In today’s Tech Tip Chet shows how you can see the email address of the sender. This can help you avoid responding to or clicking on a fraudulent email message.

In today’s Tech Tip Chet Davis shares one way to determine if that email is likely from a cyber-thief. You can avoid getting trapped in a scam (hacking your private information) by paying attention to inbound email messages that ask you to click on their link to sign-in to your account.

Beware: Tech Support Scam via Telephone

The cure is worse than the (fake) problem

In today’s Tech Tip Chet Davis shares caution about acting on a telephone call that suggests you’ve been hacked. Usually, this is a fraudulent call that causes you to act in a way that provides personal info to a cyber thief.      

A great video demonstrating 14 different mounting angles for a GoPro camera

Was doing research for a client who is shooting a video following a motorcycle and needs to capture the action while he is following in a car.  Came across this great video from the folks at the Typical Enthusiast YouTube Channel. “This video will run you through 14 different angles, showing how the GoPro is […]

Instagram Security Flaw Exposes Millions of Account Holders

September 1, 2017

It was reported that Instagram experienced an intrusion recently due to an insecurity in their software.  That flaw has been addressed but not before a 3rd party allegedly harvested email addresses and telephone numbers of many Instagram account holders.  These are reportedly now for sale on the Dark Web.  NOTE: Account passwords apparently were not compromised.  Many high profile Instagram account holders were targeted but so were many “average users”.

What do to if you have an Instagram account?

There is no method to know if you’ve been affected by this latest hack, but privacy experts recommend being extra vigilant in the coming weeks – with an email address and telephone number in their hands someone could launch a phishing attack where they attempt to get your log-in details (passwords, etc).  If you get a telephone call or email that seems suspicious, best to report it to Instagram (click here for details).

Summary: You should be extra wary of any call or email that asks you to reset your email or Instagram password, or asks for log-in details for your telephone account.  Revealing these details to a 3rd party could end up being a privacy/identity theft nightmare.

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In today’s Tech Tip Chet Davis – Your Technology Tutor teaches you how to print a Word document without the annoying code fields – if you’re printing a document with web links and it says HYPERLINK on your page, Chet shows you how to turn that off!

Want to capture the Solar Eclipse on your SmartPhone?

NASA
August 2017

Here’s a good article (in a PDF document) that you addresses those wishing to photograph the Solar Eclipse tomorrow (August 21,2017). I’ll summarize the article:

  • Don’t expect to capture a photo worth framing, due to the distance of the image we’re capturing, and the extreme contrast.
  • Use a Solar Filter in front of your camera lens (or extended lens if you’re attaching one to your phone).

  • Do NOT, ever look at the sun during the eclipse. Permanent damage to your vision/eyes are likely.

    Read the entire article on the NASA 2017 Solar Eclipse website

  • Your Digital Tattoo: How Permanent is this Ink?

    Before you post, know this will be around for a LONG time

    In today’s Tech Tip Chet addresses the permanence of the posts we share on social media. And provides suggestions for making sure what you post is something you’ll be happy seeing 10 years from now. This is #2 in a 5-part video series on Choosing Your Own Digital Tattoo.

    Choosing your Digital Tattoo – thoughtfully posting on the internet

    What will this post look like to a stranger?

    In today’s Tech Tip Chet Davis – Your Technology Tutor shares the first of five videos focused on Choosing Your Digital Tattoo. Today “What does this look like to a stranger?”. Your digital tattoo or digital footprint is something you create every time you share some on social media today – and it will be […]

    Are You Happy With Your Digital Tattoo?

    Interview: What it is and how to shape it

    Had a great time talking with my friend and colleague Valda Ford recently about a very important topic – Your Digital Tatoo. For folks using Social Media it’s important you know that you are everyday adding to your Digital Tatoo, leaving a track – a record that friends, future bosses, co-workers, and your future mate […]