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Comment by Jim on Need Robocall Relief? Here's How to Fight Back (June 28, 2017 05:37 AM)
If these spammers put those talents to legitimate use instead of figuring out new ways to beat the system they would be millionaires....
Comment by MaryN on Is It Too Late For Firefox? (June 28, 2017 03:19 AM)
I have loved using Firefox and have it set as my default browser. I loved Netscape as well. I made all of my webpages using Composer in Netscape, and...
Comment by jim on Is It Too Late For Firefox? (June 28, 2017 02:50 AM)
I like Firefox but I think that they made a big mistake not migrating to the Blink rendering engine used in Chrome. This would have upset their addon ...
Comment by Peggy on Need Robocall Relief? Here's How to Fight Back (June 28, 2017 01:34 AM)
Our phone system announces who a call is from. If it is not someone we know, we ignore it. Except when my husband want sto spam the spammers. He will ...
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Our ONT in RI was placed inside in the basement. None of the inside copper was removed, just connected to the ONT. You should have asked to have the...
Comment by Kenneth Maltby on Is It Too Late For Firefox? (June 27, 2017 11:10 PM)
Thanks for this article - I've been missing Firefox since I stopped using it in favour of Google and Google Chrome. Nice to know it's on the upsurge ...
Comment by Jim on Need Robocall Relief? Here's How to Fight Back (June 27, 2017 08:39 PM)
We rarely answer our landline phone and just let the answering machine pickup. When we do answer (just for fun) it is usually the MS tech support sca...
Comment by James Ford on Need Robocall Relief? Here's How to Fight Back (June 27, 2017 08:30 PM)
I use Nomorob on my home VOIP line ad it is great. I also use it on my iPhone with mixed success. The spammers are changing their tactics so rapidly...
Comment by James Ford on Need Robocall Relief? Here's How to Fight Back (June 27, 2017 08:30 PM)
I use Nomorob on my home VOIP line ad it is great. I also use it on my iPhone with mixed success. The spammers are changing their tactics so rapidly...
Comment by bob rice on Need Robocall Relief? Here's How to Fight Back (June 27, 2017 08:11 PM)
I've used nomorobo for years and maybe it's working but still getting 2-3 calls per day! The said aspect is robocalls must be working because they kee...

Need Robocall Relief? Here's How to Fight Back

Robocalls are on the rise, despite government regulations prohibiting commercial robocalls. The FCC estimates that 2.4 BILLION robocalls are placed every month, or about seven per U.S. resident. The FTC says it received nearly 3.5 million complaints about robocalls in fiscal year 2016. That’s up an alarming 60% over the same period last year! Here's what you can do to fight back…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 27, 2017 | Category: Telephony


Is It Too Late For Firefox?

The latest major update to Firefox, v.54, was released on June 13, 2017. Its developer, the nonprofit Mozilla Foundation, calls it “the best Firefox ever.” After using v.54 for a day, I have to agree; this Firefox is the best I’ve ever seen. But will it be able to halt or even reverse Firefox’s decline? Read on for the full story…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 26, 2017 | Category: Browsers


Free Protection Against Ransomware

More than 70% of new malware released these days is of the ransomware variety. Why? Because it works! Ransomware takes all of a user’s data hostage, a terrifying moment for most of us. Only by paying a few hundred dollars can you get the key that unlocks your data, the extortionists claim. Many people pay quickly under the pressure and anxiety. Let's proactively deal with that problem -- check out these free tools to block and recover from ransomware...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 23, 2017 | Category: Security


[Windows 10 Tip #3] - Where Is Everything?

Last week, I said I would next cover Win 10’s new browser, Edge. I don’t know what I was thinking. Less than 6% of all Web surfers use Edge, and only about 1 in 5 Windows 10 users use it. The only time a typical consumer uses Edge is immediately after installing Win 10, when he needs a browser to download his favorite browser. So for now, let’s ignore Edge and get to a more interesting subject...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 22, 2017 | Category: Windows-10


Why Backup? Here Are 9 Good Reasons

It's a great question... why should you bother to make backups? It's especially understandable if you've never experienced any sort of data loss. But I've got a list of NINE reasons, some of which may surprise you. Read on for that list, and ANSWERS to some of the best questions I've received about backups...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 21, 2017 | Category: Backup


[TUNES] Get Your Free Online Music

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche did not overstate music’s importance by much. Fortunately, there's plenty of music available for free, via the Web or mobile devices. Here are some of the best places to find and listen to music online...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 20, 2017 | Category: Music


[Windows 10 Tip #2] - Installing Windows 10 (FREE)

This is the second article in a weekly series that explores Windows 10 at a leisurely, low-stress pace. Our first goal was to set up Windows 10 in a dual-boot configuration with Windows 7, so that a user could experiment with Windows 10 without putting all of his/her eggs in that basket. The idea is to reduce anxiety and hesitancy about trying Windows 10, and to prepare everyone for its inevitable takeover of the desktop. Let's jump right in today...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 15, 2017 | Category: Windows-10


Geekly Update - 14 Jun 2017

Is it legal to hack the school computer to change your grade in a cyber-security class? Can your local politicians now see what you're reading on Facebook? And what did the Wall Street Journal do that earned them a smackdown from Google? Get answers in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 14, 2017 | Category: Tech-News


Should You Buy Discount Inkjet Cartridges?

A reader asks: 'Are discount inkjet cartridges really a good deal? I've heard they can ruin your printer, void your warranty, and that the quality is lacking. Others have told me they're great and can save you lots of money. What's the scoop on those cheap ink cartridges?' Read on for my advice about refilled or remanufactured inkjet cartridges...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 13, 2017 | Category: Photography


Does My Email or IP Address Reveal my Physical Location?

A concerned reader asks: 'Can someone find a user's identity (name, home address, etc.) simply by having their email or IP address? I'm asking because I posted to an online forum, and both my email and IP address were displayed publicly. Does that give others the ability to find my actual geographic location? Can I be tracked down in any way?' Read on to learn the answer to this common question...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 12, 2017 | Category: Privacy


What's in The Deep, Dark Web?

Every so often, the media likes to tell us a scary story about the spooky, dangerous “Dark Web” where criminals, terrorists, hackers, and spammers conspire to victimize all of us. The reality is a bit more balanced and not so scary. There is a “Deep Web” that you can't access with ordinary search engines, and a “Dark Web” where people lurk anonymously for both good and evil purposes. Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 09, 2017 | Category: Reference


Save Money With These Cordcutting Options

The options for TV viewing without paying an arm and leg to a cable company just keep expanding. Many of the subscription streaming options are offered by TV networks, who seem to be delighting in their ability to bypass the gatekeepers who stand between themselves and their audiences. Here is a roundup of current offerings for cordcutters...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 08, 2017 | Category: Television


Geekly Update - 07 Jun 2017

A proposed law would allow hacking victims to hack back, but does it go too far? Is T-Mobile's 'Get Out of the Red' offer good enough to make you switch from Verizon? Can you tell when you're talking to a robot? And how accurate is your fitness tracker? Get answers in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 07, 2017 | Category: Tech-News


[Windows 10 Tip] - Dual Boot Setup

This article kicks off a new series of weekly Windows 10 tips, because it’s about time we started getting used to the future of personal computing. Whether we like it or not, Windows 10 is taking over the PC world. If you have already upgraded to Windows 10, you may find in this series help with difficulties that continue to plague you. If you have yet to take the plunge, this series will help you install and learn Windows 10 systematically, without giving up your beloved Windows 7. Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 06, 2017 | Category: Windows-10


What's in the 2017 Internet Trends Report?

Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report is billed as the most eagerly anticipated slide show of the year. Meeker, a partner in venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, outdid herself with her 2017 report, which spans 355 slides. Let’s see what online trends are most relevant to you...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 05, 2017 | Category: Reference




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