With this new site, it will take me a while to get all 450 of my posts back into here. What you see here are my most recent posts and I’m working my way back in time. Thank you for your patience!
With the latest update of Firefox, my previously FAVORITE add-on is now an option on the toolbar, the “Tree-Style Tabs”. If you have a wide-screen monitor it gives you more tabs to see on the left rather than across the top. So far, it seems to perform well.
Note that this doesn’t affect web pages, they are what they are and Firefox can’t change that. It’s just the look of the menu bar across the top – mostly in color that has changed.
Just letting y’all know. EMBRACE the change – it keeps us young!
There is a new vulnerability that has been found in the WPA2 protocol that you are most likely using for your wi-fi at home.
The flaw is known as KRACK. It’s my understanding that if you’re running Windows Microsoft patched it this month. I believe Macs are ok as well. Portable devices and routers need to be checked to make sure you have the latest updates. All the manufactures were advised of the flaw a while ago in time to get the fix in place before it going public.
I called Spectrum and their support had absolutely no clue (didn’t even know about it) as to if or when their routers would be updated to fix the flaw.
Note, the flaw is in all unpatched devices using WPA2 (if you’re using a weaker protocol you’re still at risk and then some.)
If you have a 3rd party router like a Linksys, DLink, ASUS, Belkin, etc. you need to go to the manufacture’s site and download and install the latest firmware. I know for most of you that’s something you don’t know how to do so contact me and we’ll set up a time for me to remote in and take care of it for you for a nominal (that means cheap) cost. It only takes a few minutes.
Make sure your iPhones, iPads and Android devices are all up to date. The only good thing about this is that someone has to be in wi-fi range to take advantage of the flaw.
This laptop has a top of the line Intel Core i7 processor, brand new 8GB of memory, brand new 128GB Solid State Hard Drive, the original battery that is still good along with a brand new extended life battery and also a brand new 130 watt power supply, DVD burner and media card reader. It has an HDMI output so you can connect it to a monitor or even an HD television.
It is probably the best sounding laptop I’ve ever heard – it has a JBL system in it that is awesome in a laptop.
It has a new, fresh and completely up to date installation of Windows 10 along with Libre Office (which is a free Microsoft Office compatible suite of programs.) This means you can read and write Word, Excel and PowerPoint files without actually having to BUY Microsoft Office. I’ve also of course already installed Adobe Reader and Google Chrome as well.
This is a FAST computer – it boots to the desktop in 13 seconds – I just timed it.
I’ll personally warrantee this computer for 90 days, the new hard drive comes with a 3-year warrantee and the memory has a limited lifetime warrantee.
The XPS series is Dell’s premiere consumer line, it’s not the Inspiron entry level line. You’ll probably have to spend $700 or more to get a laptop with better performance than this. So give me a call (512-981-7835) or email at Laurie@Tek-Chic.com to get it. I only have the one – it’s really nice or I wouldn’t be offering it at all.
DriveSavers is one the of the premiere data recovery companies anywhere, and until September 15 are offering their services for FREE if you have a damaged hard drive or phone from hurrican Harvey. If you’re a victim of hurricane Irma you have until September 30.
Their full press release for Harvey is here: https://goo.gl/YfxA4w
The press release for Irma is here: https://goo.gl/eZTFwa
If you know anyone who may have had lost data on a hard drive due to the hurricane, have them contact DriveSavers immediately. Corrosion will permanently destroy any chance of recovery.
And very funny too……
The advantage of logging into your Windows computer with your Microsoft account is that if you want to purchase an app from the Microsoft Store or IF you use OneDrive (not my first recommendation) you’re already logged in.
I know that MOST of you don’t purchase apps from the store. If you’re like me and log into your computer with a LOCAL account (meaning it doesn’t matter if your computer is online or not AND Microsoft doesn’t know each time you log onto your computer) then your Windows 10 computer will on occasion show you this little message in the corner…
The ONLY problem with your Microsoft account is that Microsoft can’t tell when you’re using your computer (for the most part.) So DON’T WORRY when you see this message, and don’t feel the need to create a Microsoft account to change how you log onto your computer. Just SMILE and say “no thank you Microsoft” the next time you see it.
If you ate at Chipotle between March 24 and April 18, you might want to check your credit card statement. They were hacked and payment information from over 2,200 restaurants was taken.
Reuters has a full article on the hack:
With all the brouhaha over the cyberattacks going on all over the world, my advice in not getting infected with ransomware is the same advice I’ve been giving from the beginning. Don’t CLICK on a link in nor OPEN an attachment in an email unless you know who it’s from AND you’re expecting it. I can’t emphasize that last part enough. It is someone you know who was infected that the email will come from, and if you think it’s ok because it came from someone you know and you open the attachment, then it’s game over.
You need a backup of your data that can’t be compromised by ransomware, that’s why I recommend Carbonite. For $59 a year your data is securely stored where even a virus can’t damage it. I’ve had a client get infected with Ransomware and rather that pay the $1,500 ransom, we got all the data back from Carbonite. You can get Carbonite directly from them, or for the same price I will set up it for you and make sure the subtle settings are all correct for you so nothing gets missed.
Carbonite also protects you not just from hard drive crashes but also theft and fire – it’s cheap insurance, so contact me (Laurie@Tek-Chic.com) and let me get you set up and fully protected from the day you accidentally make that click.