Tech – for Everyone

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

Possible help for ransomware

Folks, this article discusses ransomware, and provides links to a ‘toolkit’ that may help you if you have been hit with an infection, and your files are now ‘locked’ by encryption. I have not tried any of this myself, and cannot comment one way or the other, except to say my advice is to seek professional help; but if you want to try D-I-Y decryption, well, then, here you go. Use at your own risk.

Article: Ransomware: To pay or not to pay

There is no need to tell victims of digital extortion how successful it is. What is needed is a way to help victims respond to the ransom demands.Read more..

And here is the toolkit’s Information page. It is vital that you thoroughly read it before using the toolkit. Ransomware Response Kit Overview.
Once you’ve read and understood the page, click the “Downloads” in the navigation pane. Be sure to read the “Readme” file before trying any tool.

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Today’s quote:You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.” ~ Joyce Meyer

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September 30, 2015 Posted by | advice, computers, how to, ransomware, security, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

5 tips for keeping your kids safe online

A reading reco for you today.

* Keep your children safe online

No parent wants their child to fall prey to the dangers online, but it’s hard to know exactly how to protect young ones today. From malware to video game addiction, it can seem like the Internet is a vast sea of dangers.

We’ve mapped out the most important online threats for kids today, as well as laid out our top five tips on how to help your little one safely navigate the web. Address the issue of online safety now and help your child develop the digital smarts they need to stay out of harm’s way.” Read more..

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Today’s quote:Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.” ~ Henri Nouwen

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September 28, 2015 Posted by | advice, how to, Internet, kids and the Internet, security, tech | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SB #207

Folks, another interesting image for your weekend.

Click on image to see more by this artist.

Click on image to see more by this artist.

“Tea Tree” by Chris Gosselin, courtesy of Flickr Commons.

Please have an awesome-ly great weekend. Be safe. How long has it been since you’ve performed a ‘random act of kindness’? Maybe today’s the day.

Today’s quote:Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up.” ~ Allen Klein

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September 26, 2015 Posted by | Digital Images | 2 Comments

How To: Troubleshooting and repairing Windows 10

For those folks who declined to follow my advice, (to hold off at least 3 months) and already have ‘upgraded’ to Microsoft’s latest operating system.

* Troubleshooting and repairing Windows 10

Windows 10 has been in wide release for only a few months so far, and as with any version 1.0 release some early adopters are experiencing issues. Here’s Ed Bott’s guide to some time-tested troubleshooting tools and techniques.Read more..

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Today’s quote:No matter what you’re going through, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and it may seem hard to get to it but you can do it and just keep working towards it and you’ll find the positive side of things.” ~ Demi Lovato

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September 16, 2015 Posted by | advice, computers, how to, Microsoft, performance, software, troubleshooting, Windows, Windows 10 | Leave a comment

Holiday Sunday Beauty (#206)

Folks, here’s yet another ‘interesting image’ for your holiday weekend.

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Click on image to see more by this artist.

“Who Likes To Iron – Are We Still Afloat by artist Kaarina Kaikkonen”, by http://www.GlynLowe.com, courtesy of Flickr Commons

Please have a safe and joyous holiday everyone!

Today’s quote:I think and think and think, I‘ve thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.” ~ Jonathan Safran Foer

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September 6, 2015 Posted by | Digital Images | Leave a comment

Windows 10, and your privacy

Folks, I think everyone should read this…

* Microsoft’s Remarkable Pivot: Windows 10 Abandons Privacy

You can read all you want about Windows 10 powerful new privacy features, but that doesn’t mean you have them.Read more..

More like it..

* Baby Monitors Expose Home — And Business — Networks

Researchers find major security flaws in popular networked video baby monitor products that could allow attackers to snoop on babies and businesses.Read more..

Today’s quote:Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” ~ Willie Nelson

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September 3, 2015 Posted by | computers, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, Internet of Things, Microsoft, News, privacy, security, tech | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment