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Comment by RichF on [IFTTT] Here's Your Personal Virtual Robot (December 12, 2017 05:59 PM)
Sounds neat but I can see myself getting swamped with all the notification emails!...
Comment by Brian on Most Dangerous Security Threats of 2018? (December 12, 2017 05:41 PM)
Bob, you really do absolutely rock! Thank you so much for all you do by freely sharing your knowledge with those of us less technically gifted. I love...
Comment by RandiO on Most Dangerous Security Threats of 2018? (December 12, 2017 05:33 PM)
To be more precise, I am inclined to think that the biggest security threat, which will continue to confront us, stems from our inadequate understandi...
Comment by SharonH on Most Dangerous Security Threats of 2018? (December 12, 2017 02:12 PM)
Bob, you rock! Can't thank you enough for all you do keeping us up-to-date and safe. May you have the happiest of holidays. As far as security proble...
Comment by bb on Most Dangerous Security Threats of 2018? (December 12, 2017 01:27 AM)
Microsoft added new ransomeware protection in the Fall Creators Update, Windows 10 v1709. Called "Controlled folder access" is it *off* by default. ...
Comment by Rich on Most Dangerous Security Threats of 2018? (December 12, 2017 12:12 AM)
I continue to use (with acknowledgement of course) your great advice in my monthly newsletter for seniors. Many thanks as usual. Rich...
Comment by Jeri on Most Dangerous Security Threats of 2018? (December 11, 2017 11:44 PM)
Hey Bob, Merry Christmas! Enjoy your Tennis Lesson!...
Comment by Kathy on Most Dangerous Security Threats of 2018? (December 11, 2017 08:31 PM)
I am wondering what we can or should do about passwords to websites that we used in the past but do not use any more. Do these pose a threat?...
Comment by RichF on Most Dangerous Security Threats of 2018? (December 11, 2017 08:25 PM)
After reading the link to the hacking of the Amazon Key, I'm just wondering how many people jumped onto the bandwagon and installed it....
Comment by Stu Berg on Most Dangerous Security Threats of 2018? (December 11, 2017 07:57 PM)
Ever since ransomware became so prevalent, I'm using RansomFree by Cyberreason (https://ransomfree.cybereason.com/) in addition to my anti-virus and a...

[IFTTT] Here's Your Personal Virtual Robot

Life’s simple pleasures are the best. Simple tools give great satisfaction; the thud of a hammer, the growl of a handsaw, and the elegant execution of an IFTTT applet. Read on to learn how IFTTT can make your life a little easier by automating certain tasks...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 12, 2017 | Category: Cool-Stuff


Most Dangerous Security Threats of 2018?

What will be the biggest security threats of 2018? Would it surprise you to learn that YOU might be on the list? Read on to learn about the threats to your privacy and security that are most likely to impact you in the coming year…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 11, 2017 | Category: Security


[FIN] Is This the End of Siri and Alexa?

I recently came across an announcement of a new app that promised to be the future of intelligent assistant systems, combining both artificial and human intelligence to deliver a full human-equivalent digital assistant service. Siri, Alexa, Cortana, and Google Assistant would be obsolete. But as I dug into the details, I discovered that this “Fin" seems to be attached to a shark. Read on for the scoop...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 08, 2017 | Category: Reference


How To Spot Fake News

It’s getting harder to tell what’s true and false on the Internet, in social media, email, and on web sites. There are many con artists out there, and they become ever more sophisticated in their efforts to manipulate your perceptions, opinions, and most of all, your behavior. Here are some tips to help you tell truth from fiction, and avoid becoming someone’s puppet...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 07, 2017 | Category: Reference


Fake News and Fake Photos

Social media of all kinds - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. - is rife with disinformation spread by people with ulterior motives. It’s a huge problem; you never know if what you’re looking at is real or fake. Many users react emotionally to provocative fake photos and posts, sharing and commenting on them, perpetuating the false impressions and outright lies. Read on for my tips on spotting a fake photo...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 06, 2017 | Category: Reference


Geekly Update - 05 December 2017

If your car is stolen, should you call the police, or post a cry for help on social media? Can you use a bag of corn chips to hide from your employer? Is Facebook targeting 6-year-olds with a new smarpthone app? And how hard is it to build your own Internet? 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 05, 2017 | Category: Tech-News


Should You Care About Net Neutrality?

Several readers have contacted me for my take on the Net Neutrality debate, which is currently being considered by the Federal Communications Commission. I've read opinions both in favor of, and in opposition to, the repeal of Net Neutrality rules. Some of them made good arguments for their side, and some of them sounded unbalanced, or overblown. But a friend of mine has written an opinion on Net Neutrality that is thoughtful and deserves your consideration. Please read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 04, 2017 | Category: Networking


[MONEY] Are You a Smart Philanthropist?

Even in tough times, Americans make giving back a high priority. About 95% of American households give to charities, according to the National Philanthropic Trust, and nearly 20 percent of charitable giving happens in December. But smart donors favor charities that actually benefit needy people, not the execs and administrators. Here's how to tell them apart...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 01, 2017 | Category: Finance


Geekly Update - 30 November 2017

Can you tell if your Uber driver is a convicted felon with no driver's license? Would you pay $10,000 to escape from the Internet? Are pricey upside-down Christmas trees the latest must-have for holiday decorating? And how are flying cows helping with disaster recovery efforts in Puerto Rico? 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 30, 2017 | Category: Tech-News


[ALERT] Is Your Microsoft Word Vulnerable to Hackers?

If you use Microsoft Word, you need to know it has security vulnerabilities previously undisclosed. There are patches available now and it is critical that you apply them. Here is what’s wrong and how to make it right. Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 29, 2017 | Category: Software


[CARS] Online Car Buying Tips and Tools

According to Edmunds and Kelley Blue Book (two of the the most popular auto pricing websites), December is the best month of the year to buy a car. Find out why that's true, and pick up some tips for online auto buying that will help you save money and get the car you want, at any time of the year. You may not even have to set foot in a dealer showroom. Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 28, 2017 | Category: Auto


[LEGAL?] Record Streaming Video and Music

It’s great to watch a favorite movie on Netflix, but if you want to watch it again and again, you’ll have to pay Netflix’s monthly fee again and again. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could record that movie (or tunes from Spotify) for infinite offline enjoyment, free of further charges? It's possible, but is it permissible? Read on for the scoop...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 27, 2017 | Category: Video


It's Going Viral! - Internet Classics

Ever since the Web went graphical in the early 1990's, there have been people motivated to create websites that exist only to be amusing, annoying or completely useless. And like a car wreck, we just can't keep ourselves from looking at these things... and telling all our friends. Consider these Internet Classics required viewing...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 22, 2017 | Category: Cool-Stuff


Geekly Update - 21 November 2017

Will you find the best Black Friday ads online, or in your local newspaper? Is a California man's homemade rocket destined to prove that the Earth is flat? And what should you do if your caller-ID shows that your own phone number is calling you? 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 21, 2017 | Category: Tech-News


Will Philo Replace Your Cable TV Subscription?

Are you bored with broadcast TV networks like CBS, NBC, and ABC? Are you tired of paying the a big chunk of your cable or streaming TV bill for sports channels that you never watch? Then you may be interesting in trying Philo’s new “over-the-top” streaming service that costs a fraction of what YouTube TV, Hulu Live, and others charge.

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 20, 2017 | Category: Television




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