Adobe Flash was, in the end, a flash in the pan. It ruled the internet for a time and it was flashy, interactive and engaging.
The world's first publicly-available website launched 6 August 1991, thirty years ago NOT twenty-one years ago like the CNN article erroneously asserts in their newsletter. Since then, the world at large has not been the same. Not only because you can get valuable news and information at your fingertips in nano-seconds, but you can also get misinformation delivered right to your inbox. At the moment CNN is the place for misinformation and amateur hour. Exhibit A:
On this day [August 1, 2021] 21 years ago, the first website ever published went live. It was dedicated to World Wide Web information, and remains online decades later. Happy birthday, WWW, and welcome to adulthood!
Ah, no. That is not correct. For all who are interested read about the First World's Website and Berners-Lee, the father of the hyper-text mark up language, otherwise know as "HTML," the backbone of website creation and rendering click on the link below.
The first website:
This Guardian article has nothing to do with computers per se. But it bears noting that it's all related; that is, the rampant rapacity of our planet has consequences. Read it or ignore at your own peril.
Banks across the country are reporting a new kind of fraudulent scam — and we’d like you to be prepared if something like this happens to you:
Impersonators may try to contact you, claiming to represent XYZ Bank, or perhaps another business you’re familiar with. In some cases, this incoming call may appear to be credible, with the business name registering on your display. Seeing a business name register like this on your device can be convincing, as opposed to a generic unknown number. However, this is part of the intended scam. Scammers can pretend to be legitimate, but please be sure to guard your personal information…
•Be cautious of any call, text, or email asking for personal information — even if it appears to be credible
•Banks do not ask for your username, password, pin or Zelle® details
•Don’t engage with anyone trying to initiate a transaction to “refund” you “owed money” using wire transfer, gift card or Zelle®
•Don’t allow remote access to your computer unless you initiated the call to a known service provider
•If you do engage, contact the business using a trusted phone number
Just to clear up some minor confusion, there is another IT computer support company by the name of "ComputerCats.NET" in Colorado that is not affiliated with my company, which I started in 1995. I am the Original owner of Computercats.com domain dba ComputerCats. In fact, the owner of the company in Colorado has called me several times offering to buy my domain. I have declined each time because it's mine for one and Computercats is more than an intangible asset and intellectual property: I've spent years establishing the concept of "friendly" IT support; and, adhering to a personal business model based upon honor and integrity while maintaining an impeccable reputation among my loyal clientele who've become more valuable as friends to me throughout the years.
I've been in business over 26 years. Even though I operate as a sole proprietor (I had a business partner who passed away suddenly in the night from an aneurism); even though I freelance and take clients on a referral basis and have no intention of expanding I am not giving up Computercats.com. In the meantime, I wish success for Andrew, owner of Computer Cats in Colorado, who also likes cats. Imagine that! Yes, I realize this may sound like a plug for Andrew's company. It is. I believe in promoting the well being of all. "Go Forth and Be a Blessing." ~ Genesis
This is where we are in the modern day world of computers (insert some choice swear words here). Although, note that the first instance of ransom/hackware was in 1989! Subscribe to the New Yorker if for no other reason than to read the following article. It's worth being informed.
Interesting read. FYI: If you're not subscribed to The New Yorker, listen to the hour-long podcast.
In the browser world, between Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge, Edge wins out with over 99% success rate in preventing phising sites. Of course, there is no mention of Safari (Apple Mac) and other browsers like Opera, Brave, Ecosia. No matter, you'll still encounter the big three somewhere in your browsing/surfing experience. Here is an indepth article about Phishing sites. Read. You have been informed.
One of my sites was compromised; in computer lingo, it was attacked by some hackware where if you clicked on one of the search engine results for that site, it redirected you to another site - similar to "phishing." It ended up taking me the better part of half the night and morning to clean it up. Although, it's a rarity, and the site has been indexed through Google since its inception, it was an unpleasant, icky experience. This is where we are: No matter how vigilant, tech savvy and security-conscious, up to date one continues to maintain a site, there are exponential vulnerabilities. The ubiquitous malware and attempted breaches are only going to get worse. I am in the process of phasing out website and logo creation, while maintaining and updating the ones I've created. If a client requests help with their site, I am available to give some technical advice but I will not be taking on new clients for website creation.
I've been getting a lot of emails lately that "appear" to be legitimate invoices. See photo of attached emails. Of course, I did not purchase these alleged items so I blocked the bogus recipients' email addresses and reported them immediately to the proper authorities. If you receive these fraudulent emails, a few of my clients have reported getting lately, DO NOT CALL the number on the emails. Report them to Report Fraud Gov --> Link: reportfraud.ftc.gov/#/?pid=A
Next, I started researching how they might have gotten my email address, (name is incorrect and the shipping address is in the middle of nowhere - see screenshot of Google Satellite location - it'd be laughable if it weren't so annoying!). Here's the thing you need to know, every time you sign up for anything, however innocuous, e.g., Recipes, Cute cat videos, Organic Popcorn...I mean anything! you're exposing your information to the internet. Listen, if our government's sites - military, IRS, CIA - can be breached and they have been, any site can be breached. Data mining is hugely profitable in the recesses of the nefarious, dark underweb where your information is sold to the highest bidder depending upon your net worth, credit-worthiness, professional affiliations like LinkedIn and every single social media site. Google yourself and find out how many sites have exposed your personal data, (email addresses, DOB, residential addresses, personal property) it might shock you but no need to get paranoid - that's my job - just be proactive.
Start scrubbing your personal information from every search engine out there by unsubscribing and "opting-out" of the sites that are holding your information hostage, not to mention the massive amount of misinformation. It's time consuming, but worth it. Protect you data, and make sure your searches are restricted from being tracked; there are tons of apps and browser extensions that can do that. Clear out your browser history, cache every time you close out your browser. There are settings to do that automatically. Change your passwords often. I understand this is a pain to change and remember passwords but it is absolutely necessary.
Here are some screenshots of the above-mentioned invoice and the report I made to Report Fraud Gov. Be 'wary' cautious every time you sign up for anything including newsletters from your local Boy Scouts Chapter. Like I said, you don't have to be paranoid but you do need to be judicious with your information. Your privacy is yours and it's very valuable. Otherwise, happy Vernal Equinox.