October Is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

When you reach a certain age, health issues of many kinds become all the more important to be aware of. Many if not most health care plans now provide for this kind of screening.
Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.
The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.


Weekly Round-Up

Once a week (give or take) I bring my readers a collection of links to stories that caught my eye over the past few days, in the hope they interest you also; this week is no exception -

Scottrade breach hits 4.6 million customers, began 2 years ago

8 items you'll find deals on in October  -  $$$

Experian breach affects 15 million customers - it's getting easier to count who is left

Bye bye Google, hello Alphabet

SANS Ouch! October 2015 - Storing And Handling Passwords

The SANS Institute provides a monthly "Ouch!" newsletter covering security-related topics in a user-friendly manner.

The  May 2015 edition covers Storing and handling passwords.

And remember - SANS Ouch! newsletters are made to be shared.

English Version (PDF)

Translations & Archives


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Testing Your TV Remote With A Smartphone Camera

If you need to verify that your infrared remote control is working, you can use your smartphone camera!

Most TV and gadget remotes use infrared light to send signals to the receiver on the TV or other device. Human eyes don't see in the infrared, so you can't really tell just by looking if the remote is actually "sending" any signals when you press a button.

However, a smartphone camera can see infrared - so you can point your remote at the smartphone and will be able to see any signals via the smartphone camera - it won't hurt the smartphone.

No blinking lights would mean either the remote's batteries are dead, or the remote itself is kaput.

This "trick" should work with most digital cameras including webcams.

You're welcome!