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Comment by Laurie on [HOWTO] Protect Your Router Now (June 21, 2018 08:25 PM)
I’ve never used the ISP’s gateway (modem/router combo) for anything but the modem portion. Instead, I bridge and use my own choice of router. It...
Comment by Bill on [HOWTO] Protect Your Router Now (June 21, 2018 07:56 PM)
Well I'm not great at routers/commo stuff but on my :Linksys Smart WiFi Router I have a very strong 12 digit password and have it set to only allow ip...
Comment by jimmieboy on [HOWTO] Protect Your Router Now (June 21, 2018 07:52 PM)
But I did have a separate modem and router. My first desktop was not wireless and plugged into the modem provided by the ISP. I bought my first wirele...
Comment by Hill on [HOWTO] Protect Your Router Now (June 21, 2018 07:07 PM)
Check out Mikrotik for a quality, not so expensive router....
Comment by Hill on [HOWTO] Protect Your Router Now (June 21, 2018 07:05 PM)
"For the record, the “modem” that Comcast and other ISPs talk about is the black box they overcharge you to rent." The 6 or 7 dollars a month paid...
Comment by john on [HOWTO] Protect Your Router Now (June 21, 2018 07:02 PM)
I have one of those Linksys Smart WiFi Routers. I don't like that Linksys keeps trying to get me to create an account on their server and manage my r...
Comment by Bob K on [HOWTO] Protect Your Router Now (June 21, 2018 06:07 PM)
What are the thoughts on replacing a router's firmware with one of the after-market ones that are available (if one is available for your router)?...
Comment by James on Geekly Update - 20 June 2018 (June 21, 2018 01:57 AM)
Seems, there ain't no "moe." ...
Comment by Harry on Geekly Update - 20 June 2018 (June 20, 2018 09:58 PM)
Jonathan- you’re a victim of eBay/Amazon arbitrage. People sell items on eBay that they buy from Amazon, using Amazon’s free shipping. If you are ...
Comment by Jonathan on Geekly Update - 20 June 2018 (June 20, 2018 07:47 PM)
As non Amazon buyers (or at least very rarely), we are still surprised when many, many of our eBay purchases are delivered to us using Amazon (free to...

[HOWTO] Protect Your Router Now

“Don’t put all your eggs in one basket,” they say. Yet most of us do exactly that with all of our expensive “smart” home electronics, and the consequences can be as calamitous as the old proverb implies. The latest cyber attacks are targeting home internet routers. Here's the first article in a series detailing what you need to know to defend yourself against router attacks...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 21, 2018 | Category: Security


Geekly Update - 20 June 2018

Now that humans have given up their privacy, is the animal kingdom taking up the fight? What problems could you solve with a computer capable of 20 quadrillion calculations per second? And do we really need artificial intelligence in our cat litter boxes? This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 20, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


[SECURITY] Do You Need a Whitelist?

The security suites that I have examined over the past few days all operate on the same basic principle: the blacklist. Malware is identified as such and gets put on a list of things to quarantine. The vast majority of antivirus and other types of security programs employ blacklisting. But this paradigm has some serious limitations. Here's what you need to know about the whitelisting approach…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 19, 2018 | Category: Security


Best Smart Locks For Your Home

We may forgive the Internet for being insecure; after all, it wasn’t designed to be secure. But locks certainly are, by definition. When you make something smarter it gets better, right? No, not always. Here's what you need to know about smart locks...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 15, 2018 | Category: Security


MalwareBytes Free vs Paid

Oh, MalwareBytes, how I hope you make it! I admit up front that I admire this security suite purely for its aesthetics and attitude towards customers. But the question remains: Can the Premium "always-on" version stop malware effectively? Let's take a look at the free and paid versions of the MalwareBytes internet security product...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 14, 2018 | Category: Security


Geekly Update - 13 June 2018

What's the worst mistake you can make when choosing a new password? Did your new smartphone come with malware pre-installed? Is your friendly voice-enabled assistant recording your private conversations? And what three words has Google removed from one of its governing documents? Get answers in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 13, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


[ALERT] VPNFilter: The Russians Really Are Coming For Your Data

A deadly serious threat is on the loose: a virus called VPNFilter that infects business and consumer-grade routers to steal passwords and other sensitive data from any device on a network served by an infected router. Here's what you need to know now...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 12, 2018 | Category: Security


[MONSTER] Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology

“There’s a monster on the loose! It’s got our heads into a noose! And it just sits there, watching…" (Steppenwolf, “Monster/Suicide/America,” 1969) The U. S. Department of Homeland Security is pursuing a monstrous vision: a unified data warehouse of everything known, suspected, or merely speculated about every person in the “land of the free,” citizen or non-citizen. They call it HART, but you're not going to love it…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 11, 2018 | Category: Privacy


[GOTCHA] WiFi Security Cameras

Home security cameras were once next to useless, except as deterrents. Their tiny, grainy images couldn’t differentiate a Chihuahua from a chupacabra. Video tape (remember tape?) ran out, broke, or jammed exactly when it was needed. But those days are long gone. Read on and learn about the newest wifi-enabled home security cameras...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 08, 2018 | Category: Video


Is Norton's Paid Security Protection Worth It?

Unlike most internet security products, Norton does not have a free watered-down version of its security suite. But you do get 60 days to try Norton products before your credit/debit card is charged for the first time. So continuing my exploration of free versus paid anti-malware tools, I took the Deluxe version of Norton Internet Security for a test drive. Read on for my verdict...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 07, 2018 | Category: Security


Geekly Update 06 03 18

Will you have to pay the new Social Media Usage Tax? How easy is it to fool the facial recognition technology that can be used to unlock your smartphone? And what's the absolute dumbest tech product of the year? Get answers in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 06, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


[READ] Millions of Free Ebooks

Since the days of the Egyptian pharaohs, libraries have offered access to the printed wisdom and folly of humanity, but only to “authorized personnel” in the beginning. Most people had to travel and pay for books, and that was hard on budgets. But now the Internet makes available more good books, old and new, than one person can read in a lifetime. Here are a few examples of where you can find quality reads free of charge...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 05, 2018 | Category: Reference


Avira Free or Paid - How About Neither?

Like most security software developers, Avira has evolved to include far more than detection and eradication of viruses (self-replicating destructive malware). That’s why I now prefer the term “security suite” over “antivirus” when discussing such products. In this article, I'll give you my advice on the wisdom of upgrading from a free to paid version of the Avira security software...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 04, 2018 | Category: Security


[HOWTO] Fill and Sign PDF Forms Digitally

I recently made an appointment with a new doctor. At the end of our conversation, the appointment-setter suggested that I download the “new patient forms” from the office website and fill them out before I arrived. I’m sure you've had similar conversations. Here's an easy (and free) way to fill out those forms, without using a pen or paper...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 01, 2018 | Category: Printing


Facebook's Privacy Policy is History

Facebook promised sweeping changes to its privacy policy in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Mark Zuckerberg spent hours testifying before Congress about his company’s commitment to protecting users’ data and being transparent with them about what data Facebook collects and how it is used. Users were given a whole week to file comments on a draft version of a new privacy policy. Now that the final version is published, it turns out there is no privacy policy. Instead there's something called a Data Policy. Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 31, 2018 | Category: Privacy




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