When you’ve got a car, be it brand new, used, or a hand-me-down, one of the first things you learn about is the humble oil change. Later, its new tires. Brakes. There’s a bit of upkeep to keeping your car running! Computers 101 – Updating! Your computer and devices are the same. The operating system plus programs and even hardware get updates from time to time. Some are fixing problems, some improve performance, others add features. But, how do you do it?
First off, Mr. and Mrs. Claus came in to join us this hour! They talk about where they’ll be this month, plus where you can find them! Want to find out more? Passwords and Santa! They’ll be at the Kihei Public Library on Saturday, December 8th 2018 from 10:30am til 12:30pm. They’ll also be at Maui Makers on Sunday, December 9th 2018 10am til 2pm. Then there’s the Hansen Toy Drive on Saturday, December 1st 2018 from 4pm til 8pm! Look them up and get more details at https://www.facebook.com/mauimrandmrsclaus/ Anyhow: Recycling is good unless you’re talking about passwords. Reusing a password is bad internet hygiene (dare we say unsanitary!) and can cause all sorts of problems for you. So, what do you do about that? Well, glad you asked! Time for a 101 on Passwords and Password Managers! https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-password-managers/ https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2407168,00.asp https://www.wired.com/2016/01/you-need-a-password-manager/ https://www.xkcd.com/936/
What is a Stingray? Its a fake cellphone tower that law enforcement can deploy to intercept cell phone signals. And frankly, if the bad guys have it, then the spies probably do. And we’re sure the organized crime bad guys do too in some places! Why Encryption? Maybe you don’t feel you’re important enough to worry about this sort of thing, but our elected officials do. And some of the things they could/should be doing you can do too! What to learn more about Virtual Private Networks? Go to https://thatoneprivacysite.net/ Want to encrypt your phone? Best check with your smartphone’s manufacturer!
Darn it! Lane is being followed by Olivia! Tropical Storm Deja Vu – Part 1 So, we didn’t get to our emergency show before Lane, so lets get this in before Olivia. We talk about emergency kits, why you should keep your Lane stuff, and more! https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ http://seagrant.soest.hawaii.edu/homeowners-handbook-to-prepare-for-natural-hazards/ https://view.hawaiianelectric.com/handbook-for-emergency-preparedness-for-kids-maka/page/1 https://www.hawaiianelectric.com/safety-and-outages/storm-center/emergency-preparedness-handbook https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/make-a-plan.html
At some point, your computer will die. E-Cycling, and What You Need To Do Maybe its a power surge. Maybe a component will give up the ghost and take the rest of the machine with it. Perhaps a rugrat will think computers like apple juice. Maybe its time to replace it for any number of reasons… So, what do you do when this happens? We’ll talk about that, and changes to the eCycling program here on Maui! Links: Ecycling
Backups! – Part 1 What do you do with your computer? What would you lose if it went away? How many hours of work? Can you put a dollar value on it? Yes, its time for backups 101, 2018 edition! We go over the basics and update you on some of the newer things happening in the world of backups. Are you safe?
More Backups! – Part 2 What happens to your data when your computer ends up here? Did you back up? Do you have backups? You DO have backups, right? We continue backups 101, discussing how, good practices, and more.
Backup! – Part 1 LD has been getting questions about backing up at OfficeMax, so its time for a backup show! A few things have changed (they always do), so listen in as we go over it. PC Magazine has reviews of different back up solutions for 2017, and Tech Radar has a list of 2017’s best free computer backup software! www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2278661,00.asp www.techradar.com/news/the-best-free-pc-backup-software Also, we need to let you know that the eCycling in Wailuku will be closed for the month of October, but when its back? Its going to be awesome!
More BACKUP! – Part 2 We continue with backups! We also received calls from Alert Internet Surfers from Maui and the Big Island! As promised, here are some links for them 🙂 For AIS Val: you have headphones for watching TV but need volume control? There are adapters that! http://amzn.to/2jUrs5H For AIS Dave: you called and asked about Acronis! Want to learn more? Here you go! https://www.acronis.com/en-us/personal/computer-backup/
Is That A Threat? Threat Modeling! Holy leaping lizards Batman, what’s that? Well, its actually a fancy name for figuring out what’s important to you, what could go wrong, and what to do about it. Think of it as an emergency plan for your personal information, data, and other parts of your electronic life! Chances are, you’ve already done it without realizing it! Miss hour one? Click here!