COMPUTER = LOVE = PROTECT

I know, the title of this blog post is a bit strange. Let me explain. A few days ago I was in BestBuy looking for a new PC for my daughter. Her current laptop (a 3-year old Asus) leaves a lot to be desired. The store did not have the specific Lenovo model I wanted. … Continue reading

APP AWARE

THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT I don’t have to tell you that smartphones are very, very popular. Apps are the engine that drives the popularity of smartphones. There is seemingly an app for anything you want to do. The majority of apps are free, as in do not cost you money. However, is there anything … Continue reading

PIZZA HACK

Have you eaten at Cici’s  Pizza lately? Did you pay with a credit or debit card? WHAT HAPPENED On Tuesday, Cici’s Pizza admitted that 135 of its stores were hacked. Customer’s credit card data may have been stolen. WHEN DID IT HAPPEN According to the pizza chain, the majority of the hacks started in March … Continue reading

RANSOMWARE & TECHNOLOGY MOBSTERS

  I am sure you have heard of businesses paying money to organized crime thugs to ensure that their businesses don’t get burned down or that no one meets with any untimely physical misfortune. Will you or someone you know end up paying “rent” ($20-$100 a month) to digital mobsters in the near future? You … Continue reading

WHY SO MANY SECURITY BREACHES?

    Disclaimer: I am currently not in the IT Security field, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. I have worked in IT since 1990. I am very good at securing individual endpoint devices. I started using computers, the Internet, and email back in 1988. I have never been hacked, never had … Continue reading

HOLD ON BEFORE YOU DOWNLOAD THAT APP

Clicking OK and downloading apps (without much thought) has become second nature to most kids (and some adults). Is anything really free, including that “free” app your child just has to have?  Here are a few questions you should ask before your kids download an app. WHY THIS APP Is the app appropriate for the … Continue reading

PROTECT YOUR NEW COMPUTER

Did Santa bring you a new laptop or desktop computer? If so, here are a few tips on how to protect your valuable new computer. SAY CHEESE Crooks steal. It is their job.  Take pictures of each side of your laptop or desktop that clearly shows the make, name, model number and serial number. If … Continue reading

ONLINE HOLIDAY SHOPPING

It seems like every year there are more and more people shopping online during the holidays. There are some people that just hate shopping in general and especially when there are large crowds. For others, online shopping is all about saving money even when you factor in shipping. Here are some tips that will hopefully … Continue reading

Did You Know Chrome Could Do That?

For many people the browser is one of the most used software applications on their computer. Below is a list of browsers I use. Internet Explorer Epic Privacy Browser Opera Firefox Google Chrome – MY FAVORITE With Chrome being my favorite browser, I thought I would pass along some tips, tricks and keyboard shortcuts that … Continue reading