red Cross/Crescents as well both day to day and disaster situations. B. CyberPatriot – CyberPatriot is a national youth cyber education program run each year by the Air Force Association (AFA) and partners. The AFA sees the lack of cyber security trained people on the US workforce to be a National Security Issue. They want to get more youth interested in STEM and computer jobs and increase the number of women in the IT sector. You can volunteer as an assistant coach for teams in your area, or you can contact schools or organizations in the area to coach your own teams. This competition is not just for the geeks, it is built for people, teens or coaches with no idea about computers and or cyber security to be able to comete as the whole idea is to get kids not interested in computers to reconsider. It is a two-part program. i. The education part entails teaching youth to use the internet in a safe manner. They support schools or others running cyber safety summer camps and such activities. ii. Part two is the CyberPatriot Cyber Defense Competition where teams from across the US (I think Canada too) made up of teenagers, compete nationally for the best score finding vulnerabilities and securing a server system. Teams can be from schools, military organizations like JROTC or Civil Air Patrol Cadets for instance and other groups like boy scouts. They are even pushing for all-female teams. C. Civil Air Patrol – Quite wide spread down south, CAP is a civilian corporation owned by the US Air Force. Its task is the primary Search & Rescue agency in the US. Primarily for missing aircraft, but also hikers, boaters, etc. They are all volunteers and always need pilots, air crews, ground search personnel and those to run the search. Among other squadron jobs, there is an official job for IT personnel. So, check your local CAP squadrons, volunteer and maybe be their IT shop or if they have Cadets, offer to coach a Cadet CyberPatriot team. D. National Collegiate Cyber Defense Championship – I have not dealt with this group, but it is a college version of CyberPatriot more or less, just for college students. If you live in a college town this may be another possible point to help out. This is just a partial list based on what I generally have had experience with. Anyone else have suggestions, even from their own countries, go ahead and add it. Just remember that when you volunteer you help your community and yourself. You can gain much broader experience that can only help you get jobs or pad your university application. Getting into cyber type stuff will give you a deeper grasp of computers and servers and help ensure your future web design customers have secure web sites.
  13. The beautiful new Apple computer most people won't buy
  14. https://www.fastcompany.com/90309395/why-parallax-scrolling-needs-to-die
  15. Microsoft Releases First Preview Builds of Chromium-based Edge Browser https://thehackernews.com/2019/04/chromium-edge-browser.html
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    Current Threats

    Kaspersky Antivirus Flaw Exposed Users to Cross-Site Tracking Online https://thehackernews.com/2019/08/kaspersky-antivirus-online-tracking.html
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    Current Threats

    The following threads will be updated info on current threats to you. For now you must scroll down to find the newest until we find a better way.
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    Current Threats

    8 New HTTP/2 Implementation Flaws Expose Websites to DoS Attacks https://thehackernews.com/2019/08/http2-dos-vulnerability.html
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    Current Threats

    8 New HTTP/2 Implementation Flaws Expose Websites to DoS Attacks https://thehackernews.com/2019/08/http2-dos-vulnerability.html
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    Current Threats

    Over 40 Drivers Could Let Hackers Install Persistent Backdoor On Windows PCs https://thehackernews.com/2019/08/windows-driver-vulnerability.html
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    Current Threats

    New Flaws in Qualcomm Chips Expose Millions of Android Devices to Hacking https://thehackernews.com/2019/08/android-qualcomm-vulnerability.html
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    Current Threats

    Viral FaceApp Unnecessarily Requests Access to Users' Facebook Friends List https://thehackernews.com/2019/07/faceapp-facebook-privacy.html
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    Current Threats

    Beware! Playing Untrusted Videos On VLC Player Could Hack Your Computer https://thehackernews.com/2019/06/vlc-media-player-hacking.html
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    Current Threats

    Firefox 67.0.4 Released — Mozilla Patches Second 0-Day Flaw This Week https://thehackernews.com/2019/06/firefox-0day-vulnerability.html
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