Archive for June 2013

Don’t let The “Flash” Pull a Fast One on You

imageI’ve had a number a clients recently telling me that they’ve been getting messages saying that they need to update their Flash Player.  These are almost ALWAYS fake and one way the bad guys try to get you to download some form of malware.  One of my clients downloaded the “Flash” player from this notice and SURPRISE! Now she has all kinds of popups on her computer and who knows what else.

So what should you do?  If you’re not sure if you have the latest version of Adobe’s Flash Player, then go HERE in your browser:  www.get.adobe.com/flashplayer

You should ONLY download it from adobe.com, not from anywhere else because you don’t really know what you’re installing.

Don’t be paranoid, just be careful!  Smile

This Was the Week–Did You Miss It?

imageThis Tuesday is when Microsoft pushed its updates down to all you Windows users. 

If you look down to the lower right corner of your screen and see any of these symbols at any time of the month – you need to act.  These are security updates that need to be installed to keep the bad guys out of your computer.

If ever you see an icon in the corner and aren’t sure about, check back here – and if you’re still not sure, then call me.  I want to make sure you’re safe!!!

Apple Introduces iOS7

imageApple announced its next new operating system for iPods, iPads and iPhones – iOS7.  It has some new, cool and unique features and some “borrowed”, new features already found in Android phones. 

Whenever Apple announces anything new, all the tech blogs get all excited to see who could be first to publish and many of them are what is known to be Apple “fan boys”.  So the details of the new OS is all over the web, one place you can read about it is at Gizmodo: http://goo.gl/CKuez

The bad news is that you have to have a current iPhone 5 or iPod touch to get all the features.  If you have an iPhone 4 or 4S you will a few of the new features.  If you have an iPhone 3S or earlier, forget it – Apple insists you buy a new phone.  Only the newest iPad gets all the goodies, older iPads get fewer and fewer of the toys.

But if you have the latest phone, you should certainly benefit from the improvements.

My How the Language Changes so Quickly

imageHere’s a funny one unless you’re under 30 – sorry about that, I guess this just becomes something in the history books for you……

Great Deal on a Basic Laptop

imageHere’s a really good deal on a basic laptop at Best Buy.  It comes with an Intel Core i3 (the minimum I recommend, though there are lesser ones out there,) 4GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive, 15.6” LED backlit screen, webcam, DVD burner, numeric keypad, fast wired and wireless networking in a package less than 5 lbs.  All for only $369.

This is a great laptop for your email, web browsing, word processing, etc.

So if you’re in the market for a new laptop and don’t want to spend too much money, this is the one for you.  Here’s the link: http://goo.gl/118Rq

The Problem with “The Cloud” is the Government

Well, I’ve complained about the FBI before here, so I guess this is just one more page to add to “my file”, but a judge from San Francisco has ruled that Google must comply with a FBI request for information in spite of the fact they had no warrant for the information.  Then, the judge decided to put her ruling on hold until the 9th Circuit Court (better known as the 9th CIRCUS Court) could figure it out.

I know many of you are tentative about keeping your information “in the cloud”, which is just another way of saying in the Internet.  But though you might be fearing what the private companies might be doing with your information, you might want to take a closer look at how much our beloved government wants to take a peek at your information.

Yahoo News has a more detailed article about it from the AP.  Here’s the link:  http://goo.gl/Hvvtb

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