Phone call scams

Tech Talk #47 – March 18, 2017 Most of us probably don’t answer a phone call when it’s from a number we don’t know. We know it’s probably some kind of scam trying to separate us from our money. Here are the newest phone scams to watch out for.   Phone scam #1: In this scam, you get a call from a robocall autodialer using fake caller ID information that hangs up before you can

Protect your computer against Ransomware

Tech Talk #46 – March 4, 2017 Ransomware sneaks onto your computer by either tricking you into opening an attachment or by subverting ads on websites you visit.   Once on your computer, ransomware modifies your files by creating an encrypted copy of a file and then deleting the original file. It does this to all of your files, and holds them for ransom; you have to pay to get your pictures and documents back.

Computer slowing down? Here’s how to fix it

Tech Talk #45 – February 18, 2017 Even the fastest computer can slow down as time goes by. Here are a few things you can do to make it run like new again.   Watch out for programs that auto-start Some programs want to start up every time you boot your computer and get loaded into RAM to be ready to go. Unless it’s a program you run every time you use your computer; this

Internet Explorer’s replacement – should you use it?

Tech Talk #44 – February 4, 2017 Microsoft went back to the drawing board and built Microsoft Edge to replace the aging and vulnerable Internet Explorer (IE.) Here are some of the best reasons to use Edge instead of IE: Cortana integration: You can use Microsoft’s personal assistant Cortana inside Edge. Use the address bar to ask Cortana to ask questions and get the information you need. If you right-click on a picture in a

Give Google amnesia

Tech Talk #43 – January 21, 2017 Google makes things convenient, and that convenience comes, in part, because of what Google ‘knows’ about you and your habits. Everything you search for at home or on your phone, where you go with your phone, and if you’ve ever use OK Google, it keeps that too.   To be fair, Google does give us a way to see what they’re capturing about us and even ways to

Did you get a new computer for Christmas?

Tech Talk #42 – January 7, 2017 Congratulations! By now you’ve got your new computer set up and working just the way you want it. Here are few things you might not have done yet, but should:   Secure your computer Make sure you’ve got your computer protected with a good antivirus solution. Windows 10 ships with Microsoft’s antivirus program called Windows Defender. Combined with the free MalwareBytes, Defender is a good choice for most

Last minute gift ideas

Tech Talk #41 – December 17, 2016 Need a last minute gift? Maybe you just found out your son is finally bringing a girl home for Christmas. Or the office Secret Santa party is tomorrow, and you haven’t gotten anything yet. Or your best friend just got back together with their ex, again, and now you need something for the recently former ex, too.   Don’t worry. Love’s Travel Stop has games, die-cast motorcycles, and

Holiday shopping security

Tech Talk #40 – December 3, 2016 It’s that time of year again. The internet lets us shop in stores that can be anywhere in the world and the myriad delivery choices can bring our purchases right to our door. It’s convenient, and the transactions themselves are safe and secure. But there are a few things to watch out for while you’re shopping.   Ransomware Criminals spread ransomware by adding an infected attachment to an

Tweaking Facebook

Tech Talk #39 – November 22, 2016 We log on to Facebook to see photos of families and friends and see who’s off to some far away land and (probably) having more fun than we are - but we don’t want to give the book of faces too much information about ourselves. Here are some changes you can make to take control of Facebook.   Prevent your friend’s page likes from turning into ads If

Tips for keeping your kids safe online

Tech Talk #38 – November 12, 2016 As grown-ups, you probably know the basics of how to stay safe when you’re on the internet, but how about your kids? Have you had ‘the talk’ with them yet?   If not, here are some things you can cover:   Cyberbullying – Kids can be bullied online just like they can at school. Cyberbullying can include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted