Ok, that’s it, Aunt Crabby has had it with the hackers

crabbyfSome creep had the nerve to sneak into my Skype account last week, and then send affiliate links for various products to all my Skype contacts.

Between kicking them out of my account, with the help of Skype tech support, and then sending apology messages, one at a time, to all my Skype contacts, that little exploit cost me an entire day.

Your Aunt Crabby isn’t one to let a valuable tidbit of important info escape her even in the heat of the battle.

Here are some simple commands you can use in Skype to make sure only your devices are logged in to your account, and if you find suspicious connections, you can boot them off and quick change your password.

Here’s what to do: type the following into the text box of any contact in your Skype to see who/what is logged in to your Skype account:

/showplaces

This command will show you all of what Skype calls “endpoints”, in other words devices that are at the ends of connections to your Skype account,

Take an inventory, and if you know you have a phone, tablet, and computer all logged in to Skype, and the showplaces command lists 3 endpoints, then you don’t have uninvited company.

If, however, you know you have 3 devices connected and showplaces lists 5 endpoints, you have uninvited guests.

To give those intruders the boot, type the following command into a text box (where you would type a message, you can use any of your contacts to do this):

/remotelogout

Now, if you just kicked out two interlopers, change your password right away, and make it a good one.

Another use for the remotelogout command would be if you don’t want to be shown as “online” in Skype because your phone is keeping a connection and giving out the erroneous info that you are online and ready for Skype communicaton.

You can thank your Dear Aunt Crabby by just going right now to your Skype and checking on /showplaces and then /remotelogout if appropriate. You’ll help keep things on the up and up for everybody that way.

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And another thing… about that so-called Pharma hack

One of Aunt Crabby’s friends all of a sudden could not access the admin area of her website. She asked her hosting company tech support folks for help. They could not find anything wrong.

Then she asked Aunt Crabby for help.

Well… your dear Aunt Crabby, the tenacious detective that she is, ferreted out the hidden files in her friend’s website, and did some tricky stuff to disable and then delete them.

From the behavior of the Googlebot on the friend’s site for the last few days, it appears that the Pharma hack, in the probably one day that it was in the friend’s site, fed Googlebot thousands of make-believe pages for every pharmaceutical name imaginable, that pointed to an online pharmacy site.

The goal of all that is to give Google the impression that there are thousands and thousands of reputable websites linking to the disreputable online pharmacy sites, to make them have higher rank in Google when the names of the medicines are searched.

If you all of a sudden have trouble getting into your site’s admin panel, keep this in mind, it could be due to hidden files that are messing up your site behind the scenes, but on the surface your site seems perfectly normal.

If you would like more info about this, one place you can get some help is sucuri.net. They have an online tool that you can use for free to check your site for hidden nasties: http://sitecheck.sucuri.net

Happy hunting!

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Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation Act of 2015

S.990, To improve the process by which the Librarian of Congress considers requests for exemptions to section 1201(a)(1)(A) of title 17, United States Code, and to ease restrictions on the use of certain statutory exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, introduced 04/16/2015.
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