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Comment by RandiO on Is Facebook Logging Your Calls and Texts? (December 15, 2018 10:28 PM)
Presumption of "ethical marketing" by naive consumers is probably what got us all here. We can readily replace this company's namesake with that of (m...
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Fakebook? HAHAHAHAHA!!! Keep using it suckers!...
Comment by Bruce on Geekly Update - 12 December 2018 (December 15, 2018 04:01 AM)
Dare I hope that sometime in what is left of my life I might come across at least a dozen U.S. citizens who know the proper usage of the words lie, la...
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Comment by Jack on [SCAM?] Time to Update Your Drivers? (December 14, 2018 08:18 PM)
AVG Driver Updater is a scareware scam. It found 17 drivers "out of date" but according to Windows Device Manager and the manufacturers all are up to...
Comment by Steve on Is Facebook Logging Your Calls and Texts? (December 14, 2018 10:09 AM)
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Comment by Charles on Is Facebook Logging Your Calls and Texts? (December 14, 2018 09:27 AM)
I use facebook some. I used to have the app, but have since opted to only use it in a browser whether on phone or laptop. I did download my data a whi...
Comment by Wolfgang on Is Facebook Logging Your Calls and Texts? (December 14, 2018 03:35 AM)
I choose to have nothing to do with Facebook, because of the fact that they do lots of creepy - and even unethical things. Because of that, I never op...
Comment by Oliver Fleming on Is Facebook Logging Your Calls and Texts? (December 13, 2018 11:56 PM)
Hello, I must have done something right. I use FB heavily .However there is no information stored. HOORAY!...

Is Your Password on the Naughty List?

The 8th annual list of The Worst Passwords is out, and I hope none of your passwords is on it. To make this list, security software firm SplashData examines millions of passwords that were leaked in data breaches throughout the year, ranking passwords on their frequency of occurrence and security weakness. In other words, the passwords on this list are both commonly used and easily hacked. Find out if your password is on the list, and learn how to beef up your password security...

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


Is Facebook Logging Your Calls and Texts?

An investigation in the British parliament has revealed that Facebook is logging the phone calls and text messages of some users. Facebook may also be tracking and recording your every move. Read on to find out what data Facebook is collecting about you, and how to stop it...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 13, 2018 | Category: Privacy


Geekly Update - 12 December 2018

Are we on the brink of global cyber war? Is it legal to take a snooze in the back seat of a self-driving car? And is Microsoft finally admitting that their Windows 10 Edge browser is a miserable failure? 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 December 12, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


Who Needs Netflix When You Have a Library Card?

Modern libraries are marvels of information technology. Even in small towns, the local library often provides free WiFi and computer access to patrons. In larger cities, they offer free classes in everything from Internet safety to Web design. One popular library service competes with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and other streaming video services. If your library system is part of it, you’re in luck. Read on for the details...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 11, 2018 | Category: Video


[HOWTO] Control Annoying Smartphone Notifications

Notifications are handy until they become frequent distractions. Even if you don’t succumb to the temptation to see what that buzz, ding, beep, or flash is about, you will still be wondering about it in the back of your mind while trying to work (or sleep). If you need to stay focused (or get a good night's sleep) you need to rein in those distracting notifications. Here's how...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 10, 2018 | Category: Mobile


Are You in the Google Filter Bubble?

DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search engine, is once again spewing FUD – Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt – about Google Search. According to DDG’s latest “study,” Google is manipulating search results in undetectable ways based on its effectively omniscient knowledge of each user’s likes and dislikes, surfing and shopping habits, demographics, etc. But is that really happening? Read on for my analysis...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 07, 2018 | Category: Search-Engines


Geekly Update - 06 December 2018

What well-known company is the winner of the December Data Breach contest? Is the Microsoft tech support scam finally finished? Why are lawyers for Apple acting like a bunch of blockheads? And do you need proof that image recognition isn't ready for prime time? 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 December 06, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


Looking for Alternatives To Facebook?

Are you looking for a way to escape Facebook’s incessant notifications, creepy data mining, and its founder’s disdain for common decency, honesty, and ethics? Wouldn’t it be nice to just share photos, links, music, and news with family, real friends, and like-minded people without Zuckerberg’s surveillance and cajolery? There are some alternative social networking platforms that may suit your needs. Read on for the scoop...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 05, 2018 | Category: Social-Networking


Who Ya Gonna Call When Your Credit Card is Stolen?

What can you do to protect yourself from fraud when your walletful of credit cards is stolen or lost? There is a bulletin of advice that’s been floating around the Internet for at least 13 years. Purportedly written by an attorney, the copy I received recently is entitled, “ATTORNEY'S ADVICE - NO CHARGE.” Yes, it's free, but is it good advice? Here's the scoop on that, and my best advice for how to handle a lost or stolen credit card…

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


[HOWTO] Fix the Chrome Update Bug

Some Chrome browser users are plagued by updates that fail to complete. They relaunch Chrome when prompted but then are prompted to relaunch again, in an endless loop. Others may not be getting important Chrome updates and not even know it. This article details how to fix the update bug, hopefully forever. Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 03, 2018 | Category: Browsers


Got Malicious Chrome Extensions?

Your web browser is your first line of defense against all manner of cyber attacks. But some disturbing reports of malicious Chrome extensions that resist most manual removal efforts have led me to wonder just how good Google is at keeping malicious extensions out of the Play Store, and how committed Google is to doing so. Read on for the scoop…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 30, 2018 | Category: Browsers


Eternal Vigilance and Essential Security Tips

The famous quote “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty” is often attributed to Thomas Jefferson, but there's no evidence that he ever spoke or penned those words. The story behind that quote is actually quite interesting. Read on for the details on that, oh, and some security tips you may not have learned about elsewhere...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 29, 2018 | Category: Security


Geekly Update - 28 November 2018

Now that we all have those high-tech credit cards with embedded microchips, is fraud a thing of the past? Are nefarious unseen forces behind the recent dramatic drop in value of Bitcoin and other popular cryptocurrencies? Are Facebook users in Bolivia and Lithuania more likely to send tactless messages to their friends? And what would you do with Google-powered motorized sneakers? 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 November 28, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


Virtual Payment Cards - What You Need to Know

The year 2018 is on pace to be the second-worst ever in terms of data breaches, with over 3600 breaches that compromised more than 3 billion records. Corporate America is either unwilling or unable to protect consumers from the theft of credit/debit card data entrusted to e-commerce sites. So here are some tips to help you protect yourself...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 27, 2018 | Category: Finance


[CYBER MONDAY] Geekly Holiday Gifts

Cyber Monday is here, and the holiday gift giving season is in full swing. Whether you are a geek who’s looking for some hints to drop, or you know a geek who you’d like to delight, here are some of the best gifts for tech fans. Read on for the deals…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 26, 2018 | Category: Shopping




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