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Increasing computer performance by adding memory is a good thing. Perhaps a better “bang for the buck” is having a solid-state drive in your computer. We are seeing less and less mechanical spinning disks in computers these days and more solid-state drives. What a great way to breath new life in that older computer than replacing the spinning disk with a solid-state drive. For around $60 you can get a 500GB solid state drive from…
It’s hard to admit defeat and come to grips with reality. For years, Apple has claimed that the iPad Pro would be the only computer you will ever need. Not so fast. ZDNet reminds us of the various marketing campaigns Apple has used to make its case. Two years ago, Apple released an ad where a devoted iPad Pro woman claimed not to even know what a computer was. “The year before, the company insisted…
The Pixel 4 doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor so 1Password has been updated to use facial recognition. Android Police has all the details, but it primarily boils down to 1Password using the face unlock feature to gain access to the encrypted vault of its data. As I’ve said many times, I believe everyone should be using a password manager. There are a lot of choices out there. Typically you would use a very strong…
Brave is a privacy-focused browser and just came out of beta with its 1.0 version. It is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS. The Verge reports, “Brave promises to prioritize security by blocking third-party ads, trackers, and autoplay videos automatically. So you don’t need to go into your settings to ensure greater privacy, though you can adjust those settings if you want to.” Let’s face it. Ads on websites are annoying. That’s…
If you are a Windows 10 user, you may have noticed a different icon to designate USB drives in Windows Explorer. Instead of showing a normal USB drive icon, Windows 10 1903 currently shows a generic storage icon. It is unknown when the bug first surfaced. Bleeping Computer has a post that shows what the icon looks like now and what it should look like. In a recent update, the issue is caused when the…
You would think that if you have an application configured to send and receive encrypted email the expectation is that the messages would be secured. According to a Threat Post report, Apple IT specialist Bob Gendler discovered the problem while he was investigating how macOS and Siri suggest contacts and information to users. Apple’s digital assistant goes ahead and stores your emails in plain text on your Mac’s drive. Apparently, Apple still knows better…
We’ve all received or know of someone that got a phone call from “tech support” claiming that our computer is infected and sending alerts to the company. The call may claim to come from Microsoft, Symantec, Apple or any other well-known tech company. The Register reported that Trend Micro customers are the latest to be targeted. Trend Micro said names, email addresses, ticket support numbers, and in some cases phone numbers, of around 68,000 customers…
Several months ago, Dropbox introduced a new feature to share files. For years, when you shared a file, every edit to the file was synchronized across all shared copies. In other words, you couldn’t control the edits. As Engadget stated, synchronizing across all copies is great for collaboration, but it is less than ideal for, say, sharing files with a client. The feature is called Transfer and is now available to all Dropbox users.…
We’ve all seen them. URLs that are so long they wrap around to a second line in a document. URL shortening services have existed for years, but which ones should you use? One key feature of a URL shortening service is the ability to stay in business. Imagine if you published a shortened URL and then the company goes out of business in a few years. All references to the URL are now broken and…
It seems like we hear about a data breach every single day. One of the latest data breach notices involves some top domain registrars. Domain name registrars, NetworkSolutions.com, Register.com and Web.com are asking you to change your password as a result of a data breach. It appears that Web.com is the only one to actually post a notice of the security incident. However, when I logged in to my Network Solutions account, I was…