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#1 OFFLINE   Temmu

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Posted 29 March 2014 - 02:07 AM

ok, not shocking, or news, particularly.

in the windows area, i posted about a couple of win 8 machines infested with malware.
i got a text today from the same person's cell phone whose pc i'd just disinfected:
"get the free tango app at http://tango.net/r/j then give me a call!"  <--- and, no, that person would not send that text.

so now what?
anyone with cell phone malware removal experience?
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Posted 29 March 2014 - 09:54 AM

Tango is the culprit. That application is known to send spam text to everyone in your contact list without your permission:
http://www.techlivew...one-number.html
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Posted 29 March 2014 - 10:12 AM

This is why I refuse to get Tango. Even when my sister tried to get me to use it.
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Posted 29 March 2014 - 11:01 AM

Sounds like what LinkedIn was doing. I got invitations for LinkedIn from two people I had little contact with and the kicker is, we are all retired. I have no need to join a professional network at this stage of my life.
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Posted 29 March 2014 - 12:58 PM

LOL I hear ya Liz!

This is why I do NOT share my contacts with these idiot companies!

They keep trying!
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#6 OFFLINE   V.T. Eric Layton

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Posted 29 March 2014 - 05:01 PM

My stupid phone is not susceptible to virii infections. ;)

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Posted 29 March 2014 - 07:06 PM

It runs Java, yes?
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Posted 29 March 2014 - 09:29 PM

View Postross549, on 29 March 2014 - 07:06 PM, said:

It runs Java, yes?

My stupid phone? It don't run nothing.

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Posted 29 March 2014 - 09:44 PM

Even the old Motorola Razr phones had a Java blob on them.
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Posted 29 March 2014 - 11:29 PM

Many phone software is java based. But most of the feature or basic phones based on java don't really talk to the Internet so not as dangerous as a say a smartphone that has it's software based on java I would imagine.

However, Mobile Web is sometimes available to some feature phones...
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Posted 30 March 2014 - 01:43 AM

View Postsecuritybreach, on 29 March 2014 - 09:54 AM, said:

Tango is the culprit. ..

thanks for the info and the link!

i believe i'll head to malwart and get a $19 flip phone, locate it's gps component, neutralize that, and live happily ever after.
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Posted 30 March 2014 - 07:57 AM

As much as I love my iPhone, there are days Temmu, there are days....
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Posted 30 March 2014 - 07:52 PM

View Postross549, on 29 March 2014 - 09:44 PM, said:

Even the old Motorola Razr phones had a Java blob on them.

Razr? HAHA! That's lightyears beyond my stupid phone.

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Posted 30 March 2014 - 09:38 PM

Does it have the old WAP browser on it? I guarantee is is Java powered.
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Posted 30 March 2014 - 10:27 PM

I don't think so. I can't access Internet or anything like that. It just does phone, text, and voice mail, etc. I love it. I don't want no darn smarty-pants phone.

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Posted 30 March 2014 - 10:36 PM

What model is it?
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Posted 31 March 2014 - 02:10 PM

View Postross549, on 30 March 2014 - 10:36 PM, said:

What model is it?

A Motorola W175g --> http://www.tracfone....ST_007848~1.pdf (link opens .pdf manual)

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 02:20 PM

Ah, OK, here's the relevant items:

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Other Features
Touch Screen No
Bluetooth No
Digital Camera No
GPS No
QWERTY Physical Keyboard No
Internet Browser No
Speakerphone Yes

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 03:23 PM

My stupid phone is safe then, eh? Ain't old technology wonderful? :hysterical:

My home phone won't get a virus either...

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 05:00 PM

Very true! And better yet, it will still work when the electricity goes down too.
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Posted 31 March 2014 - 05:07 PM

Only for a short while (24 hours or so), as I have Verizon FIOS; no more copper twisted pair wiring here anymore. I had to make that sacrifice when I chose to go from DSL to the faster FIOS a couple years back. I do have a spare back up battery, though, so I'll actually get 48 hours or so of home phone after the power's out. Once the Zombiepocalypse starts, I'm going to be thinking about ammo, food, and securing the home. I won't be making any phone calls to order Dominoes pizza, I'm afraid. ;)

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 05:12 PM

Ah, OK. No more POTS with a trickle on the line eh?
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Posted 31 March 2014 - 06:16 PM

No. I argued with Verizon about keeping the copper, but they just wouldn't allow. There is, of course, a $$$ motivation behind all this for them.

It's costly to maintain the old copper POTS systems, so Verizon is attempting to eventually convert their entire phone network to FIOS. The reason being, digital comm is much easier and cheaper to route, maintain, etc. than the old mechanical relay-based copper home office devices. It's progress.

My elderly aunts and uncles are really being mule headed about the changeover in the neighborhood. My uncle actually started writing letters to his congressmen, local politicians, etc. They HATE having to dial 9 digits to call their neighbor now. Before, we just had to dial the seven digit phone number to make local calls. Now, with FIOS, we have to dial the full 9 digit (area code included) even for local calls.

The older folks are also paranoid about losing their phone service a few hours after the power is out. Many of them are hooked to that "I've fallen and I can't get up" network. One of my aunts even requires the phone to check/set her pacemaker every week or so.

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 07:22 PM

Yes, I have a client that is on that as well. Since her hubby passed away and her health is not the greatest, it is a way for her to keep living in her home. So she deals with it. She has Verizon DSL and POTS line. So all good for her.

Yeah, having to do 3 extra keys is a pain all the time. Mobiles do it too, but we just click our contact and let it do the heaving lifting ... errr, tapping on the keys. ;)

Great quote BTW!

I wish they would bring FiOS here!!!!!! As I noted earlier ... I would jump on in a heartbeat!
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Posted 31 March 2014 - 08:16 PM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on 31 March 2014 - 06:16 PM, said:

No. I argued with Verizon about keeping the copper, but they just wouldn't allow.
That's why I've stayed with Comcast and refused to move from copper land line.  Verizon keeps pushing, but I'm keeping that copper line until the BPU lets them tear it out.  I also have stupid cell phone--and I don't even have text msging enabled.

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