The Top Twenty

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  1. [FREE] Websites Without Hosting

    I am still stunned by the free gift that Nicholas Jitkoff has given to all Internet users! Appropriately released on the USA’s Independence Day, July 4, it’s a way to create websites that exist independent from any hosting service. The uses of Jitkoff’s gift, named “itty.bitty,” are many, and so are their implications for the privacy and freedom of all Internet users. Here is how it works, and some examples of what it can mean for you…

  2. Geekly Update - 11 July 2018

    Can you name the computer so massive that it required a one-acre building, four stories high? If you're worried about bugs in your software, how would you feel about snakes in your hardware? And what really happens when you eat a Kit Kat bar the wrong way? This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

  3. Router Security: Add a Guest Network

    You may be aware that your router has a “guest network” feature, and you may think you know what it does. But a guest network is useful even when you do not have visiting relatives or friends. Let’s look at guest networks in detail and see how one can protect your home from cyber-intruders constantly...

  4. Is Google Reading Your Email?

    Summer is traditionally a slow time for tech news. Big conferences, where important research and product releases are officially announced, are held in the Spring and Fall. But publishers need stories to publish, so if news does not materialize it must be manufactured, and if its manufactured outrage, all the better. Outrage gets more clicks than anything rated “G” on the Internet. Read on the see why I'm ranting today...

  5. Does Security Software Protect Your Router?

    As home network owners become more aware of security threats that target routers they are asking, “Does my security suite defend my router along with the other devices on my network?” Let’s look at some of the most popular security suites and see exactly how they protect routers, if they do so at all. Read on...

  6. Does Your Router Auto-Update? (it should...)

    For the past few weeks, I've been writing a series on router security, and in this final installment I'll tell you what I think it the MOST important security feature that your router should have. “Self-updating” is the basement floor of my house of router standards. I can’t imagine Windows without self-updating, and keeping a router’s operating system patched is no less critical. Read on for my recommendations on secure, self-updating routers...

  7. HOWTO: Get Free Satellite TV

    A reader asks: 'I have heard about free satellite TV channels you can receive if you have a free-to-air satellite receiver and dish. Is this true? If so, what satellite channels can I get, what equipment do I need, and is it legal?' Read on to learn about free satellite TV options...

  8. [SHOWDOWN] Avast vs AVG

    Avast and AVG are two of the most respected names in Internet security software. But many consumers don’t know that they became one company in October, 2016, when Avast bought AVG for $1.6 billion. Since then, the two software brands have remained distinct. But under the hood, they have grown more alike. There are still some differences in important features that may sway your choice. Let’s compare Avast Free Antivirus to AVG AntiVirus Free...

  9. [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…

  10. [HOWTO] Protect Your Router Now

    “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket,” they say. Yet most of us do exactly that with all of our expensive “smart” home electronics, and the consequences can be as calamitous as the old proverb implies. The latest cyber attacks are targeting home internet routers. Here's the first article in a series detailing what you need to know to defend yourself against router attacks...

  11. Router Security: Closing Unnecessary Ports

    This article is part of a series on the subject of router security. In this article, we will examine one type of router vulnerability and learn how to protect your system from hackers and malware that seek to exploit this type of vulnerability. Our subject today is, “unnecessary open ports,” a very common vulnerability. Read on...

  12. COMING SOON: Improved WiFi Security

    “The third time’s the charm,” they say. We’re about to find out if that adage holds water in the case of WiFi Protected Access, the security protocol and certification system developed by the WiFi Alliance of industry heavyweights. The WPA3 protocol is finally ready and will start appearing in products like routers and network adapters before the end of 2018. Read on to see what the problems were with earlier versions, and what to expect in WPA3...

  13. Geekly Update - 03 July 2018

    If the first cyber attack happened 184 years ago, does that prove Al Gore is a time traveler? Why is Mickey Mouse so happy about new security procedures at Orlando International Airport? And what's the best low-tech way to keep school kids from cheating on standardized tests? This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

  14. UPDATE: Free Antivirus Programs

    Readers often ask for my recommendations on antivirus protection. A common question goes something like this: “I got a trial version of Norton (or McAfee) antivirus with my computer, but the subscription expires in a few days. Should I pay, or switch to one of the free anti-virus programs? What do you recommend?” Read on for my updated list of the top FREE antivirus tools, and some tips on choosing free versus paid...

  15. Boost Your WiFi Signal: Ten Tips and Tricks

    A reader asks: 'How can I boost my wifi signal? I finally got high-speed internet with a wireless router, but the wifi signal is weak in some parts of the house. What tweaks or gadgets do you recommend to boost wireless signal strength and distance?'

  16. UPnP - The (almost) Forgotten Vulnerability

    It was an awkward moment in 2006 when one of the most useful and popular networking features ever invented was discovered to also be very useful to hackers. Some vendors got busy on the problem, improving their product and making it more difficult for bad guys to exploit it. But hundreds more deliberately ignored the threat. Read on find out if you are exposed to the UPnP (Universal Plug-N-Play) vulnerability...

  17. Geekly Update - 28 June 2018

    Why do our brains tell us to instinctively ignore security warnings on the computer? Did the European Parliament just ban Grumpy Cat? And what technological advance did you miss on National Selfie Day? This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

  18. Free Anti-Virus Programs

    I've been using the free Norton antivirus package that came with my computer, but the subscription will expire in a few days. Are the free anti-virus programs any good? What do you recommend?

  19. HOWTO: Connect Your PC to TV, Wirelessly!

    Wouldn't it be great to beam whatever is on your computer screen directly to your big-screen TV? Now you can wirelessly send Netflix, Hulu, YouTube videos, photos and computer games from your PC screen directly to your television screen. Even browse the web on your fancy big-screen HDTV. Here's how to make a wireless PC to TV connection...

  20. Do Electronic Health Records REDUCE Patient Care?

    Do you ever get the feeling your doctor is too busy typing notes into a laptop to hear what you are trying to say about the symptoms you are experiencing? No, it’s not just you who thinks so; according to a recent survey of over 500 physicians who use electronic health records (EHR) systems every day, all of that mandatory note-taking is interfering with patient care. Read on to learn what doctors say is wrong with the computerization of healthcare, and how they want it to be fixed...



 
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Posted by:

LindaSView
02 Apr 2014

Hi Bob:
Forgot to include this in my comment about the billions of dollars corporations are expected to spend. This is what was on the IE site that popped up:
res://ieframe.dll/invalidcert.htm?SSLError=33554432#https://blog.bit9.com/2014/03


Posted by:

Geoff
18 Apr 2014

I want to thank you for all of your varied articles. I found multiple programs or utilities trying to do the same thing, and the new Mcafee Total Protection was too complex and complicated for this 71-year old. Thanks to your articles and Avast I no longer want to put a bullet in my computer. Please, please keep up the great work.


Posted by:

Jessie
04 May 2014

Hi Bob, I am struggling with a slow computer and this is my only computer in my home business. Could you please suggest a reliable software that I could purchase and that will not damage my computer? Thanks,

I used US Tech support and I believe they made my computer even slower. Thanks

EDITOR'S NOTE: You might have been scammed. I recommend a System Restore. See http://askbobrankin.com/system_restore_for_windows_7.html

Next step, see:
http://askbobrankin.com/speed_up_windows_7.html


Posted by:

steve
15 Jul 2014

I recently purchased a net gear mp101 digital music player to hook up to my home stereo.after finally getting it to find server and for it to show me music file library, I was all set,only to be let down as nothing flowed through my Harmon lardons .the unit is running through Ethernet, firewall is OK,book really doesn't give troubleshoot. Anybody run into this ? Or any answers! Gave up after about 2-3 hours..should be simple,but!!!! Thanks Steve


Posted by:

Gill Kelly
17 Oct 2014

sending you this on my partners PC as I just cannot get into my Hotmail account, my user name is accepted but my password keeps being rejected as'invalid'despite changing it several times via Microsoft. What am I doing wrong?

EDITOR'S NOTE: What email program do you use? Hotmail web version or a desktop client?


Posted by:

Ray
30 Dec 2014

Smart Phone 15 digit Number pulse date cell was sold IMEI 15 digit Number showed up after I dialed *#06# on our Mobile's.
in case ours are stolen we mail the 15 digit IMEI number to cop@vsnl.net You will find where your Mobile is being operated, even if they changed the number.It didn't work on android Mobile phone. I haven't Used it yet and was wondering will it Work or is it a scam??

EDITOR'S NOTE: See http://www.hoaxorfact.com/Technology/if-you-lose-your-mobile.html


Posted by:

Ernie Brunton
07 Jan 2016

You are recommending LD for ink cartridges. On the comments section first page there a10 replies. Five are OK but 5 are negative, which is only 50-50. The negative ones nearly all complain about the LD cartridges clog the printer head. I may have had this problem with my existing printer and had to replace it. I was using non Epson cartridges Have you had this problem ?????
On price. The cartridges are shipped free in the US, but in Canada they charge $26.50 which is half the purchase price. One has to add on exchange of 40% and that makes a purchase of $52.57 come to a total of $110.69. Which is quite high
I look forward to an answer

I enjoy you articles very much

Ernie Brunton


Posted by:

Yvonne Mathis
08 Mar 2016

I need help, Linskeys is trying to hi jack my router cannot remove it from computer, can you help?

EDITOR'S NOTE: I did a Google search for "Linskeys" but came up empty. Can you provide more details? What do you mean by hijacking your router? What specific symptoms are you seeing?


Posted by:

Harold
27 Mar 2016

I'm sure you've covered this before. Just cant find it. When trying to watch educational videos on youtube Windows 10 won't let me. It gives me a message to re-start my computer (which works for 1 video). Is there any fix for this?

2nd problem: When loading pics I get a message in the lower right corner that says tap here to indicate what to do with the original device. You can do whatever you want. It doesn't work and it won't go away. It looks like it's too far to the right to see the X. Changing screen resolution doesn't help. Can you help.


Posted by:

Sandy Lumsden
01 Apr 2016

why oh why does windows behave the way it does, I seriously considered using a Linux operating System but Microsoft even make that difficult, so I will continue using windows 10 until I can afford an Apple Mac.One thing I am sure of I will not be using Windows for ever,for I am fed-up with programs not working.


Posted by:

Yvonne Mathis
02 Apr 2016

Wrote once before and since I am not computer savy, I was saying Linksys was tryin to hi jack router. Now A friend says modem, Linksys has removed my isp and entered their own code and now are controlling my computer,has removed my security which is Norton, who by the way cleaned my computer and said all was good, after that, noticed the Icon disappeeared and then reappeared, but is not functioning, I am redirected to sites other than the one I try to get to. I am elder female, other than a pricey computer service, can you help?


Posted by:

John
11 Apr 2016

I need virus clen my drive


Posted by:

Peggy
04 Jun 2016

Greetings
My internet speed is slow and if I have my grandchildren streaming a movie, it constantly buffering and my PC too.
I have a dual web-band and a range extender 3 yrs. old and Verizon router is over 5 yrs. old
Base on your expertise, what step should I take.
Greatly appreciate your help


Posted by:

Calvin
06 Jun 2016

can you go back and read articles further back than the last 20, if so how?


Posted by:

Ken Fisher
21 Jul 2016

Upgraded my Win 7.1 Dell computer to Win 10 last December. Two weeks ago, it downgraded itself by dropping the Start Button and screen, the info button on the left and Cortana. It has not corrected with updates. Pressing the Start produces a critical error and a restart.


Posted by:

Pay
08 Aug 2016

Bob, My Microsoft Publisher software gas disappeared from my computer sometime since I downloaded Windows 10.

Also, the names of my directories have been eliminated. I used to have one called Pat and Ray Computer and it no longer exists. There were two directories called mydocuments, one inside the other directory that I can no longer find.

I did a backup of 7 before I installed 10 (thanks for you publication!) HELP!!!


Posted by:

Jd hackhowsar
15 Jun 2017

Hi Mr Bob

We have 600 plus pages for years as a tech support user club for European industrial machines at eeuc98.net in html now https posted.

After the https all picture links quit working.

Also with google nobody can find us any more. Since the page content applies often to the same subject, the keywords are the same.

Reading googles requirements it would be a lot of volunteer work to vamp it all up.
We started in the 80s out with DOS 6 based Clarks bulletin boaerd sw.

Having a good site content search function is imporatant.
We used since the 80s macromedia robohelp and dreamweaver sw, now all Acrobat.

Thanks for your wisdom.
Lots of virtual hugs.

Johann


Posted by:

Mr.Pic
29 Jun 2017

In using Outlook 2003 I need to know how to increase text size as now the inbox shows about 31 one line emails info, I would like about 15 with larger more readable text. The new Dell computer has Windows 10 and I have just started using it. Appreciate any help provided.


Posted by:

Alexander Harkes
25 Sep 2017

When using my printer and trying to send a copy of a photo or send a email it says i do not have a connection and everything is working ok. the mail recipient will not work also how can i change the mail recipient from fax recipient.


Posted by:

stanley westell
23 Jun 2018

I wondered if you had a topic regarding India's people constant attack upon the US?
I recently have been receiving all kinds of so-called free gift cards $1000 gift card Walmart, Nike gift cards, I recently have received several different grant scams from India and they even tried to use US sounding names and received a phone call claiming it was the IRS preparing to open a file if I didn't call them then there is a computer tech support company that claims they are Microsoft and tell you your personal information that risk and if you don't call them they'll stop your computer from working there are several of those I will admit being on Social Security disability that I was extremely hopeful and I had filed for grants and unfortunately before I caught on. Already swindled me out of $200 their goal was to swindle me out of $1000 so knowing that the IRS never calls they only send mail and I started asking the questions will qualify me for these grants where did you get this information clearly they are attaching themselves or spying on websites or setting up these free card giveaways to get information I was just wondering if you had set up a page on warning the elderly which is clearly their target I think the most important thing is think first asked questions on how you qualified how they got the information and so forth and before you know it they hang up the one thing I have seen is that their phone calls are being rerouted through the US and there clearly well-versed insome of the information needed regarding grants the address of the grant building in Washington DC and basic info for their scam I saved many of the phone numbers and names used but you know they're all fake or they're using untraceable SIMM cards well I was just wondering if you had a page that would help protect people against India's ongoing attack upon the US? you need not reply it was just a suggestion or if you have created this page thank you.
Sincerely xXx


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