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Take Precautions During Lighting Season

Spring in Lighting Season in Texas. No matter how many times I see a lightning-damaged computer, I can’t help but marvel at how naive North Texans can be when it comes to lightning and surge protection. You would think (or at least I would think) that living in ‘Lightning Central’, people would understand the importance Continue Reading

Beware of Internship Emails

The latest email Scam is the Internship Request Today’s email scam purports to be someone in search of an internship position. You will notice I have circled in red the immediate give-away items in this message. Your first clue this is a scam is the email address. Anything that ends in .ru is from — Continue Reading

Ransomware Attacks Apple Platform

Ramsomware!  What the hell is that? For the last few years, the worst-case scenario for computer “infections” has been Ransomware. Ransomware (CryptoWall, CryptoLocker, CryptoDefense) is malware delivering a payload that encrypts Every.Single.File. on your computer.  Once infected, you will NOT be able to open any photos or documents after the infection has fully deployed.  The Continue Reading

Stop Being Nagged to Upgrade to Windows 10

Tired of Being Nagged to Upgrade to Windows 10? You and pretty much everybody else.  Would you like to know how to stop this permanently?  You’ll get rid of that cutesy little Windows 10 icon in your task bar too. Ready? Good. First we need to disable Automatic Updates.  This is something we always recommend Continue Reading

SWF Infections On The Rise

SWF infections are on the rise   Since I use a Mac Pro, my odds of being infected are far less than a PC user. However… Just a few minutes ago I started getting multiple warnings popping up in my notification window and went to see what had been going on. It appears I have Continue Reading

Windows 10 Upgrades Wreaking Havoc

Windoze 10 Wreaking Havoc is Nothing New Since before Windows 10 became the ubiquitous option it has become – and now being force-fed to a computer near you, we have been warning of compatibility issues and performance problems.  We have gone so far as to recently publish a recommendation for disabling Automatic Updates to protect Continue Reading

Fake Flash Player Downloads Can Ruin Your Day

I have warned about these in the past, but always drawing on personal experience or case histories, I thought it important to apprise y’all on what can happen while you are minding your own business just surfing the web. Only a few minutes ago I was searching for a particular video of David Gilmour performing Continue Reading

Why You Should Avoid Seagate Hard Drives

Since 2003 or so I have owned and operated my own data recovery (and computer forensics) business.  As I have been telling people this entire time, when it comes to hard drives with catastrophic failure, I see more Seagates than any other brand.  Period. That continues to be true today. Just this week it was Continue Reading

Those New USB Cables can Torch Your Gear

Every few years a new standard has to emerge to keep everyone thinking there is something new and better they simply Must have.  Serial and parallel communications gave way to USB 1.0 a long time ago.  USB 2.0 replaced that and USB 3, while theoretically much faster than its predecessor, has yet to achieve widespread Continue Reading

Windows 10 Automatically Downloading Now

URGENT This is an important news flash.  Microsoft has shifted the category of the Windows 10 Update from “Optional” to “Recommended”.  This means that if your Windows Update policy is set to “Automatic”, you are going to be in for a big surprise with a Windows 10 interface. Why should you care? Well, Windows 10 Continue Reading