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A Smorgasbord Of Advice For The Season

By Bob Hooper for Island Eye News

A new email scam purporting to be either from Costco, Sam’s, Amazon or any other big name warehouse or online wholesaler is circulating.

The email starts out “Our online store (insert name here) received an order…” and continues with instructions that seem to confirm either an order or an order being sent to you. It provides a “link” where you can see the order detail. This is a fake link and will send you to fake website where your information may be compromised. Laptops prices are down, just be aware of what you are buying.

Cheap can do the job but might not last long. Make sure you are comparing Apples to Apples— even if it’s a Windows based computer!

The calls from Microsoft or a Microsoft “partner” have ramped up again and will be in full force through the holidays. Those, along with email scams are just that, scams. No one is going to call you from Microsoft and tell you your computer is infected, damaged, whatever. It’s all aimed at parting you from some hardearned cash and truly infect your computer.

Apple computers cannot get a virus but all sorts of other “malware” can infect them. Bad guys have decided that although the pool of Apple users is small compared to Windows users they have a lot of disposable income and want some of it. If not using any sort of protection consider using Sophos at The price is perfect as it’s free.

Staying with Apple, if you have installed or have considered installing MacKeeper do yourself a favor and steer clear of it. There is a lot of negative feedback about the program online, mainly focused on the aggressive advertising they use.

Windows has released a Beta test of the new Windows 10 operating software. Most likely sometime next year we will see computers being sold with the new OS and 8 will be history. Anyone who has bought a computer with 8 or 8.1 on it should be offered a reduced upgrade, probably the same for Windows 7. If you have 8 or 8.1 I would consider upgrading when offered but would wait with 7. Have a very Merry Christmas and if celebrating another holiday have a wonderful one!

As with all of my columns if you want help or have questions don’t hesitate to call Rent A Bob at 843.822.7794 or email at

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