If you’re not familiar with the technology that we're about to discuss, I’m about to blow your mind. I didn’t write the following article. I simply told a website to “Write a funny 300 word article about computers.” I typed that request into a free website called ChatGPT. ChatGPT is owned by…

Those of you with teenagers in your circle of loved ones need to pay attention to this one. According to the FBI, there has been an alarming increase in teenagers, mostly boys, being extorted (aka “sextorted”) for money after being tricked into sending sexually explicit pictures. I hope you …

I’ve recommended LastPass as a password manager for years. A password manager is a convenient tool that remembers our passwords for us. Some of you may have come across a headline recently that LastPass was catastrophically hacked. You may have read that all your personal data was stolen and…

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If you’re not familiar with the technology that we're about to discuss, I’m about to blow your mind. I didn’t write the following article. I simply told a website to “Write a funny 300 word article about computers.” I typed that request into a free website called ChatGPT. ChatGPT is owned by…

Those of you with teenagers in your circle of loved ones need to pay attention to this one. According to the FBI, there has been an alarming increase in teenagers, mostly boys, being extorted (aka “sextorted”) for money after being tricked into sending sexually explicit pictures. I hope you …

I’ve recommended LastPass as a password manager for years. A password manager is a convenient tool that remembers our passwords for us. Some of you may have come across a headline recently that LastPass was catastrophically hacked. You may have read that all your personal data was stolen and…

This is an updated article from a few years ago. It deserves a repeat because I’ve had two people call me this past week claiming they’ve experienced this.

Are you looking to buy a new computer for your favorite geek this Christmas? Do you get as overwhelmed as I do when shopping for one? The choices are often overwhelming but I can offer some foundational advice on where to begin.

Way back in 2020 I gave up my AT&T internet service and switched over to Comcast after AT&T had gone up on their rates again. Before I switched, I called to ask them to please reconsider. AT&T said, “Nah, see ya.” That kinda stung, honestly. I thought AT&T and I were buds.

In my last exciting installment, I expressed my frustration at an unnamed local bank for allowing the transfer of $60,000 out of my client's online bank account directly into the hands of scammers via Western Union. Western Union is the undisputed king of aiding and abetting scammers. In 201…

My office experienced a tragic record-setting event that you all should know about it. A nice couple had me take a look at their computer because they had been scammed. I promised to not share any personal details about this but, y’all, they lost a lot of money. A quick forensic scan of the …

I was recently listening to a podcast interview with one of my intellectual heroes, Ray Kurzweil. Kurzweil is a famed futurist who foresaw the explosive growth of the internet that began in the 1990s. He started a computer company in the late 70s that produced a revolutionary table-sized com…

It seems like yesterday that Elon Musk shattered the car market with the introduction of the first Tesla Roadster in 2008. Anyone with a molecule of nerd in their bones was excited for this fabulous new electric vehicle (EV) that had a range of 300 miles, accelerated from 0 to 60 in an insta…

In my last article, we discussed the urgent need to move away from email services from AOL, Bellsouth, Comcast, and AT&T (hereafter referred to as “ABCA”). These companies don’t give a hoot about you, don’t filter the bad stuff from your email and, as a result, I have to deal with client…

Listen, dear reader, we need to have a talk. I’ve gently hinted at this subject a few times over the years but you’ve ignored me.  So that means I have to rant, punch things, jump up and down, and raise my voice to be heard. Are you ready?  Here goes: CHANGE YOUR EMAIL PROVIDER TO ONE THAT L…

In the early days of smartphones, you had to possess fairly advanced knowledge to perform your own smartphone backups or restore data to a new phone. After restoration, you had to spend the rest of the day re-downloading and signing into your apps such as Facebook and Snapchat, reset your va…

This article was inspired by a recent client who brought their computer in because it would not connect to the internet. After a few minutes of diagnosis, we discovered that his VPN software had lost its mind preventing all internet access. Once we removed the VPN software, he was back in bu…

We’ve been performing an awful lot of computer upgrades since the pandemic began. Despite the news that everyone is blowing money on everything, it does appear that computer owners are being frugal with their money and realizing that they can upgrade their old computer rather than buy a new …

I know this is an extremely sensitive and divisive topic for some of my readers. I ask you to put that aside for a moment because what I’m about to write is important. This is a topic that revolves around my passion for exposing scams, misinformation, and privacy risks so that you can make i…

The text message may start with an innocuous, “Hey, George. We’re gathering up a team for 18 holes. You in”? Or it may be a bit more suggestive such as, “I was thinking we could watch a movie and my hand might just fall onto your lap, tee-hee” Sometimes it may appear as a Tinder (online dati…

I would like to share with you a proposal that I’ve been pondering. I don’t expect to change the world, but I think this is a cool thought experiment for you to ponder.

BOOSH! One of the many perks of my job is getting to meet extraordinary people. Recently, I had the honor of meeting a man who was part of a forgotten part of our nation’s history. Please allow me to introduce you to my new favorite client, Mr. Fred Rodgers. Mr. Fred (AKA “Trouble” according…

In my last exciting installment, we discussed the bewildering choices of video streaming services, price gouging from Netflix, and a few ways of lowering your monthly payout and blood pressure. I mentioned that there is an alternative to all this that I believe is going to become more popula…