How to Spot, Avoid and Report Tech Support Scams
Tech support scammers want you to believe you have a serious problem with your computer, like a virus. They want you to pay for tech support services you don't need, to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. They often ask you to pay by wiring money, putting money on a gift card, prepaid card or cash reload card, or using a money transfer app because they know those types of payments can be hard to reverse.
How to Recognize a Phone Scam
People lose a lot of money to phone scams — sometimes their life savings. Scammers have figured out countless ways to cheat you out of your money over the phone. In some scams, they act friendly and helpful. In others, they might threaten or try to scare you. One thing you can count on is that a phone scammer will try to get your money or your personal information to commit identity theft. Don’t give it to them. Here’s what you need to know...
Watch out for Auto Warranty Scams
If you own a vehicle and a phone, you may receive calls from scammers posing as representatives of a car dealer, manufacturer or insurer telling you that your auto warranty or insurance is about to expire. The call will include some sort of pitch for renewing your warranty or policy. During the call – which often begins automated or pre-recorded – you may be instructed to press a certain number or stay on the line, then asked to provide personal information, which potentially can be used to defraud you. What makes it particularly hard to discern if this type of call is fraudulent is that the scammer may have specific information about your particular car and warranty that they use to deceive you into thinking they are a legitimate caller. Steps you can take to protect yourself...
Windows Alert: Uninstall Adobe Flash Player to help protect your system
Since Adobe no longer supports Flash Player after December 31, 2020 and blocked Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning January 12, 2021, Adobe strongly recommends all users immediately uninstall Flash Player to help protect their systems.
Turn an old phone into a security camera in 3 steps. Here's how to do it
Give your old Android phone or iPhone new life, for free. If you have any old phones collecting dust in a drawer somewhere, don't sell them for a fraction of what you bought them for. If they still turn on, you can put them to good use in your house. You could turn one into a baby monitor or a makeshift Google Home speaker, for example. Those are good ideas and you can find more in the link below, but one of the most useful ways to upcycle an old phone is to make it into a home security camera.
CollabSphere 2020: Oct 27-29, 2020 - Free virtual three-day event
Collaboration and IT professionals, come join us on October 27-29, 2020 for the twelfth annual CollabSphere conference. This three-day conference focuses on HCL B2B application and HCL Digital Solutions technology and this year will be an online conference. Learn from the your fellow IT and business professionals and share your experiences and best practices.
Scan documents and sign on your iPhone or iPad using the Notes app
Why send a fax when you can simply scan, sign and email using the native Notes app. With the Notes app, you can scan documents and add a signature or manually sign a document on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
How to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Pro for free
If you have a product key for any older Windows Pro version you can use that 25-character key. Click Settings > Update & Security > Activation > Change product key, then enter your Windows 7 or 8 Pro product key and follow the prompts to upgrade from Home to Pro. If you can't find one then just Google "windows 7 pro product keys". Note: Pro allows you to delay 35 days those annoying frequent Windows updates and reboots by clicking Settings > Update & Security > Advanced options > Pause updates > Pause until. You can select the latest date available which delays 35 days. Scroll down to "Choose when updates are installed" and you can delay feature updates 365 days and quality updates 30 days.
Microsoft is killing off support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020
It's the end of the line for Windows 7. Microsoft will no longer support the 11-year-old operating system as of Tuesday. For users, that means Microsoft will stop providing updates and security patches for Windows 7. The changes will affect hundreds of millions of people because more than one-third of PCs use Windows 7, according to NetMarketShare. That is slightly fewer than Windows 10, the most popular PC operating system, which is on about half of the world's personal computers. Windows 10 is used on 900 million devices, according to recent numbers from Microsoft.
Nat Geo: Inside The Internet - 50 Years of Life Online
In 1997 Jonathan Zakin of U.S. Robotics (dial-up modems) was instrumental in engineering the sale of USR to 3Com valued at approximately $8.5 billion, which at the time was the largest sale in the history of the data communications industry. To celebrate the webs big 50th birthday, Nat Geo takes a fun, nostalgic throwback romp down the cyber highway, from the early days through today. I LOVE THE INTERNET is one part glorious memory lane, one part "how the web changed everything" - our friendships, our habits, even our brains. It's nostalgia entertainment with enough gravitas to make it must-have content on Nat Geo.
CNN: Microsoft warns Windows 10 users to update immediately
Microsoft is warning Windows 10 users to update their operating system immediately because of two "critical" vulnerabilities. The company said the vulnerabilities are potentially "wormable," meaning affected computers could spread viruses and malware without any action on the user's part. There are "potentially hundreds of millions of vulnerable computers," Simon Pope, Microsoft's director of Incident Response, wrote in a blog post Tuesday. "It is important that affected systems are patched as quickly as possible because of the elevated risks associated with wormable vulnerabilities like these, and downloads for these can be found in the Microsoft Security Update Guide," he said.
Forbes: Microsoft Warns Windows 7 and Windows 8 Is Dangerous To Use
Microsoft says you are placing yourself in danger. Upgrade to Windows 10 ASAP!
• Microsoft: Support for Windows 7 is ending... All good things must come to an end, even Windows 7. After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7. But you can keep the good times rolling by moving to Windows 10.
• Forbes: Microsoft Abandons 'Windows 8'... Windows 8.1 falls under the same lifecycle policy as Windows 8, and will reach end of Mainstream Support on January 9, 2018 and end of extended support on January 10, 2023.
• CNET: Microsoft discontinued shipping Windows 7 and 8.1 on November 2016... After October 31, 2016, the only version of the software that will come on new devices will be Windows 10.
Lenovo Laptop Weekly Sales Deals: Save up to $600 on select Laptops
Lenovo acquired IBM's personal computer business in 2005 and agreed to acquire its Intel-based server business in 2014. Lenovo is a Chinese multinational technology company with headquarters in Beijing, China and Morrisville, North Carolina, United States. It designs, develops, manufactures, and sells personal computers, tablet computers, smartphones, workstations, servers, electronic storage devices, IT management software, and smart televisions. Lenovo was the world's largest personal computer vendor by unit sales from 2013 to 2015. It markets the ThinkPad line of notebook computers, IdeaPad, Yoga and Legion lines of notebook laptops, and the IdeaCentre and ThinkCentre lines of desktops.
So much Social Media but too little time? How to turn clicks into customers!
Save the date, December 6 from 9-11am for our next Business Networking breakfast on the topic of growing your business with social media. The event will be a panel discussion with four social media experts. Heather Dolland, founder of All the Tastes of New York, will moderate the discussion. Learn how you can grow your business with social media and turn your clicks into customers. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation. Businesses with existing social media and those wanting to start a social media strategy will benefit from this event. Registration is now open.
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Murray Hill Neighborhood Association (MHNA): Do you need help with your computer, mobile device or network?
Super Computer Doctor - "Experience you can trust". Super Computer Doctor has been providing computer repair services and installation for computers, mobile devices, printers, networks, WiFi, firewalls, Sonos and security cameras to residents and small businesses in NYC Murray Hill, East Midtown and Kips Bay for over 20 years. Super Computer Doctor is a Lenovo reseller providing laptop and desktop computers.
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FREE iPad and iPhone workshop on August 8th @ 10:30am.
Everything You Need To Know About Your iPad/iPhone Series
Bring your iPhone or iPad and learn everything from settings, taking and editing pictures, apps, privacy and security features, updates and much more! For beginners and tech-savvy folks. Please bring your own device to the class. (Devices will not be provided, iPhone and iPads only. No other smartphone or tablet will be discussed.)
Computer 101 tip of the day: "Did you back up your data? Umm I don't do that"
Anyone who has lost important information after a computer failure will be able to relate scene from the show, Sex in the City. In the scene, Sarah Jessica Parker's MacBook crashes while she typing. Her character, who plays a professional writer, panics and becomes even more flustered after her boyfriend tinkers with the computer and is unable to fix it. Later, a technician, while diagnosing the crash, asks when was the last time she backed up her work. She says, "Umm, I don't do that." The scene, while funny in retrospect, is no laughing matter since the computer cannot be recovered and all information is lost including everything she has ever written on it.