The Top Twenty
Every night a friendly robot looks through the Ask Bob logs to see which articles were the most popular over the past week. Here are the current Top Twenty, ranked by readership volume. If you missed any of these, take a few minutes to read and comment!
- [ALERT] SIM Swapping Scams
Even as the four major mobile service providers assert that we can trust them with our online identities, one of them stands in court accused of betraying a customer’s identity to thieves not just once, but twice in six months, ultimately costing him $24 million. Read on to learn about the Sim Swap Scam, and how you can protect yourself...
- [HOWTO] Gain Full Control of Your Computer
Many of us are the sole or principal user of a PC or laptop, and hold the privileges of the Administrator account. An Admin is supposed to be omnipotent, having full control over every file and folder on a machine. It is frustrating to learn this is not always so! Here is why you may at times “not have permission to access” a file or folder, and several clever ways to gain full control of your “personal" computer…
- Trouble Seeing Your Screen? Here's Help
Aging eyesight afflicts everyone eventually, diminishing the pleasure and productivity of computing. Various adaptive technologies are available to compensate for loss of visual acuity. Some are built into Windows. But these options all have limitations, and using them in certain combinations can actually make it more difficult to make sense of what’s before your eyes. Read on for a look at Windows’ display settings and how to use them to best advantage...
- Let My Phone Company Be My Online Identity – Are You Kidding?
The four largest mobile phone carriers recently announced a plan to eliminate passwords, login IDs, captchas, text-messaged codes and other secondary authentication factors. Instead, visitors to a web site would be authenticated by an encrypted string of data drawn from the visitor’s phone, carrier account, and other sources known to his phone company. Read on to understand what this “Project Verify” is all about, and what I think it means to all of us. There’s a hint in this article’s headline...
- Geekly Update - 12 September 2018
How XS-essive is Apple's new iPhone XS Max? What unexpected thing happens when you try to record every known fact? What's that mysterious blue stuff behind the Jimmy John's? And can posting a bad review online get you killed? This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!
- Can MIT's AI Make You Disappear?
The eggheads at MIT’s Media Lab are at it again. This time, they have mixed some artificial intelligence with some image editing tech and named the result “Deep Angel.” They claim it can make people, animals, and other objects disappear. Let’s see what the Deep Angel actually does and decide if it’s worth getting excited over it.
- [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…
- Geekly Update - 19 September 2018
Is Microsoft planning to stop Windows 10 users from installing Google Chrome or Firefox? Will nine-foot hexapod robots be coming to your neighborhood soon? Can you go to jail for posting fake reviews online? And can physics improve your brain power? This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!
- Malware Pre-installed On Your Android Phone?
Mobile operating systems are complex beasts, so it’s no surprise that each new version of Android comes with one or two theoretical security flaws that could, if discovered by hackers before they are patched, spell disaster for unhappy users. Did your smartphone come with malware pre-installed? Read on...
- 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...
- Geekly Update - 07 September 2018
When is a stupid robot better than a smart one? Should government officials have a "back door" to your encrypted data? And why can't artificial intelligence solve the Scunthorpe Problem? This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!
- 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...
- PC Matic - An Overdue Review
Having vowed never to pay another licensing fee to iObit Corp., as I have done since 2011 for its Advanced System Care Pro optimizer/antimalware program, I went in search of a replacement. I didn’t have to look farther than the comments sections on my own articles. Here is my assessment and review of PC Matic…
- Announcing iPhone XS and Apple Watch 4
According to Statista, about 88% of all smartphones worldwide run the Android operating system. Math majors may immediately conclude that Apple's devices account for about 12% of the market. But the Reality Distortion Field created by genius marketers at Apple make it look like almost everyone has an iPhone. That impression was made even stronger yesterday, with the fanfare surrounding the announcement of the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and the latest Apple Watch. Here's the scoop...
- Is Your Favorite App Listening In?
Recently I raised cautions about giving permissions to games, surveys, quizzes, and other apps that importune you on Facebook. They often abuse those privileges to spy upon you and your contacts. You may be avoiding them now, and you may have revoked the privileges that you gave to earlier ones. But Facebook is not the only source of sneaky, spying apps. Hundreds of popular apps for both Android and iOS have the ability to listen to what's happening around you. Here's how to identying those apps and turn off the spy components...
- Use Google Apps Without a Gmail Address?
Many people think they must use a Gmail (Google Mail) email address if they also want to use Google services such as Docs, Drive, Calendar, Photos, etc. I thought so myself, but that’s not true. The fact is, you can use Google services with your existing home email address, your work email address, or with just about any email address. Read on to learn how...
- 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...
- 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?'
- Mastodon: Your Social Media Safe Haven?
We may be witnessing the origin of a radically new paradigm of social networking, one that is not centralized, walled-in, or driven by advertising. Instead, the new paradigm is FOSS – Free and Open Source Software. If you're growing fatigued of Facebook and Twitter, you need to know about Mastodon...
- Ten Years of Google Chrome (And Why I Cannot Quit)
Google launched its Chrome web browser on September 2, 2008. As I noted Chrome’s tenth anniversary, it was hard not to notice how difficult it is to stop using Chrome. After pondering this matter for a few days I conclude that it is unnecessary to switch browsers. Read on to see why; your comments are most welcome whether you agree with me or not...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 4 Mar 2009
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