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!
- Is PeekYou Good or Evil?
A reader asks: 'I recently heard about a people search website called PeekYou, and when I searched for myself, I was shocked at the personal information they had compiled about me. Can you explain how they do this, and if I should really be concerned?' Sure, let's dig into PeekYou and render a verdict...
- What's Going On Inside Your PC?
Do you know every component inside your PC? Most people don’t, and most of the time they don’t need to know. But there are occasions when a detailed inventory of a PC’s components comes in handy. Read on to learn some surprising reasons why you SHOULD know what's under the hood of your computer, even if you're not a techie...
- Geekly Update - 01 April 2020
What should you do if a teddy bear with a USB flash drive arrives in your mailbox? Should you cancel your summer vacation plans and travel the world with virtual reality instead? And will a 'census enumerator' show up at your front door armed with an outdated iPhone? Get answers in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. No April Fools jokes today... but this issue IS guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!
- 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...
- Here's How to Get Free Satellite TV
A reader asks: 'Can I get satellite TV for free? I have heard about free satellite TV channels one can receive with 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?' The short answer is YES, you can. Read on to learn about free satellite TV options...
- Can I Use Multiple Antivirus Programs?
A reader asks: 'I think I have security software on my PC, but I still got a nasty computer virus. Is it a good idea to run more than one anti-virus program, and how can I tell which one I have? Also, which anti-virus has the best protection against viruses, spyware, and other online threats?' Read on for my tips and recommendation...
- Try These Tips to Boost Your WiFi Signal
A frustrated reader asks: 'How can I boost the wifi signal in my home? I finally got high-speed internet with a wireless router, but the wifi signal is weak in some parts of the house. What tweaks, tricks or gadgets do you recommend to boost wireless signal strength and distance?' I've got some, read on!
- Make a Windows 10 Recovery Drive, NOW
What is the best time to prepare for a disaster? When everything's going just fine, of course. Unfortunately, many people don’t take the time to create a System Recovery Drive for their Windows 10 systems until AFTER they really need it. Here are the steps to make a bootable USB recovery drive; I hope you will follow them right now, if you have not done so already...
- Will MagicJack Replace Your Landline?
Here’s a common question: “I've seen those commercials for Magic Jack, a gadget you can plug into your computer to eliminate your phone bill. It sounds too good to be true... is MagicJack a scam, or does it actually work? Can it really replace my landline?” Read on for answers...
- Free Credit Reports Online (have you checked yours?)
In the wake of massive and frequent data breaches, many people are asking how to get free credit reports, so they can check for fraudulent entries. So is it true that you can get FOUR credit reports every year for free? YES! Read on to learn how it's done, how to avoid the potential pitfalls, and pick up some tips on avoiding scams and identity theft...
- Free Online College Courses
What's the deal with online college courses... how can they be offered for free? Is there some catch involved, and will I get actual college credit if I take free online college classes?
- HOWTO: Get Your Free Credit Report Online
October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, so here are some tips on avoiding scams and identity theft. Readers often ask me about getting free credit reports online, concerned that they'll be scammed or tricked into paying a fee. So is it true that you can get a free credit REPORT once a year? YES! Read on to learn how it's done, how to avoid the potential pitfalls, and how it's different than your credit SCORE...
- Rev Up Your Laptop (more speed tips)
A frustrated reader asks: 'How can I make my laptop faster? It is definitely slower than my desktop for most tasks, and it bogs down when I try to open more than one program. Should I replace the hard drive, add more memory, or take some other actions?' Read on for my advice on how to improve the performance of your trusty laptop...
- Are Identity Theft Protection Services Worth It?
You may be concerned about identity theft these days, and with good reason. If someone assumes your identity they can open new credit cards, raid your bank accounts, ruin your employment prospects, or even commit crimes for which you are blamed. With so much at stake, many people are paying $20 or more a month for identity theft protection services. But are they wasting their money? Here's the scoop...
- MagicJack Phone Service
Is Magic Jack phone service for real? I've seen commercials for Magic Jack, a device you can plug into your computer for really cheap phone service. It sounds too good to be true... is MagicJack a scam, or does it really work?
- Forgot Windows 10 Password? Here's How to Reset It
So you forgot your Windows 10 login password? Or maybe you 'inherited' a Windows 10 computer and you can't log in. There's hope, but resetting a forgotten password for a Windows 10 PC can be complicated by several factors. I this article, I’ll show you how to create a Password Reset disk as a preventive measure, and also how to reset your password if you don’t have one. Let's dig in...
- Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts
Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts are handy combinations of two or more keys (or a key and a mouse button) that, when pressed simultaneously, perform a task that would normally require moving the mouse around, clicking, and possibly navigating sub-menus. Windows keyboard shortcuts save time, wrist motions, and for some people, carpal tunnel pain. There's even a secret keystroke that very few people know! Here are some keyboard shortcuts you should know...
- Geekly Update - 25 March 2020
Do you need new glasses, or are those online videos looking a little blurry? Does working from home make you more vulnerable to malware and cybercriminals? What's the latest privacy concern over your social media posts? (Hint: it's not Facebook or Google) 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!
- Here's How: Genealogy Research Online
Are you interested in learning about your relatives and ancestors, or creating a family tree? Are you looking for good software or websites where you can do genealogy research? You've come to the right place! Read on for some of the best online genealogy tools...
- Here's How to Boost Laptop Wifi Reception
Boosting your laptop's WiFi reception is a good idea, no matter where you are. Away from town and cities, wireless Internet hotspots can be few and far between. But even in urban areas where WiFi hotspots are plentiful it's good to have more networks from which to choose. Here's how to get a stronger wifi signal...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 4 Mar 2009
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