Happy Birthday, Dr. Fauci!

December 24, 2020

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser proclaimed today, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, Anthony S. Fauci Day in Washington, D.C. It’s the good doctor’s 80th birthday.

The son of pharmacy owners in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn — a neighborhood, incidentally, known for the …

Bowser Names Robert Contee New Chief of Police

December 23, 2020

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced on Dec. 22 that she has named 31-year Metropolitan Police Department veteran Robert J. Contee III as the District’s next chief of police.

In tapping Contee, 48, a native Washingtonian who began his career in …

Mayor Issues ‘Holiday Pause’ of Activities

December 21, 2020

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a mayor’s order to shut down certain activities from Wednesday, Dec. 23, at 10 p.m. until Friday, Jan. 15, at 5 a.m. The order also extends the District’s current state of emergency and public health …

Tech Tip: If You Installed It, You Must Update It — Right Away!

There are thousands of hackers who get up every morning with one goal in mind: to find a new vulnerability in a commonly installed software — like Adobe, Flash or QuickTime — to access your computer.

The big software companies …

Tech Tip: Bookmark the Legitimate Websites You Frequently Visit

December 14, 2020

Here’s a sneaky trick used by many hackers: they purchase and set up a fraudulent website that is a close misspelling of a legitimate one. Example: www.faceboook.com (with an extra o in facebook).

All you have to do is accidentally …

Tech Tip: Never Use Personal Devices to Connect to Company Data

December 7, 2020

You’re a hardworking team player who likes to check email and get a few things done after hours — all good! But here’s something you might not know: you should never access company data, file servers or applications through personal …

Downtowner DC: Panda Cub Named, Turkeys Pardoned

Help for Restaurant That Fed Neediest

For the past five years, Sakina Halal Grill, at 1108 K St. NW, has had an open-door policy for the unsheltered, permitting them to sit down for a free meal. Owner Kazi Mannan has …

Tech Tip: How to Spot a Phishing Email

November 30, 2020

A phishing email is a bogus email, carefully designed to look like a legitimate request (or an attached file) from a site you trust, in an effort to get you to willingly give up your login information to a particular …

Tech Tip: How to Foil Ransomware

November 23, 2020

Not too long ago, the CryptoLocker ransomware virus was all over the news, infecting over 250,000 computers in its first 100 days of release (at least that’s the number reported — the real numbers are probably MUCH higher). The threat …

Downtowner DC: Holiday Market, Wilson High, Tidal Basin

November 16, 2020

Holiday Market Is Coming Back

The Downtown Holiday Market, centered on 8th and F Streets NW, will return for its 16th season, choosing not to let COVID get in its way. There will be new health and safety …