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July 1, 2015

Windows 10 Upgrade Info from MS

Filed under: ALERTS,Columns,Tech Info — Tags: , , , , , — Ron @ 11:43 am

Here you go a link to answer many of your questions about the Windows 10 upgrade coming on July 29th…if nothing changes.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-faq

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June 1, 2015

Early Start on Windows 10

Well today (June 1, 2015) I got the automatic notification that Windows 10 is coming to my machine, for free on July 29, 2015.  That just seems like a long time before hand to start notifying people about it.  But I decided to sign up first thing so we will see how that goes.

Below is what you will see when you are approached by Microsoft to sign up for it.

First your notification that you can sign up, shown by the MS icon below. Notification icon

 

 

Next five “sales pitch” screens, after which you can enter your email address to receive an email notification…or not.  That last part leads me to believe that you will get W10 whether you want it or not when it rolls; however, I have read nothing about that.

Do you think you will willingly go to 10 or kicking and screaming?

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April 27, 2015

Computer scam accuses you of viewing child porn – USATODAY.com Video

Filed under: ALERTS — Ron @ 1:55 pm

VideoThe FBI is warning consumers of an elaborate computer scam that involves the computer accusing the user of viewing child pornography and demanding $300.

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Source: Computer scam accuses you of viewing child porn – USATODAY.com

March 17, 2015

"Hi, this is Ron from Windows"

I have a couple of scams to inform you of today that could cost you time, effort and lots of money.  One is computer related, the other financial. 

Many people have reported getting calls from someone saying something similar to, "Hello this is Ron (fill in any name) from Windows, we see that your computer is reporting errors and we need to help you." 

First red flag on this is that no one from "Windows" would contact you since there is no company named Windows.  Secondly, you would most likely think it was Microsoft; however, they would never call you out of the blue with a problem.  Unless it is due to some very unusual circumstances, Microsoft does not even have your phone number. 

If you continue with the call, as apparently many people have, they will help you. The problem is that their "help" is quite harmful.  I have read of some people being directed by the caller to install software on their computer in order to give them access to run a special update.  Never, ever let some stranger talk you into installing anything on your computer…on any occasion! 

That will give them access to your computer after they supposedly help you.  Then you will have problems with your computer and a different foreign voice will contact you in the future saying for $$$ they can fix this issue.  

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The other issue being reported is they have installed a key logger program on your computer.  A key logger has the ability to record every keystroke you make and send it to someone else-without you knowing a thing.  This can include all of your user names and passwords.  You know what happens to your bank accounts after they get that info. 

Bottom-line is if you get a call from someone representing themselves as a person wanting to fix your computer, hang-up.  Then if you wish you can report them to "The Internet Crime Complaint Center" (IC3) at "ic3.gov/complaint."  The IC3 is co-sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C).

Next, you get a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS.  They inform you that you owe taxes and if you do not pay immediately you will be criminally prosecuted.  Usually they require the payment to be made through a prepaid debit card. 

You may laugh and think, "What knucklehead would do that since the IRS never cold calls anyone about anything."  But since October, 2013 more than 3,000 people fell for this scam and made the crooks $15.5 million.  The top five states taken so far, per Timothy Camus, deputy inspector general for investigations at the agency that oversees the IRS are: California ($3.84 million), New York ($1.35 million), Texas ($795,884), Florida ($760,000) and Virginia ($648,363).

If the IRS calls you, hang up.

July 31, 2014

Flightradar24 Pro is free today and Friday…

Filed under: ALERTS,Tech Info — Ron @ 9:38 am

A great app for following air traffic.  There is a free version but with this one you can get much more information, like altitude, speed, destination, expected touchdown time and more.

For today and tomorrow only it is free (along with several other apps) on the Amazon.com Android Apps site.

If you have an account you should check it out and get this and others for free!

Ron

July 23, 2014

Your Abandoned Smartphone May Betray You

(from TechNewsWorld, http://www.technewsworld.com/)

By Richard Adhikari

Your Abandoned Smartphone May Betray YouThat phone you so callously turned over to another may be harboring some of your secrets — and it may be all too willing to spill its guts. An examination of 20 used phones purchased on eBay turned up more than 1,500 family photos of kids, 750 photos of women in various stages of undress, and more than 250 selfies of men’s nether regions, according to Avast.

Doing a factory reset to wipe the data off smartphones does not work, and the data can be recovered, warned Avast .

The company recovered tons of data, including more than 40,000 stored photographs, from 20 used Android phones purchased from eBay.

Device owners need to overwrite their files to make them irretrievable, Avast said, touting one of the applications it offers.

Get more information here and see how to prevent this from happening to you.


May 14, 2014

There’s A New Scam To Steal Your Gmail Info, And It’s Hard To Catch

Filed under: ALERTS — Ron @ 7:18 am

Warning: If you receive an email with the subject “Documents,” and it directs you to a webpage that looks like a Google Drive sign-in page, do not enter your information.

It’s likely a new phishing scam, in which a thief creates a fake portal that asks for people’s private information and then steals it. (Netflix recently faced a similar issue.)

This one uses a fake Google Drive landing page to get your Gmail address and password, cyber security company Symantec’s official blog reported last Thursday. You’re meant to think that the documents you’ll be viewing are on Google Docs and that you need to sign in to see them. Remember, though, it’s all a scam.

Read the rest of the very important info here, do not skip this!

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