Setup a WordPress.com Account but not a Blog

If you would like to be a “Contributor or Editor” to an existing blog, you need to have a WordPress account. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy to setup an account without setting up a blog, but you can with the right link. Here it is:

https://signup.wordpress.com/signup/

Fill-in everything EXCEPT where they ask you for the name of a blog.

 

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Hacked Companies

Here’s a list of companies that may have been hacked by the bad guys. The most recent are on top.

 

 

 

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Facedbook Notes

  • Facebook Profiles – what you normally would see for your friends is for individuals. This is what you see if you want to setup an account on facebook.com
  • Facebook Pages is for businesses or organizations.
  • If you want to move your Profile account to a “Organization/Business page – here’s the link. Note – none of the information that is already posted will be moved! You can download your account information under Settings – down arrow.
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USB Hacked

Listening to Padre of Know How, I learned a bit more about the possibility of BAD-USB devices being hacked and compromised. All the devices have upgradeable firmware which can be over-written and be compromised with malware.

Here are a few suggestions

  • Don’t share thumb drives and other USB devices with other people.
  • Don’t plug in random USB thumb drives into your computer.
  • This actually happened to my wife when she was part of a multi-company team – one thumb drive infected the computer they were all working on.
  • One solution would be to buy inexpensive thumb drives that if you use in someone else’s computer – you could then throw away.
  • SD Cards can also be hacked – but they are not nearly as vulnerable. This is preferable to using a thumb drive.
  • The best way left to move files safely is electronically – email, google drive etc.

 

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LastPass Down – No Problem

Lately, LastPass servers went down and it was unavailable online. Below is one option to have your passwords available and ready to use even when LastPass is not working in Online mode.

  • Make sure you have the Binary version of Lastpass downloaded and installed. You have to go to LastPass.com and download/install the file. To make sure you have the binary version go to Tools – About – and look for “Binary Component true.”
  • Install LastPass Pocket.
  • From the LastPass Menu – Tools – Advanced Tools – Export to – Lastpass Encrypted File.
  • Download the File.
  • Run Pocket and Import the file you just downloaded
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Malware Removal Options

First off – don’t run as Administrator – when you get your system cleaned – change to a Standard User

Here’s a list of removal options below.

AV-TEST did a great report on these solutions – this link.

You can also try the old standard way of removing programs.

  • Control Panel – Programs – Uninstall
  • Config.sys – stop the programs from starting

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IStart123 – very hard to remove.

I got rid of it on Chrome by uninstalling Chrome and then downloading a new version of Chrome. Here’s a video for other browsers.

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Google Drive – Offline

While Google Drive is the way I keep most of my new files, when you don’t have internet access, it can be a bit aggravating when you can’t get to your files.

Even if you have setup Offline Sync, when you go to click on a file in Explorer, it’s really only a link to the file and nothing happens when you are offline.

Here’s how to view and edit those files.

  • Open up your Chrome browser.
  • Type in drive.google.com
  • Now you will have access to all your files even when offline.
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