Where’s a good hacker when you need one?

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Want to find out your roommate’s Facebook password? Need to have a few “below average” grades removed from your college transcript? Would you like to have some embarrassing pictures removed from Google search results? If you find yourself in need of these or similar services, what you really need is… a hacker!   One […] Read more »

Don’t get nailed by the Nanny Scam!

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My wife Jeanne recently embarked on a new career – she is a nanny for a young couple with a newborn baby girl. She loves babies anyway, so spending her days taking care of one is pretty much her dream job. And of course the baby’s parents love ¬†Jeanne because she has tons of experience […] Read more »

Cool tech gadgets that are cheap on Amazon

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This week, some fun stuff. It’s good to have computer tips and security alerts and warnings to back up your important data, but sometimes we need to take a break and check out some things that can amuse and entertain us. And really, some of these things can be considered computer-related or technical in some […] Read more »

Why does my hard drive show less space than it actually has?

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I recently got an email from my friend Preston, who had this question: “I’m wondering¬†why, when you get a new hard drive, you don’t get the full amount of space that it says on the box? When I got my PC a few years ago, it said I had that 500 GB hard drive, but […] Read more »

How to be safe on a public wifi connection

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After last week’s post and podcast about the dangers of sharing your wifi signal with your neighbor, I had several people contact me about how to keep a computer safe “the other way around”. Meaning, if you are using your neighbor’s wifi signal (with permission of course), what type of precautions should you be taking […] Read more »

Should you share your internet with your neighbor?

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Recently I got an email from Barbara in Maine, with an interesting question. She wrote: “I have a next door neighbor who wants to hook into my internet and share expenses. Is that not legal to do? What do I need to know about it?” Great question, Barbara!   I’ll tell you right up […] Read more »

Hackers’ most effective route to your computer: website ads

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There used to be a traditional set of guidelines that you could go by, and by doing so you could be reasonably sure that your computer was safe from being attacked or infected by a virus or malware. Use a good antivirus, don’t open email attachments, don’t click on a link unless you know for […] Read more »

4 ways to free up space on your Windows hard drive

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Years ago, hard drive space was an issue that I dealt with more often. Back in the days of 40 gb and 80 gb hard drives, it didn’t take a whole lot to fill one up. Then you started getting the warnings “Drive C is getting low on space”. These days, with hard drives more […] Read more »

Questions that seem to have no answer

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I have 3 mysterious questions for you this week. Don’t worry, there will be a computer-related tip before we’re done here.   Mystery number 1: Why can’t I add simple numbers in my head? This is just a simple addition problem. But you cannot use a calculator or a pencil and paper. This must […] Read more »

AVG has gone to the dark side

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There was a time when I used and recommended AVG as a reliable option for a free antivirus. I stopped using it about 4 years ago, mainly because the software itself wasn’t really compatible with all Windows computers. When I make a recommendation, I try to make sure it’s something that won’t freeze up your […] Read more »