T-Mobile Scam Protection

T-Mobile has recently started some phone scam protection, although I have not seen its benefit.
Here is the main page where T-Mobile describes the new features.

Scam ID – this theoretically will mark certain phone calls as potential scammer phone calls. I have not had ANY scam phone calls sent to my phone marked by T-Mobile. This is a free service.

Scam Block – this allows you to block phone calls from known scammers. You can turn this on/off. It may block some good phone calls, but doesn’t give you the option to white-list or black-list any numbers. The problem I see is that phone scammers are continually using new technology which will hide their true identity. This is also free.

Name ID – This costs $4/month. Add Name ID and identify any caller’s name and location. I’m not sure how this is much different than the standard Caller ID which I already have. The bad guys can also hide their real name, phone numbers and location so this is of questionable value. This also allows you to block any personal number.


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Kid Accounts on Google

Google has a new app that allows you to setup a device for your kid and tightly control it so that he/she has a limited area to discover.

Here is a good description of the service and what it entails.

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Creamy Spaghetti – $300

malware-01-casserole - 600My wife gave me a Tech Support call after she clicked on a Facebook Creamy Spaghetti Casserole recipe. It immediately popped up one of the latest scams. It said that we had a virus and would have to call Microsoft. Luckily she didn’t fall for the scam which would have probably cost around $300.

What’s aggravating to me is that this sort of malware is loaded onto Facebook in the first place and there doesn’t seem to be any monitoring of these type of links. If you do see or find a malicious page/link, please click on the down arrow and report this type of link.


To close the window and get rid of this screen on a Windows computer,  click on the Ctrl-Alt-Delete key combination and go into Task Manager and remove the program which is running.

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Web Page Information

There are times when you want to look at the information underlying a web page.

Here are some easy ways to do that when using Chrome.

Control U – this gives you the HTML code and you can look at the text in the page.

Ctrl-Shft – I – allows you to look at Styles and much more information.
To find the Certificate – click on the >> and choose Security – View Certificate.

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Google Voice Legacy versus Update

The latest Google Voice Update seems a lot harder to use – if not impossible.

Luckily you can use the “Legacy” system – at least for a while.
Here’s how to go back to the older version.

  1. On your computer, open Google Voice.
  2. At the top left, click Menu Menu and then Legacy Google Voice. (It’s near the bottom of the list.)
  3. You are now back at your older version.
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Google Security Checkup

One thing you should do on a yearly basis is to do a Google Security Checkup. It’s a process that Google will walk you through to make sure you are as secure as possible.

Here’s the link:

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Chrome Form Fill Bug

Security Now showed a easy way for a hacker or even plain websites to find out all sorts of information about you using the Form Fill function built into Chrome.

Websites can put up a Form Page, but put the fields off the screen. If you have Form Fill enabled, Chrome and other browser will automatically give the page all sorts of information about you and you will never know.

An easy fix for this is to go into Settings – Search for Form and then make sure the box is unchecked under Passwords and forms.

As long as you are there, you should probably also uncheck the “Offer to save your web passwords.

Also click on the Manage links and remove any information they have have stored in the past.


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