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Comment by ANTHONY SPORBORG on Internet Explorer: The LEAST Secure Browser? (July 28, 2014 07:19 PM)
In using IE I discovered that my virus program (BitDefender)gave ample warning when I tried to visit a no-no site. Keeping virus programs updated is a...
Comment by IanG on Internet Explorer: The LEAST Secure Browser? (July 28, 2014 07:17 PM)
Thanks for that, Bob. As usual a very thoughtful, well-researched and well-written, interesting and enlightening article....
Comment by Russ on Internet Explorer: The LEAST Secure Browser? (July 28, 2014 07:16 PM)
Thank you very much for your report. I am a senior computer professional and have used computers since 1964, so I've been there through the Personal C...
Comment by RandiO on Internet Explorer: The LEAST Secure Browser? (July 28, 2014 06:22 PM)
Thank you for this article to alert all of your readers about IE security issues. I am assuming that the you and Techworld are primarily addressing I...
Comment by virginia on Internet Explorer: The LEAST Secure Browser? (July 28, 2014 05:42 PM)
Great information, as always----i do enjoy reading your articles--down to earth explaining & timely....
Comment by TKDundalk on Internet Explorer: The LEAST Secure Browser? (July 28, 2014 05:13 PM)
Blah, blah, blah. It seems that no matter what one uses, someone has a bone to pick with it. I've used IE for years in its many forms and iterations...
Comment by Charles Feinstein on Internet Explorer: The LEAST Secure Browser? (July 28, 2014 05:06 PM)
I am giving Opera a spin for the first time in awhile and I like it, except I cannot find the Find function to look for a word in the page or document...
Comment by Tom Van Dam on Internet Explorer: The LEAST Secure Browser? (July 28, 2014 04:59 PM)
It seems that everyone wants to do a kneejerk reaction to put down what they don't understand. I use IE at work and home with no problems (yes my AV ...
Comment by CJ on RPC Server Unavailable (July 28, 2014 03:03 PM)
Rather than exporting registry from one computer, which admittedly is likely not identical in its software load nor history, would it not be easier to...
Comment by bb on Amazon's Kindle Unlimited: Netflix for Books? (July 27, 2014 03:29 PM)
I always found it interesting the lawsuit brought by Apple and a bunch of publishers against Amazon was because they called Amazon a monopoly that "se...

Internet Explorer: The LEAST Secure Browser?

One website is reporting that a record number of security vulnerabilities were discovered in Internet Explorer during the first half of 2014, far more than in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Should alarms be sounded across the land? Should you tell Mom to switch browsers? Let's find out...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 28, 2014 | Category: Browsers


Amazon's Kindle Unlimited: Netflix for Books?

Apparently, someone in Amazon’s product development department subscribes to my newsletter. Just two weeks after my review of Scribd, Amazon came out with Kindle Unlimited, their Scribd-killing 'all-you-can-eat' ebook offering. Here's the scoop...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 25, 2014 | Category: Reference


Have You Been Hacked?

Anti-malware programs are awesomely sophisticated these days, featuring heuristics, real-time monitoring, and reputation systems; and still they fail to keep bad things out of your computer! You are the last line of defense against hackers and malware, so you should be familiar with these symptoms that your computer or online account has been compromised...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 24, 2014 | Category: Security


Geekly Update - 23 July 2014

Is Comcast hiring mafia goons as 'customer retention' specialists? Does an awesome new beverage cooler come with a free puppy and a set of steak knives? And when is it a BAD thing to be ranked highly in a Google search? 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 July 23, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


Is Someone Stealing Your WiFi?

Is your wireless Internet connection sometimes mysteriously slow? It's possible that you're sharing it with a stranger. But how can you know for sure if a neighbor or a malicious hacker has tapped into your wifi? Read on to learn how you can detect bandwidth bandits, and give them the boot...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 22, 2014 | Category: Wireless


HOWTO: Measure Your Internet Speed

'How fast is my internet speed?' is a common question. There are quite a few definitions of internet speed and several free ways to test it. Here's the scoop on Internet speed tests, and why you definitely should check your speed every once in a while...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 21, 2014 | Category: Networking


7 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 these out...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 18, 2014 | Category: Photography


Seven Free PC Maintenance Tools

A reader asks: 'I know I need to clean up my hard drive every once in a while. Are there any other regular PC maintenance tasks you recommend doing on a regular basis?' Yes! Here are seven free programs you can use to clean up and tune up your Windows computer...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 17, 2014 | Category: Software


Geekly Update - 16 July 2014

How many innocent dinosaurs did Steven Spielberg slaughter to make the Jurassic Park movie? Are Klingons invading upscale homes in suburban Long Island? And is massive-scale airborne surveillance coming to a city near you? 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 July 16, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


What Is Google Plus Good For?

Google Plus (Google+) celebrated its third birthday on July 5, 2014. You may have heard of Google+; you may even recall creating your own Google+ account. But when was the last time you used Google+, or were invited to use it by an acquaintance? What (and who) exactly, is Google+ good for, and what are people doing with it?

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 15, 2014 | Category: Social-Networking


The Truth About Community Standards on Facebook

Two waves of outrage have rippled across Facebook in recent days. They serve to highlight the true intentions that Mark Zuckerberg and company have for their hapless members. If you understand what they’re up to, you will be able to meet it with equanimity and immunity. Read on..

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 14, 2014 | Category: Facebook


Old Androids Never Die, They Just Become Bots

Is there a horrible, terrible security vulnerability lurking in your Android-powered mobile gadget? Are evil Russian hackers controlling Richard Engel's smartphone at this very moment? Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 11, 2014 | Category: Mobile


Pandemiya: The New Trojan Horse

A new Trojan Horse malware program appears to be written entirely from scratch, a rarity in the malware trade and a special cause for concern among security researchers, anti-malware developers, and end-users. Here's what you should know…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 10, 2014 | Category: Security


Geekly Update - 9 July 2014

Can you get rich by making potato salad on the Internet? Have scientists finally figured out why the iPhone takes grainy photos? And are super-intelligent robots poised to take over the world? 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 July 09, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


When Big Data Meets Big Healthcare

“Hello, Mr. Jones, this is Mary from Dr. Smith’s office. We notice that you’ve been buying a lot of Twinkies lately and we think you should come in for a blood sugar checkup.” How would you feel if you received such a phone call from your doctor’s office – alarmed, outraged, betrayed? Well, brace yourself because this is The Next Big Thing in health care...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 08, 2014 | Category: Privacy




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