GoDaddy Phishing Attack

I received this official looking email from GoDaddy – or so I thought initially. It’s actually a phishing scam looking to grab your GoDaddy credentials. If you look at the red arrow it directs you to a totally different site.If you own a GoDaddy account beware of this type of scam.

godaddy-phishing

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Flash Android 5.0 Lollipop System Image on Nexus 4

Here are the steps I took to unbrick my Nexus 4. It downloaded Android 5.01, but I got an error message and it won’t install properly. As I am going through this process, the Nexus is useless.

1. Install Java – Java.com to computer

2. Download the SDK Tools
http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html#Other
Video recommends downloading the Zip file. It also tells you how to install the SDK and ADB and check if they are working.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaNM-lt_aHw

3.Download the Android Image file for the Nexus 4. Version 5.01
https://developers.google.com/android/nexus/images

4. You will need the 7Zip program to open up this image.
http://www.7-zip.org/

5. Follow this video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZD8_oH1BVU

6. Note  I had the message  “Waiting for Device” so I went back to SDK.exe and installed the Extras with the Google USB driver.
https://developer.android.com/tools/extras/oem-usb.html

7. I still had the “Waiting for Device”message even though I found the Nexus in Control Panel and installed the drivers.

8. I unplugged the phone from the computer and plugged it back in – it works!

9. I unlocked the phone.

10 . I did the Flash-all.bat and it worked.

11. Android started to load – it took a while.

12. When I finally started it up for the first time, it did give me the option to use “Tap and Go” – it worked only partially, so I had to enter my Gmail account information manually and had to add some apps manually.

The good news is that the Nexus 4 is working again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Setup Android ADB SDK on your computer

Setup Fastboot on your computer.

 

 

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Security Freeze Notes

I decided to put a Security Freeze on my credit accounts and thought I’d record a few notes about the process.

  • It only costs $5 for each service in Missouri. Each state has a slight different fee schedule. $15 total per person.
  • Clark Howard has a good explanation that I used for this process.
  • When you fill-in the blanks for each service add in your middle name and any suffix like Jr. I had trouble with one service and wonder if this was the problem?
  • Make sure you write down all the Pin Numbers they give you. Also TransUnion requires you to setup an account – write everything down.

Equifax
https://www.freeze.equifax.com/Freeze/jsp/SFF_PersonalIDInfo.jsp
Very easy – done in about 5 minutes. It seems to me that this is a bit too easy. There are no security questions and no way for them to know that this might be someone impersonating me. They give you a pin at the bottom of the page, so make sure you write this down and keep it for when you might want to un-freeze your account.

Experian
https://www.experian.com/freeze/center.html
Note – this did not work for me – (it did work for my wife)  they indicated that I had to send in the information via the mail. They said they would send me a pin number.

TransUnion
http://www.transunion.com/corporate/personal/fraudIdentityTheft/fraudPrevention/securityFreeze.page

  • Requires you to setup an account.
  • Uncheck the box to get more advertising from them.
  • You also have to setup a 6 digit – numeric only number to lift the seucirty freeze

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Social Security – Setup an Online Account NOW!

I just had a friend call since he got a letter from Social Security saying that he had just setup an account, the problem was he didn’t do it.

My friend was recently part of the Anthem hack so he may have lost his SSN that way.

The moral of the story is, setup an account NOW before the bad guys do it first.

I just setup an account for my wife and was impressed by the number of questions and controls that they had in place – much better than the IRS, which basically has nothing.

The SSA also allows you to setup two-factor authentication and you must even then get some information in the mail from them before this is even done. Impressive.

With all the information that the SSA collects from you during the process, it’s amazing that the bad guys can have all the answers, but somehow they do.

 

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Incognito Mode in Chrome

incognito-mode

One feature that I seem to be using more and more is the Incognito Mode in Chrome. If you click on the 3 horizontal lines at the top you can choose “New Incognito Window.” This will open up a new Chrome browser without any extensions or settings.

Here are some of the ways I have used this in the past.

  • I have more than one Gmail account and need to login to both at the same time rather then closing one down and opening up another.
  • I want to look at popular Youtube videos – this works better in Incognito Mode.
  • If I’m having trouble with a website showing or running correctly, I try Incognito Mode with the same site. I have found in the past that certain extensions will block certain cites from working correctly.

 

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How to Convert HTML to Text

There are times when I have to capture HTML from a page, but I really just want the text and not all the code.

I’ve found a site at MailChimp.com which allows you to do just that.

http://templates.mailchimp.com/resources/html-to-text/

Here’s what it looks like.

HTML-to-Text

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Android Lollipop 5 Notes

  • My Nexus 7 was just updated to Android Lollipop 5.02 – works fine.
  • My Nexus 4 was updated to 5.01 and it locked up and I got the dead Android icon!
  • dead-android
  • Luckily I found this “Power Performance” solution which involves using the Power button and Volume up and down buttons.
  • Unfortunately, all of my Chrome apps and many of my other apps still don’t work at all. I can’t setup my Google email!
  • After talking to Google for about 45 minutes, the Nexus 4 still did not work.
  • After two factory resets – all the Google apps are still broken.
  • BEWARE of this update – It has bricked my Nexus 4 so I would be very wary unless yours is under warranty.

 Lock Screen

  • Swipe up to unlock
  • Swipe from right – Camera
  • Swipe from left – phone.
  • Notifications come to this screen

Main Screen 

  • You can get back to this by swiping up or down from any screen
  • Notifications – swipe down once from top. Swipe to dismiss a single notification. There is a Clear All button – bottom right in Notifications.
  • Recent Running Apps or Overview button – is the bottom right button and shows you all the apps which are running. This also displays the tabs in Chrome.

Battery – click on battery icon to see battery status.

Sound Volume – click on the bell and you can change it to vibrate.

Do Not Disturb – Tap the Volume Button – You can set None – Priority or All. It also gives you a timer function so that your could turn off your phone calls during a meeting.

Folders – drag and drop apps on top of each other to create folders.

Delete an App = Settings – Apps – Tap on the app you want to delete and in the next window you will get an “Uninstall”option.

Guest Mode – Profiles – from Notifications – click on your face and you can change to Guest Mode which allows a person to use the phone, but not your account.

Tap and Go -= allows you to take login etc. information from one device and pass it onto a second device – I might try this with my Nexus 7.You’ve got to have NFC turned on.

Quick Settings – slide down from top – twice

  • Brightness
  • Wifi
  • Bluetooth
  • Service
  • Airplane Mode
  • Rotation
  • Flashlight
  • Location
  • Cast Screen

Camera – swipe from left.

  • Photo Sphere
  • Panorama
  • Lens Blur
  • Camera
  • Video

Wallpaper – hold down on an empty spot on an App page and you can change the wallpaper.

Widgets – hold down on an empty spot –

Settings

  • More – Emergency Broadcast Settings
  • Battery – has a battery saver mode.
  • Screen Pinning – under Security – Turn on – Now when you select the multi-tasking app and choose the app you want to pin,. It allows you to require the password to get into other apps.

Security

  • Screen lock -

 

 

 

Videos Below

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