Power and Lies

Don't worry, this isn't about politics!


A great compact power strip for travel

Travel Solution

There are never enough outlets in airports and hotels. This compact power strip with two USB ports and a wraparound power cord ($18 from Amazon) was the most useful thing I brought on vacation.


My worst mistake of 2018 so far

Wasting an hour of my life watching Pretty Little Liars when I meant to try Big Little Lies. Oops!

Should have checked the Vulture lists.

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Apple offers free repairs on some Mac keyboards

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Worth checking if yours is one of the affected computers. 

Details here.


Extortion, plain and simple

This week, two clients received nasty messages designed to frighten them into paying up: old fashioned extortion in high tech clothes. Both kindly allowed us to share details with you, to help you avoid becoming a victim of similar attacks.

Problem 1

While browsing the web on her Mac, E. encountered this pop-up window.  She knew that it was a fake, but there was no obvious way to close the message and escape.

The inescapable pop up scam

Solution 1

There are easy ways to fix a frozen Mac or Mac app; learn how in this quick video on our YouTube channel.

Problem 2

P. received an email threatening to send embarrassing video to all of her contacts unless she sent $1000 in Bitcoin.  Normally, she would dismiss the message as obvious fraud, but the writer cited part of her usual password. Scary!

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Solution 2

A scan showed no evidence of intrusion and the password was, fortunately, an old one; this client is smart enough to change her passwords periodically.  But how did the sender get the password?

Millions of email addresses and passwords have been exposed online; check here if yours have.  The extortionist likely picked up her info from one of those breaches. We’ve said it before:  this is why it’s essential not to use the same password for multiple accounts, and to change them if you have any reason to suspect they’ve been compromised.