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!
- Thinking About Ditching Windows?
For millions of people running Windows 10, a decision is looming. When Windows 11 was announced, Microsoft made it clear that it would support only certain “newish” computers that have the latest hardware security features. That means the majority of Windows 10 users will soon face a choice: buy a new computer, switch to another operating system, or both. Here are some of the options to consider...
- Geekly Update - 20 January 2022
Are you confused by all the geeky jargon when considering a new television? Will robots turn against their human masters when they realize their pay is half the human rate? And is stalkerware lurking on your smartphone? 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!
- [PHONE SCAMS] Are You Among the Most Gullible?
Losses due to phone scams in the U.S. have continued to skyrocket from year to year. Americans lost an estimated $29.8 billion to phone scams in the past 12 months, according to the latest Truecaller Insights US Spam & Scam Report. More than 59 million people (almost 1 in 4 adults) lost money to phone scammers last year, up from 1 in 5 the previous year, and that number is the highest it's been in five years. You'll be surprised to learn who is most likely to fall for a phone scam. Read on!
- Review: PC Matic Gets a Zero!
After years of hearing from AskBob readers about PC Matic, I finally decided it was time to give the popular antivirus and PC optimizer software a test drive. So 18 months ago, I did just that, and published my PC Matic review. At the time, I was impressed enough to ditch my current security software, and entrust my home and office computers to PC Matic. A year and a half later, I'm giving PC Matic a ZERO. But wait... that's actually a GOOD thing! Read on for my updated review and recommendation...
- Should You Press the Windows RESET Button?
A desperate AskBob reader says, “I’ve somehow managed to mess up my Windows system to the point of no return. I give up, and now I just want to reset it to its factory-fresh condition and start all over. How do I do that?” Read on and I'll tell you how, and why you might NOT want to do this...
- AskBob's Best of 2021 - Part One
I want express my sincere THANKS to YOU and the 129,688 others who have subscribed to the AskBob newsletter since 2005. I celebrated the 16th anniversary of this newsletter, and there are over 3000 articles here now. Many of you are regular readers and contribute comments, which I love. And since I love numbers almost as much as words, I asked my robot to scan the server logs to find the most popular articles of the year. Here are ten of the top articles for you to review. I hope you'll check out each one, leave your own comments, forward this to a friend, and tell them to sign up for more...
- [RECOMMENDED] Seven Free Software Downloads
An AskBob reader says: “I just got a new computer, and I want to do two things. First is to remove all the non-essential programs that came preloaded. Next, I want to load the best freeware for everday computing. I'd love to know what free software you recommend and use on your own computer.” I'm happy to oblige, read on!
- Seven MORE Free Software Tools
Recently, I recommended seven of my favorite free software tools, and many of you chimed in with suggestions of your own. But as I mentioned, I wasn't done; here are seven more must-have software freebies...
- Search Tools For the Deep (and Dark) Web
The “Dark Web” is sometimes portrayed as a place where criminals, terrorists, hackers, and spammers conspire to victimize unwitting Internet users. The reality is a bit more nuanced and not so scary. There is a “Deep Web” that you can't access with ordinary search engines, and a “Dark Web” where people lurk anonymously for both good and evil purposes. What's really out there? Read on...
- Is DuckDuckGo Better Than Google?
Google has an overwhelming lead in the global search market, handling over ninety percent of all searches. But that doesn't faze people like Gabriel Weinberg, an entrepreneur who developed an odd-sounding search engine to address flaws in Google's search strategy. Find out if DuckDuckGo can be your primary search engine, and if this fast-growing, privacy-focused option is likely to knock Google off its perch as the top search engine...
- Will This App Get Your Traffic Ticket Dismissed?
Getting a parking or traffic ticket is 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…
- Does Your Internet Router Auto-Update? (it should...)
Today I'll tell you what I think is the MOST important security feature that your Internet router should have. “Self-updating” is the basement floor of my house of router standards. I can’t imagine using Windows without automatic security updates, and keeping a router’s operating system patched is no less critical. Read on for my recommendations on secure, self-updating routers...
- Here's How to Spot A Fake Product Review
Amazon has launched an offensive this year against sellers on their platform that post or solicit false, misleading, or inauthentic reviews. Dozens of vendors, including a few high-profile ones, have been banned. Read on for some tips on spotting fake reviews at online shopping sites...
- [SCAM WARNING] Gadget Insurance and Extended Warranties
I've never been a proponent of insurance, protection plans, or extended warranties for electronic devices or even appliances. In fact, I make no bones about my disdain for these “protection rackets,” which are all heavily rigged in the seller’s favor. Why else would they try so hard to sell these plans at the point of purchase? Here's what you need to know about mobile device insurance, extended warranties, and my thoughts on what’s wrong with them...
- [GADGETS] Best of CES 2022
The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is where tech giants and startups converge to hype what they’re planning to release within the next year (or so). While few of these products or services are actually available right now, they do serve to illustrate where the tech world is going, and in some cases, where it has gone astray. Let's take a look at the highlights of CES 2022...
- [TIP] Time to Update Your Drivers?
A question that I get occasionally from AskBob readers is “Do I need to update my drivers?” They mention popups appearing on their screen, with warnings like 'Your drivers are out of date.' Some are getting emails or phone calls to that effect. Some upgrading to Window 11 have experienced driver issues. Here's the scoop on device drivers, what they are, what they do, when (and when not) to update them...
- Are You (and your password) on The Naughty List?
It's for your own good, I promise... please see this list of the worst 200 passwords of 2021, and I hope none of yours is found there. If so, you and your password will be on every hacker's “naughty list” and you'll get digital coal in your stocking. Find out if your password is on the naughty list, and what you can do about it. Read on...
- Will System Restore Cure Your PC Problem?
Have you ever experienced a time when your computer suddenly starts to misbehave for reasons unknown? You could spend hours tracking down the subtle change that caused the problem, or you could climb into your time machine and go back to an earlier date when everything worked perfectly. That latter option is possible with the System Restore feature in Windows. Here's how it works...
- [TUNEUP] It Might Be Time to Reset Your Web Browser
Chrome... Edge... Firefox... Opera... Safari... all web browsers misbehave in mysterious and frustrating ways occasionally. You could spend hours trying to troubleshoot the problem, but sometimes the Reset Button is the answer. Here are my tips on when (and when NOT) to reset your browser...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 4 Mar 2009
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