What Are Cookies, What Do They Do, And Are They Harmful?

Cookies, you’ve probably heard the term and you might have some concerns about what they do, but maybe they’re just one of those “techie mysteries.” By the end of this lesson, you will understand and be able to explain What cookies are How cookies work How cookies help web browsers improve your experience, Why websites…

The Windows Store is Now the Microsoft Store

Microsoft logo

I’ve often commented to my frustrated students that I’m so sorry that Microsoft just keeps messing with people and doesn’t seem to have a clue about what consumers want.  Reading about the about the many mistakes Microsoft has made over the years was pretty amazing.

How to Avoid Getting Scammed

ransomware website

This post was updated on October 20, 2018 Have you been receiving phone calls or been seeing websites that claim your computer is infected with a virus? They are scams!  Clients call me quite often about these. Just this past week, I was working with a client when she received one and a couple of…

Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

holiday gift wrapping

This week I received an email from a client about the “UPS Package Delivery Failure” email scam.  He wanted to know if it was a real threat or just a phony scare.  It’s a real threat, it’s been going around for years, and I want everyone to be aware of it. These scam emails say that…

Black Friday Technology Shopping Guide

Black Friday Friday Shopping Bag

If you’re planning to buy a new computer or mobile gadgets this Holiday season, you will appreciate this great article from ZDNet about Black Friday deals.  They’re going to be updating it continually too.  Great service for people!  Thanks, ZDNet! If you’re like me, and not willing to participate in the Black Friday frenzy, you…

Techie Tips Live Class This Saturday – How to Buy A Printer: Tips and Tricks

Printer Meltdown

Do you find shopping for printers to be very complicated and a little overwhelming? I do too! There are so many makes, models, features, and prices! People frequently ask me what I recommend and it’s hard to know where to start. I recently had to buy a new printer myself, and in my haste, I…

Love The Leo Laporte Show

Leo Laporte, The Tech Guy from techguylabs.com

I’m a huge fan. He’s taught me a lot about how technical things work, keeps me up to date on new developments, and I really enjoy his sense of humor. We have the same opinions about a lot of things too, and it feels good to have my opinions validated by someone so knowledgeable.

When Your Printer Won’t Print…

Inkjet printer

Here’s a simple, troubleshooting guide and cheat sheet for those times when your printer won’t print. Enjoy!

Good News About the CCleaner Hack

Oh my…another security hack!  The Good news is that it’s probably not a problem for my people.  I’m reporting about it because I installed it on a few machines and I’ve seen it on many others and some of you will have concerns. The malware was found in CCleaner version 5.33, which was actively distributed…

More on the Equifax Debacle

credit.com logo

In response to my last post about the Equifax debacle, one of my students sent me a link to this interesting article by Adam Levin, co-founder of Credit.com I was curious how my student happened to find this, and I thought it was interesting that he is on the credit.com newsletter list because one of his…

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