Tech – for Everyone

Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

More bad security news

Well, right after (“Patch Tuesday”) major software vendors released Updates to patch several major security vulnerabilities, news of a very serious database software flaw (named “venom”) makes the news (click here to read more).

Ho hum. Not terribly surprised. This is just the flavor of the week..

So, here’s something maybe a little more useful to some of you.. How To Deal With Difficult & Toxic People

Today’s quote:When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.” ~ Lao Tzu

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

May 13, 2015 Posted by | advice, Internet, News, tech | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Happy Mom’s Day

Please allow me to wish all the moms out there a very happy Mother’s Day.

May 10, 2015 Posted by | computers | 5 Comments

Ho-hum week

Yes folks, I’m still here. It’s just been a nothing week for tech developments (headlines). So.. how ’bout an interesting image or two..?

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“Sexy silhoutte on sunset” by Yafut, courtesy of Flickr Commons

That one fit my mood, but this next…

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.. increased my worry for our future..

Today’s quote:A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.” ~ William Shakespeare

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May 7, 2015 Posted by | Digital Images | Leave a comment

Sunday Beauty #194

Folks, here’s another pretty picture for your Sunday.

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“Colors of Springtime Happiness” by Pink Sherbet Photography, courtesy of Flickr Commons

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Today’s quote:Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

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May 3, 2015 Posted by | Digital Images | 2 Comments

Can you tell the difference between a safe email and a scam?

* Can you tell the difference between a safe email and a scam?

Gone are the days that you could easily spot an email scam by poor grammar or a suspicious email address. Email scams have become more sophisticated, use smart tricks and often appear to come from large companies such as your bank, UPS or Paypal.

A shocking 45% of people are fooled by email scams and face consequences such as financial loss or identity theft at some point in their life. Here’s what you need to know to guard yourself against the top scams going around today.HOW TO SPOT A SCAM

Today’s quote:Okay, I cannot say this without being very direct. If you are looking for a spouse or even a romance through social media, you are looking for trouble.” ~ John Patrick Hickey,

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May 2, 2015 Posted by | computers | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Windows Technical Department

I just got a phone call from some Indian claiming to be from the “Windows Technical Department”; he addressed me by name, and he started to tell me that there were serious problems with my computer, but I told him he is a vile criminal, and hung up on him.

This was my second such call this week. So be aware, folks, the fake Microsoft tech support phone call scammers are still quite active. Remind your friends and loved ones of this fact, and tell them that no way, no how, are such calls legitimate. Maybe even refer them to this resource: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0346-tech-support-scams.

Keep these other tips rules in mind:

  • Don’t give control of your computer to a third party who calls you out of the blue.
  • Do not rely on caller ID alone to authenticate a caller. Criminals spoof caller ID numbers. They may appear to be calling from a legitimate company or a local number, when they’re not even in the same country as you.
  • Online search results might not be the best way to find technical support or get a company’s contact information. Scammers place online ads to convince you to call them. They pay to boost their ranking in search results so their websites and phone numbers appear above those of legitimate companies. If you want tech support, look for a company’s contact information on their software package or on your receipt.
  • Never provide your credit card or financial information to someone who calls and claims to be from tech support.
  • If a caller pressures you to buy a computer security product or says there is a subscription fee associated with the call, hang up. If you’re concerned about your computer, call your security software company directly and ask for help.
  • Never give your password on the phone. No legitimate organization calls you and asks for your password.

See, that’s the nice thing about our modern ‘flat earth’ (globalization/”world-wide web”): you don’t have to only worry about the bad actors in your town, but every bad actor on the planet can reach into your home.
Yippee yahoo.

Today’s quote:View your life with KINDSIGHT. Stop beating yourself up about things from your past. Instead of slapping your forehead and asking, “What was I thinking,” breathe and ask yourself the kinder question, “What was I learning?” ~ Karen Salmansohn,

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May 1, 2015 Posted by | advice, cyber crime, Internet scam, security | , , , , , | 8 Comments