Solid State Drives can save old laptops!

How would you like your PC or laptop to run 10 times faster? Solid-state Drives have come way down in price. The SSD is nearly as fast as your RAM memory. Computer First can install Windows 10 on a SSD and WOW what a difference in speed. It can breathe new life into old slow laptops. They are also more reliable because SSD's have no moving parts like old slow mechanical Hard Drives. This is really important in laptops that are moved around a lot.

Netflex documentary – “The Social Dilemma.”

Everyone should watch the new documentary on Netflex – "The Social Dilemma." It fuses investigative documentary with enlightening narrative drama. Expert testimony from tech whistle-blowers exposes our disturbing predicament: the services Big Tech provides-search engines, networks, instant information, etc.-are merely the candy that lures us to bite. Once we're hooked and coming back for more, the real commodity they sell is their prowess to INFLUENCE AND MANIPULATE us. FAKE news spreads faster than TRUTH.

Society is manipulated by Google and Facebook

An eye-opening documentary, The Creepy Line reveals the stunning degree to which society is manipulated by Google and Facebook and blows the lid off the remarkably subtle – hence powerful – manner in which they do it.
The Creepy Line is a title culled from the words of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, when during a 2010 interview he explained Google’s code of conduct: “The Google policy on a lot of things is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.”

The Creepy Line takes the conversation about data privacy and control further than ever before by examining what Google and Facebook do once they control a user’s data. Not only is this data sold to the highest bidder, but it is used it to mold, massage, and manipulate the public consciousness while influencing opinion on a vast scale – all with the goal of transforming society to fit their worldview.

Warning! – Microsoft One Drive

Microsoft One Drive is not your friend. Once activated, It will hijack all your documents and pictures and music. When it runs out of the free 5g space, it will limit your ability to view your files. It is very hard to restrain or disable. I have done a "restart" to windows 10 so I could disable it on the first login. Use "Task Manager" to disable One Drive on first setup of Windows 10. You can always activate it later if you wish…  NOT!

Google Drive is much friendlier.and it will not affect how Windows works.

Need more LOVE

With all the bad political behavior, the world needs a little more Love!

Telemarketing calls could be Eliminated!

Do you get a 100 telemarketing call per day?  Does your Caller-ID show a local phone number, but the caller is foreign? This is called “Spoofing” and it can be stopped by your network provider. They have little interest in correcting this problem because it will cost money.

The Federal Government could protect us all from Telemarketers, spam, and spoofing by enacting laws to direct providers to filter and correct these issues. China filters and protects their citizens from the World Wide Web threats (and Google, lol); the technology is there to protect us too. Congress is simply too focused on By-partisan fighting to allow time for real governing.

I would say call your Congressman, but the national media networks now determine public opinion.  So, go to social media and your local news channels to influence public opinion and thus pressure Congress to make changes.

Windows 7 no longer supported?

Now that Windows 7 is reaching the end of its life and will no longer be supported by MicroSoft, it is time to make a decision about that older laptop / desktop. Many computers still have years of life left in them and can be upgraded to Windows 10 without paying MicroSoft for a license. Call Computer First and we will help you decide to upgrade or purchase new equipment.

You still have some time; Windows 7 will continue to work after the Nov./ Dec. 2019 end date.

How Did “Antivirus Pro” Infect My PC?

How Did “Antivirus Pro” Infect My PC? There's actually a number of ways this annoying/dangerous little bugger got on to your PC, but the most common, is from downloading & sharing music from torrent related websites, or visiting other sites that ask you to install javascripts to watch certain videos etc. Plainly put, Spyware creators are smart and its a hard job to defend yourself at all times.

Antivirus Pro is a fake antivirus program (rogue antispyware software). Antivirus Pro 201X uses system warnings and alerts, pop-ups, false scan results in order to trick you into buying the software. The scareware does not offer any protection to computer! Once Antivirus Pro 201X installed, it will automatically start every time Windows is started. Once running, Antivirus Pro 201X will scan your computer and display false scan results that state the PC is infected with a lot of Trojans and viruses. All these scan results are fake! These infections do not exist on your computer, so you can safely gnore them. Call Computer First Onsite 812-282-6440 

 

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Angie’s List, Are they really working for you?

Angie's List is real not looking out for consumers; you have to follow the money… I purchased a membership into Angie’s List several years ago for ½ price. I wanted to see how they worked. I wrote my own company, Computer First, a wonderful review through my personal membership. My company began getting calls and Emails from Angie’s List to join their group of premier contractors for $200 per year. They are getting money from both customers and contractors! Holy Cow, what a scam; that is better than the BBB which only collects money from businesses! Additionally, my membership was $20 per year and business membership was $200 per year. Who does Angie’s List really protect? I would protect the $200 not the $20. LOL

Imposter Scams

Some 348,000 people reported impostors, 19 percent suffered a financial loss.

Impostor scams were again the top fraud in 2017, according to the Federal Trade Commission, which has detailed the 2.7 million complaints the agency received from consumers last year.

Although the total number of complaints decreased from nearly 3 million in 2016, consumers reported losing $905 million, an increase of $63 million from 2016.

In terms of age, younger people were fleeced more often but, when successfully scammed, older people lost more money.

Among those ages 20 to 29, 40 percent reported losing money to fraud; the rate for those 70 and above was 18 percent. But when the thieves were successful, the typical amount of loss depended greatly on one’s age. The older you were, the more you lost.

For those 20-29, the median loss was $400. The comparable figures were $621 for those 70 to 79 and $1,092 for those 80 and above.

Some 348,000 people reported about impostors, with 19 percent saying they suffered a financial loss. After impostors, the top categories in order of number of reports were phone and mobile services (150,000); prizes, sweepstakes and lotteries (143,000); shop-at-home and catalog sales (126,000); internet services (45,000); foreign money offers and counterfeit checks (32,000); travel, vacation and time-shares (22,000); business and job opportunities (19,000); advance payments for credit (18,000); and health care (10,000).

The top states per capita for fraud reports were Florida, Georgia and Nevada.

You can find out the FTC’s fraud report in detail at its website.

Can you spot an impostor?

85% of adults are confident they can, according to a recent AARP survey. But the majority of the survey participants then flunked an “Impostor IQ” quiz that measures the ability to spot a liar.

Welcome to what experts call the illusion of invulnerability — the belief that frauds happen to others but not you. Overconfidence in your ability to spot bad guys is a dangerous thing. Impostor fraud is among the fastest-growing scam types precisely because so many of us think we are immune to it.

To help, here is a small sampling of actual impostor scams now playing out across America. The take- away? Never accept a pitch or give any information to a stranger — on the phone, in person or over the internet — without first independently verifying that it’s legitimate.

 

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The jury duty manager: “Hi, I’m calling from the courthouse, and you missed jury duty. Pay $400 or go to prison.”

https://cdn.aarp.net/content/dam/aarp/money/scams_fraud/2017/09/130-when-con-man-calls-puppy-breeder.web.jpgThe puppy breeder: “As a dog lover, you should know we just got a beautiful litter of purebred golden retriever puppies. Just $200 each!”

https://cdn.aarp.net/content/dam/aarp/money/scams_fraud/2017/09/130-when-con-man-calls-utility-company.web.jpgThe utility company: “We will be shutting off your electricity in 24 hours if you don’t pay the past-due amount on your bill immediately.”

 Learn more about: Utility imposter scams

 

https://cdn.aarp.net/content/dam/aarp/money/scams_fraud/2017/09/130-when-con-man-calls-government-clerk.web.jpgThe government clerk: “You have unclaimed property with our state. Simply pay this fee, and we will release it to you.”

https://cdn.aarp.net/content/dam/aarp/money/scams_fraud/2017/09/130-when-con-man-calls-ticket-seller.web.jpgThe ticket seller: “As an affiliate of a major ticket vendor, we can get you seats for your dream concert for a discount, if you act quickly.”

https://cdn.aarp.net/content/dam/aarp/money/scams_fraud/2017/09/130-when-con-man-calls-bank-verifier.web.jpgThe bank verifier: “There’s a data problem with your checking account. Please verify this information so we can confirm things and fix the error.”

 

https://cdn.aarp.net/content/dam/aarp/money/scams_fraud/2017/09/130-when-con-man-calls-big-winner-announcer.web.jpgThe big-winner announcer: “I’m from the Canadian lottery, and you have won $1 million! Pay the import tax and fee, and we’ll send you your winnings.”

 Learn more about: Sweepstakes imposter scams

https://cdn.aarp.net/content/dam/aarp/money/scams_fraud/2017/09/130-when-con-man-calls-doctor-rep.web.jpgThe doctor representative: “Research shows conclusively that these new capsules will stop your disease in its tracks.”

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The police or fire department: “We’re raising money for officers (or firefighters) injured in the line of duty. How much will you be donating today?”

 Learn more about: Police imposter scams

https://cdn.aarp.net/content/dam/aarp/money/scams_fraud/2017/09/130-when-con-man-calls-internal-revenue-service.web.jpgThe Internal Revenue Service: “You owe taxes and are at grave risk of large fines or jail time if you do not settle this situation immediately.”

 

https://cdn.aarp.net/content/dam/aarp/money/scams_fraud/2017/09/130-when-con-man-calls-long-distance-lover.web.jpgThe long-distance lover: “In these weeks of chatting, I’ve fallen so in love with you. Send money for a plane ticket, and oh, the magic that will happen!”

 Learn more about: Online dating scams

https://cdn.aarp.net/content/dam/aarp/money/scams_fraud/2017/09/130-when-con-man-calls-military-rep.web.jpgThe military rep: “I’m from the Veterans Administration, and you are entitled, as an ex-soldier, to benefits from this program. I just need to know …”

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