Worst Passwords of 2013

(CNN) — The list of the 25 worst passwords of 2013 is out, and there’s a change the word in the top spot. Time Magazine reports that “1-2-3-4-5-6″ now outranks “password,” which is usually number one. Rounding out the top ten are more numbers like 1-1-1-1-1-1, the letters “q-w-e-r-t-y”, and “I Love You.” SplashData, the … Continue reading »

Scammers Pose as Computer Technicians

EUGENE, Ore. — Another phone scam is rearing its head in our community, and this time the scammers are getting smarter. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office says scammers are calling and identifying themselves as Windows Technical Support. They’re telling people there is a problem with their computers, and then they ask for access, sometimes downloading … Continue reading »

Phone Scam Targets Computer Users

EUGENE, Ore. — A phone scam in Lane County is taking advantage of people who need help with their computers, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office said Monday. Investigators say the scammers call and tell the victim they’re from Windows Technical support and that they need to get remote access to their computer in order to … Continue reading »

Laptop Battery Causes Apartment Fire

CORVALLIS, Ore. — A laptop battery is likely to blame for an apartment fire in Corvallis Wednesday morning. Fire crews responded to the 1800 block of Southwest 49th Street, when one of the tenants saw smoke coming out of a bedroom. Investigators say the laptop likely had battery failure when it fell onto the floor … Continue reading »

4J Unveils ‘Parent Portal’

EUGENE, Ore. — The 4J School Board got an introduction to a new system that will allow parents to access their child’s progress in school from home. Presenters described it as a kind of an online parent portal. It allows them to access their children’s academics, attendance and assignments. They can also update their information … Continue reading »

Artist Makes Computer with Antiques

EUGENE, Ore. — A local artist is making kinetic waves across the country and the World Wide Web. Steve La Riccia has been involved in the local art scene for decades, but he’s only been crafting his newest creations for the past year. In that time though, he’s already made a lasting impression in this … Continue reading »

Nonprofit Offers Affordable Computers

EUGENE, Ore. — Parents can get the technology their kids need for school for cheap at NextStep Recycling. Its back-to-school sale features donated computers refurbished by the staff at NextStep. They’re fully tested and come with a 90-day warranty. They start at $200. “You’re getting a computer that still has a lot of viability and … Continue reading »