Comment by Burt Tyrell on Fight Malware With a Stinger Missile (November 26, 2014 11:22 PM)
thank you Bob for another golden nugget , Excellent article yet again .and of course well explained ,Best wishes Burt...
Comment by Madeline on Geekly Update - 26 November 2014 (November 26, 2014 08:38 PM)
Many medical procedures require helium but it is a scarce resource,so it seems a waste to use helium for thousands of Google balloons. I hope they won...
Comment by Nigel on Geekly Update - 26 November 2014 (November 26, 2014 07:16 PM)
If my phone bill goes up by $2.00 for the FCC to spend $1.5 billion on school broadband, how much will it go down when the FCC collects $43 billion fo...
Comment by MmeMoxie on Geekly Update - 26 November 2014 (November 26, 2014 07:11 PM)
Oh Bob ... I am hopping mad!!! When is our US Government going to stop, interfering with our lives???!!! Listen, I really do not have a problem with ...
Comment by MmeMoxie on Fight Malware With a Stinger Missile (November 26, 2014 06:51 PM)
Thanks Bob. It nice to know, of another means to help eliminate "stuff", from the Bad Guys! I downloaded the executable file. In reading another comm...
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I have copied my tapes onto my computer but when I burn to DVD there is no sound. I use "I Q Mango " converter. Where am I going wrong....
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Comment by Whitney Keen on Geekly Update - 26 November 2014 (November 26, 2014 05:51 PM)
They will have to pry my landline phone from my cold, dead, hands. Don't these people ever have power outages? Landlines support our fire and bu...
Comment by Rochelle on Geekly Update - 26 November 2014 (November 26, 2014 05:30 PM)
I love the note about Facebook's office software. We were wrong years ago joking about Microsoft's World Domination....
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The Detekt program not available for Windows 8, according to its web site. ...
Geekly Update - 26 November 2014
What's the most important thing to remember when stealing cash from an ATM machine? Why does Computer Engineer Barbie need a MAN to help her finish a software project? And what's behind Google's plan to launch dozens of huge helium-filled balloons every day? 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!
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 26, 2014 | Category: Tech-News
Fight Malware With a Stinger Missile
The “free virus scan” offer is a favorite hacker ploy to get unsuspecting victims to download and run malware disguised as security software. Such traps are so common that users are very reluctant to try any free anti-malware tool. But not every sheepskin contains a wolf. Here’s a bona fide, effective, and totally free anti-malware tool that you should know about...
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 25, 2014 | Category: Anti-Virus
Learn the Secrets of Gmail Labs
Over half a billion people use Gmail, but only a few know the secret that you'll learn today. Buried deep in Gmail’s settings is a playpen called Gmail Labs. It’s a place for the adventurous, the curious, the geeky, and everyday users who like to try new things. If you like to push the envelope until the bubble pops (and the metaphors mix), then come check out Gmail Labs...
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 24, 2014 | Category: Email
A Trio of Apple Security Flaws
Until very recently, Apple users didn't need to worry about malware, so long as they avoided jailbreaking their devices, and downloaded only from the official Apple App Store. But clever hackers have exploited some loopholes that could act as a conduit for rogue or malicious software to make its way into an iPhone, iPad or a computer running Mac OS X. Here's what you need to know...
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 21, 2014 | Category: Apple-Mac
WOW: Surprising Stats on Phishing
Researchers at Google and UCSD have released a study showing that an astonishing 14% of all phishing attempts are successful. They also reveal how the bad guys gain access to victims’ accounts and what they do once they get in. Read on, and please forward this article to a friend...
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 20, 2014 | Category: Security
Geekly Update - 19 November 2014
Can cloud technology heat your home for free? Why did Google just spend over a billion dollars on an aircraft hangar? And have researchers uncovered 60-year-old evidence proving that cigarettes are beneficial to your health? 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!
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 19, 2014 | Category: Tech-News
Spy-Proofing Your Mobile Devices
James Comey is terribly concerned that he won’t be able to get Apple or Google to crack your phone’s password for him. The FBI Director is calling upon Congress for a “regulatory or legislative fix” that will preserve law enforcement’s ability to coerce the cooperation of tech companies in searching your computers, phones, and other personal effects.
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 18, 2014 | Category: Privacy
HOWTO: Email Really Big Files
A reader asks: 'I tried to email a bunch of digital photos to my daughter, but I got an error saying EMAIL IS TOO LARGE. Sending them one at a time is a nuisance -- is there an easier way?' Well, yes! Read on to learn how to send large files...
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 17, 2014 | Category: Email
Beware of Personalized Prices
Did you know that prices you pay for online purchases can be affected by your zipcode, your computer's operating system, using a smartphone for shopping, and other mysterious factors? Read on to find out why, and what you can do about it...
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 14, 2014 | Category: Finance
Black Friday Ad Leaks
Have you made your holiday shopping list and checked it twice? Are you chomping at the bit to hit the stores (online and off) come Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year? Wondering where to go first; who’s open earliest, including Thanksgiving Day? Well, here’s some help planning your expenditure adventure…
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 13, 2014 | Category: Finance
Geekly Update - 12 November 2014
Does Intel owe you money for fibbing about the speed of your circa-2002 Pentium computer? Which smartphone apps are hogging the most space and killing your battery? And is it finally safe to swallow those tempting little button batteries? 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!
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 12, 2014 | Category: Tech-News
EVIL: Perma-Cookies and Your Privacy
Verizon has quietly developed a way to track its mobile data customers’ web activity and the use of certain apps, and sell that private information to advertisers. It’s done without customers’ consent and there’s no way to turn it off. Are you mad yet? Read on!
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 11, 2014 | Category: Privacy
Is There an Echo in Here?
Amazon just tossed a strange bone to the ever-ravenous tech media pack -- the Amazon Echo. Pundits have been scuffling over it, gnawing at it, and running with it eagerly. I’m going to worry at it in a moment, but first let’s see what it is...
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 10, 2014 | Category: Gadgets
MOOCs: Free College Classes for Fun and Profit
Going back to college used to be a daunting ambition for working adults, but today it’s as easy, free, and just a few clicks away. So-called “Massively Open Online Classes” (MOOCs) presented by top universities provide opportunities to learn at your own pace, in your style, from wherever you happen to be, free of cost. Read on to learn what you can learn!
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 07, 2014 | Category: Education
MUST SEE: The HP Sprout
The HP Sprout combines a PC, 3D scanner, projector, and keyless keyboard. Is it the wave of the future or a freak of nature? Read on to see what the Sprout can do and whether it’s worth its impressive price...
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 06, 2014 | Category: Hardware