COMPUTER REPAIR AND TIPS BLOG

  • What Your Gadgets Know About You
    What Your Gadgets Know About You
    If you’re like most Smartphone owners, you’ve probably grown to depend on your phone’s GPS to get you where you need to go, find you restaurants and movies in your area, even tell you when your loved ones are nearby. But how much of that information is being stored or shared with your cell phone manufacturer, service provider or the makers of all those apps? Here are some of the surprising things that our gadgets know about us. I know what you’re probably thinking: “What’s the harm in having my phone or service provider track my whereabouts? I’m not doing anything particularly exciting.” Yet the general acceptance of an increasing number of applications having access to your location, as well as more and more data about your habits being reported back to your service provider, can erode a Smartphone users’ grasp of their own privacy. As an extreme example of how your phone’s tracking and reporting can be detrimental, in Florida a murder suspect’s phone was recently used against him in court. It was found that the suspect, a man accused of kidnapping and strangling, then drowning his roommate, had a Siri screenshot stored in his phone where Siri responds to “I need to hide my roommate.” Siri, jokester that she is, offered up swamps, reservoirs, metal foundries, and dumps. While the screenshot generated from Facebook, not an actual inquiry made by the suspect, it was stored on the phone and presented as evidence at trial. His GPS was also ... Read More
  • Understanding SnapChat
    Understanding SnapChat

      You may have never heard of SnapChat, but if you have teenagers in your household, then you can bet they have.You may have already spotted the app on their phone.Why is it appealing?It allows you to send photos and videos with an “expiration date.”The content doesn’t linger on your phone or your recipient’s phone indefinitely as with most social media, and it’s a fun way to share what’s going on in your life at this exact moment.Yet the nature of the application can create a false sense of security, and users need to be aware that there are ways […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Vacation Rental Phishing Schemes
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Vacation Rental Phishing Schemes

    When traveling with the whole family, I prefer to rent homes, condos or apartments over staying at a hotel. I find that having a kitchen and the extra space makes a big difference to our family’s comfort, and the price per night is often comparable to hotels. Unfortunately, owners of vacation rental properties have become targets of scammers who use photos and information posted to these sites to create fake property listings, soliciting payment from unsuspecting vacationers who unknowingly pay a thief, thinking that they are making a reservation for their upcoming vacation. I discovered this scam while looking for […]

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  • How to Get Your Hands on a New iPhone
    How to Get Your Hands on a New iPhone

    By now you’ve probably seen your neighbor, your friend or your cousin Bob running around with a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, gloating about how it’s so much bigger, faster, cooler and, well… bigger than their old iPhone. Perhaps this has you yearning to join the ranks of iPhone 6 owners. Yet with a retail price starting at $649 off contract, you may be wondering just how to afford the newest must-have gadget. Here are our tips for snagging a good deal and getting some money back from your old phone should you take the leap and get a […]

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  • Top Three Easy Smart Home Upgrades
    Top Three Easy Smart Home Upgrades

    Smart home technology offers ways to make your home more state-of-the-art than the Jetsons’ abode. They can offer better energy efficiency, innovative security systems and a myriad of added conveniences to your living space. The multitude of choices can be quite overwhelming: where should you begin when exploring ways to make your home more “connected?” Here are three easy and inexpensive options for bringing your home into the next generation. If you’ve ever set the thermostat down to its “crisp and cool” setting and then kicked yourself for forgetting to turn it up before walking out the door for work, […]

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  • Celebrity Photo Hack – Is Your Data Safe?
    Celebrity Photo Hack – Is Your Data Safe?

    Unless you spent Labor Day and the week following on a Zen, digital media blackout, you’ve probably caught wind of a huge leak of hacked celebrity nude photos. Early reports blamed an iCloud breach, leaving many wondering if their own photos and files are vulnerable. Here’s how to keep yourself and your personal data safer – not safe, but safer – online. When hundreds of nude photos of celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton first surfaced on anonymous photo sharing sites 4Chan and AnonIB over the weekend, the initial concern was that someone had hacked into iCloud. The sheer […]

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  • Apps for Health and Wellness
    Apps for Health and Wellness

    Our handy smartphones improve our lives in so many ways, from providing a source of entertainment to keeping us conveniently connected with loved ones and driving us to be punctual for our myriad of appointments throughout the week. Armed with a few handy apps, your smartphone could even help you to improve your health, wellness and general state of mind. I went on a wellness field trip without leaving home to check out some of the many health and wellness apps on the market. Here are a few of my favorites. Happify promises to “increase your happiness with real, life-changing […]

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  • Amazon Kindle Unlimited Can’t Beat the Public Library
    Amazon Kindle Unlimited Can’t Beat the Public Library

    As a reader of three or four novels a month, purchased primarily through my Kindle Fire, I am always looking to save money on book purchases. When I heard about Amazon Kindle Unlimited, a $9.99/month service allowing you to borrow all the books you wish in a month, keep them as long as you like, and then return them when you’re done, it sounded like a smokin’ hot deal. Is it worth the hype? Not really. Here’s what I found out. I’ll start with the good things about the program – or at least the parts that got me to […]

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  • Nerd News: Watch Out for Fake GoDaddy Email
    Nerd News: Watch Out for Fake GoDaddy Email

    GoDaddy customers, beware! There is a new phishing scam making the email rounds this month. Here is an example of what to look for: Subject: Status Alert: Your account contains more than [number] directories. Body: Your account contains more than [number] directories and may pose a potential performance risk to the server. Please reduce the number of directories for your account to prevent possible account deactivation. In order to prevent your account from being locked out we recommend that you create special tmp directory. Or use the link below: [innocuous-looking GoDaddy link which really points to a Russian domain] If […]

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  • Finding Tech Bargains
    Finding Tech Bargains

    As a self-professed Nerd and spouse of a gadget junkie, I can attest to one thing: technology is expensive. Now that many back-to-school lists include computers, mobile devices or parts to rehab an ailing family PC, the fall has become a good time to find tech bargains since stores compete to get your business. You can save a few bucks, if you know some “insider” tips. 1. Comparison shop. There are some great bargain consolidation sites that gather all the best deals from across the Internet and post them in one place. Even if you have your heart set on […]

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