Archive for the ‘Alerts’ Category

Stormy Weather

August 26th, 2011 No comments

We rarely get thunder & lightning storms in this part of the valley but we had one between 3 and 4 this morning, followed by a light, fragrant summer rain. It was a pretty active storm, too. So many flashes and bolts it was hard to keep up. I love these storms, but my ‘puter doesn’t. Do you know what to do to protect your computer?

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5 Tips for Getting the Most out of Customer Service

December 25th, 2010 4 comments

We finally got all our gifts unwrapped and we get to play with our new toys. But what if something goes wrong? What if it doesn’t work or we can’t get it set up right?

Oh, great, now we have to call customer service. Not how I want to spend my day. Well, here are some ways to make your customer service call a little easier. Read more…

Dangerous Vulnerability in Windows XP

June 16th, 2010 3 comments

The timing couldn’t be worse. This vulnerability in Windows XP Help and Support Center has been cracked wide open by hackers, but Microsoft just issued their security updates for the month, so you will have to wait til next month for them to repair it.

Thankfully, Microsoft has posted a quick and easy fix at their support web site. All you have to do is go there and press a button. It looks just like that –>

Here is where you can fix your XP system:

And here is where you can read the techno-babble about the problem:

So if you’re using Windows XP, go now and get the fix. Don’t make me come down there! 🙂

Anatomy of a Spam Email

January 26th, 2010 No comments

My friend Byron wrote an excellent article about spam, specifically when it comes from an individual you know or a company you do business with. At first you think it’s legitimate. It’s from your bank or ISP or whatever.

But if the email has links, or wants you to log in to your account, or requires any action whatsoever, be warned: This email is probably a fake. Byron breaks it all down and teaches how you discern whether it’s good or evil. Go read Byron’s article, then you can teach all your friends and they might give you some cookies (ya, that’s a hint).

Have fun 🙂

Facebook is Showing Everyone Your Photos

December 13th, 2009 No comments

Some people don’t care much about having a public presence on the Internet so they might not care that Facebook is trying to improve privacy. I like to keep my Facebook private so when they announced a major privacy change, I looked at it right away. I couldn’t help it, actually, because they have a pop-up window that invites you to go through a settings wizard. Read more…