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VPNFilter Update: Worse than originally thought – Update and Reset Now

There has been multiple reporting over the weekend that the VPNFilter Router malware issue is worse than originally thought.  Whereas the original assessment was that VPNFilter enabled the hackers to use infected hardware to launch attacks elsewhere on the Internet, new analyses show that it can also target the end user’s data, even weakening security protocols (such as HTTPS, used when you visit your bank, email, and other “secure” accounts) and sending “payloads” in data streams in your network.  Furthermore, they have seen evidence that the malware can be enhanced through “plug-ins” that can give it additional capabilities.

ALL users of consumer/small-office routers need to perform a firmware update followed immediately by a factory reset.

Here are a couple of the articles that have been released that have more details and instructions.:

The 3rd article lists those routers currently known to be at risk as well as links to various manufacturers’ pages with instructions on how to do the reset.  Make sure that you follow the preparatory steps listed before doing the reset!

This is also a good opportunity to:

  • Change the WIFI Keys to a more secure key (12 characters minimum). (Tell the kids they have to finish chores to get the new key!)  Keep in mind you will have to update the WIFI key on all WIFI devices in the house.
  • Create a new password for the router, itself.

If you change the WIFI keys make sure that you make a list of all devices that use your network such as:

  • WIFI printers
  • Laptops
  • Tablets
  • Phones
  • Smart TVs
  • Game consoles/systems
  • Streaming TV Boxes (ROKU, Apple TV, etc.)
  • Digital Assistants (Amazon ECHO, Google HOME, etc.)
  • etc.

Due to the danger posed by VPNFilter it is STRONGLY recommended that you perform the firmware update and factory reset as soon as possible.

You may want to share links to this and the previous article with friends and family members.

I will update you as new information is received.



VPNFilter Malware: What Parents Need To Know

This past weekend the FBI issued a warning about a new malware (MALicious softWARE) called VPNFilter that is infecting routers and which creates the VPNFilter botnet.  Here is a link to the FBI  news release:

The FBI’s recommendation was for everyone to “reboot” their routers to temporarily disrupt this threat.  Well, since this started blowing up the Internet last Friday I have been researching it.  Here’s Knights’ Quest’s take on it! Continue reading VPNFilter Malware: What Parents Need To Know

VIRTUAL REALITY (VR): What Parents Need To Know

Virtual Reality, or VR, continues to grow in popularity while the hardware becomes more readily available…and affordable!

Consumer VR comes to the home through a specialized headset (which is connected with a computer, game console, or smart phone) that places the user in a digital world. Professionals are using it in engineering, medicine, and within the educational community.  It has even been found useful for treating people suffering from anxiety and for treating soldiers suffering from PTSD.  Others use VR to visit far places, or attend events, all without leaving home.  Many others are planning on using VR to rid the Universe of the alien monster threat!

So, what’s the big deal?

Well, good 21st Century parents need to carefully look at any new technology to understand the good and the bad that comes with it.

So, let’s look at VR!

Continue reading VIRTUAL REALITY (VR): What Parents Need To Know

BLACK FRIDAY 2017 & CELL PHONES: What Parents Need To Know

HOW did Black Friday get here so fast?  Seems like we were just in Back-To-School Mode!!!

Well, as Santa begins to stock his sleigh, there are some tech matters that parents need to consider, whether it’s what type of phone to get Junior, or if Little Suzie gets the Kindle she wants.

There are many choices with regards to cell phones, including which “family” of phones is best for your child: Android, Apple, Windows.

So, let’s look consideration parents need to know before going into combat….er…shopping on Black Friday!

Continue reading BLACK FRIDAY 2017 & CELL PHONES: What Parents Need To Know

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Back To School Tech Safety 2017: Part III

With school back in session the pressure on our kids will increase.  Not just to get good grades and make the parents happy, but also the pressure to fit in with the social group.

When we were kids, social pressures tapered off when class started. We really only had to face the social group, for good or bad, between classes or during lunch or recess.  Basically, social pressure was “in the Hallway”.  We could get away from it in the classroom, or when we got home.

Unfortunately, our kids live in a “virtual hallway” that is ever present.  This creates a far more stressful culture than we experienced in our youth.  Therefore, parents need to deal with the social aspects of technology, including social media, cyber-bullying, and more.  One of the key strategies is to control what apps can be installed on the phone!

Let’s take a gander at ways to do this.

Continue reading Back To School Tech Safety 2017: Part III

Back-To-School Tech Safety 2017: Part II

It’s the first day of school and all the parents are celebrating!

Teachers? Well, maybe a little.

The kids?  Not so much…

The new school year brings a lot of new gadgets into play and parents need to understand that the new capabilities these devices bring also include new dangers.

Let’s take a look at Part II of our look at Back-To-School Tech Safety 2017!

Continue reading Back-To-School Tech Safety 2017: Part II

Child Grooming & Kidnapping: A Father’s True Story!

It is amazing, and horrifying, the degree of psychological control that an online predator can wield over a young person.  The process of implementing this control is called “grooming”, and I have found no better example of what it does to a child, and a family, than the article below.

The article was originally published at by William Henry Prince, a Welsh blogger, who knew the family involved.  All names have been changed to protect the children.  It is reproduced in it’s entirety (including images) with full permission from the blogger and the Father in the article.

Since the authors/writers are from Great Britain I have defined certain colloquial words/phrases that are used in Wales but not in the USA.  These definitions are in RED. The same is done for “Net-speak”.  While some words may appear misspelled they are, indeed, correctly spelled in accordance with “The Queen’s English”.

It is important that parents of 21st Century children read this….

Continue reading Child Grooming & Kidnapping: A Father’s True Story!

Back-To-School Tech Safety 2017: Part I

YEA!  Summer’s over and the School Year is about to begin!  It’s time to hit those sales, pay those band bills, and cart the kids to pre-season practices!

It’s also a good time to get the household ready, technology-wise, to be a safer and more secure environment for our families.  There are a lots of new computers and other gadgets being bought this time of year so a little thought and a little preparation can make a HUGE difference!

First off, let’s talk about what parents need to do, at a minimum, for desktop and laptop computers.  There are FOUR VULNERABILITIES we need to take a quick look at:

  • Inappropriate content (porn sites, hate sites, etc.)
  • Viruses and malware
  • Computers just needing tune-ups.
  • Losing your data!

Let’s look at options to help you protect both your systems and your family.  Given the Recession and its effect on the family budget I will look at some of the free or lower-cost solutions!

Continue reading Back-To-School Tech Safety 2017: Part I

WARNING: The Blue Whale Game!

There is a dangerous game being widely reported on the Internet that parents need to be aware of:  The Blue Whale Game.

The Blue Whale Game is a sick suicide challenge that appears to goad vulnerable teens into killing themselves.  This game, allegedly invented by Russian Phillip Budeikin, 22, came to the attention of the English-speaking world earlier this year after originating on the Russian VK (VKontakte) social media network.  In the game the player makes contact with an “administrator” and accepts the “challenge” to complete 50 assignments in 50 days.  The last challenge requires the player to commit suicide.

There are many questions about this terrible game, but law enforcement, schools, and the media are talking about it, so we will, too!

Continue reading WARNING: The Blue Whale Game!