Stop using the same password for everything

Remember when we used to say that writing your password on a Post-It note and sticking it to your monitor was a bad idea? Nowadays that's probably one of the safer places to keep it. Unfortunately, with just about everything online requiring yet another username and password, your screen would be encircled by a veritable wreath of Post-Its! There is a better way, and it's NOT to...

Go ‘scorched earth’ on ads

Pi-Hole is "a black hole for internet advertisements". I personally run one on my home network, and have set one up for my grandparents (so my grandpa would stop getting malware and viruses by clicking the wrong 'download' button). I can set one up for you too! Contact me for pricing. Personally, I hate using the …

Don’t be a sucker

There's no shortage of people trying to separate you from your money. I received one such call this afternoon: some advertising company trying to sell expensive ad space in a publication allegedly for several local golf clubs. But a call to Sun 'N Lake Golf Club (thanks, Mike!) quickly helped me determine what I already suspected: SCAM. …

Choose wisely…

The "right computer" for you depends your specific needs. I always try to spend a few minutes with you to understand what those are before I make a recommendation. This article from Consumer Reports does a good job of explaining the sort of questions I ask, and that you should be asking yourself. "To answer …

Protect yourself

My grandmother got a call from a tech support scammer this weekend. Fortunately, my dad was there to save the day, but they had her very concerned. These people are good at what they do, and they know how to use technical jargon that you don't understand to make you believe there is a problem where …