Equifax breach and the growing political circus

Almost 6 months ago today, Equifax announced one of the largest, yet most heinous breach of consumer data in the history of the Internet (and United States, frankly). An approximated 145 million US consumers have been compromised in this breach – with attackers gaining access to critical personal information such as: social security numbers, birth dates, driver’s license numbers, and, get this, credit card numbers. Short of bank pins, or credit card security codes, this silver platter, data smorgasbord freely opens up essentially everything on these unknowing consumers. And we bet that is not the ONLY data Equifax is keeping on us consumers.

Let’s dive in and find out what’s transpired during the past few months and what we can do to stay safe.

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Good work Intel. Spectre and Meltdown processor flaws leave everyone exposed and vulnerable

Just after a bright and hopeful ringing in of the New Year, January 2nd, 2018 came with an amazing, yet terrifying, report of two major processor (CPU) security vulnerabilities that affect virtually every computing device. The two CPU flaws – dubbed Meltdown and Spectre – are reported to affect CPU chips manufactured within the past 10 years by Intel, AMD, and ARM holdings. However, as more and more R&D and triage is being reported, it looks like Intel is truly the major owner and inventor of these processor bugs. And these bugs sting; if you are a user of a desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone, cloud service, etc, you are potentially vulnerable (which includes everybody).

As we all should know by now, a decade in the world of tech and computing might as well mean a Millennia. Let’s take a few minutes and dive into Meltdown and Spectre and learn what’s to come as vendors scramble to make and push updates to our precious computing devices.

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Where can I buy Ripple (XRP)? This crypto is blasting off!

Let’s talk cryptocoin fans. Ripple (XRP) has and continues to be on a bullish run in the markets, grabbing market share and users left and right. Backed by the powerful RippleNet and major, A-list investors such as Andreessen-Horowitz, Seagate, Google Ventures, and SBI Virtual Currencies, Ripple has built a global network of payment settlement solutions that are entirely blockchain based. What’s so cool about Ripple? It’s geared to further increase the global liquidity of money by allowing transfers around the world to take place at record speeds with very, very small fees.

Learn why you may want to jump in on Ripple.

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Online security fatigue – how to maintain your sanity

A recent study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) finds that online users can suffer from online Security Fatigue. What? Why? Not me! I’m always safe online. Sure. We’ve reached a point in history that if you are using a computer to do things online, you are concerned about hacking, viruses or other malicious actors that may steal your data or worse, your hard earned cash. Let’s talk Security Fatigue and some methods to rid ourselves of those security worries while doing things online.

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A faster way to store and sync the bitcoin blockchain

If you are new to cryptocurrency (or token-based) blockchains or plainly haven’t updated your Bitcoin blockchain in a long time, you’ll want to get the latest data on your blockchain ledgers quickly and efficiently.  Otherwise, you’ll be in for a long wait time. Let’s learn about hacks to get your blockchains downloading and processing faster! Continue reading “A faster way to store and sync the bitcoin blockchain”