CEBUG - General discussion http://www.cebug.org/taxonomy/term/1 Topics not covered by any other board area should go here. en Tips on using Skype http://www.cebug.org/forum/general-discussion/89 <div class="field field-name-taxonomy-forums field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Forums:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="sioc:has_container"><a href="/forums/general-discussion" typeof="sioc:Container sioc:Forum" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">General discussion</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>We have been running tests on using <strong>Skype</strong> in connection with our meetings for close to a year now. There are a number of things we have worked out between us in so far as resolving challenges. This thread is intended to facilitate the sharing of those tips coming from different members.</p> <p>Please do report the version of <strong>Skype</strong> in use when reporting issues, in the hopes these would be resolved in later updates!</p> </div></div></div> Thu, 01 Jan 2015 23:23:53 +0000 IKraus 89 at http://www.cebug.org http://www.cebug.org/forum/general-discussion/89#comments Fraud Reminders on Bogus E-mails http://www.cebug.org/forum/general-discussion/62 <div class="field field-name-taxonomy-forums field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Forums:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="sioc:has_container"><a href="/forums/general-discussion" typeof="sioc:Container sioc:Forum" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">General discussion</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>A strange e-mail ended up in my <strong>Inbox</strong> today that on the face of things looked legit, but upon closer examination raised red flags. It claimed to be a notice regarding a 'rewards program' package with all of the appropriate looking graphics and details right down to a order confirmation number. This in itself is not unusual as, depending upon where you purchase things on the Internet, a follow up message from the shipping company can occur. Nor is it all that unusual for me to recieve packages, either on behalf of my own company or for <strong>CEBUG</strong>, with little prior notice. Here are the things that raised red flags for this message:</p> <ol> <li>An attached zip file supposedly containing a text document describing my order.</li> <li>A phony tracking number cited (checked on shipping company's site).</li> <li>The fact the message was sent to an older, though still active e-mail address.</li> </ol> <p>On their own, none of these - other than the attached zip file - was all that alarming. That zip file was the biggie, as - in my experience - companies normally provide order confirmation details (and invoices) in the form of e-mail messages. On rare occasions a <strong>PDF</strong> file may have been involved, but <em>NEVER</em> a zip file! </p> <p>In any case, it was enough for me to place a call to the shipping company involved to ask about the message. As it turns out, it was indeed a bogus message and I have since forwarded it on to their fraud division in hopes they can track it to its source.</p> <p>So here's our standard warnings again, in regard to unsolicited e-mails; even for those that appear to be normal but unexpected. <strong>ALWAYS scrutinize such messages carefully</strong> before taking whatever action someone is encouraging you to do (open a zip file or click on a link inside the message). Use the search tools on <a href="http://www.snopes.com/" title="Go to Snopes site - Large searchable archive of phone e-mails" class="elf-external elf-icon"><strong>Snopes</strong> </a>(large database of <strong>Urban Legend</strong> and <strong>Phony</strong> e-mails) to check something out. Or, ask someone - such as I did with this shipping company - about the message. Go to the supposed source, in other words, and not make use of any provided links within the message.</p> </div></div></div> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 23:21:56 +0000 IKraus 62 at http://www.cebug.org http://www.cebug.org/forum/general-discussion/62#comments Losing Dta on that new SSD? http://www.cebug.org/forum/general-discussion/111 <div class="field field-name-taxonomy-forums field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Forums:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="sioc:has_container"><a href="/forums/general-discussion" typeof="sioc:Container sioc:Forum" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">General discussion</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>I read a recent report that talks about the probability that SSDs or solid state drivers, will lose the data stored on them if they are not powered up for varying periods of time. I've shied away from using these drives, not because I don't appreciate the fast drive speeds, but because SSDs use flash memory for storage. If you have ever used a Flash drive for any period of time, you know that they will go bad after so many uses, or periods of time. Using a SSD for critical PC and server drives,is not something I have ever recommended and still don't.</p> <p>Appartently, data stored on SSDs can be lost after periods of time  varying from months to as short as a few days. What kills the data is the fact that the drive is dormant for a time in locations where the temparatuire is poorly controlled. The period of time for storage is halved for every 9 degrees of temperature. As mentioned in the article, a SSD stored in a warm room (77 degrees) wll last about two years. However, if the temperature goes up to 86 degrees, the amount of time that data  is stored is cut in half.</p> <p>Some higher performance SSDs are better at retaining data at higher temperatures. Regardless, you should maintain a constant temperature in the normal human tolerated range and keep in mind the life of the SSD flash material storing the data will keep an electrical charge. Otherwise something so simple as leaving a door open to the hot summer temperature, or losing power because of an electrical storm, has the potential to doom your data.</p> <p>I'd suggest that if you use SSDs, use them for what they are good for: speed, and also for limited periods of time. If the data is important enough to you, copying it onto a standard hard drive is the better choice for the long run.</p> </div></div></div> Thu, 14 May 2015 04:35:56 +0000 MBorsick 111 at http://www.cebug.org http://www.cebug.org/forum/general-discussion/111#comments IE Bug April/May 2014 http://www.cebug.org/forum/general-discussion/94 <div class="field field-name-taxonomy-forums field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Forums:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="sioc:has_container"><a href="/forums/general-discussion" typeof="sioc:Container sioc:Forum" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">General discussion</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>I've been following this for several days and was going to put some information together into my blog to help users deal with the IE bug disclosed by Microsoft in the past week or so. This  particular bug is so bad that the Department of Homeland Security has recommended that people stop using IE on ALL Microsoft platforms until a patch has been issued.</p> <p>One of the problems related to this is the recent end of support for Windows XP. I was a tad suspicious that Microsoft would completely stop all XP support and would allow a bad bug to proliferate despite the fact that over 20 percent of Windows PCs in the world still run XP. The timing of this bug certainly makes one wonder if this was intentional on the part of Microsoft, or just a good tactic by the malware writers.</p> <p>Fortunately, Microsoft announced today that the patch for IE will be distributed today (should be available now at this writing) and in addition to patching all versons of Windows and it's corresponding IE platforms, it was also patching WINDOWS XP...</p> <p>That's right; Windows XP</p> <p>Now this doesn't absolve XP users of the need to take some extreme measures to either stop using it (recommended), or at least stop using the parts of XP which could be easily infected by malware, IE being one of the main culprits.</p> <p>The fact is that Microsoft went out of it's way to fix this bug forXP users. It didn't have to and don't think for a moment that Microsoft will do so again in the future.</p> <p>Ask us in CEBUG what we have discussed and suggested on what you can do to remove some of the main attack vectors in Windows XP.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div></div></div> Thu, 01 Jan 2015 23:35:21 +0000 MBorsick 94 at http://www.cebug.org http://www.cebug.org/forum/general-discussion/94#comments Facebook Privacy Changes http://www.cebug.org/forum/general-discussion/93 <div class="field field-name-taxonomy-forums field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Forums:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="sioc:has_container"><a href="/forums/general-discussion" typeof="sioc:Container sioc:Forum" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">General discussion</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>A quick post to share this with everyone... Today was my day for cleaning up pending notices sent to me within <strong>Facebook</strong> when I discovered something new. Mind you, I don't know when <strong>Facebook</strong> made this change but I think it is long overdue!</p> <p>In brief, this pertains to those “Please join so-and-so in (insert name of a <strong>Facebook</strong> game or app).” Sorry to admit this publically, but I never spend any time playing <strong>Facebook</strong> games! A fact most close family and friends know about me and respect, for the most part. Then again, with all those apps (and even games on mobile devices, etc.) encouraging “Spam everyone you know” behaviors it can add up to a significant annoyance! If you’re like me, then, get into your account settings in <strong>Facebook</strong> account and click on the BLOCK page. Scroll down the page to where it talks about APP notifications. Start typing in the name of that person who is always sending you unwanted notices from games and so forth. Problem solved and you will still maintain normal contact with that party! </p> </div></div></div> Thu, 01 Jan 2015 23:33:41 +0000 IKraus 93 at http://www.cebug.org http://www.cebug.org/forum/general-discussion/93#comments Changing Federal Sales Tax Laws - Be Ready http://www.cebug.org/forum/general-discussion/91 <div class="field field-name-taxonomy-forums field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Forums:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="sioc:has_container"><a href="/forums/general-discussion" typeof="sioc:Container sioc:Forum" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">General discussion</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Change is looming on the horizon for anyone selling or buying goods and services online. Up until this point, anyone selling anything online was only obligated to collect sales tax on transactions where both parties resided. This is why – if you bought something from an online merchant that had no offices or locations in the same state you live in – you were not asked to pay sales tax.</p> <p>Congress is expected to change this with what is called the <strong>Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013.</strong> When this goes into effect, which appears to be quite soon, everyone will be expected to pay sales tax for online sales.</p> <p>Of immediate concern to those selling goods or services online is to begin prep work for changes they will need to make in their operations. <strong>Avalara</strong> is sponsoring a free web seminar next week on this topic: June 12<sup>th</sup> at 1pm EDT. The link for more info and sign up is here:</p> <p><a href="http://www.info.avalara.com/mfa2" class="elf-external elf-icon">http://www.info.avalara.com/mfa2</a></p> <p> </p> </div></div></div> Thu, 01 Jan 2015 23:28:54 +0000 IKraus 91 at http://www.cebug.org http://www.cebug.org/forum/general-discussion/91#comments Family Ratings (ICRA) Support Terminated http://www.cebug.org/forum/general-discussion/86 <div class="field field-name-taxonomy-forums field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Forums:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="sioc:has_container"><a href="/forums/general-discussion" typeof="sioc:Container sioc:Forum" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">General discussion</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>It was brought to my attention not long ago that <a href="https://www.fosi.org/" title="Link to FOSI" class="elf-external elf-icon"><strong>FOSI (Family Online Safety Institute)</strong></a> has terminated its support for the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Content_Rating_Association" title="Link to Wikipedia article" class="elf-external elf-icon"><strong>ICRA rating</strong></a>. What was an <strong>ICRA rating</strong>? This was a special code that was hidden within a web page to its '<em>family friendly</em>' status in so far as content and pictures. The idea for the rating was that it would work with parental controls someone may have installed so as to block adult content from view.</p> <p>While I am proud to say the code for <strong>CEBUG's</strong> site had support for such a rating for many years, this is no longer true with the termination of this support through <strong>FOSI</strong>. Nor is it clear if they, or some other agency, will setup something new along these lines. Rest assured, however, that our site will continue to operate as a 'family friendly' site in so far as the type of content and images found here. Since the launch of the new software on our site in 2008, we have always had moderation tools in place so that we can review content prior to publication. Only those who have achieved trusted status with us are allowed to bypass that step.</p> </div></div></div> Thu, 01 Jan 2015 23:18:01 +0000 IKraus 86 at http://www.cebug.org http://www.cebug.org/forum/general-discussion/86#comments Employers demanding Facebook Passwords http://www.cebug.org/forum/general-discussion/84 <div class="field field-name-taxonomy-forums field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Forums:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="sioc:has_container"><a href="/forums/general-discussion" typeof="sioc:Container sioc:Forum" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">General discussion</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Being self-employed, I had not run into this situation personally. Various stories have been emerging on the web about employers demanding someone's Facebook password. In a <a href="http://www.zdnet.com/article/employer-demands-facebook-login-credentials-during-interview/" title="Link to ZDNet" class="elf-external elf-icon"><strong>ZDNet blog last February Emil Prtalinski</strong></a> wrote on how <em>Officer Robert Collins</em> of <em>Maryland Division of Corrections</em> was required to release his Facebook login credentials during a recertification interview. Today, <em>New York Senator Charles Schumer (D</em>) and <em>Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal (D), </em>announced their intent to ask the <em>U.S. Department of Justice (DOI)</em> if such practices are legal. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will also be asked to investigate this trend. What the senators are asking is if this practice violates existing laws in the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stored_Communications_Act" title="Link to Wikipedia" class="elf-external elf-icon">Stored Communications Act</a> or the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_Fraud_and_Abuse_Act" title="Link to Wikipedia" class="elf-external elf-icon">Computer Fraud and Abuse Act</a>. In case it isn't, they plan to draft legislation to stop such requests.</p> <p> </p> </div></div></div> Thu, 01 Jan 2015 23:00:08 +0000 IKraus 84 at http://www.cebug.org http://www.cebug.org/forum/general-discussion/84#comments US House Senate Introduce PPA - Password Protection Act http://www.cebug.org/forum/general-discussion/83 <div class="field field-name-taxonomy-forums field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Forums:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="sioc:has_container"><a href="/forums/general-discussion" typeof="sioc:Container sioc:Forum" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">General discussion</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Over the past several months, a frequent topic during our meetings has been the subject of <strong>personal privacy</strong>. One issue I noted in an earlier post on the forum has to do with Employers demanding password access to Employee's Facebook pages, and other items. For example, e-mail accounts the Employee may have setup on free providers such as <strong>Yahoo</strong>, <strong>Gmail</strong>, even when they were not accessing them via equipment owned by the Employer. In Emil Protalinski's blog posting, he's mentioned a number of other what I would call Employer suspect behaviors that (IMO) would breach someone's expectation for personal privacy:</p> <p><a href="http://www.zdnet.com/article/password-protection-act-ban-bosses-asking-for-facebook-passwords/?tag=nl.e550" class="elf-external elf-icon">http://www.zdnet.com/article/password-protection-act-ban-bosses-asking-for-facebook-passwords/?tag=nl.e550</a></p> <p>Both the <strong>Senate</strong> &amp; the <strong>House</strong> have introduced legislation called the <strong>Password Protection Act (PPA)</strong> that should put a halt to such behaviors. I haven't seen the wording of this proposed legislation, but my hope is that it is something we can all get behind as a means of protecting our personal privacy!</p> <p> </p> </div></div></div> Thu, 01 Jan 2015 22:49:37 +0000 IKraus 83 at http://www.cebug.org http://www.cebug.org/forum/general-discussion/83#comments Social Media e-Mag reading + Dropbox woes http://www.cebug.org/forum/general-discussion/80 <div class="field field-name-taxonomy-forums field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Forums:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="sioc:has_container"><a href="/forums/general-discussion" typeof="sioc:Container sioc:Forum" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">General discussion</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>I'm not sure if anyone would be interested in this, but I setup a subscription a while ago to a free e-mail newsletter on <strong>Social Networking</strong>. (An aspect of one of those things I need to keep up on in my job as a web developer.) The name of the newsletter was rather confusing when it started arriving, as it is called the '<strong>The BrainYard</strong>.'</p> <p>This week's issue was on the topic of <strong>Dropbox</strong>, a popular sharing service. The cautionary note is directed to business users in what sort of info they share within such services, especially in light of the fact that people so often re-use passwords on one site on another. This means someone who had succeeded in hacking into one such site would then be able to hack into another site where that person used the same password; thus leading to the fact they could collect (or leverage) information in undesireable ways. In the incident described, the hacker found an unencrypted document containing e-mail addresses posted on <strong>Dropbox</strong> that was then used to send out spam.</p> <p>Read full article here:</p> <p><a href="http://www.networkcomputing.com/networking/5-dropbox-security-warnings-for-businesses/d/d-id/1105782?cid=nl_iw_brain_2012-08-15_html" class="elf-external elf-icon">http://www.networkcomputing.com/networking/5-dropbox-security-warnings-for-businesses/d/d-id/1105782?cid=nl_iw_brain_2012-08-15_html</a></p> <p>I know this has been a common topic in our discussions within <strong>CEBUG</strong>, but maybe it is time to visit it yet again. There are certainly a number of free webisites out there to generate random passwords to suit various criteria. Marlin &amp; I have both talked about software that can archive passwords too, so one only has to remember one. Ah well, if anything a timely reminder on the topic!</p> <p> </p> </div></div></div> Thu, 01 Jan 2015 22:45:35 +0000 IKraus 80 at http://www.cebug.org http://www.cebug.org/forum/general-discussion/80#comments