Don’t Get a Call Blocking App – Do This for Free Instead – It Works Better

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Can you tell that I’m obsessed with foiling the sh*theads who have nothing better to do than harass people around the world with their nonstop scams?

Can you also tell that after investigating Call Blocking apps like Hiya (the absolute WORST for privacy violation) et al, that I would rather throw my phone away than use apps that are worse perpetrators than scammers for abusing your personal information and selling it over and over and over again to–forget highest–how ’bout any bidder?

This solution is absolutely FREE and absolutely PROTECTS YOUR PRIVACY.

I wrote about step one–using your phone’s Do Not Disturb tool here. That takes […]

By |2019-04-29T21:29:36-04:00May 2nd, 2019|Life, Tech Tips & Product Reviews|3 Comments

How to Beat Scammers and Spammers at Their Own Game – Do Not Disturb

Okay, I’m about ready to lose my mind with all of the scam/spam/robo calls I’ve suddenly been inundated with. Many of them during the middle of the night.

I’m guessing that one of my recently hacked accounts with some company that supposedly “really values my privacy and takes safety seriously” is the culprit. Does anybody have an account anywhere–business, bank, government, medical, etc.–that hasn’t been hacked yet?  We’ve all gotten so many of these notices, “Sorry to inform you that we had a recent breach…” that nobody even blinks anymore.

I’ve researched many apps like Hiya, Truecaller, Robokiller, etc.  If you are also considering one of these, I strongly encourage you to read the […]

By |2019-04-12T15:18:20-04:00April 12th, 2019|Tech Tips & Product Reviews|0 Comments

Getting Missed Calls from International Unknown Numbers? It’s An Expensive Scam

In recent years, I’ve been doing a fair amount of traveling to far-flung places. So I have some pretty unusual phone numbers in my contact list. Likewise, I’m used to getting calls at all hours of the day or night from different time zones.

But lately, I’ve been getting a rash of calls from Azerbaijan and Georgia. Neither are places I’ve been or plan on going to.

My first thought was that maybe they’re from someone who knows someone who knows me. But they hang up after one or two rings.  Just enough to wake me out of a dead sleep but not long enough for me to answer. And they don’t leave messages.

That’s […]

By |2019-04-06T08:39:22-04:00April 6th, 2019|Tech Tips & Product Reviews|0 Comments

How to Get Your iPhone to Work as a Hotspot for Your Surface Pro

We’re in the process of recycling phones. When the oldest phone is ready to bite the dust, I get the new phone (because I need high tech equipment for my work), Andrew gets my phone, and my mother gets his.

So with the latest upgrade to iPhone X (which I love), I found that I was no longer able to use it as a hotspot for my laptop (which I didn’t love).

After researching, I found the problem. You can’t have any spaces or special characters in your phone’s name. I had both.

iphone hotspot instructionsIf you’re facing the same problem, you’ll need to change the network name (which is the same as your iPhone name). […]

By |2019-03-04T13:48:35-04:00January 30th, 2019|Tech Tips & Product Reviews|0 Comments

Fastest Way to Defrost Your Car’s Windshield

It’s cold outside. Really cold. As it should be for January.

Which means that if you have a car that stays outside, as we do, you’re dealing with frost, snow, ice, and sundry other winter mixes that need to be scraped off your windshield before you can drive off.

Tired of guessing at the best way to defrost, de-ice, de-whatever, I did some research.

Here’s what I found.

Steps to defrost car windshield

If you’re curious about the science behind why this is the fastest combo, you can learn why here.

You’re welcome.

By |2019-01-02T09:24:47-04:00January 7th, 2019|Tech Tips & Product Reviews|0 Comments

How to Set Up Selective Sync for Dropbox

I just had a visitor complain about how she hates that when you download Dropbox to your desktop, it can eat up all your memory. She didn’t like how all her photos were bogging down her computer.

There is a simple way to choose what folders you’d like to keep synced on your desktop, and which folders you’d like to just keep in the cloud (which means that you can only access these folders by logging into Dropbox online).

How to choose which Dropbox folders you want to keep on your desktop by turning on Dropbox selective sync:

  1. Click the Dropbox icon from the system tray or menu bar.

2. Click the gear icon, and then select Preferences… from the […]

By |2018-10-28T12:43:04-04:00November 15th, 2018|Tech Tips & Product Reviews|2 Comments
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