Upgrade or Replace? That is the Question

Upgrade or Replace? That is the Question

With 2020 came the end of support for Windows 7. Many users still continue to use this operating system even 7 months later. The main reason for this is familiarity, but another reason is simply due to the age of the system. A lot of systems that came with Windows 7 just can’t or shouldn’t […]

Microsoft is blocking the Windows 10 May 2020 Update on lots of devices

Microsoft is blocking the Windows 10 May 2020 Update on lots of devices

Microsoft is preventing a large number of devices from updating to the Windows 10 May 2020 Update. While the software company released the update last week, Microsoft has quietly acknowledged that there are a number of known issues preventing the update from being installed on a variety of PCs. Microsoft has a list of 10 issues it’s currently investigating, […]

Three Common Email Scams

Three Common Email Scams

While we here at Frankenstein noticed a bit of a downturn on Robocalls and phishing scam emails when the quarantine started in the US we have noticed quite an uptick over the past few weeks.  So we wanted to take a quick moment to remind everyone of the three most common types of email scam methods […]

Chrome Extensions

Chrome Extensions

Like many others, if your internet browser of choice is Google Chrome then you may be aware of the extensions that are offered such as AdBlock Plus or Google Hangouts which allow additional features such as stopping annoying pop ups from websites or a chat option to keep in contact with friends or colleagues. As […]

Custom Build: Is now a good time?

Custom Build: Is now a good time?

Short answer: Yes, and No. Long answer: With all the competition between AMD and Intel for CPUs, the time to upgrade your CPU, motherboard, and RAM are right now, with some caveats. If your system does what you need it to do with no issues, don’t upgrade. Wait out for a few more releases and […]

Windows 10: Limiting the bandwidth used by Windows Update

Windows 10: Limiting the bandwidth used by Windows Update

When installing new updates via Windows Update or the Microsoft Store, Windows 10 can consume all of the available Internet bandwidth. A Windows 10 feature can allow you to specify how much Internet bandwidth these update processes can use so that it does not affect other programs. With Windows updates ranging in sizes between 200MB and […]

World Password Day

World Password Day

World Password Day is a holiday created by Intel on the first Thursday of May to ensure everyone knows password best practices. There are best practices to keep in mind when creating passwords. Here are a few of our personal favorites: Keep Your Passwords Private – NEVER share a password with anyone else. Make sure […]

Firefox turns controversial new encryption on by default in the US

Firefox turns controversial new encryption on by default in the US

Starting February 27, 2020, Mozilla will turn on by default DNS over HTTPS (DoH) for Firefox users in the US, the company has announced. DoH is a new standard that encrypts a part of your internet traffic that’s typically sent over an unencrypted plain text connection, and which could allow others to see what websites you’re […]

Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol vs a Remote Desktop Solution

Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol vs a Remote Desktop Solution

Microsoft has warned of the risks associated with allowing remote access to desktop services while working from home, It said there has been an increase in the number of systems accessible via the traditional Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) port and a well-known “alternative” port used for RDP. Although Remote Desktop Services (RDS) can be a […]

Working from Home Safely

Working from Home Safely

7 Things Users Shouldn’t Do While Working From Home (or anywhere for that matter) Stay away from Facebook quizzes. Don’t tell the world 10 things about you on social media, since some of those may be answers to your forgot my password challenge questions. Don’t post things online that may give clues about your passwords […]