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Issue #698
Volume 14  Number 19
February 24, 2017

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Cloudie's Big Announcement

Cloudie has some big news for you - he'll be sending you a special email tomorrow morning (Saturday). So, keep your eyes open for Cloudie's big announcement. He wanted to make sure you'll all be looking for it. So, we promised him we'd tell you.

Cloudie will be visiting your inbox tomorrow morning!

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A comment from Don
TC. I must tell you that Emsisoft , along with Cloudeight, is perhaps the best thing that ever happened to my computer and my computing. Add to that Windows 10 and I simply have zero problems with my computer. It used to be I was constantly having to restore, fix, repair, reboot, reinstall, etc., etc., etc. Now I seldom have any kind of problems. I give you, Cloudeight, much credit for this. You guys are absolutely the best thing since iced tea, and I am in your debt for even telling us all about Emsisoft. What a great program very reasonably priced. Many thanks for all you do for all of us. God bless.

A comment from Dick
That tip about all the conversion capabilities of the Calculator was very helpful All these years I had no idea that it did anything other than add, subtract, multiply and divide. I'll bet that 90% of Windows users have any inkling of this tip! I've also benefited from many other tips of yours...for which, sincerest Thanks!

A commend from Becky
Thank you, Darcy for a great job on my PC and my husband's laptop. Installed Emsisoft on both and got my PC up to speed - FINALLY!. Great job. Cannot thank you enough.

A comment from Frank
Thank you for fixing my computer, TC. I didn't really think anyone could fix it, but you did. When I offered you extra money for going the extra mile for me, you refused. You told me I had already paid for your service. There are not many companies left in the world like Cloudeight. I want to thank you again for a super job well done.

A comment from May
I agree with Debbie C. In fact she is the one who recommended you guys to me! I just have not been with you since you began, but everything else she said is certainly true!

Thanks so much to Don, Dick, Becky, Frank, May  and everyone who wrote to us last week. And thanks all those who used our Cloudeight Direct Computer Care services . TC & EB

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Barbara wants to help a friend
Hi TC/EB, I don't recall seeing this question in your newsletter before and it might be relevant to a few out there. A friend's son bought her a new computer with Win 10 on it. She didn't like it so paid someone $200 to remove it and install Win 7! She is continually having issues with it. My question is this: Can Win 10 be installed on that computer again without doing a clean install or does it have to be wiped clean and reinstall Win 10 and from where would she get it? I don't think she has a hard disk nor a back up. Is this something C8 could do and set it up so it would look more like Win 7 so she would enjoy it and leave it alone?  Thanks for your expert advise. Barbara

Our answer
Hi Barbara. Wow ...  she spent $200 for this? Hard to believe. If her computer came with Windows 10 and have it downgraded to Windows, she's probably got a mess. The computer's drivers and hardware were most likely certified for Windows 10. She has a couple of choices and they are:

1. She could download Windows 10 create an installation USB or DVD and install it as a Windows 10 upgrade. Since Windows 10 was at one time installed on her PC then she would not need an Windows Product key to upgrade to Windows 10 free. This would allow her to keep her programs and files.

2. She could do a factory reset. This would be restore her computer to the state it was in the day it was purchased. While this would be the surest way to make sure the PC was "as good as new", it would also mean she would lose any files she did not have backed up on an external drive.

While we could not install Windows 10 for her, we could help her make the Windows 10 installation media and guide her through the process. When Windows 10 is reinstalled, we could come back and do a Windows 10 customization for her so that her Windows 10 computer would look and work more like Windows 7.

If she's interested, she can purchase a Cloudeight Direct Computer Care key from .

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Elaine asks about defragging SSDs
I have a Dell desktop with a 930 GB HDD. It was upgraded from 8.1 November 2015. I never bothered with defrag as I read it was automatic in Windows 10. I defragged an external HDD January 2017 and must have selected drive C as well. Now the defrag window reads "no optimization available" and the HDD is now an SSD. Reading what I could find on the web it seems this can only be reversed with a clean install of windows. That I'm not prepared to do. Have run winsat format (command) with no success. Have now installed and run Defraggler but would prefer to use the built-in programme. Can you help please? Thank you. Elaine

Our answer
Hi Elaine. SSD drives are solid state drives; they have no moving parts... and never need defragging. HDD is a simple hard drive without fixed sectors; it has rotating platters. They're the hard drives that have been around for a long, long time - and they're cheaper than SSD.

An SSD does not and cannot change to HDD, and vice versa. Both SSD and HDD are hardware not software. Never defrag an SSD - it's not necessary and may damage the drive. And defragging HDDs is done automatically in Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Normally there is no need to do a manual defrag - and certainly no need for 3rd party defrag software.

The warning you're getting is probably warning you not to defrag you SSD.

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Richard has a question about ransomware
Regarding ransomware: If I copy my documents, Excel files, word files and other flash drive data to a flash drive and immediately unplug it, will I be protected as Ransomware doesn't encrypt programs ? Please advise and thank you.

Our answer
Hi Richard. The files you copied to your USB flash drive would be safe, but your computer would not necessarily be safe. If you did get infected with ransomware, any personal files (pics, docs, music files, etc.) would be vulnerable to ransomware. But the files you copied would be safe.  You're correct in saying that ransomware does not encrypt programs.

Best advice? Don't get ransomware in the first place. Be careful, use good common sense, use good security software like Emsisoft, and always be wary.. but never be paranoid.

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Roy wants to find some passwords
You featured an article regarding" finding passwords", can you please tell me how to find it again. Thank you

Our answer
Hi Roy. There are many ways to find password. You can use Asterisk Key to find passwords hidden beneath ******* asterisks. We wrote an article about Asterisk Key several years ago, and you can read that article here.

If you want to find passwords for email, you'll want to read this article about MailPassView.

And if you're looking to recover passwords for Web logins stored in your browser, you'll want to check out this page.

We'd be remiss if we didn't remind you that you and everyone else needs a good password manager to create, manage and store passwords. With a free password manager like LastPass, you'll never lose your passwords again. Not only that, but you can store any kind of private or personal data in Last Pass' "Secure notes". Everything  you keep in "Secure Notes" is encrypted. We have come to the point where our security, privacy, and safety requires a good password manager like LastPass. And there are many other good free password managers available too. We prefer LastPass, but it is not the only good one. The important thing is that you have one and use it. We want you to stay safe!

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Annabelle asks us to re-check a site we once recommended
Hello to you both and hopefully Spring is around the corner! I have a question? Could you please check this site and see if it is still safe. It is saying we have to install and download some extension to Chrome before I can download a video from YouTube. I didn’t do it… I figured I’d bring it to your attention and ask your experts opinion. Thanks and hope you see this.

Our answer
Hi Annabelle. We went back and double-checked and you're right. The site featured in our post from November 2015 now requires a questionable download and we no longer recommend you use that service. We have removed the content and links from that post - thanks to you. 

We've done some digging and it seems that YouTube does not allow you to download videos, unless they are your own. Downloading videos other than your own is a copyright violation. In the future we will not be reviewing or discussing any more YouTube downloaders because of this. If you like a video, the best thing to do is send yourself the shortcut (link) to view it, or log in and create channels and add any videos you like for quick access. Because downloading videos other than your own is a copyright violation, we will not be recommending any YouTube downloaders in the future.


This is a good time to remind everyone that we have over 3000 posts on our InfoAve web site. If you find something that was posted a year or more ago and find something wrong, outdated or you have a question about it, please do tell us so we can investigate. We want to be vigilant and keep everything on our site safe and updated... but with so many articles, spanning so many years, we need your help. 

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Beware of the Google Chrome ‘Missing Font’ Hack
Everyone who uses Chrome

PLEASE NOTE: Emsisoft users are protected from this threat!

This week a very well executed malware attack aimed at Chrome users who visit compromised web sites was found by Mahmoud Al-Qudsi of NeoSmart Technologies. The hack tries to trick users into believing the reason why the font on the page they’re visiting is garbled and unreadable, is because the their PC is missing a font.

Before we post the article that explains this hack, let us warn you that no site is going to warn you that you’re missing a font. The way Web sites work is – if a site uses a font that is not installed on your PC, you’ll see the site’s font in whatever your default font is – you won’t see a garbled, unreadable mess.

So DO NOT FALL FOR THIS TRICK. Your PC will be infected..

Please read this entire article on our InfoAve web site to see screen shots and learn more about this threat.

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Create a Desktop Shortcut to Your Favorite Web Site(s)
Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10

If you have a web site or two that you visit often, you might find it convenient to create a shortcut or shortcuts on your desktop. It's easy to do and it only takes a minute or two.

If you use Google Chrome or Firefox, you can drag the "i" in a circle (or the "lock" if it's a secure site) next to the web site's address to your desktop to create a shortcut to that site:

Above - Chrome browser - Firefox looks essentially the same.

If you use Internet Explorer, you can drag the site's icon (or the generic icon) to the desktop or pin it to your taskbar.

Above: Internet Explorer

If you're using Microsoft Edge, you can pin any site to your Start menu or Start Screen. Just click on the menu (three horizontal dots) and then click or tap "Pin this page to Start"

Above: Microsoft Edge

Or, you can do it the old fashioned way that works with any browser. In fact, to create a shortcut this way, you don't even need to have a browser open.

1. Right-click on an empty area of your desktop and click New ---> Shortcut.


2. In the shortcut dialog that appears, type or paste the URL (web address) of the site you want to open when you click your new shortcut. 


3. In the next dialog, you'll have a chance to name your shortcut. This is the name that will appear under the shortcut icon on your desktop. Name it whatever you like.


And that's all there is to it. Shortcut created. Can you see the one I just created below?


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Three Easy Tips For All Windows Users
Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10

Spaced Out
You can highlight a word, a sentence, a paragraph or a page and delete the entire block of selected text by pressing the “Space” bar. Yes you can, and now you know!

Tabby Treats
Pressing the “Alt” “Tab” keys in sequence allows you to browse through your open windows.

A New Mail Message
Did you know that in most Email programs you can start a new message by simply pressing the Ctrl + “N” keys?

Open a new browser Window
If your browser is open, pressing CTRL + N will open a new browser window.

No EB, that's not 4 tips - that's 3 tips. CTRL+N only counts as one.  I'm nothing if not fair!

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Google Help, Resources, User Controls and More
Windows, Android, Apple

Google has a help center that is really helpful. Did you know when you search using Google, when you're signed in to your Google, your searches are saved online. Indeed they are, and clearing your browser's history won't clear the stuff on online, but you can clear it and also prevent it, but you have to know where to go and what to do. That's where Google's Help Center comes in.


Look above. If you click on "Delete searches & browsing activity, you'll see this:

" Delete searches & browsing activity

Your searches and browsing activity are saved in your Web & App Activity when it's turned on and you're signed in to your Google Account. You're in control of what's saved, and you can delete it or turn the setting off whenever you like.

Delete your searches & browsing activity

You can delete your past searches or other activity from your Web & App Activity page. Learn more about what's saved in your Web & App Activity.

iPhone & iPad..."

Above you can troubleshoot and request removals...

"Remove information from Google

You can ask Google to remove your sensitive personal information, like your bank account number, or an image of your handwritten signature, or a nude or sexually explicit image or video of you that’s been shared without your consent, from Google search results.

What Google will remove

See our Removals Policies to learn what information Google will remove..."

You can change your settings, filter search results and do all kinds of things your probably didn't know you could do.


Above: Google has some interesting videos to help you... plus some educational resources as well.


All this is on one arcane page that most people never knew existed. But now you do!

Visit this page out right now learn more about Google Search and take control.

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What's the Best Way to Get Rid of Ransomware?
Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10

The best way to get rid of ransomware is not to get it in the first place. Ransomware is now the biggest threat you face. Back in the 1990's viruses and Trojans were the big threats. In the early 2000's, it was spyware, but soon malware became an all-encompassing term for viruses, rootkits, Trojans, spyware, PUPs, etc. Ransomware is also malware - and it's at the top of the list because of the damage and financial losses it causes.

We're living in an age where the miscreants, hackers, and criminals that target our computers, are becoming much more sophisticated. Most ransomware is spread by spam and phishing emails. And, unlike the old Nigerian Prince emails of the past, you can no longer easily and quickly identify spam because of ridiculously flawed spelling or grammar. The criminals who spread ransomware - and who are now making millions of dollars doing it - are much more sophisticated than good, old Prince Pnumbla from Nigeria. While it's true that most spam and phishing emails containing ransomware are sent from developing nations, many times they're written in nearly perfect English. It's amazing what you can do when you have a lot of money like some of the criminals that distribute ransomware.

Ransomware is spreading wildly not only because of the sophistication of the miscreants who propagate it, but because of the wall of anonymity they can hide behind. Things like Bitcoin and encryption make those behind ransomware almost impossible to trace. When ransoms are collected in Bitcoin (Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency. Learn more about it here.), it's nearly impossible to trace the payment back to the criminal. This makes the chances of catching the villains who distribute ransomware, very slim. And that makes it a very attractive way for criminals to make a lot of money with very little risk of getting caught.

If your computer becomes infected with ransomware, some or all of your personal files will be encrypted... and you won't be able to access them without the encryption key. The criminals who distribute ransomware, will provide you with the correct key to decrypt your files... for a price. The average price is about $300 (USD). If you don't pay the ransom, you won't to be able to access personal files such as pictures, documents, music, etc. Even if you have backups in Dropbox, OneDrive or on external drives, the files you have backed up may also be encrypted.

There is no one way that will keep you 100% safe from ransomware, but if you follow some simple guidelines, your chances of  being infected with ransomware will be much less than average.

Here are our guidelines to help keep you safe from ransomware:

  • NEVER open attachments in email. Not even if you think you know who sent it. If someone wants to send you an attachment by email, make arrangements with them before hand - so you're expecting it and you know what it is they're sending.

  • NEVER click links in email unless you are sure who sent the email. Don't assume if you get an email from uncle Larry that it's really from uncle Larry. If it seems odd or unlike something you normally receive from him... be wary. His email address may have been compromised and he is not even aware that the mail was sent. It's easy to forge email addresses and headers. If you're not sure. who sent an MAKE SURE. If you're not sure, it only takes a minute to write the sender and ask - or if they're a friend of yours, call and ask them.

  • ALWAYS make sure you're using a top-rated antivirus/anti-malware like Emsisoft. One than can help protect you from many of more prevalent ransomware. No software can ever keep you 100% safe from 100% of all threats, because hundreds, even thousands of new, perhaps more sophisticated malware/ransomware appear every day. With millions of dollars in profits awaiting distributors of ransomware, a lot of new miscreants get in the game every day.

  • NEVER use outdated operating systems or outdated browsers. Always keep your browsers and email programs updated. Never use outdated version of Adobe Flash. Be careful when installing browser add-ons. Always keeps you add-ons up-to-date. If you're using Windows XP or Windows Vista, you're vulnerable. If you're using a browser that is not updated, your vulnerable. Don't install any browser add-ons or plug-ins you really don't need.

  • NEVER visit sites where porn, illegal software, or software "cracks" are distributed. These sites are rife with scripts and potential drive-by-downloads... not to mention poisoned links and advertisements. Steer clear of the back alleys of the Internet.

  • ALWAYS try to keep one back up of your personal files that is on media that's not constantly attached to your computer. Dropbox, OneDrive, iDrive and external drives are great for keeping backups, but if you become infected with ransomware, it's highly likely that files you have stored in the cloud and/or on external drives which are plugged into your computer at the time of infection, will be infected as well. Keep several USB flash drives handy, and every week backup your personal files - then unplug the USB(s) from your computer.

  • ALWAYS use common sense.

  • ALWAYS THINK before you click.

If you follow these simple guidelines, your chances of getting ransomware will be much less than average.

The best way to get rid of ransomware, isn't to follow complicated removal instructions, or trying to find the right decryptor, or paying a ransom to the criminals who hold your files hostage. The best way to get rid of ransomware is to not get it in the first place.

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A Quick and Easy Browser Security Tip
For everyone

There's no doubt that add-ons and extensions  can be fun, useful, and add functionality to any browser. However, add-ons and extensions can also be vectors for exploits, and browser hacks.

This weekend, take a few minutes and look at the number of browser extensions / add-ons you have. Disable the ones you seldom use and remove the ones you never use.

When it comes to browser add-ons / extensions - the less you have, the faster and safer your browsing experience will be. 

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Let us know what email program you use by voting in this week's poll!

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Getting Old

It's been an amazingly warm winter this year. In fact, today is February 23, and it's 70 degrees. Now, you might think I'm sitting at some outdoor cafe in Key Largo, but actually I'm up here in the northern part of the Midwest. Crazy warm!

Because it's been so warm lately, I've been thinking about gardens, and summer, and that kind of thing. This afternoon, being that it felt like the month May outside, I decided to move the logs I had once toted --from Heaven knows where -- to use as a border around the garden that I painstakingly laid out decades ago. I wanted to get old rotting logs out of the way - they have become nothing but a grass-mowing obstacle course and a home for ugly, slimy bugs. I don't need the hassle.

Well, let me tell you those logs were heavy. They were much heavier today, taking them out, than they were putting them in forty years ago. I’d like to tell you there were they were water-logged and actually heavier, but the fact is, I’ve getting old. Those logs I hauled in and laid around the garden as a border four decades ago, went in much easier than they came out today.

After decades of planting gardens, weeding gardens, tending gardens, fighting bugs, plant diseases and too-much-rain, not-enough-rain, too cold, too hot, frost, floods and drought, I decided that I had had enough of gardens. Enough! I said to myself.

Every year I’ve threatened not to till up the garden and just mow over the weeds with the lawn mower and be done with it. This year I decided to actually go through with it. Why? Because I am old and I am wise.

I figured out that last year I spent about $500 growing about $50 worth of tomatoes...

Read the rest of this essay here.

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Reg Organizer - a Swiss Army knife of Windows Utilities - Cloudeight Endorsed

Reg Organizer - A Swiss Army Knife of Windows Utilities and Tools

Reg Organizer works on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. The newest version of Reg Organizer has newly added special tweaks for Windows 10 - including a Windows 10 Start menu fix.

Get more information and or order Reg Organizer today and SAVE!

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Take a file... any file, and share it with anyone, anywhere, anytime. Fast, free, safe, and convenient. That's what we all want. And with our site / freeware pick, we found the best file sharing service we've ever seen.

Some of you might already know that Gmail will not let you share certain types of files that could be used to send dangerous payloads. Other web mail services may have restrictions on the types of files you can share by email. Plus, we continually warn everyone not to click or open files that come via attachment unless you are positive who sent them, what they are, and you've double-checked them with your security software before opening the attachment(s).

 Takeafile makes it easy to share files with anyone - no worries about attachments! You can share a singe file or a folder of files up to 500MB.  

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You can see from the screenshots above that we really do test this stuff!

Here's some of the things we like about Takeafile

You can send file direct to anyone you like. You don't have to upload to a cloud drive (like iCloud, Dropbox or OneDrive). You choose the file or folder of files you want to send, drag it to the Takeafile web page. You share your file or folder directly, in just a few seconds.

Takeafile claims that file transfer speeds are up to ten times faster than cloud drives. They explain that he reason is that the file is not uploaded to the cloud, it's sent directly to the recipients. I tested it -- and I don't have the fastest internet connection, and I transferred a 2.2 GB file using Takeafile in just a few minutes.

When you transfer files directly, your files are not stored on any server. That means no one but you and the person you're sending them to will ever see them. Your files are encrypted and sent directly to whomever you choose. If you're sharing files directly, there's no size limit. However, sharing files directly means you'll have to leave the page open in your browser until the recipient has downloaded your file or files. Additionally, direct transfer can only be used with Chrome and Firefox browsers -- as of right not.

Cloud or Not
If you want to share files with several people, you can use their cloud feature. You can upload a file or folder up to 500 MB when using the cloud feature then share your files with several people at the same time. Files are encrypted and will automatically be deleted after 7 days.

No Sign up Required
You don't have to sign up or give you email address to anyone to use Takeafile.

The developers are not laconic, they would love to tell you more about their site and free service:

"Why is it better than e-mail?

"No size limitations. While other services such as Gmail may have size limits of 25MB Takeafile can send any file of any size as long as the receiver has enough free disk space of course. 

"Why is it better than Dropbox or Google Drive?

"These services have a space quota. Once it is full you have to remove files by hand or pay for more space. With Takeafile your file is not stored in any server, only in the receiver computer. Send the file and forget about it, no worries!

"Ok, but what are the drawbacks?

"The only drawbacks include having to keep the webpage open until the file is transferred and compatibility is limited to Chrome and Firefox at the moment.

"How anonymous is it?

"To send a file, neither the receiver or the sender have to provide any information. Further more the file you are sending goes straight to the receiver’s computer without any extra servers involved.

"How safe is it?

"All files are encrypted and sent straight to the receiver’s computer. As such, even if a malicious user gets the file by sniffing the network, they will not be able to open it. Only the person you share the URL with will have access.

"How easy is it to use?

"You don’t need to install anything; all you need is a browser (right now we only support Chrome and Firefox). The receiver just clicks on the link and the download will automatically start. Easy Peasy.

"How does it work?

"We use the WebRTC capabilities to send data in a peer-to-peer fashion (from one computer to another) through the Internet without using any intermediate servers. To temporarily store the file in your hard drive instead of in main memory, we use the FileSystem API for Chrome and FileHandle API for Firefox. We first download the file to this temporary storage and when the download is complete we move the file to your downloads directory.

"How to send multiple files?

In Chrome you can drag and drop a folder or several files and they will be zipped instantly (the zip will be streamed so it will not create a copy of the flies). You can also click to open the file browser and make a multi-selection of files. The receiver will get a regular zipped file (the receiver can also use a different browser such as firefox)...

And they have tons more to tell you ... and I'm not kidding!

If you're looking to share or send files to friends, business associates, family members, or anyone else, you're going to like our site /freeware pick called Takeafile. You can read a lot more about Takeafile by visiting Takeafile right now.

So don't takeuptime, takeafile, I tells ya!


*** Because we are careful about what we recommend, when we didn't see how this site was supported (no ads, no fees, no paid services), we wrote to Takeafile to see if they could tell us anything. We got an answer within 20 minutes - a really good sign. This is what they told us:

Right now our platform is completely free, and it will be like this forever. This has an explanation: when a user sends a file to another user, data goes directly from the sender to the receiver, without using intermediate servers (unlike other platforms like WeTransfer, Dropbox, etc.). As we do not have to pay for these servers, we can offer the service free of charge.

We are now understanding the needs of our customers and refining our platform. In the mid term, we will offer a desktop version of Takeafile, a desktop app for professionals. It will work as the Takeafile webpage but with extra productivity features.

We think you'll find Takeafile a great way to share files with anyone.***

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Donations help us continue our mission to keep you informed, separate the truth from the hyperbole, and help you stay safer online. We provide support to thousands of people. Every week we help dozens of people via email at no charge. Thanks to donations, we do a lot more than provide this free newsletter. We help you recognize online threats, fight for your online privacy, and provide you with the knowledge you need to navigate the Web safely, and help you get more out of your PC. Help us keep up the good fight with a small donation.

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 What is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin used to confined to the realm of the super geeks, but not anymore. It's big business and we think you should have a basic understanding of bitcoin. That's why we're including it in today's Back to Basics!

Bitcoin is a form of cryptocurrency that is not printed or minted or controlled by any entity. It's an exchange form that is controlled by no one. More and more online stores and financial institutions are accepting Bitcoin as payment.

Because bitcoin is traded anonymously you can buy thing or accept payment in bitcoin without revealing your identity. This makes bitcoin the payment form of choice for criminals and miscreants who develop malware and ransomware.

Who accepts bitcoin as payment? As of today, February 23, 2017 here are some:, Target, CVS,, Subway, Victoria Secret, PayPal, Expedia, Home Depot, Kmart, Sears, the Apple App Store, Grooveshark, Dell and Zappos. Additionally, products from several other companies, such as Whole Foods, The Gap, Game Stop, and JC Penney, are available through BitCoin by using the cryptocurrency to buy gift cards from sites like Gyft and

Some sites accept only bitcoin payments exclusively. Bitcoin.Travel is a site for making travel reservations with bitcoin. Meanwhile Domino’s Pizza set up is another example of a site catering specifically to Bitcoin users. Even the Republican Party of Louisiana accepts Bitcoin donations.

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As of today, one bitcoin is worth $1159.37 USD according to

The following information is also from

"Bitcoin can be used to buy things electronically. In that sense, it’s like conventional dollars, euros, or yen, which are also traded digitally.

"However, bitcoin’s most important characteristic, and the thing that makes it different to conventional money, is that it is decentralized. No single institution controls the bitcoin network. This puts some people at ease, because it means that a large bank can’t control their money.

"Who created it?

"A software developer called Satoshi Nakamoto proposed bitcoin, which was an electronic payment system based on mathematical proof. The idea was to produce a currency independent of any central authority, transferable electronically, more or less instantly, with very low transaction fees..."
Where can you buy bitcoin?

To name just a few. You can buy and sell bitcoin like commodities or stocks. Bitcoin value varies greatly. If you would have bought 100 bitcoin in 2010 for $27, it would be worth about $116,000.00 today.

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Volume 14 Number 19
February 24, 2017
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