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It’s SCARY out there

By Staff | Sep 25, 2014

There are so many scams and viruses out there right now that it’s scary to even turn on your computer.

A few months ago, I wrote about a deadly ransomware called CryptoLocker. The U.S. government finally managed to seize their computers and shut ’em down. Now, Cryptowall showed up and has already infected 625,000 PCs.

Also, the Skype ransomware worm is spreading even faster. This Trojan will lock users out and demand $200.

Get this – new computers coming from China have malware preinstalled that activates the video camera and microphone, which will watch all your keystrokes when typing in passwords. There is a new warning to Android Phone users from the FBI.

Watch out for a work at home scheme that promises big bucks for sending out e-mail. Another involves a subscription to a dating service for women to meet rich men. Sorry ladies, you won’t see me on that one.

Did you know there’s a copy of the U.S. Constitution on each and every Mac found in the Dictionary app?

Safari makes it very easy for you to store usernames, passwords and credit cards that you’ve entered into websites on your Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks or iOS 7 device. I hate to spend 15 minutes filling in my address and information every time I buy something on Amazon or e Bay.

On the Mac, launch Safari and then select preferences from the Safari menu. Click on the autofill button that looks like a pencil hovering over an empty form. Click on the edit button next to user names and passwords, and a long list of passwords that you’ve let Safari store for you appears. The list shows the website you visited, the user name you used to log in, and the password is shown as a series of dots. You can also go directly to this list from the Passwords button (looks like a key).

If you’ve forgotten a password and want to see what it is, click on a website to select it, then check the “Show passwords for selected websites” box at the bottom of the passwords pane. You’ll be asked to enter your admin password, after which the password will be displayed.

Here’s a neat trick to delete text messages on your iPhone. Select the message you want to delete and press your finger on it for a second. A menu pops up with COPY, MORE, SPEAK. Select MORE, and a circle with a blue check mark appears. If you want to delete more than one, just tap another circle, and it fills in. When finished, just tap the garbage can at the lower left, and your messages are gone.

On Sept. 9, Apple announced the new products that everyone thinks will be the new iPhones and iWatch. I will check it out and write about these new products and what they and the software can do for you. So, hold onto your pants and wait for the next issue on the new iPhones.

Send your computer-related questions to mauimist8669@yahoo.com.