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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Dangers with Unsecured WiFi


This is a MAJOR concern. If your wireless router connection in your home is not secure, you risk other people using your internet connection.

Just a few weeks ago, a home in Evansville, Indiana home was raided, the front window was broken and the SWAT team threw a flash-bang stun grenades into the living room, with the local TV news cameras rolling (invited by the local police). According to the Evanville Courier and Press, "Police were executing a search warrant for computer equipment, which they said was used to make anonymous and specific online threats against police and their families on the website topix.com." But this family wasn't making threats...a person down the street using their unsecured WiFi was making the posts.

If you don't have a good encrypted password on your wireless router, someone could be stealing your internet service or worse, posing as you online. Documentation to secure your router came with your equipment but if you don't have this information or don't know how to secure your network, contact a reputable computer tech service. ☺

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Maintaining your Laptop

Computers get abused quite often with food and liquid on the keyboard, dirty mice and fingerprints on the screen. Our laptops get even more grungy with portability, and/or sitting getting dusty.

So, take the time to take care of your investment. If you aren't using your computer, turn it off. Heat will damage your system, permanently so treat it with care.

If your ports are not getting used, they are collecting dust, which can damage them.  Consider covering unused ports with a first aid adhesive tape (low-residue tape that won't leave behind any residue).

Invest in a small keyboard vacuum to help keep your keys free from dust and occasional cookie crumbs.

Did you know that keeping a disk in the disk tray will help reduce dust and protect the components in your drive?

Keep the computer screen clean with a slightly damp microfiber rag. Be careful not to used cleaners that are not recommended for your screen. You could permanently damage your screen with the wrong liquid.

Don't forget taking care of the battery, one of the more expensive replacement parts! If you haven't already read it, check out the article on batteries published in January.


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Facebook Lets Users Announce Pregnancies in Timeline | PCWorld


Facebook users can now announce when they're expecting a baby, using a special “Life Event” description in their Timelines.

Life Events let users denote major happenings on their Facebook profile pages. For example, users can announce when they have moved, gotten a new job, picked up a new hobby or had a baby.

Until now, there has been no way to announce a pregnancy other than to create a generic Life Event. A new “expecting a baby” category lets Facebook users specify a gender (if known) and a due date, along with the usual categories for people involved, location, photos and the story of how it happened. (For pregnancies, that last category should perhaps be left blank.)

Facebook Lets Users Announce Pregnancies in TimelinePregnancy announcements will show up on users' Timeline pages, and they'll also appear under “Celebrations” on users' home pages, along with birthdays and other joyous news.

 To read the rest go to: Facebook Lets Users Announce Pregnancies in Timeline | PCWorld