Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Verizon Announces Opt Out Program for Tracking Cookie


Wednesday, 01 April 2015

Verizon Announces Opt Out Program for Tracking Cookie

 
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"Unique Identifier Header." "Zombie Cookie." "SuperCookie." These are just a few of the names given to the anonymous data tracking that Verizon has had in place since the late half of 2014.

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EVDOinfo first reported on11/4/14 that Verizon, as well as AT&T, were attaching a Unique Identifier Header, or UID, to all traffic leaving the Verizon network. This UID allowed Verizon to track data usage, what type of sites were being accessed, where traffic leaving the Verizon network would go, and more. Verizon then would use this subscriber information to provide to advertising companies for targeted advertisements. There are a few websites where you can check this UID and see the data for yourself. Visiting THIS PAGE from your 3G/LTE connection will provide the information related to the UID tracking. Be sure you aren't on WiFi, as this only applies to traffic routed over Verizon/AT&Ts network, not your land line ISP. We've checked a few of our own devices here and we can verify this UID information is in fact present in all cases.

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EVDOinfo then reported the Verizon Zombie Cookie as of 1/16/15. This tracking cookie, which can not be deleted, is there for the sole purpose of tracking users habits on their smart phones and tablets. An online advertising company named Turn, which is a major player in this space hired by Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and more, have figured out a way to use this Verizon tracking data for their own purposes to track users. At this point AT&T had already announced that similar tracking methods were no loner in use, leaving Verizon the standout. Verizon caught a lot of flak for continuing to add information to their network traffic that was following users information and usage habits.

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Today, Verizon has finally stepped into the light and created an Opt Out program for their tracking. Many users aren't aware there is tracking to begin with though so an Opt Out at this point looks like a way to save face for the company vs offering a real solution, but its a step in the right direction nevertheless. In order to Opt Out, there are two methods. First, you can log into your Verizon account. Alternatively, you can call Verizon directly at 1-866-211-0874.

EVDOinfo will continue to follow this data tracking program and report any new information we find. Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sprint Announces First LTE-Advanced Market - Chicago

Sprint Announces First LTE-Advanced Market - Chicago

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Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and Sprint announced yesterday a new lineup of investments in the city, meant to bring significant jobs and infrastructure over the next few years. Dubbed 'Sprint For Chicago', this plan brings 300+ new jobs to the area, as well as he installation of new cell sites to deliver the first Sprint LTE-A connections.

LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) takes advantage of the multiple frequencies Sprint has available at this time. With aggregation at the carrier level, the typical 1900Mhz LTE will be used for upload speeds, and the 2500Mhz frequencies will be used for download. The 2500Mhz band was previously used in Sprints first 4G WiMAX technology, and has more recently been used in Sprint Spark.

In a quote from Sprint to Wireless Week , “Through the use of carrier aggregation we can take advantage of two 3x20 CA within our 2.5GHz band, but also inter-band carrier aggregation with 800MHz and 1.9GHz, TDD-FDD CA with 1.9GHz and 2.5GHz and intra-band carrier aggregation within 1.9GHz."

Since 2012 Sprint has invested more than $500 million dollars in Chicago, and Sprint customers have increased by more than 600% in that same time. While there aren't any details on LTE-A and the exact speeds or compatibility of devices, this is a major step forward for Sprint in terms of wireless technology.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer David d. For Writing Review of a Cradlepoint MBR95 Wireless N Home Router w/ WiFi as WAN Firmware 5.0.4

Congrats to David d. of Elizabethtown, North Carolina who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Cradlepoint MBR95 Wireless N Home Router w/ WiFi as WAN Firmware 5.0.4 at 3Gstore.com! Every week we randomly pick one product review from the previous week and award the writer a $25.00 gift code. We appreciate ALL the reviews our customers write, whether they are positive or negative - honest reviews like David d.\'s help other customers decide if the product is right for them. After you purchase a product from 3Gstore.com, we encourage you to log in and 3Gstore.com and leave a review letting people know how the product worked for you - you'll be helping others, and you'll automatically be entered to win a restaurant.com gift code!.

Simple to use and set up if you don't need VPN features.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Trakdot Serves Another Happy Traveler



We received this review from another satisfied Trakdot Luggage Tracker user and wanted to share with everyone from the occasional to the frequent traveler. Be sure to check out this device if you're looking for a way to insure your luggage never gets lost!



"I bought my first Trakdot last year for an international trip, and I was so impressed with its accuracy and consistency, I bought a 2nd one for my recent international trip, with the same perfect results. Now, I don't worry at all when my luggage is the last to arrive on the conveyor belt (which it usually is), because I already know it's in that airport. And, if my luggage is ever lost, I can now tell the airline which airport it's in (surprisingly I know of several lost luggage situations where the airline did not know where the passenger's luggage was for days!). I've been recommending Trakdot to all my fellow travelers!" - Alison W.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Warning to Gamers About Ransomware

Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system or files on that system, until a sum of money is paid to the attacker.

A little over a week ago, security researchers at Bromium Labs announced that they had discovered a new “crypto-ransomware” deemed “TeslaCrypt.” This is a variant of previously found malware, CryptoLocker, and is specifically targeting gamers. However, some reports say that the ransomware has also affected other file types like Word docs, Excel files, PowerPoint, and images.

Users are affected by visiting a compromised website (based on WordPress), which redirects them to the Angler exploit kit by using a Flash clip. Once the attack has occurred, the attacker encrypts the data and ransoms the files for either $1000 in PayPal My Cash or 1.5BTC in Bitcoins. Of course, this doesn’t always mean the attacker is going to give you back your files, so it’s best to always keep files backed up on another device or within the cloud.

This malware impacts data files for over 20 games, including the following:
  • Bethesda Softworks settings file 
  • F.E.A.R. 2 game 
  • Steam NCF Valve Pak 
  • Call of Duty 
  • EA Sports 
  • Unreal 3 
  • Unity scene 
  • Assassin’s Creed game 
  • Skyrim animation 
  • Bioshock 2 
  • Leagues of Legends 
  • DAYZ profile file 
  • RPG Maker VX RGSS 
  • World of Tanks battle 
  • Minecraft mod 
  • Unreal Engine 3 game file 
  • Starcraft saved game 
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game file 
  • Dragon Age Origins game 
For more details on how this ransomware works, McAfee has done a great job of outlining the information and what happens as the attack occurs.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Jack J. For Writing Review of a Pepwave Surf SOHO 3G/4G Router w/ WiFi as WAN Firmware 6.2.0

Congrats to Jack J. of los angeles, California who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Pepwave Surf SOHO 3G/4G Router w/ WiFi as WAN Firmware 6.2.0 at 3Gstore.com! Every week we randomly pick one product review from the previous week and award the writer a $25.00 gift code. We appreciate ALL the reviews our customers write, whether they are positive or negative - honest reviews like Jack J.\'s help other customers decide if the product is right for them. After you purchase a product from 3Gstore.com, we encourage you to log in and 3Gstore.com and leave a review letting people know how the product worked for you - you'll be helping others, and you'll automatically be entered to win a restaurant.com gift code!.

As advertised and more. Great product.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Internet Explorer Will Finally Be Replaced

Internet Explorer came out in the mid-1990s and has since been the default browser for Microsoft Windows users. While some are still loyal to the browser, most others have moved to Firefox or Google Chrome - mainly due to the browser’s unreliability and poor security. In some cases, people even began calling it “Internet Exploder.” 

I'm sure some of us may think it’s about time, but others may be surprised to learn that the browser they’ve grown accustomed to will soon be replaced. However, since some enterprises still require it for legacy websites that use older technology specifically for IE, it won’t disappear completely.

Microsoft made the announcement on Monday, saying that they would include it with the release of Windows 10. Currently, they’re still trying to come up with a name for it, but for now it’s been code named “Project Spartan.”

Windows 10 is supposed to be released later this year, but early versions can be downloaded by members of Microsoft’s Windows Insider Program. Spartan is expected to be added to a preview version soon.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

weBoost Connect 4G-X 70db Amplifier Kit Now In Stock at 3Gstore

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weBoost has released another addition to their lineup of signal boosters, the Connect 4G-X 70db kit (471104). The 4G-X includes everything you need to install the kit in your home or office and is powerful enough to provide boosted signal to an area up to 5,000 square feet. It covers virtually all voice, 3G, and 4G networks in North America and has an MSRP of $899.99.
Features & Benefits:
  • Installs in minutes
  • Boosts signal for all U.S. & Canadian cell carriers
  • Friendly, U.S.-based customer support
  • All components needed for installation in one package
  • FCC & Industry Canada Certified
  • Improved indoor cellular voice and data signal
  • Reliable cell signal and more consistent data speeds
  • Faster data downloads
  • Up to 2 hours additional talk time in weak-signal areas
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Connect 4G-X amplifier - no manually adjustable gain knobs are needed since the amplifier can adjust itself
 
The Connect 4G-X is available now at 3Gstore for $899.99

Friday, March 13, 2015

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer John E. For Writing Review of a Verizon Jetpack MiFi 4620L - Refurbished, Like New No Contract Upgrade

Congrats to John E. of Scottsdale, Arizona who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Verizon Jetpack MiFi 4620L - Refurbished, Like New No Contract Upgrade at 3Gstore.com! Every week we randomly pick one product review from the previous week and award the writer a $25.00 gift code. We appreciate ALL the reviews our customers write, whether they are positive or negative - honest reviews like John E.\'s help other customers decide if the product is right for them. After you purchase a product from 3Gstore.com, we encourage you to log in and 3Gstore.com and leave a review letting people know how the product worked for you - you'll be helping others, and you'll automatically be entered to win a restaurant.com gift code!.

Worked very well, with a user-friendly interface and browser presence, but ONLY works with Verizon's no-contract but monthly/daily plans with no rollover, which expire and are outrageously expensive. There is no true pay-as-you-go system to use with it, such as a card with so much data credit which does not expire and can be refilled when desired.


Sunday, March 08, 2015

Apple Pay Fraud Solution

Fraud Solution

There is a lot of bad press going around because of fraud related to Apple Pay.  The problem is that the bad guys have your credit card info, your address, SSN, date of birth and perhaps even your mother's maiden name.  With all that info, the bad guy could also fraudulently purchase online, but Apple is getting heat because they are labeling this "Apple Pay Fraud".  This really has nothing to do with Apple.  The problem is with the credit card companies and there is a real easy fix for the problem.

When you setup a new credit card on your iPhone, this is the information that has to be entered:




If the bad guy has your name, card number, expiration date and security code - they will be able to start using your credit card from their iPhone (just like they would be able to online as well).

The solution, is to have Apple send the GPS location of where your iPhone is located when you are activating the card.  The credit card companies can determine if that address is your billing address and if it is, allow the card to be added to the iPhone.  Unless the bad guy is in your house, this solves the fraud problem completely!

This does bring up some inconveniences, like trying to setup a credit card for the first time when you are traveling OR if your billing address is a PO Box, BUT it will eliminate the Apple Pay Fraud issue - which really is more of a credit card fraud issue.

Michael Ginsberg
President, 3Gstore.com