On the technical side 12-31-2013
During the last few months, there has been a rash of computer scam phone calls. “Hello, this is Microsoft. Your computer has been identified as having a virus….”. If you receive this type of phone call, HANG UP! Microsoft or your network service provider doesn’t make phone calls to let you know that your computer has a virus. It seems like the frequency of these phone calls has increased over the last few weeks. Have you received a phone call about your computer?
Do you use “sneaker net”? Sneaker net is the process of copying a file to a storage device and carrying the storage device to another computer. You might have a work or school project that requires you to work on a file on a few different computers at different locations.
“I hate Windows 8!”
Do you know anyone who actually likes Windows 8? Why did Microsoft have to change the way that users interface to Windows? “If it aint broke, don’t fix it!”
The first computers were nothing like today’s computers. If you compare computers to living organisms, computers have gone through a very quick evolution to become what they are today. You could say that there is a major change in computers happening at this moment is time.
If you walked on the sidewalk in a busy city, would you stop when asked, “Hey, come here, I got a great deal for you…”? We have even adapted a “don’t make eye contact” policy for our ventures out in public. Most of us just ignore barkers and continue on our way. Why are online and telephone scammers so successful?
Have you heard of the scam where your computer files are locked and will not be made available to you unless you pay a ransom?
The Swansea, Massachusetts police department found out the hard way about this scam. Someone in the department opened an email that infected a key computer. The chief contacted the FBI for guidance but there was no easy answer. The decision was made to pay the ransom. What was too valuable to lose?
What should I do if I think that my computer has a virus?
If you think that your computer is infected, you should try to limit any damage caused by a computer virus. The best action to take would be to turn off the computer. Don’t attempt to repair the problem unless you know what you are doing. Take some time to consider your repair action before you attempt to remove the virus.
*Google secret buildings?
Did you know that Google is building “something” in San Francisco bay? Google is also building something in Portland, Maine on the water also. Google management was able to bypass local building applications and regulations because the buildings are not land based but are being built on barges. Local building inspection services have no access to the buildings. Google’s secret will be a secret until Google decides to make an announcement.
More Snowden “revelations”
Are you really surprised that the NSA snooped on people? It seems that everyone is shocked to learn that the NSA snooped where they should not have. It is human nature to snoop. It seems that everyone is up in arms and demanding that heads roll at the NSA and other law enforcement agencies.
How do you read and manage your email?
Email is a very common method to send messages today. It could be one of the reasons why the US Postal Service is in the financial mess that it is today. Almost everyone uses email instead of “Snail” or postal mail. Less postal mail being sent translates to less revenue being generated by the post office.
Businesses suggest that patrons use email accounts to receive invoices. An invoice can be generated quickly and sent almost instantly to the customer. It is very easy to send correspondences to another person’s email account, all you need is an email address.