Where’s the best spot for your wifi? (2/29/20 Part 1)

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So, you got a nice wifi router. You spent a bunch of money on it. But, are you setting yourself back with bad placement? WiFi tricks! What’s the best way to get the best bang for your buck on your internet? And can you reuse old routers to improve your network? https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/02/the-ars-technica-semi-scientific-guide-to-wi-fi-access-point-placement/ https://www.howtogeek.com/104469/how-to-extend-your-wi-fi-network-with-simple-access-points/ https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-turn-an-old-wi-fi-router-into-an-access-point/ Jonathan really likes Ubiquiti access points if you want to get yourself an easy way to expand your network! Q&A can also set these up for you!

Be secure on your phone! (2/22/20 Part 1)

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Got a smart phone? Did you know its pretty much a computer? You probably take security seriously on your computer, so you should take it seriously there too! Mobile Security! So, tips and links to help you out! Use a PIN, Pattern, or Fingerprint reader.  PINS and Patterns (android) are nice because you can change them, let other people know them if you need them to get into your phone, and you can change them.  Fingerprints and biometrics are convenient, but aren’t foolproof. Also, whether or not they’re protected by the 4th and 5th Amendments is unclear right now.   https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/01/feds-forcing-mass-fingerprint-unlocks-is-an-abuse-of-power-judge-rules/  https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/01/court-rules-against-man-who-was-forced-to-fingerprint-unlock-his-phone/  Encrypt your phone.  Its an easy way to protect your data, photos, contacts, and more.  It doesn’t incur much performance hit these days.  If you want to sell your phone, just resetting it doesn’t make your data unrecoverable. Encrypt THEN reset.  https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/7-reasons-encrypt-smartphone-data/  https://gizmodo.com/why-you-should-be-encrypting-your-devices-and-how-to-ea-1798698901  Don’t jailbreak/root your phone.  This is often done to add customizations or run pirated apps.  You can break the security of an iPhone doing this, leaving you with little or no protection.  Pirated apps from outside the official stores run significant risk of having malware.  If you use wifi a lot or travel a lot, get a VPN service.  https://www.pcmag.com/news/what-is-a-vpn-and-why-you-need-one 

Don’t be a Pirate! Yaaaaar! (2/22/20 Part 2)

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Computer piracy is probably more common than people admit. Especially in the business world. All those companies have tons of money, so no problem, right? Sorry, afraid not. Yarrr! Its illegal!  Obviously, yeah. You want to save some money, but it could get you in trouble with the law.  Employees (especially disgruntled ex-employees), even customers who know you’re pirating can actually report you with the possibility of getting a cash reward/bounty if you get busted. nopiracy.org  The fines can be pretty bad (they’ve got rewards to pay out). https://techcrunch.com/2016/05/10/software-piracy-claims-can-ruin-your-business-and-reward-those-responsible/  While unlikely, a software vendor could possibly request an audit to make sure you’re in compliance. https://redmondmag.com/articles/2010/09/01/beware-the-bsa.aspx  Its not safe!  Trojans, malware, and viruses oh my!   Many common programs have inexpensive alternatives, even free/open-source ones.  LibreOffice or OpenOffice (OSS).  GIMP, Inkscape, and Scribus for some of Creative Cloud. Affinity and others for cheap.  Do you really NEED the big fancy name software?  Being paid/legit means you can get support from the company.  Important for updates.  Important for compliance within your industry (HIPPA). 

Looking a little more at Web Email! (2/15/20 Part 1)

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So, webmail. Webmail – A comparison Its easy to get, easy to use, but is there more to consider about it? Do you have to move a lot? Are you getting ready to change ISP? Do you have special features you need? Yeah, there’s lots to think of! https://itsfoss.com/secure-private-email-services/ https://thatoneprivacysite.net/email-comparison/ http://blogs.mdaemon.com/index.php/2017/02/09/email-safety-tips-for-end-users/  

Fact Checking 101 for 2020! (1/18/20 Part 1)

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We’re in an election year, and that means brushing up on our fact checking! So, of course, we’ve got some handy-dandy reading for you while you’re listening to the show! Fact Checking 101 https://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2018/01/how-to-fact-check-the-atlantic/551477/  https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2014/aug/20/7-steps-better-fact-checking/  https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/2016/07/20/the-10-best-fact-checking-sites/?fbclid=IwAR0FTgj6Z2WMvlTAlkp2g_-tsQfs8JN2gP6X1PFX120ek4_haJ1ErQXS6L0  https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/ https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/The_Dragon_in_My_Garage https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/01/03/baloney-detection-kit-carl-sagan/  

Windows 7 is Dead! Don’t Panic! (1/18/20 Part 2)

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No, really, don’t panic! But do have a plan. Still with Windows 7? What to do? Windows 7’s end of life is no secret, but it still snuck up on us. There’s always something more important going on. So, what’s going on? What to do? Just remember to don’t panic! You can also come to Q&A at 270 Lalo St #104 in Kahului or call in at (808) 871-5925 or (808) 243-7600. Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm.