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Jun 14, 2019

I am planning a Security Summer for my listeners.  I will have some free courses.  I will also introduce you to some of the software that I use for my clients and how you can use it too.  Also, I have some limited opportunities for businesses who have had enough with their security issues to work with me and my team and put their security problems to rest once and for all.   So watch out for announcements on those.

The News Industry says Google is skimming billions from them -- listen in to hear the whole story.

Have you thought about automation and jobs in the future? Microsoft planning for future jobs in a unique way, I'll be talking about this more today.

The NSA is warning about the seriousness of a new vulnerability -- solution PATCH now! I will tell you why they think it is so dangerous.

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Below is a rush transcript of this segment; it might contain errors.

Airing date: 06/15/2019

Is Google really skimming billions from the news industry, Microsoft planning for future jobs in a unique way, The NSA is warning about the seriousness of a new vulnerability -- solution PATCH now!


Come on, is this true? Could it be true?

Are publishers losing money because of Google and Google's news service?

Or is it getting better?

We'll talk about that interesting article from New York magazine and the big complaint by the New York Times.

This last week, we've got another hack to talk about! My gosh, this is just amazing. Another Federal Government database got hacked this week. In that database, there were tons of travelers information, including photos that the government's been hoarding, er I mean collecting.

By the way, you might remember, I was told you a couple of weeks ago about the feds putting in these new facial ID systems at some of the airports, ports of entry various places and the success that the beta test they conducted. They were using that to track people who were here legally or illegally, with an emphasis on illegally, for various reasons, I think, frankly and they also found some impersonators. So we'll talk a little bit about that and what happened there.

Next, we have a murder trial that is getting underway involving a guy arrested last year. Now you've probably heard about the Golden State killer, but I don't think you've heard about this guy. We were hoping this case might set some seriously relevant precedents going forward, but it looks like it might not. However, maybe it will happen in some future cases.

Of course, this is Craig Peterson. And we talk about tech every week right here. And more particularly, we tend to talk about security, because for close to four decades, it has been my passion. I first got hacked back in the early 90s. It was a worm, you know, think of computer worms like the kind that happened here or what a year and a half ago when millions of people were majorly inconvenienced by the what happened with the WannaCry worm that crawled through the internet and ransomed machines galore. It bought whole businesses down, except for my clients, right? I gotta, put that out there. We're going to talk about that today, too.

Hey, this week the NSA took an unprecedented step and issued a warning which is something they rarely if ever do.

Also, Microsoft did something amazing that they have never done before, so we'll get to all of that as well.

But let's go back to my original question here today. And that is, frankly, Google and the New York Times. They have well been going at it, and I would call it a fight if you were to ask me. It boils down to a report that came out of the industry. Now can you believe the industry, right? The industry report, this is from the News Media Alliance - Voice of News Media Industry‎. It is an industry group within the publishing news media. You know what, I love that term study because it can be used for almost anything, right? I'm at Starbucks, and I asked a couple of people questions. Well, I just completed a study, and it showed...

Well, in this particular case, the News Media Alliance says, that Google earned nearly $5 billion in revenue by stealing news articles from them.

So how does that work? If you search for something on Google, they will intermix some news articles in the search results and provide you with a little summary. If you go to com, I don't know if you've ever done that, but, you might want to check it out. It has new stories on all kinds of topics, including your local news.

How do you get that information? Or I should say, how does Google get that information? Well, they go out, and it does what is called scraping, and it scrapes news sites that are out there. Scraping is an awful thing, frankly. Because there they are, stealing stuff.

So, let's talk about what I do and what other news commentators do. You know, this is an editorial, Right? I'm a commentator on the news. I'm not a writer, and I'm certainly not a journalist. I'm a commentator, frankly. So when I'm looking at an article, you'll hear me talk about it. So, for instance, I'm going to refer to some material from New York Magazine here. And they've got some great quotes in it, and I am commenting about it, perfectly legal, I can do all of that.

Well, how about Google? When we're talking about the Fair Use doctrine that's in place, and it has been forever in our copyright law? Is it fair use for Google to look through a news site, find an article, summarize that article using some machine learning algorithms. They have some programs that rip thru these articles and summarize it, grabbing a sentence here and there, put it all together and put it up on their site. Google did not write that article. Google may have written, you know, a little bit of the stuff they're showing, but typically, they're just stealing the paragraph or so from the article.

If you were not aware, the courts have heard arguments about this very thing, and the way the law stands right now is that Google has the right to do what they are doing because when you click on that search result, it takes you directly into the original site.

You might remember the lawsuits that happened a few years back, on what they called, deep links. These were where various companies were saying, "No, no, no, We can't link to an article," you can only link to our homepage. That was because they wanted people to have the experience of going through their website. Well, the experience of going through the website, of course, was to see the ads on their homepage, while you were trying to find the article you want to see. By going through a few other pages, they were collecting hits on these pages, which gave them more impressions. More impressions meant more ad revenue. Why? They base ad revenue on the number of impressions. It depends on the algorithm chosen, impressions vs. clicks. That is a different type of payment.

Well anyways, they were hoping they'd get more money. Eventually, those died out as the lawsuits began dying out.

So it was decided, no, you can have a deep link, as I do. I have deep links, where I refer to an article, and it says read more typically, you click on that, bam, it takes you right over to the website that has a synopsis of the article or an editorial commentary and then a link to the original article itself.

So Google is being accused by this news media alliance of stealing their revenue. There is a great article, as I said, it's from New York Magazine, and you'll see reference to it up on my website at Craig Peterson dot com. It noted that Google estimated that Google News or product without ads brought in an estimated 100 million dollars in yearly revenue back in 2008. So that's more than a decade ago. So what happened was the played fast and loose with that number, and extrapolated forward saying, well, that hundred million in revenue means an estimated 4.7 billion of revenue in 2018 to Google from news content. I am sorry, but that is total crap. What does that $100 million number mean? It was Marissa Mayer, you might remember her, she floated that number at a conference when she was the head of Google search, a decade-plus ago. So what does it mean, frankly? Well, it means that Google estimated the value of its news service.

Now, remember, they're not running ads, they're not getting money directly off of that. What's the back end? Well, here's the bottom line on the back end, Google is showing news articles. They have them all there on the site, and they're putting them into the search results, as well. The reality is that the traffic from Google search to news publishers sites has risen by more than 25%. Twenty-Five Percent. Now, wait a minute. You're complaining that Google is stealing your news articles, which yes, they are, technically. And you're complaining that this is a massive $5 billion hit approximately, to your industry. But yet, you also in this same press release from the News Media Alliance say that traffic from Google search to the publisher sites went up 25%? Doesn't that stat show that Google News is beneficial to these news organizations? I tend to think so. Frankly, I do.

Now you can't deny that Facebook isn't a significant influence out there. Along with YouTube, Hulu, and now Netflix and HBO, and all of these others that have great content available for cheap money. So maybe it's not just losing traffic, because of the, you know, the fact that Google shown it on the new site. Perhaps, it's because the eyeballs are going elsewhere. In the long run, Google is helping them. I don't know. It is all very confusing. I think maybe that's part of what they're intending. It does not appear to be hurting their business at all.

Hey, I was thinking this morning, as I was listening to some music. And I was thinking, you know, I used to have to buy CDs, and before that I used to have to buy LPs, right? Earlier it was 45s and back before that there were 78s, remember those things? I remember playing in my grandpa's basement, and he had a real old Victrola. He always had some extra needles sitting there next to it, so we could put in a new one when they wore out after playing on those old brittle records. It was quite an experience. Anyhow, you remember those days. Well, I was thinking, you know, when we're talking about Google News, and we're talking about streaming new sites, and streaming video, and streaming audio, how things have changed. Right now, if you subscribe to Apple Music, or Amazon music, or Spotify, or you name it, Pandora out there. Right now, if you're willing to pay about ten bucks a month, you can listen to as much music as you want to, from current artists through old artists. I am talking about decades of music, 10s of millions of songs for ten bucks a month, ten dollars, that's less than it used to cost for a CD. Think about inflation, Right?

When you bought a CD, when did those come out, in the early 80s is when they became quite popular. They were more expensive than an LP. Although they cost a lot less to make that an LP, an LP would cost them about two bucks to three bucks to produce whereas a CD would cost them five cents, but hey could charge more for the CD. Why? The music quality was better, Right? The audio experience was better. So, they could charge more. Oh, I get it. Buying one of those CDs in today's dollars is what about 30 to 40 dollars to listen to, to get one CD, to get less than an hour's worth of music. Typically, sometimes it is only about a half-an-hour or less. Now we get it for ten bucks. It is time for the News Industry to wake up. Everything has changed. Everything is changing. That it's the only constant in the universe, Right?

Of course, there's climate change. There has always been climate change. There will always be climate change. No one I've ever heard of denies that. It's just a fact of life. That gets the big question is, have we caused it?

Well, of course not. But we're not going there right now. Right? If we wanted to have a discussion, think about Star Trek, for instance. Where there is a global calamity going on and the globe is warming, or it's cooling. We have to assume that in Star Trek, they've got 1000 years worth of climate studies and AI that can predict the weather, climate, etc.

Unlike us, who can't get our current weather, right? Even for tomorrow. Artificial intelligence is a real potential, and they have a lot of possibilities here soon and in the future. We don't know what's going on and as someone wise once said: "The only constant, is change."

When you're talking about your business, I want you to think about it for a few minutes here. Whether you're an employee, or the owner, or the CEO of the business, what's going to change in the future? Remember, the future is going to be different than the present. It doesn't matter; there will always be change. Well, that's an interesting problem. It's something that, surprisingly, at least to me, Microsoft is trying to address.

What Microsoft has done is they are launching what they're calling an AI hub. AI is artificial intelligence, and while we don't have real artificial intelligence, today, and it'll still be a while before we do. They predicted that by 2020, we'd have AI running around, not so much. We do have machine learning and a couple of other types of technologies out there. But artificial intelligence where you don't have to train it, and it learns all by itself. Where you don't even need to teach it how to play a game, but it can figure it out by observation or whatever. Is that AI or is that machine learning? I think most of us would consider that machine learning. AI is coming, but here's the problem. Whether you call it AI or you refer to it as machine learning, this type of automation is going to disrupt a ton of jobs and a lot of lives. There's a great article, in CNET, about this right now.

Microsoft has launched this AI hub, and they've done it, explicitly avoiding the east and the west coasts. Now, if you think about the schools that are, you know, on the East coast or West Coast. Right here by me, well just south of me, you've got MIT, you've got Harvard, you've got BU, you've got UNH here in my state. There are all kinds of excellent schools here. Head to the West Coast then you've got Stanford, Berkely, USC, CalTech and many others. And the list goes on and on. So, Microsoft said, hey, listen, we need to find a city where automation will have a substantial impact. That may be in the rust belt or the Midwest. We need to train these people. We need to help them to understand AI help them to understand the transition that will take place. Remember, change is the only constant.
During the industrial revolution, we had people all upset. Of course, you don't remember it personally, and neither do I because none of us were alive back then. I don't think. But do you remember the transition from the horse and buggy to the internal combustion engine? Do you remember what happened? What people were doing? What people were saying? You know, we're going to lose all these jobs as teamsters, think of New York City, you had people whose job was to go around with a shovel and a wheelbarrow and clean up after the horses, and not just during parades, right, this was a constant thing. Those people are going to lose their jobs. The people that provide the feed for the horses, the stables for the horses, the ones who breed the horses, that sell the horses, that drive the horses that load the carts and make the carts and make the wheels, and this is all going to change and it is going to be a horrible world.

Well, of course, what ended up happening was the exact opposite. We ended up with even more jobs. That's been the case with all types of technology over the ages. You know, I have got a great article that we wrote up on my website at Craig Peterson dot com, you should probably read if you're a CEO or business owner, because it addresses you and your problems, when it comes to automation. If you don't pay attention to this, you will be out of business. Okay, so it's a great article. Craig Peterson dot com, you have to read it.

So let's get back to Microsoft here. This project that they're doing is intended to upscale people on how to work alongside AI and robots. They're going to create this learning lab to prepare communities for jobs in the years ahead when this frankly, automation are going to disrupt the economy and the workforce. So, where did they go? What are they doing? They're explicitly avoiding hiring PhDs. And nothing against PhDs. I have a daughter working on hers, right now. It's, it's all well and good, but they tend to be very narrow. It tends not to be the real world, mainly when you're talking about people who are going to be losing their jobs to automation. Yeah, there's going to be some positions lost due to automation. We were talking a minute ago about these newspapers, well, they're all going to lose all of the writers as it will be entirely automated once AI kicks in. Then the same thing holds, for the editors, I don't know maybe editors are going to go first. You can still have people who pick some of the subjects, but eventually, AI will take that over two, because it's going to be better at that as well.

Well, Microsoft chose Louisville, Kentucky. Why Louisville? It is because 28% of the jobs in the Louisville area are at risk from automation.
Louisville has a strong manufacturing base, you know, you talked about Rust Belt. That's the definition of it. And in Louisville, about 12% of all jobs are in the manufacturing sector. So, Microsoft is investing in some new energy, some resources in the area. They're going to be building a center downtown, a real training center. They're going to hire four people to run this. They want people who have a four-year college degree or less. They're going to train them in how to train people in AI automation, working alongside automated systems, Right? Putting it all together. So kudos to them, frankly, great quote from CNET here, saying "we're really interested in seeing if we can help onboard people who have a two year degree, or most a four year degree, they're going to empower them with the tools, the resources, they're going to need to help everybody out. We think that in the next ten years, we will see more change in our society than we've seen in the last 250 years. Where that takes us, we don't even know. There's so much potential for us to reimagine ourselves and our community. That also means that we have to get ready for what the future holds for us."

AI is going to eliminate a lot of low-level jobs, a lot of repetitive tasks, and responsibilities that are easy to automate, like the writers that we talked about. Where are people who are already doing that? I don't know? If you read an article, and you say, man, this is not a very well written, the grammars maybe not great. Well, today people are going out and hiring others that are do something called spinning an article. I hired a writer two years ago, year and a half ago. And she was supposed to be writing original articles for me. She knew that. What I would do is say okay, Here are two or three articles on this topic that have some excellent points. Here are the points I want to emphasize. The idea was I would give her those articles. That way, she had an example of the topic, my detail, and then I would tell her what I thought she should put in the article.

That's pretty simple, Right? That's what you usually do. That's how people write books. That's how people get blamed for plagiarizing because they might have just taken a whole bunch of excerpts from other articles put them together, and then you go through, and you rewrite it because it's the expression of the thought that is copyrightable. The ideas are not copyrightable.

So, what she ended up doing was she'd take the article, and she would run it through some software that spun the material. What the software would do is change some of the verbs, some of the tenses move a few things around in minor ways. That way, it would pass the tests that I would run on it, Right? I'd run it through Grammarly and Hemingway and a couple of other programs. By the way, if you've never used Grammarly, man, you have to sign up for that. Be sure to sign up for the pro version, because it helps you with grammar and you will become a better writer as you see the corrections that it makes to your writing. Also in the paid or the pro version, it lets you know if any of the wording you used is stolen and or plagiarized from copyrighted material somewhere else. So I would run it through that and quickly double check it and clean it up because her grammar was not very good. Then we would post it. Well, I began taking a closer look at her work after a little while when I noticed some patterns. I fired her on the spot because it turned out she was using this spinning software. None of the stuff she had written for me was original content. I went back and tried to find everything that we had posted that she had put up and removed it.

That's what's happening with AI. As AI gets more advanced, and not much more sophisticated, just machine learning gets more advanced, more and more of the articles we see are going to be written by machines. It is estimated right now about half of the new content. Half of it, more than 50%, of the original content posted on the internet is, in fact, machine generated. So consider that.

Consider that with your business. What's your business? Is there any chance it could be automated? If you're, you know, an accountant or a tax preparer, automation can easily replace you. In the security business that I'm in, it is getting automated as we go forward more and more. Like the stacks of security software, that we sell at mainstream dot net and the firewalls, they are all fully integrated. There are a billion endpoints that are part of this, and each one is under constant monitoring. We pay to be part of that network and part of that community. That way we know within an hour when something new is spreading and automatically it's taken care of so, our customers don't get hit with it, Right? All of that happens, but we know it's going to be changing. So, keep that in mind.

At Craig Peterson dot com, got have a great article that we wrote, we did not spin it up on the website right now. It's aimed at CEOs and business owners, and it's talking about what's going on. We've only got a couple of minutes left.

So really quickly here. Maine became the first state in the Union that's prohibiting Internet Service Providers from selling users personal data, without explicit permission to do so. It is from futurism com. It may be the most comprehensive data privacy law in the US. And here's why this is from The Hill. It's the first data privacy law in the US that doesn't put the burden on consumers to make sure they've opted out of the company's privacy infringing practices.

In other words, you have that by default. It's going be interesting to see. Well, I'll let you know how it goes, and I'll keep you up on it.

Haha, there's so much we didn't get to this week. Cybersecurity all about business, not about consumers.

A great article from Alabama regarding the National Cyber Summit conference in Huntsville that happened last week and the two things that came out of the meeting. 1) to some degree, everybody's at risk. 2) nobody cares, according to Dr. Wesley McGrew. We'll have a look at that useful information for all of you.

A hack on a Federal database of photos of travelers coming into and out of the US occurred recently.

There is a murder trial, that's going to allow DNA evidence from a genealogy site, kinda-sorta, maybe you can read more about that. I have it up on my website from wired com.

Man Oh, man, oh, man. When we go into a company, and one of the first things we do is we install software that keeps all our their services, all of their systems, their servers, their desktops, everything up to date, entirely up to date.

Now, it sounds like when Microsoft releases Patch Tuesday, and you have automated patches turned on, okay, maybe that's going to take care of your Microsoft patches. By the way, we don't do it right then when Microsoft releases them. We wait a few days a week, typically, and test them, unless it's ultra-critical to make sure it doesn't break things, right?

Well, now the NSA is warning about this Windows OS bug. It is a huge bug, a huge deal. Its thought that right now, that particular bug could spread as far as WannaCry from a year and a half ago. Okay, this is huge, huge, huge. You heard it here first. It is a massive vulnerability CVE-2019-0708. If you're my client, don't worry about it. We have you taken care of here.

But not only is the NSA issuing a warning notice about this saying to update your systems.

Microsoft has issued patches to address BlueKeep, that's this bug, including taking a nearly unprecedented step of issuing patches to versions of its operating system going back to Windows XP. It is enormous, huge, huge, massive. Okay, it could put you out of business.

If you're home user, this could lock up your computer, maybe forever. So you've got to take care of this.

I think we're going to try and do a webinar on this. Showing you how to use the free tools Microsoft gives you. There's much more you can do and should do as a business. If you want more information, reach out to me, and we can help you — just me at Craig Peterson dot com that is: me at Craig Peterson dot com. If you have any other questions during the week, you can always text me. I am glad to help you out. Just call 855-385-5553 If you join my email list, you can also keep up to date on technology and let you know about seminars, webinars that are coming went up and other essential things, just 855-385-5553 and check to the newsletter from this morning.

As well as, of course, Craig Peterson dot com and have a great week ahead. Take care, everybody. Bye-bye


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Jun 12, 2019

Craig is in the WGAN Morning News with Ken and Matt. This morning,  we touched on a whole bunch of topics in the news. We discussed whether we should trust Google.  We talked about Autonomous vehicles and the societal implications and I talked about two-factor authentication and how you can protect yourself from sim-jacking.

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Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors.

Airing date: 06/12/2019

Can You Trust Google?, Security Summer, Autonomous Cars, Two-Factor Authentication


Good morning, everybody. Craig Peterson here. I heard "Big Papi" took his first steps in the hospital today. So, that's good. It brings back thoughts of everyone that has family and friends in the hospital that aren't celebrities and people that are injured. My thoughts and prayers go out to everybody every day. It's just a reminder of how fragile things can be in this life. This morning I was on with our friends Ken and Matt up at WGAN. And as usual, we spoke about a few different things. We had quite a little conversation about trusting Google, should you trust them? Can you trust them? There was a surprising revelation that came out, in fact, just last week about them, and what they've been doing, during the previous 14 years, a significant security problem. We had a chat about two-factor authentication, and I gave them workaround, a way to make it safe, even if you have to use text messages SMS for two-factor authentication because that's not secure. But there is a reliable way to do it.
We talked about a little bit more of course about autonomous cars which are all in the news again, and what's the safety factor there? How far away are we? I took a couple of different angles than I made with Jim Polito on that discussion today, as well. So here we go. Also, don't forget, we've got our security summer, starting up in July, I will start sending out some emails next week, things have been crazy around here. As you can imagine, with all of the companies now getting hacked, and the losing money coming to me, and you know, everyone in the security business, which, of course, is way understaffed. And shout out to those of you who are trying to get into security, I got another email this last week from someone that was starting into a security career, and he's in his 50s. So there's something to be learned there, I want to encourage everybody. Remember the adage, "You can teach an old dog new tricks." It's a terrible saying. But you can learn a lot of this stuff, you really can. And there's a lot of people out there who have been trying to convince you that you can't do that, really all you need is their little bit of anti-virus software, or whatever it is, you know, they're selling that to you. Because that's all, they have. That's all they know. Well, they're not doing you any favors. They are trying to mess with you. You can learn this stuff. That's what the security summer going to be about this year, and I'm going to be teaching this some free classes. You know, I get paid for doing this too. And if you want more in depth, then you're probably going to want to sign up for one of my courses. But I want to get this information to everybody. Because if you know me well enough, you know, I got hacked. That was 30 years ago, about now, a long time ago. And it scared the daylights out of me. And I started to learn about this and trying to figure it out. It's taken me years, decades, to get to the point where I'm at now. And I am excited to share a lot of this with you.
Just watch for my security summer. If you want to find out more, email me at Craig Peterson dot com, ask any questions that you might have. And I'll make sure you know, when I'm starting this whole little program up, because I want you to be aware of all of the major points here, right, I'm not trying to turn into security experts, that takes quite a bit of work. However, I do want you to be familiar with all of the problems. All the talk about hacks that have happened, how it happened, what should have been done by those companies give you an idea, but as well as what you can do to protect yourself a few tips on how to protect yourself, it's going to be kind of a busy summer. And if you sign up, and you'll be able to get a notification as to when these little courses are going to happen. And I'm going to leave them up for about a week or so you know because it does get stale. And I do need to revisit them. I don't want want to put them up blankly for the world to see forever. So keep an eye out. Email me at Craig Peterson dot com, and now we'll go to Ken and Matt. I want to encourage you guys, and you can learn this. There are the people that just been messing with you. You know the bottom line.

Craig Peterson, our tech guru joins us at 738 every Wednesday, and this is 738 on a Wednesday, which means you're talking to Craig Peterson. Craig. Welcome to the program, sir.

Hey, good morning. It is a Wednesday but is it every Wednesday? Today?

That's a good point. And you know what it is a lie in and of itself because I believe we did not talk to you last Wednesday. So it's most Wednesdays.

That's true. Yeah, I took a bit of vacation. I'm a motorcycle guy. And I have a motorcycle that is 32 years old. It's a 1987 BMW with 143,000 miles on it now. The only thing I had to do is replace the rear wheel on that bike. It's just been a phenomenal bike. So, I went up to like George in New York, and we rode around with some buddies for a week. And it was just fantastic.

Well, good. But that doesn't mean tech news stops. I hopped on your website, Craig Peterson dot com. To see what kind of top stories you had there and you have one topic here. Why are we still trusting Google?
Can you answer that?

Great question. Well, they did say early in Google's history that they that their whole operating philosophy was Don't be evil, right. Are they evil? Now? Did you notice they took that off of their website? Right?

Yeah, exactly. I don't know why we're still trusting some of these different companies out there. They are selling all kinds of information about us. And, you know, that's not necessarily a bad thing when you get right down to it. Because, frankly, do you want to see car commercials all the time? Or would you rather see a car commercial when you are looking to buy a car, right? And, again, goes back, Matt, to what you've said many times, and that is if you're not paying for something, you might want to consider that you're the product and not the customer. And they have been doing all kinds of things. We're selling our data. But the other big problem that came out very recently, within the last couple of weeks is that in fact, Google has been storing our usernames and passwords for people that were using, basically their G Suite services. But it's been out there for 14 years in the clear. They're pretty good about security, although Android itself isn't the best out there. But now their G Suite customers are a little upset because of what's been out there. I was talking just yesterday with an employee who had been working at a company that was collecting personal information. They were collecting home addresses, phone numbers, and they were taking donations and were selling them. It was a great little company doing just all kinds of super things to raise funds for some good charitable organizations. It turns out they were using Google Forms to collect all this personal information about donors. You know, come on, guys, we cannot trust Google, we're using more and more of these online websites, software as a service. Think about Google Sheets, for instance, as well as Google Forms. And we're putting data in there that may end up getting exposed. We should not be doing that. Think twice about it. In our profession, we refer to this as shadow IT or shadow information technology. Historically, we had these big rooms, these big glass rooms with all of the computers in them. And we had true professionals that were running them, and making sure data was being kept safe, and information was not being stolen and leaked out. Now we've got the marketing department going out and creating contracts with companies that have online services, we have the same thing happening with sales and manufacturing and distribution and our purchasing managers are our data is not safe, and it's never been less secure. So be careful what you're putting out there, what you're given to Google what you're given to these other companies because frankly, it's a real problem.

Craig Peterson, our tech guru, joins us, most Wednesdays at this time to talk about the world of technology. And today is one of those days, Craig, while you're talking, I'm looking at a story on CBS This Morning about Uber's secret self-driving test facility for their self-driving autonomous cars. I know you had a story also about whether or not autonomous vehicles are ready for prime time. And I think it does beg the question, how prepared for prime time are these things? I know, it's a conversation I've had several times, and it seems like the older the person I'm talking to the more it freaks them out that there's no driver behind the wheel. I think it freaks everybody out. It just freaks out, you know, people in their 50s, 60s, and 70s a lot more than it does everybody else. But statistics, you know, are being what they are, you know, often they can be safer, then human behind the wheel. So what do you think? I mean, are they close to ready to take over the roads?

Well, I really like I mentioned this yesterday. I liked this story that came out in the Wall Street Journal a couple of weeks ago. And it said that autonomous vehicles, these self-driving cars are 90% ready and all we have left is 90% to go. In other words, yeah, there's a lot of things that look like we're ready to go and it might be just a few more years, and we'll have autonomous vehicles. In reality, it's probably going to be quite a while yet. And you talk about you know, older guys like Ken and myself who are over 30. And we're looking at some of these things. And we're concerned because we've seen failures before. Do you remember Cadillac v 864?

Back then, I wasn't much of a car person.

I did have a Mustang in 1960.

Do you remember the Corvair? Unsafe at any speed?

I do, and you know, Ralph Nader thing, we still have Nader dots on our tires. But that was an example back in the early 80s of Cadillac trying to make cars more efficient, the engines more efficient, and they had a V-8 engine. And what would happen is if you got onto the highway and you started driving, of course, at highway speeds, you're going down the road, you don't need as much horsepower to keep a vehicle going at a pace as you need to get the car starting at that speed. So they said okay, well, we're going to have the system that automatically shut down cylinders. So you'd be a V-8, and you'd be just roaring up and you getting on the highway and you're often running. Then it would cut back to six cylinders, even four cylinders. The concept was wonderful. But what ended up happening is that engine would say, as you're at a stop sign, oh my I need more horsepower, counteract the braking. Of course, They were not thinking about the brakes very well at the time. And then the car would lunge into the intersection so that you could get t-boned. Fast forward not very many years, and we had the Toyota with a sudden acceleration problem. That turned out to be a software error, where much the same thing was happening. A car would jump into the intersection. We're not going to get into all of the details behind it all. But I think with age comes from experience. And we've had some horrible experiences over the years with vehicles and some of this newer technology. So Matt, to answer your question, a lot is going on the autonomous vehicle space.
In some cases, the cars are much, much safer, you look at millions of miles driven, compare human drivers to these autonomous vehicles, and the autonomous vehicles almost always win. But we also now have prejudices against the self-driving cars, social warriors are, you know, get on your horses here. Because there are people who when there's an autonomous vehicle on the road, or they think it's a ton of mess, they behave differently. Now they've been tested have been run, I don't know if you've seen any of these pictures with autonomous vehicles, where they took the driver's seat, and they made it quite a bit deeper, think of thicker padding on that seat. And they hid a driver inside the driver's position. You could not see them unless you looked exceptionally close. You could not see that there was a driver in the vehicle. Then the driver just drove around, caught down and of course, the cameras everywhere so they could see what the people's reactions were. People were going out of their way to mess with the car. They pedestrians were jumping in front of it. Vehicles were cutting it off, slamming on their brakes, doing everything they could to make it so that autonomous vehicle would get involved in an accident. I don't know. Maybe they're just trying to see what it would do. Of course, it wasn't an autonomous vehicle. There's a human driver in there. We, as a society, as people, are not ready for these yet. And frankly, I think the Wall Street Journal's right - We're 90% of the way there. And honestly, we have 90% of the way to go. Because there are so many things, we haven't even considered yet.

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We at the radio station. I don't want to be critical of our radio station. However, they started this two-factor authentication. So every
time I get some on my email, they have to send me a text message with a code. I think this is a royal pain in the butt. I want you to tell me they shouldn't do that.

Okay, can they not do that.

Thanks so much. Thank you for joining us today.

I will leave it at that. Yeah, here's what's going to, first of all, there's a big problem with the way they're doing it. That is that there is something called SIMjacking or hijacking of your SIM card. So if they're sending you a text, that is very dangerous. What's been happening is that if you are a target, now they're not doing this in a broad fishing attempt. If you can are a target, and the criminals know they want to go after you, they can now take over your cell phone, and they will get the text. So it doesn't do a whole lot of good from that aspect. We use something called DUO. D-U-O, which is fantastic. For two factor authentication, we use something called Yubi keys, which are very good as well. If your company's requiring you to us a text message for authentication, there is a relatively safe way of doing it. And that is you can use something like Google Voice, assuming your Google account has not been hacked, right. But Google Voice, where there is no SIM card, there is no cell phone that SIM card to hijack. If you use this and it is what I do for places that have to have a text message sent for two-factor authentication. So if they have to send you a text message, it goes to Google Voice. I have my own little phone company, and I use that as well. That way the text message will come in via an app to your phone, you can check the app, and now you're reasonably safe. But yeah, in this day and age, you know two-factor authentication is something that that does make sense. We do have to draw a line, and that one does it make the most sense. I'd like it to authenticate you at most every four hours or once a day, particularly for emails, if you have to do it every time. It gets a little bit old, pretty darn fast. But you know it's the reality of today's world.

Craig Peterson, our tech guru, he joins us at this time every Wednesday to find out exactly what's happening in the world of technology. Craig, we only have a couple of minutes left. So lastly, I will ask you whether or not you judge everyone on social media? Are you part of the mob that rules everyone?

Oh man. I am not. I don't jump on anybody's back. I just had that happen to me with a significant hacking group. As you know, I run the national webinars for the FBI Infragard program. I'm pretty visible out there in the security world, right. I do lots of radio interviews and TV and stuff. I posted an article on my website and got jumped on by a small mob out there. We've got to be careful remember it's so easy to say something negative online. Our kids are getting bullied every day. Bullying seems to be quite a habit nowadays. I don't know what happened to free speech. We have these militant people out there these fascist like the Antifas. Total fascist don't want to hear what you have to say. And these internet mobs have become a real thing and a very negative thing. From my viewpoint. Anyways.

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Thank you, Mr. Peterson. We will talk to you next Wednesday.

Take care.

All right. Thanks a lot, Craig. We appreciate it.



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Jun 11, 2019

Craig was on with Jim Polito. Today, they discussed the latest goings on with autonomous vehicles

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Airing date: 06/11/2019

Autonomous Vehicles

Hey, good morning, everybody. A little update on Ortiz, he got flown into Boston, the Red Sox flew him in. He's a Boston general, I guess he had like a five-hour operation. And they did more to help with his gunshot wound. It's just crazy. Anyhow, Mr. Technology got pumped off this morning. If this happens, sometimes I'm on a phone call. I am, you know, calling in on the phone to the radio station. I'm talking to them. I got knocked off, and I don't notice that I got knocked off, right. Well, it happened this morning. We will go into some detail about autonomous cars and what that all means including automatic lane change features and those types of things. That's what we talked about this morning with Jim Polito. I thought it was interesting. In fact, that's all we talked about. There are some implications to all this autonomous technology that I don't think many people have really thought about

Here is our friend, one of the most popular guests on the show. And all around great guy Craig Peterson, our tech talk guru. Good morning to you Craig

Hey, good morning, Jim.

Craig we've been spending the morning, the gentleman and I talking back and forth about autonomous cars or self-driving cars. We even get into discussing that adult film that was shot in the front seat of a self-driving Tesla while it was going down the road. We don't need to get into that here. What we want to get into is the question, are these cars ready to hit the road? Are they really prepared to hit the road?

It's an excellent question. The answer is, and I love this, this explanation that the Wall Street Journal had here about a month or two ago. They were saying driverless cars are 90% here. There's only another 90% left to go.

See you get it. You get the Tech Talk stuff. And then you get a little bit of comedy. Don't forget to tip your server. So yeah, it does seem that way. Oh, yeah, we're there. But don't try to take a left turn.

Yeah, exactly. There is a long way to go. There's a lot of acceptance problems still. In fact, I don't know if you're aware of this. But right now human drivers are quote, unquote, these so-called driverless cars. You probably haven't seen one of these.

Oh, you know what I see it the social justice warriors coming out now. Does the car has feelings? I don't know.

Here's what's been going on. Several companies have been trying to figure out how people will respond to driverless cars. So what they've done is that they've modified these vehicles, so that they change the driver's seat. So the person is actually sitting there. But they're sitting inside the driver's seat, and they eat. Unless you look very closely, you can't tell there's a person there. And then they have the driver drive the car around. So from just a casual observers point of view, it's just a car driving. You know, it's kind of like those, those body suits. I don't know if you've seen them, and you know, they're completely covered head to toe, yet you can see outright, yeah, the same sort of thing, except they're covered with the fabric of the seat. So they drive these things around. And they've been doing experiments trying to figure out what are we going to do, how we're going to do it? And how people are going to respond things like, you know, do we put a cow catcher on the front or pedestrian capture, right? Do we need to have lights indicating, hey, pedestrians, I'm going to start moving forward now, or I'm going to make a left turn all of these types of things? They've been finding people bullying the cars, knocking them on the hood, stepping into the way of them.

Oh, my God, you can't do that. These cars have feelings.

Let's make it even worse. Here's what happened here. When these pretend autonomous cars are driving in traffic, and people notice the car, other vehicles will do stupid things to mess with the autonomous vehicle. They will pull right in front of it, they'll break hard. And the quality of the studies is saying that people are trying to confound these cars, overrule them exploit the driverless vehicles. It has the automakers and tech firms really concerned. Obviously, there's one thing to have technology that works great in a lab, or maybe it works great on the streets of Phoenix, which is where a lot of these tests are going on right now. However when you've got a greedy human driver, and we've all seen them, and of course, it's not on the other guy.

Of course, it's never the guy in the other cars, always.

The connection is gone bad. He can't hear me. I'm going to drop the call and have him call back. Because we've lost him. Basically, to recap, where Craig was right now is that Yeah, you've got people out there seeing an autonomous car thinking oh, let me see what will happen if I drive in front of it. Or if I do this, it'll mess things up. That is not good. That is not good. And you know what that is? That's going to be an issue. When you have 50%, autonomous cars on the road, and then 50% of people just driving, because you know this is not going to happen overnight, everybody's going to have a self-driving car. It's just not going to work that way. The way it's going to work is some people are going to have them only like right now very few a tiny percentage of people have a car that will self-drive right now. And that's, that's what worries me. Oh, and by the way, if I can just add here a little personal thing. And I think Steve, you'll get a kick out of this is that, I do know that a substantial portion of the people listening to us right now are in cars. So, what if they could be in the car and be watching a video? You know, or listening to you and me?

Yeah, well, I mean, the two hours of the show is simulcast if you have charter TV three, channel 193. In general, they're sitting there watching Game of Thrones rather than looking at the road. Yeah, yeah. Well, no, but what I mean is I'm talking job security. I'm being very selfish about this concern. Oh, well, we're fine. Were you sure?

Oh, yeah. These things? Oh, yeah. I mean, I got I just, I understand what Craig is saying, but I don't I just I don't see how and he sort of touched on it. I don't under I don't see how the autonomous vehicles and humans are supposed to interact together. I just I don't really trust either of them. I don't trust humans behind the wheel. And I don't really trust robots behind the wheel, and you couldn't put the two of them together. I think it's a disaster. Know, people. Look, you will talk about looking for insurance claims gamble, throwing themselves in front of cars, people. Yeah, it's one thing to mess with them. It's another thing to be able to sue Tesla and then get rid of your you know, Geo Prism and gets yourself a nice little upgrade.

Yeah, well, we'll wait a minute. Hold on think I think about this. Okay. Not to be all science fiction here. But you know, with the, you know, with the artificial intelligence, the whole like the matrix, that movie, like the Terminator, that movie. What if all of a sudden, you know, the car gets mad at you for smacking it on the hood? And speaking of slapping it on the hood. Here is Craig back. I'm sorry, Craig, that connection just went south. You couldn't hear us. And you're, you were like in a tunnel. And again, I think it's the phone. I don't think it's anything other than that. I know, the machines are trying to shut you down. But yeah, Craig, I see you smack the car in the hood. And once we have artificial intelligence, it wants to get even with you. And then it's like, the movie Stephen King the book, Christine. And it's, it's running over your car?

Yeah. Well, here's another aspect of this. And then Sorry, I lost you there I was going on the spin and then nobody. But let's look at, for instance, people's driving culture. And there's a great article that just came out in Fast Company about a week ago, as well. It was talking about people's preference to drive versus flying. What they found is that people today, if it's a five-hour drive, no matter how long the flight is, if it's a five-hour drive, and if they're going to rent a car, on the other side, two-thirds of people prefer to drive. Yeah, and the numbers changed dramatically. If you've got a 10-hour drive, obviously, the vast majority of people want to fly. However, if it's in the tournament vehicle, a truly autonomous where they can have a nap, they can be there reading, they can be working, having meetings, that number goes way up. And what they found is even in the longest drive that they were looking at, which is a 45-hour drive, right now only one in 10 people would prefer to drive themselves. It's a handful. Think about driving to the airport, right all the crap you have to go through. But with an autonomous vehicle that changes to one in six people would prefer to drive themselves on a 45-hour drive, which means a quarter these stats of the airline industry would lose at least 10% of its travelers. And we're also looking at this change, it's also going to make it so that we don't have to expand our roads. They're thinking we could get, you know, 10 years more on the roadways that we're building or expanding than we would otherwise because the vehicles are going to be moving more progressively. You're not going to have somebody who hits the brakes and causes a major slow down and accidents and things. We're not there yet. There are a lot of companies working on it. Remember Fiat-Chrysler, they just broke off their talks with Reneau, yeah. And they turned around. And they got an agreement with his self-driving technology company in California called Brora. We've got another company out now with what's called LIDAR tech. They just got 170 million dollar funding round for self-driving cars. And this is just fantastic technology. And I've talked with the inventors before. This is the this is going to happen. But as we talked about with the Wall Street Journal, we're 90% there, and we only have 90% to go. Because part of the problem, Jim is we don't really even know what problems we're going to. We're going to have just as we talked about, people believe in these autonomous vehicles. Yeah, we're going to be taking small steps and even Elon Musk is aiming towards the small step category now and is stepping back slightly from as a tundras vehicle stuff, but-but they're coming and they're going to be I think they're going to be a godsend, especially when we're our 80s. Right. Well,

For the elderly, I think, and for people who may have some type of mobility issue. I think they are going to be helpful. Craig Peterson is our tech talk guru. Now we went off on this topic. He's got many more like, Can you still trust Google? So, if you want to get this information, text My name to this number 855-385-5563. So text Jim, or any questions you have 855-385-5553 Alright, standard data and text rates apply, and you'll get a lot of information, and Craig Peterson will not annoy you and not try to sell you something and not sell your name Craig thanks so much for that. We really appreciate the time.

Hey, thanks. Take care. Jim. Take care

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Jun 10, 2019

Craig is on with Jack Heath this Monday morning. Today they talked about the Microsoft and the Need to Patch, the increase in Hacking and how the Media contributes to these efforts, The First America Financial data breach, and Intel's big flaw that affects every computer with an Intel CPU since 2007.

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Airing date: 06/10/2019

Ring Doorbells Can Save Lives - Microsoft Monster Security Bug - Amazon Expanding Freight

Hey, good morning, everybody. Man, did you hear the news, Big Papi got shot in the back in the Dominican Republic. If you are part of the Boston Red Sox fan nation, which of course I am, but only to the degree that I watched them if they make it to the finals of the World Series. Man, he really helped to win it for the Red Sox a few years back, when they won that pennant for the first time, in forever. That's just crazy. Man, So my heart goes out to all of these people that are so afflicted by violence. Nowadays, it is down, but we seem to be hearing about it, of course, due to the extensive media coverage, instant messaging, and everything else. But it's just terrible to hear about this sort of stuff. Well, this morning, I was on with Jack Heath. And we talked a little about two different things going on right now. We talked a little bit about what's happening with cyber activism and how it is affecting people, even me. Yeah, little old me. We talked a bit about First America Financial a mortgage title company, and what happened there, it was just crazy. We also discussed the simple things you can do that can protect your business from getting hacked, and yourself, if you're a regular home user. So, all of that and more in just a few minutes with Mr. Heath this morning. So here we go.

Jack Heath
Craig Peterson, our Tech Talk guy joins us live on the AutoFair listener lines with a tech talk update. Good morning, Craig

Hey, good morning, the things have gotten terrible with the hackers out there. Now it is not just the FBI, but the CIA warning people. If you are using Windows, apply all the patches now. There are some significant security problems out there. Just a helpful tip there. However, this is not true for Windows, if you have any Intel computers made since 2007. Intel has a massive flaw that really needs to be patched, and activism looks like it's dead. And Jack, I talked about a little bit on my show and put an article up on my website. Do you remember those activists that called themselves anonymous? Well, I talked a little about them in an article for my website, and it kind of raised their hackles. There were a few heated twitter comments, but it is really quite something to be on the receiving end knowing what these hackers are capable of doing. But whether or not you are a target or electronic bait like me. Make sure you patch and patch quickly.

Jack Heath
Yeah, I tell you, there's always something, and you know, I was talking to someone over the weekend again. You know, when you receive this thing from Wells Fargo or something. Some of the big, big financial holders want to verify your account email, Don't click that, don't use this to verify your account, it is not the bank. It's, you know, a scam.

Yes, and don't call back the phone numbers. If there's a number of the calls you, don't answer it. I have a friend, and he keeps calling back. He's 75. And I keep telling him, Don't do that. There's a lot of scams attacking the mortgage title company, First America Financial. They leaked millions of mortgage records. And we're talking about people's names, social security numbers, the home, the value of their home, the address of their home, everything bad guys need. This just happened a couple of weeks ago. Most of these occur because people make a mistake. Jack, it is like what you just mentioned. You know, they click through on something or they answer a phone call or even return a call. Bad things are happening, right now.

Jack Heath
And I like to say it's going to get better Craig, but I think with all the technology, sometimes it just is only going to get worse.

Well, I think it's going to get better. The EFF and the FCC have now approved the ability for cell phone providers to block phone calls automatically, so the amount of those should be going down. Also, Apple, in the next release of its iOS operating system, has a built-in feature that's going to really help that a lot.

Jack Heath
You know, Craig, there are a lot of people that just will, whether it's through phishing or something, will continue to find a way around the wall. Craig Peterson Tech Talk. Thank you on this Monday morning, enjoyed it. Thanks, Craig

Thanks, Jack.

Hey, everybody, keep an eye out to the security summer stuff is starting up the beginning of July. What that means is we're going to be teaching. I'm probably going to be releasing a couple of short videos every week, we're going to have a special deal for people who want to have more training, and we're going to be helping companies with compliance and self-audits, and all of that sort of stuff. So keep an eye out in your email. And we will let you know when those come up. And if you want on to find out more, just send an email to, me and at Craig Peterson dot com. All right, Take care everybody will be back on the morrow.



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Craig is in the WGAN Morning News with Ken and Matt. This morning,  we got into a whole bunch here about some lawsuits that are in the works on your behalf against Intel. A little bit more about Huawei, but we went into some details on this whole idea of China owning and providing some 97% of precious metals. And those are now getting pulled into this entire trade battle. And some serious time talking about the wake-up call that new grads are going to get when they report for their first job after Graduation.

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Airing date: 05/29/2019

Intel Vulnerability and Inevitable Lawsuits, Huawei, China and Precious Metals and College Graduates Get A Surprise.



This morning I was on with, of course, Ken and Matt and we spent some time talking about some of the issues of the day. We got into a whole bunch here about some lawsuits that are in the works on your behalf against Intel. A little bit more about Huawei, but we went into some details on this whole idea of China owning and providing some 97% of precious metals. And those are now getting pulled into this entire trade battle. And some serious time talking about a wake-up call for grads. So a lot this morning, and here we go.



738 on a Wednesday means Craig Peterson joins us as he does now Craig How are you this morning?



Hey, good morning doing well, I hear you getting chickens.



No, I'm not getting chickens. But my wife says she wants chickens. I think that this is a fad. But, hey, it's possible, you never know.



Well, we have chickens. I've had them for years. They're easy to take care of, and they do keep the bugs down. If you want to get rid of the ticks, which are nasty this year, then chickens can help, but Guinea hens are supposed to be the best, but they are loud and obnoxious.



Yeah, no, I'm not going be doing that.



Neighbors would love that, of course, a better than the rock concert and whisper.



So, Mr. Peterson, who you, by the way, you can go to any time and get his newsletter and find out all about tech stuff. Doesn't every computer have Intel in it? Everything has Intel Inside. So, are we all screwed here?



Yeah, this is a really, big deal here. And I just don't get it. They seem to be getting a pass. You know, Ken if you if someone came to you, I know you deal primarily with marital laws,



I do.



But if someone came to you says, Hey, I bought this device to do this job. It's advertised to do it. And it's only doing it about half as well as advertised. Would they have a case? Would there be a class action to suit?






It doesn't seem to be happening here. Here's what's happened. Pretty much every Intel chip made back to 2011 has a significant security flaw. The industry is putting it in 9.5 out of 10 as far as vulnerabilities go.

As far as how bad this is, some Intel chips going back afar as 2007 have these flaws well.  Intel has come out and said okay, well, here's what we're going to do, and we're going to release a patch that you can apply for our chips. If you want to be safe, you have to apply this patch. And you have to turn off hyperthreading. Well, Apple, who uses Intel chips in its desktops and their laptops, has said that doing what Intel tells you to do will force you to lose about 40% of the performance on your computer. That is amazing. It's appalling. And Intel is even said Listen, you know if what we'll do, we'll do some patches for the chips going back to 2011. But 2007 forget about it, you guys must buy a new generation of chips if you have a computer with chips made during those five years, that are vulnerable to what's called ZombieLoad, which is the latest nasty piece of hardware problems from Intel. If you have chips made in those five years, Intel isn't going to do anything for you. It is amazing. Now it depends on your circumstance, you know, you may not be fully exposed to this. But this is the second time that there's been a significant flaw discovered in Intel chip security flaw in the last six months. And this one's even worse than the last one. So Intel saying, "Well, is only classifying it as a medium threat." And frankly, if you have a stack of software protecting your computer, and you have a firewall and next generation one that's inspecting everything coming in, including the JavaScript, etc., etc., then, then you might not be very vulnerable.



But the people that are going to be really, really, really ticked off about this are people who run cloud companies. If you are running your stuff in the cloud, think of it like a, Amazon or Microsoft Azure, which have massive clouds of computers, they have to turn on all of the patches and fixes which means turn off hyperthreading, applying the microcode fixes, etc. They are instantly losing up to 40% of the capability of their server speeds. It is going to result in a huge and more likely a massive lawsuit, I'm sure. We're also going to see I would put money on this gentleman. By the end of this year, Apple will say Adios to Intel, and for their lower end laptops and maybe even some lower end desktops, they will no longer use Intel. But will switch over to a proprietary chip design that they've been using for their iPhones and iPads for a while. More and more companies will be doing that. It was just this week, Intel's most significant competitor AMD released stats on how they don't have these vulnerabilities, right.  There's always something. AMD has some new chips using processes that Intel has not even been able to get close to perfecting yet. So AMD is going to be rising dramatically, Intel's going to be falling sharply. I am not giving any investment advice. Okay. I'm not an investment advisor at all. But I'm talking about their presence in the industry. It is an industry game changer. I think in this case, that whole Intel Inside advertisement they used for so many years is going to bite them. Many people in the IT biz are angry with Intel right now.



Talking to Craig Peterson, our tech guru. He joins us now, as he usually does on Wednesdays. And this is a Wednesday ladies, gentlemen, not a Tuesday, it's the second day of the week for us, but it is the third day of the week. Today Craig, when you graduate from college these days, let's say the class of 2019, for instance,  and you head off into the job market. And you know, for years you've had kind of certain types of prospects and certain expectations about what you have to do after you leave college and go into the quote "real world" end quote. Things are changing in that respect. Do you think that kids are going to be having to deal with a little bit more of a higher expectation as they are entering the workforce?



Yeah, this is an excellent article from the Wall Street Journal, and I put it up as well for some more information. There Wall Street Journal's call this a wake up call for grads. Entry-level jobs that are out there and of course, there are many of them are, is anything but any more. In business, and we could talk about this for a long time, but these jobs have been at the low-end jobs are saying well forget it, we're not going to pay these minimum wages, it's not worth it to us. We'll automate, right. Case in point, being a McDonald's. Many people had their first job at McDonald's. However, now what we're finding that automation and outsourcing, have taken away so many of the lower end jobs. Even when you look at a business like journalism, you used to have people combing other people's newspapers doing clipping, clipping services to get some ideas, beating the streets reading the letters to the editor. Now, that's entirely automated. So graduates now are expected to operate at a much higher level than they ever have had to perform before. And when you're looking at skills, these technical skills required in jobs, the turnover is just so fast and new skills, that your future employers are going to be expecting you to be productive almost on day one. Gone are the days where an employer will say in reality, we don't expect anything out of an employee for the first three months. And then it'll be six months before we get anything truly productive. We have employers out there right now who are looking for people to start making sales calls. For instance, on day one great example, so much. The Wall Street Journal article had quotes in here from IBM, who has 330,000 people who are saying we need people who can adapt. So, if you are graduating from college, and it's anytime soon, you are going to have to adjust and fast. Gone are the days like with my father, who at how old is he? I think he said he was 18 years old, and he started working for the Royal Bank of Canada retiring at 65, from the Royal Bank of Canada. And then he took a contract doing some third-party work for about five years at the Royal Bank of Canada. Now we're going to be switching jobs quickly. We have some industry leaders who are saying the best advice they can give to the younger kids is switch jobs and change careers be very flexible. And that is an entire shift from the generation before mine. We baby boomers even had, on average three to five careers. So things are changing guys in a massive way.



We have on Craig Peterson. He joins us every Wednesday at 738 even though we have Memorial Day Monday and so this is Tuesday for us. Great, I can't pronounce the company. I keep messing it up who-who the one in China. How do you pronounce that? It comes up with bad we're not buying things from anymore.



Huawei, Huawei,



Huawei, sort of a salad age.



So, explain to us what that's all about. I mean, are they evil?


Ken  10:52  

Is it that bad?



The question is, are they evil? Some companies claim that they are and others that claim that they're not. You might remember this scare a few months back where servers and Amazon and elsewhere were found to have some hardware on the motherboard that was not part of the schematics designed by major manufacturers like Supermicro.  They said to Huawei. We want you to manufacture this product, China, and we want this done this way. Here's a schematics make it and ship it back to us. There have been a lot of scares, some of them turned out to be, pretty much, correct. There was a bit firmware put on the boards, maybe a little hardware that shouldn't have been there. And then we announced a trade ban with Huawei and of course, we're in a big fight with them. The Canadians arrested their CFO just a lot about three or four months ago for the United States, who has a warrant out on their CFO.



The problem is that we getting going here is the installation of 5g hardware, made by Huawei. So there was a ban put in place where we could not make a trade with Huawei anymore. Google said, "okay, we're going to honor that, and we will not sell them Android OS anymore." Other hardware manufacturers that were licensing their technology to them, also pulled it back. And the government realized that Huawei is the number two smartphone maker in the world, now that they have passed Apple.  So, they are going to be hurting people here in the US. Now, military bases have stopped selling Huawei, all of what, almost two years ago, because of some of the questions around them. Here's where we stand right now, if you have a Huawei handset, the US Commerce Department has given them a 90-day reprieve on all of their hardware patches, and software and licenses. So, for 90 days, they can send updates, patch phones that people have purchased and can get everything they need, but when that window closes, Huawei won't be able to get any more updates from Google Android for security and other things.  Huawei is scrambling, maybe to have their little version of Android because it's open source, but it gets very complicated. Intel, Qualcomm Broadcom, they all make chips, they have all pulled out of Huawei. If you have a Huawei phone, you have 90 days to get all your stuff together get patches and maybe to a new operating system. I would recommend if you have Huawei, it might be time to consider moving to a different hardware platform, seriously. As ride with Huawei is not going to be a fun ride.



We're talking to Craig Peterson, our tech guru. He joins us at this time every Wednesday. Craig, ordinarily I'd let you go. But I do have one question for you that I would like to get your perspective on if possible. On Drudge right now, the headline is about rare earth materials. This one isn't on your list of stuff. However, I know that you know that rare-earth materials make up most of our circuits and cell phones.  There's a lot of elements that are necessary for the production of smartphones, electronics in general, right. And virtually all of them come from China. It is not essential because there are places in America where we could do it. There's a, you know, a couple of great places in California, which would be fantastic if they allowed us to use them and we could and dig into the earth. But we don't do that, and we get them mostly from China. And now China due to the trade of dispute between the United States and China,  China is now threatening to slap either tariff or restrict our use rare-earth materials as leverage in the trade war against the United States. Since we're so dependent on it. So, thoughts on that? I mean, you have an entire country, addicted to technology and their smartphones and all these things. And you have a single country, which is a current trade adversary that controlling all of the elements necessary for the production of those things. It seems like a recipe for disaster. Don't you think?



It sounds like it. The last numbers, I saw, show that China has been providing something like 97 percent.






Yeah of some of these rare earth materials that are used in the manufacturing these electronics. Here's how I've been looking at this because I have been following it. We've got, obviously a bit of a trade war going on. There been a lot of people for years who've been concerned about China, buying up some of these rare-earth plants around the world. We're not that worried in the electronics industry about it, because as you pointed out, we have our own,






Well, in the short term, there is going to be a hit, no question. But we have our own. Also, on top of that remember much of it, look at the uranium one deal, that uranium is coming from the United States. And ultimately, if we need to gain access to some of the rare-earth materials that are here in the US or, or are in the ground and mined by some of our partners worldwide, all we have to do is call China and say get lost. We don't care if you own it on paper, we are grabbing control of it. And that's what the talk in the industry is right now. That we will use eminent domain to grab back resources in our country and friendly countries to gain access to it because it is critical for both military and civilian use, like our cell phones and computers and the manufacturing of them. Also, there are alternative ways to do some of this manufacturing. And the big one. Number one is it it's so cheap to buy these rare-earth materials from China, we don't even bother recycling most of our gear. And much of the rarer stuff that we need can be recovered from existing electronics. So, that's another angle that we can use to protect ourselves.



Craig Peterson, our tech guru joins us every Wednesday 730. Craig will talk to you next Wednesday.


Hey, take care, gentlemen.



Bye-bye. All right. Thanks a lot,



So, with that, hey, I am going to be making some changes to this podcast. And I hope they're going to be what you guys want to hear. It's going to be a little bit more security focused and a little less of the interviews because I've found that, you know, often I end up talking about the same essential topics on all three different radio stations. So, I'm at the very least,  think I'll do cut it up so that we have the best of the three on the individual topics. I haven't decided yet, and we might have me going through each of the issues individually and not even include a whole bunch from these different radio stations.

Anyways, as always let me know what you think text

I've got to throw this out. My heart goes out to everybody in the Midwest and elsewhere. Tornadoes or other natural disasters have hit them. It's been quite a week, two weeks. I blame it on the Canadians. Okay, Canadians listening. Sorry about that. But anyhow, it is the cold air that's a problem. We have so much cold air that's hitting this warm, moist air that's come up from the Gulf from the south. And that is responsible for causing these storms this year, according to the meteorologists and that makes sense, right? That's what you need for a storm, a cold front hitting a warm front. And the fact that we have such cooling going none from some of this cold air coming from the north and hitting this hot and moist Southern air. It's creating a lot of tornadoes this year. So my heart and prayer go out to everybody impacted. Take care of everybody, and we will be back on Saturday. Bye-bye.


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Cyberbullying, Security summer free courses, First American Hack, Google Bluetooth titan hijacking


Hello, everybody, Craig Peterson here. We have ignition and boy do we have a show for today and then some.

You know a little bit about cyberbullying, I am sure.

Well, I'm going to tell you about something that I experienced this weekend, something that your kids may be experiencing in a much more critical way.

You know, we mentioned last week about the suicides and tied into this Netflix show. Well, we'll get into this a little bit more.

For those of you who are wondering how software is getting developed, nowadays and what you might want to do for your business for software development. We'll talk a little bit about GitHub and this whole open source revolution and how It has come into the mainstream, now.

We have some security warnings from our friends at Google. A massive hack. I don't think I saw this anywhere. Frankly, we'll talk about what Krebs on security had to say about this.

Tesla. Got to throw this in because what's a week without talking about Elon Musk. Consumer Reports is calling the automatic lane change feature on Tesla's navigate on autopilot, far less competent than a human driver. So, it kind of makes you wonder, should we be messing with this? Is this the right thing to do? Frankly, I think it's an excellent question.

Well, I commented last weekend in one of the articles up on the website, and as you know, I post articles every week. It's usually just a real quick synopsis of like the first couple of sentences from the article, and then I'll give you a link to it.

However, this last week, really, for the first time in a couple of years, we sat down and wrote some articles. We had mentioned something because again, I select the pieces that I am going to cover.  I go through what the strategy is with my team and talk about the salient and essential points, and then they go off and write the article. So, this particular one was about anonymous, and it's still up on the website. And we take those articles, and we tweet them, we put them up on the social media sites as well.  Well, the guy that we had mentioned in the web article claimed to be part of the hacking group Anonymous. He spent time in prison because of some of his activities, and he was a little miffed with me.

So I got a little bit of a whiff of him not being pleased about me and what I said in that article. I thought that it was rather interesting because this is the first real hater I've had in quite a while, frankly.  Well, I've got to tell you, this feeling I had in my gut was, you know, people describe this, this feeling of butterflies and things and here, I was wondering, what did I do? What did I do to hurt this guy's feelings? Or, what, right.  I can only describe it as a Wow thing. Well, in reading a little bit further into what he had said was that the that he remembers, I think it was in his warrant, it mentioned the FBI infragard program. And I'm an infragard member. He probably looked me up, and I'm easy to find after seeing the article, which was perhaps triggered by a Google search or maybe a Twitter search or something. And that made me feel a little bit better.

But man, brought back all the feelings of the first time there was an attack on my systems.  And that was again, you might remember in the early 90s. And I had these questions running through my mind, what should I do? How do I do it? How do I respond? What? What's going on? I remember when I discovered the hack, who do I call, right? What do I do? And what's going to happen, Right? In my case, it's what's going to happen to everything that I have built, right? Here I am sitting there with a company that I had founded years before, and remember it's the early 90s and I was still a relatively young guy. But I'd been working on this company for over a decade by that point in time. And that feeling I had could only be described as horrendous.

It was quite something, and it reminded me of this by having this guy from anonymous, you know, going after me kind of the cyberbullying thing, right? Hey, they're not sitting there trying to wait around for any logic or reasoning or anything else. It is a type what you feel without thinking reaction.

Think about people that you've had to deal with probably yourself before. So what do you do? Well, that made me do a little bit of re-evaluation, you guys know, if you listen to the show, for a long time that I do a lot of training, I offer a lot of free training for people on cybersecurity. And just thinking back again, made me remember helped me and let me just put it that in perspective.

Remember, that feeling I had in my gut when my first hack attack occurred.  When I realized someone had violated my trust, someone had broken in. Someone was potentially going to take my entire business away from me. How helpless I felt, and I had no idea what to do. Questions like: What should I do?, How can I do it?,  Who do I call?, What's going to happen to my business?, What's going to happen with my clients?. Of course, that was almost 30 years ago now. But this brought all those feelings back.

So here's what I'm going to do for everybody out there. Because I know I'm not alone. Some of you are maybe 30-40 years behind me on this journey. I admit I was a pioneer out there. I got arrows in my back, right? I was out there on the Internet early, getting people online, when it was first legal to do so. I was one of the very first people.

You weren't, Okay, I understand. You were running a business, and maybe you were not even born yet, okay. But I am committing now to build what I'm calling a security summer. And the idea is that throughout the summer, and I'm probably not going to be able to start this until late June, early July. But throughout the summer, I'm going to offer a course. So you know you know what to do, and you'll know how to protect yourself, right?

Because you have to start at the beginning, before the bad guys get in, how to detect it, once they are in what to do about it, the forensic analysis that you're going to have to do after the fact, to clean this thing up, right?

I don't want you to have that feeling in your gut that I had before. Thirty years ago, when my first hack happened. I've had a couple of times since and not nearly as dramatic, okay. Because I had dealt with it before and I knew what to do. I had moved into a position where I was pretty much at the forefront at the time in security. But then I went on to run my business.

But I don't want you to have that feeling your gut. Right? What do you do? I am sure some of you have had it before. I know you've come into the office in the morning, the computers aren't working. And your first reaction is there in your gut.  Your first thought is -- Oh my gosh, what do I do now? Then that turns into anger. It's anger towards your vendors. Right?

Well, I have Norton. I bought that Sonic wall. How did this happen? I should be all set, right. And so now you get on the phone, and you start yelling at vendors, you start yelling at your people who are supposed to be taking care of the IT side. I don't want you to feel that way.

We're going to have some free pieces of training this summer. If you're interested, send me an email, and let me know what security subject you're particularly interested in having me cover. That I can make sure we have some free training for you on that during the summer. I want to make it a summer of security. It's our security summer. Brought to you by Craig Peterson, my team and I am getting to work on it, as we speak.

My wife is going to put her heart and soul into this effort.  I think I know what you need, and I think I know what you want, but it is essential to hear from you so that I can give you what you feel you need.

So, email me at Craig Peterson. com.

We're also going to be talking about it on this radio show on these podcasts and on YouTube side, etc., etc.

I got my first real hater this week in a long time. And it brought back memories and made me more determined to help you guys out.

So, What was one of the first things I did.  I shut down my website and made sure everything was patched up, right? Because I didn't want him to try and hack into my site. After all, anonymous is a hacktivist group, and that's what they do.

So, that's what I'm going to do for you guys. We're going to have a security summer this year.

Okay, so let's get into a couple more of these articles before I run out of time.

This one, I thought it was just totally appropriate. I got a couple of articles that are appropriate for this week, and you'll see those up on my website, and one or two of these articles were written up with my team.  My wife does a lot of this stuff too. So, kudos to her.

You will find these up on, This is from an article that initially appeared in Pro Publica, and I found it on Ars Technica myself.  It is a fascinating article and written by a couple of people here, Renee Dudley and Jeff Cow.

It's talking about the some of these companies here in the US that you can hire to help you out of ransomware, tight spot. Think about some of these we have read about, lately, The city of Atlanta, Georgia,  Newark, New Jersey, the Port of San Diego, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in LA. Atlanta, online water service requests and billing systems were down for over a month. Colorado Department of Transportation, they called in the National Guard, all because of cyber attacks. Apparently what has happened here is that the companies and in these cases, government institutions and hospitals, went to professionals and said, hey, what should we do now? The response from the FBI from the government, in general, is don't pay ransoms.

Well, guess what happened here? The FBI said that the criminal actors were out of the reach of US law enforcement. But they were not apparently and out of the reach of this American company called Proven Data Recovery out of Elmsford, New York. It appears that these guys regularly made ransom payments to Sam Sam ransomware hackers over more than a year, according to Jonathan Storfer, who is a former employee who dealt with these ransom payments.

Now, Bitcoin transactions are somewhat anonymous and difficult to track. But I know in talking with some secret service agents that they have tracked people through public records and got convictions because of being able to track down some of these Bitcoin coin payments. Pro Publica was able to trace four of these payments, and this article goes on and on.

Another US company, Florida based company, Monster Cloud also professes to use their data recovery method, but turns out they were paying ransoms sometimes without informing law enforcement or the victims, this is bad.

Again, from Pro Publica, both of these companies charge their victim's substantial fees on top of the ransom amount, and they offer other services such as sealing breaches to protect against future attacks.

Well, that's what I do for a living, Right? I don't try and do the recovery and no do I pay any ransom. There are many pieces of free recovery software out there that work in most cases. But, sometimes if you don't have a good backup, you're just out of luck. So, keep that in mind. Going to one of these companies, if you have ransomware on your computer is not going to solve the problem of ransomware. Because, some of these account companies, at least two of them in this case, according to Pro Publica, are making deals with the ransomware criminals, which is, in my opinion, not right.

So, we talked a couple of weeks ago about our friends over at Equifax and how they took a huge hit here. It cost them over a billion dollars, probably I would guess close to one and a half billion, but I don't know for sure. They haven't disclosed all of the numbers. This week, they did reveal that they had to do a bit of a write off of about a little more than half a billion dollars. But there's another one out there, and It is crazy.

It is the one, I mentioned, from Krebs on security, concerning the website for First American Financial Corp, a Fortune 500 real estate, title insurance giant.  I mean giant, billions of dollars in annual revenue. First, America Corp leaked hundreds of millions of documents related to mortgages going back to 2003. Krebs on security found this leak, and they went ahead, and they fixed it.  Isn't that nice of them, after the horses got out of the barn. So, these are digitized records that included bank account numbers, bank statements, mortgage statements, tax records, social security numbers, wire transaction receipts, driver's license images, were all available without authentication to anyone with a web browser. I find that incredibly unbelievable that a company that employs 18,000 people, you'd think they'd have some security people on staff. And they brought in more than 5.7 billion. There you go. That's the number from Krebs article. Now Krebs found out a bit about it because of a real estate developer, out in Washington state, who said he'd had little luck getting a response from them.

It just goes on and on, just like last week with what happened with Intel. And the reports of their colossal security problem. And they, it sounds like, literally tried to buy off the people who reported this massive bug in the Intel chips. It's just amazing. So it goes on and on the earliest document number available on the site wasn't document number 75. The dates and documents get closer to real-time each forward increment in the record number. I have the article up on my website, we've got a link to it if you want to see it.  It's it is just stunning. So, who knows what happened has happened here, again, we have an example of a company that did not keep track of the security problems. And what do you want to bet they did not keep track of data x filtration, and what the criminals stole? Big deal. Big problem.

Now Google's got a couple of warnings out this week too. Is this getting old to anybody? I hope you're learning from this, and I hope you can apply it in your own life and your businesses. Take time to learn from these things. But, Google exposed that their G Suite, which is the Google suite where you as a business, you can pay for Google Docs, Google Sheets, etc. If you're a business and you're trying to use it, they want you to pay for it. That's what the city of Atlanta found out when they got hacked. All of their email accounts were down, and they couldn't do spreadsheets, they couldn't do anything.

So, they all signed up for Gsuite accounts. Google promptly shut them down two weeks ago for doing that, because they're supposed to pay. Then Google worked out a deal with them. However, it turns out they were storing plain text passwords on its servers for the last 14 years. It is a very, very big deal. So Google is saying that they have fixed the issue and that they've seen no other improper access or misuse of the affected passwords. They've got reasons why they did it. No, everybody makes mistakes in security, okay. I'm giving you that. But these two cases are for companies that should know better, they have big enough department, and they are going to lawsuits.

And like Equifax, it's probably going to cost our friends over at First American Financial Corp over a billion dollars. It is something that they can maybe afford to pay a billion dollars in fines and fees.

But how about you as a small business. So we've talked about two-factor authentication many times on my show. And we always set up two-factor authentication when it comes to our clients to keep their data safe. You know, some of them have to have to fall under the rules that are in place for federal military contractors, federal contractors, HIPAA records, etc., etc. So you have to have the right kind of two-factor authentication in place, you have to have the correct type of training, the right kind of databases, etc.

And the people are getting ripped off right, left and center, these companies that are selling some of these things, they don't care. They are just trying to sell you something another point product and other point security, that is not going to help you out. Can you tell I am getting a little pissed today? Excuse, My French.

But here's what's happening. Google has something they call Titan, and we've talked about it on the show before. It is a security key.  It was leading edge, and I'm glad they did it. They've been using it internally for all of their logons. So, it's something you have along with something, you know.

Now, you know. I have been promoting Yubikeys. I don't have an investment in any of these companies. We do use them when we are trying to get a company secured. The idea behind the Yubikey and Titan security keys is that it's a little USB fob, you plug it into your computer, you type in your password, you're off and running. Okay?

Well, Google's warning that for the Bluetooth Low Energy version of the Titan security keys it sells for two-factor authentication are vulnerable to hijacking by nearby attackers. Google says if you have them, contact them. And they'll give you a free replacement device that fixes the vulnerability. It has to do with Bluetooth pairing protocols, and that means that anybody within 30 feet can carry out an attack, against you. These are $50, which is about the same cost as a Yubikey. I, personally, would go with the Yubikey. But there now you know about the Google Titan. There is nothing particularly wrong with it, except that it's one version is susceptible to hack. If you check the back of your Titan key, if you pull it out right now, it's probably on your key ring, it's a nice, small thing looks like your USB thumb drive, almost. If it starts with a T1 or T2, it is susceptible to attack and eligible for a free replacement.

We're not going to have time to get into the rest of these things. So let's get into cyberbullying. I think this is an important one. And I want to talk about internet mobs because that's kind of what happened this week to me. And because I was reported on some security stuff, right, and they, they use almost anything they can against you.

And recently we've seen real problems with cyberbullying against kids. According to a survey and a completed study,  It reported online bullying affected 43% of kids. One in four has said that happened more than once. 70% of students reported seeing frequent bullying online. Over 80% of teens use a cell phone regularly. I think these numbers are probably higher than what this study showed, in 2014, I bet you they come close to 100%.

Now, most of the teens ignore it. You know I talked about that terrible Netflix show "13 Reasons Why" where a teenage girl committed suicide and left behind 13 cassette tapes explaining her 13 reasons for killing herself. It has led to a 30% increase in teen suicides in the 30 days after that show came out. So there, there's been a correlation drawn on that it did not, by the way, affect adults, it was mainly the 10 to 18-year-olds that it touched. But, we have kids that are thinking about suicide and committing suicide because of cyberbullying. There have been well-publicized criminal cases about this.

Now, how about an internet mob? How about if one of these groups decides to come after you, and the group is just the cheerleaders at school? There's a great story that CNN shared this week about a young lady, named Dominique Mora. She's from Southern California and went to school in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is 23 years old and was attending on a softball scholarship. So she thought it would be great to take a job at Chipotle to help make ends meet. Well, she was working at the store, and a group of teenagers came in ordered food, went to pay for it, and their debit card didn't work. That group of teenagers ran out of the restaurant with the food. They stole it, right. The manager gave them a little coaching and told them here's what they should do. What happened next was another day a group of teenagers came in, and she recognized two of them as being part of the group who had ordered food with the bad debit card before running off with the food. They never paid for it. They called the police and explained that these two teenagers were there and they did not want to serve them. We want them evicted from our store.  Here is this young woman, 23 years old, and she asked them to pay first. They pulled up a cell phone, and she didn't realize they were videotaping her and started accusing her of racism because she was a white person caught in the act of doing something labeled racist. Which obviously, there's no racism involved in this at all, they had stolen food from this store, and it was on video, there's surveillance video, it had these two guys on it, according to what CNN is reporting. They dumped this video of her as a racist "B" online. The video of her November confrontation was watched at least 7 million times retweeted at least 30,000 times within two days, and media covered it. Chipotle fired her after it went viral. Now here she is, having done nothing wrong, the police not responding in a reasonable amount of time. It sounds like they never really did respond. It is a case of confirmation bias, these black guys were calling her a racist and the video they presented made it look like she may have been. It is now being used to paint her falsely as a racist. She lost her job and now is worried about what will happen, what she could or should do, and what she should not do.  Those are the same questions I opened the show with today that went through my mind 30 years ago and ran through my mind again this week.

Very, very, big deal.  I think w have got to spend some time with our kids talking about this.  Helping them understand the whole act of bullying, what cyberbullying is. That they should report it to the authorities at school, report it to your teacher, report it to the principal, I guess the vice principal is the one who's usually dealing with these types of things. The most common places where it's happening, and this is from, they have a lot of great information. Social media like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, SMS, you know, your text messages, instant messaging, which includes email provider, app services, social media, and of course, email at self. We've got to be careful because the content that we share online, you can get these internet mobs, this mob mentality where everyone jumps on board and starts attacking people. It can drive not just our teens, but almost anyone to suicide, and we don't want that to happen. Sit and talk with them. You know, I was severely bullied as a kid as well. But you know, I could leave it alone. It was happening on the way to school, at school, on the way back from school. At least there were brackets or definitions surrounding it. But nowadays, there aren't.

All right, I want to send you to my website, because you will find more information about all of these topics today.

A very, interesting one on hackers. About anonymity that was once critical and how that's now changing. I might try and get into that next week. A little bit more here on the show.

Also, the Consumer Reports thing about Tesla. Don't count on their autopilot people. Be very careful. The automatic lane change feature is reported to be far less competent than a human driver. So, don't use it.

Be concerned about cyberbullying.

I'm working here this summer. I'm going to make this a security summer. I'm going to be doing some free courses. We're going to help you guys out with lots of free information.

I give these little webinars. They're not I'm not trying to upsell you or anything else. I'm trying to inform you so make sure you attend. Let me know if you're interested and what topics you think I should cover.

So if you are interested,  email me. That is P-E-T-E-R-S-O-N Peterson with an O.

Until next week, everybody.

Take care.

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May 29, 2019

Craig was on with Jim Polito. Today, they discussed the latest in Chinese offensive military weapons.  This new Chinese armored attack vehicle that can launch a swarm of autonomous drones. They also talked about the absolute need to install Parental Controls for some of these streaming and social media sites. 

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Airing date: 05/28/2019

Chinese Have A New Offensive Weapon and Why You Must Install Parental Controls.

Good morning, everybody. Hopefully, you had a happy Memorial Day. I certainly did. I spent it with friends and some family as well, business associates, you know how that all goes but having the freedom to be able to associate with the people you want and have a fantastic barbecue that came to us at a very high cost.

There are a lot of people out there who want to run our lives, control our lives.

And my gosh, have you watched the series Chernobyl, if you haven't seen Chernobyl on HBO, you should take the opportunity to view it.
Chernobyl shows some of the significant ultimate pitfalls of socialism, and what it does to us.

Here we have all of these people who are willing to put their lives on the line, even though there may be significant issues with why we are somewhere, why they think we shouldn't be there.

Just the fact that they are volunteering to do it, that they're stepping forward, and so many have lost their lives. My heart goes out to them and their families. And thank you, thank you, thank you.

You know, I came to this country, I'm an immigrant myself. And I am so glad I have the opportunity to be an American, to be a citizen of the United States and to be with so many like-minded people. I'm sure many of us disagree on things. I know. I've got people who vehemently disagree with me, Wow! There are trolls out there. Overall, I think we agree that we have a right to free speech, although so many on the left don't appreciate it. They want that to squash free speech. We still have it, and there's been an enormous price that paid to protect that right. Sorry, this was not meant to be a lecture.

Okay. I do want to go to our friend, Mr. Jim Polito. We had a great conversation this morning. So, right now, we'll go to Jim. Also, I'm going to be changing the format of these podcasts here a little bit in the weeks ahead. So, some might be a bit delayed. Some might be just changing dramatically. We'll see how it goes. Be sure to let me know what you think about this podcast and maybe some changes you'd like to see. Just me at Here's Mr. Polito

Jim: Welcome to our good friend, and Tech Talk guru with, Wow, with a full plate today. Just like the cookout yesterday on Memorial Day. Here is Craig Peterson. Good morning, sir.

Craig: Hey, good morning. Yeah, I had a great Memorial Day yesterday, I was impressed with those gentlemen from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. And the work that underway there. It's kind of a letdown to be on after them.

Jim: This Morning. You're all very, very important. No, no, that was good. That was a good lead-in for you. And speaking of Vietnam, I want to talk to you about this autonomous robot army. Now we've, we've discussed World War three and how it has already begun in cyberspace, but there's still conflict on the ground. And then my question to you is, is it going to be run by machines and drones?

Craig: Yeah, it kind of looks like it might be at least for the most part. Now. We've got China who has licensed from Russia, this, this thing, about the size of a Humvee, more or less, right. It's a small military vehicle. And what China has done with this vehicle is to combine this technology with the knowledge they gained from producing drones. Think of all the drones we have flying around our country. Did you know 80% of the drones that we buy, civilian drones, are made by one manufacturer in China. They've got this technology down, nowadays. But what is surprising is that China has been accused, even recently now, of sending GPS coordinates for these drones back to China.

Jim: Whoa. Right. They are using the products they sell us to spy on us.

Craig: Exactly. And in this case, to map this out, right. They can map where things are because the drones are taking pictures or video and equipped with GPS and cell capability. A beta test has been conducted to see what it might be sending, and it looks like GPS coordinates. It is all a fascinating, albeit troubling problem. What China has done now with this kind of Humvee type thing is they have installed launchers. And these launchers are designed to launch small military drones. Now, it makes sense to have a drone that was associated with let's say a Humvee, right, a small drone, you can launch, you can see what's around you may be on the battlefield, see if there's EDIS in the road up the head, all these things makes a lot of sense. It appears that this particular vehicle, which is being advertised online right now by the Chinese manufacturer, has been sold, by the way, to other countries. It is comes equipped with four of these drones that are for reconnaissance type drones. However, it also has eight other drones, known as killer drones. The idea with this platform is that they can go to any place that you want to and drop a very, small bomb with high explosives on it. We saw something like this happen in Venezuela late last year to the President of Venezuela. Yeah, the big, you know, burst in the air up front, was a from a drone, what do we do? Situations like this could be very, very, bad because think of a drone army coming after you. But let's put a bunch of pieces together.

Craig: China is number one in the world right now for facial recognition, which they are using to track all of their people, right? They're not citizens. I guess civilians would be a better term to call them right, in a socialist state. They are tracking these citizens and know if they jaywalk, they lose the social credit points, or other things happen, and it gets to the point where they can't even get on a train or fly anymore. If you're China who has these drones, and they are in a small vehicle like a Humvee. They can be used to go to any location. The next step is, if they're not there already, is to identify a face or a person and have them go after that person. Thank you. Yeah, the biggest scary thing is what you might call a drone cloud. So let's think about a hundred drones looking for one person.

Jim: Yeah. And so I mean, we see that stuff in the Terminator movies, and you know, the drone looking and getting a facial recognition scan, and then going after that person. I mean, that's science fiction. Not anymore.

Craig: Not anymore, and that's downright scary when you get right down to it. This armed tactical truck is loaded with what they call blowfish, autonomous drones, by the way. It's reminiscent of the Borg and, and Terminator, but it's here. So your question, what can we expect in the next world war? Well, we are sure to see nation-states and going after our infrastructure, our base technology, and instead of them sending out a whole bunch of troops onto the ground, all they have to do is send out some of these anonymous elements, drones, and they could take out almost anything. So now you know why the White House Secret Service and all these other people are so concerned about it. The FAA has gotten involved, with not only the licensing of drones, that happened before but in setting up drone routes and tracking them. These things have become very dangerous.

Jim: Wow, we're talking with Craig Peterson, our tech talk guru. And at the end of this segment, we're going to give you a number you're going to text my name, Jim. And you'll be able to pick up all of this information plus a lot of other stuff. And that's what I want to get to lack of parental media controls, is contributing to suicides. Tell me about this Craig

Craig: I hate this story. It's very, sad. And it goes back to a study that was just completed by the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Amen, he's a doctor down in New York City. And he deals a lot with brain injury and helping people recover from it. If you know someone that has had brain injuries like the football players, right, the concussions and things take a look at and check out Amen Clinics online it is just phenomenal the treatments they are doing there.

Craig: What happened here now, and I found out from Dr. Amen about this. There is that there is a TV show on Netflix right now called "13 Reasons Why." Yeah, this is a story of a teenage girl who took her own life, left behind 13 audio cassettes for her friends to listen to, to unravel the reasons why she killed herself. That so there is a study that was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. And it appeared in the Journal of the American Academy of Child adolescent psychiatry and analyzed five years of suicide rates amongst people between the ages of 10 to 64. Now adults, basically over the age of 18, showed no significant change in the month after the show was released. However, the kids, from the ages of 10 to 18, showed a 30% increase in suicide, the month after that show was released. Okay. We've got to remember, and this even goes to giving kids iPads, iPhones and going on the internet, all of this stuff, young kids brains are still under construction, right? And our, you know, our brains develop until your mid-20s. Girls brains typically develop faster than boys, and we know that, right? But this is very, very, scary. Our physical brains aren't mature until the age of 25. One of my kids, who is I think he's 25. Forgive me, I have eight, so I'm not sure. I came down, and he was playing this video game. I have never seen such violence. It just it blew my mind. I don't even want to describe it on the air. I sat down and talked to him about it. Now for me, It was shocking, but to him, it was just a game. And there have been debates over the years as to whether these types of games are hurting kids or if they matter or don't matter. One thing I can see is desensitization. And now with this latest study about this movie, this video series, this TV show called "13 Reasons Why" it seems apparent that it is dramatically affecting the younger kids. And that goes back to what you started with, again, using parental controls, we have to turn them on because this show is not rated for kids to watch. And if we don't have these controls turned on this 30% bump in suicide rates can't is directly attributed to it. But my gosh, the correlation is very scary.

Jim: That is something that we can prevent. I mean, we can't prevent everything, and there are always kids may have other issues but you know, you can reduce the risk. There's a lot of great additional information that Craig has, and unfortunately, we don't have a lot of other time. So Craig for folks to get the this these stories and other things they need to text my name, Jim, to this number

Craig: 855-385-5553 that's 855-385-5553

Jim: Standard data and text rates apply folks Craig will not sell your name to somebody else, and he won't hack you. Craig that was a great segment. Thank you so much for your time.

Craig: Right. Take care, Jim. Bye-Bye.

Jim: Take care. Bye-bye. All right, we have a very important


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May 25, 2019

There is a Rise in Teen Suicide, Listen in and I will explain the cause and what you can do to mitigate it.

Do you use your computer, tablet in the evenings?  A Study out of Amsterdam sheds new light on that subject.  Wait 'till I tell you how their solution. 

We have had it Huawei and China!  I will explain more in today's show. 

Intel, boy do they have problems and so do you.  Listen in to find out more.

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Airing date: 05/25/2019

Why Is There A Rise In Teen Suicides, China's Terrifying Drone Platform, New Proven Benefits Of Blue Blockers

Hey, good morning, everybody,

Craig Peterson here. We have got a bunch to cover. Hang in there it is going to be very busy. Man, oh, man. Hey, if you haven't turned on the parental controls for Netflix, and you have any kids between the ages of 10 and 20, you might regret it. We will talk about why the suicide rates are up.

We got some serious problems this week, this whole zombie load flaw and what it is doing to our computers. Intel should be paying us. We need reparations.  Where are the lawsuits? How am I going to get my machine back?  So that is on the agenda to talk about today. It is true for you too. Okay. Huge, huge problems with a vulnerability called Zombie Load. 

You know about anonymous, you remember those guys, they were the Guy Fawkes masks.  It was pretty, evident that they did not understand what Guy Fawkes was about or what he was trying to do. He wasn't like some total off the wall socialist. But anyways, Anonymous is dead.  We are going to go over the stats and what they tried to do what they did do and a little bit about some of their accomplishments, if you want to call it that, I guess.

Mitigation here, awe man we will get into that just a couple of minutes here. 

Wake up call for college. We're going to cover this one. Entry level jobs. They are not what they used to be. You are expected to hit the ground running. We will talk about what that is all about and the statistics for our newest grads. 

I love this. I bought some glasses a few years ago that are blue blockers for my computer.  There is this new study that proves I was right. I will tell you why in a little while. Wow,

Man, this company has been in some trouble. President Trump, of course, put an executive order t about this Chinese manufacturer of handsets. If you have one of them, and you might because they are the second largest manufacturer of smartphones in the world.  I will tell you what's up. 

There were some changes here this last week as well on that front. And we'll start with this one China. 

Now, we know who China is, I don't know, I would call them an enemy. 

Frankly, you know, we buy a lot of stuff from them. Are they not even a frenemy?

I think they really are an enemy. 

The reason I think this is because they are stealing our intellectual property. 

They are forcing U.S. companies that want to manufacture in China to not only share their intellectual property but give them control over it.  I am sorry, but that is absolutely, crazy. 

And now we see they are using some of the stolen U.S. technology, as are the Russians.  The whole social media vote project is just shocking.  Now they have the technology thanks to us, and they stole from us to destroy our carriers. 

It was for our supersonic missiles. They got it from us. Thank you very much, Federal Government. It reminds me of the days when Bill Clinton, do you remember when he sold our missile secrets to China.  He gave them the ability to make ICBMs or intercontinental ballistic missiles. And he did it saying they we were going to have China launch missiles for us. Yeah, that worked out really, well, didn't it? 

So now they have the technology to send missiles our way. Thank you very much. 

Then we had another Clinton, right. Mrs. Clinton when she was Secretary of State.  What she did was give the Russian some of our top secret military technology. It's astounding. So, with China and Russia, we have got to be very, very careful. 

We are not that aggressive. We certainly have been aggressive at times in the past. We've sent in troops to countries. Obama had troops in I think it was 80 some odd countries. 

President Trump has pulled that back a little bit. But China, they're not our friend. Okay, so that's the bottom line. 

Let's look at this new truck. There's a picture up on my website at Craig It is a truck that is using technology built by China. Technology licensed from Russia. It's an armored war machine. 

Well, you say so what, Craig. You know, we have Humvees that, and obviously, the Chinese do know how to armor vehicle? 

Well, you know, it is not that unique, frankly. So I am not that worried about it. But here is the problem. This particular armored war machine that has just come out, and China has been bragging about this. The company that made it was bragging about it. Remember that the state controls all companies in China, it is a socialist country, Big time. Everybody, there is working for the military, the People's Liberation Army. So keep all of that in mind. But this company, anyways, revealed what it was. It's called a YJ2080. And it has 12 launch tubes. Now,  what is very interesting about these launch tubes is that four of them are being used to deploy reconnaissance drones. Now, we are looking at that too. 

Right now, our military is looking at making flying drones that will go along with our jet fighters and will act as a wingman.   But, let's say an enemy has a missile coming for our jet.  We can deploy one of these drones, and it will move into the way, and it will launch missiles and even lock on a tone.  It can do a whole bunch of stuff. We are looking forward to that, right. 

These are smaller reconnaissance drones that are not very big. They don't have to go fast. But they can go 110 miles an hour. So you get the reconnaissance drones up. Okay, that makes sense. We use reconnaissance drones, with our Humvees and with our buffaloes and other equipment out in the field, right? 

Well, that's four of the 12 of these tubes, launch tubes. The other eight are for explosive-laden drones. And the idea behind this vehicle, according to the manufacturer, is to eliminate targets beyond the traditional line of sight and kill from above with four-pound bombs. Now, if you have a bomb dropped on your head, you only need just something the size of a quarter to kill you. And these are four pound bombs very, very big for taking out individuals. It is absolutely, crazy here. 

I found this in a report from Popular Mechanics. 

It's been reported over in the U.K., as well. Not a lot of coverage here in the U.S., 

These drones are designed to have the armored vehicle act as its control center. It's about the size of a Humvee. And it can search for and destroy its targets.

They have also fitted these drones and the pilotless aircraft with AK47 rifles, of course, Those are the fully automatic, not the SKS's, which are the semi-automatic rifle. And they are already being exported to combat zones in the Middle East. Now think about that for a minute. We have been up against Russians over there. We have fought with Russians over there in the middle east recently in Syria. We have killed Russian operatives, mercenaries over in Syria. So are we going to come up against this? And think about the number one company here in the U.S. for drums. It's D.J., are you familiar with them, I have a got DJI little hand rig that holds my phone and allows me to stabilize shots. But DJI sells, I think, it's about 80% of the consumer drones here in the U.S. Where do they have them made?  In China. Remember, anything manufactured in China is under the supervision of the socialist military government over there.

So this is a bad case here we've got the technology that we've developed, and DJI is using.  Being made and moved up to the next step of putting rifles on them or four-pound bombs on them. They've got this thing called A.R. blowfish auto-drone that China's exporting internationally, right now. And it's been advertised as being capable of full autonomy up to targeted strikes. It can autonomously conduct complex combat missions, including fixed-point timing detection, and fixed range reconnaissance and targeted precision strikes. Now, remember, something like this will fit inside your check-in luggage? Yeah, check-in luggage at the airport, this is not big. I'm not saying that people are going to be able to get them onto airplanes coming to the U.S. Maybe they will maybe they won't. But if these things are small, and think about what happened in Venezuela, where there was a bomb that went off on a drone right by their President. 

Drones are dangerous, and they're getting very dangerous. When you have something like this, Well, how hard would it be to take out Ferdinand right? Think about the start of World War One. What happened there?

They are selling these internationally. How hard would it be to get one into the U.S. It could be a terrorist organization. Take out a few people. If you were to ask me, I think this is likely, frankly. 

So be very careful. This whole approach that we're seeing is really entirely consistent with the Chinese and the Chinese military circles. 

They don't want a big hot war, but they are not against just kind of going after us, right. 

The easy way.

All right, next up here. Let's begin by giving you some reasons why you should have parental controls turned on, particularly for your Netflix account. 

Now, we've talked for years about whether or not these video games, shoot 'em ups and all kinds of things are suitable for kids. Some of this really turns my stomach. One of my kids, who's in his 20's was playing this one video game, and I have to admit it was absolutely, horrific.  I could not believe it. They were torturing people. And it was a woman, and she was screaming, and when a woman screams it absolutely, just made all my skin crawl. I could not believe it. I told him that he should stop playing that. You know, he was completely desensitized to it. Oh, yeah, I'm just playing a game. 

Well, does that cause the kids to become desensitized to this type of violence? Does it cause them to go out and kill people? Well, yeah, I'm probably not right. 

Does it do other things to their minds?  Well, it's evident that it does desensitize them, or they wouldn't play these games. They wouldn't be able to play these games. There's no way.  I would never be able to play that video game. None whatsoever. 

So, we know it does something. What does it do? Man, we could go back and forth on that, like the psychologists and psychiatrists who look at it. Then there are the government investigators,  as though they can figure their way out of a  wet paper bag. 

But, anyway, here's a study that is really, going to change your mind about teenagers and what you should let them watch at least view. 

Now, this is from Dr. Aman. If you are not familiar with his work, he's out of New York City. He's just amazing. He does a lot of work on brain development and how to help with brain injuries. So, he's really into brains. 

He uses some special scanners, these pet scanners and things I don't know how detailed you guys want to get. But check him out online. I think you'd love him, just,  A M E N 

He has a great article that I reposted up on my website It's talking about the media and what tweens and teens are watching.  He's asking, does it affect their mood and their mental health? 

Well, I don't know if you've seen this Netflix show, I saw a little promo boy it is nothing I wanted to watch. Okay, bottom line. I guess that's not a surprise. I'm getting old, right? I don't care about some of this stuff anymore. 

However,  I really care about this! 

There's a critically acclaimed show that's on Netflix right now called "13. Reasons Why".  It is in its third season. Well, the month following the release of "13 Reasons Why" on Netflix, the suicide rate among Americans aged 10 to 17. jumped by almost 30%. 

Now you say okay, Craig how can you draw that conclusion?  Is it a correlation? I don't know, come on. Come on, Craig 

Well, this is absolutely, fascinating.  "13 Reasons Why" is a story of a teenage girl who took her own life, and left behind 13 audio cassettes for her friends that unravel the reasons why she killed herself. 

Now there's a study that was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, and it appeared in the Journal of the American Academy of Child adolescent psychiatry. This study analyzed five years of suicide rates among people between the ages of 10 to 64.

There were no changes in the suicide rates for adults in the month after the show's release. And you know, that kind of makes sense. I know, if I had a troubled teen, I might want to watch something like this series, to try and figure it out.  So, what are they thinking?  What are they doing? 

So, I can look for the signs and symptoms that might be present in my kids? Does that make sense to you? 

Now, bottom line, pretty simple? Well, although there was no change in the suicide rate for the adults, they found that the rate among those under eighteen rose dramatically. 

Now, this is something that kind of surprised me. But here's the next point. It rose most dramatically amongst boys. 

Remember these are some tips from Dr. Amen. Young brains are still under construction. Brains develop until your mid-20s with girls brains, typically developing faster than the boys.  The area of interest is the prefrontal cortex. It is this area that has to do with the decision-making and the future consequences of your decisions. That area of your brain is the last area to mature at about age 25. 

Some people say, guys, it's really, not done until they're 30. I've seen those opinions before. This area is involved with judgment, planning, forethought, and impulse control. So, you can understand why teens and especially male teens are more likely to make rash decisions. Look at car insurance and how much they charge. I'm boy has to pay a lot more until they're about 25 than a girl does. Well, suicide is a growing problem in our society. Looking at the stats, the overall rate of suicides increase by 33% in the last 20 years. It's the second leading cause of death amongst people ages 10 to 34. And teams today are more likely to have suicidal thoughts or suffer from depression than millennials were at the same age. So let's talk about what to do here. Listen, this is really, really, important. I put this up on my website, 

Number one, monitor their media consumption. We need to understand what our kids and teens are watching on T.V., what they're watching online, what they're participating in online, including social media because that can play a vital role in the development of their brains. 

So, set limits on what they can watch when they can view it use parental controls, by all means, talk to your kids about what they're watching. 

Number two, do not let adolescence smoke marijuana. There was a time when I wouldn't have had to say that at all because you know that the wackytabakki causes problems even in adult brains, mainly when consumed over a long term.  Research is showing now that using cannabis as an adolescent raises the risk of depression and increases your suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts when you become a young adult, so don't let them smoke marijuana. 

Make sure that they get good sleep at night. And man it's crazy how little sleep some of them get you might remember being that age. 

Protect their brain from head injuries and concussions. Right. If you've got a kid that plays soccer, do not let them hit the soccer balls with their heads. Think of your brain being, basically warm butter. That's about the right consistency inside a hard container with very sharp edges pointing inward. And that why I tell you,  you don't want them hitting the ball with their heads. 

Seek help for mental health issues right away. If they've got signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, it's critical to seek advice for those issues. 

So, if you have a teen that might have some of these symptoms, by all means, reach out to a doctor find out what you can do. 

And if you want to get more advanced health check out Dr. Amen's clinic down in New York City. He has brain scans, and he can look for physical damage, and then help you with a regimen that will compensate for that damage because once the brains damaged, it's damaged. Head blows add up. Brain injuries are cumulative. It's not as though they all heal themselves and go away. 

If you've had a concussion, you have a problem in your brain for the rest of your life. 

Hopefully, it's not a bad one. Okay.

Okay. All right, next up here, Oh my goodness, we've had various Intel vulnerabilities over the last year, and some of them have been pretty big ones, frankly. 

Right now, Intel is busy downplaying the latest vulnerability. And this vulnerability affects almost every computer that has an Intel CPU in it made since 2011. Unfortunately, it affects many Intel chips going back to 2007. 

Intel has come out with a patch. Microsoft has released a patch that uses the microcode. Apple released their patch.  All of the major vendors have released patches.   Although, initially, the Microsoft patches were terrible and caused blue screens death. Okay, so as is typical with Microsoft updates, don't do them right away. Wait and make sure that Microsoft didn't mess it up yet again. Ya know, I don't get it, those guys seem to mess it up more than their fair share.

Well if you can believe it, Microsoft had 19 critical patches in this months patch set for Windows. 19 Critical patches! 

So, what has happened here, I'm not going to get into all the details. It's pretty complicated. But security researchers are rating this as a 9.5 out of 10. 

Keep an eye out, if you are on my email list watch for an email from me telling you when Microsoft has a stabilized patch set available, and it is safe to do these updates. 

But make sure you do the update. 

Now, let's talk about what this updates going to do. 

I found a great tweet from a guy over on Twitter. His name's Quentin. 

"FYI, as a cloud provider, we lost about 25% of CPU performance, over the last 18 months due to different security issues on Intel CPU's limiting their capacity using microcode, etc., etc."

So here he is reporting a 25% reduction.   Apple is saying that they have seen as much as a 40% reduction in performance. That's using tests that included multi-threaded workloads, public benchmarks, etc. 

Wow! Now the actual results are going to vary based on the model configuration usage and other factors. So, Intel is advising people to turn off hyperthreading on their CPUs. 

Now, let's get real, where it does this matter? Where does it not matter? Well, you know, if you get hacked, it's going to matter to you. 

It might be a big deal if your business goes out of business, due to this vulnerability, called zombie load. 

However, if you're not going to do the right thing and turn off hyperthreading and apply the patches because you cannot afford a 20 to 40% slowdown on your computer. I understand, just a little.  It's like buying an i7 that performs like an i5. 

Okay, to give you an idea, you paid extra for an i7, for that higher end Intel CPU. However performance wise you now have an i5, and it's not even as good as the i5 was when it was first released. But you know, you paid extra. So there you go, right.  Let's downgrade all of these CPUs.

It bugs me.  Intel, by the way, isn't about to give you an upgrade. They're not. They're not going out there saying Oh, guys, sorry about that. Here we go. Here's a brand new CPU is fully compatible, plug it right in. And you will be fine.  No, no, no.

Intel is saying they will not issue anything sort of fix for any CPUs made between 2007 and 2011.  Four years worth of CPUs now.  It's not all of the CPUs is just some of them.  However, it's pretty much all since 2011. 

So thanks, Intel, now that I paid you extra for your latest and greatest chip to get as much as 40% reduction in performance because you could not get your CPU code right.  It's absolutely, crazy! 

Fortune has a great article on this. I will have it up on my website at  Intel is saying that this vulnerability is only 6.5 on a 10 point scale. Whereas, the security researchers are rating this as a 9.5. 

As I said, Intel's playing the game here.  They're downplaying the seriousness of it.  However, at the same time, they've offered to pay the security researchers more than they've ever paid anyone ever before. It appears to be a kind of a keep quiet type thing.  That is what it looks like is going on here. 

So what do you do? If the if you are a cloud service provider, and you have a mixed load, you have to turn off hyperthreading, you have to. If however, you have a desktop computer or desktop computers at your office, and you're using advanced malware protection, like what we use from Cisco, I'm not talking about the crap, you know, the semantic the Norton stuff, okay, that that doesn't count, okay, that will not protect you. But if you have AMP, and you have a properly configured, next-generation firewall that's monitoring all the data coming in and out. You're relatively safe. Okay, so I'm not telling you you're safe. I'm not saying you don't have to worry about it. I'm just telling you, you're relatively safe for those people who can't afford to get a significant cut in your performance. There you go. So, Intel is trying to get you to buy more machines.

Man, I do not have time to finish the rest of these.  You guys are going to have to visit me online at I'm going to post this audio up there for you. So, that you can, you can listen in. 

This whole thing about anonymous remember these activists with the Guy Fawkes masks, and man, this is a very, very big enormous deal. It's amazing. So I'm going to talk about anonymous activism, where it is? Where it started?

We've got a big wake up call for Grads, and I'm going to talk about that one as well, the class of 2019. 

Wearing Glasses, If you do use computers, this is a quick one. So we'll do it right now. Get the blue-blocking glasses, and they look a little bit yellow when you look at the lenses. I use blue blocker reading glasses for when I'm on a computer. 

There was a very cool study that came out of Amsterdam. We already knew blue light from screens is hugely disruptive to your circadian rhythm, to that clock in your body. Well, it turns out from this study, that if you wear the blue blockers, it has virtually the same impact on sleep as turning off the devices, entirely. So there you go. A little bit of good news for everybody, right there. 

If you have a Huawei phone, I'll talk about this on my website at Craig And there we go. 

So anyhow, check me out Craig I have a lot of great information there for everybody. 

We're doing more courses and more free master classes. So check it out Craig 

Have a great day. And we'll be back again next week. 

Take care, everybody, Bye-bye.



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May 22, 2019

Craig is in the WGAN Morning News with Ken and Matt. This morning, they talked about a lot of things. Craig discussed the benefits of intermittent fasting. They also talked about the Israeli bombing cyber hackers, Jeff Bezos getting into the business of freight services, and hospitals pushing device makers to improve security on medical devices.

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Airing date: 05/22/2019

Intermittent Fasting - Microsoft Warning About Patches - Israel Responded To Hacking By Bombing

Craig Peterson  0:00
Good morning, everybody. Craig Peterson here, welcome, welcome. Hey, if you watch me on YouTube, or maybe you attend some of my classes, or you're one of my insiders that I do coaching with, you might have noticed that I have lost a quite a bit of fat. I'm going to say, not necessarily weight, I have lost weight. I've lost a lot, 30, 40 pounds. But I've also put on some muscle. And you might be wondering why and how. I've had quite a few people asked me that are, you know, getting security coaching from me. Well, I am doing something called intermittent fasting as well as my wife. My kids have been doing it. It has been just amazing for general health. So this morning, I was on with Ken and Matt, I guess Ken had disappeared during this segment. But he had been talking about doing some intermittent fasting a little earlier in the morning. And I was so I got in and I explained what I will learned about intermittent fasting and diabetes and various types of diseases, including cancer. Some Nobel Prize material that had been presented to a Nobel laureate just a few years ago, a major breakthrough in science of medicine. So I talked about that this morning. And of course, we got into all of our weekly stuff as well, including a major warning out this week about Microsoft and doing some of the updates. You know, should you, shouldn't you while we talked about that this morning as well. So here we go. And of course, you'll find all of this at

Matt Gagnon 1:38
Again 7:38 on the WGAN Morning News with Ken and Matt. It is time to talk to our friend Craig Peterson. He joins us at this time every every Wednesday, and this is no exception of course. Craig, How are you this morning?

Craig 1:53
Hey, I am doing great. You know, we got to talk about one of my favorite subjects you guys are talking about a little earlier today, too?

Matt 2:01
Yes. What is that subject, sir?

Craig 2:02
So my wife and I have been doing intermittent fasting for over a year now. And I've read seven books on the topic. I follow a doctor out of the University of Toronto really closely, Jason Fung and he's a doctor. He's been a kidney doctor for the all a very long time. And he was tired of all of his patients dying. And of basically one thing, right, the whole insulin problem, diabetes. And about three years ago, there was a Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded to a Japanese researcher who discovered and really documented something called autophagy. And autophagy is the process whereby your cells repair themselves, but your body only repairs itself at one time. And that's when your fasting. So for instance, Matt, you know that you your mom probably told you time and time again, you got to get your sleep, right, give your body a chance to rest and repair. What are you not doing when you're sleeping? You're not eating? Right? And so it was really interesting to me, it started to click and so I read at least a half a dozen books on the topic and looked into the research, read some of the Nobel laureates writings on autophagy and follow Jason Fung who has been able to cure 1200 of his patients have diabetes, including the most severe types of diabetes. Now you got to be careful if you're diabetic, and you're thinking about fasting, intermittent fasting. Make sure you talk to your doctor. But with autophagy basically fixes almost everything. And then a side effect of it all is that you end up losing weight as well, and my wife and I, we've combined lost over 100 pounds over the last year, we are feeling better than I'm feeling better than I can remember in decades now. She is too, but it's absolutely amazing. So from a guy, you know, 10 years I was a volunteer paramedic, so I don't play a doctor on the radio. But I've read a lot about this, it's been very fascinating to me. And once you're trying to do is two things typically Ken. One is you want the results of autophagy, there's a study that just came out of Cambridge, about a month ago by a researcher saying basically, if you fast seven days a year, you it's almost impossible for you to get any type of cancer, because the autophagy clears those cells out of your body there. It's fascinating. You should research it. But taking your vitamins, it's still recommended to do that. Absolutely. But if you're eating less than about 500 calories a day, which you would be if all you took was your vitamins, you're on what's called a fasting mimicking diet. Now you got to be careful about restricting your calories because a calorie restricted diet causes other problems with your body and doesn't actually help with the fasting or the autophagy. What you're trying to do, bottom line here is stop the insulin reaction in your body. You want to slow that down. So eating anything like eating six meals a day, according to everything I've been reading and including what Dr. Fung has been talking about six meals a day is almost the worst thing you could possibly do. So don't snack. When you start out. Well, what we did for months with something called a 16. Eight fast, so we fasted for 16 hours a day. So if you finish your dinner at 6pm, 6am, the next day, there you got 12 hours with no snacks at all, you just drink water basically, or black coffee or tea, and then you don't eat until noon. So basically skip breakfast, you now have fasted for 16 hours and your body has had a chance to repair itself. It's fascinating stuff. After 24 hours of fasting, again, no food, no snacks, just some water and you know clear stuff, no sugars at all. After 24 hours, most of your immune system gets replaced. Your T cells, these white blood cells that protect you if they get rebuilt and replaced. And it's just fascinating, fascinating stuff. I read a bunch of scientific papers on this, as well as a whole bunch of books and studied some diets and things. Ken I absolutely love it. It is the easiest thing we have ever done from any sort of a diet. We've done, you know, bunches of them in the past, and they've all had various results for us. But this intermittent fasting thing has been amazing for us.

Matt 6:59
Well, this is the health hour with Craig Peterson. And he's talking with us here talking about all things technology and health related. So let's actually turn our attention a little bit to the technology side of things, if you don't mind. So Microsoft is warning us that there is a gigantic monster evil, malevolent force out there, a computer bug, and we should pay attention to that. So tell us a little bit more about what this warning is.

Craig 7:22
Yeah, I sent out another warning yesterday too, that was a Microsoft based one. But here's what happened. Intel, our friends member we have Intel processors CPUs in most of our computers. That's not true of your Samsung phone,Matt. It's not true of your iOS devices there Ken. But Intel processors, it's been found have another extremely major security vulnerability, I hate to have to say that again. And in order to completely block that computer vulnerability, you have to turn off something called hyperthreading, and that causes a 40% performance penalty. So we've got Apple's, Cook is very very, very upset with Intel right now, it's going to cause some more tensions between the two companies. Microsoft released patches for this, as has Apple, all the major manufacturers have released patches for this Intel bug. You will notice your machine will slow down afterwards. But I've got to warn you because Microsoft had 19 severe rated patches that they released this week. You know the Patch Tuesday thing. Be very careful because it breaks machines that are running so folks antivirus as well as some other software out there. So if you have not applied the Microsoft patches from this month's set of patches, don't do them. My Microsoft is calling them a monster computer bug. This is very big. And the likelihood that you're going to get nailed by it right now is kind of low. So be careful, Microsoft issued a warning that they are causing what's called the blue screen of death on Windows computers. So this is one time, you probably don't want to apply the patches quite yet. But you're definitely going to want to apply them.

Matt 9:21
We're talking to Craig Peterson, our tech guru. He joins us on Wednesdays at this time to go over what's happening in the world of technology. And Craig, Equifax got a data breach of course and a lot of their customers information was was taken and there's some huge data breach there whatnot. Apparently that has cost them dearly. Cash wise, what happened?

Craig 9:41
Yeah, this is I was just bemoaning Equifax because look at the insane ruined 145 million people's private data, you know, it got released, and some of it was extreme private data. And it was due to the fact that they didn't patch right, they had a six months old patching problem. And really no heads rolled over this. And that kind of upset me too. They just weren't doing anything right. But now we found out because Equifax just had their earnings report last week, we found out that they have they've spent they said more than $1.4 billion because of the breach and that's paying people, covering people for having their credit monitored, etc. And by the way, that does not include the money they keep they paid to Ken and his cohorts. So the 1.4 billion does not include legal fees. So I don't know if I should consider that any form of justice. But yeah, Equifax has paid and paid I would say $1.4 billion, and plus legal fees. This is probably they paid kind of dearly for this. I hope they have changed their practices. You know what people, this reminds us get back to the brass tacks. When it comes to security. get right down to it, make sure you are doing the patches, just wait this month for maybe another week or so for Microsoft to get its act together. But make sure you patch make sure you have the 321 backup stuff in place. Make sure you are taking care of the fundamentals. 

Matt 11:25
And Craig speaking of justice, you mentioned the word justice. One of the little tidbits that caught my attention was this. This, this news item about Israel actually bombing cyber hackers or cyber, I don't know if you want to call them cyber terrorists, whatever. So this is a this is sort of a this is a new front on on, I guess the the general idea of welfare, warfare, excuse me. And it's it's historic and different, new and a lot of ways. So describe this to us.

Craig 11:59
Well, it is it. We know already the IDF, the Israeli Defense Forces, they return fire when Hamas sends rockets over the border and stuff. And apparently, Hamas has been very aggressive against Israeli targets on the cyber security front. So they apparently track down where these Hamas cyber operatives are working out of. And it was a group called HamasCyberHQ.exe is what they call themselves. And the IDF came out with with a statement on Twitter that said, following our successful cyber defensive operation, we targeted a building where Hamas cyber operatives work. HamasCyberHQ.exe has been removed. And in Twitter they posted a picture of a U shaped building with the right side of it colored in red. And that apparently was a section that is now wiped off the map. So kinetic conflicts is what it's been called, which I thought was really kind of cool. But yeah, apparently Israel has decided that cyber warfare, it should be treated the same as any other type of warfare. And they took them out with good old fashioned explosives.

Matt 13:20
And speaking of taking out that's a good segue or not, but Jeff Bezos is undercutting and taking the knees out of FedEx. He's going going after them directly. What's happening there?

Craig 13:35
Did you see this pictures?

Matt 13:36 
I did.

Craig 13:37 
Bezos on this big John Deere right, front end loader. And yes, this is really fascinating, because of course, Amazon keeps trying to cut costs. We've talked about that before. And one of the things that they are doing right now just last week, outside of Cincinnati down in Kentucky, because they're right on the border, he's building a 3 million square foot parking garage, he's building his own airport, they're going to call it the Prime Air airport. It hasn't a parking garage for 100 cargo jets. Amazon doesn't own anywhere near that many right now. And he is launching his own freight delivery service. extensively, we're assuming here to be able to move Amazon products around the country. He's putting that one and a half billion dollars into this and saying this is going to create about 2000 new jobs. But as you pointed out, FedEx and UPS have been hauling this stuff for him. So I don't know, maybe it's rubbing a little salt into their wounds, because this is going to hurt their businesses.

Matt 14:45
Indeed, it is. Craig we have maybe a minute and a half left here. So a quick question here to wrap up here, hospitals, device makers and proving security following cyber attack. So you hear hospitals and cyber attacks and gonna freak me out a little bit like health records and everything else like what's actually happening here in a couple of minutes?

Craig 15:03
Yeah, well, we know health records are especially two years ago, it was the year of the medical cyber hack. Right now what we're seeing is US hospitals very concerned because there was a test done on CT machines and others in the hospitals. And it found that they were very vulnerable to hackers. And that's extremely concerning. Think about what might happen, if you have a had a radiological machine, an x-ray machine that was compromised, and they compromised them throughout the country. And now they're holding people's lives, literally at ransom, because they're saying, Hey, we will overdose people on x-rays. It's a terrible thought. And hospitals are now pushing back to device makers saying we want to know everything about those devices. We're buying, what operating system is inside of them, and go further along the lines. And we've seen that before too even in manufacturing facilities. Some of these devices even are still running Windows XP. These are not just a black box. It's not just sitting there doing nothing, right? It has a computer in it, everybody. We've got to protect it. And so hospitals are really pushing the device makers now. 

Matt 16:18
Yeah indeed. All right. Craig Peterson, our tech guru joins us at this time every Wednesday to go over what's happening in the world of technology. As always Craig, we appreciate it and talk to you again next Wednesday, sir.

Craig 16:29
Take care. Bye. Bye.

Matt 16:31
Thanks a lot, Craig. Alright, so we're gonna take a quick break here.

Craig 16:33
Hey, if you're interested in having me, I was thinking maybe do a little quick masterclass on this whole fasting thing. Maybe put a little support group together because I know it can be tough. I don't know. Let me know if you think I should or if you have any other questions, just And you know if you're interested, look it up. Study it a little bit. This is free, right? Who's going to pay for TV ads to do something for free, right? Nobody. This stuff just works. I'm just fascinated, amazed by it. Amazed how good it is, how good it's been for me, and how good it's been for thousands of other people that I'm aware of. I don't know what the ultimate number is. Anyways, Take care everybody. We will be back on Saturday. Bye bye.


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May 21, 2019

Craig is on with Jim Polito. Today they discussed hackers getting into medical devices and endangering people. They also talked about Huawei and the problems they are facing.

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Airing date: 05/21/2019

Dangers Of Medical Equipment - Why Huawei Is In Trouble

Craig Peterson 0:00
Hey, good morning everybody Craig Peterson here. I say good morning for a couple of reasons. One, it's morning when I'm recording this, and secondarily, most people listen in the morning. But we have some people that listen on the weekends only, some people when they're at the gym in the evening on the drive. So hello, hello to everybody. It's just good morning is such a nice greeting, I think. Here's what happened today. I was on with Jim Polito, we talked about the latest in the Huawei battle that's going on there, the second largest cell phone manufacturer in the world right now. And we are at war with them. It's a very interesting story. So we talked about that, as well as medical devices. If you're in the hospital, if you're in the hospital business. You gotta listen to this because we talked about what's really going on behind the scenes with some of the cyber issues that are present with our medical devices. So here we go with Mr. Jim Polito.

Jim Polito 1:01
He is one of our most popular podcasts when we put his segment up because people want to know what he has to say. And I am talking about our tech talk guru. And good friend, Craig Peterson. Good morning, sir.

Craig 1:17
Hey, good morning, Jim. I loved it. I saw the sun yesterday. It was warm. I'm happy.

Jim 1:23
You know, aren't Canadians, the descendants of vampires. I mean, don't you guys have trouble if there's, if there's you know, more than say 12 hours of sunlight in a day? Don't Canadians have a problem with that? When it really impacts their health?

Craig 1:42
You got it backwards actually, because it in the summertime the sun never sets.

Jim 1:45 
Oh that's right.

Craig 1:49 
In the wintertime it never comes up. You see. So yeah, you got it backwards. Yeah. But But I will tell you this, that the veins do migrate deeper into the tissue so when summer comes it's a little much. My ideal summer day, it was always about 72 degrees with the sun out. Right. That was a beach day. 

Jim 2:16
Yeah. That would be a Canadian beach day. Actually, you know, in all honesty, that would be a beach day for me too, because I don't like it too hot. I can maybe I should have been born Canadian because I can't take that temperature a little bit more. And I would like all that sunlight during the day, you know, but I couldn't take it. Interesting.

Craig 2:35
We used to be out playing as kids, you know, back in the day when you had free range kids.

Jim 2:44
Free range kids. Organic, organic, free range kids.

Craig 2:48
Free range, pasture raised. Yeah. And we would be out. You know, we go out in the morning and on our bikes, and whatever we'd like kick the can and hide and seek and a little baseball. And in the winter of course you play hockey, but but because it's the law up there. But you know, going out in the daytime having a good old time. And I remember one night we were out playing and it was it. My mom came hunting for us, which she never did. Right. So she wouldn't see us after about 7:00am. And it was like 10:30, 11 o'clock at night. And it was still light out. Right. And she was out there trying to, where have you been all night? We've been playing, yeah, because you just didn't know. It's such a different world.

Jim 3:30 
It is. it is. Well no, and people this is the time of year that people begin to go on cruises to Alaska, because you have the midnight sun. And no, I would like that. So here's what I don't like, you know, I'm in the hospital, and I'm hooked up to a machine. And all of a sudden Vlad, from Eastern Europe, hacks into the machine. And whatever that machine is doing for me, he decides to change it or I've got a medical device implanted in my body or I use one for myself. It's not implanted me. I mean, these types of things. You You sounded the alarm years ago, that that the the medical information hack was going to be the new battle ground. And now is it medical equipment hacks?

Craig 4:21
Yeah, this is a huge deal a lot of people really aren't aware of there's there's some peripheral, you know, understanding of it. And you've got some too right? You mentioned medical devices, the heart pacemakers for the people have. Those, many of those are hackable and how it's been demonstrated that they have been hacked, or a big study late last year that happened to over in the UK, looking at some of their gear now. And they found CT machines that were imminently hackable, you know, we had Wannacry last year, we're kind of worldwide, it's still out there still kind of floating around. And it costs the UK health service 150 million dollars. But it isn't just hacking the computers on your desktop, because there are computers everywhere. We have clients here that are in manufacturing. And they've got these huge machines that are out on the floor that that do various types of cutting and drilling and different parts of the manufacturing. And people don't really sit there and think well, what's inside that machine? Well, this one client machines they've had now for probably 20 years. And you know, they fix them when something goes wrong. These machines are multiple, multiple, multiple millions of dollars to buy new. And in some cases, you can't even get them new anymore. Like for instance, a big shaft for a ship, there's only one machine in the country that can make these big enough for our larger ships. Well, those machines that this client that called us into to fix their problem, we're running Windows XP, and they had them all hooked up to their networks. And they had a flat network. So things spread across their network. So when we're talking about the medical devices, everything from infusion pumps, biopsy, imaging tables, the CT machines I mentioned, have computers in them. And most of the time, we're talking about a manufacturer of a machine, in this case, a medical machine, not a security company. So if it works, they ship it. So now here's what's happening, the hospitals are starting to freak out. Because these machines, let's say the CT machine gets compromised. The odds are really good that they you know, they're not getting into the CT machine, so that they can you know, empty the bank accounts because the CT machine doesn't have that information in it.

Jim 7:05
Or maybe just as a joke, like I'm getting a CAT scan of my head, and they erase the brain, you know, the doctor gets the results. And it's like, God, everybody was right. There's nothing in here. There's nothing in here.

Craig 7:20
I'm not gonna laugh too much. Because there's there's a classic case of a machine that had software that was bad and killed people.

Jim 7:31
Great. Oh, that's great. I'm going to the CAT scan machine and it basically turns into a microwave is what you're saying. Okay, yeah, so I'm like a bag of microwave popcorn. Great. See, that's why I am actually taking this seriously. Because when I saw this when you sent it to me, I said, this is important. And we're talking with our Tech Talk guru Craig Peterson about hospitals sounding the alarm, you gotta protect devices and equipment from hacking.

Craig 8:07
Remember, the federal government required under the HIPAA law and regulations that we automate so many systems that we move everything to digital equipment, so hospitals and doctors offices have been focused on that trying to get that done, trying to be safe. And let me tell you what a nightmare that still is out there. And they haven't paid attention to this. So now hospitals are demanding from the device manufacturers information about exactly what's inside each one of these machines. Are you using a version of Linux an embedded Linux, an embedded Windows, a full Windows or some other operating system? What are you using inside of these machines? What version of it and the hospitals are now working on tracking what versions of software they have, so that they can demand from the manufacturer when there's a known vulnerability that that vulnerability gets fixed. And hospitals have gone to the next level? And they're going to people like me, saying, Hey Craig we have a potential problem here. We have a machine, we don't know what's in it. And we don't know how valuable it is. And so we do what's called a penetration test against the machines. Are do these machines have any vulnerabilities that are known that can be easily penetrated? So really, what we're talking about now is our hospitals having to become security experts in order to keep their equipment online, at the very least. And secondarily, make sure that these machines aren't compromised in such a way that it could really adversely affect patients health.

Jim 9:48
Wow, we're talking with our good friend Tech Talk guru Craig Peterson. About the well, all the news in tech. But this is one of the big ones protecting us. How about Huawei, I always pronounce their name wrong. They're basically the big Chinese company that, Huawei, thank you, manufacturers. equipment, basically communications equipment. And the President said, Whoa, I've got an executive order here. I don't want these guys producing stuff. Well, one, I think it's part of the terror of war. But the other part of it is, I think the Chinese are sneaking stuff into the stuff that they build. Shall I use the term Trojan horse?

Craig 10:41
Yeah, that's an appropriate one, frankly, because we do have companies here in the US that have received Huawei hardware and have found code in there that is malicious.

Jim 10:54 
Yeah, see? See? Yeah.

Craig 10:56
Now was it put in because Huawei, remember now people forget what a socialist government is. And China is a socialist government. They're communist government, which is a type of socialism. And everybody there works for the communist government, right. And so they are trying to have a leg up on us. They want the first shot over the bow to be fired and the next war to be a cyber shot, because it's just easier to deal with it harder to track down. So President Trump put a bit of an embargo in place against Huawei in the US. Now we've had one for over a year, when it comes to military equipment, even US military bases, they can't sell Huawei. But now it's gone even further. So what happened was Google was the first company to step forward here. And this was just yesterday, I guess it was, stepped forward and say, Hey, listen, we are no longer going to provide Huawei with the Android operating system. Now remember why we just passed Apple to become the second largest cell phone manufacturers, sales in the world. So it goes Samsung and Huawei, so they can't get Android. And if they can't get updates for Android operating system security updates, that anybody that owns a Huawei handset or other piece of equipment, like what you're talking about the stuff that runs some of our networks, is in big trouble. So just late yesterday, President Trump came out and said, Okay, well, Google will let you give Huawei security updates so that they can be dispersed to people here in the US and around the world because everything that's important. But man, we are, we are in the middle, not just of a sanction war here. But this is part of potentially a hot war that could erupt with China.

Jim 12:52
Yeah, you know, like you said it, I've heard it from others, World War Three has already begun. The just, it's just going going on in the cyber world. Not not, it's not traditional warfare. It's going on in the cyber world.

Craig 13:07
It's behind this behind the scenes, but we just got to make sure people back to basics, back to basics, the basics you need to for your security, and you'll be ahead of the game.

Jim 13:18
All right, and you'll be ahead of the game if you stick with Craig Peterson our Tech Talk guru. And if you text My name to this phone number.

Craig 13:28
855-385-5553. Just text Jim to 855-385-5553.

Jim 13:38
All right, standard data and text rates apply. And Richard, I mean excuse me, looking at the name Richard and talking to you. Isn't that great? Isn't that great? I can't do two things at once. Again, thank god Craig Peterson can. And Craig will not try to sell you stuff, hack you, whatever. So anyway, and Craig you are one of our most popular podcasts. And of course, folks if you want to hear anything more out of this, we will podcast it for you after the show. Have a very good day Mr. Peterson. Take care.

Craig 14:17
Thanks. Take care, Jim.

Now back to basics as we talked about in there. Remember what we're talking about when I say back to basics, I am talking about making sure that you have your 123 backup that you have your grandfather grandson, son backup, make sure that you've got also your WiFi secure your network secured, that you have some anti virus some anti malware that you have detection software running on those machines that you keep your machines absolutely up to date with the latest patches. I usually wait a week okay, so not necessarily up to the second. And once that's all done keep an eye on it all those are the basics. And don't forget about it. I have a course. I thinking about releasing a back to basics course. I don't know what you guys think. Let me know, Take care guys. Talk to you tomorrow.


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May 20, 2019

Craig is on with Jack Heath this Monday morning. Today they talked about the Fort Worth kidnapping and how the Ring doorbells helped save the victim's life. They also talked about Microsoft's monster security bug, and how Amazon is expanding their freight services.

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Airing date: 05/20/2019

Ring Doorbells Can Save Lives - Microsoft Monster Security Bug - Amazon Expanding Freight

Craig Peterson 0:00
Hey, good morning everybody. My computer died, you're not gonna believe this. Wow. Also was on with Jack Heath this morning Microsoft had big monster security bug, computer bug, Jeff Bezos, we talked about a little bit this morning. And these Ring doorbells and others are they something you should use? Yeah, my computer, I have a Mac Pro that I've had the, you know, 2013 was the last time they really updated this thing. And mine's been just giving me nothing but problems lately. And you know, yeah, I went through all the normal stuff you try and reinstall, you reset the computer, you go back to default, you do all of the things you're trying to really see if maybe something else is going on because it's just kind of wacky and slow. So I decided i'd order another CPU this would be an upgraded one. So 12 core CPU, which is really kind of cool. And just upgraded I get about 50% boost because it's an eight core right now. So we took it all apart. Then you know we have all the tools to do it and the static control, stuff you need and everything. And we opened it up and right up, man I couldn't believe this, that the top of the chip of the main processor, of course it's right on a heatsink and it very cool heatsink. If you've never seen a Mac Pro, you gotta check this thing out. It kind of looks like a little trash can. But they did an amazing job with the cooling on this. So right at the top in the center. It is melted. Yeah, the copper from the heatsink is melted right onto the chip and the heatsink itself has a hole in it. It is absolutely astounding. I have not seen this sort of thing in decades, frankly, because Intel chips are pretty good about, at least it used to be, about slowing themselves down if they were overheating. They're not supposed to melt copper. And it was just absolutely amazing. So I took it down to the Apple Store. It's out of warranty right now. And hasn't been for probably a couple of years. And we took it down and told them about it first, called the business team at the store, they're always really helpful down there. And they set up an appointment for us. We brought it down, they had to look at it and they they had never seen anything like this before. And to me it's an obvious manufacturing problem. There was probably a contaminant in that goop that you put in the thermal heatsink goop between the CPU and the the basically the cooler, let's call it that, okay, the heatsink. And what probably happened is that's probably where the hole in the heatsink came from, is it did not have really good thermal coupling, and ended up melting. And of course subtle cause all kinds of weird ass problems with the computer. And that's probably what I've been experiencing now for a few years. So it was really kind of an eye opener. And now they're gonna charge me I found a new heatsinks for this computer. And remember, this is kind of a fancy computer. So the heatasinks I found were $400 for a new one online and refurbished on eBay bathes 120 bucks, which isn't too bad. So we were thinking about doing that before we took it down. But Apple said that if it would be 250 bucks, and they would do reattach the GPUs and get the CPU all set up properly. Now that's a really good deal, frankly, because whoever touches it last owns it right? So I didn't I would have had to have removed the GPUs these are the graphic processing units. Mine had two high end GPUs in it. Or I guess it does have right? Now past tense. And so they'll have to remove those, clean those off, put mount them properly with the right heatsink material on to that new heatsink. And I'm going to put them, I'm going to give them that brand new CPU and put it in the machine and then they will mount that up as well and then put the whole machine back together. So I should have a machine that's good for me for the next few years again, so knock on wood. I don't know how long it's going to take Apple to come up with the new Mac Pro. There's been some kind of artists renderings of what people would love to see. We really don't know what Apple's going to do yet. There's supposed to have been one last year now they're supposed to be one this year. Their rumors are in fact there's even a statement from Apple that'll probably be next year. But you know for now, if you need a real high end Mac get the iMac pro which is really a nice machine. But anyhow, so that's been my little, what do you want to call this journey over the last week? Very interesting to me anyways, okay, so here we go. Let's get into this morning's conversation with Mr. Jack Heath.

Jack Heath 5:12
In terms of our on demand podcast, but joining us now on the Auto Fair listener lines, our regular contributor our Tech Talk guy Craig Peterson on this Monday morning. Good morning Craig

Craig 5:21
Hey good morning. Boy this has been a busy week in tech everything from Jeff Bezos going and building his own airport starting last week, all the way through huge security problems this last week as well.

Jack 5:36
You know, I'm going to come back to Bezos and Amazon but real quick, you know, this Fort Worth kidnapping story this morning. Michael Webb suspect extensive criminal history. That's a good thing but kidnapping an eight year old girl who was walking with her mother, you know, extensive criminal history of the suspect. But you know Craig these doorbell videos? Are you a fan of these? These? These of the right on the this? I don't know the company but you know the video right and right in your front door?

Craig 6:02
Yeah, there's a few of those out there. And the biggest one right now has had major security problems. Turns out all of the videos that have ever been recorded, were available on the internet for anyone within the organization to watch it anytime. But yeah, there was more and more of that. And I think it's kind of good. Frankly.

Jack 6:22
I was gonna ask you if you're a fan of them. Yeah. Because in this case, apparently, all these things sort of helped put the pieces together to get the suspect or at least figure out what happened.

Craig 6:32
Yeah, well, these Ring doorbells are probably the ones you're thinking of, they're very common out there. And their video doorbells, you can get different models anywhere from 100 to $200. Some of them get even a little more expensive. And the whole idea behind them is they have a built in video camera, they also have a motion detector. So that when someone comes up to your door, you know that there's somebody there, or maybe they're dropping off a package rather than doing something else. Some of them record all of the time. And there's even a feature on it, so that you can link your doorbell in with other people in your neighborhood, so that you can kind of track things. So if something like this does happen, whether it's someone who's grabbing packages from the porch, a porch pirate, you know, packages that don't belong to them, or heaven forbid something like this kidnapping, you can look at other people in your neighborhoods videos as well to try and figure out what might have happened.

Jack 7:30
Alright, so getting back to Mr. Bezos, is it just me and who am I to say this, but you know, it just seems that some of these, I don't maybe they get bored running their own company. But you know, when you have Amazon, and it's, you know, the robotics and the you know, the way they're marketing, you know, what you say is like doing his own airport wants to do this or go to the moon, you know, or fly to Mars, what, at some point do the is that? Is that problematic for the company's future or not? I mean, that's speculation. It's a speculative question.

Craig 8:00
Well, look at what's happening right now in New Hampshire with Amazon. We have now same day delivery in much of New Hampshire, certainly in the southern tier for some of the Amazon products. That's getting to the point where it will be same day delivery. So what Amazon needs is a way to deliver to our homes quickly and inexpensively. So they've already cut a lot of the contracts with the major carriers out there. They have a setup right now, where they are paying people who are working for Amazon currently, to go and start a delivery company for Amazon, you have all these individual contractors, so they're trying to keep costs under control. And now what they're doing is they're building right outside Cincinnati, a 3 million square foot airport. This thing's going to have a parking garage on this airport for 100 cargo jets. So the FedEx and UPS and these other companies that have been hauling for Amazon are no longer going to be hauling. Amazon is going to keep getting more and more of the costs under control. And we're going to end up with a two hour delivery which is already available from Amazon's Whole Foods division, you know the grocery store so you can in much again of New Hampshire, you can order something online, a food product and have it delivered within two hours. So that's what he's aiming at. These drone deliveries have not been working out too well yet. They're still really a few years away before it really starts happening. So you entering your question. Yeah, they are looking at a company like Amazon, they are trying to increase the deliverability of the goods, decrease the time, decrease the cost. But you have companies like Facebook, that are now into robotics are building new robots and tying them into AI and doing all kinds of weird things. At least Bezos seems to be sticking with selling and delivering.

Jack 10:04
Far being from  me to question him and the guy's been you know, seemingly brilliant and even survived his they say an expensive divorce. All right Craig, what else, before we let you go, a Tech Talk tip. 

Craig 10:16
Oh, this is an absolutely huge one, we found out Intel really messed up again. And pretty much any computer made since 2011, that uses Intel chips is vulnerable to this new, nasty nasty one of the worst hack, hackability problems out there. So Microsoft has 17 critical patches this month, including some patches that will fix some of these Intel problems. But in order to be completely secure here, Jack, you're going to lose 40% of your performance on your Intel chips. And this is something that is driving Apple leaving further away from Intel. So expect in within the next year or so to see Apple Computers probably switching away from Intel in maybe even entirely.

Jack 11:05
Alright Craig, I appreciate all the Tech Talk. Thank you very much on this Monday morning and you have a great Memorial Day.

Craig 11:11
Take care. You too, Jack.

Craig 11:18
By the way, everybody this week's kind of a busy week, we are repositioning our websites looks like we're going to change the email provider and stuff. So things might be a little iffy here over the next few weeks. So you know, keep that in mind. Right? I might not be as regular a podcaster as I have been, or email or website updates, but we'll see how this all ends up going. So anyways, have a great week as we prepare for some amazing things that are coming your way we're going to have some little mini courses and other things to we're going to make available to people anyways. Have a great day and week I should be back tomorrow. We'll see. We'll see how things go. Hopefully I don't have another computer, bite the big one on me. Take care bye bye


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May 18, 2019

How can big enterprises protect their networks from all this iOT that is being brought in? Listen in and I will explain.

Isreal has a unique take on how to stop hackers.  Wait 'till I tell you how their solution. 

More Fall out from the Equifax Hack!  It was completely preventable.

What happened in Northern KY this week? Big News there and it involved Jeff Bezos atop a big John Deere Tractor.

Patch Patch Patch -- Intel has Monster computer vulnerability.

President Trump issued an Executive Order against Huawei this week. Listen in to see what I have to say about that

Do you use Mcafee - Norton?  Big news on them this week so be sure to listen in.

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Airing date: 05/19/2019

Today I will be discussing hospitals and the new approach they're taking to cybersecurity and why they are pushing manufacturers to give them access to their source code. And is Israel bombing hackers. Then more on the fallout from the Equifax hack. And Big news out of  Amazon Jeff Bezos is going after Fedex and UPS. Intel has Monster computer vulnerability and President Trump issued an executive order about Huawei. Big hack on security av manufacturers Mcafee - Norton this week.

0:01 - Craig Peterson

Here we go.

Welcome. Welcome, Craig Peterson here. Of course, we have a lot of technology to talk about. And always, always read a little bit of security as well. So we're going to get right into it today because there is a lot to cover per usual we're going to be talking about hospitals and the new approach they're taking to cybersecurity. I'm going to tell you what one of my clients did to really make their whole hospital chain even safer. In fact, they were very safe, to begin with. Right, so I guess that’s easy. 

Israel, you know, they've been bombing but man, you haven't heard about this. 

What happened with Equifax after that nasty breach? They had you think they didn't pay a penalty? Well, in some ways they didn’t. But we’re going to talk about what ended up happening here with Equifax based on their earnings report. 

Jeff Bezos has been out on the road in a big John Deere Tractor, what's that about? In fact, I was just out by where he is at just a couple of weeks ago.

Microsoft major warnings coming out from all of the major computer manufacturers this week, we'll talk about that. And Apple how fixing this problem if it thinks Intel might cost you a 40% performance penalty, and White House cracking down on Huawei

And anti-virus makers? Do you have Norton or McAfee or Symantec? Oh, you gotta hear this.

So here we go with Tech Talk with Craig Peterson. 

Now, if you want to watch this, you can watch it online, we are streaming this on YouTube, we're putting it up streaming on Facebook, as well. 

So I'm going to be showing some copies of some of these articles as we go through this. And in some cases, obviously, it might be a little difficult if you listen to me on the radio or podcast to kind of figure it out, but I'm gonna do my best I can to describe it all to you as we go. 

Well, it has been a busy week for so many people out there. And I'm showing an article right now, talking about hospitals, this has been crazy. The infusion pump, you've seen these before, right? in hospitals, you get an IV in your arm, and they hook it up with an infusion pump. So that now you can get a drip IV right now. So we used to do this in the ambulance all the time you took it up, you'd obviously you'd have to set the IV up, you'd have to get get a needle every go into the arm, sometimes you'd even have to go as far as the hand, depending on where the problem was and how much fluid they needed. Anyhow, these devices were invented right here, Manchester, New Hampshire. Not too long ago, go Dean came in, of course, that was his first big product.

And if I remember the story, right, his brother was a nurse, and they're trying to figure out how do we make sure that the infusion pumps are working properly, and we're getting the right dosage of the right medication to the patient? Well, those devices are controlled by what they are controlled by computer. How about all these other devices they have in the hospitals? No, hold on a sec, I'm going to move something real quick. Here behind me so that you can see that screen behind me. Here it goes, hopefully, the screen will come up right.

In the hospital, people doctors are performing biopsies, you have the MRI machines. Nowadays, almost everything in the hospital is hooked up to a network. And I remember the issues that I had with one of our clients, Steve was the IT manager for our rather large hospital chain. And he was trying to figure out what do we do? How do we make this stuff safe? We have all these people that are going on getting their email.  Now we've got all the IoT devices, right? The Internet of Things. What do we do with those devices? How do we keep them all secure? And what he ended up doing is actually follow my advice. And we split up the networks, he found that it wasn't as scary as he thought it would be. It wasn't as hard as he thought it would be. And it wasn't as expensive as he thought it would be. Because nowadays you can lease a lot of this equipment, the prices have come down. So he was able to really secure the whole hospital chain. It's not just the hospitals, you remember, you have doctors offices affiliated with the hospitals. So they were responsible for it and for these doctors offices as well. It kind of goes on and on from there. So we now have our friends in the hospitals being very worried about what is going to happen. We have these massive cyber attacks that have been happening worldwide. 

We have, of course, financial institutions that have been hit. I have another client, Lucille was trying to figure out what to do because she was part of a global network and a worldwide Corporation, and how do I protect myself from other aspects of the corporation, how to protect myself from my clients and everything else. So you know, I did a bunch of training with her helped her out as well. 

But that's what hospitals are doing. They're trying to detect weaknesses. But remember, it isn't just in your networks anymore, because it's one thing to segment them out. As I explained in my course, on network segmentation, it's important to do that. But now hospitals are demanding that they see right into the devices that are being connected to the networks. So they're asking even for software, they're saying, Hey, guys, you need to give me access to your source code, which you know, how many software companies are going to be happy about that.

But that's what they're doing. And that's what they have to do. I have a manufacturing client who has all kinds of equipment on the floor, some of that stuff is still running Windows XP. So we had to set up special firewalls right in front of the equipment to protect the Windows XP. And, in this case, she was able to understand how to really do that, because they have to be individually protected.

Because she wasn't about to pay, I think it's like $30,000 a year right now, from Microsoft per XP machine that you want patches for right.

And there's no way she could have afforded that. So we went a little bit of a different route. And we put an individual specialized firewall designed to protect the Windows XP machines that she had. That's all well and good. 

But when you're talking about all of these embedded systems, how do you even know what has what? What's running Linux? which version of Linux? are they running? what's running Windows? which version of Windows? are they running? What can I do to protect it? Does it have a database server in there? Does it? Does it just have a very basic application? Is it going through some middleware? Is it calling home is trying to get updates? Is it bringing the software in? Does it have a backdoor? Think about all the things you have to know in order to make sure your network is safe. And that’s what my whole course cybersecurity DIY is all about, right? How do you know all of that?

So the hospitals are now demanding admission to really admission to the innards of the equipment that's hooked up in their networks. And I think that makes a lot of sense. They're going beyond firewalls, they're looking at all of these different devices that are out there. 

Who owns a piece of cybersecurity, if this piece of equipment gets hacked, whose fault is it? Who has to clean it up? And what's the cost of Boston Scientific have began to add some features disclosing more about the product. And frankly, I think everyone's going to have to do that if you are a manufacturer. If you make something that has to do with software or hardware, right, I'm not just talking about making widgets.

If you sell something that has some sort of embedded intelligent, if you're not already telling your clients what's in it, you need to be and you as a client need to be holding these vendors responsible for some of these issues than that, you know, you might end up having, frankly, due to the security problems that they can pop up from all of us, right. So keep an eye out for that we're going to be covering more of course, as time goes on. And Patrick got a really great article, you know, talking about this very thing right now because it isn't even just the operating system.

It's the processors, it's the chips that might control the network. It's you know, the wireless chips that are in them.

We've got a big vulnerability will be talking about here in just a couple of minutes. 

So let's, let's move on to our next one here. And this is Israel.

We know that they have been under attack from Hamas for some basically forever since their founding. And there have been a lot of rockets flying lately, I have a friend that videographer for CNN, he's over there. He said some pictures of himself, standing there trying to figure out what it is that he needs to be doing taking care of to keep himself safe, right. 

And, you know, there are some things you can do some things you can't do, frankly. But all of those rockets flying, this was a bit of a surprise to me, you can see the article up on my screen from national 

But last weekend, the Israeli Defense Forces claimed to have flattened a building used by hackers from Hamas. Now we've talked before about our friends and our North Korea and how they have a whole huge budget set aside for what set aside for hacking. And they have one of the most advanced hacking teams in the world yet North Korea, they send their people over to Western schools to learn about this, then go back and they steal billions of dollars. 

It's amazing when you try and follow the money. And we did a special FBI infer guard webinar that I ran talking about some of this and how they're moving the money around. So it's a very, very big deal.

So, what's cheaper to buy some missiles and lob them over to Israel? Or have your people go to school, learn how to hack, go online, and pay as little as $20 for a ransomware tool?

What's What do you think is cheaper, right? These missiles, I don't know, what that costs thousands of dollars, right? The big ones probably hundreds of thousands of dollars, versus a $20 piece of software off the dark web. 

I think the answer to that is pretty darn obvious, right? The $20 piece of software is going to be a cheaper way to go. And nowadays, most anybody knows how to install software and run it. And some of this software, if you want to pay as much as $100, you can completely pre-configure the software. So the tools you put in your email address how much you want to hold the machine for ransom for how to contact you how to probably get tech support there even our tech support companies that only deal with the hackers and read somewhere that you can hire to take care of it for you. 

So, Israel saying wait a minute, now Hamas is coming after Israel. They're not just lobbing these missiles anymore, these bombs, they are now hacking us. 

So according to the IDF, and there's a photo that accompanies their tweet, it was showing this U shaped building. And it was colored in red presumably indicating where they were going to be attacking from this drone. That was overhead. But IDF didn't provide details on all of this. 

You know, what was Hamas exactly doing with the cyber attack? And exactly how did Israel find it right there. Some things they do keep secret and they kind of need to. But they blew up the building that they said that the Hamas hackers were in? So, how's that for a different way to do it? Right. 

Pentagon's got these new high tech crap weapons like the F 35. How about it getting hacked? I remember an article from a few years back saying that the computer chips that they had ordered, that were to replace some of the chips that were in our defensive and offensive weapons. Our military weapons, these weapons were specifically for a jet aircraft, that used those chips were embedded with malware. And that we kind of found out about it by accident, almost. You know, we did testing and things and we found, wait a minute. Now, this isn't doing exactly what it's supposed to be doing. And they had been manufactured in China who got involved and had messed around with some microcode. And before you know it, we're installing defective chips and not only the effective but chips that may be hackable or shut down double remotely. Right?  This is a very, very big deal. 

So, something to be concerned about. And now Israel is responding apparently to a cyber attack with a bomb and just blew them up. Interesting stuff. 

Well, let's go on to the next one. I don't know how many people are upset by this Equifax security breach that happened? I know I was. I've talked about it a lot I did in another webinar just last week, I think Yeah, aired it. In fact, this just this last week, it was with Laura Lee. And we were talking about how she got involved with cybersecurity. She's been in it for a while now. And she got involved because of this hack. This hack here, I'm going to put it up on the screen, you can see this whole article. But it was a security breach that basically gave up all of the information about everybody in the US. And a lot of people I think almost everybody in Canada, and the much out of the rest of the world, right? 

Not a fun time. And it was Equifax and I was really upset with them because they're basically nothing happened, right? A couple of people were resigned and one or two were fired. And, and, you know, I'm not saying that Equifax does this, but I can say that a lot of companies have it people who are in charge of security. And their security plan is I have in my drawer here, my letter of resignation and my resume.

Because if anything happens, I'm going to be fired. So I'm just going to resign and walk out and find a new job.

And why does that happen? That happens for a few reasons. One of the big reasons, frankly, is that they can't get the budget to do what they need to do. And that's what I'm trying to do with some of this training, right. That's why I have these in-depth training on different parts of cybersecurity. I don't have any training's going on right now. But that's why I do it. 

And some of these are very exclusive, obviously, because there's information that's confidential, and some of its even slightly classified. We don't usually get into real classified stuff.  The IT security department can't do what they need to do. And they don't get the support they need but from management. So, what do you expect them to do? 

So, Equifax got hacked? And let me tell you the examinations of Equifax and what happened is a basic security course. If they had followed what I teach in my course, the hack would have never happened. It was that simple. 

That's how badly Equifax messed up. So are they out of business? No. Did they go to prison? No. Right, what happened? They found a scapegoat and they fired a couple of people. Well, this week, Equifax published its earnings report, and they're saying that they had a $1.4 billion expense, plus legal fees. 

So, in some cases, Equifax was providing people whose information had been stolen. They were providing them with credit monitoring. But you know, the bottom line here, that's a lot of money. And then think of all the legal defense costs here. They exploited a vulnerability that was well known. It just goes on and on. A hundred and 45 million people in the US, the UK. Names, social security numbers, birthdays, home addresses, credit score, dispute forms, credit card numbers, driver's license numbers. Absolutely amazing. And apparently, by the way, this was last year, there were reports that this hack was worse than we initially thought and worse than what Equifax told us. So how's that for fun? Okay, so, yeah, Equifax, they had to pay a bit of a penalty. But you know, who paid the penalty? The stockholders who had to cover that expense? I bet you it was closer to $2 billion. When you add in all of the legal fees. 

Now, I'm going to show you this picture. I think you might like this one. Do you recognize this guy? This is Jeff Bezos. And he is standing on a massive John Deere tractor in an article from TechCrunch here. Why is he standing, you know, on a front loader, with a hard hat on? Well, here's why. 

This, man, this is going to at least it should, scare the daylights out of companies like FedEx, Amazon, you know, they, they about 50% of all retail now is going to Amazon and numbers are just crazy. of the online stuff. It's just nuts. So, Amazon is doing a few things right now to help out right help their people out, to help their business out. 

One of the big things Amazon has done recently is that they are giving people who are current employees, who are interested, they're giving them cash and paid time off to start their own delivery business. So, that’s competing with everybody from the US Postal Service, through FedEx and UPS and, and these delivery companies that have been around for quite a while. 

Well, now, they broke the ground last week on a 3 million square foot prime airport, outside of Cincinnati, just across the line in Kentucky. Now, I want to put this in context here. What does a 3 million square foot airport look like? Well, bottom line, what they're doing is they are building a parking garage that can hold 100 cargo jets.

So, it looks like Mr. Bezos is absolutely going to be not only delivering to your door that last mile as it were, but he is going to be flying his own airplanes via his own airport and doing the delivery. So, he's really going to own the whole thing. This is Amazon, of course, he doesn't have 100 cargo jets, yet. But it is part of the company's logistics ambitions here, man. If anybody's going to pull it off he is. According to Bezos, his tweet, Amazon's investing $1.5 billion in this effort, okay. That’s real, real money. Let me just kind of scroll this up. So you can see this article a little bit, right. It's, I'm showing a couple of pictures here. There he is with a pile of dirt behind him with his tweet. So he's looking he says he's going to be creating 2000 new jobs. Isn't that just amazing? So Amazon's encroaching on the core business now of FedEx and UPS, as well. Of course, the USPS, the US Postal Service. They're not in business per se, but it's going to affect them as well. 

Okay, we got to get on to this one. We are running out of time quickly here. Huge bug week this week. Absolutely huge. Now, those of you who are on my internal lists here who get my subscription for the security newsletters, you know about this already, because I sent this out right away. 

But for everybody else, you got to know this need to know this right now. I even sent it out to my regular mailing list this week. 

Microsoft is warning of this monster, monster computer bug this week, Microsoft announced Tuesday one of the several high profile computer companies to do it and included Apple and many others. 

So let's do this pretty quickly. Bottom line, we have a couple of things happening right now, we've got a major security problem with Intel processors, almost every processor Intel has made since 2011. You heard that right. Almost every Intel processor made since 2011, has a major security problem. 

And Apple, I'm going to pull this article up too.  Apple is saying that bottom-line if you want to protect yourself against yet another Intel CPU flaw, you're going to lose 40% of the performance on your Apple Computer. This isn't an Apple problem, by the way. This is across the board. If you are using a Windows computer, and you want to be completely protected, you're going to lose about 40% of your performance. Because hyperthreads, Hyperthreads are a huge problem right now, because of this particular problem. It’s just crazy here.

And then we've got other flaws that in Microsoft just talking about this week,

I think there was, Karen, 17 this week for Patch Tuesday?

This 74 with along those critical ones 19 critical flaws Microsoft is fixing in Patch Tuesday this month

That's out of over 70 total patches that they're applying. So here's your bottom line. If you have a device that has Intel, anything on it, you are going to want to apply patches, right away! 

All of the major manufacturers have patches out already. Apple's got theirs out, Microsoft has theirs out for Windows, It’s a very, very big deal and you got to take care of this and take care of this quickly.

So okay, patch, patch, patch!

If you haven’t been patching, and I know this is a problem, right. That's why I have the newsletter that describes these problems when you really, really need to patch. Because how many of us are really, really patching, right? 

We wait until we have to because stuff breaks, I've got work to do, I can spend two hours trying to do the patches. That's why we do it for so many clients, we actually take care of it all remotely, for them. All of the patches get applied and everything just automatically. But that's not most people and I understand why you don't want to do it and why you can do it. You just don't have the time to do it. But, right now you've got to do it, right. So, give it another week or so frankly, because you never know if the patches are going to work as well as they should. So far the Apple patches look good. The patches from Microsoft are out there. So questions, right? Wait about a week, and then by next weekend, make sure everything is patched up. 

Now if you have an iOS device, an Apple iPhone, or an iPad, or you have one of these smartphones from Samsung, or almost anybody, very few of those have the Intel chipsets in them. 

However, some of them do have licensed software from Intel does have the same problems. So patch patch patch, okay. This the week to do it. No question about that. 

Okay, I'm gonna pull another one up here on the screen with a couple of minutes left here. Huawei this is a Chinese manufacturer of all kinds of technology, one of the technologies that they are providing right now is 5g for the new cell phone. The new era of cell phone data connectivity. And a lot of people are very worried that because Huawei is the primary provider. We could end up in a huge, huge mess out there. I mean, huge. And the reason for one of the main reasons for the mess is Huawei, of course, like every company in China is controlled by the Communist Party. Yes, there are still communists, there are still socialists in the world. It's not just Bernie Sanders, they are worldwide. And they control the country and the money.

Just like I said a little bit earlier, is it easier for Hamas to hire some hackers or to lob some missiles, hackers. So, we are very worried about what Huawei is doing, very worried, about them being almost a sole-source for some of the 5g technology out there. President Trump just cracked down on it all. So, when this executive order from him this week.

We got a confirmation and a denial from Symantec and McAfee. Oh my gosh, here. Apparently, they were both hacked. There's an advanced intelligence company out in New York. And we put this up on the screen, so you can kind of follow along. Who is saying that, indeed, these two companies got hacked? The hackers known as FX MSP are said to be offering to sell the stolen data that they say they stole about 35 terabytes worth of data from these, I don’t want to call them security companies, so I don't know, security software manufacturers. Obviously, they're not that secure. Right. 

But if this is true, $300,000. Gizmodo who's reporting this has not confirmed it yet reviewed any of this allegedly stolen documents, but we'll see what happens. And you already know, you know me fairly well, that frankly, I’m not a fan of either one of those companies. So no big deal there. 

Alright, well, I want to thank everybody for being with us today. We really, we're going to have to kind of disappear. Because guess what? Time is

up. Time is over. I appreciate you being with us this week. Make sure you go online And we've got a whole new website coming your way. So keep an eye out for that as well with more information. 

Man, this is going to be really good. We’ll have more courses, more classes. We've got to get you up to speed. So I'm taking some of the stuff I've been doing for the FBI infragard. And we are incorporating it into other classes trying to keep you guys up to date with the information you need. 

Right, not the fire hose that we get.

So have a great week and we'll be chatting with you next week. Take care.



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May 15, 2019

It's 7:38 on a Wednesday, Craig is on with Ken and Matt. Today Craig gave Ken some instructions on how to upgrade his Windows machine. They also talked about the Pokemon region in the brains of the adults who played the game as kids, and how Facebook is a government protected monopoly.

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Airing date: 05/15/2019

Risks Of Upgrading Windows - Pokemon Changed Our Brains - New Google Privacy Feature Coming

Craig Peterson  0:00 
Hey, good morning everybody Craig Peterson here. This morning, I got to answer some questions. I helped Ken out with how to upgrade his Windows machine. Gave some, I think the best advice possible when it comes to an upgrade. And it's not just upgrades for Windows but we talked a little bit about Mac, I gave him some hints on what to do, because on his Mac, he's got windows seven, as well as Mac OS, he's got to get to Windows 10. So we talked about that. We talked about a Pokemon region in the brain of adults. Now this is kind of cool, too. And why is Facebook a government protected monopoly? What's that all about? And Google, automatically deleting our data? So all of that and a couple extra things too this morning with Ken and Matt. It was kind of a fun time again today. What a week. Alright, guys, we will be back Saturday with our weekly radio show wrap up. Take care of and I have a big warning too but you'll hear that right near the beginning.

Matt Gagnon 1:05
He's back ladies and gentlemen Craig Peterson, our tech guru. He's at this time every Wednesday. And it happens to be Wednesday at this time. So he's back again. Craig, How are you this morning?

Craig 1:18
I'm doing great. How are you guys?

Ken Altshuler 1:19
You know, the other day I was going to email you because I had a question. I forgot what it was. But another question has come up since then you have recommended everybody should upgrade to Windows 10. Correct?

Craig 1:30
At the very least Yes. And there's a huge, by the way, a huge I mean, how does President Trump pronounce it? There's a huge which is a new pronunciation, security vulnerability on every Intel processor made since 2011. I mean, we haven't had anything this bad in like for ever. So those people that are on my email list and my text list are going to get a link today with more information. But this came out yesterday. And all of the major guys Microsoft and Apple have already issued patches are there they're working on they've got them done. They should be out soon. But this is we've never seen anything this bad before. Thanks Intel. But of course your iPhones are fine. And other Samsung Galaxies and anything that's not using an Intel chip is ok. But this is like the hugest security problem we have seen I think maybe in a decade or two so anyway.

Ken 2:43
So when I upgrade to Windows 10. And is it something I can do or do I need somebody who knows something about computers like Matt could do it for me?

Craig 2:50
Well, if you can't handle...

Matt 2:53
He says this in the wake by the way of me having to clean up his computer last Friday.

Ken 2:56
Evidently I had asked Jeeves on it. I don't know how I put it on and they really made fun of me and and I was ashamed. They shamed me.

Matt 3:06
He was shamed. 

Ken 3:08
So I used to think I was somewhat tech savvy for an old man. But is it something I do myself?

Craig 3:15
I knew you had that it was coming. I knew that you had that sound bite.

Matt 3:19 
I got it on ready all the time.

Craig 3:21
Well, if you can't handle tabs on your browser, I think there's a little bit of a clue there. But here's the here's the bottom line, here's the recommendation. If you aren't going to upgrade to Windows 10. And this is true, particularly with Windows, but really kind of any operating system. Here's what I do, I don't upgrade, what I do is I make sure I have two backups of my computer. I do a virgin install, I do completely wipe the computer, reformat the hard disk, and particularly with Windows. And then I get it installed, I get it all patched up up to date. And then I get the newest versions of the software that I had been running. And then I restore my files from backup. I don't restore the whole backup. 

Ken 4:15
This is not going to happen. For me to do that is impossible. Just so you know.

Craig 4:24
So you need help then. We knew that. You need help with your computer then Ken. And yes, absolutely. And here's why I do that. And here's why I recommend people that have the ability to do it, do it. There are, and this is kind of a technical term, but there are turds all over your computer. Okay. The Ask Jeeves.

Ken 4:48  
Matt fixed that for me.

Matt 4:49 
I did. I got rid of it.

Craig 4:50
Yeah. Yeah, he got rid of it. And all these plugins remember when people were installing these bars on their browsers, right? Probably Ask Jeeves, yeah, don't do that people including today. But there's just all of these remnants from over the years that are there things are partially configured, the poorly configured. Your Windows machine crash right in the middle of updating the registry, all kinds of things happen there's a power failure, which never happens in Maine. There's a power failure when you're doing something and that messed up stuff just enough so the computer works but some things get weird and get slow, etc, etc. So that's why I recommend you just do a from scratch install, and then restore just your files. Now Apple is a little bit different. Apple can still have some of these types of problems. Apple doesn't use a registry, it has a much better system. But like even with that, there are different types of problems with your computer. So when you do an upgrade on the apple, it takes some liberties and cleans things up on your behalf. But every two or three or four major releases of Apple operating system, I advise people to make sure you've got at least one good time machine backup, which is the built in backup software with Apple. And with Apple, you can have two or more copies of your backups. So have two USB drives, plug them in, put them both on time machine, leave it alone for flow, you can use the computer but leave the backup alone for a few days. It'll backup everything. You'll have two copies, and then do a from scratch install. And then with a time machine backup, you can just restore the user account information. So all of your files and things and and then just reload your programs to stuff. So it's really good. It's like a then we take it to your car into the dealer and get an oil change. You get your transmission fluid changed, the coolant changed, everything changed. It's a good idea to do that with your computers and the way you do it is to good backups and then that thing out and start from scratch.

Matt 7:11
Craig Peterson tech guru joins us Wednesdays at this time to go over what's happening in the world of technology. Craig I'm too curious to not ask about this one. The Pokemon thing. I mean, I so there's some people who played as kids have some sort of brain scan, the brain scan is revealed that there's a region their brain that essentially tells you that they played this game like explain this thing.

Craig 7:34 
Yeah. Yeah.

Matt 7:35  
And why is that? Like what happened?

Craig 7:36
Pokemon. Well, here's what happened. This is just amazing. This is specifically that now any Pokemon gaming when you were young, now, you know, you had to do a fair amount of it, right? But any Pokemon gaming when you were younger, throws this little switch in your brain. But they found that particularly people who played Pokemon on Game Boys from the 1990s, are apparently kind of very susceptible for that. It's kind of cool, because here's what happened. They did an experiment, they did a brain study with some of these people who played Pokemon when they were kids. And they wanted to know, did it affect their brains? And you know how many years we've been talking about stuff like this right? Violent video games. Does that make you violent as an adult and stuff? Right. And I know, Matt, you've been saying no, it doesn't, right?

Matt 8:35 
No, it does not.

Craig 8:36 
Yeah, exactly. So I thought. So they scan the participants brains. These were all self selected, and everything. You know how that goes. So this wasn't like the best sort of study in the world, showing them images of all 150 original Pokemon. And they were showing them eight at a time and they mixed in other images, like animals faces, cars, words, hallways, other cartoons. And what they found in experienced players was a specific region of the brain responded more to Pokemon than to any other images. Absolutely amazing. This was the, you know, the occipital region, which is the rear back of the brain here. It's the occipital temporal sulcus. I think it is. S-U-L-C-U-S. Some will know how to pronounce that. But it was absolutely amazing. And novices did not have this region respond in any different way to anything. So basically, Pokemon programmed your brain to selectively notice Pokemons more than anything else as part of a theory called extra sensory bias. And it suggests the size of the images and the types we're looking at. And even in your peripheral vision, by the way, will make your brain respond. So fascinating. You know, what, what does that tell us? I don't know.

Matt 10:07  
You got to catch them all. That's what it tells you.

Craig 10:10
Yeah. Exactly. So you've been programmed Matt, and you just don't realize it.

Matt 2:50
I'd like to make clear with the audience that I did not actually play that game growing up, but I am familiar with it.

Ken 10:20
We are talking to Craig Peterson, our tech guru joins us Wednesdays at 7:38. Is Facebook a monopoly Mr. Peterson?

Matt 10:27
What does that have to do with milkshakes? I guess I didn't follow that.

Craig 10:32
Wow, man, we could go on for hours. But here's the bottom line, not just milkshakes, Matt, but hamburgers. And there's a great example. This is an article that I have up on my website from Amgreatness. And Ray Kroc. Of course, you might remember the story of the start of McDonald's, right? A couple of brothers had a hamburger stand. And it was amazing. And so Ray Kroc visited them trying to sell milkshake mixer, and was wondering why they needed four up milkshake mixer for such a small stand. The story evolved into McDonald's and, and he took what they had done and license issues everything else in the legal side. So the point here is that with the way the patent laws are today, they go far beyond what most people think the Constitution requires. They now have patent laws that allow you to patent processes, business processes, for instance. And it's gotten to the point where companies like Facebook, have patents on things that were obvious next steps, that even the patent law says aren't supposed to be issued. But the patent office is so overrun their patent issuing patents for things that should never been patented. And so now you have companies like, like Facebook out there, and Microsoft, who have patents on things that may be shouldn't have been issued, I don't think most of them should have been issued. So they can have and they don't have any competition. You know, we have people being that deep platform, we have conservative voices saying, Hey, listen, we're, we're not able to make any money anymore, because YouTube has cut us off, Facebook has cut us off, etc, etc. We should have five different alternatives out there for people to go to if Facebook or YouTube or someone else does something that kicks them off. And they say, Well, fine, I'm going to like conservative Facebook called XYZ book or whatever it might be. But we don't. And a lot of the reason for that is the state of the patent laws. And I personally have said for a very long time, we've got to change them. With technology moving the way it is, we are hindering our progress in the technology world in a huge way, by allowing these corporations, big ones and small ones, to take an obvious idea patented, and then use the federal government to be there and for sure, for what's now effectively a protected monopoly.

Matt 13:08
We are talking to Craig Peterson, our tech guru who joins us at this time every Wednesday to go over what's happening in the world of technology. I guess the last question for us in the last couple minutes we have here Craig I'd love to ask you about about Google and deleting our data. This obviously sort of goes into privacy questions and everything we've been talking about recently in the online space. Will they be deleting my data? What do I need to know about this?

Craig 13:34
Yeah, you can manually go in right now and get a bunch of your data deleted manually. There's some simple on off controls for location, history, web app activity. But you have to go into your Google account constantly to delete it and ask for it to be deleted. So Google has a new rollout coming within a month or so that is called auto delete controls. So you will be able to go in and I'll let you guys know when this happens, right. So you can go and turn it on. But you'll be able to go in and say, I want to place a limit. And you'll have the amount of time Google you keep my history, my web, my app activity, my location, I want to put a limit on that. And you will get to choose between three months and 18 months, and the data will be automatically deleted on a rolling basis. So this is really good news. It comes in the wake of Facebook staring down at $2 billion fine, the largest in history, I think Google is kind of getting the impression that maybe we don't want all of our data tracked. So this is a good thing. I'll let you a little more when it happens. I'm also going to be putting info up on the top of my homepage today about this Intel vulnerability. It is huge. It's the worst ever. Update update update people. Bottom line.

Ken 15:01
Craig Peterson, tech guru joins us every Wednesday at 7:38. This not being an exception. Thank you very much. And I will let you know how my upgrade of Windows 10 by myself does next week.

Craig 15:12
So you're upgrading from XP. What are you doing?

Ken 15:15  
No. Windows 7 because I have a Mac it's on my VM Fusion side of my Mac.

Craig 15:21
Okay, so a little hint here, before you do this, because you're using Fusion, VMware Fusion, you can take a snapshot of your Windows machine before you upgrade it.

Ken 15:35 
How do I do that?

Craig 15:36 
Okay, you go into your fusion, and you click on the machine because you got a virtual machine, a Windows 7 machine, and then it has snapshot up in the menu at the top. And just go to snapshot and say take snapshot. And it'll it'll it'll completely preserve absolutely everything in your Windows machine. And then you can go ahead and do the upgrade and everything goes.

Ken 15:58 
Nice. I'm going to do that right you now. Thank you.

Craig 16:01 
You can roll back. 

Ken 16:02  
All right. Thank you so much. There you go.

Matt 16:02  
All right, ladies and gentlemen, that is Craig Peterson. American hero and friend of the show. Joins us every Wednesday at this time to go over the world of technology.

Ken 16:10  
American hero.

Matt 16:12  
American hero. Coming up at 8:08. we have our eye on politics team and Jeremy Fisher


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May 14, 2019

Craig is on the Jim Polito Show this Tuesday morning. Today the talked about the cost of healthcare, Google's new feature, and about Facebook being protected by the government.

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Airing date: 05/14/2019

The Real Statistics About Healthcare - Facebook Using Guns To Stop Competitors - New Google Feature

Craig Peterson 0:00
Oh boy, hey, Craig Peterson here. I don't know, would you call this a full pile? I'm not sure. You know, you have some people out there like Ann Coulter. Have you seen her book Shut Up And Sing where she's all upset about Hollywood, because these people that really don't know anything about a topic, go and shoot their mouths off, right? And, and they're just actors or singers. So just, you know, do your singing and get lost, right, you don't really know what you're talking about in the political realm. So I don't know that this morning. I was on with Jim Polito and he had been talking this morning about healthcare and what Bernie Sanders has been saying as well as other candidates running for the Democrat party nomination. And I just I could not bite my tongue. So you're gonna have to let me know what you think. Was this a shut up and sing moment? Obviously, I know what I'm talking about here and as you listen to the interview, you'll realize it as well. But it is so upsetting to me. So anyways, we talked about that. He got me going with Facebook again this morning. And you know the protections that Facebook has that most people don't realize you know that Facebook has, they're keeping competitors out of the market at a point of a gun quite literally. And a little bit about Google and a new feature they're coming out with that everybody should turn on and and once it's on I'll let you know about that. So anyhow, here we go with Mr. Polito. Make sure you send me let me know really I'm serious here. Let me know what you think was this at total full powers, is this something I should do? I know most of the people listening are tend to be libertarian, like I am. Some are conservative. There's some that are you know, confiscal conservative, and some are of you know, socially, not so conservative. And I get it this but this I think affects, I know, affects every last one of us. Let me know what you think So here we go with Mr. Polito. 

Jim Polito 2:12
Here he is. Uniquely qualified to explain everything you need to know in the simplest of terms, our good friend and Tech Talk guru. Former Canadian, Craig Peterson. Good morning, sir. How are you?

Craig 2:28
Good morning, man. You're talking about healthcare. They're like three topics this morning I got to talk to Jim about. But this is one that is going to kill people. People will die.

Jim 2:40
Yeah, I mean, tell us about Canada. How lovely it is.

Craig 2:44
Oh, I do not have you you know, as you know, and many listeners might not but I was born and raised in the Great White North. And being from Canada. I have most of my family's still up there brothers, sisters, parents, uncles, everybody, aunts and people somehow point to Canada as being some sort of a great place and, and Bernie talking about how expensive it is here and we're going to cut costs and and your great explanation of hey, it's already heavily subsidized by those of us that do carry insurance. So I thought I'd just point out a couple of things Jim.

Craig 3:27
If you look up right now and I sent you a couple articles. I texted them to you, hopefully you got them. 

Jim 3:33 
No, we got them.

Craig 3:36
I sent them to the right number, not some, oh okay. Bottom line here, per capita healthcare spending in the US. Okay. So per person here in the US annually it's a little north of $10,000. Now, look at some of these European countries like the Netherlands, Austria, Austria, Belgium. It's half the spending it is here in the US. Now, what do you think it would be like in Canada, right. It's Bernie's talking about all these efficiencies you're going to get when you get the government involved when you don't have the insurance companies. When you don't have the competition. It's going to get cheaper. Well, in Canada as an example here, this is from the Fraser Institute out in BC. They are a nonpartisan independent Canadian public policy Think Tank. And what they've come up with here the average spent on a healthcare per person in Canada is almost 50% higher than the US right now.

Jim 4:44
I am, I am sorry, but that is that is impossible. That is impossible. That is fake news. You are making up those numbers. Mr. Peterson, I am sorry, but I have to hold you accountable.

Craig 5:00
A typical Canadian family quoted the Fraser Institute Vancouver, British Columbia will pay $13,000 for healthcare in 2018. That's what the bottom line was. And it varies based on how much money you make. Now this is actual payments, people okay. This isn't the government paying on your behalf. This is the hidden taxes and the direct taxes that goes specifically for healthcare and nothing else. So we're paying 100% more than most European countries, the average, by the way, in Europe is about $5200 a year. We're paying more than 10,000. And Canadians are paying on average, almost 13,000. That's $70 less. 13,000 a year for it. And some families in Canada, if you have an income outlet of $300,000, you are paying $40,000 in taxes for your healthcare, explicitly for healthcare. So government involvement doesn't make things cheaper. Now and to top it all off, the care in Canada My mother has had a pancreas attack here, pancreatitis, and so she's up there in a hospital. Now. You're not gonna believe this, Jim and Bernie, there's no way he's gonna believe this. She spent three days on a gurney in a hallway, in the hospital, she needs an MRI, but they can't get her one. The waiting list for MRIs  is longer than some people's life expectancies that need them. This is my mother. And they're paying 50% more than we are. 

Jim 6:51
Yeah. People just don't realize, all you have to do is look at the registry of motor vehicles and say, okay, these are the people who are going to be running my healthcare. Man, seriously.

Jim 7:04
By the way, with all due respect to a lot of fine people who work for the registry, because I know fine people who work for the registry with all due respect there, though. No, no, absolutely, absolutely not.

Craig 7:16
It's the efficiency of the registry combined with the heart and soul of the IRS.

Jim 7:23
Wait a minute, that deserves a... (RIMSHOT)  Alright, let's, I  appreciate that. And that's good,

Craig 7:29 
Sorry about that. I had to say something.

Jim 7:33
No, I'm glad you did. We're so glad that you did. Now I want to talk about a couple of things and you said you had some stuff you wanted to talk about. But I want to talk about Google. I have been erasing all of my Google history and and going through all the different things. And I have noticed that I'm not getting those annoying ads for the last thing that I looked at online or the last thing I searched. And that you know, they keep telling me, Jim, this isn't, you know, it's not going to help with your suggestions, but I don't care. I know what I want. I'll look for it myself.

Craig 8:13
Yeah, it's I think this is great news. Okay. And I frankly, I think this came from Facebook, you know, staring down the highest fine ever in US history. And so what Google has been doing, they've had for a while now, controls you can go in and you can manually turn things off. That's what you've been doing. Right?

Jim 8:33 
Right. Exactly.

Craig 8:35 
Here's what they're doing right now. They will within the next couple of months here probably as early as June. You can already go to Google account. There's simple on off controls for location, history, web and app activity. But what they're adding is auto delete controls. Because if you're searching for new pair of shoes, right? A there's nothing wrong with being ads for shoes. But you don't want to see that for the next six months or whatever.

Jim 9:04
I don't. I use that example earlier. Yeah, looking for a specific kind of loafers for the summer. And it's like, okay, I already got them, I don't need the ads anymore.

Craig 9:16
Well, they're gonna have a rolling delete function, you can choose a time limit between 3 and 18 months, after which all of the data is going to be automatically deleted on a rolling basis. That I think is great. Yeah, it's a little bit of a privacy thing. It's a balance really, between absolute privacy that Apple afford you and what Google and Facebook have been doing. I think it's great. So keep an eye out for that. We'll make sure we'll let you know when, when that actually happens. So you can turn that on,

Jim 9:50
That is good. We're talking about Craig Peterson, a tech talk guru. At the end of this segment, we're going to give you a number and other than the Canadian stuff unless you want to include it in that that stuff that you texted me. He'll give you everything we talked about today and more. An d I will explain to you how to do that. Craig, Facebook, you know, I am a free marketer. Facebook, people have been talking about busting it up about the monopoly busting. First of all, I don't know how you, you do busted up if you wanted to. But what are your feelings?

Craig 10:31
Well, I think it could be for instance, they could split out things like some of the advertising, marketing, and you know, they've been buying various apps and things. There's ways to break them up. But personally, I think we've got two basic problems here. One is the government, if you're too big, you are too big to fail. And so businesses don't look at it and say, well, if we paid two billion dollars to buy this other company, that's going to hurt our cash position, or maybe it's not going to be worth it. Maybe we're going to go out of business and lose our phony baloney jobs on the board of directors. Okay. So we come in and we bail out companies. So that's the first problem. And therefore they continue to grow, grow bigger and bigger. And then the Anti Trust Act, and it comes in the government says whether or not they should be able to merge. Free market, they probably should be able to do whatever they want to do, but let them fail. Okay. Number two, the biggest problem I have right now with Facebook and many others is in Facebook is being protected by the federal government, not just from failure, like if they were really hurting financially, but they are being protected because of the way our patent laws are written now. Remember, they were rewritten not too many years back. Right? And the Constitution, they it says that Congress is supposed to promote the product, rest of science and useful arts by securing for limited times the right to their discovery, writing. Okay. So what the government's doing now is they're allowing Facebook to say, Well, you've got a business process, you've got a way of selling advertising, you've got a way of connecting families and people together, etc, etc. So the government is now enforcing the monopoly. So you can have another little Facebook come up. So right now you you've got somebody that is kicked off of Facebook, demonetized on YouTube, whatever it is. problem was, they would go to a different platform, and they'd be often running, there shouldn't be a half a dozen Facebook competitors out there right now that are doing quite well. But because of the way the patent laws are written, and they don't need to be this way, they are not conforming with the basics of what the Constitution says. But because the way they're written, Facebook can take their lawyers, can sue the company to death very, very quickly. Yeah, so they're just not bothering to try and compete. We've got to take the right to an invention, codified that in law, but an idea is not an invention. The next logical step in software is not an invention, you can tell upset about this, because I had this happened to me. I've had Microsoft do this sort of thing to friends of mine. It's a terrible thing. And it's resulting in a real bad situation in the economy for consumers.

Jim 13:30
I couldn't agree with you more. I could not agree with you more, because it's just that I think it you know, like people talk about where's the conservative Facebook? Where's that? Where's their Facebook for that? We know that when you do a Google search, there's evidence to suggest that you're going to get CNN, you're going to get CNN, New York Times, and you're going to get the Washington Post, even though those are not the sites with the most volume and that's just not fair. And there should be competition in that market. All right. We're out of time Craig but we're not out of material for the listeners. If you text my name to this number.

Craig 14:21
855-385-5553. That's 855-385-5553.

Jim 14:25
You will hear from my passionate friend Tech Talk guru Craig Peterson. And he'll provide this information to you. Standard data and text rates apply, and he will not annoy you and he won't sell your name to somebody who will try to sell you a supplement. Okay, so don't worry about it Craig, great segment. Thank you so much for your time.

Craig 14:49
Hey, thank you. I'm gonna climb down off my soapbox and get back door.

Jim 14:52
No. You get on that soapbox anytime you want a great job, Craig, thank you very much.

Craig 14:57 

Jim 14:57 
All right, a final word when we return. You're listening to the Jim Polito show, your safe space.

Craig 15:03
Whoo, I think maybe I'm finally calming down a little bit. Well, it got me going. Anyways, have a great day. We'll be back on tomorrow. Take care everybody. Bye bye.


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May 13, 2019

Craig is on the Auto Fair listener lines with Jack Heath. Today they discussed the Pokemon region in the brain as well as what's going on in the Middle East.

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Airing date: 05/13/2019

Saudi Ships Attacked - Brain Scans Reveal A Pokemon Region

Craig Peterson 0:00
Hey, good morning, everybody, Craig Peterson here. Well, have you wondered what's going on in the Middle East and some of the technology we're using and maybe China or Russia may end up using against us. So I talked about that this morning with Mr. Jack Heath, as well as a Pokemon region in the brain. My goodness, the things we've been doing to ourselves and we had no idea. So here we go with Mr. Jack Heath.

Jack Heath 0:28
Alright joining us now on the Auto Fair listener lines for a quick Tech Talk update. Our guy Craig Peterson host of Tech Talk. Craig Good morning. How are you?

Craig 0:37
A Good morning, Jack. You know, we've been talking about some of the tariffs and how it might be hurting individuals. It is worrying our tech sector, I think for a very, very good reason. We've got like Qualcomm, Broadcom have more than 60% of the revenue generated in China. And then we have the other side of this companies like Apple that has most their stuff manufactured in China. So we are going to see some increases in the prices of some of these goods. But the other thing that I think might be good from all of us, Jack is there are quite a few companies now that are looking to their manufacturing from China, to Central America as well as to Mexico. So we're gonna see some real shifts because of these tariffs. 

Jack 1:24
Yeah, right now President Trump his economic advisor Larry Kudlow said they're gonna hold the line and I guess China's already responded saying June 1st, they're gonna respond with some terrifying. Alright, we also have some tensions around the world in the in the Middle East, we have a Saudi Arabian oil tanker saying it was attacked, headed to the US. And of course, we have increased presence here worried about Iranian aggression. We have a Venezuela military, one of the leading military folks who have been really the only wall stopping Nicolas Maduro from collapsing, saying it's time to kind of rise up and then of course, North Korea, the reason why I bring up these foreign policy touch points. Craig Peterson, as you look at technology plays a role in everything I just discussed, because you have advanced military weaponry, advanced military aircraft, and naval craft, but also technology. And I'm just curious, when you look at the world today, it's a smaller place. We hear about things a lot faster, don't we?

Craig 2:18
Yeah, we absolutely do. And when when we're talking about technology and regular warfare, not this cyber warfare that North Korea and others are so good at. But we now have Russia and China with supersonic missiles, missiles that can shoot our warships right out of the water. So everything from the most simple little bomb that they can get up next to a wonder what warships through what might be happening now over there, where we have oil tankers that are being hit. All you need is just a small little skip a small boat with some explosives on board. And you can really slow down our international trade. But yeah, technology is huge. Were thinking about these things, we are monitoring them. But we also have our eyes in the sky over in the region that are keeping track of a lot of this stuff. And you can expect more and more as time goes on here, Jack.

Jack 3:13
All right. What else on your Tech Talk side catching as we head start off another week?

Craig 3:17
Well have real interesting studies that just came out about what's called a Pokemon region in the brain. You know, we have Pokemon who came in number two this weekend. And they did lean on people who played Pokemon as kids. And the researchers learned that these people that play Pokemon have a region of their brain that seems to be dedicated to recognizing Pokemon characters more than any other pictures. So it's interesting to think about, but my gosh, Jack, our kids are playing these video games, many of us are playing these video games. Who knows what happened to Justin when he was a kid? 

Jack 3:57
Well, that's a big question we've all been asking this week and last week and the week before.

Justin 4:00 
I could confirm this. My daughter and my little nephew, Nate can identify and there's like a billion Pokemon. They know every single damn one of them. And I don't know how they do it.

Craig 4:11
Absolutely amazing. But it looks like it's a physical change that has been made to these kids' brains. It's called it an eccentricity bias. I know I can say that. And it's really interesting stuff. Expect more in the future here as we age and see what really happened to us from playing all those video games when we were younger.

Jack 4:31
Yeah, and we're still studying Justin. That's right.

Justin 4:34
I'm exceptional. That's why.

Craig 4:36 
It will remain a mystery Right Justin?

Justin 4:37 

Jack 4:40  
All right, Craig. Thanks very much.

Craig 4:42
Hey, take care, guys.

Craig 4:43
Hey, I hope you guys all have a great week. I had. Of course, I'm going to be on the radio a few times and I have a couple of new things that are going to be coming out. So keep an eye out. If you have been wondering what you should do about your security, particularly with the summer coming up and you're not going to be around to guard your computers to guard the computers at the office, etc. We're going to be doing some training on that again, some free training so keep an eye out. Take care everybody. Bye bye.


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May 9, 2019

What do Insurance Companies say about Cyber Attacks?  It might surprise you.

What is two-factor authentication and should you use it?  Today I discuss my thoughts on this

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Airing date: 05/11/2019

Cybersecurity Breaches Are Your Fault - Can't Make Insurance Claim - Google's New Automatic Feature - Facebook Is Government Protected Monopoly

Craig Peterson 0:04
Hello, everybody, Craig Peterson here, Hey, are you a business owner? Do you work in a business? Are you may be a little concerned about cybersecurity? And maybe you have insurance for a hack. I know a lot of insurance companies have been kind of adding that type of rider on lately. Well, I got some news for you today. The whole thing here about two-factor authentication and Apple, you know, the most security you can have the best security is something you have along with something, you know. Well, that's what 2FA is all about. And we're going to talk about that, what Apple's doing, what you can do, and what we do ourselves and for our clients to keep data safe. Google, Oh, my gosh, they are doing something good. We'll tell you about that and how to take advantage of they're forgetting a promise that they've just made. A really interesting response here from this is a company we use called Duo and their CEO talking about cybersecurity today. And he says the businesses are doing a whole lot of it. But too much funding is going into cybersecurity right now. Because there's so much money that's getting into the whole cybersecurity realm. The CEO and founder or co-founder of a company called Duo, D-U-O, Security. They were bought recently by Cisco. And we were using them before Cisco bought them. It's funny. That seems to happen a lot to us. Meraki, we were Meraki guys. And then Cisco bought them. Duo guys, and many others, Snort and the list goes on and on. But he said that cybersecurity and the investments that funding going into them is way overhyped in a lot of breaches because we're getting the basics wrong. That is absolutely true. And I got to tell you that now. It's not overhyped in that you're not at risk, because you are we've seen the statistics, the hard statistics, even from people admitting that their businesses were hacked. More than half of all businesses say they have already been hacked. Okay. So that's not what he's talking about. He's talking about the money that's going into funding some of these cybersecurity startups. And I can really see this, I understand what he's talking about here. Because so much of the vulnerability that we have is pretty darn basic. And it goes back to passwords. And in the case of Duo Security, the whole concept of two-factor authentication. So here are the basics. In case you're wondering, we're talking about fishing scams. A couple more here. But phishing scams, of course, are those emails that come in that make it look like whoa, wait a minute, now. This is a legitimate email or it's not and then people fall for them. Right. So the basics are phishing, scam, stolen password, and employees using devices that are not up to date or patched. And that's what we really, really emphasize with our clients. One of the biggest services we offer is making sure the machines are all patched up. We do it right. So something messes up. You know, it's our problem and we take care of it.

Craig 3:42 
Stolen user credentials leading cause of breaches. We know about, for instance, Senator Maggie Hassan from New Hampshire and her staff member who admitted to stealing passwords using a keylogger apparently on this senators computer are they. I don't know could even make a movie about this, it'd be pretty boring, wouldn't it frankly. A good book about that, by the way, A Thousand Miles, look it up if you haven't read it already. But smart attackers are going after people now not just systems because that's where the money is. It's kind of the basics. Now, this guy is a very interesting guy. And let's talk about Duo here for a minute, we are the full disclosure a Duo reseller. D-U-O, you can find them online. And they have some very cool technology that we tie into these special fobs, these special little USB keys that allow us to identify ourselves and who we are. So here's what happens too. We have it tied into, for instance, our iPhones. So if we try and log into a system that's, that's privileged, you know, particularly something that has any form of customer information on it, the system comes up and says, Okay, I need to authenticate you. So it now sends a special message to our iPhone. And the iPhone has a thumbprint reader on it. So we have to unlock our iPhone. And then we're going to Duo, and Duo's telling us because it popped up on our phone, hey, somebody is trying to gain access. And then you accept it. You say, yeah, that was me, it's fine. And you give it your thumbprint and a code. And now you can log into that website, you can get on to that computer, you can use that software. DUO is just absolutely fantastic. And frankly, it is crazy important for you to have something like this in your business. And that takes us back to what Apple is doing right now. Some people are annoyed by this, Apple's two-factor authentication. I don't know if you're using anything but remember what I just said the most secure way? Well, the most secure way of securing a computer is to unplug it, rip out all the wires and put it in a vault, right with no electricity. But if you needed to be able to use the computer, two-factor authentication works. And that's part of what Duo is providing here. And just texting, texting, phone numbers back and forth, doesn't cut it, by the way. It sends you a message and you respond because people can steal your phone number. And then life gets really complicated, doesn't it? It gets really competent very quickly. And we've seen that again. And again, people stealing, for instance, Bitcoin accounts, but also stealing access to regular bank accounts and tens of thousands of dollars have been stolen out of it. So what Apple did is this is pre-Duo, pre-a lot of these things, is Apple said well wait a minute, most of our customers have multiple devices. So when I logged onto my computer sitting right here in front of me today, it had a message because this is an Apple computer. And it had a little message and the message said, someone just started using your account on this day and time at this location. And this is the type of computer, was that you? And of course, it was me. So I said yeah, cool. But before I logged into this computer, and I was installing a brand new wealth new to me, right, it's actually kind of old MacBook Air. And I put my account on there and I put my Apple credentials on there. Apple sent a special message to my iPhone saying hey Craig somebody is trying to log on creating an account, etc, etc is this you? So with Apple's two-factor authentication turned on, every time you attempt to sign into an account, you're going to enter your password. And then you're going to receive a second security notification that might come through on your desktop, on your laptop on your iPhone, on your iPad on your iWatch right? Actually, Apple Watch, they should have called it iWatch.

Craig 7:59
And then usually it looks like a text message. It's not a text message. In this case, it's actually built-in, it's a utility part of the operating system, it gives you this six to eight digit code, and you entered into the website. Now in most cases, the websites are going to send you a text I already explained why that's a bad idea. And why it's a good idea to use Duo, it usually takes us a few weeks from start to finish to get a company switched over to Duo, because there's a lot of configuration that has to happen and training that has to happen. And you have to get the right little devices for people to use. But here's what you should do. If you have an Apple device, you should be using their two-factor authentication, because it gets around all of the problems you have with Android devices, for instance, that are receiving SMS messages again, that's what I use Duo, it works on Android as well. So make sure you turn it on, don't turn it off, you're going to get it's going to say Apple ID verification code. And you have to pull that up from another Apple device where you're going to click Allow. But what amazes me, frankly, is that there is a lawsuit going on right now and some people are frustrated and upset about this if you can believe it. So here are some claims in the lawsuit. Apple turned on two-factor authentication without his approval. This guy's name is Brodsky. Yeah. Well, he's trying to help you, you idiot. Two-factor authentication takes too long to set up. No, it doesn't. It's difficult to use. No, it's not. It can't be turned off. After using it for 14 days what logging into a device can take up to five minutes. Oh my gosh. So you might think that you shouldn't use it or simply turn it off like this Brodsky guy that's brought this lawsuit, and I'm sure it's just one of these deepest pockets lawsuits, just like these lawsuits that we're hearing about all the time. Oh, you offended me, you have to remove that because it offends me. Really? One person, a dozen people out of how many millions, we're not offended by that. Forget about it. Okay. But you know, Brodsky is correct that you only have a 14 day trial period. But that should be enough time to figure if you want to use two-factor authentication. And after that's passed that 14 days, you have to continue using it. So the bottom line to everybody out there, use two-factor authentication. If you can, don't use your cell phone for it.

Craig 10:35 
Now, let me give you a little insider secret that I've never heard anybody else talk about. But I think is really handy. You can get a phone number from Google Voice. Have you seen this? Again, another service that I used before Google bought it, Google Voice, they'll give you a phone number, it's free. Now they're going to record your phone calls and your voice messages. They take the voice message, they turn it into text and they text it to you it comes up in their app, it's really, really, really handy. Obviously, you don't want anything too confidential on Google Voice. However, here's the win, when it comes to a Google Voice phone number, or within many cases with a VOIP provider Voice over IP provider, when it comes to these numbers. They can't be stolen from you. Because there's no Sim, there's no little chip, a little SIM card that you put into the phone. That's how people get in around this. That's how people are stealing phone numbers. So if you use your Google Voice number for a website that does not support things, like Duo. So it doesn't support full two-factor authentication, you're going to be all set. It's going to be really nice. So little trick there, right? It can't be stolen it not the normal way anyway, they can't just do the cloning or duplication or try and get your sim move to another phone because there was never a sim there in the first place.

Craig 12:40 
While we're on Google and before we get to our little warning here about the insurance for cybersecurity and CIOs, I get another Google thing. This is from the Associated Press and it was published in Forbes magazine. This is a win I think for everybody. But you have to know about it. In order to take advantage of this. I'm glad they're doing this. Facebook here another story. They are a government protected a monopoly. And they certainly are. I've had problems with patent law for quite a while particularly when it comes to software and processes. You know, way back when there's a great story. It's up on my website, 1954, you've heard this story, I'm sure if you've ever taken a business class. Ray Kroc does that name ring a bell to you? Ray Kroc, K-R-O-C. How about Illinois? How about just outside of Chicago? Anyways, this guy Ray Kroc in 1954 visited a hamburger stand in Southern California. And Ray was selling milkshake mixers and was very interested in how these brothers Richard and Maurice, were able to sell so many milkshakes, this small stand, and I think it was they ordered a four milkshake mixer. So it did four milkshakes at the same time. So he started to look into this about more, a little bit more a little further. He was really impressed. freshly cooked hamburgers delivered to the customers based on an assembly line. Of course, we're talking about Richard Maurice McDonald here in case you didn't know and Ray Kroc decided, wait a minute now this looks absolutely amazing. It works, so well. Ray Kroc stole the idea. You know, he tried to work out a licensing deal and everything. We're not going to get into the whole story here. But the success of McDonald's led to Burger King, Burger Chef, Carl's Jr. Hardee's, Jack in the Box, that used to be one of my favorites when I lived in California, and hundreds of other small hamburger joints and of course, that led up to what we have today with Quoba and other different types of fast food restaurants. Well, the evolution of fast food in America would have been completely different if the McDonald brothers could have applied for a patent to claim exclusivity for the idea of using an assembly line to make hamburgers.

Craig 14:44
Intellectual property, you know, look at article one section eight of the Constitution. Congress was charged to promote the progress of science and useful art by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.

Craig 15:07
Well, the McDonalds brothers, McDonald brothers did not go for a patent. They didn't apply for this federal protection for their design because it was not a writing, or an invention. They just use existing technology more reasonably and more efficiently than others. And the way it's supposed to work in the patent office is that if something is an obvious next step in the evolution of a business evolution of a process, the evolution of a machine, it's not patentable. However, because there are so many patents being applied form because there's so much technology involved and so much knowledge they need patents are being given willy nilly, it's absolutely amazing. But the greater good was served by allowing businesses to reverse engineer these clever ideas that they saw in patents and spread it from sea to shining sea. Reverse engineer, not just things in patents, because of course, you have a certain amount of exclusivity. But people would take it, they look at the patent, they would modify it enough so that they could start producing something that wasn't covered by that patent. Well, today, fast forward to Facebook and Google and other social media platforms that are banning people for their political beliefs. And in reality, in a healthy society, in a healthy economy where we didn't have the type of crazy overextended patent laws that we have here. Facebook would have been reverse engineered 20 times by now. And people who were banned would have simply gone somewhere else. Well, instead of that our government and the way these laws are set up now is protecting Facebook and these other companies at the point of a gun. Right? Because it breaks the law, see what ultimately happens to those guys and gals that show up in your door? Do they have a gun with them? Or don't they right? So Facebook and other social media sites and other companies are government protected monopolies. They've been able to convince the patent office that their business and their business model is an invention that should be protected by intellectual property laws. Now we have the Department of Justice and the federal courts out there acting as strong arms, strong men, making sure nobody competes with them because they say, this is our business process. We have our process patent on that.

Craig 17:41
And then, of course, they have enough lawyers to protect it.

Craig 17:44
You end up with people like Mark Zuckerberg, who has a crazy, crazy wealth. But is he really helping to further even other sites that are out there social media sites, of course not? He buys them if they're doing fairly well. And he squeezes them, even when he's buying them. So Zuckerberg didn't invent anything, he didn't invent the computer, he didn't invent the microchip. All he did was started messing around with Atari Basic programming when he was a kid. to reward someone who's the first to use an invention to arrive an inevitable function only crushes the competition. And that's what we have today. So that's my word for today. Facebook is a government protective monopoly. And we have to change our patent laws. We've got to set it up so that these obvious inventions if you will, just aren't covered by it anymore.

Craig 18:48 
Okay, let's get into Google here, let's finished that one up. And then we'll get into the insurance and our big warning to Chief Information Officers and business owners. Google will now automatically delete your data for you. This just came out about a week or so ago. This was in front of the Google IO Developer Festival. That was last week as well. But in their security blog, the product managers for Google search and maps say that Google is going to make managing your data privacy and security simpler. So you can already go into your settings in your Google account, you can get simple on-off controls for location history, web and app activity, which I do I have that turned off. And you can choose to delete all or part of that data manually, which I've also done. First, I downloaded it because I wanted to see what Google had about me, right. And what's going to be rolled out now is what's called auto delete controls. So you can set time limits on how long Google can save your data, that going to be huge. They're saying that this is going to arrive within weeks and new controls are going to apply to location history, web browsing, Google searches, app activity data to start with, you're going to be able to choose a time limit of between 3 and 18 months afterward, the data will be automatically deleted on a rolling basis. So thank goodness. But remember, you can already manually delete it if you want. But the ability to delete automatically is long overdue, and I think it's going to help us right. I don't mind them tracking my searches and saying well Craig is looking for a new car, so I'm going to show him this ad because this new car is going to fit. But I don't want that following me for the rest of my life. I don't want to see the car ads after I bought a new car right? So being able to have that automatically purged I think is going to be absolutely phenomenal.

Craig 20:53 
You got to see this video. This I found this on Digg and I put it up on my website Wow, this is a video that was taken by a guy working inside a scam call center over in India. This is a webcam view that he shows the software they're using. You can listen in on some of the conversations. And this is in a city called Kolkata. I guess. K-O-L-K-A-T-A.

Craig 21:21
I don't think that's Calcutta, Kolkata.

Craig 21:25
And there's a group of scammers hunting for victims to swindle and what they do and how they do it. And you know what? You got to watch this again, it was a bit of a shocker to me. But these guys think that that they have just as much right to your money to your house to your belongings as you do. And they do everything they can to steal it from you. And why not? You're just a rich American. What do they care? Right?

Craig 21:50 
Okay, on to this. This is from Forbes magazine. Again, up on A new cybersecurity report is out there warning CIOs if you're breached or hacked, it's your own fault. Now think of that when it comes to cybersecurity insurance so many businesses have been purchasing. In fact, this is one of the topics I'm covering. UNH extension here to mastermind is the insurance side of cybersecurity. And what does it mean to you? What does it mean to me? The majority of businesses in the US and UK are still leaving their doors wide open to attacks. I'm going to be doing some training coming up here before summer. So keep an eye out for that on what to do how to lock up your business before summer comes okay.

Craig 22:41
But for all of this focus, we've had on cybersecurity, all of this money that's getting invested. Most of us are still incredibly overexposed.  It's just crazy. These attacks can wipe out your business entirely can stop it for maybe a few hours or, or something somewhere in between. But there was this new cybersecurity survey that was conducted by endpoint management specialists. And also some market researchers Van Bourne, Vanson Bourne. They questioned 690 operations and IT security decision-makers across the US and UK found that 60% of the organizations had been breached in the last two years. And 31% said they'd been breached more than once. What's going on people? Are you just confused?

Craig 23:36
Make sure you sign up, You can get my free training and I have completely free training, not upselling. Okay, I have my paid courses as well. But I'm trying to get the word out. Okay. The vast majority of the successful attacks are using known vulnerabilities in well-known software that has already had patches available by software vendors. The next one down is people falling for email attacks, which can also be prevented. No, they can't be prevented by going out and buying Barracuda spam firewalls. And no, okay, you got to do this right. But my goodness, my goodness, the CIO's team doesn't actually even know in most of these cases here, what the hardware is, it's out there, what software it's running on how they're going to patch it. They don't even know the machines exist. And we see that even in small businesses, you walk in how many computers you have, well, we just have three. And then you start poking around, you find out Oh, wow, they've got this Android tablet, an Android phone is connecting to the business WiFi. And therefore now the business computers are completely exposed. Plus people are working from home, they're using their laptops, using computers right from home. So now that whole network is exposing, that computers now exposed to the home network to the business network, because they're not using the VPN the way supposed to VPN is supposed to be used because they're using the wrong software. Again, and again and again and again. And again. You know, even the IT people, you know, we run into brake fixed shops all the time and the so-called managed services vendors that just have no idea what they're doing. None. Because all they have to do is no more than you know, listen, everybody, it's your responsibility to make sure your business is safe and you cannot pass it off. Okay, here's a quote again. This is from Samir, in the article you see up on my website about CIOs, it's your responsibility. A Forrester industry analyst who's tracking 150 or so security companies said that he's hearing about 5 or 10 new ones almost every weekend security space. And each one is talking of bigger and worse threats and the rest.

Craig 26:09
It's just absolutely amazing. It's I see it again. And again. People go when they take a course. they've got their course on security. And now they think that they're an expert, right? No, a two-week course, a six-month course does not make you an expert. And I know there are a few of you guys because you've reached out to me who listened to this on the radio or on iTunes or on YouTube, who have signed up for cybersecurity classes. I think that's a great thing. But also those people aren't thinking that, well, I've got my shingle I'm now an expert right? No. Six months in an intensive cybersecurity course is going to get your career launched. And God bless you. You're in a great community. Great career ahead of you. Okay, where there's going to be a five-year career or lifetime career. But those people cannot be the people who are running the cybersecurity for your business. You're the one that has to take it. Take that bull by the horns. If you are one of those people, reach out to me, I am more than glad to share resources with you. Absolutely free ok. I can help you out. So frustrating because remember, this happened to me 25 years ago, and I got it taken care of back then. And so I understand where you're at, I was there. I almost lost my business because of a hack. And I don't want you to lose yours. Okay, or your job or your career. Anyhow, Make sure you subscribe to my weekly newsletter. You'll get security updates what's happening out there Have a great week everybody. We'll be back on Monday. Be back with Jack Heath on Monday during drive time and the Jim Polito drink drive time. Ken and Matt and much more. So keep an ear out. Or look me up, Take care. Bye-bye.


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May 7, 2019

Craig is on the Jim Polito show. Today they talked about the Space Plane that could take you from NYC to London in less than an hour. They also talked about the facial recognition technology used in airports.

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Airing date: 05/07/2019

New Space Plane - Airport Face Scanning

Jim Polito 0:02
He's here, that music means that he's here. But you know what he's always here because at the end of this segment, I'm going to tell you how you can keep in touch with our Tech Talk guru Craig Pearson. But here is the man right now. Good morning.

Craig Peterson 0:16
Hey, good morning. And speaking to that we've got a kind of a big deal going on right now with Dell. I'm going to be sending out some information on that today.

Jim 0:27
Oh, what's going on?

Craig 0:28
Oh, man.

Jim 0:31 
Oh, boy.

Craig 0:33
Yeah. Well, we know that remote support can be handy. But it really looks like what's happened here with some of these computers. And, and we're going to be picking up and get into more specifics later today. But they have put into the machine itself, the ability for people to do remote support, and it has full privileges.

Jim 0:56
Here we go. So Dell. You're getting a Dell dude. So Dell put this in, I mean, you know, the road to hell is paved with good intentions, they put this in, so that it would make it easier for them to help you. So that when you're talking to somebody in Mumbai, on customer service, that they can help you. But now the bad guys know how to do it.

Craig 1:23
Exactly. So it's a remote assist vulnerability, it's kind of a very bad thing. Because it does allow anyone basically on your network. So another computer's been compromised on your network, it allows that computer to be able to get on take over and have complete control of your computer. And it gets very concerning when you talk to you about businesses, with the large numbers of records that are store personal information, confidential information. And when you're talking about servers that might have millions of records them. So it's kind of a very big deal. So keep an eye out because I'll be sending them or specific instructions on what to do later on.

Jim 2:09
All right, and we'll tell everybody how they can get on that list. And it's very simple. And it's very helpful. Okay, so let's get to this. The technology now exists. It's not Buck Rogers stuff. It's not Star Wars. The technology now exists to be able to have a craft, I guess I would say an aircraft leave New York or DC, with passengers and then land in London, One hour later. Is that that true? The technology exists?

Craig 2:51
Almost. It's less than an hour later.

Jim 2:54 

Craig 2:56
It's absolutely amazing. Going from London to Australia in four hours. What we're talking about is a plane. And it's designed to go off into the highest levels of the atmosphere kind of skimming outer space, if you will. Well think about the Space Station, for instance, that's orbiting the Earth, the entire Earth in 90 minutes. It's moving very, very fast and when you get into outer space, certain problems go away. But other problems raised its ugly head. And one of the things that's really been a problem, and this was a problem for the culprits as well. I bet it's something you've never thought about here. Jim.

Jim 3:40
Go ahead. Lay it on me Alexandria Casio Cortez.

Craig 3:46
Here's the issue. If you're in outer space, one of the huge problems you have is what you do with the excess heat? For instance, think about are our bodies right now when you get hot you sweat. And it helps to cool down your body. If you're standing in 70 degree air. Are you cold or hot? You're probably okay. Right?

Jim 4:15
Yeah. You're about comfortable. Yeah.

Craig 4:16
How about 70 degrees water?

Jim 4:19 

Craig 4:21
And the reason for that of course, is the water is pulling the heat out of your body. How about in a vacuum? There is nothing to pull the heat away.

Jim 4:31
No, there isn't.

Craig 4:33
And so many people think all outer space, it's cold. It's absolute zero. And you know, and it's easy to get rid of the heat. It is not easy to get rid of the heat. And it's been one of the problems was the we've had to solve over the years. What do we do with the excess heat for creating? When it come to these airplanes, and this is true with the Concorde, they are restricted because one of the things you don't want to have happen is have your engine melt as you're trying to fly, right?

Jim 5:02
Right. Because the heat has to, right, the heat. I mean, in normal atmospheric conditions, it's going to cool.

Craig 5:07
It will cool. The Concorde even is limited by this problem. Well, they just solved the problem.

Jim 5:17
What did they put like an air conditioner in the engine?

Craig 5:20 
Yeah, exactly. How did you?

Jim 5:23  
You know what I didn't even I didn't even realize how brilliant I was. I didn't.

Craig 5:29
The company's called Reaction Engines. And they made this precooler that can take the temperature of the compressed air because you remember, these various types of engines, jet pipe engines. Let's leave it at that. Keep it simple. Compressed the air, and they can take that air in the engines move it from 1000 degrees Celsius to room temperature in one 20th of a second.

Jim 5:58

Craig 5:59  
It's actually absolutely amazing. Which means now they have solved the last major problem with a high speed hypersonic travel.

Jim 6:10
Okay, so let me get this straight. You know the Concorde, which no longer exists? It was a partnership between British Airways on Air France. supersonic jet, I think they were getting you there and what three hours?

Craig 6:26
Yeah, mos two is about where they were running. And yeah, it was just it was a few hours I think.

Jim 6:34
Okay. So we can go faster because the engine won't overheat. How high up are we going?

Craig 6:45
Well, this is this is really neat, when you're talking about faster, our jet fighters etc, can go mos 2 mos 3-ish, as difficult. This can go up to mos 25.

Jim 7:00
Wow. That's 25 times the speed of sound,

Craig 7:03
You got it. You're absolutely right.

Jim 7:05
That's a heck of a sonic boom.

Craig 7:08
Isn't that something? So it's going to get high high up in the atmosphere, right on the edge of the atmosphere. It's going to travel kind of get along 25 times the speed of sound, and get you to where you're going anywhere. You can get anywhere in the world in less than four hours with this engine. It is really exciting. We haven't had a big breakthrough like this in a very long time. You know, rocket engines World War Two is kind of when we got, of course. And this is the very next stage here. It's a different engine, it's got that supersonic air intakes the coolers, compressors, and rocket engines on the back. But it is an absolute revolution. And we can expect to start seeing these planes, you know, just in still early testing stage and another five years or so. But it is just absolutely amazing. And once again, without the aid systems in on this. The European Space Agency. The UK Space Agency. And we're talking about technology for cooling using tubes that are thinner than a human hair. With liquid helium in them. So it is very, very cool. And I think it's something AOC might have an issue with.

Jim 8:36 . 
Yeah, that's I was gonna get at because you know, she wants us all to be on trains and boats. And unless you can make a boat that can get to London in an hour, you know, in Australia in four hours? I don't know.

Craig 8:50
Yeah, well and they're also, this isn't just these guys. But there is another race going on right now. There are few jets that are expected to hit the market in next few years that are supersonic and are going to be flown all over the world. They tell some of the problems that have been existing remember the Concorde was designed for the 70s?

Jim 9:14
I know. I know. You go to museums now to see the Concorde. I remember the course they only had one crash in their entire history. And it was because it was a piece of debris on the runway in Paris that caused the problem. But no, they had a great safety record. It was very expensive, but people loved it.

Craig 9:35
Yeah. This is the future of this along with flying trains. Maybe that's what they should call it. A space train.

Jim 9:43
Yeah. If you call it a train, she won't know the difference. All right. We're talking with our good friend, Tech Talk guru Craig Peterson, and all the information here and then this information he talked about with Dell, he'll get to you and I'll tell you how you can do it at the end of the segment. But before we go, so before I get on this plane that's going to get me to London in an hour. My face will be scanned. What's what's that all about?

Craig 10:13
You saw that didn't you?

Jim 10:13
Yeah, I did. In the material you sent you're going to scan my face for what?

Craig 10:18
Yeah, well, it's already started happening. And this is kind of interesting, because the US Customs and Border Protection is using some facial recognition technology already at 15 airports. And what they're doing is they're matching the faces against passport photos, and what's called open source records, things like everything from drivers licenses through pictures that you might have posted online on social media, etc. Okay. So with the 15 airports that are out there, they've already had 15,000 flights if they want to just what they do is they have the camera right by the Okay, so they know you're about to leave the country. Of those 15,000 flights, over 2 million passengers have been scammed. 7,000 passengers were already caught as overstays on their visas.

Craig 11:19
7,000. And that's what the system and only started in 2017. So Customs and Border Protection is very interested in getting this in use in all airports across the country. It's also been key in identifying imposters, people who trying to enter the US don't match because you remember they're matching it up passports. If you don't match up record for that driver's license or passport, your face doesn't match. They will flag you right then in there for additional inspection. Remember it's kind of like 911. They used to have tables set up right by the gate. So they're going to be doing that again. But I gotta say with 15 airports catching 7,000 people who are here, effectively, illegally. I don't know if we can even say that anymore. Right?

Jim 12:10
Well you can say it on the show Craig. Feel free.

Craig 12:16
Once they spread this out it's really going to cause havoc for people who are in the country illegally. People who for instance, might have been apprehended as a border, given a court date to show up didn't show we have their photos. If they go anywhere near the airport, they're going to be caught.

Jim 12:37
Wow, now that facial recognition, or application of that technology doesn't bother me. Craig folks can get this information plus a whole lot more plus the problem with Dell you discussed earlier. If they text my name to this number.

Craig 12:57
855-385-5553. That's text Jim to 855-385-5553.

Jim 13:10
Standard data and text rates apply. And you'll get all this important information plus more as Craig just said. When an issue comes up, he will send it to you, he will not bother you. He will not try to sell you something Craig thanks so much. Always a pleasure.

Craig 13:27
Thanks. Take care Jim.

Jim 13:29 
You too. Bye bye. All right, a final word about nicknames when we return. You're listening to the Jim Polito show your safe space. 


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May 6, 2019

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Airing date: 05/06/2019

Facebook's Troubles

Jack Heath 0:00
From our Auto Fair listener lines for a tech talk update our Tech Talk guy, Craig Peterson on this Monday morning. Good morning Craig.

Craig Peterson 0:06
Hey, good morning Jack. We got more news this week about our friends over at Facebook. And Google is winning the war when it comes to drone deliveries. And our horse came in fourth in the derby. We didn't win Triple Crown like last year but fourth is bad.

Jack 0:24
Well, no high tech impacts on the derby. That's good old fashioned horse racing. And we'll see but what's going on in terms of I know, there's been actually quite a bit of news over Facebook in the last week or two.

Craig 0:37
Oh, it's been absolutely huge. There's about 4000 pages of documents that have now been looked at by some of the British parliament members who are investigating and Facebook's data privacy practices. And basically what they're saying, Oh, this is my word. But a blackout comes to mind when I'm looking at some of these articles that are coming out. Even NBC news, apparently what Mark Zuckerberg was doing is he was using the data on Facebook users in order to strong arm competitors, in order to strong arm people that were not considered friends of Zuckerberg. And more information has come up too about 2012 and 2014. Remember the Cambridge Analytica scandal? Well, it turned out that they had kind of covered up an Obama 2012 Facebook app, that collected information on 190 million people without their knowledge or consent. Somehow that hasn't made the news. And something that is making the news right now is that Facebook has warned investors to expect the largest ever civil penalty imposed by the FTC, to be imposed on it as much is a $5 billion fine for basically breaking agreement that they get signed with the Department of Justice from what, five, six years ago.

Jack 2:04
Now I you know, maybe Mark Zuckerberg, because of the the the value because of the wealth, maybe he'd be viewed in contribution contribution no matter what plus Facebook, we've never really had. I mean, in terms of social media platforms, it really was a game changer, even though there's other, you know, platforms that are other ways to whether it's Instagram or other measures or means to communicate, the younger people may not but my point is, it's hard to tell if Zuckerberg and I don't mean this in a good or bad way, is a good or bad guy? I mean, you know, the one hand I think he's put under a lot of scrutiny. there been some things that they've supposedly done during the election, private information. You know, he's put on the suit and gone before Congress and tried to open up and testify but at the end of the day, the jury's kind of still out on him, isn't it?

Craig 2:57
Yeah, it is. You remember that movie of course, talking about the twins and Harvard and how he it supposedly stolen the whole idea from Facebook from these guys. I think looking more and more credible that indeed that is what happened. I don't think Zuckerberg is the kind of guy that you'd want to go into business with or trust frankly, well, Facebook it's starting to fall down and that's always happened right? The big guy gets knocked off the perch

Jack 3:25
Yeah, but it depends on a lot of investors and a lot of value there. We'll see if they can keep up with it and of course the whole thing because it, didn't it also goes to go back to something was it some the original something new with Exeter and then Harvard you know, basically the yearbook the whole idea if he just put that concept onto the web and let people communicate the way you know you do over your yearbook and past class. 

Craig 3:47
Well yeah, that's true. But you know, Jack, one interesting point most people don't know is how did he started? How did you start this little yearbook, this Facebook of rating another CoEd? He stole the photos from the universities' computer systems. So there's allegations of a lot of misuse over the years.

Jack 4:06
Isn't that innovation. No, I'm kidding Craig Peterson. Our Tech Talk guy. Well, you know, while a lot of people will get different news we have tensions mounting in the Middle East.


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May 2, 2019

There is some big stuff going on this week we’re going to be talking about in today’s show so don’t miss out!

Imagine a trip from the east coast across the pond in less than a hour. Problem solved. There is a really cool new engine technology that will allow us to go as fast as we want.

Facebook in the News Again. Fines and Problems but he say’s he’s changed.

Did you think Amazon was going to be the first to use drones to deliver stuff? Well, hey, guess what it ain’t Amazon. Another giant already got already FAA approval.

Have you traveled recently? Well, there is a new scanner software/hardware that is being installed in our airports, we’ll talk about how that’s going to affect you.

There is a new sign here for early dementia detection. If you can imagine, it has to do with the bad guys.

This week I am introducing a new thing — Tools I use: We will start with this one. Slack

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Airing date: 05/04/2019

Slack Bridging Email - Spaceplane Nearing - Was Zuckerberg Involved In Blackmail - FAA Approves First Drone Delivery - US Airports To Scan All Travelers - Phone Scams And Dementia

Craig Peterson 0:00
Hello, hello. Good morning, everybody, Craig Peterson here. We're going to answer some questions for you maybe even questions you weren't aware that you had.

Craig 0:15
But man, there is some big stuff going on this week we're going to be talking about.

Craig 0:20
I want to start with this Spaceplane thing. I think that's really, really cool. The whole new story about the Zuck came out in the news this week.

Craig 0:30
And did you think Amazon was going to be the first to use drones to deliver stuff? Well, hey, guess what it ain't Amazon. At we've got already FAA approval. And new scanner software hardware is going to be installed in our airports, we'll talk about how that's going to affect you. And a new sign here for early dementia detection. And it has to do with the bad guys. Some new creepy billboards you remember from Tom Cruise's movie, and where he's walked by a billboard and it greeted him based on an eye scan, retinal scan from a distance while there's some creepy billboards in London tracking shoppers and kind of cool what they're doing, kind of scary at the same time. And we will start with this one. And it's a tool that I use. And so we'll call this our tool segment today. And our team uses Slack. And if you're a business person, frankly, this works well, for different organizations, it could be your soccer team, etc. You can use it for free on the lower end. But I use it in business and we pay a decent amount of money every month. It's not like crazy. But it allows you to communicate, basically, it replaces email within our team. And it does a very good job of replacing email. They've been out there for about five years, you can find find them online at, just like its name says. And they've been trying to kill email, which I don't think will ever go away because we're still sending emails. And now Slack is realized that and they've made email integration and important part of what they're working. So here's what they've done. They have integrated Slack with Office 365. They've also integrated it with email and calendaring, all directly into Slack. Now, that's really something cool. So in a few months from now, with Slack, you'll be able to mention people in a channel who are not necessarily in the channel. And it'll send them an email, or you can even send them a direct message and will route the messages to their email inboxes. I think that's going to be great replies that they make will come straight back into Slack. And the whole back and forth exchange will also transform a full Slack history if the person decides to join Slack. So very cool. I like this. And I'm thinking right now this might be a great way for us to do tech support. And when one of our customers emails tech support goes right into a Slack channel. Now it's not as good as what we're using right now we have some professional tools that track it all and age them and rate and grade and keep notes and stuff. But for the occasional person like somebody pops onto your website, and asks a question, that might actually be really good. So it's great, go check it out. If you're not using it already

Craig 3:43
Spaceplanes, we thought about these for a very long time. NASA has worked on them. Many companies have worked on. Do remember, the Concorde would travel twice the speed of sound. So what's that? Like 1200 miles an hour, remember the speed of sound, I think it's 600 and something miles an hour. So it traveled very fast, and remember it's faster, twice as fast as the speed of sound. And you could take that from New York to London and return all in the same day. It was just a phenomenal thing. And then they grounded them. That technology was old, it was 30 40 years old. They grounded them when one of the engines sucked some debris off of the runway into an engine and of course, caused the engine to fail. And you know what happened after that. It's pretty bad. Well, the idea of a space plane is taking that whole Concorde approach even further. So whereas the Concorde flew pretty high up, and it did break the sound barrier, if you get into near space, you can travel extremely fast, like some of the satellites are traveling, they orbit the Earth in the matter of minutes, what 90 minutes, I think it is for the space station up there. So you think about that. And wow, why can't we do that? Well, the main reason has to do with heat, can you believe that? Heat. Because you think about our space? What do you think of you think of cold, you think it well, it's going to leach the fluids right out of your body, the heat right out of your body because it's almost absolute zero in outer space. And, you know, that's just going to be terrible. So the biggest problem you have in space people think is, wow, how do I stop from losing all of my heat?

Craig 5:32
Well, think about here on Earth, if you are, let's say it's just a regular day outside, let's say it's a nice day, it's 75 degrees outside. For those of you in Celsius, that you know, it's about 20 to 25 maybe degrees outside. And it's a nice day. Are you going to be out there with their sweater on and heavy coat? No, of course not 75 degrees, it's a nice out, the sun can be out, it can be warming you up, you might even be a little bit hot, right, if the humidity is up there. Well, if you're a little hot at 75 degrees, how about Have you jumped into a 75 degree pool?

Craig 6:16
That water is going to cool you down very very quickly and you are going to get hypothermic. Then that's going to happen pretty quickly, right? You You're going to have to move you have to keep those muscles go and try and create body heat in order to not die right from from the cold. So what's the difference, then? Why is 75 degree air really nice, but 75 degree water is terribly cold and you can die from it? Well, it's the same type of trick when we're talking about space. The water, of course, is able to suck the heat out of your body and transfer the cold and right it conducts heat fairly well. Air does not conduct heat anywhere near as well as water does. So the air, you're actually kind of insulated, because it's not pulling, pushing the cold in and pulling the warm out. So you see the difference between air and water when it comes to how warm you feel and how cold you might be?

Craig 7:26
Well, let's go to outer space.

Craig 7:30
Is outer space less dense than water? Yeah. Less dense than air? Oh, yeah. Both right. So there is like basically nothing in outer space. So when you're in outer space, one of the biggest problems you have in space is how do I get rid of the heat I'm generating? Now I'm not saying that if your body was in space, you wouldn't, you wouldn't freeze and crack up and everything else. Okay, don't get me wrong. I'm being very simplistic about this. But in outer space, the real problem they have is getting rid of the heat. Machines inside the space station, generate heat, how do we get rid of that? Because we can't just dump it into the air. We can't use a water chiller right to dump it into the air. We can't just  put a radiator down into a lake or a body of water and have that dissipate the heat, can we because we're in outer space. There's nothing to conduct the heat away. It's a very interesting problem. And when I first heard about this years ago, I really had to think about it. Well, why did the Concorde fly at mach 2 and not faster? And you know, there's a number of reasons for that the type of jets, you know, you get into the ram jets, the scram jets and everything else. And I love this tech, it's so cool. Well, part of the reason it could not go faster is the same reason that we have trouble in space, they can't get rid of the heat, they couldn't get rid of the heat fast enough. And that caused serious problems. And when it comes to a Spaceplane,
you've got serious problems there, too. How do you get rid of the heat from the engines. So if you launch in New York heading to London, you're going to go like almost straight up for number of miles, you're going to get into the very high atmosphere. And so that you have something to help you burn and combust and everything else. And then you're going to just run like crazy, until you get into the approach and in the new go back into the main atmosphere and go down. So how do you get rid of the heat while you're up there, and they haven't been able to solve it.

Craig 9:47
But this week, this week, it was announced that they have solved that problem. A Spaceplane that can fly 25 times faster than the speed of sound, has passed this testing milestone.

Craig 10:03
It can go from London to New York in less than one hour, and could go all the way from London to Australia in four hours. This is a project that the European Space Agency and the UK space agency BA Systems here in the US which of course is owned by Britain.

Craig 10:25
It has been working on for quite a while and they came up with reaction engines pre-cooler for the plane. And this is technology lots of travel faster than before. And I hope you're sitting down because this absolutely blows my mind. The pre-cooler is critical because it's required to stop the engine from melting down. Because you can't get rid of the heat when you have that little air up there. And it's able to lower the temperature of compressed air in the engine for more than a thousand degrees Celsius to room temperature in 1/20th of a second. They can take it from 1000 degrees, down to room temperature to 70 degrees to 20ish degrees, 22 Celsius. That's absolutely amazing. This thing apparently has thousands of tubes inside it that's thinner than human hairs. They've got liquid helium that can cool the air as it rushes past. This is not so. So I looked up their timeline.

Craig 11:35
They're calling this Sabre, S-A-B-R-E, the next leap forward in powered flight. And they are running behind a little little bit here, which is just too bad. But they they did hit this, this main problem. They did solve it. And they're about four years behind the ears. I can tell looking at this chart from BA systems but absolutely amazing what's happening with that.

Craig 12:06
Okay, this, Zuck, let's get on to Facebook, who trusts Facebook anymore, right? But well, we're all still using it. Some people aren't using Facebook anymore. And they're not using it because why bother? Right? It's, I've got something else I like better. Heck, we're using Slack for internal communications or we're, we're doing however, right? People just aren't using it. The younger generations definitely don't use it. They've got all of their Snapchat type things. So the regular Facebook they're not using. So considering all of that, you know, this decline in Facebook users is not terribly surprising. But here's a problem that just came out.

Craig 12:52
About 4000 pages have leaked Facebook company documents were obtained by NBC News. Now these things included emails, web chats, presentation, spreadsheets, meeting summaries, and they show how a Zuckerberg along with his board and management team found ways to tap Facebook's trove of user data including information about friends, relationships and photos as leverage over companies it partnered with Yes, indeed, Mark Zuckerberg is alleged to have leverage the information people working at companies that Facebook wanted to partner with. He used information to essentially blackmail them.

Craig 13:40
So he was blackmailing. That's my word. That's not what NBC used. They called it leverage. I call it blackmail. He allegedly blackmailed people into making sweet deals for Facebook. He also used it to help his friends. It's just crazy. And in some cases, these documentation seems to show that Facebook would reward favored companies by giving them access to the data of its users and other cases, it would deny user data access to rival companies or apps. And I kind of wonder, thinking back to the Obama, the first Obama run where Facebook is alleged to have given Obama's campaign every piece of data it had, you know, which makes the whole thing with the Trump campaign look like a bunch of amateurs.

Craig 14:31
I wonder if that was part of it. I wonder if that's going to come out of NBC would even report on it if it were true, right. Facebook gave extended Amazon access to user data because it was spending money on Facebook advertising. Okay, partnering with social network on the launch of its Fire smartphone. Yeah, wow. Just amazing. Another case Facebook discuss cutting off access to user data for messaging app that have grown to popular that was viewed as a company editor according to the documents. So all of this is rather interesting. By the way, on top of it all, Facebook is facing a record fine, could be as much as $2 billion by the Federal Trade Commission. So Facebook could be seen some hard times in the very near future. 

Craig 15:30
Now, let's move on to this story about Amazon and delivery services.

Craig 15:32
Amazon, you might know is putting almost a billion dollars into upgrading all of its systems to be able to do same day delivery throughout most of the United States. That my friends is a very, very big deal. And having same day delivery means they're going to take even more business away from other big box retailers. You know, Target and Walmart have both been struggling. We're trying to figure out how do we compete. And so Amazon doing same day delivery is part of its Prime service is really going to hurt them. So they're going to have to step it up. I like what Walmart's done. I don't pay much attention to Target. I'm not a Target fan at all. After their massive data breach, I just I said forget about it. I just don't need to go to a Target anymore. Plus that whole bathroom policy thing. But Walmart has done a lot with having the delivery of your goods being just you can pick it up, you can have it delivered to your house, pre-order it. You can sit in the store while they collect it. They've even got a nice little lounge area for you while you're waiting. You know, they're trying to compete on the ways they can compete and bravo to them. 

Craig 16:58
Well, the next step beyond same day delivery is what? Next hour delivery, right. And we saw a couple years ago, it was 711, who tried it. Do remember that this little project that they launched, where they were delivering. The whole idea was they can deliver you your soda and chips for the big game at the very last minute. And I thought that was kind of cool. And it's not a bad idea for 711, frankly, but I guess it didn't work out too well for them because they certainly didn't roll it out further. Well, who's going to win the delivery game? Well, I can tell you here who won the first battle and this is from this week. Google's offshoot job just got the FAA is first go ahead for drone deliveries Google, not Amazon. So the FAA a week ago on Tuesday, authorized something called Wing Aviation. That's a part of Alphabet, which of course is Google Now. They authorized Wing Aviation to start delivering goods via drones later this year. They're going to start delivering commercial packages and unmanned aircraft in Blacksburg, Virginia. I don't know why they're the first ones but they're the first ones. They partnered with Mid Atlantic Aviation Partnership and Virginia Tech, as a participant in the transportation departments unmanned aircraft systems integration pilot program.

Craig 18:24
Let's see, TDUA, I know it doesn't really spell anything. So maybe that's why maybe Blacksburg is where Virginia Tech is. This is really cool. This is all part of an initiative to accelerate drone integration to help the Department of FAA devise rules surrounding drones. It's a really important thing, everybody.

Craig 18:46
This is the first time the FAA has granted a so called air carrier certification for drone delivery of items like food medicine, small consumer products, Wing plans to reach out to the community before getting started in order to get a sense of its needs. So this is going to be interesting, Amazon we know has been working on drone package delivery. But Amazon Prime Air for quite a while it's got development centers in the US, UK, Australia, France and Israel. George Mason University said a lot of students have some food and drinks be delivered via drone on the ground. We've seen ground drones as well, up in California at UC Berkeley, where Amazon has these little drones that drive around campus to deliver pizza and beer. I don't know about beer, but whatever it is the students can get there on campus. It's Wall Street Journal insane, it probably won't be until 2020 2021, before the FAA implements broader rules that lay out the land, the land really for delivering packages. There's a lot of issues here. But if you look at the picture, I've got it up on my website at this drone. And it doesn't look like any drone you like you're likely to have seen before. This thing is called a Wing, it kind of looks like a wing. Actually, what it kind of looks like is a long stick with a bunch of blades on the side that it uses to drive around. So these things can be faster, cleaner, less expensive to transport stuff around our our cities. And did you hear that? Our Roomba just started up here. I got an automated drone, a little little device that crawls around the the studio here and cleans it up. So she's, she's off, I just hit the  switch. It's all controlled by WiFi.

Craig 20:42
Okay, I reported earlier about Facebook, and this largest civil fine, it actually might be as much as $5 billion. I miss my note I had put down on that. Okay, if you're departing from a US airport, your face will be scanned, it's already being scanned in many of our airports. And this happens as you're going through security, you might not have known it. But here's what's happening right now the US Customs and Border Protection is going to expand the program and the use of facial recognition technology. And their goal is to identify just about every person leaving the United States on a commercial flight. Now remember US citizens in order to go out and go back in reasonably easily, you need a passport, right? And so they have your face, they have your picture. It's in a massive database, and they're going to start using it. They're already using this particular technology at 15 US airports already grabs a photo of you as you're approaching the airport departure gate. It's then compared to a visa passport applications to look for matches, and then create an exit records they'll know when you leave. Now I imagine they're going to keep track of when you come back as well.

Craig 22:07
But if you don't have a match, you're going to get pulled aside for closer inspection by Customs and Border Patrol. Now that's kind of interesting too. Now in the fiscal year 2018 overstayed on these visas was a problem, right. But they didn't have much technology in place to try and find them. And they're saying this is in a report that came out from Customs and Border Patrol. But they're saying that they're going to be scanning 97% of departing commercial air travelers. And they're saying it's highly reliable. They've already scanned 15,000 flights. 7,000 passengers on those 15,000 flights were detected as over stays. Isn't that amazing? And they only started using the system 2017. So you can see why they look at this as an important tool to control access here and watch for visa over stays. Very interesting. Okay. Do you know somebody who's a little older? We only have a couple of minutes left here.

Craig 23:16
One of the interesting signs according to see and n report here, interesting signs of dementia, an earlier sign is falling for phone scams.

Craig 23:31
So what happens is a scammer call up and they have a cheery voice asking if you can use the first name. She doesn't remember entering the sweepstakes, but he assures her that she's won. What matters is that you've won all you need to do is we've got a unique investment opportunity for you, if you send 200 bucks, you'll get 2000 return. 10 times return on investment. So she transferred 200 bucks to them. And it kept escalating. And this according to Dr. Angela Sanford, this particular case, who practices geriatric medicine is St. Louis University Hospital, she was probably 10 or $12,000, into this before the niece became aware of what was happening. So this patient who was later diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, had not scored super low on memory test. she said. The problem in her brain affected not the patient's ability to remember, but her ability to judge. So keep an eye out for the seniors, you know, this is a $3 billion dollar industry theft or defraud from millions of seniors. That's according to the DOJ. And these creepy billboards that are tracking shoppers over in the UK, we already know that London is or at least was the most surveilled city in the world. They have the most surveillance cameras up and they use it to identify people. Well, it's not illegal in the UK. And I don't think it's illegal in the US either to scan shoppers and not informed them that you're scanning. So here's what's happening. They have facial recognition software that doesn't recognize you like the, you know, Customs and Border Patrol is doing. But what it does is it recognizes your sex and your mood. So it knows well, we just had a bunch of men and their young men walk into the store, and they are happy, they're excited. They're sad, they're angry, it figures out all of the sound. So the Sunday Times over there in the UK, discovered 50 of these screens that show ads based on who's walking by, their sex and their mood. Isn't that something. And the companies are claiming they comply with the law, and the legal requirement. An outdoor in the first tech companies use this kind of tech. It's kind of interesting. They call it the lookout system. And it's being used on billboards. So you can see a picture. Again, it's up on my site at But there's showing this Swarovski I guess it is ad, oh, I see they're jewelry, I thought it was a clothing ad. And a big, big billboard, one of these bright LED billboard, and a little tiny camera on top kind of reminds me of an iPad or something right? And they measure your level of happiness or sadness, and they end dwell time. And they're changing the billboard based on the audience. So expect more of that in the future. I'm sure that's coming here. If it's not here already.

Craig 26:48
Well, thanks for listening today. I appreciate you guys being with us. I ran a test the last couple of weeks over on YouTube. I put my shows up there and you know, I'm showing the articles and some photos and things, doing commentary, just like this show here on the radio and the podcasts that I do. And I'd love to get your feedback. Is it worth me taking the time to do that? Because man, I'm sinking a lot of time into all of this, keeping everybody up to date. If you think it's worth your time, let me know. If you want to check it out. Just go to Just my name and it'll take you over there. And then email and let me know. Just Let me know what you think. You can always send questions or comments and keep an ear out too. I've got another course coming up another three or four courses actually. Free courses, absolutely free. No selling involved. So keep an eye out for those two. to find out more. Have a good great week everybody. Take care. Bye bye.


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May 1, 2019

Craig is on with Ken and Matt as he does every Wednesday morning. Today they talked about Facebook facing a huge fine, why the Apple stocks went up, why driving a Tesla results in more CO2 emissions, and Amazon burning books.

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Airing date: 05/01/2019

Why Apple Stock Went Up - How The US Lost The Cellular Data Industry - Amazon Burning Books

Craig Peterson  0:00
Hey, good morning Craig Peterson here. We had a bit of fun this morning with Ken and Matt, talked about a digital book burning spree that's going on right now a little bit more about that Tesla v Mercedes. And we also talked about Apple, I went into a little bit of background about why Apple stock went up this week, and how we the United States fell behind when it comes to cellular modems for our devices. Anyhow, all of that and more and I'm not gonna be able to do my, my weekly It's a Security Thing this week podcast, I am going to be on the road heading to Kentucky for the derby. It should be a fun week. Anyways. Take care, everybody, and we'll be back with our hopefully our regular show on Saturday. I'm planning on trying to get that done too. Take care. Bye bye.

Matt Gagnon 0:55
Red Hot Chili Peppers playing in the background for some reason.  Craig Peterson our tech guru. Craig, nice to have you back with us once again, sir. How are you?

Craig 1:07
Hey, good morning. What's today's magic word? I missed it earlier.

Matt 1:12 
The word of the day is...

Ken Altshuler 1:13
Apple stock. Apple stock went up 5%.

Matt 1:19   
That is actually two words. 

Craig 1:22
And Google went down too. 

Ken 1:26  
But we have Facebook, but Facebook is... but he cares about our privacy Craig.

Craig 1:30
Well, yeah. Facebook is going to be the most valuable company in the world. I'm sure. Right. I heard you guys talking about it a little bit earlier this morning. Because there are some huge issues going on right now with our friends over at Facebook. In fact, he's facing, I don't know if you read this one or not. But probably what's going to be the largest fine in history.

Matt 1:57
Yeah. It's really big.

Craig 1:58
Did you hear that? It could be like 2 billion or something. 

Ken 2:02
But they've saved up.

Matt 2:03
But they've been saving for it.

Ken 2:04 
They've been saving for a couple of weeks.

Craig 2:09
Yeah. Well, as usual, there's more stuff in the news about Facebook in the fact that they just aren't as ethical as you might think they were. And you guys were talking about the twins earlier. Right? Did  I hear that. Yes. It was Matt brought it up. Yeah.

Matt 2:29
The Vigelvas twins.

Ken 2:30 

Matt 2:31
Which, by the way, we're in fact played by the same dude. They were.

Craig 2:33
That's tricky, tricky.

Matt 2:35 
One guy playing two roles.

Craig 2:36
And it makes me wonder, you know, if, if you're an ethical person, how do you as a business person, survive against somebody like this Zuckerberg and all of the allegations against him? You know, look at what happened back at Harvard, when he was you know, putting the software together. And apparently there's a guy that was hired to write some code by these brothers, these twins and then basically stole it and ran with it and, and lied and signed an agreement with federal regulators that he wouldn't be doing all of these shenanigans with people's private information. And yet he did. And now there's more emails that come out showing that indeed, he was just totally making it up. That he had been, in fact still sharing that information, still selling and still negotiating. We got emails now that just came out last week about it. But yeah, th e question is, how much privacy do people really want and expect? I don't know. What do you guys think?

Matt 3:42 
Not very much. I am of the opinion Craig and I think you share it, that people talk a big game about caring about it, and then actually don't care about it, that they really all I really want privacy. And I am outraged. I'm outraged. I don't have any as they hand over their social security number and credit basically the next person to ask them, so yeah.

Craig 4:02
Yeah, no, yeah, yeah, they do do that. The numbers are down, the visitors to the site are down. But I'm not so sure that it's it's really much of it has to do with people being concerned about the privacy, I really think it's that there are more competitors out there now.

Matt 4:20
I actually I didn't quit Facebook, but I deleted the app on my phone because I can't take it anymore. And it has nothing to do with privacy. I'm just sick of it. I just can't stand it. So that's why I think it's down right as I think people are making like actual consumer choices about the products not not so much whether or not their information is being stolen. Because I think everybody thinks their information's being stolen anyway. And I think they've already made their peace with that.

Craig 4:42
Well, you know, Matt, strangely enough, I think we're on the same page there.

Matt 4:45 

Craig 4:46 
It never happened.

Matt 4:47
No, not at all.

Ken 4:50
So did your Apple stock went up, by the way.

Craig 4:53
Yeah, I heard about that. I don't know if you guys heard a little bit of behind the scenes stuff. What happened with Qualcomm and Intel. But Apple, you know, you guys know Apple really doesn't make a lot of the components that go into the iPhone. In fact, a lot of them, of course, are made in China. But they did Apple does design the main chips, and they're the main processors. And there's rumors, by the way that Apple because their processors that are being used in the bigger iPads are faster than comparable Intel chips with a with a lower power consumption, that Apple's talking about maybe using those chips for the next generations of Mac box, which would really be kind of cool. But the whole Qualcomm thing is, Apple does not make or design the chips that tie our iPhones and other devices into the cellular data networks. And with 5G coming down the road quickly add us, in fact, it will be rolled out this year in some of the major cities. And I'm sure Portland is right on the top of it.

Matt 6:00 
Of course. Of course it is.

Craig 6:01 
But I think it's like New York and a couple of others. But because of that there are a lot of changes that are going to have to go into the iPhones radio technology. And therefore Apple's been trying to figure out what's going on. And there's this big lawsuit with Qualcomm and Apple and Ken, that's a lot of the reason why the Apple stock price went up, that all got settled. But apparently there had been talks in place with Apple and Intel, for Apple to buy Intel's chip business that made those radio chips those with chips that cover the WiFi, cover the cellular connections. And so when Apple finally said okay, Qualcomm,we're dropping the suits. They are all gone now with Qualcomm and Apple, and the Intel, the Intel business is dead. Intel, basically shot it in the head, they're no longer to make chips for cell phones, which really, Qualcomm is kind of the only real game in town. And there's some interesting stuff that's coming, I saw an analysis it came out this is from the UK, talking about how the United States has fallen badly behind in some of these chip designs, particularly dealing with cell phones and other technology, while way is huge in that business. And of course, we don't like to deal with them. And we had more stuff come up this week about Huawei, and back doors and some of the cyber things where they were spying on more people that just came up this week. And Qualcomm so the US just can't compete anymore. And it's a shame to see Intel dropping that business. Because I think it's critical here to the US and, and our infrastructure. It looks like the whole 5G business, really, that we're talking about the hardware here now really is going to go to China is going to be going to US companies, and that's a shame. And normally for our economy to keep growing, we have to have innovation. And because of decisions that were really made back in the 90s, some government regulations that went in place, and business responses to those regulations, we basically conceded that whole business and I don't know that we'll ever get that particular business back.

Matt 8:21
We're talking to Craig Peterson our tech guru. He joins us now as he always does on Wednesdays at this time to go over the world of technology. Now Craig I may or may not buy a Tesla vehicle at some point. And if I do, it'll be to save the planet, because that's the kind of thing that I would do, right? But you get in all seriousness you do buy it usually, because you'd like to, you know, maybe you have your carbon footprint go down and whatnot. But perhaps just because this Tesla car is so clean and whatnot after produced, you might not be considering what it takes to actually build it in the first place. What is your actual carbon footprint if you buy one of these cars?

Craig 8:57
Yeah, this is a huge thing. You probably remember few years back they did a survey of people who owned Priuses. Toyota Prius is which are these some of these initial cars that were hybrids, and it really nice little cars, cool, cool technology. But do you realize over 70% of the respondents, the number one answer was they bought the Prius because of what they thought other people would think of them for buying a Prius. So basically Matt, it ties into what you're really kind of alluding to, people buy these cars, because they do want to be clean and green and do the right thing for the environment. Because I don't think that there is hardly a soul in this country that doesn't care about the environment. You know, you look at some of these environmental groups. The first one started were started by hunters, Ducks Unlimited, some of these big ones big environmentalist on both the left and the right and in the middle. So we all care about it. And unfortunately, Congress and regulators have been playing games with our mind, it started with a really big with the whole corn thing, the cellulosic ethanol, and how that ended up being a big failure, it's caused more harm to the environment well documented now, then it's helped, we were told it was going to cut back on CO2. We're going to put ethanol in the gas, know, when you look at it net net, like from what you're referring to Matt, know, the ethanol in our gas makes things worse. And to top it off, small engines get destroyed by the ethanol in our gas including the older motorcycles. So there's a study that just came out of Germany. And they had a look at the Tesla Model 3, because it's touted as a zero emissions car. And they added it all up all of the production of the batteries, which is where most of this problem comes from the transportation of the raw material, a minor but etc, etc. And this study in Germany came out and showed that a Tesla Model three over its expected lifetime compared with a Mercedes Benz C220D. Yes, C220D means diesel. So the Tesla Model 3 electric car compared to the Mercedes diesel, in its 20% more carbon dioxide per kilometer, when you consider all in. Now, the other thing to consider here is the vehicle itself, the manufacturing of the vehicle, the diesel cars are going to last 300,000 miles and more if they rebuild the engines. Some of these electric vehicles just aren't going to last. So that's interesting. It was based on Germany and their mix of fuel supplies and things. But don't just assume that because it's electric car that somehow it's clean, because much of the stuff is done in China. And 90% of all the plastic in the ocean comes from third world countries like China, it does not come from the United States at all. And when we're talking about the manufacturing of these vehicles in the batteries, some of the worst cesspools in the world are in those countries because of us thinking that somehow we're buying green vehicles.

Ken 12:20
We're talking to Craig Peterson, our tech guru joins us every Wednesday 7:38. before we let you go, you know, Matt and I are both big fans of digital books. So is Amazon burning all our future books?

Craig 12:33
Or do you member of the media might not know about this, but the 1984 and the controversy with Amazon, people that had bought George Orwell's 1984 had it deleted from their Kindles by Amazon on purpose. To do remember that little controversy? 

Matt 12:52
I actually never heard that. No.

Craig 12:54
Oh, yes. Yes. Well, apparently there is a licensing problem with the current copyright owner so Amazon just says, Okay, well, fine. They don't own the book anyways. If you buy a book on Amazon Kindle, you don't own it. And so they just deleted it off of everybody's Kindle. It was just absolutely amazing. They ended up settling it and they restored your book. But you know, they own nearly 50% of the physical marketplace of books now. Over 80% of the ebook sales in the US. And they have started purging books. And what they're doing now is they used to say, yeah, Bezos we're going to wait open market, we want discussions, we want people talking about everything, and will carry anything. Now they've started targeting white nationalist books, but they won't get rid of other books. It's amazing. They banned some of the anti Islam books, and they were refusing to take down some pedophilia books on first amendment grounds. So I'm starting to get a little upset here. Not that I like some of the speech here but I think.

Matt 14:03
No, I'm sorry No, I'm gonna be I'll be the guy to say it I'll be the insight you can and should be able to buy and read Mien Kampf if you want to. This is America.

Craig 14:10 
I agree.

Matt 14:11 
You know, you can either keep them all up or start selectively banning everything. I mean, it's.

Craig 14:15
It's important. It's really important. You've got to have a discussion, right? That's the problem with political correctness. They just try and cut you off because they disagree with you.

Matt 14:24
But I mean, you're you're also trying to legislate didn't tend to like what if I bought Mien Kampf that I can start highlighting phrases that I found it really offensive for a book report I'm doing. I mean, like, you can't just print the books. And let me come on. 

Ken 14:39
That's what Noam Chomsky said.

Matt 14:40
Noam Chomsky has burned.

Ken 14:41  
Noam Chomsky.

Craig 14:44  
But the good news is burning digital books, when you burn the bits, it doesn't actually cause any CO2 emissions. So yeah, it's a green thing he's doing that's probably it.

Ken 14:56
Alright, Craig Peterson tech guru. Thank you for joining us. We'll talk to you next week.

Craig 15:00
Take care guys. Bye bye.

Matt 15:02 
Thank you Craig Peterson. Alright, so we're going to take a quick break.


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Apr 30, 2019

Did you know that driving a Tesla or a Prius causes more CO2 emissions than a diesel car? Find out more as Craig talks about it with Jim Polito.

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Airing date: 04/30/2019

Driving A Tesla Model 3 Or A Prius - Causes More CO2 Emissions -Study Out Of Germany

Craig Peterson 0:00
Hey, good morning, everybody Craig Peterson here. And this morning, I had a really great chat. I use the whole segment with Jim Polito this morning. Because he was really into this study that I talked a bit about on Saturday. So we want to do even more detail than I did on my radio show that came out of Germany, showing that the Mercedes C220D, yes, the D stands for diesel. That Mercedes in over its lifetime emits less CO2 per kilometer than a Tesla Model 3. So here we go with Jim. Oh, and I got cut off in the middle. I'm going to be interested to hear what they had to say when that happened too.

Jim Polito 0:47
Here he is. The man. He's not a myth. But he is a legend. I'm talking about our Tech Talk guru Craig Peterson. We're going to talk some interesting stuff about cars and CO2. Joining me now. Here he is, Craig Peterson. Hello, sir.

Craig 1:03
Hey, good morning. How are you doing, Jim? 

Jim 1:08
I'm good. I'm good. I was when I got the material from you. I said, Oh, boy, this is right up my alley. This is like the plastic bag ban. Everybody out there trying to do something, be a do-gooder. And then you're not really doing any good. You're actually making things worse. You're telling me that the zero emission Tesla Model 3 will actually produce more CO2, not out of its tailpipe but more CO2 than a Mercedes diesel. Tell me. I love it. Well, you know, I think that's why you put it at the top of the list for today. So you knew that I would, I would eat this one up. Tell me how this is possible.

Craig 1:58
Well, this is really, really interesting. And it what it goes back to Jim, if I have to boil this all down, it goes back to government interference. And yes, I'm calling it interference, government interference in the natural course of Science and Technology. You know, what's happened here is similar to what happened when, remember we said, Oh, we've got to start making ethanol and putting ethanol into our gas tanks, because it's going to cut back on emissions, it's going to cut back on CO2. Remember that whole thing? Right?

Jim 2:34  
Yes, yes.

Craig 2:36 
And what state is of absolute first voting for the president in the nation when it comes to the primary?

Jim 2:44
If you get rid of the caucus Iowa. The real voting is in New Hampshire.

Craig 2:49
It is. But Iowa is number one. It's the first, right?

Jim 2:53
Yeah. it is. It's a caucus. Yeah.

Craig 2:55
And when what happens in Iowa, what do they grow? What's their economy out there?

Jim 3:01
They grow that stuff. That they make into ethanol that clogs my old carburetor on my old Harley, yes. They make ethanol.

Craig 3:13
Yeah. And it destroys small engines and everything else. So it has been a literal disaster. It is caused massive die off in the Gulf of Mexico, because the farmers are now trying to grow corn all the way along the Mississippi Delta, not delta, but the Mississippi River, right? They're trying to grow the corn to be able to make the cellulose to make the ethanol to go into our gas as as mandated. Remember, President Obama was trying to up into 15, or even 20% of the fuel we buy to be ethanol. So they're trying to grow it. They're using all these fertilizers that get into the water supply. And are killing, there is a huge have a have a look at a map, if you don't believe me, there is a huge die off hundreds of square miles of everything in the Gulf of Mexico, dying by the mouth of the Mississippi River. And we got major red tides caused by this. And another thing is okay, so it has been a disaster. And by the way, the ethanol in your gasoline has ended up causing more CO2 to go into the air than if we did not have ethanol than the gasoline. So there's an example of what happened when governments rushed into fear, right? Here's, this is another one now. There was a study some years ago, that showed that a Hummer produced less emissions, then the Toyota Prius.

Jim 4:52
What? It that how we're gonna get to the Tesla 3 in this thing, because now you're getting close to a vehicle that's got a battery is that the key here?

Craig 5:02
The battery is kind of the key. But there's one other thing that Hummer's going to last maybe a million miles with engine rebuild .

Jim 5:10
Yeah. They are. They're very. Yeah, they absolutely are.

Craig 5:13
Think of all of the energy that goes into manufacturing a new Prius every couple of hundred thousand miles. And then all of the energy that goes into making the batteries. Now the batteries are the killer here, when it comes to the Tesla Model 3, when it comes to the Prius and some of these other full electric cars that are out there right now, these zero emissions cars. And what happens is that they have to mine, of course, these minerals, right?

Jim 5:43
Right. So for the battery. Yeah.

Craig 5:46
Yeah, exactly. So one of the places they mind is in Quebec, just north of us. And they mind some of these minerals. And by the way, it is so toxic, that NASA uses the area around these mines in Canada, but at least not in the US, right? It's so toxic, that nothing lives for miles and miles, all vegetation is dead. There are no animals. And we use it, NASA uses it to test landers, lunar landers. Martian landers.

Jim 6:21 
Oh my god. Really?

Craig 6:22
Okay, so you have all that toxicity. But anyways, they take that they ship those components via truck, via ship. And it makes quite a nice little trip, it goes to China, it goes to Japan, it goes back to China, it goes back to the US, it's made into a special kind of foam and everything. It's incredible. So add everything up. That goes into the manufacturing of that Tesla Model 3, everything. And then the amount of CO2, yeah, that's used are created. We're talking about that Tesla Model 3 being 20 having 20% more average emissions over its lifetime than this Mercedes Benz C220  diesel. 

Jim 7:15
So let me just put it in, we're talking with our friend Craig Peterson our Tech Talk guru. Let me put it to this, right. So diesel, which is number two oil, it's it's also how I heat my home. Okay, that stuff that they pump out of the ground, don't refine as much as they refined gasoline. The stuff that is the dirtiest pump when you go to the gas station, because it's oil and it picks up dust and dirt and everything else that you put into a diesel engine and then fire up with glow plugs. Okay, that maybe make it a little faster with a turbo charger? That stuff is cleaner than trying to drive around in a Tesla or in a Prius. That's actually better for the environment.

Craig 8:04
A hundred percent with like, now there's debate, you know, there's there's knots and things, but the emissions from the diesel are also heavier. So those emissions end up coming down to the ground. Of course now with these new clean diesels are just absolutely incredible. But you mentioned pumping it out of the ground Jim. These numbers include all of the manufacturing of the diesel itself and trucking it around and everything else. So again, here now I am rather I've known this for a long time, right? Because I've looked at these numbers for years. This is a new study that just came out of Germany. And...

Jim 8:50
Oh, you know what it is. Danny, we Danny, we lost him. Do you know what happened?

Danny 8:57 
They're on to us.

Jim 8:58 
Danny. It's the green new deal.

Danny 9:02 
Maybe maybe was Elon Musk?

Jim 9:03 
Steve. Steve, did anything happen on your end? Did anything? Any sparks or anything? Nothing? No? You sure? I think he's calling back.

Danny 9:15
Let's just assume it was Russia.

Jim 9:19
Hold on. Is that you sir?

Craig 9:22
It is. 

Jim 9:24
You know what it was? Alexandria. It was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. It was not the Russians, because so the Russians, the only thing that they make any money off of is their oil. So the Russians would not cut off what you were preaching there. It was AOC. So go ahead. Go ahead. I said it was talking about pumping in out of the ground.

Craig 9:49
Right and you these numbers include all of that the pump it on the ground, the transporting it, the processing of it, as you mentioned, is much less processed than the gasoline is these are this is a study done in Germany, they make, you know, electric car emissions and other countries are going to vary a little bit depending on the mix of, of coal. And you know, New Hampshire even burns wood for some of the electricity, you know, some of the cleaner fuels, but it kind of gets me upset because this brings me back to something else. I gotta mention this Jim. I'm sorry. I'm going along in this segment.

Jim 10:24 
No it's ok.

Craig 10:26
My daughter in, I think, you know, my one of my daughters is over in Norway now and she's helping to lead this project. Right. And Norway, they give a tax what they do in Norway, there's a 25% VAT. So sales tax on everything. So if you buy an electric car, they don't charge that tax.  

Jim 10:50
If you buy an electric car?

Craig 10:50
Yeah, exactly. And they're thinking about getting rid of it. But they're not sure. But the reason they like electric cars is it be keep it because it keeps their environment clean. They're not worried about these cesspools of chemical mixtures that are sitting in China and India and other places.

Jim 11:12
Yeah. They're worried about their little pretty little, and that is See, that's the thing. This is where I and we've got to wrap it up now, where I go off on the plastic bag thing. Every community bans plastic bags, so we don't want to see them on the roadside. They're choking the whales. 90% of that plastic comes from India, Africa, and Asia. There are 10 rivers in the world that produce 90% of the plastic in the ocean, and none of them are in North or South America. None of them. There are 2 in Africa. 

Craig 11:48   
I wish it wouldn't knee-jerk, Jim. but it's. I don't know what it is. But people have gotten worse in knee-jerking nowadays.

Jim 11:56
They don't want to feel like they're part of the cause. Look, environmentalism has become the new religion. That's my opinion. It's the new religion. But anyway, Craig, that was fascinating the explanation of all the filth that goes into building a wonderful, clean car. So if folks want that story and more information from our tech talk guru, all you do is text my name, Jim to this number.

Craig 12:21
855-385-5563. That's 855-385-5553.

Jim 12:31
That's right. And standard data and text rates apply. But it's a clean transaction between you. And Craig Peterson. He won't sell your name. He won't annoy you with constant text. He'll get you the information you need when you need it. Thank you, sir.

Craig 12:50
Hey, thanks, Jim. Have a great day.

Craig 12:54
Hey, everybody, have a great day. As you can tell, I was having some fun this morning with Jim and I'll be back tomorrow with more fun with Ken and Matt, and all of our friends up in Maine, throughout Maine, all of the stations were on up there. So keep an eye out for that. Also, if you missed my offer last time of this DIY cyber security course what to do, how to do it. I went through everything. I was just amazed. I printed it all up the other day. And I'm looking at close to a ream of paper sitting there on the printer. I haven't taken that off yet. All of the stuff I covered and that's double sided. It's just crazy, all this stuff. And I didn't print out the bonuses either. But anyways, I am going to be launching another course coming up, it's not going to be alive. I'm not going to do as much live coaching. And we're doing that to keep the costs down. So that's coming up in a couple of weeks. Make sure you're on my weekly show notes email list so you find out about it. Then that's just, you'll see it on my homepage to Get on that you're going to get my weekly show notes, including everything I talked about, with Jim and I talked about on my radio show and all of these other guys. And it'll come in your email box every Saturday morning. I'm planning on starting up another thing here shortly, where it'll probably be on Wednesday mornings, and It's a Security Thing. So that should be fine as well. And I'll let you know when that happens too. So have a great day. And we'll talk with you all soon. Bye bye.


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Apr 29, 2019

Did you know that driving a Tesla results in more CO2 emissions? Craig discussed this with Jack Heath, as well as Senator Hassan's aide stealing gigabytes of data from the her office.

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Airing date: 04/29/2019

Driving A Tesla Results In More CO2 - Senate Gets Hit By Insider Hackers - Sen Hassan


Craig Peterson 0:00
Hey, good morning, everybody. I've been a little reluctant with some of my Security Thing podcasts. I have just been so busy and I just don't think I'm going to be able to get to it this week either because I am going to the derby. I'm going to be out in Kentucky. So it's going to be a busy week for me. How's that for fun, eh? The private boxes and everything. I'll man's can be fun. Anyhow. I'll return and report next week. This morning I was on with Jack Heath on New Hampshire today, which of course covers the whole state of New Hampshire and parts of all of the surrounding states. And we had a good little discussion. And by the way, Jack just won an award. Because if you know New Hampshire at all, you know our state sport is politics, right? We are first in the nation when it comes to primary. We are a very small state, we actually get to press the flesh with these Congress critters, people running for office, particularly presidents. So we see them all. We talked to them all. We vet them all. So it's a big deal. So Jack just won an award for his coverage of politics, because he has everybody on both sides of the aisle in the middle as well. So it's kind of fun. So congratulations to Mr. Jack Heath for that. And this morning, we talked about a couple of problems and problems the democrats have been having when it comes to hiring bad IT talent. And that came out right home to New Hampshire. That jack corrected me I was calling her senator Hassan I guess she pronounces it Hassan. So Senator Hassan and her aide, big story there. So we talked about that. And then another study out showing that these electric cars are not zero emissions vehicles. In fact, they produce about 20% more carbon dioxide. Then some of the diesel's out there. So here we go with Mr. Heath. Have a great day everybody.

Jack Heath 2:06
in the next hour, but right now joining us on the Auto Fair listener lines is our own Tech Tech Talk guy. Tech Talk guy Craig Peterson. How are you sir?

Craig 2:14
Hey, I'm doing well. By the way. We have a horse running this year but not in the Kentucky Derby yet. But my daughter also of course from New Hampshire, we raised some horses here. She's now for the last couple of years been a manager to farm out in Kentucky called Winning Star when they won the Triple Crown last year. Justify was their horse. 

Jack 2:36
Wow, I've heard the name. Good for your daughter. You must be a proud dad.

Craig 2:39
Yeah, isn't that neat? I'm going to be out there this weekend. In fact for the running of the Kentucky Derby so yeah. It will be fun.

Jack 2:46
Good stuff. And hold on before I get to your stuff I just gonna say it's not really I guess, high tech talk but if you heard about the two Canadian suspects who are, I think they're going to be charged they formally they basically one some alert folks in Hudson notice one person kept going back to this ATM but I guess they they made an arrest of this ring. But the ATM they rip it off in Massachusetts and in I guess New Hampshire so they get a lot of cash for the other one I thought of Craig on Friday, I talked about this Seacoast online had a story out at Kittery, Maine. Did you hear this one? 45 victims, they say in the Kittert area alone. And the suspects' four men from Florida. If I have the story, correct, were basically using the United States Postal, you know the the delivery system that will tell you something's coming. And somehow they stole some identities and they were ordering these credit cards. And they would track the delivery on the USPS whatever system on their phone, and then show up at people's homes and intercept. They used their names intercept the cards before the person even got them. And you know, it was a credit card scam, but they basically made the arrest. So a lot of scams.

Craig 3:56
Yeah, there are and in fact, there's an article up this week saying that falling victim to one of these scams, not this type in Kittery, but where you get an email scam is actually an early sign of dementia. It was very interesting article. So here's what I do to deal with that. And I think it's pretty simple. When you have a bank credit card or checks, because I still use checks okay, I do not have them delivered to the house. I have them delivered to the local bank branch.

Jack 4:28 
That's smart. That's smart.

Craig 4:29 
And then they call me and say, Yeah, because people have been doing this for years stealing from from mailboxes as well. So good. Good advice. Good warning. Hey, two quick things here. One is, you know, we talked about the F150 and how efficient that Ford truck is when it comes to CO2 emissions. And the government how to this like the new Tesla Model 3 is a zero emissions vehicle, we are paying our tax dollars for every person that buys one of the these cars and many others, although they've hit their limit of 200,000. We'll see what happens with Congress. But a new study out again here from Germany, this time, saying that these so-called zero emissions vehicles produce about 20% more carbon dioxide, than diesel Mercedes in this case. And we remember last time we were talking about the F150. And the Wall Street Journal's warning as well saying that because of this study, again, we want to point out here's a quote, recall the false promises about corn and cellulosic ethanol, you know, the stuff made from from corn, false promises, it didn't help. It made a lot of things worth it worse. It destroys small engines. And I think this is another example of why we want the free market to decide what the winner is. When it comes to our environment. The US has even been ahead of every country in the world. Even after we pulled out of a Paris Climate accord. We are beating everyone else when it comes to the lowered CO2 emissions and also our atmosphere. You know.

Jack 6:12
There's a story that's not always framed that way. We're always the problem.

Craig 6:16
Exactly. And it turns out, we're not. Very interesting study. I have it up on my website. And then I don't know if you saw this. Senator, Hassan's former aide here. And what had happened, this guy's name was is Jackson Cosko. He entered into a plea deal about a week ago. And the statement of facts in that deal says that from July to October 2018. Just last fall, he engaged in extraordinary extensive data theft from Senator Hassan's office.

Jack 6:47  
Or Hassan.

Craig 6:48
Hassan. I'm sorry. Hassan. The theft occurred by the way after he was fired by the senator in May, and then was hired by democratic Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, that gave him access to the house computer network. And another aide apparently of our senator was going in, give him a key so he could go in at night, he was putting keyloggers and everything else in which it's just amazing reminds you of what happened with a Wasserman Schultz here last year, who was the head of the DNC and also of course, a congressperson. And there was a plea deal with him as well. And this was the Imran Awan scandal that occurred, and he was doing it for a government of US Congress people on the democrat side. It's just we've got to be more careful, Jack. You know, he was putting keyloggers on, which means you have a just a quick look at your computer. If you have a wired keyboard, check at the back make sure there isn't an extra little fob on the back of your computer that recording every keystroke, because that's how you get in. That's how many bad guys get in and sometimes even install it in in software, but he did plead guilty and unlike Awan, it looks like he's going to serve some time here. We'll see what happens.

Jack 8:12
Alright Craig. Thank you very much for your Tech Talk update. Thank you.

Craig 8:16 
Hey, thanks.


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Apr 26, 2019

What is a green car?  It might surprise you. So be sure to listen in today.

Today I will unpack the problems with our new junior Senator Maggie Hassan. Yea, she hired someone who stole gigabytes of high-value data.

What do you think of Facial recognition?  Well, I will discuss some of the problems with the FBI facial recognition program.

WiFi? Is it bad for your health? I will talk about what a new study out of the Czech Republic found.  

If you think that by going to the cloud, your business is going to be safe, you have another thing coming to you. I will explain why in today's show.

Amazon? Wow, I can't believe they're doing this with books. If you have not heard about this, listen in.

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Airing date: 04/27/2019

Driving A Tesla Increases CO2 Emissions - Sen Hassan Aid Stole Gigabytes Of Data

Craig Peterson 0:03 
Hi everybody. Craig Peterson here. We're about to get started with another one of our Saturday shows heard every Saturday morning here on these iHeart Radio broadcast channels. Yes, terrestrial radio. And I also have it out online. You can find it all at http://Craig Well, today we are going to be covering a couple of articles that I think might be a bit of a surprise to you. One of them has to do with green cars. Now, if you've known me for a long time, you know that green cars aren't green. But but there's a study out we're going to talk about that yet another study, remember the one that said that the Hummer H2 was actually, no it was the H1 was actually greener than the Toyota Prius, while the new study up right here in New Hampshire, that's where I'm located Senator Hassan, her aid, stole gigabytes of high-value data. So we'll talk about that. And what happens when a business or in this case a government agency, has one of their employees go rogue? The FBI facial recognition program is under fire. WiFi? Is it bad for your health? A new study out and a very interesting article from the Czech Republic on that. If you think that by going to the cloud, your business is going to be safe. You have another thing coming to you. New research out on that. Amazon? Wow, I can't believe they're doing this with books. You might have heard about this with 1984 that George Orwell book a little while ago. Well, there's a whole lot here we're going to talk about. And mental health apps, and what data are they actually sharing. So here we go with all of our news that's fit for today.

Craig 2:02
So first up today, let's talk about driving your Tesla. Now they are cool. And I had a really interesting discussion with one of my daughters. She lives in Norway right now. She's running a huge project, autonomous ships for Kongsberg, which is just a huge shipping company. They well they make the controls and stuff for shipping. They just bought Rolls Royce marine here a few months back. And I was talking to her about Teslas because electric cars get a special subsidy in Norway. Now, here in the US, Tesla has already reached the 200,000 car mark. And the idea behind this was that they would provide, the federal government would provide extra money to help subsidize the purchase of electric cars, not just Teslas. But once they hit the 200,000 car mark, that subsidy would go away. And some of the Democrats in Congress are pretty busy right now trying to figure out how can they re-establish that deal, get that deal going again. And they may end up doing that. Well in Norway, they have similar things where the government is subsidizing electric vehicles, and to a very large point, because in Norway, right away, you don't have to pay the sales tax, which is 25% sales tax. Imagine that. And then it's a VAT, too. So it's not just the sales tax when you buy it, but there's sales tax every time a product changes hands, from manufacturing parts through distribution through the final retailer, and then you. So things are just crazy expensive there. And they have a great free market economy. Don't get me wrong, they are not a socialist country. None of the Scandinavian countries are socialist, but they are very heavily taxed and they do have a lot of government programs. So they were talking about getting rid of this subsidy, effectively a subsidy for electric cars, Tesla stock went down. And there's a lot of reasons it goes up and down, right? Well, here in the US what's the reason everybody seems to be giving for an electric car. Why do they want these electric vehicles? What's the big deal? Why does it matter? Well, here in the US, they're telling us this story that while it's more green, there's less carbon that goes into the atmosphere. And it's just it's a wonderful thing. And every Friday night, we get together all of us electric car owners, and we lock arms and we sing Kumbaya, right? And it's all because it's green. They're just wonderful vehicles. And you know that there's obviously some miss truths to that, let me put it that way. And in fact, there are there, it's just not true. And that's what the studies showing. In Norway, they're much more saying about this. And Norway, they're saying, hey, yeah, that these electric cars are not more green. But what we're trying to do is prevent the pollution in our environment, in our environment here in Norway. So we don't want these cars to, to be emitting all of this nastiness and trucks and things. We just want electric vehicles, we don't care that they're made in China and Japan, and that shipped all over, we don't care about the pollution they're causing worldwide and the fact that the recycling this stuff. It's just it's hazardous, right. But what we care about is we have clean air. Now, that to me, is a legitimate argument. I think there are legitimate arguments might be its cool technology. And the other argument might well be that you know, the air here tends to be a little bit cleaner. Now, of course, they're dumping all of the crap that there, their byproducts making these batteries in these cars. They're dumping them in the ocean in China and into the air and eventually gets here, all of this plastic in the ocean that's coming from these third world countries and communist countries that just don't care about it. Right. So this article is absolutely fascinating. And it's saying that driving a Tesla results in more CO2 than our Mercedes diesel does. So think about that for a minute. Diesel's have gotten a really bad name lately, because of some cheating that was done on an emissions test. Now, I put that cheating in air quotes, you saw that, right? If you're watching this You saw me do that? Well, the reason I do that is the diesel's are it's a different type of emission. And when the engine is cold, they run different currently, then when the engine is warm, or when it's hot. And some of these tests that were being done by our EPA and the European Union, don't really give the diesel vehicles credit. And you know, Europe, if you've been there, if you've rented a car, even if you were driven around, you notice most of the cars were diesel, because, in fact, a lot of the gases that are emitted by the vehicles, it's better if it's diesel, it washes down more quickly out of the atmosphere. But they're worried about the nitrous oxide and some other things that can cause problems for some people. So you know, hey, I get that. So hydrogen methane technology that is being used right now in the new diesel's has made a huge, huge difference. So if you look at this a little bit closer here, I'm going to pull this article right up on the desk area go see now you can see it on YouTube on

Craig 8:02
It's touted as a zero-emission vehicle. Now we're talking about the Tesla Model 3, but in actuality, it creates more carbon dioxide dumped more into the air than a comparable diesel-powered car. And it's I love this article, when the CO2 emissions from the battery productions included, electric cars like Teslas are, in the best case slightly higher. We're talking about CO2 emissions here, in the best case, Teslas have slightly higher emissions of CO2 then a diesel engine, and our otherwise much higher and this is from a German Think Tank. And it's just absolutely fascinating here Daily Caller article that we're quoting from, and I love this picture they have of the Model 3 in the car show here in Toronto. So they looked electric car production in Germany, it's heavily reliant on coal power, we're in the US, of course, we burn coal, we burn wood, we have things that the left really hates, like, heaven forbid, we have nuclear power, which is course, frankly, the cleanest of all. And if the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, we get off of their hands, and use some of this new nuclear technology that was invented here, 30 years ago, we would be in incredible shape, there'd be almost no nuclear waste at all, because we can re-burn it and certain types of reactors and things but people just got completely scared about it. California is requiring automakers to cut greenhouse gas emissions in cars, producing lower emission vehicles buying credits, which is making people like Al Gore very rich right? At the federal level, the US government's giving you a $7500 per electric vehicle tax break. It's it just goes on and on. A study here from the University of Cologne, talking about what they found in responsible energy, which forgets it, right, and who wants responsible energy policies, it's just not out there right now. But a study released to 2018 also found that driving electric cars might come with higher emissions of diesel vehicles, largely because of the lithium-ion production. For those that are unaware. This lithium most of its harvested in Quebec, NASA uses the area for miles, hundreds of square miles around the lithium battery mine, if you will. NASA uses it for testing lunar landings because there is no life at all. And then that is shipped off over to China for pre-processing and shipped to Japan, to turn it into a type of foam, is shipped back to China to finalize the battery components, shipped back to the US to be installed in the Tesla. Think about all of the carbon dioxides from that. A Manhattan Institute study from Tony teen found that putting more electric cars on the road would likely increase emissions compared to internal combustion engine vehicles. Now, you know that I have a libertarian band. So part of my dislike of this whole thing is that you know, come on people bottom line. Why should the government be the one that's deciding that's what the next best technology is going to be? Does that make any sense to you really doesn't make any sense that the government should be deciding, hey, listen, we're going to bet your tax money on electric vehicles rather than hydrogen fuel cells or some of these other technologies that might win. Again, let the private sector decide. And this is yet another area that our government has become socialist with a government trying to control the means production, the types of production, trying to incentivize it, etc, etc, right? Stuff that I obviously just don't agree with. But I guess you guys already know that. Right? Okay.

Craig 12:12
So next up, let's see if I can make this work here for YouTube. That's, I think it was this key combination. That didn't work. Yeah, I'm doing something wrong. So what I'm going to do is this, because I'm pretty sure that will work. Yes, there you go. Okay, so now you can see the article. This is from the Daily Caller, this is former senator has a son from New Hampshire, you know who she is what her one of her former aides now is in very, very much trouble. Now we know the Democrats have been, I'm going to say it, I'm going to say it out. Because this is true. They have been stupid when it comes to their IT people, they have not hired, in most cases, the people they should have hired, and we got a listener out there. So hat tip to Guy if you're listening, who have decided that because I keep talking about these problems with security, that he's going to take up a career in security. So he signed up for this six-month course, kind of getting started in cybersecurity. Once he's done with that, it'll take a year or so of him having real-life experience in it, and then he'll be really quite good. But man alive here, they missed all kinds of red flags about what this guy was doing. But here's the bottom line. This is a plea agreement that he did sign apparently extraordinary, extensive data theft scheme is what it was called. He installed keylogging devices that picked up every keystroke on these machines. So a keylogger, in case you're not aware, if you're using a keyboard, with a USB cable, and then that USB cable plugs into the back of your computer, as someone can insert on the back of that computer, one of these keyloggers and the way this keylogger ends up working is that you're typing your keys, and they're all being intercepted by this little USB device. So you might want to right away, especially if you are democrat senator, apparently, you might want to right away go and check the back of your computer and see if there if your keyboard is plugged in directly. Now, you know, if you watch for a while I use Macs, right? So here's an example of the mouse I use. And on the Mac, it's Bluetooth wireless, but it also has available here, a USB port, right? It's actually one of Apple's proprietary port. And I have the also the keyboard here. This is what I'm using on my iMac, in fact, to control the video that we're creating for YouTube on that iMac. So that's what that's all about right there. Okay, and that was really nice. It's really handy. But what Apple does is everything is super-encrypted. In fact, in order for me to configure this trackpad to my Mac, I have to plug it in via cable. It does some handshaking it automatically configured the iMac for this trackpad or this keyboard. Same things true for laptops of using external devices. So Apple has gone the extra extra mile.

Craig 15:39
If you're using a regular Bluetooth keyboard like here's my other computer here. This is a standard older Mac, keyboard, and mouse I have it in the mount. So it's all together. But this uses regular Bluetooth and regular Bluetooth has encryption as well. So typically, generally speaking, your Bluetooth is going to be safer than using a wired keyboard or wired mouse because you can install these keyloggers right so that's kind of what I was getting at here.

Craig 16:16 
So back to our friend here at senator Hassan's office. What she did is or he did I should say is he installed these keyloggers so they usually have to come back to get back keylogger in order to read it. But remember, if you're typing on your computer, what are you typing? Oh, a username and a password. And usually, those are pretty well identifiable pretty easily identifiable. So apparently, Jackson Cosko worked with an unnamed accomplice and other Hassan employee who reportedly lent him a key that he used to enter the office at night and who allegedly tried to destroy evidence for him after the fact. So Cosko accepted responsibility for the events revealed by federal prosecutors in court last Friday. Apparently was doing it from July and October. But he really did a lot more than that. It kind of goes on here in this article from the Daily Caller, he sneaked into her office, reportedly multiple times at night gathered dozens of gigabytes of data, including usernames and passwords belonging to Senate employees, okay, like really come on guys. Tens of thousands of emails, internal documents, credit card information blog, the Senate employee social security numbers, blah, blah, blah. So be careful out there. These IT people are not what they appear to be in many cases. And of course, the huge thing with the Democrats. And I couldn't believe how they responded when it was disclosed that Wasserman Schultz's IT people had had just committed me incredible crimes all the way across the board. And she was throwing the tantrum or when they tried to investigate. In fact, I don't think the FBI ever got to fully investigate this thing.

Craig 18:10 
So anyhow, keep an eye on your IT people. Make sure you know who they are. Make sure they're of good character. It's easy enough to do basic background check nowadays, you can get them done for 20, 30 bucks online, just check in public record and make sure they look okay. Okay. And it's difficult. I get it. It's difficult to hire the right person. because, frankly, how do you know who the right person is? What do you know about IT? What do you know about security, it's difficult, you got to find somebody that's been in a long time.

Craig 18:43 
Alright, so next up, let's talk about this FBI problem here. This is from I'll put it up on my screen here Of course, you guys the audio guys listen to the podcast. And here on iHeart Radio as well. You guys are my primary audience. Okay. But if you want to see some of these articles, I put them up here on the screen. But this is huge. The FBI reportedly has ignored, for the most part, the GAO, the Government Accountability Offices concerned over its use of facial recognition technology, in criminal investigations, its new technology, its kinda neat. They can scan all kinds of public cameras and photos as well as records, the FBI has to try and find suspects and close cases. That part's fine. But apparently, what they've been doing is they're pulling from a database of more than 30 million mug shots and other photos. And while they're doing this, they're looking for matches, right? Doesn't that make sense? And they're trying to find the matches, they're trying to get the right people, but they get bad matches, they get mismatches with people who were nowhere in the area. Okay, I get that. You figure it out, right, and you take care of it. But apparently what they've been doing is they have been going after them and prosecuting and trying to get convictions. The auditors and the GAO recommended that the FBI tests the accuracy of these things at least once a year, make improvements, etc, that are very interesting. So if you're charged nowadays by the FBI or local prosecutor, what's the right thing to do? Because you weren't in the area. You didn't do it. Are they going to convict you on bad evidence now because they trust the computer so much? I don't know.

Craig 20:49  
Okay, so next up from the TechRepublic, we got an article about WiFi, how many people complain about WiFi saying it's bad for our health? Well, another study out and I've been saying this for a long time. And man that I feel bad one time I was keynoting at an annual event for it was for a bank. And I was their keynote speaker for their annual shareholder's meeting and talked about the future of technology. Where it's going? What's happening? And a lady came up to me and said, so what do you think about radiation from phones, from cell phones? And I said, well, you know, I've been an advanced class amateur radio operator for many, many decades. I have had a lot of radiation from these radios exposed to me, I've never had anything happen. And most of the studies that have been done about ham radio operators have said, hey, there's nothing definitive about a problem. So bottom line, you know, doesn't really matter. It's not a big deal, that you have this happening. And then she said, you know, you can see the tears welling up in her eyes. And she says, Well, I think it was her husband had been diagnosed with cancer. And they said that it was because he had the phone up to his head all the time using it at work. And that work should be paying for all this medical treatment and, and pain and suffering and stuff. And man made me feel really bad. But the truth is, there are no strong ties between these various types of radiation. And the biggest problem I think people have is a misunderstanding. We call it radiation. But this isn't x rays. This isn't, you know, the radiation you get from outer space, it is non-ionizing radiation. And radiation from a scientific definition is just energy moving through space, it's not a big deal. So these new WiFi devices that are going to be rolled out all over the country for 5G, they're going to be everywhere. And that's one of the reasons you can get such high data rates. They are everywhere. And so you're going to be close to them. Even mount them on our houses, on telephone poles are going to be just everywhere. But the RF signals, these radio frequency signals that are generated by WiFi, by Bluetooth, by your phones, in any device that's sold legally in the US is tested. And you know, I'm not one for trusting government testing necessarily, right. But in reality, the safety limits are just incredible. You know, you're talking about 500 milliwatts, and I have routinely been transmitting at 50 watts, which is a lot more power, and I haven't experienced any problems and, and 100 watts on some of the HF bands and even higher. So studies just, there was one of University of Barcelona, looking at RF exposure of children, ages 8 to 18 in Europe over three day period, WiFi represented 4% of total RF exposure. 62% of the RF exposure came from cellular base stations. 23% from broadcast TV and radio. And 10% from a nearby cell phone. So the exposure is approximate point .001% of that of the safety limits imposed by the European Commission, which is even tighter than here in the US. So back to this article, again, TechRepublican on You'll see it. WiFi is just not bad for your health.

Craig 24:45
So we're going to whip through a couple more here pretty quickly because we only have a couple of minutes left. If you think that switching over to cloud services is going to make you safe. I'm afraid there's another thing coming for you. Because right now cloud services are the Wild West. And various cloud services have various amounts of safety with them, if you will, they have really kind of an abysmal record. You think about all of these huge data breaches that have happened on the cloud recently. And it's incredible, like 2 billion records found on the cloud from one of these cloud services providers just in the last couple of months. So just because you're using Office 365, or you're using some other type of cloud services,, etc, does not mean it's safe. Now, I'm not saying that they aren't relatively safe, but there's a new study out. And this is from the global phish report from Avanan. And they looked at 55 million emails sent to Microsoft Office 365 and Google G Suite account. Those are the big guys. If you have an email for your business, you're probably either with Office 365, or Google G Suite. And they found roughly 1% of all messages or phishing threats that use malicious attachments or links. And of those, 25% that were marked safe by the Exchange Online protection built into Office 365. And delivered to us. So just a little word of warning there. Just because you're using the cloud service does not mean that your emails are safe.

Craig 26:31
I've got to bring this one up too. Amazon, they are burning books. And I don't know what to do about this. You know, remember Jeff Bezos said that he was going to be you know, open, they sell any books, he wanted the exchange of ideas, which is, of course, a very libertarian classic liberal way of doing things. But now apparently he is removing books from the store. We know already that he has removed books from people's iPads etc. So in February this year, they banned a number of books from white identitarian Jared Taylor, a book called The White Nationalist Manifesto by Greg Johnson. You may completely disagree with these guys. Right. But again, they need to have their voices out there as part of the public debate. They also banned, had bans on Holocaust revisionists books in 2017, a purge of all books by the controversial pickup blogger and author Daryush Valizadeh, I guess it is. Many others, many others. Amazon's refused, by the way, to take down a book defending pedophilia on first amendment grounds. They have not removed certain books that are up there that are anti-christian, even though there have been complaints about them. So they got to get their act together.

Craig 27:57
And if you're using a mental health app, you can see it on my screen here, be careful out there because of the data they're sharing. Alright, have a great week. I am out of time. We will chat next week and of course during the week as well on my podcasts. Take care, everybody. Bye-bye.


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Apr 24, 2019

It's Wednesday morning. Time for the WGAN Morning News with Ken and Matt. Today they talked about the Samsung Galaxy Fold, the fake 5-star reviews on Amazon, and how much your tax info is worth on the dark web.

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Airing date: 04/24/2019

Samsung Fold Problem - How Much Your Tax Info Sells For - Matt's Bad Amazon Headphones

Craig Peterson  0:00
Hey, everybody, we talked this morning about the Samsung fold problem, how much your tax and photos worth on the dark web and Matt bought some headphones online on Amazon based on the star ratings. And guess what? They aren't so good. So we talked about that as well. So here we go Craig Peterson with Ken and Matt in Maine, this morning.

Matt Gagnon0:26
WGAN Wednesday morning, that time and that day means Craig Peterson, man about town and tech guru joins us as he does now. What's going on, Craig?

Craig 0:37
Hey, good morning. Caribou still has snow on the ground. But that's a shocker. 

Ken Altshuler 0:45
Which is why we should annex it to Canada. It doesn't belong in America, get rid of it.

So I didn't see this on your, we're not going, I'm sure you've talked about the Samson folding tablet fiasco. And since I love to talk about how Samsung sucks. Any comment on Samsung?

Craig 1:09
You summed it up there in one word.

Ken 1:11
Well, thank you for joining us.

Matt 1:16
Oh, you fanboys.

Ken 1:17
I haven't had that with my iPhone, Matt.

Matt 1:19
At least they're trying to develop something new.

Craig 1:22
It's a problem. And of course, we're talking about these folding things. With the Galaxy Fold. The screens are breaking and people are kind of getting upset. But it's a cool new technology. Matt's right for once, Ken. You know.

Ken 1:37
Matt's never right. Ever.

Craig 1:40
Ever? Oh, come on. I was trying to give you one Matt. So here's a problem. It's, how do I even explain this? Okay, here we go. I've got one Matt. The Apple MacBook Pro has a similar problem. And that is that when you're bending these things, sometimes those cables are, and the conductors are extremely, extremely small. And when you bend them a lot, of course you get mechanical breakdowns and that's what's happening right now with the galaxy fold and with the MacBook Pro, in fact, both companies are scrambling Apple's scrambling to get a new MacBook Pro out this September. And it looks like they're kind of pushing it up a little sooner than they had wanted to. Because of the two big problems with the MacBook Pro. One is the keyboard is still an issue for a lot of people. I just I don't like the feel of it. I don't. Ken, you like the feel your MacBook Pro keyboard right?

Ken 2:42
I do. Well, I kind of like the raised a little better. I've got a use of this. But that when I was raised lettering, I liked it a little better.

Craig 2:52
Yeah, I'd like to the old one little bit better. And then there's some problems with the cables in the screen there. And then the Galaxy Fold from Samsung is incredibly new technology. No one's really tried to do this quite this way before. And so it's it's kind of falling on its face. But also Samsung doesn't have the profit margin Apple does to invest in some of this stuff. So it's impressive what they did. But I'm not sure it'll ever be, well ever is a long time. Right. But anytime soon? 

Matt 3:22
I don't know, I guess I don't understand. And I'm a Samsung aficionado, if you will. So I don't get why you'd want it. I don't want to fold my phone. Is it just because you want to get a bigger screen? I guess. And so you can fold it that way? I don't care that much. Yeah, I mean, where is the demand for this? That I mean, I want to have a tablet, but I wanted the size of a phone. I really don't a tablet the size of my phone.

Craig 3:47
Well, it's the phablet thing, right? But let's go back again to Apple as an example, Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs. Henry Ford, let's go way back to Henry Ford. He said if we had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses. And Steve Jobs said of you know, we came up with the with the iPod and then the iPhone. And it, nobody was asking for it. And then when they came up with these bigger ones, like the one I have sitting right in front of me right now, they came up with a bigger screens and displays people were not asking for that either. And yet, in all of those cases, they became very, very popular. So as a business person, I've got to say, you, you have to what's the word cannibalize your own business, even if you have a business model and your business is doing well, if you don't compete against yourself with some new innovations, someone else is going to compete against yourself with that same innovation that you didn't bother doing. So I've got to in this case, praise Samsung for trying it. And I also agree with both you guys, I don't really want one that big. I have an iPad, if I need it, you know something that's bigger, but you know, having it in my pocket is going to be is going to be problematic. So I think that's why. So good, good on them for trying something new. But they definitely did not pull it off.

Matt 5:10
Talking to Craig Peterson our tech guru joins us at this time, every Wednesday to go over the world of technology. Craig, when I buy stuff on Amazon, I admit that I am one of the people that will you know, take like three different I actually, here's a good example, I just bought some wireless headphones, so that I could go running and not have the stupid wires in my face all the time. When I did that, I found like four or five different ones on Amazon and I checked out the reviews to see what people thought of them. And I, I will say I gave a couple extra points to the one that had better reviews. And I ended up buying it and I'm not terribly happy with it. Was I taken was was that were there a lot of phony reviews that are on these Amazon items and has this become a problem?

Craig 5:53
Well, that's a really good point because there's an article I have up on my site this week. It's from The Hustle. But this one particular was headphones, his iPhone plug it has that little iPhone connector on it. And it was ranked five stars, almost it had almost 4000 5-star reviews. And yet when the guy order did, that connector came right off broke off for like almost the first time right in his iPhone when he was trying to use it. And it's it is a real problem in something that we've kind of known about for a while. But the reason that's happening I think is very interesting. We used to have a, we still do, a lot of people here in the US who are buying stuff in China or from someplace else. They're shipping it over here. And then they are selling it on Amazon, they're reselling. And what's been happening over the last two to three years is these Chinese companies that are making these things have figured out, well, maybe we can get rid of that middleman. And so they've been shipping directly to Amazon. We're not going to get into all of the details here of how that all works. But they ship their stuff over and then they sell it. So there are some things that are going on that are kind of bad. You know, there's 82% of Americans, both all probably all three of us, right? Who checked the reviews, who checked the stars in it. But it turns out that there are sellers in China, who are paying people here in the US, they have secret Facebook groups, they have all closed Facebook groups, and they have other ways of communicating. And they will have you buy their product, they'll reimburse you for having bought it from Amazon. And then they'll give you an extra 10 bucks if you give it a five star review online. And so this guy got into this, he started poking around, he was invited to be a reviewer  of this nice little iPhone charger cable. And he found out that there is a big underbelly here there's a site you might want to check out called Fakespot, F-A-K-E-S-P-O-T. And people are looking at these five star reviews and Fakespot had a look at these. And found that in fact, there there there is star inflation going on. And they use some interesting ways to try and figure it out. But kind of on average, it's about a half a star inflation on some of these products. And when maybe as many as 30% of all of these reviews online are fake. And that is a real problem, Matt.

Matt 8:46
So I have this to blame for my wireless headphones not working the way that I want them to. Excellent.

Craig 8:50
It might be. 

Matt 8:53
I really just want to blame someone, Craig. So I'm gonna go ahead and pick this and call it good.

Craig 8:57
Call it good. When you get right down to it, read the reviews and see if they're all the same. I found reviews, I did a search online about this that said I haven't tried this product but and do a search for that. Go to Google and tell it to search Amazon for I haven't tried this product. And you will find reviews where people are giving a five star review and saying I haven't tried this product. So look for those, when you're looking at a product and then also look for people saying almost the exact same thing over and over again. And for me something that spooks me badly is very poor English. And that means that they aren't you know, they aren't people who can speak English well. So maybe they're legit. Maybe they're great people. But I get a little nervous about it.

Ken 9:53
We are down with Craig Peterson. He's our tech guru.

Matt 9:58

Ken 9:59
Exactly what I said. He joins us, everyone Wednesday at 7:38. Sorry for the cough.

Matt 10:06
We're now at 7:48. 10 minutes into the segment.

Ken 10:09
I didn't. I know, but he joins us at 7:38.

Matt 10:11
I'm just saying.

Ken 10:12
I didn't know the dark web, I know dark web deals with a lot of bad, you know, kiddie porn, but I didn't know it looked at my taxes.

Matt 10:23
Are you saying that you can Donald Trump's taxes on the dark web?

Ken 10:26
Yeah. Can we go down and find out? 

Craig 10:29
You will if the congressional committee catch all of them. Here's what's going on, I want to give everyone a quick piece of advice here. And that is if you have filed an extension for your taxes, file them as soon as you possibly can. Because what's happening is the bad guys are doing a couple of things. We already know they've got your passwords, we already know they've got your accounts. And we already know that most Americans are still using one of 10 passwords, people. And because of that what they've done now is the bad guys are hijacking People's Bank Accounts unbeknownst to them. So you can still use your bank account, but the bad guys have access to it. And then they are filing fake tax returns. And they're filing those big tax returns. And then they're pulling the money, all of it, including your tax return out of your bank account. And so that's how they get the guys you say well, I don't get much money. Yeah, but you're looking forward to that $500 tax refund. Well so are the bad guys. And they are paying online, anywhere from $1 for up to $52 for W-2s, 1040s, your name, your social security number and your birthdate is worth as little as 19 cents on the dark web. But just think of that. It can take you 300 hours to recover your credit and name and it's only worth 19 cents. And you can if you want to become a bad guy, you can get a how to guide to cash in on a victim's tax return for only $70 on the dark web. So it's our money, our identity isn't worth much. But if it's worth more than 17 cents to you, maybe you should change your passwords and use a password manager like 1Password or Lastpass online because man this is a real problem. And the best way to deal with this particular the taxes is to file your return early before the bad guys file one on your behalf.


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Apr 23, 2019

Craig is on the Jim Polito Show. Today they discussed the phony 5-star reviews in Amazon. 

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Airing date: 04/23/2019

Inside The World Of Fake Amazon Reviews

Craig Peterson 0:00
Hey, good morning, everybody. Craig Peterson here. This morning, we talked about five star phonies I went into in some depth here as to how does Amazon actually work? How are these Chinese companies selling products to us? And the problem that's arisen of many of them apparently getting five star reviews posted for products that are just junk. So how can you trust it? What can you do? Well, actually, we did get to that. Yes, indeed, with Jim Polito this morning. So here we go.

Jim Polito 0:39
This is a much anticipated visit from our tech talk guru Craig Peterson, talking about something that I myself and many others rely on.You buying a product on Amazon, you look at the stars, you say why full five stars? I gotta read these reviews. Is it really that good? Well, are the reviews really true. Joining us now. Our friend Craig Peterson. Good morning, sir.

Craig 1:08
Hey, good morning, you know, if you do check those product reviews before you make a purchase, you're about equal on footing with about 82% of American adults.

Jim 1:19
Yeah, the guys, we had it, we had a chat, we had a chat about it. And we all have our own method of checking their reviews, if we're buying something that we've never bought before, like I, not if I'm buying like detergent, or, you know, something like that, if I'm buying a product I haven't bought before I've done my research. And then you know, I say well this one looks good. I read Yeah, we all have different ways of reading the reviews. But the question is, can I believe them?

Craig 1:45
Yeah, and that's a really, really good question. Because if life has changed. Everything that's changed, you know, used to be, you could trust the name brand, because you knew they didn't want to mess up all of the money they've spent on advertising. And, you know, the name brand was in it frankly, and you know, you talked about Coke, for instance, and buying all of these other things. Coke has a name brand they're trying to protect. But when you're buying on Amazon, and the seller is someone in China, or maybe someone here in the US or somewhere else in the world, there's no brand name that you can trust. Right? There's, there's nothing that you know, so yes, we do look at those stars. And there's a really good article I put up on my website, and it's from The Hustle. And it's talking about what's been happening more recently on Amazon Now, we know Amazon trying to get the prices of everything down as low as t it can so they can pass some of those savings on to consumers and, and really kind of put its competitors out of business. Even Walmart's having a hard time trying to compete with Amazon out there. So one of the things, here's how it used to work, and it's still kind of works this way, I have a couple of buddies that do this. They go online, let's say they go to Alibaba, which is a kind of, you know, big place almost like eBay for businesses over in China. They they do analysis of Amazon, what's selling, what are people looking for, and then they go to Alibaba, they find a vendor that has a good price, and hopefully a decent quality, they order a bunch of them, they check them out, and then they ship them off to Amazon. So this is how this whole thing works. Amazon has them now in their warehouses, and Amazon charges the seller, just to have the product shipped and sitting there ready to ship out. Okay. And then of course, Amazon charges when it's sold. And you know, there's money exchanging hands all of the time. And that's what's been happening for quite some time. Well, what's been happening more recently is some of these Chinese companies are sitting there saying, why are we like having a middleman in the middle of all of this. And so these people here in the states that have been kind of, you know, buying and then reselling on Amazon, they have been bypassed now, in many, many cases. So you have these Chinese companies that are just going ahead, and shipping directly to Amazon here in the US to the warehouses, and so now those Chinese companies are paying the warehouse fees are paying the Commission's, but now there's no longer the markup of that middleman, who was based in the US whose throat, you could choke if you had to, and who's verifying things? Okay. So all of this has really changed over the last two to three years in a big way. And leads us directly to the five stars you're just asking about.

Jim 4:44
And so how do I look, look? And then this isn't, this isn't doesn't have anything to do with the ethnicity of Chinese people, but you can't trust China, when it comes to a lot of this stuff. They don't.

Craig 5:00
Yeah. You're absolutely right.

Jim 5:02
I mean, think about what's been done with dog food, lead paint, all of these things that came out of China that we really can't trust them for in terms of manufacturing and businesses. So the five stars by cutting out the middleman, that five star to just be bunked.

Craig 5:21
Yeah, it could be. And in fact, that's what's been happening here. This is a little bit of an in depth research that was done. And again, you can see the articles and all the details. They've got statistics and everything else about what's been happening out there. But he's talking about one of the highest ranked iPhone chargers, and it had an almost 4000 5 star reviews, and Amazon's Choice Label on it you saying in the article, and and he goes on to do a little bit more investigation because he was able to hop into this private Facebook group and talk with us Amazon seller named Lian Xi from I'm just guessing the pronunciations here, but what is joins out China? And she said, hey, listen, if you buy something, if you buy my product, which was an iPhone charger cable, charger, if you buy my my cable, I will reimburse you for the purchase and give you a $10 commission, if you go ahead and give me a five star rating on Amazon. Now, this is this has been a problem for a while. We have these influencers looking at Kim Kardashian and others who are online, who are pouting products who are saying we are the ones to you know, to believe. And I'm wearing this mascara because it stays on all day without ruining, right? And is this an ad? Is this not an ad? Is this a paid compensation? Where does the line start and stop? And that's what the Federal Trade Commission's been trying to figure out. And now, on top of it, we apparently have these Chinese resellers who are paying people to to do this. And, man, this has been a big deal for a long time. Okay. And, and the products break almost immediately. And yet it has 4000 5 star reviews. So what are you supposed to do?

Jim 7:25
And you know, you used a good example, like a cord, an iPhone charging cord, like an aftermarket one, not one of theirs. We know if you get a cheap one, it busts in no time at all. It doesn't work. And if I see a great price, and a five star rating on Amazon, I'm going to be inclined to buy that.

Craig 7:46
Yeah, but read these things. I guess some of these are amazing. Here's another example. This is from this bodybuilding enthusiast guy named Tommy Noonan. And he's looking at these testosterone boosters on Amazon, and you noticed that a product had 580 reviews, and every single one was five stars. And then he decided he read them. And this has always been the giveaway for me. And we've talked a little bit about this before, you know the languaging that's used. And it's like the morning did the democrats and out their talking points. And every single one of them is saying the exact same thing. So that's number one. And number two is people were reading things like I haven't tried this product, but and then they leave a glowing review. So I went on Amazon and I searched actually I just went to Google and search Amazon. And I found tons of reviews just like this. I never use this product but.

Jim 8:44
So what you do is, yeah, and I've done that to see, I've done it before, to see if someone has lifted what they've written from somebody else. And I just cut and paste and drop it in Google and you see it comes up somewhere else. So you say you cut and paste that review, put it in there, and it pops up in a million different locations. Identical wording.

Craig 9:09
Yeah, exactly. And it's, it's easy enough just to look and see even within one product, or most of these almost exactly the same wording. And now it's gotten even easier, Amazon has something else called Mechanical Turk. And Mechanical Turk is designed, it's fantastic for businesses, if you have something that needs to be done by someone. And it's a very repetitive task. And maybe you want to pay a cent or five cents to find me a picture of a kitty cat with this or that. That's what Mechanical Turk is all about. And with Mechanical Turk, you can even though this is against the policies, okay? But you can even have people post things, find things put things up. So all of this huge, beautiful infrastructure that's out there on the internet is being misused, and they're able to help thousands of people. You can have immediately, I could have 5000 followers for your Facebook page tomorrow, if you're willing to pay 100 bucks. And the same thing's true with Amazon reviews now I'm afraid.

Jim 10:12
Well Craig, this has been great information very helpful to people, because so many of us who are shopping there. Now, folks, this information more in depth plus other information, plus when there's a big hack. You want to be on Craig's list, you want to be one of the people who's able to get a text from him and get this information. So here's what you do. You text my name, Jim to this number.

Craig 10:46
855-385-5553. That's 855-385-5553.

Jim 10:56
Standard data and text rates apply. And he will not bother you. He will not sell your name to somebody else. Craig, always a pleasure. But especially today, this was great information.

Craig 11:09
Hey, thanks, Jim. Take care.

Jim 11:11
Take care. All right, when we return a final word.

Craig 11:15
I guess the bottom line here is things aren't always as they appear to be. I do spend some time with the reviews myself. And obviously I think everybody should nowadays. And what I didn't mention with Jim is that Amazon has a lot they could do in order to stop this from happening. But is it really in their best interest? I think ultimately it is. And they have been cracking down a little bit but I think there's still a lot more Amazon could do to become a trusted place to buy online. All right, Take care everybody. Have a great day. We'll be back tomorrow. Bye bye. 


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