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Windows 10 keylogger: How to stop Microsoft from tracking everything you type

First the keylogger, and now this?!

Thanks Trump!


Mary-Ann Russon, International Business Times

There's been heaps of controversy associated with Microsoft's latest operating system Windows 10 since it was launched, but the latest issue takes the cake – apparently Windows has been quietly logging every single keystroke users make on their keyboards from the beginning. Even better, that data is being constantly sent to Microsoft's servers on a regular basis.

We're not sure why on earth Microsoft would want users' keystrokes, as this data is only really useful to cybercriminals seeking to crack passwords to steal sensitive data, and IBTimes UK has asked the computing giant to clarify, but in the meantime, it is possible to solve this problem.

Here's advice on how to turn off the Windows 10 keylogger:

Concerned about privacy? Then always say no.

A hummer that no one would like to receive...

"Security researchers at Cheetah Mobile Security Research Lab believe they could have discovered one of the largest trojan families of all time, affecting millions of Android devices around the world when it was in full swing. The mobile phone trojan family, known as "Hummer," gained traction in early 2016 when it was infecting "nearly 1.4 million devices daily at its peak," according to Cheetah Mobile. Hummer is thought to have originated in China relative to underground industry there, based on an email address linked to the domains used, and it saw 63,000 daily infections in China alone. If the numbers are accurate, the Hummer trojan family could be one of the biggest ever."

(HP says to never click on links in emails. What about clicking on links at

Nest to brick Revolv smart hubs on Sunday, and there's nothing owners can do about it

The last line says it all..."If there's anything that's going to put a damper on people buying home automation devices, it's the fear that their purchases will be bricked remotely at the whim of a big, faceless multibillion-dollar corporation."

by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes at ZDNet...

If you own a Revolv smart hub, then Sunday is the day that Nest will pull the plug on it, and you can kiss your $300 gadget goodbye.

This Sunday sees Nest, a home automation firm owned by Google's holding company Alphabet, pull the plug on smart hubs from Revolv, a firm it acquired in October 2014, effectively bricking these devices for their owners.

From that point on the app will no longer work, and the device will be dead.

Now you might think that this is no big deal, but it's a pretty big deal to anyone who was suckered in by the promise of a "lifetime subscription" to the service.

I guess it's come to the end of its life. To have a place on the web for the family...


New "feature" coming to hechtmail soon!

Out-of-date Web app on causes site to attack its visitors. (SOUND FAMILIAR? IT SHOULD!)

The website belonging to Maisto International, a popular maker of remote-controlled toy vehicles, has been caught pushing ransomware that holds visitors' files hostage until they pay a hefty fee.

The website infection bears similarities to an attack targeting sites running Microsoft's IIS Web server platform that Palo Alto Networks disclosed last month.

The attacks come a month after advertisements delivered on some of the Internet's most visited websites were found delivering Angler exploits pushing ransomware. These regularly occurring attacks are a potent reminder that people can be infected even when they visit websites they know and trust.

If you guys knew how much this site is a TOTAL minefield of insecurity...if only you knew...

I am posting this from the public library to protect my family - and yet I still feel unclean.

DJIA up 490 pts (2.84%) in three days...

So, let's review the real 'minutes' that drove the market up 250+ today ... After more than ten years (that's a decade for the college readers here) of not raising interest rates, and essentially 8 years at zero, that has exclusively and solely benefited the most corrupt financial system ever documented, the Fed attempted to cleverly orchestrate discussions what could add more "gains" for the biggest bloated-financial-pig's on Wall Street since they 'shorted stocks' ahead of the so-called Great Recession that made most of them vastly rich, while the underlying joke called an 'economy', commonly and consistently referred to as a "recovery" by the Obama administration, remained fundamentally an abysmal failure.

Just sayin'...

POLITICS, n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
.....Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do – here’s how to opt out

This from BGR/Zach Epstein

Windows 10 is amazing. Windows 10 is fantastic. Windows 10 is glorious. Windows 10 is faster, smoother and more user-friendly than any Windows operating system that has come before it. Windows 10 is everything Windows 8 should have been, addressing nearly all of the major problems users had with Microsoft’s previous-generation platform in one fell swoop.

But there’s something you should know: As you read this article from your newly upgraded PC, Windows 10 is also spying on nearly everything you do.

It’s your own fault if you don’t know that Windows 10 is spying on you. That’s what people always say when users fail to read through a company’s terms of service document, right?

Well, here is Microsoft’s 12,000-word service agreement. Some of it is probably in English. We’re pretty sure it says you can’t steal Windows or use Windows to send spam, and also that Microsoft retains the right to take possession of your first-born child if it so chooses. And that’s only one of several documents you’ll have to read through.

Actually, here’s one excerpt from Microsoft’s terms of use that everyone can understand:

What Gov. Scott Walker is about to do to Wisconsin’s public schools

this from the Washington Post...

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is busy these days, what with preparing to officially join the gaggle of Republican candidates vying for the 2016 GOP Republican nomination and planning to sign a new state budget. What’s in that budget is deep cause for concern for Wisconsin’s public education system, as Bob Peterson, founder of the Rethinking Schools magazine and former president of the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association, explains in this post, which appeared on his Education for Democracy blog and which I am publishing with permission.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is expected to do two things in the next few days: Formally announce his candidacy for for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and sign Wisconsin’s biennial budget. The first may receive national attention, but it is the second that will disastrously affect Wisconsin if the budget isn’t changed — and that should receive national play.

Buried within the budget are 135 non-budget policy items — a toxic cocktail of attacks on public education, democracy, environmental protections and labor rights.

Scott Walker, legislative leaders drop open records changes

The rejection of Walker’s attempt to shroud the state government in secrecy is good news, but celebrating that does not change the fact that this budget is an unmitigated disaster for the people of Wisconsin. The damage goes way beyond the 67 slimy provisions in motion 999, nearly all of which will now become law. This budget will have a devastating impact on Wisconsin for decades. Republican legislators are high-fiving each other as we speak, and can’t wait to see how much dirty money this budget will bring to their campaigns.

The worst thing about this situation is that the Republicans are not done yet. The state will be broke again in 2 years, as more of their giveaways to the wealthy take effect. The Republicans will then renew their attack on public education, the middle class, and the most vulnerable—senior citizens, the disabled, and the poor. And they will again sneak policy changes and handouts to their donors into the budget, knowing that none of these provisions would ever fly if exposed to the light of day.

No one even bid on this item...

...and I can't figure out why that happened. Other "model 4's" are selling for more, and they are in much worse condition.

Purple Haze!

Canadian style. Here is the view from my driveway. If you look at the trees in the distance (only a few houses away), then you can get an idea of how smokey it is here. When viewing it "live", the smoke is plenty thick. It's been going on for nearly a week, and the air quality is easily bad enough to trigger health warnings.

Steve Wozniak (my hero) calls Edward Snowden a ‘total hero’...

“Total hero to me; total hero,” Wozniak said. “Not necessarily [for] what he exposed, but the fact that he internally came from his own heart, his own belief in the United States Constitution, what democracy and freedom was about. And now a federal judge has said that NSA data collection was unconstitutional.”

“So he’s a hero to me, because he gave up his own life to do it,” Wozniak added. “And he was a young person, to give up his life. But he did it for reasons of trying to help the rest of us and not just mess up a company he didn’t like.”

The Woz, long a champion of digital privacy, also had harsh words for companies like Google and Facebook, noting that their business models rest on them knowing as much about their users’ lives as possible. In contrast, Woz added that Apple is “more the protector of privacy than anyone else.”

Woz’s own views on digital privacy are particularly intriguing because Woz’s own work on the Apple I and Apple II helped kickstart the personal computing revolution, helping to establish the framework for the connected world we live in today. Ever the reflective guy, this somewhat paradoxical dynamic is not lost on Woz in the slightest.

House Tries To Gut FCC Funding, Neutrality Rules

For a few months now House Republicans have been holding a series of "fact finding" hearings aimed at shaming the FCC and agency boss Tom Wheeler for standing up to incumbent ISPs and passing tough net neutrality rules. As part of that effort the House has been desperately searching for ways to erode the FCC's authority and strip its funding ahead of the rules taking effect this Friday.

From a House news release:

The bill contains $315 million for the FCC – a cut of $25 million below the fiscal year 2015 enacted level and $73 million below the request. The legislation prohibits the FCC from implementing net neutrality until certain court cases are resolved, requires newly proposed regulations to be made publicly available for 21 days before the Commission votes on them, and prohibits the FCC from regulating rates for either wireline or wireless Internet service.

Climate change: Is your opinion informed by science? Take our quiz! (Christian Science Monitor)

Take our climate change quiz!

I was able to correctly answer 17/23 (74%). The reader average is 51%.

HB doing the lord's work...

...reading to the blind...comforting the afflicted...afflicting the comforted...

HP - how is it that HB is your spouse?

Harbor Masters 2015

Saturday, July 18 4pm - midnight
Port Fish Day - Port Washington, WI

RSVP immediately!


POLITICS, n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
.....Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary is most likely running on a Linux server...

...totally SCREWED AGAIN!

"GHOST poses a remote code execution risk that makes it incredibly easy for an attacker to exploit a machine. For example, an attacker could send a simple email on a Linux-based system and automatically get complete access to that machine," said Wolfgang Kandek, Qualys's CTO in a statement. "Given the sheer number of systems based on glibc, we believe this is a high severity vulnerability and should be addressed immediately."

"My advice to you is to now, not later today, now, update your Linux system as soon as possible."

"...gethostbyname is called on by so many core processes, such as auditd, dbus-daem, dhclient, init, master, mysqld, rsyslogd, sshd, udevd, and xinetd, you want to make absolutely sure that all your system's running programs are using the patched code."


You're welcome! (part 2)

Memory Clean is the ultimate app for optimizing your Mac's memory and is best used after you have finished using a memory (RAM) intensive app or game.

With the slickest interface and user experience, Memory Clean stands head and shoulders above the rest.

Note: Memory Clean works by purging the Mac's inactive memory and is best used when you close an intensive app that you do not plan to use again quickly within a few hours. During the cleaning process, older Macs may slow down until the cleaning is complete.

AWARDED MACWORLD 'MAC GEM' 2013 - The Best Memory Cleaning App

You're welcome!

RAMBack will cause Firefox to issue an internal notification to free up memory that is otherwise held for performance purposes. Additional items will be hooked into this notification in the future.

Drupal 6 is NOT safe!

It is less safe than Drupal 7!

You have been warned!

Note: I am risking everything by posting here at all!

Never EVER visit or post on hechtmail again...

Since the admin of cares not a bit about the security of this site (and therefore it's visitors), it is imperative that no one visit or post on again. Note that I am sacrificing everything for you people by posting this warning!

"In a year filled with horrible security blunders we may have a winner for worst of the year with eight weeks still to go.

We knew two weeks ago when the Drupal team disclosed a really, really bad SQL injection vulnerability in Drupal 7 that it was important for admins to update quickly. We didn't know quite how quickly.

It turns out that "[a]utomated attacks began compromising Drupal 7 websites that were not patched or updated to Drupal 7.32 within hours of the announcement..." of the attack, according to the team. They put it in the most dire terms: "You should proceed under the assumption that every Drupal 7 website was compromised unless updated or patched before Oct 15th, 11pm UTC, that is 7 hours after the announcement."

I think this is the way to go...

...though some may have other ideas...

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