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Comment by chris on Here's Why You Need a Disposable Email Address (May 25, 2019 02:08 PM)
I use mail.com for disposable email addresses. It is free and they have a lot of aliases you can use. ...
Comment by Stephe on Can You Remove Yourself From The Internet? (May 25, 2019 01:35 AM)
It might be easier to delete yourself offline — then an online profile will be no worry — to you, at least!...
Comment by Reginald on Here's Why You Need a Disposable Email Address (May 24, 2019 11:56 PM)
I can't believe anyone still uses yahoo email or anything yahoo. After their data breach a few years ago, they started requiring a new password chang...
Comment by LadyLiberTEA on Can You Remove Yourself From The Internet? (May 24, 2019 10:57 PM)
Correction to my comment above: Pipl demanded registration before showing data. But Fast People Search, PeekYou, and MyLife showed public data on me a...
Comment by LadyLiberTEA on Can You Remove Yourself From The Internet? (May 24, 2019 10:50 PM)
Why keeping a freeze on your SSN/credit with the 3 main credit bureaus is a must in 21st Century, thankfully Trump ordered free lifts, and some State...
Comment by RandiO on Can You Remove Yourself From The Internet? (May 24, 2019 05:27 PM)
I am a fake! I've always tried to stay a fake! Maybe I fake myself contending that I am fake; whereas I really have Dissociative Identity Disorder (D...
Comment by Nancy Teppler on Can You Remove Yourself From The Internet? (May 24, 2019 04:04 PM)
An easier suggestion to become more internet "invisible" would be to change your name, address, phone number, and employment. But be aware that friend...
Comment by Kevin on Can You Remove Yourself From The Internet? (May 24, 2019 03:47 PM)
Bob, I did a quick Google search of my name and I found a reference that I would never have even thought about--I am listed as my wife's spouse in he...
Comment by Storm Connors on Do This Instead of Printing (you'll save time and money) (May 24, 2019 02:54 PM)
I am gradually learning how to use OneNote as my filing cabinet. Organization is key, but mistakes are easily corrected. Clipping things from the inte...
Comment by Stanley on Here's Why You Need a Disposable Email Address (May 24, 2019 02:26 PM)
also gmail is dot blind. stanley@gmail.com can also be given as st.anley@gmail.com...

Can You Remove Yourself From The Internet?

It is said that “The Internet never forgets,” but can you at least give it amnesia? Perhaps there's a magical USB Neuralyzer that you could plug into your computer, to wipe every trace of you from the entire Internet. Alas, it’s not that easy. Here's what you would have to do in order to disappear from the online world...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 24, 2019 | Category: Privacy


Here's Why You Need a Disposable Email Address

Have you ever used a website that demanded your email address to make a purchase, create an account or gain access to information? I'm sure you have, and in some cases you've probably done so hesitantly, thinking that you might be opening your inbox to a flood of spam. A disposable email address provides a handy solution to this and other privacy problems. Read on to learn more...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 23, 2019 | Category: Email


Geekly Update - 22 May 2019

Why is internet provider Comcast so interested in what you do in the bathroom? Is a major health insurance company giving away free Apple Watches? Will this new gadget force teen drivers to wear a seatbelt? And will you be one of the first to get the Windows 10 May Update? 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 May 22, 2019 | Category: Tech-News


Do This Instead of Printing (you'll save time and money)

How often do you use your printer? If it's more than occasionally, I’ve got some tips to simplify your life and save you money. Aside from wasting paper, killing trees unnecessarily, and spending more than $300 a gallon on printer ink, you’re also creating a stack of pages that you’ll have to do something with. Here are some ways to minimize those hard copies, as well as the associated filing, and tedious searching tasks...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 21, 2019 | Category: Printing


The Internet Archive and Wayback Machine

The Internet Archive is either one MASSIVE collection of electrons, or a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide "universal access to all knowledge.” Or both. As part of their mission, the Internet Archive has been crawling the Web for over 20 years, making copies of Web pages and preserving them for posterity. Today, approximately 360 billion Web pages, 20 million books, millions of images, audio recordings, and video, and 200,000 software programs are stored on the IA’s servers. Read on to learn how you can access this amazing resource that offers a window into both the history and the present of the Internet...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 20, 2019 | Category: Reference


Does Your Computer Need More Memory?

If your laptop or desktop computer seems sluggish, the problem may be too little RAM (Random Access Memory). But “add more RAM” is not the solution to every case of poor performance, and buying more RAM than you need or can use is just a waste of money. Read on to learn the ins and outs of RAM memory and how much RAM is the “sweet spot” is for most computers...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 17, 2019 | Category: Memory


[BUSTED!] Scams, Hoaxes, Urban Legends

Have you heard? Mark Zuckerberg is giving millions of dollars to Facebook users who repost an announcement of the giveaway. Joel Osteen is charging $25 for prayer requests. Mr. Rogers always wore a long-sleeved sweater to hide the tattoos he got as a Marine Corps sniper. And McDonald’s is now offering a meatless McPickle sandwich. Read on to find out how (and why) nonsense like this spreads like wildfire online...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 16, 2019 | Category: Reference


Geekly Update - 15 May 2019

Does the newly-discovered Zombieload vulnerability give hackers the key to open the doors to your private information? Is Facebook listening to your every word and using them to target ads? And can you get a new high-end smartphone with an awesome camera for under $150? 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 May 15, 2019 | Category: Tech-News


Here's How to Get Free Satellite TV

A reader asks: 'Can I get satellite TV for free? I have heard about free satellite TV channels one can receive with a free-to-air satellite receiver and dish. Is this true? If so, what satellite channels can I get, what equipment do I need, and is it legal?' The short answer is YES, you can. Read on to learn about free satellite TV options...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 14, 2019 | Category: Television


Do You Have a Wifi Intruder?

Is your Internet service sometimes mysteriously slow? It's possible that you're unwittingly sharing your wifi 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 May 13, 2019 | Category: Wireless


Are Passwords Useless?

Brett Arsenault, Microsoft's chief information security officer (CISO), says passwords are 'useless' to protect against hacking and other cyberattacks. Why does the guy in charge of security for one of the largest corporations on the planet make such a statement? And what does he recommend? Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 09, 2019 | Category: Security


10 Easy Ways to Destroy Your Mobile Phone

Too often, smartphones make you feel dumb. All but the most imperturbable Zen Masters among us have felt the perfectly understandable urge to wreak utter destruction upon that pocket-sized device that makes us feel so clumsy and stupid. But in most cases, a phone’s demise is deemed “accidental.” Here are ten easy ways to destroy a smartphone, and how to avoid those inconvenient mishaps…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 07, 2019 | Category: Gadgets


Free Credit Reports Online (have you checked yours?)

In the wake of massive and frequent data breaches, many people are asking how to get free credit reports, so they can check for fraudulent entries. So is it true that you can get FOUR credit reports every year for free? YES! Read on to learn how it's done, how to avoid the potential pitfalls, and pick up some tips on avoiding scams and identity theft...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 06, 2019 | Category: Finance


[TIPS] How to Take Great Smartphone Pictures

The ubiquitous smartphone seems to have replaced dedicated cameras among all but professionals and photography hobbyists. And the Android operating system powers 88% of all smartphones. So here are some tips for taking great photos with an Android smartphone. (Actually most of them apply to iPhones and old-school DSLR cameras as well.) Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 03, 2019 | Category: Photography


How to Report a Spammer (and how NOT to)

A frustrated reader asks: 'Every day I am getting lots of unwanted spam emails, advertising nutritional supplements, fake watches and even attempts to steal my online banking passwords. I have tried filtering them out, but they keep on coming. I really want to report these crooks, but I don't know how or where. Can you help?' Read on for my tips on dealing with spammers...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 02, 2019 | Category: Spam




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