The Tech Cor­ner

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The Tech Cor­ner is a tech­nol­ogy news and ad­vice col­umn pre­sented each week cour­tesy of Melvin McCrary at Ge­or­gia Com­puter De­pot in Cedar­town.

Hack­ers are sell­ing ran­somware kits in an at­tempt to spread threats more eas­ily. This is so that even a non-tech user can cre­ate their own ran­somware and dis­trib­ute the threat to a wider au­di­ence.

The WORSE — You could see a mas­sive in­crease in the num­ber of ran­somware cam­paigns dur­ing the next sev­eral months — thanks to new An­droid apps avail­able for any­one to down­load that let them quickly and eas­ily cre­ate An­droid ran­somware with their own de­vices.

Se­cu­rity re­searchers at an An­tivirus firm have spot­ted some An­droid apps avail­able on hack­ing fo­rums and through ad­ver­tise­ments on a so­cial net­work­ing mes­sag­ing ser­vice popular in China, which let any wannabe hacker down­load and use Tro­jan De­vel­op­ment Kits.

With an easy- to- use in­ter­face, these apps are no dif­fer­ent from any other An­droid app apart from the fact that it al­lows users to cre­ate their cus­tom mo­bile mal­ware with lit­tle to no pro­gram­ming knowl­edge.

To cre­ate cus­tom­ized ran­somware, users can down­load one such app ( for ob­vi­ous rea­sons we are not shar­ing the links), in­stall and open it, where it of­fers to choose from the fol­low­ing op­tions, which are dis­played on the app’s on-screen form:

If the user hasn’t be­fore, the app will prompt him/her to sub­scribe to the ser­vice be­fore pro­ceed­ing. The app al­lows the user to start an on­line chat with its devel­oper where he/she can ar­range a one­time pay­ment.

The Google Chrome team is cur­rently test­ing a new option that will al­low users to per­ma­nently mute au­dio com­ing from a web­site (URL).

This option is not avail­able by de­fault in Chrome Canary, and a small trick is needed to make it ap­pear in cur­rent dis­tri­bu­tions. Just fol­low the steps be­low:

Step 1: Find your Google Chrome Canary icon/short­cut and dou­ble click on it.

Step 2: Se­lect “Prop­er­ties” from the drop-down menu.

Step 3: In the “Tar­get” field, add the fol­low­ing text “— en­able­fea­tures=SoundCon­tentSet­ting” and hit “Save.”

This is not a fi­nal fea­ture, and be­cause it made it into test­ing un­der the Canary branch doesn’t mean it will be in­cluded in the Chrome Sta­ble ver­sion.

You can fol­low how work and dis­cus­sions go around this fea­ture’s im­ple­men­ta­tion on this Chromium source code re­view page.

Pre­vi­ous “un­der test­ing” fea­tures that made it in the Chrome Canary builds in­clude pop- up warn­ings for when ma­li­cious Chrome ex­ten­sions hi­jack the browser’s proxy set­tings or its new tab page.

Many ac­ces­si­bil­ity op­tions are unique to the par­tic­u­lar de­vice or An­droid ver­sion that you have. There are some stock An­droid ac­ces­si­bil­ity set­tings you’ll find ev­ery­where, like TalkBack, font size, cap­tions and ‘’touch and hold’’ de­lay time set­tings, but there’s lots more, some that are re­ally cool like us­ing your LED flash as a no­ti­fi­ca­tion LED. So take a look through your par­tic­u­lar de­vice’s set­tings and see what you can make use of. Here’s the five I think are the coolest though. 1. Mag­ni­fi­ca­tion ges­tures You know how we’ve shown you cool one-handed Google Maps ges­tures in the past, like for zoom­ing in and out? Well, you can do the same thing sys­tem wide with the mag­ni­fi­ca­tion ges­tures ac­ces­si­bil­ity option. If you en­able the option you can triple tap to zoom in and triple tap to zoom out again. If you triple tap and hold, you can tem­po­rar­ily mag­nify your screen and pan around, then just re­lease to go back to nor­mal. It’s a su­per use­ful fea­ture once you start us­ing it. 2. Text-to-Speech Prob­a­bly the most well-known of all ac­ces­si­bil­ity fea­tures, you may have even used this al­ready. All you need to do is have the Google Text- to- Speech en­gine en­abled and then down­load the lan­guage pack you want.

I use Text-to-Speech as a sim­ple way to fi­nally get through all the con­tent I save to Pocket for later read­ing. Which I never get around to. So I sim­ply hit the menu but­ton in an ar­ti­cle I’ve saved to Pocket and let Google read the ar­ti­cle to me while I pre­pare din­ner. That, my friends, is the def­i­ni­tion of lazi­ness! But I pre­fer to call it ef­fi­ciency.

3. Neg­a­tive col­ors/Color ad­just­ment/In­vert col­ors

If you have a Sam­sung and don’t re­ally like the dark back­ground vibe, you can sim­ply go into the ac­ces­si­bil­ity set­tings and check the box next to Neg­a­tive Col­ors. You will now have a white themed TouchWiz in­ter­face.

The same thing works on the LG G3 too, where it is called In­vert Col­ors, but as you can see in the top­most im­age, you might get some pretty whacky color com­bi­na­tions. Like­wise, both Sam­sung and LG’s ac­ces­si­bil­ity op­tions al­low you to ad­just screen and con­tent col­ors for your par­tic­u­lar visual needs. 4. Talkback/Ex­plore by Touch Talkback is awe­some, es­pe­cially if your eye­sight is as bad as mine or you’ve lost your glasses. You can even use this if your screen has is­sues, as long as your touch­screen is still re­spon­sive. Once you’ve en­abled the option, what­ever you tap, press or ac­ti­vate will be spo­ken aloud to you. Ex­plore by Touch is the same thing un­der a dif­fer­ent name. The ad­di­tional set­tings for TalkBack are enor­mous and def­i­nitely worth check­ing out fur­ther. 5. In­ter­ac­tion con­trol In­ter­ac­tion con­trol ap­pears on Sam­sung de­vices ei­ther through the ac­ces­si­bil­ity menu or by press­ing Home and the Vol­ume Down but­tons.

It lets you turn your mo­tion ges­tures and screen time­out set­tings on or off, but the coolest part of it is that you can block off spe­cific ar­eas of the screen from re­spond­ing to touch in­put, like the sta­tus bar or no­ti­fi­ca­tion shade, for ex­am­ple.

The fol­low­ing pub­lic health food in­spec­tion scores were pro­vided by the Polk County Health Depart­ment and are avail­able on­line any­time at­in­spec­tions. us/ge­or­gia/search.cfm?county=Polk. These scores were re­ported from Aug. 1 through Aug. 31, 2017.

Aug. 7 - House of China - 636 Pied­mont Ave, Rock­mart - 87

Aug. 8 - Johnny’s New York Style Pizza - 1735 Nathan Dean Park­way, Rock­mart - 98

Aug. 8 - Pizza Hut - 1000 Nathan Dean Park­way, Rock­mart - 85

Aug. 9 - Buf­fet Queen - 301 N. Main St., Cedar­town - 55 Aug. 9 - Taco Bell - 225 N. Main St., Cedar­town - 97 Aug. 11 - The Steak House - 414 Bald­win Rd., Rock­mart - 58

Aug. 11 - Polk County Pub­lic Safety Com­plex - 1676 Rock­mart High­way., Cedar­town - 94

Aug. 14- Domino’s Pizza - 202 East Ave., Cedar­town - 98

Aug. 15 - Mc­don­ald’s - 328 N. Main St., Cedar­town - 94

Aug. 16 - Sub­way ( Wal­mart) - 1585 Rome Hwy., Cedar­town - 81

Aug. 18 - The Steak House - 414 Bald­win Rd., Rock­mart - 94

Aug. 18- Buf­fet Queen - 301 N. Main St., Cedar­town - 96

Aug. 23- Sonic Drive In Restau­rant - 100 Fel­ton Rd., Rock­mart - 97

Aug. 28 - Owens Barbecue - 1207 S. Main St., Cedar­town - 88

Aug. 29 - Sub­way (Wal-Mart) - 1805 Nathan Dean Park­way, Rock­mart - 90

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