Saturday, November 5, 2011

Fast wireless data transfer between Android and Computer

So, a couple of months ago the USB cable which came with my Nexus-S stopped working for data transfer. Since then the number of pictures and videos has been steadily building up. Today I decided to solve that by getting a wifi link to my phone working.
I tried a number of free apps, but none of them could transfer more than one file at once. Then I stumbled upon Software Data Cable, so I thought I would share.

How To:
1) Find and install the free 'Software Data Cable' app on your android phone.
2) Launch it and click on 'Start Service'
3) Download a FTP client on your computer if you don't already have one. I use the free FileZilla client
4) Launch FileZilla
5) On your android there will be an address which looks like
6) Type the bit into 'Host' and the 8888 bit into 'Port'
7) Click QuickConnect

Now you can drag and drop files and folders from you phone (on the right) to your computer (one the left) or vice versa.

Speed up Transfers:
In order speed up the transfer of lots of files do the following:
i) In FileZilla click on 'Edit' -> 'Settings'
ii) Click on 'Transfers' in the left pane
iii) Change 'Maximum simultaneous transfers' to 1
For me this approximately tripled the transfer speed.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Fake tech support call


Well, I received one of those indian 'I am from Microsoft and your computer has a virus and is going slower and slower' scam calls.

I went along with them to see what scam they were running.

1) They got me to check "eventvwr" and showed me Application Events and claimed they were caused by a virus (they obviously aren't)

2) They then got me to look at "inf virus" and told me these were all caused by virus' too.

3) Then the real part of the scam started when they wanted to have a technician 'help' me. Basically they get you to go to from a run dialogue (I'm guessing this gives it administrator rights or similar?). Then, because I "didn't know the 6 digit code that came with my computer" they gave me one. In this case 471831 (DONT TYPE THAT IN!).

I hung up at this point, because I couldn't find a picture of what the letmein page looked like and it's not like I was actually going to give them remote access to my computer.

Wish I had had time to get a virtual machine running so I could run through it with them and see what they tried.