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Comment by rich on [YES!] You Really Need Windows Auto-Update (February 13, 2016 12:10 AM)
I will listen to your advice, Bob, except when I won't. I'll keep using XP for those handy comfortable programs 7 wouldn't transfer over when I upgrad...
Comment by Monte Crooks on Can Online Voting Ever Work? (February 12, 2016 08:10 PM)
It has already been proven that votes are "cast" in the names of persons listed on Social Security Death Records and cemetery headstones. In the last ...
Comment by BobD on [YES!] You Really Need Windows Auto-Update (February 12, 2016 07:17 PM)
Re: "...a botched update, it’s not going to destroy your computer..." The W10 update bricked my computer. I had to buy a new motherboard....
Comment by Lloyd Collins on [YES!] You Really Need Windows Auto-Update (February 12, 2016 07:06 PM)
I always have had mine set to notify me with new updates, then I installed them a few at a time because of my dial-up. Now Update does not notify me o...
Comment by Al on [YES!] You Really Need Windows Auto-Update (February 12, 2016 07:01 PM)
For the people with older machines, you neglected to mention Linux as an alternative. It IS a viable alternative....
Comment by Nezzar on [YES!] You Really Need Windows Auto-Update (February 12, 2016 06:15 PM)
Dear Bob, I have been reading your advice for years and followed it, especially regarding the updates. I have always allowed all updates from Micros...
Comment by Bernard on [YES!] You Really Need Windows Auto-Update (February 12, 2016 06:01 PM)
Sorry Bob I will keep my XP as long as I can. I know all the process that run on my machine. When I kill one of them, I know what will happen. I have...
Comment by Tom Wilson on [YES!] You Really Need Windows Auto-Update (February 12, 2016 05:50 PM)
There is a workaround to get win10 to update on your schedule. NOTE:This only works for wifi! You can set your wifi to identify it as a "metered" conn...
Comment by Old Man on [YES!] You Really Need Windows Auto-Update (February 12, 2016 05:40 PM)
@BFS Follow these steps to get rid of unwanted updates. 1. On the settings page, select the option to download, but not automatically install. If you ...
Comment by Don on [YES!] You Really Need Windows Auto-Update (February 12, 2016 05:39 PM)
Thanks for the tip on the updates. Over the last few weeks I've read on several sites (apparently not yours) that the download of Win 10 has been upgr...

[YES!] You Really Need Windows Auto-Update

Earlier this week, Microsoft released several security patches rated Critical, which fixed vulnerabilities that could be exploited to give an attacker complete control of a computer. Did your Windows system automatically apply those patches? Read on to learn why you need to use Windows Update, and tweak it with my recommended settings...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 12, 2016 | Category: Windows


Geekly Update - 11 February 2016

Can you guess how many people die every year while taking selfies? Does liking terror-related pages on Facebook help to fight ISIS? And what happens to your email, social media and other online accounts when you die? 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 February 11, 2016 | Category: Tech-News


[DOIT] Free Google Security Checkup

As part of “Safer Internet Day 2016” Google is encouraging everyone to do a Security Checkup. As a reward for completing this two-minute task, you'll get a free boost of 2 GB in your Google Drive storage allotment. Even if you don't care about the extra storage, I do strongly recommend that you take the Security Checkup. And when you're done, I have an extra credit assignment for you...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 10, 2016 | Category: Security


[ZAP!] Don't Buy the Wrong USB-C Cable

The new USB-C plug and port standard may be the biggest little thing to hit the tech world this century. Finally, there is a truly universal cable that can connect all of our devices - desktop computers, laptops, tablets, phones, monitors, and things haven't been invented yet. But if you buy the wrong USB-C cable, it may destroy your expensive gadgets! Read on to learn what kind of USB-C cables to avoid and how to recognize them...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 09, 2016 | Category: Hardware


[HOWTO] Searching The Deep Web

There are over 60 trillion individual Web pages as of this writing. But that's only the very tip of the iceberg. Beyond what popular search engines offer up, there is a universe of information that's online and discoverable -- if you have the right skills and tools. Here's how to gain access to the rest of the Web...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 08, 2016 | Category: Search-Engines


Can Online Voting Ever Work?

Three ballot initiatives have been proposed in California that would require the State to offer online voting in government elections. It seems like a natural application for Internet technology; it might even increase voter participation by making voting more convenient. If we can shop, bank, and trade stocks online, why can’t we vote online? Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 05, 2016 | Category: Privacy


[ALERT] Can You Trust These Tech Firms?

The Comodo Group is a well-known Internet security company founded in 1998. Its slogan is, “Creating Trust Online.” Comodo actually sells trust - the firm is the world’s largest vendor of digital security certificates, with one-third of the market. But now, Comodo has betrayed every one of its customers. And it’s not the only tech firm that has done so recently. Read on for the surprising details...

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


Geekly Update - 03 February 2016

Can you help a blind person cross the street, without leaving your Barcalounger? Would you give your credit card to a homeless guy who lives under a bridge? And is there a dog, somewhere on the Internet, that looks exactly like you? (Hint: YES!) 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 February 03, 2016 | Category: Tech-News


Fight Spam With a Disposable Email Address

Have you ever visited a website that demanded your email address to make a purchase, create an account or gain access to information? I'm sure you have, and in some cases you've probably done so hesitantly, thinking that you might be opening your inbox to a flood of spam. A free, disposable email address provides a handy solution to this problem. Read on to learn more...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 02, 2016 | Category: Email


ASCII Art - An Enduring Internet Treasure

Long before the graphical Web, people were creating computer images that required no special hardware or software to view. ASCII art is composed only of plain text characters, and can be sent by e-mail without attachments. Take a stroll into Internet history, enjoy some ASCII art, and learn how to make your own...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 01, 2016 | Category: Cool-Stuff


A New Weapon Against Ransomware

Malwarebytes, maker of the venerable MBAM security software, has released a beta version of a new tool that guards against all known variants of ransomware, the company announced on January 25. Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware uses behavioral analysis to detect and block malware that attempts to encrypt a user’s data and extort a ransom payment.

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 29, 2016 | Category: Security


Scams, Hoaxes, Myths and Their Busters

Guess what? Mark Zuckerberg is giving millions of dollars to Facebook users who repost an announcement of the giveaway. Bill Gates is giving $5,000 to every Facebook user who shares a link. And Mr. Rogers always wore a long-sleeved sweater to hide the tattoos he got as a Marine Corps sniper. Read on to find out how (and why) nonsense like this spreads like wildfire online...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 28, 2016 | Category: Reference


Geekly Update - 27 January 2016

Is your paranoia about government spies listening to your phone calls finally paying off? Can computers generate inane TV sitcom scripts without human assistance? And is your lost phone hiding out in the suburbs of Atlanta? 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 27, 2016 | Category: Tech-News


10 Free Online Photo Editors

A reader asks: 'What do you recommend for quick photo editing when you're away from your own computer and you don't have PhotoShop or something similar available?' It turns out there are quite a few online image and photo editors, and the features they offer are quite impressive. Check out these web-based image editing tools that are just a click away...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 26, 2016 | Category: Photography


Wireless Home Automation Gadgets

Strolling through Best Buy or Home Depot, I’ve noticed a growing range of gadgets “designed to work with your smartphone” in one way or another. Door locks, garage door openers, security cameras, and landscape irrigation systems are just some of the product categories that can be made smarter with an app and wireless connectivity. Let's take a closer look at home automation gadgets…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 25, 2016 | Category: Wireless




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