Category Archives: Tech Tidbits

Wi-Fi Sense in Windows 10

Now that Windows 10 is available for upgrade, there is a new feature that you should know about prior to upgrading your system to Windows 10. The new feature is called Wi-Fi Sense. Wi-Fi Sense allows you to share your Wi-Fi network credentials with friends and family without explicitly giving them the credentials. When enabled, Wi-Fi Sense copies …

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Microsoft scam with a dark twist

Over the past few years, there have been a continuing barrage of calls from people claiming to be from Microsoft offering to “fix” the malware that they’ve detected on my and likely your computer.  At my house, I’ve gone through periods where I’ve received several of these calls in a single evening. What’s unsettling is that the callers …

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Phishing scams leveraging Anthem Breach

By now you’ve likely heard about the sophisticated security breach at Anthem health insurance provider. It’s been reported that up to 80 million healthcare records, including social security numbers have been compromised. What I didn’t realize until recently was the value to criminals of healthcare records.  It turns out that healthcare records make it easier …

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Cleaning out the Cobwebs – Groundhog edition

Periodically, I’ve collect enough varied topics for the Helpdesk that I need to clear them out.  Since the groundhog has just seen his shadow in Punxsutawney, PA (the only true weather prognosticating groundhog), here’s my latest attempt to clean out the cobwebs: Hackers steal over a billion passwords There was a Lifehacker story from last …

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Cleaning out the cobwebs …

When I find topics to discuss on this blog, I typically send myself an email with links for background.  If I haven’t blogged in a while, these emails languish and start to coalesce into a lonely bunch of ticklers.  So, with that in mind, it’s time to clean out the digital cobwebs:

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Securely erasing those old drives

A while back, I wrote a post entitled Spring Cleaning old electronics (AKA Crap).  In this article, I focused on what to do about cleaning out old phones, tablets and other devices, including methods to wipe them clean of sensitive information.  Though this post is a year and half old, the information contained is still …

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Tech Tidbit: Is that website down?

How many times have you ventured forth towards a website and found it not responding?  At this point, you don’t know if the problem is your connection to the Internet or possibly the site is being blocked for some reason or it’s simply down. There is an easy method to check if a site is …

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Have a Secure Holiday Shopping Season

Normally, I don’t dwell on all the bad things that can happen on the Internet (if I did, I’d be writing almost exclusively about it).   However, the approaching Cyber-Monday is an excellent time to have a short discussion about phishing and other malware that can be captured on your computer as the result of …

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Windows 8 compatibility

Now that Microsoft’s new Windows 8 has released, a few comments about compatibility.  I’m making a couple assumptions here.  You’ll be upgrading one or more PCs from Windows 7 to Windows 8.  Note: Upgrading PCs from Windows XP to Windows 8 isn’t supported, nor a particularly good idea.  Alternatively, you could be adding new hardware …

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As I suspected …

As I suspected when I started this little project, more and more people are being thrown into the role of their family help desk and are looking for answers to their questions and concerns.  Salon.com’s David Sirota just published an interesting article on this very topic called Surviving the Networked Home.  It’s an interesting read …

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