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Comment by intelligencia on Are You Encrypting Your Email? (February 1, 2015 12:35 AM)
Hello Mr. Rankin and Everyone Else! . . . For now F-o-r-g-e-t Truecrypt as some dedicated people in Switzerland are working to improve it as it is no...
Comment by Jim on Windows 10 - Will it Be Free? (January 31, 2015 04:12 PM)
Thanks Bob, I too am an avid reader of your articles! I do believe that both KennyD and George's comments are right on time. I would like to add tha...
Comment by Unitary on Are You Encrypting Your Email? (January 31, 2015 10:17 AM)
The approach that a message is either plain or encrypted is overly simplistic. Do you know anything at all about the strength of the encryption pro...
Comment by Brad Tomlinson on Tame Your Email With Filters (January 31, 2015 10:13 AM)
Thank you for this article on filters for email. I have started to use filters on my gmail account, and I have noticed that I spend less time going t...
Comment by Joel on Are You Encrypting Your Email? (January 30, 2015 11:50 PM)
I've always treated email the same way as a postcard. It probably won't ever be read by anyone, but it could be....
Comment by Robert Kemper on Are You Encrypting Your Email? (January 30, 2015 09:54 PM)
Thanks for the up to date information on the importance of Encrypting Your E-mail. Glad I took the time to read it....
Comment by Don Shenton on Keeping Software Updated Simply (January 30, 2015 07:19 PM)
We do appreciate your articles, Bob. We have been using Linux (mainly Ubuntu and LXLE) for some time now. So far notices come regularly to update, wit...
Comment by Bill on Send a Free Fax (January 30, 2015 03:52 PM)
My main concern with "Free" fax services - or even paid services - is security. The main thing I use a fax for now is documents that I do not want to...
Comment by Bob on Are You Encrypting Your Email? (January 30, 2015 09:36 AM)
Why is there a yellow triangle on my Yahoo Email address bar sometimes when I'm reading my Email. Does that mean people are reading my Emails. EDIT...
Comment by Raymond on Are You Encrypting Your Email? (January 30, 2015 06:56 AM)
A very quick way, is to change the font! But you don't change it to 'Arial"... you change it to "Klingon"! Your recipient just changes it back to what...

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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