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Comment by Frances on What Happens to Your Digital Assets When You Die? (May 27, 2024 12:37 AM)
Remember to check any stand-alone camera's memory card....
Comment by CDW on Geekly Update - 23 May 2024 (May 25, 2024 09:36 PM)
I have no need to put my question forth since after the AI Bot extracted my question it injected the answer into my brain....
Comment by Perry Empson on Geekly Update - 23 May 2024 (May 23, 2024 08:12 PM)
Definitely 146% smarter....
Comment by Glen on Cloud Storage: Is it Private and Secure? (May 23, 2024 02:41 PM)
First, let me start by saying I am a senior if that matters. My issue about cloud storage is that I don't really understand how to use it. I tried som...
Comment by SQLGuy on Cloud Storage: Is it Private and Secure? (May 22, 2024 10:23 PM)
As does Jeff, I suggest pCloud after several years of use. Support of zero knowledge encryption, efficient upload/download speeds, ease of use are b...
Comment by Ernest N. Wilcox jr. on Cloud Storage: Is it Private and Secure? (May 22, 2024 10:18 PM)
I use OneDrive on my desktop PC, but keeping all my files locally. This way, my files are stored on OneDrive, and my local desktop PC, so when I perfo...
Comment by Bill on Cloud Storage: Is it Private and Secure? (May 22, 2024 10:12 PM)
Back when we only had VT100 and VT220 terminals cloud storage was the only option. But then low cost local storage I.e., hard drives became available ...
Comment by Jeff Brothen on Cloud Storage: Is it Private and Secure? (May 22, 2024 09:48 PM)
If you haven't already, look into PCloud. I have been using it for several years now and love it. It has client-side encryption and is very easy to u...
Comment by Phixer on Cloud Storage: Is it Private and Secure? (May 22, 2024 08:55 PM)
"You can bet your cloud storage provider has all that and more..." How often do you win a bet?? Plenty of card sharks out there....
Comment by Phixer on Cloud Storage: Is it Private and Secure? (May 22, 2024 08:53 PM)
Those big fluffy clouds are nice to look at when you lie back with a drink in your hand. Then you wake up next day to a clear blue sky....

Geekly Update - 23 May 2024

Why is Google recommending the use of Elmer's Glue to keep the cheese from falling off your pizza? How secure are those handy key fobs that open your car door with a click? Can you get rich by reading software licensing agreements? And will AI help you tame the voices in your head? Get answers in today's Geekly Update... it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 22, 2024 | Category: Tech-News


Cloud Storage: Is it Private and Secure?

Would you agree with those who say “I would NEVER put my files out there on some cloud server... they're much safer on my hard drive!” If you're thinking about using cloud services like file storage, online backup, webmail and document sharing, you may wonder about the privacy and security of cloud computing. The parade of high-profile data breaches in the past year may have some people worried. So are your files and sensitive data safe and secure in the cloud, or are they vulnerable to hackers, snoopers and other threats? Here's the scoop on cloud storage security...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 22, 2024 | Category: Cloud


Geekly Update - 16 May 2024

Why does Google want to start listening to your phone calls? Is it time to say goodbye to your cable provider? And does riding in an electric vehicle make you want to throw up? Get answers in today's Geekly Update... it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!s

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 13, 2024 | Category: Tech-News


Is it Time to Call The Geek Squad?

A concerned AskBob reader says: “My computer is very sluggish, and I think it might have a virus. There's also a ticking sound inside the computer. I'm not very technical, so I'm thinking about calling the Geek Squad. Do you think that's a good idea?” Here's my advice...

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Posted by Bob Rankin | Category: Tech-News


Geekly Update - 08 May 2024

Does using a VPN make you invisible online? Would you pay 40K a year for a gym membership? Will powerful quantum computers make encryption obsolete? And will your home security camera spray tear gas at the mailman? Get answers in today's Geekly Update... it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!s

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 08, 2024 | Category: Tech-News


Craigslist, Scammers and Schmeckpepers

Craigslist is a free online classified ads site that's been around almost 30 years. It's a popular way to buy, sell, and trade goods or services locally. It's also used as a dating service, a job-hunting and recruiting tool, and much more. Lots of people use it every day for legitimate transactions, but if you're not careful, you could end up getting scammed by a Schmeckpeper. What's a Schmeckpeper? Read on for the answer, and learn about some Craigslist traps to avoid...scam, bogus money order, Western Union scam, overpayment scam

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 02, 2024 | Category: Shopping


Is Someone Snooping in Your Inbox?

Do you ever get the feeling that someone, somewhere is reading your email? If so, your suspicions probably focus on nefarious hackers on the dark web, or maybe shadowy figures in the government. But it's much more likely that an email voyeur is someone close to you. Your spouse, your boss, or a nosy parker who runs the computers at work may be peeking at your email messages. Read on... laws

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 30, 2024 | Category: Email


Hard Drive Partitioning: Myths, Mistakes and Misconceptions

One AskBob reader had this question about hard drives: “I just got a new computer with a big 2-terabyte hard drive and I'm wondering about hard drive partitioning strategies. A friend told me to create a very small C: partition for a swap file, put Windows on the D: drive, and create several other partitions for different types of data. That sounds complicated, so is this really a good idea?” Read on for my advice on hard drive partitioning...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 25, 2024 | Category: Hard-Drives


How to Send a Free Fax

Those old-school fax machines may be the dinosaurs of the communications world, but they're not extinct yet. Sending a fax from your computer is a convenient, money-saving way to communicate with people or businesses that insist on paper documents. There are several ways to send a free fax right from your computer, even if you don't have a fax machine. Here's how you can start faxing from your PC, Mac or mobile device...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 09, 2024 | Category: Fax


Geekly Update - 27 March 2024

Will you be able to see the upcoming solar eclipse from your back yard? Can a brain implant turn blind people into Nintendo Wizards? And should your next romantic relationship be with an AI soulmate? Get answers in today's Geekly Update... it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 27, 2024 | Category: Tech-News


Software Piracy: A Victimless Crime?

An AskBob reader says: “Some of my friends are using commercial software without paying for it. They say it's no big deal to get pirated (cracked) versions of games from 'warez' sites, and that I'm a fool to pay for Windows, Microsoft Office, and video games when I can download them for free. Software piracy seems like one of those 'victimless crimes', so why is it illegal?” Read on for my analysis...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 22, 2024 | Category: Software


[REVEALED] The Most Dangerous Person on the Web

Every year security software provider McAfee publishes a list of the 'most dangerous celebrities' on the Internet. The 'Hacker Celebrity Hot List' has nothing to do with their tech skills, how many times they've been in rehab, or how 'bad' their screen persona may be. It's their popularity that induces cyber-criminals to create malicious websites by exploiting their names. Here's what you need to know before you head off to your favorite search tool...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 21, 2024 | Category: Security


Can I Get Free Satellite TV?

A thrifty AskBob reader says: “Can I really get satellite TV for free? I've heard about free satellite TV channels one can receive with a free-to-air satellite receiver and dish. Is this true? If so, what satellite channels can I get, what equipment do I need, and is it legal?” The short answer is 'YES, NO, and MAYBE,' depending on your expectations. Read on to learn about free satellite TV options...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 18, 2024 | Category: Television


[HOWTO] UN-erase a File or Folder

An AskBob reader says: “I accidentally deleted two folders that contained some very important files. I tried some of those free undelete programs, but they didn't find my files. Can you recommend a more powerful data recovery tool? I'm willing to spend a few bucks if it really works.” Yes, I do have a recommendation. Read on to learn about this data recovery power tool...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 13, 2024 | Category: Hard-Drives


Geekly Update - 07 March 2024

Are hallucinating chatbots legally responsible for their own actions? Can large doses of Saturday Night Fever cure dementia? And is there a flying car in your future? Get answers in today's Geekly Update... it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 07, 2024 | Category: Tech-News



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