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I wrote 2700 words on why Mac users can't gloat anymore about security.
OS X users like to make fun of Windows users as the only ones that have a malware problem. But that’s simply not true anymore, and the problem has increased dramatically in the last few months. Join us as we expose the truth about what’s really going on, and hopefully warn people about the impending doom.
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Crap-ware seems to be in the news lately. Being a Windows user it's nice to see the other guy take a few shots:)
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I'd like a TV, but hold the spying and ads please.
 
We told you back in 2013 that Smart TVs are stupid. 

And now they are spying on your conversations and inserting ads.

We recommend buying a dumb TV and a Roku or Chromecast.


http://www.howtogeek.com/176392/smart-tvs-are-stupid-why-you-dont-really-want-a-smart-tv/
Wouldn’t it be great to have a smart TV? Well, not really. Smart TVs have a lot of problems. If you do have a smart TV, you’d be better off combining it with a cheap set-top box rather than actually using its smart features.
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Except for the ad thing :)
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It's fun to be snarky.
 
We installed the top 10 apps from Download.com, and you’ll never believe what happened! 

Well… I guess maybe you might have a good guess. Awful things. Awful things are what happens. Join us for the fun!


http://www.howtogeek.com/198622/heres-what-happens-when-you-install-the-top-10-download.com-apps/
We installed the top 10 apps from Download.com, and you’ll never believe what happened! Well… I guess maybe you might have a good guess. Awful things. Awful things are what happens. Join us for the fun!
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It's so annoying when people use scare tactics to promote their business.
Recently an email has been making the rounds, scaring people like my mom by claiming that the flashlight app on their smartphone is stealing their information and sending it to China. This, of course, isn’t exactly true, and for the iPhone, is patently false.
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+Mikael Fransson It is presented to you when you install the app. If additional permissions are needed by an update, they are presented as well.  One could ignore, but does not need to look for this information.
Android 5.0 has a flashlight toggle in the quick settings and several OEMs include a flashlight app and/or widget, but that's really not the point.
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Microsoft’s Windows Store is a mess. It’s full of apps that exist only to scam people and take their money. Why doesn’t Microsoft care that their flagship app store is such a cesspool?
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Thanks for the heads up 
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This Google+ Auto Awesome feature has completely changed the way I take pictures. Now I just snap a whole bunch of them in a row and wait for the animated GIF to show up :-)

Baby Ben sees the mobile for the very first time...
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I love very much this baby!!
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This is bad. Really bad.
It’s a scary time to be a Windows user. Lenovo was bundling HTTPS-hijacking Superfish adware, Comodo ships with an even worse security hole called PrivDog, and dozens of other apps like LavaSoft are doing the same. It’s really bad, but if you want your encrypted web sessions to be hijacked just head to CNET Downloads or any freeware site, because they are all bundling HTTPS-breaking adware now.
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I did this last week.
The news that Anthem got hacked and 80 million people’s identities were stolen wasn’t very surprising — everybody is getting hacked these days. Last week, TurboTax had to temporarily shut down nationwide because of identity theft fraud. So how can you protect yourself from criminals opening accounts in your name?
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Love this article.
 
We laughed off many of these myths when we saw them in movies.

“Don’t believe what you see on TV,” we told people.

Boy, were we wrong.
Hollywood doesn’t understand technology and “hacking.” That’s what we thought, anyway. But many of the ridiculous things we’ve seen in movies turned out to be completely true.
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The Ask Toolbar is a travesty.
Java tries to install the terrible Ask Toolbar and other obnoxious junk — sorry, “sponsored software” — when you install it. Worse yet, Java bundles this junkware with security updates. This registry hack tells Java to never install that stuff.
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I did "hack" this immediately
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More Auto Awesomeness. So funny.

Baby Ben likes his Yoshi.
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Lively and beautiful big eyes
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Has your internet connection become slower than it should be? There may be a chance that you have some malware, spyware, or adware that is using your internet connection in the background without your knowledge. Here’s how to see what’s going on under the hood.
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