December 2, 2016

Can Hackers Use Your Appliances as Weapons?

October 22, 2016 aptprepper 0

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Yesterday, a huge attack caused many popular sites such as Twitter, Reddit, Etsy, Spotify to go offline for a period of time.   The companies that were affected used a company called Dyn, which helps users to find sites online.  Dyn was a victim of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.   DDos attacks work by inundating a site with huge amounts of data, rendering their servers to be overwhelmed. What does this have […]

HTTP vs HTTPS and Why You Should Care

September 3, 2014 aptprepper 3

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Yesterday, I got a couple of emails from readers that my site was not loading and people were getting an error message the site was not secure and another site name was popping up.  I immediately opened a priority ticket with my hosting provider to investigate the problem.  They looked into and they responded that the error would pop up if the reader tries to access the site using https://apartmentprepper.com instead of http://apartmentprepper.com […]

Even your TV can Spy on You

May 28, 2014 aptprepper 8

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com It’s bad enough that our smart phone can track us, but I found out something even more creepy than that:  your TV can actually spy on you.  The TV is so common and unnoticed, it is present in most homes, with some households having them in nearly every room. First, a quick story…  I was loading an exercise DVD into the DVD player and I turned on the TV.  As soon as I […]

How Much Does that “Free” App Really Cost You?

October 24, 2013 aptprepper 9

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Not too long ago I posted about how to avoid being tracked by your smart phone.  But couple of small incidents this past week made me revisit this issue. My cell phone tracked me! I mentioned I felt I needed to supplement my food storage by picking up at least one item a week for emergencies.  While I was at Costco, my phone started beeping at me.  Thinking I got a text, I […]

How to Avoid Being Tracked via Your Smartphone

July 17, 2013 aptprepper 8

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I was mulling over the news that Nordstrom has reportedly stopped tracking its customers via smartphone.  Most people were unaware that the retailer had used a program in 17 of their stores to track customers’ movements while shopping via their smartphones, between September 2012 and May 2013.   I have nothing against Nordstrom – they have great customer service – but the practice of tracking customers’ movements while shopping is an invasion of privacy.  […]