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Chris Allard

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You May Have A Corrupted Master Boot Record

Posted by Chris Allard on Thu, Jan 18, 2018


I downloaded a .exe file and a blue screen came up saying that the pc is having trouble operating. A few seconds after that, my screen turned black with white text saying "No bootable devices found" "Press F1 key to retry boot." "Press F2 key for setup utility." "Press F5 key to run onboard diagnostics."

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Tags: Windows 10, AskATechie, .exe, MBR, Dell

Can someone get my phone's IP address from Facebook? Then be able to track my phone and my location ?

Posted by Chris Allard on Thu, Dec 28, 2017

Hi , and thanks for the question!

For some reason this is the most asked question here, and I’m starting to think people on Facebook are claiming this is possible and are threatening other users that they have this power.

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Tags: privacy, Facebook, IP, location, AskATechie

Am I on the Internet? Probably... And so is NSA

Posted by Chris Allard on Tue, Jun 16, 2015


Are you on the internet? For about 87% of Americans at any given time, YES ! I had a great conversation with a new customer today. His wife's computer is in our shop for a diagnostic and they called in today to add a service request and a question about this.

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Tags: Network Security, IT, router, Internet, The cloud

Did my wireless network get hacked?

Posted by Chris Allard on Mon, Jul 07, 2014

Dear Techie,

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Tags: Hacking, Network Security, wireless security, wifi security, router security, network, online safety, Hackers, Ask-a-techie, encrypted passwords, Computer Protection, Security

Could Somebody Track My Location Using My Cell Phone's IP Address?

Posted by Chris Allard on Thu, Oct 24, 2013

Dear Techie,

Is it possible for someone to track my location if they had my cell phone's IP address? Someone I know asked me for it recently and I thought it was odd.


- Unsure in Idaho


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Tags: mobile security, spyware, Anonymity, Anonymous, cell phone, smartphone, online safety, privacy, internet service provider, Ask-a-techie, Safe Practices, Security

Can Someone Track My Location When I Send Them An Email?

Posted by Chris Allard on Sat, Aug 03, 2013

I would like to understand if an IP address on an email gives away your location to an ordinary person, or a person with some reasonable IT savvy.  I was given to understand that a computer's IP address is embedded in a header somewhere in emails sent out.  If I am in city X and send out an email, and I go to city Y and send out another email to the same person, would they be able to discern that my location has changed?  And if yes, how?  And I wonder if you wouldn't mind answering the same question if I am using my IPhone to send emails.  Would it be discernible to the same person that my IP is no longer in city X, but in city Y?

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Tags: mobile security, spyware, Anonymity, Anonymous, Tor, ip masking, online safety, privacy, internet service provider, Ask-a-techie, Safe Practices, Security

Did Someone Bug My Computer?

Posted by Chris Allard on Sat, Jul 06, 2013

I went on vacation with my boyfriend last year and we both took our laptops. At one point, my boyfriend wanted to use my laptop because he said his didn't have online connection. I said sorry but I have personal stuff on my laptop and I wouldn't let him use it. I went out for a while and when I came back, my laptop was stacked right on top of his laptop on the table. When I asked why my laptop was sitting on top of his laptop, he said he didn't know, it could have been the hotel housekeeping that put it there.

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Tags: Dirty little tech secrets, spyware, key logger, key logging, Viruses, Strong passwords, PC Tips & Tricks, Protection, Ask-a-techie, password protection, password security, Computer Protection, Safe Practices, Windows Tips, computer keyboards, Security