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Comment by Don on Tame Your Overflowing Inbox (September 24, 2017 11:58 AM)
I'm guessing you're talking about cell phones. I use AOL mail and my username does not appear in the upper right of my desktop mail window, with or w...
Comment by marge201 on Is This iPhone Madness? (September 24, 2017 02:29 AM)
My 6s is fine and I'll finish the monthly payments in the spring and then will hopefully have a good 2 more trouble-free/paid-in-full years more with...
Comment by Sewlady on [HACKED] A Reminder To Be Vigilant (September 23, 2017 03:12 PM)
I was quite surprised the other day when my ZoneAlarm said it found a virus in ccleaner.exe and fixed it. I thought I was in the clear since I had th...
Comment by Sam Scrutchins on Tame Your Overflowing Inbox (September 23, 2017 04:47 AM)
I would like to see a list of recent articles. There was one sent out the other day about settings on iPhones and iPads after the most recent IOS upd...
Comment by Wayne on Tame Your Overflowing Inbox (September 23, 2017 01:25 AM)
Same here, Henry....
Comment by Henry on Tame Your Overflowing Inbox (September 22, 2017 09:23 PM)
Hi, Bob, thanks as always for the good info. But one of your statements has me totally miff'd: "Outlook.Com (formerly called Hotmail, and not to be c...
Comment by Mac 'n' Cheese on Tame Your Overflowing Inbox (September 22, 2017 08:35 PM)
Kenneth, here are the steps. First, click on the label that contains the messages you want to change. Second, add the new label to all the messages, o...
Comment by John Stolte on Tame Your Overflowing Inbox (September 22, 2017 08:13 PM)
RE: Your comment "I can't imagine being tied to a single desktop for my email". Just FYI (I'm sure you know) that if you have your own domain (or yo...
Comment by Jonathan on Tame Your Overflowing Inbox (September 22, 2017 07:56 PM)
Jay: We like Thunderbird and have had no issues with it the way we use it, which is just to download the messages from our web based e-mail provider...
Comment by Jay on Tame Your Overflowing Inbox (September 22, 2017 07:08 PM)
Jonathan, is there an issue with Thunderbird? I just started using it, so don't know much about the history. Thanks, Bob for the tips. I'm going to...

Tame Your Overflowing Inbox

Is your email inbox overflowing? Are you spending more time than you should managing your inbox? If so, it's likely you're not using filters to direct the flow of incoming emails. 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 September 22, 2017 | Category: Email


Geekly Update - 21 Sep 2017

What would you do if your brain was directly connected to the Internet? Would anything entice you to pay $9000 for a laptop? And if the phone rings in an elevator, should you answer the call? 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 September 21, 2017 | Category: Tech-News


[HACKED] A Reminder To Be Vigilant

Piriform, developer of the popular CCleaner software, issued a security bulletin on September 18, 2017. Somehow, malware sneaked into recent versions of CCleaner and CCleaner Cloud. Here is what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 20, 2017 | Category: Security


Wolfram Alpha: The Answer Calculator

Among all the “other” search engines, my favorite is Wolfram Alpha. It’s not really a search engine in the traditional sense; it’s an “answer calculator.” Rarely in the news, Wolfram Alpha nonetheless exerts influence through licensing deals that make its technology available through Google Search, Bing, Siri, and other well-known brands. Here’s a look at what Wolfram Alpha has become since I last wrote about it in 2015...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 19, 2017 | Category: Search-Engines


Is This iPhone Madness?

Apple launched the iPhone 8 on September 12, 2017. Simultaneously, the company announced that the iPhone X will be available for pre-orders on October 27. Nobody knows what happened to the iPhone 9 (or iX, if you prefer). Read on to see how the iPhone 8 and X compare, and why Apple is following this unorthodox model release schedule…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 18, 2017 | Category: Mobile


Doctors of Deception: Diploma Mills


Were your parents disappointed when you didn’t become a doctor or a lawyer? Well, you can make it up to them by buying degrees in these or any other professional field, without doing a lick of course work. Read on to see how bad the problem of fake degrees and online diploma mills really is...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 15, 2017 | Category: Education


The Windows Problem Steps Recorder

The Problem Steps Recorder (PSR) is one of the more obscure features of Windows, but it can be a very useful one. If you've ever tried to solve a computer problem over the phone, you understand how frustrating and time-consuming that can be. If you're a user who needs to show a problem scenario to a tech support rep, or someone who wants to visually document a how-to process for a friend or relative, you should know about the Problem Steps Recorder, and other desktop screen recording tools...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 14, 2017 | Category: Windows


Geekly Update - 13 Sep 2017

If a monkey uses your camera to take a selfie, who owns the rights to the picture? Are dogs blowing the whistle on ultrasonic attacks against your voice-enabled appliances? And what is the simplest way to file a small claims suit against Equifax? 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 September 13, 2017 | Category: Tech-News


Here's Why Your Password is Hackable

Over the past two decades, password rules have become more complicated and burdensome upon users. Users have coped with arbitrary, byzantine password rules by creating the most easily remembered passwords that comply with the rules, changing them when required in minor, predictable ways, and reusing compliant passwords on multiple online accounts. The results include lots of frustration and LESS security. Here's how to do it right...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 12, 2017 | Category: Security


Equifax Takes The Data Breach Cake

On September 7, credit reporting agency Equifax reported one the worst data breaches in history, compromising an estimated 143 million Americans, 44 British citizens, and an uncertain number of Canadians. Read on to learn if your personal information leaked to hackers, and how Equifax is actually making things WORSE with their response to the breach...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 11, 2017 | Category: Privacy


Can Zello Save You In a Hurricane?

A smartphone app that nobody had heard of a week ago is being touted as the best way to communicate in the event that a hurricane wipes out cell phone and Internet services. Zello supposedly works like a walkie-talkie and lets you communicate with neighbors and emergency services. Turns out that's a mixture of fact and fiction. Read on for the truth about Zello...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 08, 2017 | Category: Mobile


Geekly (and Security) Update - 07 Sep 2017

I made a change to the AskBob website last week which was supposed to add a layer of security. But it didn't turn out the way I expected. Read on for that story, and this week's batch of Geekly Updates. As usual, it's jam-packed with the latest tech news, and guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 07, 2017 | Category: Tech-News


Android Tip: Securing Your Smartphone

Your Android smartphone is under attack from many directions, from pickpockets to malware to human error and suspicious spouses. Multiple security defenses are required to keep your phone as safe as it can be, which unfortunately isn’t “perfectly safe.” But here are SIX ways to secure your Android phone as best you can...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 05, 2017 | Category: Mobile


Do You Have Wifi Intruders?

Is your Internet connection 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 September 01, 2017 | Category: Wireless


[ALERT] Change Your Passwords... NOW

A spammer’s database of 711 milliion email addresses and passwords, including email server admin credentials, has been discovered on a wide-open Web server in the Netherlands. It’s the biggest trove of stolen identities yet found. But what’s really interesting - and frightening - is how it’s being used to circumvent spam filters and infect victims with malware. Here's what you need to know, and do...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 31, 2017 | Category: Security




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