We are in the midst of March Madness, but I don’t mean basketball. I mean tax season. The IRS and US-CERT has published a bulletin showing how to spot a “phishing” scheme, where some con artist tries to lure you into coughing up some confidential financial information when you think you are talking to the IRS. Maybe the most important points to remember (from the bulletin):
Understand how the IRS communicates electronically with taxpayers
- The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information.
- This includes requests for PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.
- The official website of the IRS is www.irs.gov.
Read more about how to spot phishing attacks.
David Bowie is on Soul Train and lip-syncing Fame
Google has updated Google Chrome on the Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. The new version is 49.0.2623.75 and patches 26 separate security issues. The release date on the update is 3/2/2016. You can see the full list here.
There are quite a few stories about a new threat against HTTPS (secure) websites that use TLS protocol for encryption. A story at Ars Technica says that up to 11.5 million websites could be vulnerable. In many cases, these sites are using older, weaker security protocols that can be updated by new patches. End users don’t have much to do, other than hope any secure connections they have been using are not vulnerable. US-CERT also has information on the vulnerability.
AppleTV 7.2.1 tighens up a number of security holes. In two separate cases, malicious apps may be able to access the iCloud user record of people who had been previously logged, or read the saved preferences of other apps. There are a couple of other security fixes, too, which you can read about here. The update was released on 2/25.
In the GotoWebinar app for iOS, if a moderator unmutes people it may trigger the app to freeze. This has been fixed in version 22.214.171.1245, which is available in the App Store.
If you are the GoTo Meeting app, there is also a new version out, that has some unspecified bug fixes. That one is version 126.96.36.1995.
Local boy Eric Carmen’s hit “All By Myself” goes all the way back to early 1976 (or even earlier if you count the Rachmaninoff melody that he borrowed). This was also from the “Midnight Special”
Because I listened to WMMS, I was well aware of Roxy Music even in the mid-1970’s. It wasn’t till I ended up in a dorm at CWRU that housed a whole bunch of Cleveland Institute of Art students that I really started to listen. Back then, I’m pretty sure they were the favorite group of art students.
We will be having a planning meeting at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 20th, at the Lone Tree Tavern on Lorain Rd by the turnpike. The meeting is open to anybody who wants to help plan.
The Lone Tree is at 33009 Lorain Rd, North Ridgeville, OH 44039.
When he had the long hair. This was from the TV show “Midnight Special”, which ran either on Friday or Saturday nights. (Probably should go to Wikipedia to look it up.)