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Comment by Bart on Are You Sharing Your Wifi? (May 5, 2015 10:32 PM)
My "improved" router came free from Cablevision, but they did not volunteer any info about the public hotspot feature. I refused to install it and th...
Comment by Jeri on Are You Sharing Your Wifi? (May 5, 2015 10:25 PM)
If they are going to start doing that, they should provide the modem/router free of charge....
Comment by NT on Are You Sharing Your Wifi? (May 5, 2015 10:04 PM)
I have a rented modem from Xfinity, and asked Comcast to turn off (bridge) the public Wi-Fi. I asked them very, very early in the company-wide decisi...
Comment by Fernando on Are You Sharing Your Wifi? (May 5, 2015 09:00 PM)
Sad you see it like that. I see you don´t read it well. I don´t share your view, but I respect it. ALL users of the Alliance can use it for FREE. ...
Comment by Raymond Combs on Are You Sharing Your Wifi? (May 5, 2015 08:02 PM)
I took a different approach. When I first got my "new and improved" Infinity modem, I simply called Comcast and had them turn off (bridge), the Wi-Fi....
Comment by Lee on Are You Sharing Your Wifi? (May 5, 2015 07:12 PM)
You are mistaken about Cablevision. Like Comcast and Cox, Cablevision is most definitely using the routers they install in their customers’ homes an...
Comment by RandiO on Whose Car Is It Anyway? (May 5, 2015 07:07 PM)
As I sit here contemplating what my next car is going to be, I realize that I don't have much use nor care for all of the electronic driver's aides th...
Comment by Paul Breaux on Are You Sharing Your Wifi? (May 5, 2015 06:53 PM)
As a COX customer, I have both a Cisco modem and a Netgear router, and reading todays post, has got me confused... and a bit riled. The Netgear Router...
Comment by Peter Wall on Are You Sharing Your Wifi? (May 5, 2015 06:46 PM)
When you lease an apartment, does the landlord have the right to rent it to a second lessor who can move in on top of you? If you rent a vehicle, does...
Comment by NSlone on Are You Sharing Your Wifi? (May 5, 2015 06:45 PM)
While I think mobile WiFi hotspots are a good idea, I don't think people who pay a monthly fee should have to share with people who are not living in ...

Are You Sharing Your Wifi?

Over the past few years, cable companies have built a network of several million WiFi hotspots open to the public. If you get your Internet access from one of these cable companies, you can use this nationwide WiFi network for free. However, you may unknowingly be providing one of those hotspots, also for free. Is it fair, safe, and legal? Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 05, 2015 | Category: Wireless


Install Google Password Alert?

Google suffered an embarrassing moment just a day after it released a free browser extension intended to protect users against phishing attacks. Google fixed the mistake quickly, but the fix is also vulnerable to being bypassed. Should you install the Google Password Alert tool anyway? I say yes...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 04, 2015 | Category: Security


Mobile Malware: No Big Deal?

Verizon’s security research team wants you to know that the odds of catching a truly serious malware infection are about 0.03 percent, about the same as the average odds of being struck by lightning during a lifetime. So should we worry? Read on for the details, and my recommendations...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 01, 2015 | Category: Mobile


Whose Car Is It Anyway?

Little by little, it’s become more difficult to tinker with your own car. Now automakers want to make it illegal for anyone to mess around with their creations without their permission. Actually, they’re claiming it’s already illegal, and consumer activists are lobbying the Copyright Office to restore our right to tune and tweak our cars, or simply study their inner workings. What the heck is going on?

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 30, 2015 | Category: Auto


Geekly Update - 29 April 2015

Why are police in Virginia monitoring cats with GPS ankle bracelets? Could bragging about your upcoming vacation cost you thousands of dollars? And has Google Maps finally found the elusive Loch Ness monster? 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 29, 2015 | Category: Tech-News


Tech That Stops Distracted Driving

As of 2014, “distracted driving” causes more accidents than drunk driving, according to U. S. government statistics. Some may point fingers at mobile makeup artists, rambunctious children, cheeseburgers, and other distractions. But we all know that mobile phones are the real problem. Read on for some solutions…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 28, 2015 | Category: Auto


Project Fi - This is BIG!

A reader asks: “I've heard that Google just started their own mobile phone service, with rates that are surprisingly low. Is that true, and is it a better deal than Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile?” My answer is “Yes, sort of, and yes, maybe." Here's the scoop on Project Fi. Read on to find out if switching will save you money…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 27, 2015 | Category: Mobile


The Phish Are Still Biting

Despite a decade of terrifying headlines, education programs, employment and school policies, and other efforts to enlighten the masses, the odds are one in four that a phish will get a bite, according a recent report. Why is phishing still such a big problem? Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 24, 2015 | Category: Security


7 Reasons to Use Google Calendar

Are you using Google Calendar to keep track of appointments, meetings and birthdays? I started using it a few years ago, on both my desktop computer and my smartphone. It's made a big difference in my ability to stay on track and remember important tasks. Read on for more tips on Google Calendar...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 23, 2015 | Category: Software


Geekly Update - 21 April 2015

Is it legal to kill your computer, if it doesn't cooperate? Will Google help you find your lost phone? And is 3-D printing technology getting just a bit too fluffy? 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 22, 2015 | Category: Tech-News


Where is Your Antivirus Made?

Recently, I ran across a new free antivirus program that scored well on Virus Bulletin’s detection tests. I was about to download it for a thorough review when I discovered it’s made in China. That got me thinking: does it really matter where antivirus software is made? Are the good guys who defend us against bad guys all completely good? Can we trust them implicitly just because they make antivirus software and get it tested by independent labs? Well, it seems we do. But should we? Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 21, 2015 | Category: Anti-Virus


The Shocking Truth About ESD

I have warned readers to beware of static electricity – electrostatic discharge or ESD, in geek speak. Today, I’m going to explain in some detail what ESD is, what it can do to electronic devices, and how protect against this common hazard. Read on…!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 20, 2015 | Category: Hardware


Free Photography Classes Online

A reader asks: 'I want to learn more about photography, but I don't have the time or money to take classes at the local community college. Are there any free photography courses online that I can explore at my own pace?' Well, yes! Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 17, 2015 | Category: Photography


Geekly Update - 14 April 2015

Is Facebook adding a "Divorce" button to their user interface? Was Jennifer Lopez the real reason Google created the Image Search feature? And forget about earthquakes... why are blackouts now more likely in Los Angeles? 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 14, 2015 | Category: Tech-News


Best Daily Deal Websites

Everyone loves to get deal on a purchase, especially if they think others aren’t getting it. That’s the principle behind 'daily deal' websites, where membership has its privileges, and sometimes, hidden costs. Here's what you should know about the most popular deal of the day sites...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 13, 2015 | Category: Finance




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