Q&A: Do I need to worry about the Heartbleed bug even though I use an iPad?

heartbleed-logoQuestion from Lisa K.:  Hi Rick. I have a very simple question for you. Should I be worried about the Heartbleed bug even I only connect to the Internet with my iPad? I never use a computer anymore, only my iPad.

I’m asking you about this because I use several online services that I have to log into on a fairly regular basis and I’m afraid of having my identity stolen. Do you  think I should be or am I just being paranoid?

Thanks for taking the time to answer my question Rick. I really love this site and I tell people about it every chance I get!!

Rick’s answer:  [Continue Reading]

Review: Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E545 20B20011US 15.6-Inch Laptop

lenovo-thinkpad-edge-e545I’m often asked if it’s still possible to buy a new PC that comes with Windows 7 instead of Windows 8, and the answer is yes. A perfect example is the excellent Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E545 20B20011US laptop.

Actually, this laptop gives you a choice between two operating systems: Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1.

It comes with Windows 7 Pro pre-installed, but it also comes with a Windows 8 installation DVD and license. You can always replace Windows 7 with Windows 8 at no additional charge, then update Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 – also for free!

But the flexibility you get in terms of the operating system isn’t the only great thing about this machine. The hardware is quite capable (and expandable) as well. In a nutshell, this is what you get: [Continue Reading]

Make sure Windows 8.1 is up to date by May 13 or you won’t receive any more Windows Updates!

windows-8-1If you have a PC running Windows 8.1, make sure you have all the current Windows Updates installed by May 13 or you’ll no longer receive new updates after that date.

Microsoft has decided that it’s so important to keep Windows up to date that they’re going to make it mandatory if you want to keep your Windows 8.1 installation protected from future security threats as they arise. My advice: Do it, and ASAP.

All you really need to do is make sure your Windows 8.1 installation is set to install updates automatically. Here’s how: [Continue Reading]

How to change a VistaPrint order even when they say you can’t

vistaprint-logoAs one of the world’s largest printing companies, VistaPrint offers thousands of items that can be customized to your liking. And they do a great job at it.

The folks at VistaPrint are very easy to work with, but if your order includes customized items you’ll receive a message stating that the order cannot be canceled or changed after it has been placed.

This is not always true however, even when they say it is. The key to getting your VistaPrint order changed is to contact their customer service department as soon as possible after placing the order. Here’s how: [Continue Reading]

Q&A: Do I need to let the battery in a new laptop fully charge before using it?

hp-laptop-chargerQuestion from Brenda F.:  I just bought my 11 year old son his first laptop. It’s an HP Pavilion. The salesman told me I need to let the battery charge to 100% before I give it to him.

In the past I have always just unboxed my new laptops and plugged them in and started using them immediately, and as far as I know there was never any problem.

Do you think I really need to charge the battery before I give it to him? I’d prefer to let HIM open the box since it’s a gift.

Rick’s answer:  [Continue Reading]

How to disable auto-playing videos on Facebook

facebook-logoBy now you have probably noticed that many of the videos in your news feed now start playing automatically as soon as they load. And like me, you might find that a bit distracting.

Luckily, it’s very easy to disable auto-play videos on Facebook. Just follow these steps: [Continue Reading]

Galaxy S5′s ‘Download Booster’ feature disabled by Sprint, Verizon and AT&T

galaxy-s5-download-boosterThe awesome Samsung Galaxy S5 smart phone comes with an equally awesome feature called “Download Booster”.

In a nutshell, Download Booster does just as its name implies by using a cellular signal and Wi-Fi connection simultaneously to speed up large file downloads to your phone.

Sounds great, right? Well, it is. But don’t count on using it if your cellular provider is either Sprint, Verizon or AT&T.

Those spoil-sports have apparently instructed Samsung to disable the Download Booster feature on Galaxy S5 phones that will be used on their networks and completely remove the option from the phones’ settings menus. [Continue Reading]

Do you remember when…?

rotary-phoneDo you remember when…?

  • Your entire house had just one telephone and the entire family took turns using it.
  • When the phone rang, the closest person to it answered it.
  • It was located on a “telephone stand” which was probably sitting against an outside wall.
  • It was hard-wired to the wall jack, which meant you couldn’t unplug it and take it with you. [Continue Reading]