st1709: I Just WannaCry! [Podcast]

The WannaCry virus wreaks havoc on world businesses

Have you ever just needed a good cry?  Well the people experiencing the “Wannacry” virus are probably feeling that way right now.

Wannacry is ransomware.  It encrypts an infected computer’s hard drive and attempts to sell an encryption key to its victims for a cost of $300 to start and then the cost escalates quickly the longer the victim waits to pay.  In this episode we talk about the insidiousness of such ransomware and how you can protect yourself.

Wanakiwi – possible WannaCry fix

WannaCry cousin uses your computer to mine Bitcoins

1Password – Password Manager

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st1708: Solving Crime One Smart Phone at a Time [Podcast]

Tracking apps are becoming more useful in helping the police solve crimes.  In this episode we explore a specific case and talk about how you might want to set up your own phone.

 

How to Track Your Lost or Stolen Android Phone

How to Set Up and use Find My iPhone

 

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st1707: Internet Users Beware! This may not be the website you think it is [Podcast]

Hackers are at it again and this hack is pretty smart.  They trick your browser into thinking the internet address they are looking for is in a foreign language while displaying the address in familiar looking English characters.  How do they do this?  Find out in this episode of SmartTech.

For more information check out the article at arstechnica.com

Firefox users can protect themselves by:
1. Enter “about:config” in the address bar and agreeing to the displayed warning.

2. Enter “punycode” in the search box to bring up a line that reads network.IDN_show_punycode.

3. Double-click the word “false” to change it to “true.”

From then on, Firefox will display the “dumb ascii” characters and not the deceptive, encoded ones.

From the website arstechnica.com
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st1706: You CAN take it with you! (syncing your life across your devices) [Podcast]

The more devices we use, the more the need to sync our files to more than one device.  As the price drops, and the speed and reliability of cloud storage increases, cloud storage becomes a great answer.  Today we talk about the big 4 storage sync solutions and which ones work best for which situations.

Photo courtesy of Google G-Suite
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st1705: Great Resources for Learning About Tech [Podcast]

The Best of SmartTech

Believe it or not, the SmartTech studio is still in construction and so this week we are presenting a “Best of” SmartTech!

Photo Courtesy of Pond5

It may seem a bit strange to my podcast to talk about other podcasts. But as a teacher, this is how I got better at teaching about Tech. Why reinvent the wheel so to speak? So I want to recommend places on the web where I have learned a lot of things about Technology.

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Below are links to the websites I talk about during today’s episode.

Google
YouTube
TWiT Network
Know How Show on the TWiT Network
MacMost
5by5 Network
Cnet Network
The AppleByte on the Cnet Network
ScreenCastsONLINE
Lynda.com