Archive for the ‘General Tech’ Category

You Probably Haven’t Been Hacked

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

Have you received the message on Facebook that says, “I’ve been hacked”? Or “You’ve been hacked! You’d better change your password”? It’s probably not the case.

Here’s what’s probably happening….

A bad actor sets up a Facebook account in Willis’ name and steals Willis’ profile picture.

Then he looks at Willis’ existing friends and makes friend requests of them.

Willis has not been hacked. Willis is being impersonated.

Willis’ friends have hundreds of Facebook friends so they don’t remember whether they are friends with Willis or not, so they accept the request.

Then Fake-Willis sends them a message: “Hey – I am stranded in Costa Rica with no money. Can you wire me some?!”

So Willis probably doesn’t need to change his password.

He (and his Facebook friends) need to report the Fake-Willis account to Facebook.

How to Add a Podcast to Pocketcasts – SOLVED

Friday, October 27th, 2017

I’ve been a long-time user of ShiftyJelly’s Pocket Casts app on Android.

When a brand new podcast comes out, it’s sometimes just unavailable. Even when you have the RSS feed, the Pocket Casts app can’t find it.

Here’s how to submit the RSS feed link for the podcast to Pocket Casts.

  1. Go to this link.
    http://pocketcasts.com/submit
  2. Enter your RSS link, like…
    http://shieldsgroup.com/feed/
  3. Click Submit.
  4. Wait five minutes.

Then enter the same RSS link into Pocket Casts podcast search bar, and the podcast should show up.

 

Your Hard Drive Is Going to Fail

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

If you’ve been around computers for a while, you know this equation all too well…

At least you should know that equation. Your hard drive is going to fail.

But evidently people don’t. Often, I hear of people who have important data on their computer, experience a hardware failure, and lose that data. Permanently.

They never learned that:

 

My heart goes out to people who, along with that data lose hours of hard work and years of treasured memories.

So why not backup your data? Now?

It’s not that hard.

You can use the cloud — Dropbox, Google Drive, MS OneDrive, to name a few. I do that.

Or you can create backups locally. I do that too.

I do this because I know my hard drive is going to fail.

Years ago, I spent $100 on a USB drive and plugged it into my router. (The router has to have a USB port). I hide this behind my monitor, so it’s not taking up valuable desk space.

Then I use it for local backups. Several times a week.

When I plugged the hard drive into the router, it showed up in Windows Explorer like this.

After entering the router username and password, I was able to copy files to that drive using Windows Explorer, or any OS equivalent.

Most frequently, I use something called FreeFileSync, an application that lets me synchronize two drives or folders to one another.

Be aware that, if you’re not careful, you can delete all your data with either of these tools, but if you do nothing, the certainty of Hard Drive Failure will cause data loss for sure.

Your hard drive is going to fail.

So what’s holding you back?

Did I mention that your hard drive is going to fail?

Take a look at your router now, and if it has the USB port, go buy a drive to backup your stuff. If you don’t have a router with a USB port, you can get one or you can use a USB port on your PC.

Do something, because your hard drive is going to fail.