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Big Mac Attack!

By   /  April 13, 2012  /  Geek Speak  /   Comments

Written by Jim Hall. Email your questions to geekspeak@mchsi.com . You can find Jim online at HallsTrainingSolutions.com

Tweet   It was bound to happen sooner or later and that time has apparently come.  Headlines from CNET News last week read “Botnet Goes on Mac Attack”!  Veteran (and maybe smug) Mac users often say that they don’t need ant-virus software on their Computers because Macs don’t get malware.  PC users know they are [...]

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Great Zeus! It’s a Botnet!

By   /  April 9, 2012  /  Geek Speak  /  Comments Off

Written by Jim Hall. Email your questions to geekspeak@mchsi.com . You can find Jim online at HallsTrainingSolutions.com

Tweet   Last week’s announcement of the disruption of the Zeus botnet system by Microsoft sounds like good news at first glance, but as you read more closely; you realize the complexity and sophistication of  modern cybercrime operations and wonder if we’ll ever be really safe from them. This excerpt from their press release gives [...]

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Psst! We’re being watched!

By   /  March 29, 2012  /  Geek Speak  /  Comments Off

Written by Jim Hall. Email your questions to geekspeak@mchsi.com . You can find Jim online at HallsTrainingSolutions.com

Tweet                  Privacy appears to be kind of a “personal thing” and some of my readers are more upset than others about the recent policy changes at Google.  To be fair, it’s not just Google but the whole prying Internet experience that gives some the creeps.  As I said last week, one way to [...]

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Hiding from Google!

By   /  March 22, 2012  /  Geek Speak  /  Comments Off

Written by Jim Hall. Email your questions to geekspeak@mchsi.com . You can find Jim online at HallsTrainingSolutions.com

Tweet                   There always seems to be tension between preserving our privacy and getting the services we want and have come to expect in the information age.  What do we have to give up to get what we want?  We also want services to be free if possible.  We have come to expect a [...]

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Credit to the big dawg

By   /  March 18, 2012  /  Geek Speak  /  Comments Off

Written by Jim Hall. Email your questions to geekspeak@mchsi.com . You can find Jim online at HallsTrainingSolutions.com

Tweet                   Most of my readers know that I am a big advocate of free software (free as doesn’t cost anything, period).  I have recommended many free downloads from this space, but today I want to direct you to an unsuspected source for some great freeware.  The software giant that we all love to [...]

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Chinese Takeout

By   /  March 10, 2012  /  Geek Speak  /  Comments Off

Written by Jim Hall. Email your questions to geekspeak@mchsi.com . You can find Jim online at HallsTrainingSolutions.com

Tweet                  Who doesn’t like Chinese takeout?   The fried rice is fine, but who ordered the malware?  Data from Symantec suggests that more malware comes out of China than any other country, more than a quarter of the worldwide total.  The U S is still the biggest target of malware attacks and also initiates around [...]

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Confessions

By   /  March 4, 2012  /  Geek Speak  /   Comments

Written by Jim Hall. Email your questions to geekspeak@mchsi.com . You can find Jim online at HallsTrainingSolutions.com

Tweet                   They say that “confession is good for the soul”!  Another old saw is “Do as I say, not as I do”!       It surely hurts to be the victim of a mistake that you have warned and even exhorted others to avoid.  I never begin a Word or Excel class without telling my [...]

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Enough is enough!

By   /  February 27, 2012  /  Geek Speak  /   Comments

Written by Jim Hall. Email your questions to geekspeak@mchsi.com . You can find Jim online at HallsTrainingSolutions.com

Tweet                  When is enough enough?  When am I throwing good money after bad?  Technology moves so rapidly today that we’re forced to evaluate repair or replacement options with a careful eye to obsolescence.  I cannot give you hard and fast rules about all techie repairs but I’ll relate some scenarios that clients have [...]

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Scams close to home!

By   /  February 20, 2012  /  Geek Speak  /  Comments Off

Written by Jim Hall. Email your questions to geekspeak@mchsi.com . You can find Jim online at HallsTrainingSolutions.com

Tweet                   Scams in the “Good Life City”?  What is this world coming to?  We’re always hearing in the news about swindles that happen elsewhere in our country, but what about right here in Albany?  Let me just share a few that I’ve recently heard from clients and readers. The latest one is a [...]

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Tablet? Or PC?

By   /  February 13, 2012  /  Geek Speak  /  Comments Off

Written by Jim Hall. Email your questions to geekspeak@mchsi.com . You can find Jim online at HallsTrainingSolutions.com

Tweet                  Is a tablet a PC?  The short answer is no!  …but they are similar in that both are computing devices that can do some of the same things yet also do some quite different jobs.  Some of the headlines from post holiday sales would have you believe that tablet s are soon [...]

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