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

st1701: 2016 – A SmartTech Year in Review [Podcast]

It is amazing how, when a year comes to an end, we tend to forget all of the things that have happened.  2016 has been a crazy year in a lot of ways, but it has been a diverse technology related year.  So in this episode I review some of the technological events of note through the eyes of the SmartTech podcast.  Be sure to share your favorite technology related events or gadgets in our comment section or on our Facebook page.

Illustration provided by Pond5


st1616: iOS 10’s Coolest New Features Explained [Podcast]

It’s that time of year again.  Apple is on the verge of releasing it’s newest version of their iOS software for iPhones and iPads.

We should have a fully functional release sometime during September 2016.  Apple has already released the software as a beta and so we know most of the new features.  Some of them are truly innovative and some of them try and catch up with Android.  Is it worth the hype?  You be the judge as we cover the 10 coolest new features in iOS 10.

st1518: “Hey Siri” Unpacking Apple’s Latest Announcements – new iPhones, iPad Pro, Watch os2 and Apple TV [Podcast]

In today’s episode I get to talk about my favorite thing, new goodies.  Specifically new goodies from Apple.  On September 9, Apple shared some new updates.  But instead of repeating the entire keynote, I want to give you some highlights, the things I thought were innovative.

It is amazing to me, when apple announces something, the negative comments that come out.  I mean, if some of these things happened 20 years ago, the world would be in awe.  Instead we go, “Really, thats it.  Can’t you show me something really exciting.”  Well lets see if we can pull out the exciting from the mundane.  Let’s talk about the new iPhones, the iPad Pro, updates in Watch os and the Apple TV.

Complete September 9 Keynote Address

st1517: Even the SmartTech Dude Gets Hacked! [Podcast]

While on the road somewhere between Portland and Los Angeles I got a message from one of my listeners that the SmartTech website was down.  He was dutifully trying to use the Amazon link on the SmartTech site to give credit to his favorite podcast.  (I’m assuming it’s his favorite!) This began an ordeal on tracking down the problem, getting it fixed, and trying not to have it happen again.  In this episode I tell you what happened and what you can do to prevent such a thing happening to you.

UPDATE: Since I recorded this episode I have had less than stellar help from SiteLock.  I paid SiteDoctor through Bluehost to clean the site of malware and they wanted me to subscribe to a $200 package from SiteLock to continue to monitor and fix my site.  When I balked, they said they would package SiteLock and SiteDoctor (for 1 fix) for $200 for the year for the FIX plan.  I decided I had been down enough and I would try the service.  All seemed well for a couple of months when I was told I had been reinfected.  Now you would think that the FIX plan would actually fix something.  Well I was apparently wrong.  Even through there is a a FIX button on the FIX plan’s control panel, I got a pop up message to call them instead.  I finally got ahold of someone who told me they wanted another few hundred dollars to fix my site.  When I explained I had the FIX plan already, the tech turned sales person told me something like “I wish they would change that name, it does not actually indicate what the service includes and causes confusion.”  So the FIX plan does not actually fix your website.  I’m not sure what the FIX plan does besides monitoring for more money.  My analysis of SiteLock is it is a bait and switch.  STAY AWAY.  I have begun to use a service called SUCURI.  So far so good.  They fix your site and also provide a firewall to block malware.  We shall see how this goes.  I will do a future post on SUCURI.

Links to things talked about in this episode:


Bluehost link

Get Noticed Theme

Social Media Subscribe and Follow buttons

Simple Podcast Press

SiteDoctor – NOT Recommended anymore


Recommendations to keep you from getting hacked!

1. Scan your computers with latest and updated anti virus and spyware programs. Make sure they are virus free.
2. Reset all your passwords.
3. Password should not be simple. (use to generate passwords)
4. Do not store passwords in your browser or FTP client.
5. Log off sites, computers and devices after use.  Don’t auto log into anything.
6. Do not share passwords with any one.  Use 1Password!
7. Log off of your computer after use and don’t leave your computer unattended.
8. Ensure your computer does not have any keyloggers or spyware.
9. Ensure that all of your applications and plugins are updated to their latest stable versions.