QTIP: What's a Never-Ever?

Posted on February 5th, 2019

A "Never-Ever" is something no one should ever do. "Never Evers" are those sometimes unwritten rules about things that matter most to us; love, family, work, and computing. Topping my list of computing "Never-Evers" is this: never, ever fall for...

NYTIMES: How to Do a Data ‘Cleanse’

Posted on February 1st, 2019

New year, new you, right? You may be headed to the gym, but what about the health of your phone, computer and all your precious data? Here are some tips to get your digital life in order. By David Pogue Feb. 1, 2019 If we need a checkup on our hea...

REUTERS: U.S. judge rejects Yahoo data breach settlement

Posted on January 30th, 2019

This article from Business Insider is from original reporting by Jonathan Stempel, Reuters, Jan. 29, 2019Marissa Mayer was CEO of Yahoo from 2012 to 2017. Ethan Miller/Getty A U.S. judge rejected Yahoo's proposed settlement with millions of people...

QTIP: Beware of Fake PDF apps

Posted on January 9th, 2019

Watch out for phony PDF reader apps. Even mainstay free Adobe Reader can be compromised by cybercriminals and posted to sketchy software download sites visited by the unwary. Myriad off-brand free PDF reader apps are often malicious schemes to ...

QTIP: Computer Clutter Trashes More Than Your PC

Posted on January 7th, 2019

Leaving files all over a Mac and PC Desktop is like leaving dishes on the table overnight after a meal. How do computer files and dirty dishes have anything to do with one another, you ask? Stick with me. Frat boys know there’s no rush to clear t...

NYTIMES: Devices That Will Invade Your Life in 2019

Posted on January 5th, 2019

(and What’s Overhyped) Brian X. Chen, The New York Times, January 4, 2019 A.I. that responds to your voice. Next-generation wireless networks. If this year’s biggest consumer technology trends have a familiar ring, there’s a reason for that. Cr...

NYTIMES: 5 Ways Facebook Shared Your Data

Posted on December 20th, 2018

December 20, 2018 Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, The New York Times For years, Facebook gave many large technology companies special access to users’ information. Here’s how it worked. Facebook for years gave major tech companies, including Yahoo a...

BINSIDER: Facebook allowed Netflix and Spotify to access private messages

Posted on December 20th, 2018

Shona Ghosh 22h Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, ...

NYTIMES: Opinion | How You Can Help Fight the Information Wars

Posted on December 19th, 2018

Silicon Valley won’t save us. We’re on our own. By Kara Swisher Contributing Opinion Writer Dec. 18, 2018 Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, and Jack Dorsey, Twitter's chief executive officer, testifying before the Senate Inte...

CSM: UK releases documents showing potential abuses by Facebook

Posted on December 6th, 2018

Internal documents from 2011-2015 show Facebook selling user's data with little regard for privacy concerns. The social media giant says the information offers an incomplete picture, but lawmakers in the US and Britain are pushing for more regulat...

QTIP: Change Your Downloads Folder

Posted on December 4th, 2018

Something is wrong. You just can’t face it. It’s your Downloads folder, isn’t it? Cartoon adapted from The New Yorker That 1,000 mile gaze comes over you as you the scroll years of long forgotten .zip, .doc, .pdf, .xls, .jpg, et al. downloads a...

WINDOWS CENTRAL: Microsoft will replace Edge on Windows 10

Posted on December 3rd, 2018

Microsoft is throwing in the towel with Edge and is building a new web browser for Windows 10, this time powered by Chromium. Zac Bowden 3 Dec 2018 Microsoft's Edge web browser has seen little success since its debut on Windows 10 in 2015. Built ...

ZDNet: US iOS users targeted by massive malvertising campaign

Posted on November 27th, 2018

A malvertising campaign deployed via a high-profile ad platform targeted iOS users across the US. Crooks hijacked over 300 million web sessions. By Catalin Cimpanu for Zero Day November 27, 2018 -- 00:05 GMT (16:05 PST) Topic: Security A ...

QTIP: Two-Faced: Delay, Deny and Deflect

Posted on November 23rd, 2018

Is Facebook your friend? Are you OK with how Facebook uses data about you that it collects? Was Facebook’s motto "move fast and break things" ever a great idea? Billions of users here and around the world really like Facebook. They can have fanta...

Apple: Prepare for Changes to Back to My Mac

Posted on August 9th, 2018

 Learn how to transition to iCloud Drive, screen sharing, and Apple Remote Desktop. Back to My Mac will not be available on macOS Mojave. You can get ready now by learning about alternatives for file access, screen sharing, and remote desktop acc...

NYTIMES: F.B.I.’s Urgent Request: Reboot Your Router to Stop Russia-Linked Malware

Posted on May 28th, 2018

An analysis by Cisco’s threat intelligence division found that hundreds of thousands of routers, from a range of manufacturers, were infected by the malware linked to the hacking group Fancy Bear. Credit Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times By Louis ...

QTIP: The #1 Online Risk Factor

Posted on May 17th, 2018

It’s no surprise that risks abound online. However, you may be surprised that security researchers point to computer user behavior as the #1 risk factor. It’s true, cyber attacks occur mostly as a result of users’ innocent (or careless) mistakes a...

LIFEHACKER: Here Are the Major New Features Google Added to Gmail Today (and What It Didn't)

Posted on April 25th, 2018

by David Murphy 04-25-2018 9:40am Illustration: Pixabay It’s been speculated for some time that Google has been working on some updates for the web-based version of Gmail, and the company is officially moving from tease to truth with its early-mo...

NYT Personal Tech: Getting Your Desktop Windows in Order

Posted on April 24th, 2018

If your screen has become jumbled with too many open files, folders and programs to manage, you can quickly sort the pile. After you right-click in the taskbar and choose Cascade Windows from the contextual menu, all the open windows on your PC d...

NYTIMES: You Don’t Want the Malware Prize

Posted on April 23rd, 2018

Devious code is sending people to fraudulent quiz and contest pages, so ignore that "lucky winner" notice and run a security scan. Pop-ups claiming to offer prizes to Amazon customers are part of a surge in malicious advertising. Credit The New Y...

NYTIMES: Standing Up at Your Desk Could Make You Smarter

Posted on April 19th, 2018

By Richard A. Friedman Dr. Friedman is a contributing opinion writer and the director of the psychopharmacology clinic at the Weill Cornell Medical College. April 19, 2018 Credit Lilli Carré This is an odd admission for a psychiatrist to make, b...

QTIP: Read It to Me

Posted on April 19th, 2018

Sometimes reading lengthy text on a small mobile device is difficult and impractical. Especially when also navigating around ads that aggressively compete with content for limited screen space. Here’s an easy solution. On your iOS device, go to...

Capturing the History of Your Future

Posted on April 18th, 2018

Way back in 2018, while you stood in the shower an inspired thought came to you like a thunderbolt. You remember leaping from the tub and, while dripping wet, jotting a singularly inspired thought onto a random scrap of paper. Where is that sodden...

NYTIMES: A Beginner’s Guide to Taking Great Video on Your Phone

Posted on April 17th, 2018

by Terry Sullivan, The New York Times Credit Joshua Bright for The New York TimesNot long ago, a filmmaker wouldn’t dream of shooting a movie on a phone because the quality was so inferior to what you could capture on pricier devices. ...

How to Delete Your Facebook Account

Posted on April 17th, 2018

Sick of the world's leading social network? Say good-bye to all those "friends" by following these instructions. Here's how to delete Facebook. Recent events might have you contemplating a break from Facebook. That's not an option for everyone; i...