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Comment by SysOp404 on AVG Anti-Virus Gets A New Look (January 23, 2018 01:36 AM)
Have used numerous paid or free anti-what-U-don't-want programs through too-many-years to count (even one before ever connecting online). They all had...
Comment by Frank on Will a VPN Make You Safer Online? (January 23, 2018 01:13 AM)
Anyone (Bob, you too) know anything about Nordvpn.com?...
Comment by Tony on [HOWTO] Change Your Email Address (or not) (January 23, 2018 12:47 AM)
My first email address was a Work email address 16 years ago, then my current Gmail address 10 years ago. There are a few sites I signed up with, usin...
Comment by Mikel on AVG Anti-Virus Gets A New Look (January 23, 2018 12:30 AM)
Just echoing another comment: If they want to keep my subscription they'll stop pestering me with all of their additional features. They're a pain i...
Comment by Cliff on AVG Anti-Virus Gets A New Look (January 22, 2018 11:45 PM)
Having read the above comments i have to agree about both program's especially A V G and the constant push to up grade or get new apps that they have ...
Comment by Bobd on AVG Anti-Virus Gets A New Look (January 22, 2018 11:44 PM)
To Bryan Turnbull (22 Jan): Re: "Even worse, you cannot uninstall Avast via the windows uninstalled. You need to download a program from Avast.?" Yes...
Comment by Russell Coover on Are Online Colleges Fully Accredited? (January 22, 2018 11:12 PM)
As a graduate of California Polytechnic State University (in San Luis Obispo, CA and known as Cal Poly), I was astounded to see on the list "South Cal...
Comment by Rad on AVG Anti-Virus Gets A New Look (January 22, 2018 10:46 PM)
A Huge BOOOOOO to Avast and AVG. Both have been good AV softwares, free and paid, but now, it seems, every other freeware application I download offer...
Comment by BobC on AVG Anti-Virus Gets A New Look (January 22, 2018 09:59 PM)
After trying many different security type programs, I finally settled on the paid version of Bitdefender Total Security. I have kept it update and upg...
Comment by Airsleuth on AVG Anti-Virus Gets A New Look (January 22, 2018 09:08 PM)
Purchased AVAST and some weird occurrence happened that started writing on my hard drive and filled it up with junk. Had to have hard drive cleaned an...

AVG Anti-Virus Gets A New Look

AVG Technologies merged with rival Avast! Software in mid-2016. Nonetheless, the two popular anti-malware suites maintain separate existences, although they now share some of their best features. AVG is rated very highly by one independent testing lab, while another gives 100% perfect scores to both AVG and Avast! on crucial real-world protection tests. So what’s left to improve about AVG, except for its appearance? Let's find out…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 22, 2018 | Category: Anti-Virus


[P2P] Send and Receive Money Online

There are many occasions when people need to exchange small sums of money: a group dinner, after-work happy hour, a shared taxi ride or a “friends and family” phone account. Typically, cash is used to settle debts like these, but there is always that one guy who forgot his wallet and says, “I’ll have to owe you.” That's where person-to-person payment systems come in very handy. Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 19, 2018 | Category: Finance


Are Online Colleges Fully Accredited?

A reader asked: 'Are online colleges and universities accredited in the the same manner as campus-based schools? I'm planning get my Master's degree, so I'm looking into various online college courses. Should I be concerned about the reputation of online schools, even if they're associated with a well-known university? I'd hate to do all that work, only to find out my diploma is worthless. How can I find out if an online college is accredited?

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 18, 2018 | Category: Education


Geekly Update - 17 January 2018

Does 'droning while intoxicated' refer to the operation of tiny aircraft, or the blood-alcohol level of bloviating politicians? Should careless guardians of our personal information be fined billions if the data is lost? And do you know what happened in the first ever viral video? 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 January 17, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


[GADGETS] Best of CES 2018

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is where tech giants and startups converge to hype what they’re planning to release within the next year (or so). While few of these products or services are actually available right now, they do serve to illustrate where the tech world is going, and in some cases, where it has gone astray. Let's take a look at the highlights of CES 2018...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 16, 2018 | Category: Gadgets


[HOWTO] Change Your Email Address (or not)

A reader asks: “I have had the same email address for years, and now I'm thinking about changing Internet providers. But I'm afraid that changing my email address might cause some unintended problems. What do you recommend?”

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 15, 2018 | Category: Email


Fun With Google Chrome: Tips and Tricks

Google’s Chrome browser is the most widely used browser, worldwide. Perhaps you've been using it for years, but there's always a new trick to discover. Read on to learn about some awesome, advanced, and secret features of Chrome that can make it even more useful...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 12, 2018 | Category: Browsers


Facebook Messenger for Kids?

Facebook’s long-standing policy is “no one under age 13.” But that leaves a lot of potential consumers (or, at least, powerful influencers of consumers) beyond the reach of their data collection machine. So the company is launching “Messenger Kids,” a version of its video chat app designed for minors as young as six and the parents who worry about them. This is...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 11, 2018 | Category: Facebook


Facebook Messenger for Kids?

Facebook’s long-standing policy is “no one under age 13.” But that leaves a lot of potential consumers (or, at least, powerful influencers of consumers) beyond the reach of their data collection machine. So the company is launching “Messenger Kids,” a version of its video chat app designed for minors as young as six and the parents who worry about them. This is...

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Posted by Bob Rankin | Category: Facebook


Geekly Update - 10 January 2018

Questions, questions... should you pay someone to flush your toilet, or get a $6000 voice-activated commode? Will you thank your car's built-in GPS when it demands that you stop for pizza? And is cryptocurrency really just a big joke? 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 January 10, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


[SCAM ALERT] Is TotalAV a Total SCAM?

Several readers have brought to my attention a suspicious security suite named TotalAV. One of them was fairly certain that it’s a scam, and shared evidence to back his opinion. My own research also leads me to believe TotalAV should be avoided, along with a few of its sister products, AND a bogus antivirus review site that I discovered. Read on to understand why…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 09, 2018 | Category: Anti-Virus


[README] Before You Buy A Hard Drive

Which make and model of hard drive should you buy, and how long can you expect a hard drive to last? These questions come up on a regular basis. Read on to get the latest scoop on hard drive reliability, from a company that has kept stats on tens of thousands of consumer hard drives...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 08, 2018 | Category: Hard-Drives


[UPDATE] Is Windows Defender Enough Security?

Windows Defender Security Center (“Defender” for short) is the latest name for the built-in suite of anti-malware and security features in Windows 10. Historically, Defender and its antecedents have been mediocre offerings. So mediocre, in fact, that multiple test labs rated it dead last in effectiveness. But recently, Microsoft has focused on making Defender a comprehensive, safe, and free choice for all your security needs. Let’s see how close it has come...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 05, 2018 | Category: Security


Tech Winners and Losers 2017


There’s an old saying: “If you don’t mess up at least once a day, you’re not trying hard enough.” The tech industry messes up much more frequently, so I guess it’s giving us all it’s got. Some of the efforts are wins, and many are the opposite of winning. Here are my picks of the best and worst of 2017 tech…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 04, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


Geekly Update - 03 January 2018

What should you do if your Internet-connected speakers are rick-rolling you at 2 o'clock in the morning? Why are so many businesses refusing to accept good old-fashioned paper money as a form of payment? Is “video game disorder” a real mental illness, or just really annoying? And have the Nigerian Princes moved their fraud operations to the US of A? 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 January 03, 2018 | Category: Tech-News




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