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Why You Should Avoid Seagate Hard Drives

TweetSince 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

TweetEvery 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

TweetURGENT 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

Windows Phone SCAM Alert!

TweetIf 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

Don’t Fall For This LinkedIn Email Scam

TweetDon’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

TweetWell 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

TweetAs 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

Notes From My Presentations

TweetFrom time to time I do presentations for local groups and as such I am posting my notes from these events here with useful links and additional information. I am adding some valuable links here that I cannot easily provide during my presentations, along with recommendations for some useful tools to protect your computer and Continue Reading

Go Through Halloween Candy Carefully

TweetYou may ask why this is being posted in a technical blog. The simple answer is that this blog is primarily a personal security vehicle and we want to make sure you are educated on any current topic that might affect your personal safety. This is not the first time this alert has been posted, Continue Reading

Is Your Router Safe?

TweetFor the typical small business or residential network, the choices for a router are to either stick with what your Internet provider supplies or to supplement that with your own router from the likes of Linksys, Netgear, D-Link and TRENDNet.  A decent router with the ability to handle multiple computers, printers and network storage devices Continue Reading