As reported in the press several days ago, all wireless internet (WiFi) devices can now be hacked and one’s vital financial and personal data stolen, maliciously modified, or erased. But there are protective measures that can be taken, provided one acts quickly and intelligently.
The most vulnerable place to be using WiFi — whether with tablet, smart phone, or laptop — is a public WiFi space such as an airport, McDonald’s, Starbucks, or hotel.
But if one’s wireless devices have a Virtual Private Network (VPN) installed and — for double safety — only secure sites are accessed (those using the https:// protocol rather than the older http://), one should be relatively secure.
In home or business, there are a variety of measures that can be taken:
- Replace wireless connectivity with wired Ethernet connections,
- Install VPN software on all WiFi devices,
- Make the WiFi network’s name — its SSID — invisible.
PC Magazine has a helpful review article of leading VPN solutions that can be installed on both desktop and mobile devices.
Be aware, however, that some internet sites block VPN use — The Guardian newspaper, for example, and Microsoft’s search site, Bing. But if these sites begin to hemorrhage visitors, their current anti-VPN stance will likely be dropped.
A headline in today’s Washington Times reads “Trump: ‘The real Russia story’ is Clinton-Obama uranium deal.”
The Washington Times reports:
“President Trump said Thursday that ‘the real Russia story’ involves reports that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama allow[ed] Moscow to gain control of much of the U.S. supply of uranium.
“’That’s your real Russia story, not a story where they talk about collusion, and there was none,’ Mr. Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. ‘Your real Russia story is uranium, and how they got all that uranium, a vast percentage of what we have.’
“The Hill reported Wednesday that the FBI investigated Russian nuclear industry officials engaging in bribery and kickbacks before a 2010 deal that Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama approved, giving Russia control of more uranium.
“’If the mainstream media would cover the uranium scandal, and that Russia has 20 percent of the uranium, for whatever reason, and a lot of people understand what those reasons may be, I think that’s your Russia story,’ Mr. Trump said.
“’The problem is that the mainstream media does not want to cover that story, because that affects people that they protect. It’s a disgrace that the fake news won’t cover it. It’s so sad.’”
But there’s more, namely, former FBI director Comey’s role in suppressing the story. From yesterday’s Powerline:
“This week Comey emerged as a player in the bombshell story of the Russian bribery plot behind the sale of Uranium One to the friends of Vladimir Putin. The plot was uncovered by the FBI under Comey’s directorship. Yet the FBI’s informant in the case was barred by Obama’s Department of Justice from testifying to Congress about it.”
The pro-European Union (EU) New York Times writes that “In the West, nationalist and populist parties [Germany, Austria] have made substantial gains in recent elections. But in the East, resentment of Brussels and resistance to immigration have helped propel such parties to power in several countries, notably Poland and Hungary. Now, the Czech Republic may join them.” Not to mention Austria.
Today and tomorrow the Czechs are voting and are expected to elect a wealthy anti-immigration, anti-Euro populist to be their leader.
Angela Merkel’s open door policy to the flood of Muslim immigrants into Europe — a policy strongly supported by the unelected EU Commission in Brussels — played the major role in the shift of European politics toward anti-immigration parties in central and eastern Europe. Merkel’s “legacy includes Brexit, the rise of far-right parties, and border walls,” the National Review writes.
Angelo Codevilla, in yesterday’s American Greatness, describes migration as “The Straw That’s Breaking Europe’s Back.” He narrates the transformation and degradation of the town near Milan that he came from before migrating to the U.S.