In this quick tech tip, Chet shares a free website that will help you determine if a specific website is down or if it’s a different problem.

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.      

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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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 […]

In today’s Tech Tip Chet shares software he uses to detect and clean-up Malware (malicious software). This free software (free trial of full version, and free limited version) is available at www.MalwareBytes.com.

Hard to find good sounding legally free music

In today’s Tech Tip Chet shares the importance of observing the issue of using Royalty Free music for your video projects, online classes, podcasts, and other media projects, and provides one of his favorite resources for cost free, royalty free music.  You can visit the site yourself at http://audionautix.com (and as Chet suggests – consider donating on the site if you use one or more of their music files).

In today’s Tech Talk Chet provides an introduction to Cloud Computing – where both the Application (software) and the data (files, documents) are not on your local computer but in the ‘cloud’ and you compute while connected to the internet.

In today’s Tech Tip Chet introduces Cloud Backups – of both mobile devices and computers.  Whether you’re using a Smartphone/iPhone, iPad/Tablet or Desktop/laptop computer a Cloud Backup could really save your backside (by saving your data, your important files, photos, etc).   Chet reviews the use of iCloud in his iPhone as well as the laptop backup service he uses (Backblaze).