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The Better Business Bureau warns cell phone users of scam

I am posting the info from the Boston BBB site, but this will probably spread to a national alert before long so I am posting it now so that people can be alert of the scam since I have gotten calls from these numbers and thankfully did not answer. The main thing to do if you get contacts by a number you don’t know is to let it go to voice mail, it is the easiest and best way to screen calls. If it is a local number than it might be alright to answer it, for example I live in Rhode Island in the USA so if I get a call from a 401 area code than I know that I can probably answer it and have it be safe, but if it is a number from out of state I am way less likely to answer the call especially since most of the contacts I have out of state I have the number stored in my phone and I know it is okay to answer.

Essentially in a nutshell all you have to do is use common sense, and if you are not caught up on proper phone safety tips then I recommend you go to a web site and read up on the basics of keeping yourself away from becoming a victim of a scam, because it happens far too often and it really doesn’t need to. And the sickening part is that people target the desperate and vulnerable such as people looking for help or the elderly who may not have the mental where abouts to know better than to look for fraud. One of these days ideally we can have our peace of mind back. But with electronics being so easy to access it will probably be a long time until order is restored.

The Better Business Bureau is warning cell phone users in Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont about a scam that can result in a $20 charge.

Users have been receiving calls from a unknown caller that hangs up after one ring. When the owner of the cell phone tries to call the number back they are billed $19.95 for an international call fee.

Some people hear music or advertising as they are unknowingly connected to a caller-paid toll service or a line out of the country. This practice has become known as cramming

If you are victim of this scam you are advised to contact your cell phone carrier immediately and check your bill for unauthorized charges.

The Caribbean area codes that appear on the caller ID have been reported to be from the Dominican Republic (809), Jamaica (876), British Virgin Islands (284), Grenada (473), Antigua (268), Dominica (767) and more.

BBB advises the following tips to avoid the scam:

· Don’t Answer Unknown Calls. If you don’t recognize an out-of-state telephone number on your caller ID, ignore it.

· Add Restrictions to Your Account. Contact your service provider to see if you can restrict third-party billing on your account. Inform other users on your cell phone plan about this scam, and to ignore phone numbers they do not recognize.

· Understand Your Bills. Be sure to keep track of what services you pay for, that way you will be able to determine if any charges are unauthorized. By keeping a close eye on monthly statements, you will be less likely to become victim of these scams. Monitoring your bill is the best way to determine whether or not you’ve been affected. The sooner you spot any unexpected charges, the sooner you can stop them.

· Report Incorrect Charges Promptly. Many cardholders are protected by zero liability policies set in place by credit card companies. Request a new card if you notice unauthorized charges. Fraudulent charges mean your card information has been compromised. Be on the safe side and request a new card. Always be cautious about disclosing your account number on the telephone or online unless you know the person you’re dealing with represents a reputable company.

For more information you can trust, visit us at bbb.org/boston.

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Microsoft to acquire Nokia’s devices & services business, license Nokia’s patents and mapping services

Sept. 03, 2013

REDMOND, Washington and ESPOO, Finland – Sept. 3, 2013 – Microsoft Corporation and Nokia Corporation today announced that the Boards of Directors for both companies have decided to enter into a transaction whereby Microsoft will purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, license Nokia’s patents, and license and use Nokia’s mapping services.

New Infographic from Watch Dogs facebook page

Twitter Adds Conversations

New Design

As you can tell I made changed to the design of the web page to make it more efficient and I think the end result is great.

To get to the different sections hoover over the tabs on the top of the page and you’ll see a list of what is covered, and if you look at the sports tab you will see all of the sports but if you hoover over a particular sport you will see the different leagues.

But I want to hear from you guys, do you like it? Is there anything you’d change?

Thanks for following and reading, I hope to continue to bring you more content in the future.

Help wanted

Are you interested in writing for this site? We need some more people to help us deliver fresh content to the readers, our coverage areas as you might have seen in the header is Sports which covers the four major leagues such as the NHL, NBA, MLB and NFL, Tech such as phones, laptops, computers, tablets and video games which lacks now but I had envisioned current and next generation consoles and games.

I am trying to assemble a staff so that we can move on to better things as a site such as having our own domain name down the road. I am not comfortable with the current stage as is to move forward but with the right staff I see no reason as to why we cannot become something more, something special because we would be the only website to my knowledge that would cover these three topics exclusively without adding music, TV or movies like IGN has done.

So what do you need to do? Well just email me directly at bruinshockey08@yahoo.com, and from there I only ask that you be 21 or over, and you must have prior work to show me so I can refer to your prior work as a guide on whether you get the spot.

As of right now we’re non-profit so no one gets paid for their work, think of this as an opportunity to add to a resume if you’re aiming for a career in journalism. My goal is that this site takes off and we can work together for many years to come and eventually get to a point where we make a living off of our site. I know that is a high place to aim, but I am a dreamer so no dream is to0 ambitious.

Thanks for reading,

Kevin

The Chinese threat and how to protect Yourself.

An example of how China is trying to attack your inbox. Click the picture to enlarge.

With being on the internet becoming more and more accessible by the day, it is also becoming more dangerous. It is hard to keep yourself and your private information safe. And with the latest threat by China causing a big stir, people are looking out for themselves more now than ever.

But are people doing enough? And what can be done differently than what you aren’t already doing?

The following seems like pretty basic stuff but some people still do not know it. And if you have been a victim of an account hack, you will know that is a pain to deal with and admittedly at one time or another I was part of the select group, I learned the hard way that getting your account back in a pain.

So here is what you should do when you are emailing or IM’ing someone on the computer to stay safe online:

1. When you go through your email everyday do not open stuff when you don’t know who the sender is (also there is more on this below as it relates to China’s cyber attack).

2. Change your password once every few months, this lessens the chance of an account hack which can be a real pain if you ever have your email hacked into by somebody.

3.   Never give out personal information online, this can be used against you. Things to avoid giving out to others are passwords, your address, your full name, and pretty much anything else that can make you a vulnerable target for ID theft such as you Social Security number or PIN numbers for important accounts such as banking, or financial aid websites.

Like I said that seems pretty basic but some people still do not know these things, and they are the ones at a strong risk of being victimized by their own lack of knowledge in this day and age of the internet.

So what about  Social networks? There is fine line that needs to be made here. Obviously Facebook requires a first and last name, so that is a lost cause right off the bat, however if you’re willing to give that out you may. Another thing you can do is make a fake name and go by that, the only drawback to that would be is having your friends not be able to find you. But then again it may have benefits all in itself as well.

The thing about these sites is they can be looked into by numerous agencies including the police, FBI, and a lot of other legal departments. Also, the stuff posted on Facebook and possibly other social web sites can also be used against you as evidence in court if you post about it before or after an event. Some might not know it, but postings have been used as evidence in the past and will continue to be. One thing that you need to remember is that being online offers you no privacy, so if you decide to post something stupid it stays on the internet for years even if you delete it, so be very careful about the things you post.

Now that the basics are covered and the real online life is pretty much revealed, lets talk about China and its cyber attack; during the last month there have been cyber attacks linked to the Chinese Government and the way it works is pretty sneaky, but with the help of this blog you can avoid becoming a victim of it.

Here is what happens; you log into your email address and you see something from a person with your friends name on it, but you will notice a weird headline, so you open the email and there is a link, seems appealing to the naked eye, you know the person so why not click it? Well that is where the problem actually lies, because it is a virus allowing your computer and your information to be compromised with a virus and/or Malware.

So how does one stay safe?

  1. As you can see in the picture above you can hoover your mouse over the name of the person and check out the email address, if the address checks out to be the same as the email you know the person has then it is probably safe to proceed.
  2. If you notice the email having a weird subject but it is your friends email account you will want to double check with the friend in another way if possible. This should be done to make sure the person sent the email and that the email account wasn’t hacked into.
  3. If you have opened the email from this “friend” it is not to late, if your gut feeling is that the link is dangerous, DO NOT CLICK IT! Instead delete the email and move on.

If you click on the link your best course of action is to run a virus scan, this could save you from being shut down for an extended period of time because of virus and malware problems. If you do not have a virus scanner then I would personally recommend Microsoft Security Essentials or Windows Defender for a Windows PC, on Mac you can pretty much use any of them but you want to avoid Microsoft Security Essentials because it is made more so for Windows based computers.

The goal of this blog is to protect you from being a victim to a hacking scheme by the Chinese. If I can prevent just one person from being hacked this blog has done its job.

Razor Blade (Gaming Laptop)

Razor Blade Laptop
By: Kevin T. Whetstone

I purchased my first gaming PC, Razor Blade from Razor (http://www.razerzone.com/about-razer). In this blog, I will list the following information on specifications, the good news, and the bad news.

Specifications:

Price as reviewed $2,500
Processor 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-3632QM
Memory 8GB, 1,600MHz DDR3
Hard drive 512GB 7,200rpm HDD, plus 64GB SSD cache
Chipset Intel HM77
Graphics Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M (2GB)/Intel HD 4000
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Dimensions (WD) 16.8×10.9 inches
Height 0.88 inch
Screen size (diagonal) 17.3 inches
System weight / Weight with AC adapter 6.6 pounds / 7.4 pounds
Category Desktop replacement

Good News:
The latest Razer Blade has improved graphics and a quad-core, Core i7 processor with an excellent 17-inch 1080p display

Bad News:
No DVD drive
very pricey (If you want to purchase from the company, Razor)
The new Blade costs $300 less than the first one
Unique Switchblade UI touch-screen interface doesn’t have enough game support

Source:

http://www.razerzone.com/store/razer-blade-r1
http://www.cnet.com/laptops/razer-blade-fall-2012/4505-3121_7-35433773.html

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