Computer Talk: Is FaceApp Worth Being Worried About?

Computer Talk With TAB
July 20, 2019 - 1:40 pm

Erik and Bob take your questions, and discuss serious security and privacy concerns being raised about the popular Russia-based FaceApp. West Virginia is the 22nd state to adopt rules for 5G cell phone deployments. A listener using the Google Chrome web browser has a "certificate error" while browsing a hospital website. We explain what this error means and how to deal with it. A listener responds to a fake Microsoft popup and calls a fraudulent number that was posing as Microsoft, and then allowing access to his computer. We explain how to respond to this scam, and the steps you need to keep your computer safe. A listener running a check on his computer memory experiences a memory error on his ten-year-old Windows 7 computer. We explain how to purchase new memory and also the specifications for buying a new computer (at least 8 Gigabytes RAM, Intel i5 processor [8th or 9th generation processor], and a solid state or hybrid hard drive.) We discuss the possible health risks with the new "5G" cellular service technology.

We continue the discussion about 5G cellar technology as Erik discusses how some in a San Francisco community try to block a 5G cellular installation. Bob also discusses a Mayo Clinic study where there was an increased incidence of brain cancer in the 1970s--before cellular technology was publicly available. A caller has questions about the safety and security of using Virtual Private Network (VPN) connections. A listener wonders why ProtonMail is a more secure service for e-mail than a regular e-mail service. A listener wonders why her brother's AOL e-mail account was deleted when a Gmail account was added to his smartphone. A caller asks which VPNs are recommended, as well as how VPN services might affect performance. Also, how to eliminate pop-ups in Windows 10 with ad pop-up blocking in Windows 10. A caller has an issue with images appearing very slowly on his nine-year-old computer. Erik helps a caller find a way to play VHS movies on a new 4K TV and also for a way to convert VHS format tapes to DVD. A user seeks information on what to buy for an upgraded computer.