Sure, your old computer has been faithful. You’ve had it for years. But are you doing yourself any favors by keeping it? Upgrade or Replace? Old computers become harder to fix, more expensive to maintain, and software support gets harder to find. And lets not start about protecting it…! Jonathan, LD, and Sam talk about the Price of Not Upgrading in this hour!
Windows 7 is being retired. It will no longer be receiving updates. Is it time to move on? Yes. Yes it is. Time to Change OSes Jonathan has finally been won over, and we talk why you should move over. Benefits of Windows 10, how to change the interface, and more! https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 http://www.classicshell.net/
Its our annual reminder about holiday charity giving, holiday scams, defending yourself and making sure your money is going to a good place! As promised? Links, links, and more links! Holiday Scams! – Part 1 https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2019/charity.html https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-scams-consumer-alerts https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/tax-exempt-organization-search https://bloomerang.co/blog/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-4-major-charity-watchdogs/ https://www.charitywatch.org/ https://www.guidestar.org/ http://www.give.org/ https://www.charitynavigator.org/
What to do when you’ve been scammed? Well, there is some work ahead of you, but its not hopeless! Holiday Scams – Part 2 https://www.consumerreports.org/scams-fraud/scam-or-fraud-victim-what-to-do/ https://www.ftc.gov/faq/consumer-protection/get-my-free-credit-report https://www.statefarm.com/insurance/identity-restoration
A good friend of the show had a family member pass away. We offered our condolences, but he did say something to his friends and family that caught our attention. What We Leave Behind https://www.facebook.com/help/1070665206293088 https://lifehacker.com/one-day-youre-going-to-die-heres-how-to-prepare-for-i-5992722 https://www.pcmag.com/feature/366465/how-to-prepare-your-digital-life-for-your-death
Facial recognition is a common technology and its making is way all over the place, like it or not. So, what’s going on with it outside the realm of the possibility and entering reality? What’s In a Face? https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/10/aclu-sues-feds-to-get-information-about-facial-recognition-programs/ https://www.foia.gov/ https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/18/facebook-35-billion-lawsuit/
The humble web browser is probably one of the most commonly used pieces of software out there. It works hard running web apps, playing videos, music, and just getting stuff done. But, did you know you can make it better? Browser Extensions Jonathan, LD, and Sam talk about web browser extensions: what they like, and more! Now, where do you get them? The browser’s OFFICIAL STORE. Its much safer than downloading from random websites! NoScript blocks scripts, only allowing what you want! Lightbeam shows you where your internet cookies are going for any given website. Where is your data going? AdBlocker+ helps keep obtrusive (and sometimes dangerous) ads from driving you crazy! NewsGuard is Sam’s favorite and only extension which helps him get initial gauging of websites. Flash is one of those most popular plugins, but its dying! We mention this so you know. Password managers abound, but get one from a reputable service. The Mercury Reader is a Chrome extension that will let you have a “Reader Mode” for websites! Adobe Reader for PDFs! Privacy Badger helps keep trackers from tracking you! It tells them “stop!” and if they don’t? It’ll block them!
Its nice to be remembered. Except when its not. Right to Be Forgotten The EU’s Court of Justice has decided that Google and other search engines should comply with some requests by citizens “to be forgotten.” But, what does that mean? And why? And what could possibly go wrong? https://www.npr.org/2019/09/24/763857307/right-to-be-forgotten-only-applies-inside-eu-european-court-says Additionally, Tracy the Librarian joins us for the show!
Don’t call it a comeback! Emotet has been going to the gym and on a diet. What is Emotet? And what is a botnet? Bad Botnet! Bad! No Biscuit! How to recognize Emotet – https://blog.malwarebytes.com/botnets/2019/09/emotet-is-back-botnet-springs-back-to-life-with-new-spam-campaign/ Deeper reading – https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/09/worlds-most-destructive-botnet-returns-with-stolen-passwords-and-email-in-tow/ What is a botnet? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botnet
Windows 7 is expiring in January 2020. Are you ready to move on? Should you move on? How do you move on? Movin’ on up! Well, thanks to a listener’s suggestion, that’s what we’re talking about today!