Fake tech support (still), Alexa or privacy (not both), Gmail features

Fake tech support (still) I know, I know. I can’t believe it either, but apparently, those fake tech support scammers are still out there. You know, the one where a window pops up on your computer telling you about a problem with your computer and making it sound urgent you call the number on your screen to get technical support. Or, if not a window on your computer, then maybe it’s a phone call saying

Fake tech support scams, password resets

Tech Talk #93 – Dec 22, 2018 Fake tech support scams They’re still out there, you know. Like chewing gum stuck to the bottom of your galoshes, those fake tech support scam “people” are still out there, stealing people’s money. They just won’t go away.   I know you’re smart enough to know that no one from Microsoft (or HP, or Google, or Yahoo, etc.) will ever call you to tell you there’s something wrong

Fake tech support, cleaning Alexa, and nerd news

Tech Talk #82 – July 21, 2018   Fake tech support scams are on the rise   There are more crooks than ever running fake tech support scams. First it was phone calls, then poisoned pop-ups and hijacked advertising networks, and now social media. When (if) people start to catch on to the scammer’s schemes, they’ll go back to making random phone calls and start the cycle over again. All to try and scare people

Fake Tech Support – just hang up or reboot

Tech Talk #35 – October 1, 2016 They’re still out there, the fake tech support people. I know, and you know, nobody from Microsoft will ever call you to tell you there’s something wrong with your computer. It just won’t happen. The people who do call you aren’t from Microsoft and all they want to do is get your money. Don’t give it to them. Don’t talk to them and just hang up the phone.

Windows 10 not for you? Don’t worry.

Tech Talk #26 – May 28, 2016 Microsoft is giving away the latest version of Windows, Windows 10. And they’re getting pretty aggressive about it – even marking it as a Windows Update.  The upgrade can happen even if you don’t explicitly ask for it.   If you’ve decided Windows10 isn’t for you, or if you want to have some control over when your computer gets the upgrade, open your favorite browser and search for

Computer support scams and what the heck does booting do?

Tech Talk #15 – Dec 19, 2015 Support scams When someone who says they are from Microsoft or Google or Yahoo or anybody else calls you on the phone to tell you “your computer is causing problems on the Internet” or some other malarkey, just hang up. People at Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, etc. will NEVER call you about your computer.   If you do get fooled by the scammers (don’t blame yourself, they’re really good

Computer support scams – don’t fall for ‘em!

Tech Talk #13 – Nov 21, 2015 Say you’re shopping for ’55 Chevy alternator brackets or something, and a super-scary web page like this comes up. The page might even read itself over your speakers.   DON’T PANIC. Do NOT call the number on your screen. It’s just a scam. There is NOTHING WRONG with your computer. Just close your browser and shut down your computer. Give it a minute or so to think about

Windows 10 and fake tech support calls

Tech Talk #1  Windows 10:  Wait, there’s new version of Windows? You may already have a new icon for Windows 10 on your taskbar, down there to the left of the time/date. It’s an all-white Windows icon that looks like a window pane. If you click on it you can reserve your upgrade to Windows 10.   What’s Windows 10? Windows 10 looks and acts like Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 had a baby. The