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Comment by Ed on [CLICK...] Is There Danger Ahead? (May 5, 2016 12:48 AM)
If I hover the cursor over the address and rt. click, it does not show copy link address....
Comment by Sheri on [CLICK...] Is There Danger Ahead? (May 4, 2016 11:50 PM)
Of course you should NEVER click a link in an email unless you are 100 percent sure that it came from one of your contacts. Or if, as Bob said, anythi...
Comment by coachbb94 on [CLICK...] Is There Danger Ahead? (May 4, 2016 10:53 PM)
All I get with unshorten.it is a "Please Wait..." message. I have tried it on my tablet and PC using Chrome and Safari....
Comment by Mark on [CLICK...] Is There Danger Ahead? (May 4, 2016 10:35 PM)
You say "Do not click on any links in a suspicious email". I'm assuming this means that the email had to be opened in order to see the link. Am I s...
Comment by JP on [CLICK...] Is There Danger Ahead? (May 4, 2016 09:37 PM)
I always wonder about shortened URLs. Thanks for mentioning http://unshorten.it/...
Comment by John on Free Satellite TV on PC? (May 4, 2016 09:31 PM)
PC Matic does not let me open the veoh download to watch free movies. Is there something bad with veoh download? ...
Comment by highbury on [READ] Are Public Libraries Obsolete? (May 4, 2016 07:40 PM)
I think as libraries have taken on a number of functions that have little to do with the basic concept of borrowing books and a place to acquire knowl...
Comment by Warren on [CLICK...] Is There Danger Ahead? (May 4, 2016 07:22 PM)
I just registered a (hobby) website with a well known web hosting/building company I'll update through FTP, but got all kinds of warnings tryin...
Comment by Pam Wine on [CLICK...] Is There Danger Ahead? (May 4, 2016 07:21 PM)
Thanks Bob, for such complete and valuable information! I am ALWAYS wondering how to check for a suspious link. This has been very helpful!!...
Comment by David on [CLICK...] Is There Danger Ahead? (May 4, 2016 07:18 PM)
I received a suspicious URL that came to me via spam email. The URL was given a 96/100 MALICIOUS rating by Zulu URL Risk Analyzer, a “CAUTION” ra...

[CLICK...] Is There Danger Ahead?

Do you know how to tell right away if a website (or link) is going to lead you into a world of hurt? A single click can lead to an unwanted download, a malware infection, stolen login credentials, or identity theft. Here are some practical tips and tools you can use to click smarter...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 04, 2016 | Category: Security


[READ] Are Public Libraries Obsolete?

State and local governments are under pressure to cut every unnecessary expense they can, even funding to public libraries. With the vast amount of information available through the Internet, most of it free, it seems that libraries are superfluous relics of a long-gone, offline era. Indeed, Americans report in surveys that they are using libraries less and less. But is that really accurate? Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 03, 2016 | Category: Reference


[COOL] YouTube 3D Offers Virtual Reality

In March 2015, YouTube launched a novel experiment in “immersive” video with its YouTube 360 panoramic video streaming service. Using a camera that is essentially a ring of cameras with their lenses facing outward, YouTubers can make videos that allow the viewer to look up and down as well as all around the camera’s point of view. Read on to learn how it works, and see some examples of this amazing tech in action…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 02, 2016 | Category: Video


[SCAM] Have You Been Skimmed?

The fastest-growing threat to financial networks is not malware, phishing, or denial-of-service attacks. It’s ATM “skimming,” the illegal capture of debit card data including PIN numbers by a “skimmer” device inserted into an ATM. Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 29, 2016 | Category: Finance


[RING!] Hybrid Phone Service Innovations

Hybrid cars run on electricity and switch to gas power only when needed. In similar fashion, hybrid mobile phones operate on a WiFi signal, and switch to the cellular network only when WiFi is not available. This approach can save you a chunk of change on your mobile phone bill, so read on to learn more, and where to get a hybrid calling plan…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 28, 2016 | Category: Telephony


Geekly Update - 27 April 2016

Which video streaming service has the biggest selection of movies? How much did the FBI spend to break the encryption on the San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone? And does breathing out of only one nostril make you smarter or dumber? Get answers to these burning questions, and the scoop on the latest tech news, in this edition of the Geekly Update. It's *guaranteed* to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 27, 2016 | Category: Tech-News


[SIGH] The Phish That Wasn’t

Cybercrooks thrive on FUD - Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. When a massive breach of a retailer’s customer database occurs, crooks swoop in to con panicked consumers. Every tax season, when people are tearing their hair out, con artists impersonate the IRS. And when Microsoft reneges on a promise and its customers rebel, phish start flying. Huh, what? Read on for the details; all will be revealed...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 26, 2016 | Category: Cloud


Do Shortened URLs Endanger Privacy?

URL-shortening services can be convenient, but using them with online mapping or cloud services can create security holes that allow hackers access to a user’s data, or life details you thought were private. Read on to learn about URL shorteners and how you might be exposed...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 25, 2016 | Category: Privacy


[ALERT] Adobe Flash - The Last Straw?

Adobe Flash is a favorite target of hackers and malware writers because it's old (dating back to the mid-1990s), complex, and riddled with hidden bugs. Last week, Adobe issued a security update that fixed twenty-seven vulnerabilities, including one that could be exploited to deliver ransomware infections. Is it time to stick a fork in it?

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 21, 2016 | Category: Security


[FAIL] Don't Get Burned By Crowdfailures

Crowdfunding - the raising of capital through small contributions from many people - has grown from an Internet novelty into an SEC-sanctioned financial market. Many successful products have come to the market thanks entirely to crowdfunding. But for every success story there’s a horror story, it seems. Here are some high-profile “crowdfails" and some tips on how to avoid being a part of them…

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Posted by Bob Rankin | Category: Finance


Geekly Update - 20 April 2016

Is a non-descript farmhouse in Kansas the epicenter of spam, scams and cybercrime? Can the police demand to see your cell phone during a traffic stop? And why are things about to get much QUIETER at the headquarters of the National Weather Service? Get answers to these burning questions, and the scoop on the latest tech news, in this edition of the Geekly Update. It's guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 20, 2016 | Category: Tech-News


[HACKED] Is Someone Listening to Your Calls?

The April 17, 2016, edition of “60 Minutes” featured a deeply disturbing segment entitled, “Hacking Your Phone.” In it, a German white-hat hacker named Karsten Nohl chillingly demonstrated how easily he could track and eavesdrop on a U. S. Congressman's mobile phone. Is your mobile phone also vulnerable to the same hack...?

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 19, 2016 | Category: Telephony


[QUICK] Uninstall QuickTime for Windows

Windows PC users who have the Apple QuickTime video player installed should uninstall it immediately to prevent its exploitation by hackers, says Apple, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, security experts at Trend Micro, and anyone else you may ask. Here's why, and how…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 18, 2016 | Category: Software


[KA-CHING] Time to Drop Netflix?

About 17 million long-time Netflix subscribers will get a sticker shock in May, 2016. That’s when price hikes targeting “grandfathered” accounts will take effect, boosting your monthly fee for the video streaming service. Read on to learn why it’s increasing and how Netflix’s new prices and offerings compare to its competitors...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 15, 2016 | Category: Television


Geekly Update - 14 April 2016

Are you prone to risky computing habits? Would you like to chat with a lonely Swedish girl? Do you know the secret to improving the accuracy of your Google searches? If you answered YES or NO to any of these questions, you MUST read this edition of the Geekly Update. It's guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 14, 2016 | Category: Tech-News




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