Skype 7 – Is It Really Almost Dead?

Yes, the Sad Day is Coming Soon Support for Skype 7 will end on Nov‍emb‍er 1, 2‍01‍8 on desktop devices. When support ends, Microsoft will begin requiring updates to version 8. Although you may be able to use older versions for a little while, they encourage you to update soon to avoid any interruption. Microsoft… Continue Reading

Mojo? Mojito? No. Mojave!

Apple releases Mac OS 10.14 Mojave Update: Apple released the 10.14.1 update on October 30, which improves the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac. It also offers group FaceTime and more emojis. We now give this a thumbs-up, but still with all the caveats listed below. The folks in Cupertino have been working on… Continue Reading

The Four Computer Dreads – Part 4: Ransomware & Scams

Ransomware is a form of malicious software (or malware) that, once it’s taken over your computer, threatens you with harm, usually by denying you access to your data. The attacker demands a ransom from the victim, promising — not always truthfully — to restore access to the data upon payment. Ransomware attacks are typically carried… Continue Reading

Facebook was reckless with your data – Now what?

(Update: You now have the ability to download a copy of all your current data on Facebook. This article from macobserver.com shows you how.) As you may already know, there’s been a security meltdown at Facebook, thanks to a company called Cambridge Analytica. As many as 50 million users learned that their social media data was… Continue Reading

The Four Computer Dreads – Part 2: Malware

Malware, a shortened combination of the words malicious and software, is a catch-all term for any sort of software designed with malicious intent. That malicious intent is often the theft of your private information. Or it can be the creation of a backdoor to your computer so someone can gain access to it without your… Continue Reading

Meltdown and Spectre Security Vulnerabilities? Oh my!

Apple has released macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 Supplemental Security Update, along with Safari 11.0.2 for Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and macOS Sierra 10.12.6. These updates mitigate the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities you may have read about in the news lately, and are recommended for all eligible Mac users to install. The Mac security software… Continue Reading

Ready… Set… High Sierra Upgrade?

(For your Mac, not your iPhone) Apple this week released the 10.13.2 version of Mac OS High Sierra. This update contains many bug fixes and it addresses several severe security flaws originally introduced with this new Mac OS system. Since Apple starting pushing this update out on users in November, you’ve probably been seeing a… Continue Reading

The Four Computer Dreads – Part 1: Passwords

Ahh, passwords: just that word can cause dread in the hearts of even the bravest computer user. But why should that be? Because we live in a crazy world where some people spend their days trying to leach off of others. And we all have things we’d rather be doing than dealing with passwords. Any… Continue Reading

Goodbye Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac?

Microsoft is no longer offering any support for Office for Mac 2011. That means no updates or bug fixes, and if anything goes wrong or stops working in Word, Excel, Powerpoint, or Outlook, you’re on your own. So, if you’re still running Office 2011 you probably should be asking yourself the question, “What should I do?”.… Continue Reading

Deleting the Google All Mail History

Do you have a gmail.com email account, or an account that is managed by Google for your company (i.e. yourcompany.org)? Then you have a Google All Mail box there that has been archiving everything you’ve ever sent or received. They changed this policy in early-2017. Up to that time, even files you put in the… Continue Reading

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Device syncing, backups,
passwords and email accounts
OS and app optimization and updates, and
preventive maintenance