You Can’t Escape From A Ninja

You can't escape from a ninja

If you have any illusion that privacy means anything, forget it. If you are targeted for surveillance, there is nothing you can do to prevent it. Every keystroke on your computer will be logged. Everything you do on a phone – every message, every call, everything – will be intercepted. There are no tricks that will be sufficient to let you hide. […] continued

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Security Warning: The Bad Guy’s Get Smarter (And Learn Spellling And Grammar)

The bad guy's get smarter (and learn spellling and grammar)

Virus emails from the bad guys have been steadily getting more sophisticated and harder to spot, but careful proofreaders have almost always been able to find errors in spelling and grammar that give them away. “Your mailbox has exceeded the storage limit may can not to receive email until you Upgrade. […] continued

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Microsoft May Not Recover From Losing Our Trust

Windows 10 and the failure of trust

Our relationship with technology is built on trust.

Self-inflicted errors are causing Microsoft to lose our trust.

A series of bugs has emerged in updates to Windows 10. Chances are none of them have affected you directly. But the indirect effect is longer lasting and arguably more damaging: each one chips away at your belief that Microsoft should be trusted as your technology provider. […] continued

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Updates From Microsoft Spiral Out Of Control

Windows 10 updates - bluescreen

Microsoft has had a bad month. In this article I’ll tell you about some of the problems with recent updates from Microsoft. In the next article, I’ll take a broader look at the long-term corrosive effects of a breakdown in Microsoft’s internal controls for approving updates.

Let me start, though, with a word of caution. […] continued

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Prisma Turns Your Photos Into Works Of Art

Prisma - Vernal Falls

Prisma is a free app for iOS and Android that turns your photos into works of art in seconds. In a way it’s similar to the filters that have been around for Instagram and Snapchat for years, but these are the best filters you’ve ever seen.

Look at a few samples, then I’ll tell you some of the details down below. […] continued

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Google Duo And Communication Overload

Google Duo - simple video chat

Google introduced a new app for video chats last week. Google Duo makes one-on-one video chats as easy as possible, with nothing required except a phone number and someone on the other end who’s running the app or willing to install it. Google Duo doesn’t even require a Google account. Setup takes only a moment, and once it’s set up it literally requires only a single tap to start a call. […] continued

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Security Tip: Hover Over Links Before You Click

Security tip: hover over links before you click

When you hover over a link in Outlook or a web browser, a small window pops up to show you where the link really goes. If the real link doesn’t match the sender or doesn’t match what you expect, assume it is poisoned and don’t click it.

This is a basic security requirement for using a PC. […] continued

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Improvements to Windows Defender In Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Windows Defender - improvements in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Windows Defender is the built in antivirus program included free with Windows 10. It provides all the security that you need, quietly and efficiently. The combination of Windows Defender and all the security improvements in Windows over the last ten years means that you don’t need an antivirus program from Norton, Avast or the rest; they’re noisy and cause problems and don’t provide any important additional protection. […] continued

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Upgrade Your Computer With A Solid State Drive

Upgrade your computer with a solid state drive

You might have an upgrade option that wasn’t practical a year ago.

It’s a combination of two things:

•   Prices have been dropping on solid state drives.

•   Windows 10 installs quickly and does not require lengthy updates.

There are a lot of parts to this and this might not work for you, but I know a lot of businesses in this position that might benefit. […] continued

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Logging In With A PIN Is Easier Than A Password–And Safer, Too!

Windows 10 - logging in with a PIN

Windows 10 allows you to log in with a PIN instead of a password.  In fact, you’re required to set up a PIN before you can set up Windows Hello to log in with a fingerprint or facial recognition.

A PIN is four or more numbers, exactly like the PIN for your debit card. […] continued

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What You Need To Know About Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Microsoft released the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 on Tuesday. Your Windows 10 computers will be automatically updated. Eventually.

Here’s what you need to know.

  •   What is the Anniversary Update?

  •   When will you get the Anniversary Update?

  •   What’s new in the Anniversary Update?

  •   Are there any snarky examples of things that look stupid? […] continued

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What Are All Those Unfamiliar Tiles In Your Office 365 Menu?

Office 365 menu

In the early 1990s Microsoft was the dominant company in personal computing but its products did not recognize or incorporate the brand new concept of something called the “Internet.” After a famous 1995 memo from CEO Bill Gates, Microsoft embarked on a pivot that led the company to integrate the Internet into everything it produced – one of the most stunning turnarounds in business history, and one that ensured the company would continue to dominate personal technology for the next fifteen years. […] continued

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Augmented Reality: You’ve Been Using It All Along

Augmented reality - the NFL yellow line

In the last article, Pokémon Go And The Future In Front Of Your Face, I painted a picture of augmented reality that sounds like science fiction. Smart contact lenses, information floating in front of your eyes, walking on a virtual reproduction of the surface of Mars – admit it, you know things move quickly but you mentally put it in the category of things that won’t affect you, right? […] continued

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Pokémon Go And The Future In Front Of Your Face

Pokemon Go - augmented reality

Pokémon Go was the most downloaded app in its first week of release in the history of Apple’s iOS App Store. Everyone has been playing Pokémon Go. It is the biggest example yet of Things That Unexpectedly Become Worldwide Obsessions Even Though They’re Pointless (TTUBWOETTP). (Also see Gangnam Style, vuvuzelas, Grumpy Cat, Flappy Bird, ice bucket challenge, and PewDiePie.) […] continued

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What To Do When Excel Opens . . . Very . . . Slowly . . .

Excel - Windows 10 slow to open files

Followup 07/2017: A Possible Fix For The Excel Slow File Opening Bug

This bug only affects a small number of people, but it’s an interesting one because it’s been a problem for almost a year and there’s still no clear understanding of what’s going on.

It happens on Windows 10 computers running Excel 2013 or Excel 2016. […] continued

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