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Comment by Peter Oh on Worst Data Breaches of 2021 (what you need to know, and do) (January 26, 2022 02:29 AM)
Ernest's recommended procedure may have taken him only 5 minutes but I can guess how long it might take me. I also use LastPass but find it slow, awkw...
Comment by Ernest N. Wilcox Jr. on Worst Data Breaches of 2021 (what you need to know, and do) (January 26, 2022 12:43 AM)
I use LastPass to store/generate long, strong passwords. I have registered my two email accounts for notifications from Have I Been Pwned in the event...
Comment by Bev on Worst Data Breaches of 2021 (what you need to know, and do) (January 25, 2022 09:40 PM)
You have had wonderful support, I have had your lifetime virus protection since around 2012.....
Comment by Lucy on Will This App Get Your Traffic Ticket Dismissed? (January 25, 2022 09:13 PM)
Yes, there are maniac drivers who should get heavy fines for endangering other drivers. But as Sean and Alex said, governments are using fines as a p...
Comment by Alois M. on Worst Data Breaches of 2021 (what you need to know, and do) (January 25, 2022 08:44 PM)
Banks are especially concerned about their customers' security. Like U.S. Bank, and others. (Or at least they say that.) When using their website, the...
Comment by Charley on Worst Data Breaches of 2021 (what you need to know, and do) (January 25, 2022 08:09 PM)
Bob, you may not know but Breach Alarm is gone. "After over ten years, we regret to inform you that BreachAlarm has been discontinued." EDITOR'S N...
Comment by Charley on Worst Data Breaches of 2021 (what you need to know, and do) (January 25, 2022 08:04 PM)
My email address is definitely out there. So I get a lot of spam. I have had the same email for almost 30 years and I don't want to change it. I am ve...
Comment by Bob Kinsler on Worst Data Breaches of 2021 (what you need to know, and do) (January 25, 2022 07:56 PM)
The best way to avoid hacking and ransom-ware is - - PCMATIC....
Comment by Jim M on Worst Data Breaches of 2021 (what you need to know, and do) (January 25, 2022 07:27 PM)
I used the Have I Been Pwned website and it showed my email address had been stolen. Now I get junk emails showing they come from Facebook. Emails ar...
Comment by Ryan James on Worst Data Breaches of 2021 (what you need to know, and do) (January 25, 2022 07:03 PM)
If you are hacked or a company has a data breach, you can change passwords, credit card numbers, and such, but you cannot change your date of birth or...

Personal Articles

 

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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A Big Milestone + Geekly Update

Today I'm celebrating an anniversary -- 20 years of online publishing! The Internet Tourbus first rolled out into cyberspace in July 1995, and ten years later, AskBobRankin.com was born. With thanks to awesome readers like you, I'll keep on keeping on. Today's Geekly Update is an expanded version, with twenty items that are guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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Announcing... The Rankin File!

I've started a new website, and what better day to officially announce it than on my birthday? The Rankin File offers 'small business tech and tips' for those who run their own business. If you have a home-based business, a small business with employees, or you're even thinking about starting your own business, The Rankin File is for you! And as the name suggests, it's not just for business owners. If you're a secretary, office manager, or wannabe techie, my tips will help you score points with the boss. Read on to learn more about what you'll find in the Rankin File...

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Tourbus - The Final Bus Stop

In case you haven't heard, The Internet Tourbus is rolling up to its final stop. After 16 years of online publishing, Tourbus is one of the longest-running email newsletters. But two things have happened this year, prompting me to hit the brakes. Here's the full story...

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Who is Bob Rankin?

Every so often, people ask about my background, and how I got started with computers and the Internet. I've published bits and pieces of my bio before, but never a detailed account of my professional life. So here it is, with a few interesting personal asides...

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My Cholesterol Level is Too High!

After a routine physical, I got the news from my doctor that my cholesterol is too high. My diet is pretty healthy, and I'm not in bad shape for a 48-year-old guy. But this LDL and HDL stuff is a wakeup call for me. Clearly I need to exercise more and be aware of foods to avoid high cholesterol. So here's my 4-month plan to knock 40 or 50 points off that cholesterol number, without using any prescription drugs...

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Bonzai - It's a New Puppy!

I know I'm supposed to write about computers, the Internet and nifty gadgets, but life is more than all that electronic stuff. I'm so happy with my new puppy that I've just got to show him off...

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