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Comment by Lady Fitzgerald on Free Protection Against Ransomware (June 25, 2017 03:07 AM)
@Mike You should never have your backup drive always on and attached to avoid having it also get encrypted as well as lose data to other malware, etc....
Comment by Mike on Free Protection Against Ransomware (June 25, 2017 02:38 AM)
What is a safe backup? Pretty much all of my stuff is also in the cloud...Dropbox and pics in Google Photos. Would the encryption also update (encrypt...
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Comment by Rob F on [Windows 10 Tip #3] - Where Is Everything? (June 24, 2017 09:41 PM)
I have windows 10, think it is good. Was using Edge as the default, 2 weeks ago it went completely inactive, (don't know why and it will not even star...
Comment by bb on Free Protection Against Ransomware (June 24, 2017 02:25 PM)
@Bob Rice: Running as a Windows standard account rather than 'admin' is *not* protection against viruses or specifically, ransomware. This is malwar...
Comment by FAfel on Should You Encrypt Your Email? (June 24, 2017 11:56 AM)
nice one!...
Comment by Lady Fitzgerald on Free Protection Against Ransomware (June 24, 2017 01:45 AM)
@Peter O 1. So what if one has huge amounts of data? That's not a reason to not backup all that data (it's not even a poor excuse). 2. Data backups ...
Comment by bob rice on Free Protection Against Ransomware (June 24, 2017 12:50 AM)
"and accidentally changed my admin status to standard....couldn't do anything with the computer." The problem with just changing to Standard mode is ...
Comment by nicky49 on Free Protection Against Ransomware (June 24, 2017 12:14 AM)
I just bought a new Mac mini and accidentally changed my admin status to standard. After that happened I couldn't do anything with the computer. I cal...
Comment by Peter O on Free Protection Against Ransomware (June 24, 2017 12:04 AM)
All very well - just do backups & problem solved apart from user behavioural issues. That's the essence of the problem: 1) Most PC' have huge amounts ...

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A Big Milestone + Geekly Update

Today I'm celebrating an anniversary -- 20 years of online publishing! The Internet Tourbus first rolled out into cyberspace in July 1995, and ten years later, AskBobRankin.com was born. With thanks to awesome readers like you, I'll keep on keeping on. Today's Geekly Update is an expanded version, with twenty items that are guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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Announcing... The Rankin File!

I've started a new website, and what better day to officially announce it than on my birthday? The Rankin File offers 'small business tech and tips' for those who run their own business. If you have a home-based business, a small business with employees, or you're even thinking about starting your own business, The Rankin File is for you! And as the name suggests, it's not just for business owners. If you're a secretary, office manager, or wannabe techie, my tips will help you score points with the boss. Read on to learn more about what you'll find in the Rankin File...

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Tourbus - The Final Bus Stop

In case you haven't heard, The Internet Tourbus is rolling up to its final stop. After 16 years of online publishing, Tourbus is one of the longest-running email newsletters. But two things have happened this year, prompting me to hit the brakes. Here's the full story...

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Every so often, people ask about my background, and how I got started with computers and the Internet. I've published bits and pieces of my bio before, but never a detailed account of my professional life. So here it is, with a few interesting personal asides...

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After a routine physical, I got the news from my doctor that my cholesterol is too high. My diet is pretty healthy, and I'm not in bad shape for a 48-year-old guy. But this LDL and HDL stuff is a wakeup call for me. Clearly I need to exercise more and be aware of foods to avoid high cholesterol. So here's my 4-month plan to knock 40 or 50 points off that cholesterol number, without using any prescription drugs...

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Bonzai - It's a New Puppy!

I know I'm supposed to write about computers, the Internet and nifty gadgets, but life is more than all that electronic stuff. I'm so happy with my new puppy that I've just got to show him off...

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