EquiFax compromised subscribers get FREE 12-month credit monitoring

Why was this so hard to find?

A few months back EquiFax had a big data breech, and almost everyone in the country was affected. When I first heard the story they advertised a link for those affected and would give them a free 12 months of free credit report / identity protection. I didn’t write the URL down at the time because I thought it would be everywhere. That didn’t happen.

Conspiracy theory

At first I did go on the Equifax site and saw there was a free email dark web scan, and then they offered a free trial but nothing about the free 12 months of identity theft protection. I didn’t want to sign-up and get a 30-day free trial and then pay for it. You are the company that got hacked! (hello!). Sneaky huh?

So, how did I find out

AT&T’s developer program sent me a link for the free 12 month identity protection from Equifax. They wanted developers in their program to know they were working with Equifax to protect information from further breeches.

How does it work

You click the link, verify your information has been breached and then they sign you up for FREE, no credit card, no sales calls. It was really easy, so to check and sign-up for yours Click this link

My Notebook Won’t Connect to My New N750 Linksys Router or When You’re Not Holding All The Aces Your Holding The Bag

Holding All the Aces
My ever faithful US Robotics Router has been acting very intermittent lately, so it was time to replace it. After all, the servers that sit behind it run this site and some others and we can’t have those down. So, with a little research I ended up with a Linksys N750 (EA3500) router. Configuring the basic router functions went pretty easily, it did take a while to find where to input the virtual settings so the servers would get pass thru on the correct ports. But, all in all it went pretty well and those functions wouldn’t be used by a typical household.

UNTIL…. I went to configure my notebook to connect to the wireless part of the router.

Holding the Bag
After using the settings that came with the router for wireless access, my notebook asked for the pass code (as normal), I supplied it, but, unfortunately it wouldn’t connect. I thought it must be in that new fangled WPA2/WPA Mixed setting. After all it’s too simple to just supply the wireless password and everything would work right? right! After all the usual computer consulting trouble shooting, I changed the settings to the old standard WEP, still no dice. Linksys support website said to attempt the connection put in the password and you’ll connect, then asked “Was this information helpful?”.  But what if that doesn’t work? What now?

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This is where we have to think small, and start methodically. Here’s what to do:

  1. Unplug the Linksys Router, wait about 20 seconds and plug it back in. Wait for it to boot up completely.
  2. Restart the device (in my case my notebook) and attempt the connection.
  3. It Worked.

Amazing how much, just resetting clears the confusion in a device sometimes. So, next time before you make the call, check the connections, power down the devices and try one last time. BTW, there is an order to starting network devices and each one should be completely up before you move on to the next one, and they are: Modem, Router, Switch, Computer.

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Pictionary from Cat poop or do I have to trademark everything I say

Alright, this burns my butt!! Those of you who know me, know that I can come up with some pretty unique words. Ah-blah, Ah-blah, en-raw (short for turkey sandwich, open face with mashed potatoes and gravy), or “Goon-a-raunchy” (short for a knucklehead). At another time in the right place I could have been; Dr. Seuss. The cause, probably putting my finger in light socket at age 3.

 Ode to “Cat Girl” the backstory…
Years ago I had a Burmese cat, and she was as much of a companion as a dog, waited for me to get home, and we would play and just an all-a-round great pet. I don’t want to go overboard as an overzealous pet owner, but, yeah, she was cool. Anyway, about 10 years ago we were playing and I came with the saying “For cats, by Cats”. Another idiotic, but, rather funny thing, I thought pretty creative after it came out of my mouth.

 Fast forward to yesterday
So I am watching TV yesterday, and here comes a new cat food commercial, and at the very end they say “For Cats, By Cats”. I couldn’t believe it. The cause of my bane. I watched the same channel till I saw the commercial again just to make sure. I’m not going to quit coming up with sayings for things, but, wow.

It’s true, there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9)
The great and wise Solomon strikes again