State of the Union, Satirical Edition

Every year, except for the first year of a new president's term, the President of the United States makes an address to a joint session of congress reporting on the status of America's economy and detailing his or her's administrations policy goals for the upcoming year. This address is called the State of the Union. … Continue reading State of the Union, Satirical Edition

Best Free Antivirus Security Suites

In previous posts, I've repeatedly driven the point that having up-to-date antivirus protection on your machine is a must. Some of you might not want to shell out $70-120 for antivirus services. While the paid services are generally much higher end and better quality than free antivirus programs, even free antivirus is better than no … Continue reading Best Free Antivirus Security Suites

Tech Tip: Using a VPN to Secure Your Internet Usage

Online privacy is of serious concern to many users of the internet. In today's age, the public should be wary of hackers, spy agencies and governments trying to tap into users online activities in order to monitor their sessions or steal their information. With the increased focus on information security and narrative control by many … Continue reading Tech Tip: Using a VPN to Secure Your Internet Usage

Tech Tip: Securing Your Systems and Information From Hackers

In the modern era, services involving sensitive information, such as shopping and banking, are commonly conducted over the internet. However, many of us are not careful enough with accessing our banking accounts or inputting credit card and social security information while utilizing these services. Here's a couple of steps you can take to ensure that … Continue reading Tech Tip: Securing Your Systems and Information From Hackers

NIST and the New Standards of Password Security

When it comes to password policies, most organizations have similar rules about what qualifies as a good password. Normally, they require a minimum of 8 characters, including upper case, lower case, numeric and special characters, cannot be one of the five most recent passwords used, and have a maximum age ranging from 30-120 days depending … Continue reading NIST and the New Standards of Password Security

Protecting Your Machines and Devices from Meltdown, Spectre and Other Security Vulnerabilities

Hello French Fries, In the first throes of 2018, it came to light that billions of computer chips that have been on the market are susceptible to two security flaws, one called Meltdown and another called Spectre. Chips made by AMD and Intel, which are used widely in smartphones, computers, and cloud-service servers, are at … Continue reading Protecting Your Machines and Devices from Meltdown, Spectre and Other Security Vulnerabilities

Tech Tip: How To Avoid PUP’s

Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP's), sometimes also described as Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUA's) are a real threat to machines and systems out there these days. Here's how to prevent infecting your network and machines with PUP's. 1.) PUP's get installed because someone installs them or installs a freeware program that PUP's ride on. If you decide … Continue reading Tech Tip: How To Avoid PUP’s

Tech Tip: How To Spot a Phone Scam

Hello French Fries! I've gotten multiple calls in the past couple days over the phone from scammers. If I'm getting these calls, many of you probably are as well. So I will detail the specific scam call I'm getting, and then tell you how I have determined it's a scam, and how to protect yourself … Continue reading Tech Tip: How To Spot a Phone Scam

Ten Bold Predictions for 2018

Hello French Fries! Since it's New Years Eve, and I was too busy Friday to push a post, I am going to do a special post today. I'm going to list my 10 bold predictions for what will be the top trends in tech in 2018 based on my observations of the industry in 2017. … Continue reading Ten Bold Predictions for 2018

Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin and Siri

Hello French Fries! I hope you all had a pleasant weekend. I spent half of it in bed coughing, so I ended up watching a season and a half of the Crown on Netflix. Not to be ethnocentric, but my main observation from that show is that British culture and society as it is portrayed … Continue reading Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin and Siri