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Comment by Mac 'n' Cheese on Are You Encrypting Your Email? (January 30, 2015 12:06 AM)
I understand where you're coming from, Rhonda, and you expressed it exquisitely: "The idea of maintaining high privacy alert at all times makes my adr...
Comment by Judyth Mermelstein on Are You Encrypting Your Email? (January 29, 2015 08:36 PM)
You might also want to mention that Thunderbird users can install Enigmail https://www.enigmail.net (Windows or Mac) which is free and quite painless...
Comment by RandiO on Are You Encrypting Your Email? (January 29, 2015 08:04 PM)
Germans are quite security conscious as well. The encrypted mail service TutoNota appears to be more flexible and robust than the simpleton ProtonMai...
Comment by Rhonda Lea Kirk Fries on Are You Encrypting Your Email? (January 29, 2015 08:00 PM)
As a matter of principle, I think everyone should encrypt their email. As a practical matter, I don't care. I don't put into email any information th...
Comment by GregC on Are You Encrypting Your Email? (January 29, 2015 07:52 PM)
Virtru is about as slick an e-mail encryption system as I have seen. I tried using PGP but getting anyone else to use it was a big hurdle. For encr...
Comment by Old Gobbo on Keeping Software Updated Simply (January 29, 2015 07:12 PM)
Thanks for another useful article. Briefly, some thoughts. 1. Secunia: I stopped using Secunia PSI years ago, because it didn't seem to work very well...
Comment by Lois K on Why I Hate My TomTom GPS (January 29, 2015 12:49 PM)
I bought a TomTom to replace a small screened Garmin that would not update without payment. After the troubles with TomTom and hours spent on the phon...
Comment by Desmond on Geekly Update - 28 January 2015 (January 29, 2015 11:38 AM)
Hi Bob, I have a problem re, my 'Reserve' laptop, it is so long since I used it I have forgot the password, I cannot boot into Windows. I have tried ...
Comment by Dixie Lee English on Cord Cutter's Cost Comparison Calculator (January 29, 2015 02:30 AM)
Have been reading all of the posts as we have been searching for how to get rid of Time Warner! I'm still confused as our favorites are History 1 & 2,...
Comment by Jan Hayes on Forgot Facebook Password (January 28, 2015 10:25 PM)
Help!!! I just want to delete my page, and also Janis Hayes page!! (...and start the heck OVER with my new email address!!)...Somehow everything is ...

Are You Encrypting Your Email?

Interest in email encryption has skyrocketed since Ed Snowden revealed the NSA’s widespread surveillance of electronic communications. Here is the low-down on email encryption, and some methods of doing it.

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 29, 2015 | Category: Email


Geekly Update - 28 January 2015

Kittens are exploding... is it the Internet's revenge on stupid cat videos? Can you charge your cell phone with a butane lighter? What familiar amenity won't be on your next flight? And are you fully prepared for the upcoming leap second? 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 January 28, 2015 | Category: Tech-News


Keeping Software Updated Simply

Many computer problems can be avoided or cured simply by keeping all of your software up to date. Updates include patches for security vulnerabilities as well as fixes for bugs, new features, and improvements of existing features. Check out these free programs that will do the job for you...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 27, 2015 | Category: Software


Cord Cutter's Cost Comparison Calculator

More and more consumers are becoming cord cutters -- dropping expensive cable TV and satellite subscriptions in favor of Internet streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. For some, it's a definite money saver. But it depends on what you want to watch. Read on to learn about Sling TV, a new streaming service, and check out this handy cord cutter's cost comparison calculator...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 26, 2015 | Category: Television


Let's Have a Meetup!

If social isolation is your problem, virtual relationships are not going to solve it. Smiley-faces are no substitute for real, human smiles. A computer monitor may be your window to the world, but the eyes are the window to another’s soul. No social network provides the quality of interpersonal experience that in-the-flesh social gatherings do. Read on to learn about an online service that's bringing people together in the real world...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 23, 2015 | Category: Social-Networking


Windows 10 - Will it Be Free?

Will Windows 10 fix everything that was wrong with Windows 8? What new features will be in the Next Big Thing from Microsoft? And will you really get Windows 10 for free? Read on for the scoop…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 22, 2015 | Category: Windows


Add THIS to Your Anti-Malware Arsenal

No anti-malware program eradicates every bit of every infection. If problems persist after a full scan with your standard malware killer, you can try a specialized program that digs deeply into the dark corners of your system where advanced malware hides. Read on to learn about this tool that you should have in your internet security toolbox...

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


Ransomware Strikes Again - Cryptowall

Making regular backups of critical data and keeping your software up to date is more important than ever thanks to the arrival of new, “improved” malware like Cryptowall 2. This update to a well-known ransomware exploit is making life miserable for business and personal computer users worldwide. Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 20, 2015 | Category: Security


Tame Your Email With Filters

If you're not making use filters to direct the flow of incoming emails, you're probably spending more time than you should in your inbox. Learn how to automatically file messages in folders, forward them to someone else, or dump them straight into the trash. Oh, and if your Spam folder is gobbling up messages that don't belong there, I'll also show you how to solve that problem...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 16, 2015 | Category: Email


I Didn't ASK For This!

A reader asks: “How do I get rid of the ASK virus that hijacks my browser and configure my computer so I never see it again?? I have internet security software, but that didn't stop it. Is there a way to block ASK so I never have to deal with it again?”

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 15, 2015 | Category: Anti-Virus


Do You Have a Backup Strategy? (I'll show you mine...)

I want to say THANKS again to all those who have sent comments and questions about backups. I'm getting really excited about the launch of my new ebook 'Everything You Need to Know About BACKUPS' and since I mentioned it last week, lots of you have been asking how to get it. I'll answer that question in today's issue, but I also want to share some Backup Success Stories and talk to you about my Personal Backup Strategy. Read on!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 12, 2015 | Category: Backup


Geekly Update - 09 January 2015

Will Seagate's newest hard drive eat Manhattan? How easy is it to forge someone else's fingerprint? What country uses sneakers to provide Internet connections? Have hackers been listening to your phone calls for 30 years? 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 January 09, 2015 | Category: Tech-News


Should You Back Up Everything?

All I can say is THANKS... and Wow! Since my Tuesday post laying out 8 Good Reasons for Backups, I have received so much positive feedback about my upcoming ebook 'Everything You Need to Know About Backups'. Since we've covered the WHY, today I'm going to talk about WHAT you need to back up. (Do YOU have all the bases covered?) Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 08, 2015 | Category: Backup


Is 2015 The Year You Buy A Chromebook?

I’m going to put on my Carnac the Magnificent hat and predict that if you buy a new computer this year it will be a Google Chromebook -- not an iPad or even a “normal” laptop running Windows or Mac OS X. Here are my reasons why...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 07, 2015 | Category: Laptops


Why Backup? 8 Good Reasons (and YOUR backup questions answered)

It's a fair question... why should you bother to make backups? It's especially understandable if you've been fortunate enough to never experience any sort of data loss. But I've got a list of EIGHT reasons, some of which may surprise you. Read on for that list, and ANSWERS to some of the best questions submitted by those who took my survey on backups...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 06, 2015 | Category: Backup




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