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Widespread Google Docs Phishing Scam

Google Docs Attack Phishing scams are on the rise worldwide in recent years.  One antivirus company claims to have blocked 70 million phishing emails over a 3 month period.  You’ve seen the news / entertainment (newsertainment?) programs with the blurred out nude photos of celebrities (remember Jennifer Lawrence, Kim Kardashian, Scarlett Johansson) who were “hacked” Continue Reading

Major Scale Mac Malware on the Loose

Well, it really was only a matter of time before the virus writers turned their attention to the venerable Apple platform.  Up until now, there have really only been “proof of concept” viruses that attack the Mac OS.  There have been a few mass-distribution infections, but for the most part those only attacked users downloading Continue Reading

Microsoft Warns Against Installing Latest Update

Windows 10 Update Might Be Painful As any of you who’ve followed my posts over the last couple of years know by now, I’ve been advising against Windows 10 since the beginning. It’s still very buggy and unstable. It does things one day that it didn’t the day before. It’s a source of random chaos Continue Reading

Pop-Up Microsoft Virus Alert Scams

Microsoft Scam

I honestly thought I had written about this a long time ago, but in searching the entire blog, I found out otherwise. If you see something like the image below, DO NOT CALL THE NUMBER. It is a SCAM. They will try and talk you into taking control of your computer to “prove” that you Continue Reading

Computer Utilities and Performance

Less is More Computer Performance is Impacted by Application Count Computer Speed is Inversely Proportional to the Number of Installed Applications How many more ways can I say this? I think that’s adequate. For longer than I can possibly recall, I have been saying “The fewer applications installed on your computer, the better it will Continue Reading

Repairing Hard Drives

Murdered Hard Drive

Repairing Your Failing Hard Drive This is actually not possible.  But for the sake of discussion… This topic comes up from time to time and I think I may have even written about it years ago in another blog, but that blog is history, since I sold The Computer Wizard in Plano, TX.  The blog Continue Reading

Avoid Business Transactions Over Unsecured Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi is extremely convenient and very tempting to use.  But should you?  This fits into the category of “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should” topics. Sure it’s convenient to park yourself in the local coffee shop, connect to their free Wi-Fi and take care of your banking.  But while you’re doing this, Continue Reading

Just Say NO to Flash Player Updates

Adobe’s Flash Player is Ubiquitous It is employed on virtually every computer in the world. It’s purpose is to enable live streaming of videos, ads, news articles and the like that take the form of movies or animations. For years now, one of the most popular distribution vehicles for malware has been fake Adobe Flash Continue Reading

Bulk Trash FAIL

Bulk Trash FAIL

This is a bad idea. The thieves now know exactly which house to break into for a new 50″ Samsung UHD TV Tear up the box and put it in your recycling can. Take it to the nearest school’ s recycling bin. Break it open and turn it inside out to make it less obvious. Continue Reading

One Million Android Phones Infected by Hackers

OK… Not literally.  Actually it’s MORE than one million phones have been infected by hackers, making their Google accounts, photos and emails vulnerable. Hackers have gained access to roughly 1.3 Million Google accounts.  This includes photos, emails and documents stored in those accounts.  How was this accomplished?  Simple.  By users downloading bogus apps.  This once Continue Reading