Coping: With Browsing Resets, Foiling Computer Thieves

Enough people have written in that it’s time to suspect more than one thing is going on with reports of people not being able to get today’s version of UrbanSurvival on time. 

At the same time, since we spend so much time on the net, a good chunk of UrbanSurvival is knowing what the hell you’re doing with a computer is high on our priority list.

So we’re going to have us a short class here where I’m sure, even if you THINK you know all there is to know, you just might learn a thing or three.

It’s appropriate we talk about safety of home computers because home (or office) your computer is either your best bud or it’s the biggest most gaping personal security exposure you have.

The starting point is simple:  Open your browsing history any time you want by pressing CONTROL+SHIFT+DELETE at the same time.  Go ahead…try it.  Look for the part where it refers to passwords.

Given the number of meth-heads out there, is it worth using your BRAIN to store a few critical passwords, in order to keep your computer safe?

You know, if someone steals your computer – and you use all those features like stored passwords – you could lose your life savings.  And you do go to the store, right?

I got started on this morning’s rant because so many people have been getting old UrbanSurvival content.  That seems to be happening FAR too often, so it’s likely a software update.  So let’s get this fixed, once and for all, shall we?  This is going to apply to ALL websites, but it’s pretty clear that if you’re a big corporation and you want to lessen traffic on the net, just feed people old content.

Well, we’re not going to play…

Yes, we are still on exactly the same Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday schedule as always with links to Peoplenomics (and summaries) on Wednesday and Saturday.  So what gives?

imageHard telling – although we know that there are groups that really like to suppress our views…but aside from this, there are a couple of things you can do.  And what I’m going to show you here will help on ALL sites that have updated content.

We’ll start with Internet Exploder, as I call it.  When you get there, look for the area under browsing history. 

To get here, find the menu, look for “Tools” and click on the settings for how pages are handled.

I make it a practice to ALWAYS set the “Delete browser history on exit is checked.  I don’t want anyone to EVER see where I have been.  No, not that I visit porn sites, or anything like that…it’s that I don’t care to leave any personal information on any computer.  (I don’t do things like store passwords either.)

imageNext, you click on the area called “Settings” which I have poured yellow over so you can find it.

Now, you want the browser to be set so that you get a fresh copy of everything “Every time I visit a web page.”

If you don’t have these things checked, you will be seeing ever so slightly faster – but oftentimes DATED material.

If all you do is look at your bank statements and such, then fine. But just remember, burglars are not dumb.

If they can get into your how and steal your computer and if you don’t have a STRONG logon to your computer,   They can email a password change to your old email address, put in a new email account, logging in from a hotel somewhere (and using a fake ID for that) and have a field day.

More on this in a second.

imageSame thing when you are using Firefox, if that’s your poison of choice.

Simply open up your Tools (right click and check the Menu on if it’s not already on your screen).

Then from the pull-down that gives you a number of ways to handle history, select the one that says Firefox will never remember history.

Set Up a Computer Sign-In

Now, a word, or three about User Account access.

A lot of home computer users are too damn lazy to set windows up to that it takes a serious password to log into it.

Let’s see how good you really are at computers, OK?

Go over to the Gibson Research (remember, Steve Gibson is a nice computer genius) and check out his Password Haystack over here.

Put in something LIKE your banking password and let me know how you do.  But, don’t put in the real thing, just something that has the same number of characters and is upper/lower case, has special punctuation and some numbers in it.

You know why the odds of me losing my  bank account and other personal information is low?

Look at the password needed to log onto any of George’s computers:

image

And THIS is just to log into one of my computers.  I won’t bore you with the even more hardened passwords for banking and trading, but you get the idea.

imageThere are some computers around here which are never used  for banking, website work, or any of that…Take Elaine’s computer.

But that computer (seven letters, 2 numbers) is incredibly insecure by comparison.

imageEven our media computer – which doesn’t have a single commercial application on it – still requires a password to log in.

As you can see, it’s dirt simple and it’s really a joke.

Why Passwording Your Computer is Important

I am NOT the character who James Spader plays in Blacklist, BUT if I were, just stealing a computer could be turned into something.

imageFor example, there’s a marvelous piece of software (if you ever misplace your product CD for some computer application, or other, called “Magic Jellybean Key Finder.”

I’ve run it on my most “stripped down” machine, and sure enough it tells you a fair bit about what apps are on here  Obviously I’m not showing product keys, but there they are…

What it doesn’t show is custom code (Nostracodeus uses a different approach, for example) but these tools are out there.  If you haven’t seen it, the LifeHacker report over here could bed used by a smart criminal (who has stolen your computer) to get into all kinds of mischief.  You don’t really want to make things easy for them, do you?

All of which gets down to the point of this morning’s major rant bottom line:  A lot of people think they are smart when comes to computers.  But having a computer that doesn’t have strong passwording from logon forward is taking an unnecessary risk and one that is easily fixed.

People tend to put off boring stuff with computers.  Running Defragler or CCleaner to wipe out temp files and speed up things is ever so boring, too. 

But in a sense, it’s not unlike sharpening a pencil.  When I was a kid, I used to run up and sharpen my pencil almost compulsively.

Think of computer performance and security as the same thing:  Pencil-Sharping 3.0.

Around the Ranch:  Numerous Small Victories

Nothing has gone as intended this week, but what’s old saying about what the “road to hell is paved with…”?

The good news is that the passing crap is all dealt with – almost like an asteroid went by with Kryptonite or something.

Not like I’m the only one, though.  Reader Dan has had the same thing going:

I thought it was just me. Yesterday I was speaking to my wife about a series of peculiar outages at work, miscommunications, and other stuff that was going on.  She asked if it was already retrograde again and I confirmed it was not yet and that she should check with her astrologer for anything strange. So far nothing but I’m glad it’s not just us.

Here’s the interesting part:  Reader RF says it’s not retrograde that’s working overtime:

It isn’t Merc Rx, George, it is Uranus/Pluto square and Solar eclipse, and whatever is being jiggled in our personal astrology charts by these energies.

I had ‘one of those days’ yesterday, too. Also three instances of ‘crap’ that rarely dogs me anymore.

My favorite go-to online astrologer has become Ralfee Finn of “The Aquarium Age — Transformational Astrology” at AquariumAge.com (yes — a q u a r i u m — she has a sense of humor). Her “Weekly Frequency” report gives an excellent overview of the astrological weather. She gives historical perspective, and does her best to find the silver lining in the storm clouds, or how to make the best of what is happening. We have been in ‘heavy weather’ without much break for awhile now. Go back in the archives to get a sense of how the aspects are playing out in your own life, and the world stage.

The water heater fault turned out to be a wire that had come loose in a junction box installed long, long ago.  But that required checking everything from the breaker panel on and we tossed in a new GFI while we were at it.

Panama has phones working again in t’other building, which means we are back up to the full complement of three wireless networks around here.

This leaves only another article for my buddy Gaye over at backdoorsurvival.com on ham radio.  The first part is over here, if you missed it.  Gaye and Survival Hubby (Sheldon) will be taking the test to get their ham radio licenses on April 18th.  Mighty proud of them.

Tomorrow morning, Elaine and I will be running up to Oklahoma to chat with Robin Landry (robin.landry@raymondjames.com) about his latest outlook for the market.  He’s been working on charts overtime and the latest work – which we’ll go over in tomorrow’s Peoplenomics report – is just doggone interesting and I want to sit down some of the future scenarios that are coming into focus.

So, off and running…here it is Friday already.  Remember:  Only two more working days until Monday after today!

Write when you break-even….or break down, lol…

George    george@ure.net

Comments

Coping: With Browsing Resets, Foiling Computer Thieves — 17 Comments

  1. On GRC’s website is also the last version of Truecrypt.

    https://www.grc.com/misc/truecrypt/truecrypt.htm

    I have my all my dive including my system drive encrypted. I only have to remember one password. I checked and it’s 9.82 hundred million trillion trillion trillion centuries to crack. All my other passes are saved in text files. If you do use truecrypt make sure and back up your encrypted drive headers, your master boot record and download a copy of Hirems boot disk. Hirems has truecrypt on the boot CD. How do I know about backing the MBR. Linux doesn’t always install to the disk it says it’s going to. That’s how I know.

    http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd

  2. I was wondering why this sat on the 23rd all week, just catching up now,
    on a mechanical side had a set of wheel bearings fail in noisy fashion this week…….

  3. The WHOLE POINT is getting sucked into a WW3 (Gog-Magog) war with the Russians. What’s a satanic global bankster to do when he wants to rule the world and yet there’s two big boys in his way? Simple, provoke the more aggressive of them to provoke the other less aggressive but completely paranoid into attacking you, and then at the last minute, invite ’em right into the USA.

    Red Dawn, here we come. Poor George, the cartel gangs will be the leading edge of the invading central/south American armies. They’ll skin you alive in Texas and make ISIS look away in disgust. Sell your place in Texas and scoot, scoot, scoot to a new redoubt up here in the Rockies. We’ll hole up in the passes and cut ’em to pieces, then push those chink/russkie/spic bastards back into the sea. We oughta have oh, 20 million left after its done, walkin’ on nuclear ashes. but demonic entities like radiation.

  4. Thanks George–the disturbance in the force bagunga we’ve been going through of late is apparently not just us…

  5. I know absolutely nil zilch and less than nothing about computers. But I don’t understand why you would write your password on a postie and stick it to your computer. Which is the equivalent of saving it electronically on the said computer. Strangely, I also don’t participate in putting personal info onto social network sites {which may be the devil’s work :)] and I have an issue with loading photos onto hosting sites in order to post them onto forums. Why would I put my photos into the public domain? Just be thoughtful, people…….

    • Funny you should mention Deagel. At first, they said they were hacked. Last week, they explained that the charts were taking into account normal birth/death cycles, plus a “brain drain” from the USA to destinations east. The latter fits with Harry Dent’s work, give or take an economic collapse.

      PS I like the pictoral captcha!

  6. Hi George,

    It seems that since I commented Tuesday about the caching problem with CenturyLink in NM, the problem went away(as of yesterday). I don’t trust them and never will, but I do think they will do whatever’s in their own self interest.

    BTW, CTRL/ALT/DEL brings up Task manager, and on WIN/XP and 7, they don’t have anything about stored passwords. I never store passwords in Windows, so that’s not an issue(unless they just do it). What OS are you referring to?

  7. thanks for showing us how vulnerable we really are, great insight to what needs to be done with our lazy minds and fingers and you just got my mind to working around my local surroundings near my core and just how mystifying this journey of mind can take us to other dimensions and far away universes , via the worm holes of consciousness

  8. Hi George,

    Been an avid reader for years!I have a quick question. You mentioned that Robin Landry is working on charts in today’s column, I would like to know how any study of charts matter anymore in an market so manipulated from all angles?
    Thanks