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Alert: Scary Windows Ten Scams

Folks, as you might know (or have learned to expect), there are some dangerous scams circulating you need to be wary of (and tell your less-savvy friends and family about).

So the fun just continues… Does anyone even use email any more? Or am I the last holdout..?

Today’s quote:Life’s Tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

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August 4, 2015 - Posted by | advice, cyber crime, e-mail, hackers, Internet scam, Microsoft, News, ransomware, security, tech | , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Good Question: Does anyone use email anymore?
    … also here is a good place to have that question answered.

    Liked by 2 people

    Comment by Gaia | August 4, 2015 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      I confess, I was being a wee bit facetious.. Email is still a prime attack vector for the bad guys.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by techpaul | August 5, 2015 | Reply

  2. No, you’re not the only holdout still using email. My husband and I use it all the time, except when our wireless provider fails. Considering that we now, for the first time, have wireless access to cell phones in our area, we haven’t had time to think abut how that might change things. We may have to actually consider acquiring an up-to-date cell phone. Our phones definitely qualify as seniors, as do we.


    Comment by Hermit2003 | August 5, 2015 | Reply

    • Hermit2003,
      Good to see you here again. Just now getting cellular? That’s something I do not hear too often anymore. You must be one of the lucky ones who lives a safe distance from the ‘maddening crowds’…

      I know you didn’t ask for any advice, but .. if you cannot write off as a business expense the hefty price tag of ‘data’, and a subsidized deluxe phone, (and really don’t need to be watching Netflix on such a small screen) a simple phone with a simple ‘voice’ plan is enough for most ‘seniors’. (Most simple ‘voice’ plans include texting.. for those who want to learn to type with their thumbs on miniscule keypads..)

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      Comment by techpaul | August 5, 2015 | Reply

      • You’re right, we and our dog live in a trailer in the woods beside a river, more than half an hour from the nearest village. And in fact, our cell phones are of such vintage that although I suppose we could watch Netflix, we’d go blind in the process. The screen is 1 1/4 inches by 1 3/4 inches. As for the buttons, I can barely manage to press the right ones for the few people I ever have to phone, (usually my husband), much less type on the things. Larry hikes mountain trails, and uses it most often to let me know he’s okay and when he’s likely to arrive home. A simple voice plan is indeed what we have–and it’s all we need, thank heaven! We do have a regular phone for daily needs.


        Comment by Hermit2003 | August 6, 2015 | Reply

        • Hermit2003,
          Sounds very nice indeed. But. Didn’t anyone tell you? It’s not “hip” to go outdoors. Today we don our gaming headsets, and play MMORPG’s every minute.. except for potty breaks. (With luck, someone brings us fresh soda and sandwiches occasionally.)

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          Comment by techpaul | August 6, 2015 | Reply

          • Yes, I’ve heard that, and heaven knows, we’re not regarded as “hip” by anyone, but somehow it just doesn’t appeal. Before we moved to Cape Breton, NS, we lived in a cabin in the woods overlooking a pristine little lake. It was my cabin, had no running water, (which is surprisingly easy to learn how to deal with if you think about how to capture and use rainwater and are willing to haul buckets of water from a nearby spring), and I lived there alone for ten years before Larry joined me for the following ten. We now have hot and cold running water from our own well–an amazing luxury! Trees and water are the real basics in our opinion!


            Comment by Hermit2003 | August 7, 2015 | Reply

            • Hermit2003,
              No arguments from me.
              (And I do believe a woman would go out and live by herself in a cabin with no water. Though many would not… ;) )

              Liked by 1 person

              Comment by techpaul | August 7, 2015 | Reply

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