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Jul 27, 2020


Good Monday morning, everybody. Craig Peterson here. I was on with Jack Heath this morning discussing what we learned about VPNs.  BTW, if you have been listening to me for a while I have been telling you this -- but now there is Proof in Black and White that I what shared with you is TRUE! Here we go with Jack.

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[00:00:00] Craig Peterson: So these VPN services said they did not keep logs of what you were doing online. They were not tracking you. Guess what was in this data that was found online?

Hey, good morning everybody. Craig Peterson here. I can't believe summer's almost half over. Well, that's what. It happens, right? Anyhow, I was on with Jack this morning and they had the most major I told you so, and I hate to say this, but if you're using VPNs, man, listen in because a huge, huge problem came out just last week.

Jack Heath: Craig Peterson, a tech talk guy joins us his show air Saturdays. Here are these iHeart stations on the tech talk side, Craig. Good morning. One of these stories. Locally is more people falling victim to scams?

What else do you have for us?

[00:01:00] Craig Peterson: Oh man. I'm afraid. I have an I told you so, here this morning about VPN's. People have been using virtual private networks and the FBI came out with a warning a few weeks ago. Well, now we have discovered a group of seven of these free VPN apps that left all of their data exposed online. 1.2 terabytes of your personal data. So if you're using one of these free VPN services, which I warn against all of the time, in fact using a VPN service is usually worse than not using a VPN service. It turns out. Not just their email, their home addresses passwords in plain text, IP addresses, but all of these VPN services said they did not keep logs of what you were doing online.

[00:02:00]They were not tracking. You get within this data that was found online. Every place you visited, where you went, your passwords, the whole nine yards. You cannot trust them. These VPN services, particularly the free VPN services. It's not going to make you safer.

Jack Heath: Well, good, a good lesson learned. What about, um, the scam seemed to be going up as people do more virtual stuff.

I'm not surprised people are going to try and take advantage of a bad situation. Is it ending? I mean, the basics don't open something. If you don't recognize it. Don't don't don't don't if a spam call comes through don't call and say, you know, here's my credit information, but is there anything new we should be doing to avoid these any good blockers or anything?

Good. You know the way to kind of knock out the crap coming through, or is it just something that they're always going to get through?

Craig Peterson: Well, we've got some really good news because of what's been happening over at the FCC and the FTC, actually. And that is that most now of the major cell phone carriers are able to block text messages.

[00:03:00] If they look like they are a scam. So for instance, You guys I know are familiar with what happened with President Trump's text here that over the last week. Okay. And that is that his texts, he was sending out to his supporters were blocked. Now that's part of this automatic system, where if it looks like it might be a scam, it might be a spam-sending it out to thousands or millions of people it will be blocked.

So yeah. Good news on that front T-Mobile has really taken a forward front position on this, which also now includes Sprint, but they're all kind of doing this and that is you are not going to be getting these text messages at the volume your before that are scams when you click on them or respond to them, or heaven forbid you callback a number that you don't recognize where they will be billing you $10-$20 for that phone call that number you didn't recognize. Those are all on a down surge right now.

Jack Heath: All right, Craig Peterson. [00:04:00] Thank you very much. Craig Make it a good Monday. Enjoy the heat.

Craig Peterson: Take care.

Jack Heath: All right. Hey,

Craig Peterson: Were you, one of the people that went to my, one of my trips I did on VPNs, I did a bunch in February this year, not just VPNs, but general pieces of training.

I'm going to do a lot more of them coming up. Probably back to school time in early September, but before then I'm going to be doing a bunch of smaller things and kind of getting my ducks in a row, working on some courses and stuff that we're going to be doing. We've also got some really great hardware done for you packs we're working on, but anyways.

Those pieces of training that I did in February, I told you so, right. Right? How many of you guys dropped your VPN and services because I told you exactly what was going on? Now we have. Proof. Right.

This has nothing to do with the general security problems businesses are [00:05:00] having because of VPNs and the misuse of VPN's.

Anyway, I'm going to have to do that one again, obviously updated, but, O M G this is a very, very big deal.

Take care, everybody. We'll be back tomorrow. Bye-bye.


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