Author: John Lortz

Protecting Yourself Online – It’s time to make it a way of life

It’s no real surprise that cybercrime in the form of malware infections, online scams, and digital hacking, is on the rise. As our daily use of the Internet (email, browsing, purchasing, banking, etc.) goes up, so does the interest of cyber-criminals in exploiting us online. And over the past few weeks and months, this realization has really started to hit home, as a series of internet related crimes hit the headlines. WannaCry (WannaCrypt0r 2.) ransomware was unleashed by hackers and spread to over 200,000 computers world-wide, and although the spread of WannaCry has dramatically slowed, variants, such as one...

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WannaCry Ransomware Attack makes worldwide headlines

Over the past few days, a new strain of ransomware, called WannaCry or WannaCrypt0r 2.0 , has made big headlines as it spreads across Europe and other countries, including the UK, Spain, France, Russia, Taiwan, Japan, and China. Avast, an internet Security company, reports that there has been over 75,000 cases in 99 different countries (although the U.S. is not yet one of them). At this point, most of the infections have been reported in Russia, the Ukraine, and Taiwan, but U.K. hospitals (through their National Health Service), Chinese universities, and even FedEx have reported they have infected systems. CLICK HERE to visit a...

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From CNet – How to improve Chromes Performance

[Summary – Here’s a recent article from describing 3 ways that you can improve the performance of Google Chrome. Although the author was originally using a Macbook Pro as he wrote this, Chrome looks and works the same regardless of whether you’re using a Mac or Windows computer. I changed the screenshot below from what he saw on the Mac to what you can see when using Windows. I’ve also added in some additional information in places where I thought a bit more explanation was needed. You’ll see my added information in blue italics – John Lortz] Article By Matt Elliott...

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Favorite Tech Articles of the Day

Every day there are certain “tech” sites I visit for news and information to help me keep up with what’s going on in the Technology World. To give you an easy way to see the latest happenings, here are the top 5 articles (for today) from four of my favorite sites. Scroll down to see news from TechSpot, CNet, PC World, and Make-Use-Of. Clicking the article title will open a new browser tab and take you to the full article. News from TechSpot Weekend Open Forum: What operating system do you run? by Shawn Knight on May 26, 2017 at 10:45 pm Microsoft revealed earlier this month that Windows 10 is now installed on half a billion active devices around the world. Indeed, some variant of Microsoft’s Windows OS is likely what you’ll find running on the average computer user’s PC... […] 'Overwatch' is free to play this holiday weekend by Shawn Knight on May 26, 2017 at 8:45 pm It’s Friday afternoon and you’re staring down the barrel of a long three-day weekend. While many will be spending a portion of their time with family and friends around the grill, others see the extended weekend as an excellent opportunity to try out a new game or two. ... […] How to Merge and Remove Duplicate Contacts in Android by Ivan Franco on May 26, 2017 at 7:45 pm...

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Google Earth Gets a Face Lift!

[Summary – Google released a new version of Google Earth that you can now access using your web browser instead of having to download and install it. But for now, you can only access it if you’re using the Google Chrome browser. Google Earth is a virtual globe that lets you explore any location using maps, geographical features, satellite images, and even street-level images.] If you’ve never had a chance to use Google Maps, next time you need to find your way to somewhere, definitely give Maps a try ( But if you want to take the adventure of exploring...

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