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Comment by Peter on How I Got Hacked... And Why You MUST Have a Backup! (July 22, 2019 08:04 AM)
RG Schmidt, your computer is not backed up. As another poster wrote you do not have a backup if your computer content is not on 3 different media (com...
Comment by Byron M on You Can't Take it With You (Digital Estate Planning) (July 21, 2019 11:36 PM)
After I die it won't matter whether anyone has access to my computer or online storage files etc. I'll be dead and won't care about it. I have insuran...
Comment by BobD on Can This App Get Your Traffic Ticket Dismissed? (July 21, 2019 02:35 PM)
I have dashcams, one facing forward, one backward. They have GPS. They're not perfect, but they are irrefutable. I haven't verified their record, but ...
Comment by Barry Lewis on Is Cloud Storage Secure and Private? (July 21, 2019 01:23 PM)
How do I create a mirror of my hard drive onto a USB drive? My hard drive has been partitioned into C:\ & D:\...
Comment by Asteriks on Can This App Get Your Traffic Ticket Dismissed? (July 20, 2019 05:47 PM)
Paragraph correction: … What people do not realize is that the expression "speed limit" is a perfect example of George Orwell's Newspeak. For ever...
Comment by Asteriks on Can This App Get Your Traffic Ticket Dismissed? (July 20, 2019 05:44 PM)
More: In the space of five hours, one day in March 2015, one single radar of the Danish police on a tiny part of the Copenhagen highway earned (sic) ...
Comment by Asteriks on Can This App Get Your Traffic Ticket Dismissed? (July 20, 2019 05:42 PM)
"Bob, traffic laws are meant to keep people alive." No, they're not. “We all speed, yet months and months usually pass between us seeing a crash,...
Comment by Fred Roller on Can This App Get Your Traffic Ticket Dismissed? (July 20, 2019 02:45 PM)
As a retired traffic cop I wrote a lot of citations, but they only compromised 25% of all the traffic stops I made. 75% were given written or unwr...
Comment by Sarah L on Can This App Get Your Traffic Ticket Dismissed? (July 20, 2019 05:56 AM)
Bob, traffic laws are meant to keep people alive. Drivers, passengers and innocent pedestrians near those drivers yakking it up on their cell phones. ...
Comment by Dano on Avoid These TEN Common Computing Mistakes (July 20, 2019 12:36 AM)
David Whittaker above says there are a lot of ads on this page. I've seen these comments (complaints) before from others. Yet, I rarely see any ads at...

Can This App Get Your Traffic Ticket Dismissed?

Parking and traffic tickets are a nuisance, but a citation for speeding, running a stop sign, or driving while yakking it up on your cell phone can cost you big bucks. Most drivers just pay the fine because they don't understand the legal process. But there are some apps that can help you fight and win. Check out these apps and learn how you can use a bit of cyber to fight your ticket...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 19, 2019 | Category: Reference


Avoid These TEN Common Computing Mistakes

We prefer to blame hackers, cyber-criminals, and shoddy software, but the unpleasant truth is that most computer problems are caused by users. There are a few basic steps you can take to avoid malware infections, data loss, and performance issues. Too often, people try to save time or money by cutting corners, and they end up paying the price. Check out my list of common computing mistakes, and how to fix (or even better, avoid) them. Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 18, 2019 | Category: Security


Geekly Update - 17 July 2019

Is Elon Musk working in a secret underground laboratory to create a computer chip that can be implanted in a human brain? Is AT&T tracking your movements and selling your location history to the highest bidder? Why is the newest MacBook Air slower than the previous model? And is it legal to add a flamethrower to your drone? 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 July 17, 2019 | Category: Tech-News


Wow, Free Online Photo Editors

A reader asks: 'What tool do you recommend for photo editing when you're away from your own computer and you don't have PhotoShop or something similar available?' It turns out there are quite a few online image and photo editors, and the features they offer are quite impressive. Check out these free web-based image editing tools that are just a click away...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 16, 2019 | Category: Photography


Hey, It's My (digital) Birthday!

Today I'm celebrating a birthday. It was 24 years ago, in July 1995, that The Internet Tourbus first rolled out into cyberspace. And ten years later, AskBobRankin.com was born. With thanks to awesome readers like you, I'll keep on keeping on, with my continuing guaranteed to make you better looking and 146% smarter. Read on!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 15, 2019 | Category: Personal


Is Cloud Storage Secure and Private?

Are you using cloud services like file storage, online backup, webmail and document sharing? Most people don't know much about the safety and security of cloud computing. The parade of high-profile data breaches in the past year has some people worried about the security of cloud services. Are your files and sensitive data safe and secure in the cloud, or are they vulnerable to hackers, snoopers and other threats? Here's the scoop on cloud storage security...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 11, 2019 | Category: Cloud


Geekly Update - 10 July 2019

Why is the co-founder of Apple warning people to get off of Facebook? Will smartphones disappear within five years? Does turning off location services make you invisible online? And can you tell the difference between an iPhone X and a Galaxy S10? 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 July 10, 2019 | Category: Tech-News


ASCII Artwork - An Internet Treasure

Long before the graphical Web was invented, people were creating computer images that required no special hardware or software to view. ASCII art is composed only of plain text characters, and can be sent by e-mail without attachments. Take a stroll into Internet history, enjoy some ASCII art, and learn how to make your own...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 09, 2019 | Category: Reference


You Can't Take it With You (Digital Estate Planning)

Everyone knows the old cliche about death and taxes. Sooner or later, we'll all kick the bucket, buy the farm, or shed the mortal coil. But when you go, what will happen to your data and online accounts? That's where digital estate planning comes into play. Think of it as having a backup plan to give those left behind access to your data. Here’s what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 08, 2019 | Category: Reference


Everything Google Knows About You (and How to Delete it)

Google provides a cornucopia of useful services: search, email, cloud storage, productivity tools, and much more. Virtually all of them are free for personal use, and not very expensive for businesses and other organizations. But free stuff comes with a price. Read and learn what's in your Google history, and how to limit what information is collected...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 05, 2019 | Category: Privacy


Free Graphic Design and Drawing Software

Buying a drawing or graphic design program makes sense if you draw or design graphics for a living. But for most of us, the need for such software comes seldom, and paying hundreds for a dust-collecting program is not very smart. Fortunately, there are plenty of good and free drawing, graphic design and photo editing programs available to help you create a logo, make a brochure, or touch up a photo. Here are some of the best...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 03, 2019 | Category: Software


Here's How to Search The Deep Web

There are over 130 trillion individual Web pages as of this writing. But that's only the very tip of the iceberg. Beyond what popular search engines offer up, there is a universe of information that's online and discoverable -- if you have the right skills and tools. Here's how to gain access to the rest of the Web...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 02, 2019 | Category: Search-Engines


[CLICK] Is That Link Safe?

Is there danger lurking in that link? Do you know how to tell right away if a website (or link) is going to lead you into a world of hurt? A single click can lead to an unwanted download, a malware infection, stolen login credentials, or identity theft. Here are some practical tips and tools you can use to click smarter...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 01, 2019 | Category: Security


[LEARN] Online Schools For Adults and Kids

Online schools (also known as distance learning) are one of the fastest-growing and most useful applications of the Internet for school-age children and adults pursuing continuing education. No matter what your situation or preferred learning mode, there is probably an online school or university that can accommodate your needs. Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 28, 2019 | Category: Education


Data Brokers: What's in YOUR Dossier?

The Internet has made it easy for ordinary people to collect enormous amounts of information about nearly any subject; that is indisputably a good thing. However, when it comes to the multi-billion-dollar business of collecting and selling data about other people, that use of the Internet can take a sinister turn. Read on for the scoop on “data brokers" and how they operate, and what they know about you...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 27, 2019 | Category: Privacy




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