#TechTuesday – Apple’s WWDC 2017 Announcements

Apple likes to open their Worldwide Developer Conference with some upcoming hardware and software announcements, and this year was no exceptions. WTAM 1100 Newsradio’s Bill Wills and I talk about the upcoming iMacs, HomePod, iPad Pros and iOS 11 on this week’s #TechTuesday segment.

Protecting Against Ransomware


Map of computers infected by WannaCry ransomware via MalwareTech.com

In light of the WannaCry ransomware attacks, NPR provided these 6 key steps to protecting your Windows computer:

  • Back up your computer and store the safety version in the cloud or on a drive that is not connected to your computer.
  • Use robust antivirus software.
  • Keep all the software on your computer up-to-date. Enable automatic updates.
  • Never open attachments in emails from someone you don’t know. And remember that any account can be compromised.
  • Enable the “Show file extensions” option in the Windows settings on your computer. This will make it much easier to spot potentially malicious files. Stay away from file extensions like “.exe,” “.vbs” and “.scr.”
  • If you find a problem, disconnect your machine immediately from the Internet or other network connections (such as home Wi-Fi).

Whole Home Wi-Fi Systems

WiFi networks are the best thing ever. Except when they don’t work everywhere you need them. With the increasing number of wireless devices in your home, you may have discovered “Wi-Fi dead spots”. Areas where the WiFi signal is weak, spotty or non-existent. The solution may be a whole home Wi-Fi system.

A whole home Wi-Fi system can help cover your home with wireless connectivity beyond that of a standard wireless router, provide security and parental monitoring benefits, all without complicated setup or maintenance. This is especially great for homes larger than 2500 square feet, or with complicated layouts.

whwf1.jpgInstead of the familiar router placed centrally in your home, whole home Wi-Fi systems use two or more Wi-Fi nodes that can be placed around you home to give better coverage in all areas, especially those areas that otherwise give you trouble. And if you find you need more coverage, you can add more nodes to your network.

This is very important if you’re looking to upgrade your home with wireless security cameras, garage door openers, wireless doorbells, and other smart home technology. Or even if you just want to lounge around the back yard with your tablet and a wireless speaker.

With the whole home Wi-Fi system, you get seamless coverage as you move from room to room. While a central Wi-Fi router and a Wi-Fi range extender can help provide coverage to a wireless dead spot, devices may lose connectivity as they switch from the router to the extender.

Once you’ve placed the nodes where they need to be, setup of your whole home Wi-Fi system is straightforward, while still allowing you to make use of features such as enhanced network security that alerts you if it detects threats, as well as better monitoring of the online sites and services your children have access to.

Investing in Young People’s Potential in Tech

It’s important that we bring the potential of technology to our young people for their (and our) future.

As Best Buy and Geek Squad bring more teen tech centers online, here is what they’ve learned: The Gift Of Insight: Five Lessons In Preparing Youth For A Tech-Reliant Future.