Bob Rankin: Hard Drive Data Recovery

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Unlike diamonds, hard drives are not forever. It’s very likely that someday you’ll start your computer, and instead of the familiar startup screen, you’ll see one of these ominous messages: DISK BOOT FAILURE… NO FIXED DISK PRESENT… ERROR READING FIXED DISK… or HARD DRIVE FAILURE. Don’t panic just yet, there may be hope for recovery of that damaged hard drive…

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Bob Rankin: Free Windows Troubleshooting Tools

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By Bob Rankin

The Microsoft Windows operating system is an incredibly complex beast. Inevitably, things go wrong and it can be difficult to track down the source of the glitch. But you can put away the sledgehammer, because there are plenty of free troubleshooters you can use to fix most problems. Here’s my recommended list of free Windows problem solvers…

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Bob Rankin: Spear Phishing & Internet Security

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By Bob Rankin

Spear phishing is a cybercrime technique that lures victims into revealing passwords, credit card data, and other sensitive information by masquerading as a communication from a trusted entity. The spear phishing communication – usually an email – looks very much like a familiar email format sent by your bank, Facebook, or anyone from which you’re accustomed to getting email. It may even include your name and other details which reassure you that “this is someone I know”. But beware, it’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing…

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