Research Your Apps – Free Doesn’t Mean Free

I’m quite fond of the fact that in our technical day and age, it is becoming more and more common place to ‘Have an App for that!’ Apps make our lives easier, from helping cutting down extraneous tasks to graphic editing. For Android users, many apps are free, made by other users, which can include options such as either ‘Pay to use better options’ or ‘Pay to get rid of ads’.

That being said, an easily downloaded application has become scammers next target. A Toronto Security company has discovered an App called ‘Xhelper’ which is now termed as a malware that is impossible to remove, as it has the ability to reinstall itself and is designed to remain hidden! It even has code to ensure it isn’t deleted when a Factory Reset is prompted, and performs malicious actions such as “showing advertisements to the users, downloading and executing more malicious payloads from its remote server onto the users device”

My advice as a tech user is to research your apps before downloading! Look through those Reviews, weed out the Automated replies, make sure this app is right for you, and if it looks suspicious, DON’T DOWNLOAD!!!! And as an extra layer of protection, or to ensure that you haven’t already succumbed to this malware, install a malware detector.

Stay safe out there my friends!

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CRA Spam Callers Using Inactive Numbers

I received a phone call from this number with an automated voice who stated in broken automation that “ignoring this call would cause legal action before a magistrate.

I’ve tried to call back this number using Pop-Tox, and it says this number is not in service.

Whatever you do, do not give away your name, voice inflections or anything else relevant when answering these calls. Better yet, ignore and block them asap! For more info on that, check out this article here: Why Phone Fraud Starts With A Silent Call

Numbers I’ve received this call from so far are as follows:

12264698493

0114160998784 (Spoofed, that’s why there is a 0 at the front)

16135977184

19852217330

Say No to Pesticides Killing Off Our Bees!

Just when I thought humans had started figuring it out, we’ve got sneaky buggers trying to re-instate chemical usage that will finish killing off our already endangered bees! As a gardener, I’m aware it may be “easier” to grow plants when you don’t have to worry about bugs, but when you don’t have the pollen carrier, the plants will just DIE, and so ends green things being able to live on this earth, at least in our current natural cycle.

‘Sum of Us’ activists have put forward a campaign to save these poor bees, let’s do our part in ensuring our future!

Dozens of bee species are now extinct or on the verge of disappearing. But Bayer and its cronies are twisting the EU’s arm into ignoring bee-saving rules against harmful pesticides — the same rules that got toxic neonicotinoids banned last year.

We all rely on bees to pollinate fruit, vegetables and crops. But around the world bees are in decline, putting the future health of our planet at risk — and unless the EU takes concrete steps to save the bees, this trend shows no sign of reversing.

MEPs urgently need to challenge the bureaucrats that buckled to Bayer’s lobbyists. MEPs could force a U-turn, and revive plans to crack down on all bee-harming pesticides. 

It’s the EU’s job to force corporations like Bayer to take bee health seriously — and prevent deadly, bee-killing chemicals from flooding our fields. Bayer shouldn’t be telling the EU what to do. Across Europe, MEPs plastered their election campaigns with pledges to save the bees. Will you sign the petition now to tell MEPs to live up to their promises?

Sign the petition to demand that MEPs fix this mess urgently and protect bees from deadly pesticides.

Click here to learn more!

Yew Berries – A Pretty Killer

I spotted an ‘unknown’ berry a few weeks back, however not knowing the name of the berry doesn’t mean I’m not aware of when its prime time for picking is, so I had set out today to get a few, in hopes of bringing home and researching. As I was harvesting the fells, a grandma and her two grand-kids passed me and she asked ‘Are those berries edible?’ to which I replied, I was pretty sure the berries weren’t poisonous, but there was something odd about them that pointed to toxicity, so I’d be researching when I got home, as I was pretty sure they were soap berries or something to that effect.. She correctly nomenclatured them as Yew berries, which, I was correct, the berry itself is completely harmless, however as little as THREE of the seeds can do incredible harm! Even the foliage itself can kill you!

“The entire yew bush, except the aril (the red flesh of the berry covering the seed), is poisonous. It is toxic due to a group of chemicals called taxine alkaloids. Their cardiotoxicity is well known and act via calcium and sodium channel antagonism, causing an increase in cytoplasmic calcium currents of the myocardial cells. The seeds contains the highest concentrations of these alkaloids.[25][26] If any leaves or seeds of the plant are ingested, urgent medical advice is recommended as well as observation for at least 6 hours after the point of ingestion.[27][28] “

Yew Tree

These plants are located right between the new dog park and playground on Richter. With that in mind, all I can say be aware of the plants around you and watch your pets and kids!

Now that being said, everything in moderation!!! This plant, in controlled dosages, is a beneficial plant for extreme conditions, such as cancer and tapeworms. For more on that, click here!

15197812890 – CRA Spam Callers Using Active Numbers

I received a phone call from this number with an automated voice who stated in broken automation that ignoring this call would cause legal action before a magistrate.

I’ve tried to call back this number using Pop-Tox, and it goes straight to a personal voicemail. After 5 times of dialing back, the lady whose voicemail it was picked up, and she had no idea that this was happening to her number.

This is the newest and ballsiest move I’ve seen these guys perform so far, this is going to cause headaches for basically anyone who owns a number. I’m not even sure there anything our providers can do to prevent this!

When Someone Sends You Too Much Money – It’s Probably Too Good To Be True! – Photography Over-payment Scam –

You’ve been asked to be the photographer at an event. You’ve signed a contract stating the details, and are eagerly awaiting your payment. However, when it arrives, it’s almost QUADRUPLE the amount you were to be sent! Questioning, you’re told it’s an accounting error and to send the rest to the wedding caterer. You send the money, only to have the deposit/cheque BOUNCE, leaving you out thousands of dollars!

This sounds like something out of a horror film, but what’s truly terrifying is that it’s been happening all across BC the last little while!

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre recommends that people protect themselves “protect yourself by knowing who you are doing business with and never accept a cheque for more than your selling price,” when it comes to the overpayment scam.

The BBB also warns that a legitimate company will never ask someone to forward money.

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Be aware friends!!!!

Sneaky Telus

Always Check your bills! Watch out for Telus!

I called Telus after my bill hiked 10 dollars. I was told I had been informed on the fine print of my bills for the last three months. I was told previously 6 months before that since I had been with Telus for so long that the newest upgrade to Fiber optics was NOT going to be changing my bill. Not to mention that a change like that should be in bold print on the top of my bill.

I spoke with a lady (Jane) who had to transfer me to promotions. Promotions said everything was taken care of, but tried to sell me a two year plan that I turned down.

I then received an email the same date stating I had bought a two year TV Plan! I emailed immediately, to find out why TV was put onto my internet only bill, but after a day wait, I called them. After a long wait, (Leo) answered, and transferred to promotional services.

Tanya the head of promotional services assured me that this was unacceptable. ‘We absolutely cannot! That is against your will you’re not to be getting that, I’ll be sending her coaching, I’ve been here 5 years, 1 year management escalations, and I’ve never seen this before. giving you TV, and downgrading you to internet 25 I’ve never seen this before!’

I asked if she could fix my bill, as it was now even more then the original amount I was trying to fix. She said there was no way that first employee could have promised me I could stay at that rate however she would do her best to get me down close to my original payment. She also explained the varying rates across the country, making me sick to my stomach to hear their internet was even more then mine. I’ve verified this rate with friends across the country.

Note* As this article is being posted, activists are pushing to end this tyranny! Tell your horror stories here!

Incentive Overtime Offered for Alberta Nurse

Looking for a job that comes with lots of money? Look no further! Become a nurse and work for Alberta’s healthcare, (as this practice below is not active in BC) and you’ll never have to worry again!

Incentive Overtime is being offered to nurses when no one can be found at straight time. What that means is that you offer out the shift to everyone at Straight time, then Over time, then once all calls have been exhausted, you send out a final call-out to everyone, regardless if you are straight time or over time, you will get Overtime when you go in.

Hearing of this practice petrifies me, I feel like patient care is being lost in the dollar signs. I hope this practice NEVER comes to BC.

Pharmacy Dispensing Fees

I went to pick up my prescription the other day, and realized it was a bit more expensive then I remembered. I had recently moved pharmacies as a new location had opened up conveniently under my work location. However, this location had been tacking on an extra 4 dollars for a dispensing fee! For the extra 5 minutes it takes me to go to the other location, I’ll keep my 4 dollars thanks!

So, word to the wise, ask what their dispensing fees are before hoping over to a more convenient location!

BE A PART IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CRUELTY IN THE MEAT INDUSTRY!

I’m sure most who know me know I’m not huge into posting nasty pictures without context, facts or a reason other then fear-mongering in regards to the meat industry. (For more on how I feel on that click here)

That being said, know this link is a list of facts and information in regards to how MacDonald’s painfully induces growth hormones. HOWEVER – It also includes a way we hope to force them to stop doing what they are doing! This cruelty should be made to answer for, and anyone who truly believes posting videos chalked full of random photos, lies and information meant to pull on people’s heartstrings will make a difference, are completely blind. This does nothing except promote fear-mongering.

Today all you who are against the meat industry finally have a chance to make a difference, and it will cost you less then that coffee you’re drinking, or the upgrade to your phone game.

CLICK HERE to make a difference today!