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Today’s technology can frustrate seniors who didn’t grow up using it. I have been fascinated with and working with computers for over 50 years, so I have learned 4 secrets to troubleshooting common technology problems.
Knowing how to backup your computer is a valuable tool that can save your data from being forever lost. In this article I will talk about why backing up is important, how to do a backup, what to backup, and where to backup.
The young people today seem to believe that they have all the tech answers, but where would they be without us "boomers?" When I was young, we turned to the older generation for advice. Now we're looked at like we're stupid when it comes to technology.
Ransomware is a relatively new form of computer malware (“malware” is a generic term for malicious software). Back in my day we had computer viruses that were, in the beginning, just pranks. Then they became more malicious and destructive. Now with ransomware, they have become money makers. It is estimated that ransomware cost individuals, municipalities, and companies $1.2 billion in 2021.
A few times a month, I get a friend request on Facebook from someone I'm already friends with. Later I see a post from that person to "not accept any friend requests from me, my Facebook account has been hacked." I try to explain to them that they haven't been hacked, they've been cloned.
Fernando Corbato (yeah, I've never heard of him either) passed away recently at the age of 93. Fernando was instrumental in modernizing computing. You see, back in the day, even before I started getting interested in computers, people didn't have a machine on their desks, much less in their pockets. They probably didn't have a computer anywhere in the office. If a company had one at all, it was down in the basement manned by some white shirted guy with a black skinny tie, glasses, and a pocket protector.

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