February 27, 2017
  • Hacks

    Jolly Roger

    I recently stumbled across an article in one of my news aggregate services. It was about a guy – a phone guy – who was sick and tired of telemarketers badgering and scamming people – so he created an option that beats the hell out of just hanging up. Roger Anderson made a robot that “talks” to the telemarketer and keeps them confused but engaged, thus wasting their time and preventing them from harassing “real” people. Roger Anderson’s work even gained the attention of the New York Times.  The blog post that I landed on just happens to be about [...Continue Reading >>]
  • Ransomware

    Ransomware – A Primer

    Ransomware is malware that in some way disables the user’s computer or encrypts files and then offers the victim an opportunity to reclaim their stuff for a price – a ransom.  There have been variants of this for as long as there have been Internet connected computers. However, over the past couple of years this malware has gotten quite a bit more sophisticated. When I first encountered ransomware, it was the FBI virus – maybe 4 to 5 years ago. It was a simple thing and relatively easy to fix. Basically, the virus took over the user’s display with a [...Continue Reading >>]
  • Information

    Welcome!

    Welcome to Stupid Computer Tricks! Glad you stopped by. Stupid Computer Tricks (SCT) is here to inform regular users on what’s hot and what’s not – everything from new tech to the latest malware plaguing users around the globe. In the coming days and weeks, we’ll be filling up the site with articles and links to help you navigate the murky waters of computer technology. Sure, there are a million websites out there that provide a ton of content directed at the average computer user, but that’s the problem: it’s a TON of information to absorb, often written with bent [...Continue Reading >>]
  • No Picture
    Privacy

    Protecting Your Online Privacy

    OK – So I guess I only needed a few minutes to test some stuff. If you have a big enough Internet pipe, it doesn’t really matter what you do to protect your privacy, you’re still going to have an adequate browsing experience in terms of speed. Functionality, however, may be left behind. I tested the Tor browser (https://www.torproject.org/), ExpressVPN (https://www.expressvpn.com) and PrivateInternetAccess (https://www.privateinternetaccess.com). These tests are designed to thwart deep packet scanning that I suspect AT&T is utilizing to sniff browsing behavior. In this case, I doubt that the Tor browser did much good. The traffic still goes through [...Continue Reading >>]
Hacks

Jolly Roger

February 9, 2017 2

I recently stumbled across an article in one of my news aggregate services. It was about a guy – a phone guy – who was sick and tired of telemarketers […Continue Reading >>]

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