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Comment by Mac 'n' Cheese on BOTNET ATTACKS: Are You Vulnerable? (December 6, 2016 09:44 PM)
JIM: You asked the question, "Would the free versions of Malwarebytes and Spybot remove a botnet infection?" I think the answer is "maybe." But Bob s...
Comment by Robert A. on BOTNET ATTACKS: Are You Vulnerable? (December 6, 2016 09:22 PM)
For those readers who have Comcast/Xfinity internet service, the Norton Security Suite, AKA Norton 360, as a retail version, is available as a FREE do...
Comment by Mac 'n' Cheese on BOTNET ATTACKS: Are You Vulnerable? (December 6, 2016 07:52 PM)
For what it's worth, I had no problem downloading the Norton Power Eraser application, using Firefox 50.0.2. running under Win 7 Professional 64-bit. ...
Comment by Bob Stromberg on BOTNET ATTACKS: Are You Vulnerable? (December 6, 2016 07:17 PM)
Hi, I tried downloading the Norton Power Eraser but could not access the web page (https://security.symantec.com/nbrt/npe.aspx). Running Windows 8.1 ...
Comment by Robert K on BOTNET ATTACKS: Are You Vulnerable? (December 6, 2016 07:04 PM)
Bob, Thank you for another great helpful article. Regarding Norton Power Eraser, I've had Norton antivirus once, and it placed its tentacles everywhe...
Comment by Jim on BOTNET ATTACKS: Are You Vulnerable? (December 6, 2016 06:39 PM)
Would the free versions of Malwarebytes and Spybot remove a botnet infection?...
Comment by ironside on Who is Bob Rankin? (December 6, 2016 04:05 PM)
The iDrive One Holiday Offer Hi Bob this is Pat in the UK...this offer I guess is not available to guys like me in the UK....let me know if there ...
Comment by Larry on Can You Trust ScanGuard? (December 6, 2016 01:16 PM)
Another stone thrower. Why is your site, this one, not secure? I don't get these people. EDITOR'S NOTE: This site can be accessed via HTTPS if des...
Comment by Richard on Gooligan Malware Spreading Like Wildfire (December 6, 2016 09:03 AM)
I think that many will turn off the protection to get apps from Amazon who through their Underground scheme can have "free" versions that are chargeab...
Comment by Kenneth Heikkila on Gooligan Malware Spreading Like Wildfire (December 5, 2016 08:09 PM)
Glad I stuck with iPhone. Timely updates every time. ...

BOTNET ATTACKS: Are You Vulnerable?

How easy is it to take over hundreds of thousands of computers, and enslave them in a botnet that could be used by hackers for malicious purposes? Not so hard, it turns out. The shocking truth is that the tools to create and operate botnets are cheap and readily available to malevolent miscreants. Read on to learn how to detect and defend against botnets, and some really good news about “Operation Avalanche” ...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 06, 2016 | Category: Security


Gooligan Malware Spreading Like Wildfire

A new malware known as “Gooligan” is infecting 13,000 Android phones each day, according to CheckPoint, a cybersecurity firm headquartered in San Carlos, CA. Over one million smartphones have already been infected, making Gooligan the biggest security breach that Android has ever experienced. Do you need to worry? Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 05, 2016 | Category: Security


12 Tips for Online Holiday Shoppers

Shopping online for Christmas, Hanukkah (or any time of year) is easy and convenient, but when you use the right tools, you can also save a lot of cash. Here are some money-saving tips for the smart online shopper...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 02, 2016 | Category: Finance


Geekly Update - 01 December 2016

How can humans stop robots from taking over the world? Would you buy a $150 coffee mug? And what's the best way to destroy your data? Find out... in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. And it's *guaranteed* to make you 146% smarter. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 01, 2016 | Category: Tech-News


Free TV Channels Online?

USTVnow is an online service that claims you can watch all your favorite US television channels from anywhere around the world, via your computer, smartphone or smart TV. But does it really work, and is it legal? Let's take a look...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 30, 2016 | Category: Television


[HOWTO] Stop Annoying Robocalls

If you ever called your phone carrier to demand it block all robocalls, you probably heard the excuse, “We can’t legally do that.” That’s a lie, and the FCC is tired of being its scapegoat. Here's what you and the FCC can do to help stop annoying telemarketers and robocalls...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 29, 2016 | Category: Telephony


[WOW] Millions of Free Ebooks

Since the days of the Egyptian pharaohs, libraries have offered access to the printed wisdom and folly of humanity, but only to “authorized personnel” in the beginning. Most people had to travel and pay for books, and that was hard on budgets. But now the Internet makes available more good books, old and new, than one person can read in a lifetime. Here are a few examples of where you can find quality reads free of charge...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 28, 2016 | Category: Reference


Ten Stupid Things You Can Do To Mess Up Your Computer

Aside from actually drop-kicking it or smashing it with a sledge hammer, it's fairly difficult to actually break a computer. That said, there are a number of ways to render your computer just slightly more useful than a doorstop. Certain careless acts can cause crashes, freezes, painfully slow performance, loss of data or invasion of your privacy. Here's my list of stupid things you can do to really mess up your computer...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 23, 2016 | Category: Security


Geekly Update - 22 November 2016

Do shoppers on mobile devices get lower prices? Is your smartphone forwarding all your text messages to China? Are the geeks at Office Depot ripping you off? And are you one of the 400 million people whose username and password was just exposed? Find out... in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. And it's *guaranteed* to make you 146% smarter. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 22, 2016 | Category: Tech-News


Your Next Printer: Inkjet, Laser, or All-In-One?

When shopping for a new printer, should you look for an inkjet or a laser? How about a plain old printer versus an all-in-one (AIO) printer, scanner, copier, and fax? The inkjet vs. laser choice depends on what you print and how often you print it. Here's a look at the tradeoffs, and factors to consider when buying a printer...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 21, 2016 | Category: Printing


[HOWTO] Send a Fax From Your Computer

Sending a fax from your computer is a convenient, money-saving way to communicate with people who insist on paper documents. There are several ways to send a fax from your computer, even if you don't have a fax machine. Here's how you can start faxing from your PC, Mac or mobile device...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 18, 2016 | Category: Fax


Securing Your Internet of Things

Right behind every cyber-scare comes a gaggle of “new” solutions. Sure enough, we’re seeing new security appliances purportedly designed to protect the IoT devices on your home network. But are they new, and do they protect? Do you even need another separate device? Read on to get the straight story…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 17, 2016 | Category: Security


Geekly Update - 16 November 2016

Does new tech from Google actually let you travel through time? Are PC makers giving away the store on Black Friday this year? And will too much punctuation in your online posts affect your car insurance rates?!? Find out... in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. And it's *guaranteed* to make you 146% smarter. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 16, 2016 | Category: Tech-News


A Hemisphere of (YOUR) Information

If you thought the NSA had the largest collection of citizens’ digital communications, think again. That honor belongs to AT&T, which has been archiving the metadata of all phone and email traffic that passes through its global network since at least 2007. Read on to learn what this metadata can be used for, and who it's being sold to…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 15, 2016 | Category: Privacy


Check Out This Free Windows Clone

Some diehards are never going to upgrade to the latest Windows version. They like the legacy look and feel of Windows XP, Windows 2003, or even Windows NT. They don’t like Microsoft’s strong-arm tactics that try to cram Windows 10 onto every PC. But switching to Mac or Linux isn't a workable solution for them. Is this free, open-source Windows clone the answer? Read on for the details...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 14, 2016 | Category: Windows




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