Bob Rankin: Buying an Inkjet Printer

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Inkjet printers are the workhorses of home and office. There are hundreds of different models available, each offering dozens of features. Buying an inkjet printer can be confusing unless you know which options are really important. The good news is, inkjet printers are dirt cheap. The bad news: buying the wrong inkjet printer (even a cheap one) can be very expensive. Here’s what you need to know…

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Bob Rankin: 9 Great Portable Tech Support Tools

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A well-prepared scout never goes anywhere without his trusty Swiss army knife. Similarly, you need a portable arsenal of troubleshooting tools to solve common computer problems. You never know when your laptop, or a friend’s computer, may start acting up. Load up these free tech support utilities onto a USB flash drive and they’ll think you’re a tech support superhero!

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Bob Rankin: Time To Upgrade Your Browser?

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If I had to guess the most-often used piece of software on most computers, I would have to go with the Web browser. The Internet is an integral part of most people’s computing experience these days, and the browser is the primary app for interacting with the online world. So it’s surprising to me how lax some people are about keeping their Web browsers up to date. Here’s why that’s so important, and how to get it done…

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Bob Rankin: How To Track or Locate a Cell Phone

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There are many reasons you might want to locate a cell phone and track its movements. Perhaps you lost your phone and would like it back. You might be an anxious parent, a government agent, or you could be part of a group of friends who want to keep tabs during a night on the town. Whatever your reason for tracking a cell phone, there are several ways to go about doing it. Here’s the scoop on cell phone tracking…

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Bob Rankin: How I Got Hacked… & Why You MUST Have a Backup!

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Last week I heard from a friend who thought she might have been infected by a virus. When she visited her own website, it was redirecting her to another web address. It sounded like a simple Javascript redirect, so I assumed it would be safe to visit her site and see where the problem was. Turns out that was a BIG mistake! Find out what happened to my computer, and how I finally managed to recover from the damage…

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Bob Rankin: Hard Drive Data Recovery

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Unlike diamonds, hard drives are not forever. It’s very likely that someday you’ll start your computer, and instead of the familiar startup screen, you’ll see one of these ominous messages: DISK BOOT FAILURE… NO FIXED DISK PRESENT… ERROR READING FIXED DISK… or HARD DRIVE FAILURE. Don’t panic just yet, there may be hope for recovery of that damaged hard drive…

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Bob Rankin: Spear Phishing & Internet Security

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By Bob Rankin

Spear phishing is a cybercrime technique that lures victims into revealing passwords, credit card data, and other sensitive information by masquerading as a communication from a trusted entity. The spear phishing communication – usually an email – looks very much like a familiar email format sent by your bank, Facebook, or anyone from which you’re accustomed to getting email. It may even include your name and other details which reassure you that “this is someone I know”. But beware, it’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing…

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