Security Tango™

The Security Tango is my name for the dance you have to do every time you want to assure yourself that your computer is free of viruses, spyware, keystroke loggers, backdoors, trojans, and other forms of malware (click the Definitions button in the menu to see what all those things mean). It’s something you need […]

Scientists are trying to make the perfect battery | Public Radio International

Lithium-ion batteries power everything from our laptops to phones to electric vehicles, but they’re far from perfect. In fact, they were the culprits behind Samsung’s recent exploding Galaxy Note 7 phones. Source: Scientists are trying to make the perfect battery | Public Radio International

Dangerous ‘Fireball’ Adware Infects a Quarter Billion PCs | WIRED

The security firm Check Point has warned of a massive new outbreak: They count 250 million PCs infected with malicious code they’ve called Fireball, designed to hijack browsers to change the default search engine, and track their web traffic on behalf of a Beijing-based digital marketing firm called Rafotech. Source: Dangerous ‘Fireball’ Adware Infects a […]

Google will stop scanning your Gmail messages to sell targeted ads – The Verge

Google will stop its long-standing practice of scanning the contents of individual Gmail users for advertising purposes, the company announced in a blog post today. The practice, something Google has done nearly since the launch of its email service, allows the company to digest the contents of email messages and use them to deliver targeted […]

Control your app permissions on Android 6.0 and up

When you install an app from Google Play on a device running Android 6.0 and up or on a Chromebook, you control which capabilities or information that app can access—known as permissions. For example, an app might want permission to see your device contacts or location. You can control which permissions an app can access […]

iPhoto 6 and later: Rebuilding the iPhoto library

iPhoto includes a feature that allows you to rebuild the currently selected iPhoto library. Sometimes rebuilding the library may resolve issues such as the library appearing to be unreadable, missing photos, or other issues related to reading the iPhoto library structure. Source: iPhoto 6 and later: Rebuilding the iPhoto library – Apple Support

June 24, 2017

Sound Bytes: Your Computer User Group of the Air! 2017-06-24 Carl – Pottstown, PA – Boldbeast Recorder Tom – Penfield, NY – loves Membership card! | bought Toshiba Chromebook – loves it! Gary – Rochester, NY – Windows Media Player doesn’t work – Lisa – Henrietta, NY – battery questions Gerd – Victor, NY – […]

June 17, 2017

Sound Bytes: Your Computer User Group of the Air! 2017-06-17 – Mark Murphy – Greenlight Mark – Greece, NY – speed – Spectrum – increasing from 15 to 20 at no charge | 3 phone calls from AT&T product support – SCAM Gary – Greece, NY – Thunderbird 52.2 – when delete messages “not responding” […]

Rebuilding the Global Database | Thunderbird Help

The Global Database (“Gloda” for short) is an indexing system that enables Thunderbird to search messages. Rebuilding the Global Database re-indexes messages and address book cards. (Newsgroup messages are not indexed.) Source: Rebuilding the Global Database | Thunderbird Help

How to Scan & Fix Hard Drives with CHKDSK in Windows 10

Microsoft’s hard disk scanning and repair utility, CHKDSK (“check disk”), was introduced over 30 years ago but still has a useful place today. Users running even the latest Microsoft operating system can still use the command to examine their hard drives for errors and repair them if necessary. Here’s how to run CHKDSK in Windows […]

June 10, 2017

Sound Bytes: Your Computer User Group of the Air! 2017-06-10 Matt – Buffalo, NY – Bittorrent – Pirate Bay – Mick – Batavia, NY – re: Sonos/HomePod – Ed – Ithaca, NY – block specific sites from a browser Ken – Webster, NY – new Chromebooks that run Android apps? | can I install Windows […]

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