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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

Wanton Hard Drive Destruction

Yesterday was Hard Drive Destruction Day I had dozens of drives in storage for years as a result of forensic cases I worked on. I got tired of lugging them around, so I returned as many as possible to the attorneys involved. This still left me with around four dozen drives to dispense with. You Continue Reading

Windows Phone SCAM Alert!

If you receive a call from this 855 # – hang up immediately, better yet don’t answer it. Add the number to your auto reject list. Report the # to your phone provider.  I would be very suspicious of any 855 number.  Period. These are scammers who tell you (in a thick Indian / Pakistani Continue Reading

Need a New Laptop but Hate Windows 10?

If you are in a position where you need a new laptop, but absolutely HATE Windows 8 – and would rather have an UN-anesthetized root canal than use Windows 10 (like most people) there are still options out there.  You do have to shop carefully though. I have had the need to recommend a few Continue Reading

Don’t Fall For This LinkedIn Email Scam

Don’t fall for this bogus LinkedIn email scam. The message subject reads: AVIOD SUSPENSION,Please confirm your email address The first clue should be the misspelling of AVOID. Beyond that the footer in the message claims to be from LinkedIn Ireland in Dublin. If you are in the United States like I am, any communications from Continue Reading

Happy New Year from DFWCI

Well folks, it’s the end of another year and the beginning of a new one.  It is very popular to set up New Year’s Resolutions in an effort to correct what the individual perceives to be negative behavior.  While I have never been a big fan of postponing positive change until the beginning of the Continue Reading

Opening a Master Padlock is Too Easy

As our regular readers have figured out by now, the posts here deal with security of many kinds – not just computers.  Our goal is to keep you safe in all areas.  Therefore, from time to time we discover something significant that we think you should know about and Voila! a new blog article is Continue Reading