NPR Corner: Those Silent Robot Phone Calls

Are you being inundated with inbound phony phone calls?  It’s not a new problem, but it’s getting worse.  Just last week Verizon started a free service to help filter Robocalls.  Hopefully more providers will jump onboard.

Verizon now offers 2 tiers of their Call Filter service:  A free service to filter calls and alert you of spam.  Then a “paid service for $3 per month, which will also identify unknown callers by name, even if they aren’t saved in your contacts. The paid version also includes a robocall risk meter, a spam number lookup feature, and lets you create a personal robocall list” (PC Magazine)

Learn more on what scammers are trying to accomplish from this NPR report below.


Upgrade your iPhone iOS v. 7.0.6

Did you lose SIM Card access or cell service tonight?  Check your iPhone!  According to Apple, there was a threat for IOS version 7.0.6, and it timed itself incidentally with the deactivating of my SIM Cards.  Whether that’s true or not, if you have IOS 7.0.6 and a listed device below, make sure to upgrade your device ASAP.

Data Security ISSUE:

Available for: iPhone 4 and later, iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2 and later

Impact: An attacker with a privileged network position may capture or modify data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS.  (ie. even on a secured network, someone could gain access to information you send or receive on this encrypted network.)

More info at:

Side Note: Sim cards tell your provider who you are (important I suppose) and are found on the side of your device with a small paperclip-sized hole.  Use a paperclip to pop it off and re-seat the card.  (It will generally fly across the room, so go carefully).  Put it back in the “sleeve” with the angled side fitting the angle on the sleeve.  This fixed my issue and maybe yours too.