FitBit Fit

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Me reading my FitBit eWatch

My better half and I use a “watch” known as the “FitBit” to track our exercise and easily see what SMS or email just made our cell phone bleep without needing to fish the phone out of our pocket. As long as I can just see if I really need to stop right now and look at the phone I have been content, but these life hacks using the FitBit sound really neat. Not so sure about security implications of sharing devices across different web sites, but the results are very interesting.

In email today from

Your Fitbit account doesn’t just have to be about tracking your daily steps and counting flights of stairs—although those are great stats to know! By thinking outside the box, users have come up with some pretty incredible life hacks involving their Fitbit devices. For example, did you know that with IFTTT (a website that lets you connect two different apps or devices), you can tell your smart coffee maker to begin brewing when your tracker or smartwatch notices you’ve woken up in the morning? And that’s just the start. (Read on their web site for six more imaginative ideas at

Microsoft vulnerability exposes all Windows machines

Be certain to apply all patches to your windows installations. Apparently this bug has been known since last fall and allows an attacker to move laterally through your network.

From Dark Reading today in email:

Attackers can exploit newly discovered critical crypto bug in CredSSP via a man-in-the-middle attack and then move laterally within a victim network.

 A serious vulnerability found in Microsoft’s Credential Security Support Provider protocol (CredSSP) could allow a hacker to gain control of a domain server and other systems in the network.

Researchers from Preempt unearthed the previously unknown remote code execution vulnerability, which affects all versions of Windows, and reported it to Microsoft in August of last year. Microsoft today issued a fix (CVE-2018-0886) for the protocol as part of its Patch Tuesday release.

For more details check the original article at

Burn the FICO alter

image showing the Parts of the "FICO Score"

What makes up a FICO Score?

FICO is an “I LOVE DEBT” score – a measure of how much of a fool someone is to give up everything they earn to banksters instead of keeping their own money. The “FICO credit score” is 30% how much debt you stay trapped in, 35% if you are still able to pay all that debt, 10% what kinds of debt you are trapped in, 10% how much new debt you just got trapped in, and 15% how long you have stayed trapped in debt.

NOT ONE THING IN THAT SCORE HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH YOUR FINANCIAL STRENGTH! If you inherited $10 million tomorrow your FICO “credit score” wouldn’t change one point!

Debt is dumb! Don’t let them sacrifice you and your family on the altar of the deceptive demi-god FICO! Get a plan, get and stay out of all debt, and experience liberty as you never have before. Instead of worrying how you are going to survive until the next paycheck, get free so you can plan how you will help others.

Millions of people have escaped the debt trap and you can too! Check the next Financial Peace University class, starting at Abundant Life Church (evening community groups), Wednesday nights around 7:00PM. Call Jodie at the church office 260.432.0014 to register for free – these classes are open for free to everyone in the Fort Wayne area who cares to come. If Wednesday night isn’t possible for you right now but you still want to get free of debt, try the Dave Ramsey organization web site at

Attorney General Curtis Hill warns of tax fraud 

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Criminals by GatoDesing

In the past, some participants at Adult Life Training, Inc. shared with the group that they had been harmed by tax fraud. Although this is also a lucrative mafia favorite along with credit card scams and unauthorized ATM draws, usually a relative or “friend” gets the victim’s SSN and files a massively lying tax return with the refund check mailed to the criminal, then later IRS comes back on the victim who did not even file that lying tax return and makes them repay what the criminal stole.

The victim did not file that lying return and should not be paying anything at all: the victim had nothing to do with it: IRS was deceived and got robbed: but the IRS will force the victim to prove that they didn’t do it, even though under the US Constitution a citizen is innocent until they are proven guilty beyond any reasonable doubt. These crimes disportionately injure poverty stricken persons of color but anyone can be targeted.

If you have been or think that you have been a victim of identity theft, go to’s IP PIN page and request that they put an IP PIN on your account (and don’t tell family, “friends”, or anyone else your PIN) so that only you can file your return. And don’t pick a number the relative or “friend” can figure out!

What’s an IP PIN?
The IRS IP PIN is a 6-digit number assigned to eligible taxpayers to help prevent the misuse of their Social Security number on fraudulent federal income tax returns.

What does an IP PIN do?
An IP PIN helps us verify a taxpayer’s identity and accept their electronic or paper tax return. When you have an IP PIN, it prevents someone else from filing a tax return with your SSN.


This just in from GovDelivery Communications Cloud on behalf of: Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill· Indiana Government Center South, 302 W. Washington St., 5th Floor · Indianapolis, IN 46204 · 317-232-6201. If you would like to receive official information when it is released by the sovereign State of Indiana browse to and indicate which topics you want emailed to you.

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is warning Hoosiers to beware of scams in which their identities are stolen and used to file fraudulent tax returns.

Tax identify thieves use other people’s Social Security Numbers (SSN) to file taxes and/or even obtain jobs. Most victims initially will not even be aware that this has happened. Some will be notified upon e-filing that a tax return has already been filed using their SSN.
The federal Trade Commission also has related information on their web site at

The IRS has offered the following warning signs of possible tax-related identity theft: 

  • More than one tax return was filed for you;
  • You owe additional tax, have a refund offset or have had collection actions taken against you for a year you did not file a tax return, or;
  • IRS records indicate you received wages or other income from an employer for whom you did not work.

If you believe you have been the victim of tax-related or any other type of identity theft, the Office of the Indiana Attorney General office can help. Go to or call 1-800-382-5516 to make a complaint.