Scam Alert: Don’t fall for the “Hack Your Friends” scam on Facebook

scamAs you probably know by now, hackers and scammers just love Facebook, and it seems like a new scam starts making the rounds every day.

Well, the latest scam has been going around for a couple of months now. It arrives in your Facebook Message inbox after being sent via an IM that appears to have been sent from a friend. Read on to learn how the scam works… [Continue Reading]

Q&A: How do I log in to Windows 8.1 using a PIN instead of my password?

windows-8-1Question from Jackie L.:  I read that Windows 8.1 will let you log in with a 4 digit PIN instead of a password, but I can’t figure out how to enable it. Can you help me?

Rick’s answer:  Yes Jackie, Windows 8.1 indeed allows you to log in with a PIN. Microsoft added this option to make it easier for users to log in to their Windows accounts on mobile devices, but desktop and laptop users can use a PIN as well.

Here’s how to set up a PIN in Windows 8.1: [Continue Reading]

Don’t forget the ‘extras’ during your last minute Christmas shopping!

extrasWith all the rushing around as you try to pick up those last minute Christmas gifts, it’s easy to forget about the essential extras. What I mean by “extras” are the batteries, cables, carrying cases and other related items that make our high-tech gifts really useful.

One extra that might be especially important this year is a game or two to go along with all the new game consoles that Santa’s gonna be leaving under the tree tonight.

And if you’re one of the many who are planning to give someone a Kindle this year, a gift card for Amazon would be a perfect stocking stuffer. [Continue Reading]

Check the balance on most any gift card in seconds

gift-cardsHave you ever found a gift card that you had forgotten about lying around the house and wondered if it had a spendable balance on it?

If so, you probably stuck it in your wallet or purse and asked the cashier to check the balance on it the next time you visited that store.

But there’s an easier way to check the balance on gift cards from hundreds of retailers, restaurants, gas stations and more. In fact, you can easily do it in just a few seconds using your own computer or smart phone. Here’s how: [Continue Reading]

10 tips for starting and writing a successful blog

blog-sticky-noteHave you been thinking about starting a blog? Do you already have a blog but you’re having a hard time getting people to visit it?

The truth is most anyone can start a blog these days, but attracting visitors who like your posts and want to come back to read your latest stuff on a regular basis isn’t easy.

That being said, starting your own blog and writing posts that are interesting and useful to your readers can be done if you follow a good plan.

What follows is my plan for running a successful blog. In order to make it easy to follow and understand, I have written it as a series of tips: [Continue Reading]

How to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 without losing your applications and system settings

win7-to-win8-1Many Windows 7 users decided to skip the upgrade to Windows 8 because of all the stories they heard about how horrid Windows 8 is, and I can’t say I blame them.

But now that Microsoft has fixed many of Windows 8’s most irritating problems and annoyances with the release of Windows 8.1, many of those same users would now like to upgrade. Perhaps you’re one of them. [Continue Reading]

Is your blog infected with malware? Find out right now with a free scan from Sucuri.

sucuri-logoIf you run a blog, chances are you’re concerned about it getting hacked and infected with malware. And in this day and age, that is a very valid concern.

Hackers and scammers are always probing blogs for security weaknesses, and if they find one they can quickly gain access to your blog’s server and install malware that will turn your blog into a vehicle for distributing all kinds of nefarious code to your blog visitors’ computers. [Continue Reading]

Free Kindle for Android app lets you download and read Kindle ebooks on your Android device

kindle-for-androidYou probably already know that Amazon offers over 850,000 ebooks along with a plethora of magazines and newspapers for immediate download to Kindle devices.

You might also already be aware that many of the ebooks on Amazon cost just 99 cents each, and many more cost nothing at all (as in they are absolutely free)!

What you might not be aware of however is you don’t really need a Kindle device in order to download and enjoy all of those great Kindle products. [Continue Reading]