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Data Doctors: Mac users need to beware of new ransomware Data Doctors: Mac users need to beware of new ransomware 07/03/2020 02:43am • [caption id="attachment_20678335" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] An iPad Pro and a MacBook Pro are displayed an Apple store Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)[/caption] Q: Do Mac users need to be worried about ransomware or is it just a Windows problem? Ransomware continues to Data Doctors: Tips for buying digital picture frames Data Doctors: Tips for buying digital picture frames 06/26/2020 03:11pm • Q: Are there any digital picture frames that work with Google Photos? A: When the concept of the digital picture frame first surfaced in the 90’s, the hype around how it was going to transform our homes was pretty over the top. All your artwork and pictures would become huge picture frames t Data Doctors: When you post photos on social media, who owns the copyrights? Data Doctors: When you post photos on social media, who owns the copyrights? 06/19/2020 01:00am • Q: Do I give up my copyrights of an image if I publish it on social media? The term "copyright," when it comes to any type of creative work, is pretty much what it sounds like: the right to copy. The person that created the work and anyone they authorize to use the work are the only ones that can Data Doctors: What's that 'Exposure Notification' on my smartphone? Data Doctors: What's that 'Exposure Notification' on my smartphone? 06/12/2020 11:50am • Q: Is Google automatically signing Android users up for their contact tracing system? There has been a lot of misinformation posted on social media as it pertains to an update for certain Android phones that included a setting for "Exposure Notifications." As I previously wrote, Apple and Goog Data Doctors: Is my MacBook upgradeable? Data Doctors: Is my MacBook upgradeable? 06/05/2020 12:48pm • Q: I just found out that my MacBook Pro’s hard drive can’t be upgraded because it’s soldered in! When did this change happen on Macs? A: A couple of things everyone buying a new computer should always consider is both the upgradeability and reparability of the unit. I recently wrote abou Data Doctors: The truth about the FixMeStick Data Doctors: The truth about the FixMeStick 05/29/2020 01:10pm • Q: Is a FixMeStick any good for removing malware and viruses? There is no one-size-fits-all approach to removing malicious code from your computer. The best way to deal with malware and viruses changes based on a number of variables. This includes the specific type of malware, the state of the Data Doctors: What is a virtual machine and what is it used for? Data Doctors: What is a virtual machine and what is it used for? 05/23/2020 12:38am • Q: What exactly is a virtual machine and what is it used for? A: Generally speaking, your computer is made up of hardware, an operating system and programs. Most of us own a computer that runs on either a Microsoft or Apple operating system, and if you wanted the ability to run both, you would Data Doctors: How to make the most of your Amazon Echo Data Doctors: How to make the most of your Amazon Echo 05/15/2020 11:23am • [caption id="attachment_20582316" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] FILE - In this May 9, 2018, file photo a second generation Echo that controls the blinds as well as televisions and lighting at an Amazon Experience Centers model home in Dallas, Texas. (Nathan Hunsinger/The Dallas Morning News via Data Doctors: Microsoft Office deals? Buyer beware! Data Doctors: Microsoft Office deals? Buyer beware! 05/08/2020 05:01pm • Q: I bought a new laptop and it didn’t come with Microsoft Office, so I’m trying to figure out the best place to buy it. Why does the price vary so much? A: When it comes to productivity software, Microsoft Office is the de facto standard, but the common misconception is that it’s part of M Data Doctors: Return of the 'sextortion' scam Data Doctors: Return of the 'sextortion' scam 05/01/2020 05:25am • Q: I just got an email from someone showing me one of my passwords and saying that they have been inside my computer for months. They are demanding money or they said they will expose my activities to my contacts. Is this for real? A: As expected during the lockdown, scammers are stepping up thei Data Doctors: Photo and document scanning apps Data Doctors: Photo and document scanning apps 04/24/2020 05:15am • Q: I heard that the CamScanner app was found to have malware in it so I’m looking for something to replace it. Any suggestions? A: Late last year, the very popular scanning app with over 100 million downloads was found to have malicious code within a third-party advertising component that was i Data Doctors: For now, avoid COVID-19 contact tracing apps Data Doctors: For now, avoid COVID-19 contact tracing apps 04/17/2020 02:30pm • [caption id="attachment_20853538" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Ukrainians wearing face masks look at the latest news on a phone in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)[/caption] Q: Do you think any of the COVID-19 contact tracing apps will be effective and worth us Data Doctors: Tips for sniffing out COVID-19 scams Data Doctors: Tips for sniffing out COVID-19 scams 04/10/2020 07:27pm • Q: Any tips on what to watch for from COVID cyber-scammers? A. Cyberscams proliferate any time there are big events, so a pandemic is a huge opportunity to compromise victims trying to keep up with the constantly changing landscape. They can be in email messages with malicious links or attachm Data Doctors: Tips on how to use video conference services like Zoom safely Data Doctors: Tips on how to use video conference services like Zoom safely 04/03/2020 04:53am • Q: Is it safe to use Zoom for my videoconferences or should I consider something else? A: With most of the country under a "stay at home" order, the use of video conferencing has skyrocketed. Zoom’s user numbers reportedly went from around 10 million daily users in December to more than 200 Data Doctors: Work from home job opportunities Data Doctors: Work from home job opportunities 03/28/2020 11:08am • Q: I’m trying to generate whatever income I can while I’m stuck at home, but I know there are a lot of scams out there. What can I do to find legit ways to make some money? A: Work from home scams were pretty common well before the coronavirus pandemic hit the world’s economies and you can
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