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Comment by Butch on Clean and Sanitize Your PC With PrivaZer (July 25, 2014 03:39 AM)
July 23, 2014 I just downloaded & ran PrivaZer. Based on some comments, I was expecting it to be too technical for me. (Even though I've worked with c...
Comment by RandiO on Have You Been Hacked? (July 25, 2014 12:45 AM)
Reverting back to a typewriter, as is apparently being done in Germany, can be one drastic security option. The other extreme option would be to run ...
Comment by HA on Have You Been Hacked? (July 25, 2014 12:18 AM)
That was a cool test. thanks....
Comment by Pat on Geekly Update - 23 July 2014 (July 24, 2014 11:47 PM)
Bob - the Comcast conversation reminds me of the Monty Python sketch about "being there for an argument" - it's also more entertaining than the Comcas...
Comment by bb on Have You Been Hacked? (July 24, 2014 11:05 PM)
To see if your AV is working, try to download the eicar test file from www.eicar.org. The eicar virus test file is completely safe, but should be rec...
Comment by bb on Geekly Update - 23 July 2014 (July 24, 2014 10:32 PM)
I want to second Bob's note to read up on the Verizon/Netflix kerfuffle. Especially in light of Net Neutrality - and make up your own mind whether th...
Comment by Elizabeth Landry on Have You Been Hacked? (July 24, 2014 09:51 PM)
Security and privacy should be built in by the computer manufacturer and then the manufacturer would be legally responsible for any damages that happe...
Comment by Andy on Have You Been Hacked? (July 24, 2014 09:08 PM)
@Francis Flaherty Sorry but you have made a mistake trying to add the license. "License.avastlic" is for the Pro version of AVAST anti-virus. Only ...
Comment by james braselton on Upgrade Your Hard Drive To SSD? (July 24, 2014 07:53 PM)
hi there your ssd prices are old new sad prices on www.amazon.com a 1 terabytes ssd cost only $449.99 a 512 gb cost about $360 256 gb ssd are un...
Comment by Francis Flaherty on Have You Been Hacked? (July 24, 2014 07:07 PM)
AVG - am furious. Bought and downloaded. License file download is "License.avastlic". Windows cannot run such an extension. So impossible to finis...

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


Is Scribd for Dummies?

Publisher John Wiley & Sons is making its inexplicably popular “For Dummies” series of how-to books available through Scribd, which is a good reason to answer the questions, “What the heck is Scribd?” and “Will it make me smarter?” Read on for answers!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 07, 2014 | Category: Reference


You, Google and the Future

Google’s grand vision for your connected life was revealed in great detail during the company’s annual developers conference, Google I/O, held during the last week of June. Like some people’s Facebook relationship status, “it’s complicated.” Read on to learn what you can expect from Google in the future…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 03, 2014 | Category: Reference




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