Monthly Archives: September 2018

Q: Would a school or business that bans personal WiFi routers be able to “scan” for them?

A: WiFi routers can be scanned for by their wireless signal (the electromagnetic frequency that is easily triangulated), and can by way of device type on the network. Improperly configured, such a router could easily be a potential security vulnerability to the network and the devices connected to it. Even if properly configured, it would…
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Practical Paranoia iOS 12 Security Essentials Released! 50% Discount!

Apple released iOS 12 today–the most advanced mobile operating system ever. It is recommended that all iPhone and iPad users upgrade to take advantage of all the new features, including: 50-200% performance improvement FaceTime now supports video and audio with up to 32 people at once Personal Animoji The most advanced Augmented Reality Do Not Disturb can…
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Windows 10 Guarantee

Practical Paranoia: Windows 10 Security Essentials, the best-selling, easiest, and most comprehensive guide to fully securing your home and office PC, has just received a significant update, and will be on bookshelves within 2 weeks. This update includes Windows 10 changes introduced over the past month, as well as a new chapter covering encryption of…
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Remove Adobe Acrobat “Please wait while the document is being prepared” alert

Many of our clients have recently noticed a new alert appearing when opening files in Adobe Acrobat (both Reader and Pro). The alert reads: Content Preparation Progress. Please wait while the document is being prepared for reading." Adobe support says this alert should normally not appear, but may with large (number of pages or file size)…
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Q: I’ve been told my file has illegal characters. What is that?

A. Every operating system recognizes some set of characters. In the earlier days of computing that set was called ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange). This consisted of 255 characters including a-Z, 0-9, special characters such as !, and control characters such as carriage return. And then someone realized that some places on the planet didn't use…
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