Category: Computer Corner

Feb 05 2015

Is It The End For Windows 7?

By Bob Hooper for The Island Connection Earlier this month, Jan. 14 to be exact, I got several calls and emails about the end of support for Windows 7. One call was from a client I had just setup with a laptop that used 7 and he wanted to know what was up. But there …

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Jan 22 2015

Hi, I’m Rent A Bob

By Bob Hooper for Island Connection I am starting my fifth year writing this column and thought I would give you a bit of information about me. I am the owner of Rent A Bob Computers, LLC and do work on Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Kiawah and Seabrook. My office is located on IOP; …

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Dec 19 2014

A Smorgasbord Of Advice For The Season

By Bob Hooper for The Island Connection 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 …

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Dec 12 2014

The Christmas Season Is Upon Us

By Bob Hooper for The Island Connection  They are all out to get you this Christmas season with lots of new and recycled tricks. I have received several phones calls in the past few days that have told me that my computer was infected, that I just won a new computer or that they could …

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Nov 25 2014

It’s Time To SHOP!

By Bob Hooper for The Island Connection The holidays are here, or so you would think if you went in a store, watched TV, listened to the radio, etc. Santa and the elves are hard at work and all good children, whatever their ages, are already “wishing” for something, mostly electronics! So let’s do some …

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Nov 14 2014

Are Extended Warranties Worth It?

By Bob Hooper for The Island Connection  Are they worth it and how about the warranty that comes directly from the manufacturer? The full answer is “it depends,” with the short answer being “not normally.” There are the stores that offer extended warranties like Best Buy and then you have companies such as SquareTrade that …

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Oct 02 2014

The Newest Thing Is Here

By Bob Hooper for The Island Connection With the availability of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus comes the new iOS 8. As with any new Operating System make sure all your data is backed up either to the iCloud or through iTunes before you install it. When you install the new iOS things …

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Sep 16 2014

Cloud Control

By Bob Hooper for The Island Connection  It seems that some very famous, rich and pretty stars found out the hard way that what you put on the internet is no longer yours. Regardless of the guarantees provided by some company, large or small, if you “save,” backup or store data in the “cloud,” it …

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Sep 02 2014

I Got Hacked

  By Bob Hooper for The Island Connection Yep, it even happens to good ole Rent A Bob. I was working away and realized the laptop I was using (and write this column on) seemed sluggish and just not right, so I ran a simple check and sure enough malware had “hacked” my laptop. How …

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Aug 21 2014

Those Hackers Are At It Again

  By Bob Hooper for The Island Connection You would think that with all the info around today about hackers, scammers, malware and just plain thieves that no one would fall for a phone call, email phishing or fake website, but it happens all the time. Let’s look at some of the recent ones that …

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