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There are several approaches to password-protecting a flash drive, one of which might be designed for exactly the task at hand.
Occasionally, the Windows taskbar can end up on either side (or even the top of) your screen. I’ll show you how to move the taskbar bar back to the bottom.
Occasionally, when moving a drive to another machine, it’ll show up as unformatted. I’ll look at some possible causes and actions to take.
A picture is worth a thousand words, and a screenshot – an image of your computer screen, saved as a picture – can eliminate a lot of frustration when trying to describe to someone what you’re seeing on your computer.
Free email services and accounts are convenient and ubiquitous, and can be used safely, if and only if you take responsibility for that safety.
An “Internal Server Error” happens within the web server attempting to show you an HTML page. It’s typically a server-side problem out of your control.
Many online cloud storage providers encrypt your data — which means they can decrypt it themselves. BoxCryptor is a great solution to ensure that your online data remains private, regardless of how it’s stored.
Chargers and power supplies come in a wide variety of configurations. Choosing the right one is important. I’ll look at a few of the parameters.
If you’re not getting spam now, you will soon — and probably lots of it. What can you do? There’s no magic answer, but there are various things you can do to help.
Taking a few steps immediately after you unbox your new computer can save you a lot of time, effort, and data loss later.
Most email programs can block email from a specific address. Unfortunately, blocking email from a sender is ineffective when it comes to spam.
It is sometimes possible to recover a file deleted by accident. Stop using the disk, check your Recycle Bin, and perhaps pull out an undelete utility.
Every so often, the Windows Print Queue gets “stuck”. Everything looks like it should print, but it won’t. We’ll clear that up.
POP, POP3, and SMTP are all acronyms used in configuring email. We’ll look at what they mean and how they relate.
Booting your machine can take time, but sometimes so does shutting it down. Various issues contribute to a slow shutdown.
Reporting spam in your email program with the spam button is critical. Reporting it by forwarding it somewhere isn’t going to do any good.
Online harassment is common problem, and exceptionally prevalent among children. I’ll review some of the issues and steps to be taken.
If you connect without a password to an open Wi-Fi hotspot and can see anything at all, it’s not a secure connection.
It’s possible to get malware, even with anti-malware tools installed. Why the heck is that true?
Hacking into someone’s account is often seen as an answer to some problem. In reality, all it does is open a can of worms and put you at risk.
It used to be that simply viewing a malformed email could allow a virus to spread. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case with modern mail programs.
Unless you’re willing to pay a lot of attention on a very regular basis, automatic updates are an important part of keeping your machine safe.
Manhole covers? Really? Interviewing for technical positions can be tricky, but it can also be fun, if you know what interviewers are looking for.
Even though they share similar names and do similar things, Outlook and Outlook.com are actually not related at all.
Online shopping is ubiquitous, and yet some avoid it completely. Why are some people afraid to shop online when it’s arguably safer than offline?
Link-shortening services make it hard to tell a link’s final destination. When you receive one in an email, you may want to do some detective work to see where it’s going – before you click.
HTTPS provides validation and encryption, two important pieces of security. Using it for everything is possible but costly, and issues would remain.
Internet safety is difficult, yet critical. Here are seven key steps to keep your computer safe on the internet.
Many hotels offer both wired and wireless internet, but along with those hotel internet connections comes a security risk most folks don’t consider.
Being a computer programmer can be a fun and rewarding profession. Here’s my take on what it takes to get there; some aspects are obvious, and others are not.
Some malware goes to great lengths to prevent you from downloading, running, or applying a fix. I’ll tell you what steps to take.
Even with up-to-date anti-malware tools, you can still fall victim to malware. I’ll explain why by comparing your computer to your … bathroom.
It’s tempting to just use file-copy tools to back up what you think you need. But if you’re not careful, you could easily miss something very important.
Using different passwords on different sites is not only good practice – it’s actually necessary to keep your accounts safe. I’ll review why, and how best to handle a plethora of passwords.
Being over quota means you’ve received or kept too much email. Dealing with an email quota requires understanding just where that email is being kept.
Delays happen for many reasons; it’s the nature of the email infrastructure. If you get a “Delivery Status Notification (Delay)”, your options are limited.
A MAC address and your IP address are both key components to networking, but they serve different purposes, and are visible in very different ways.
MAC address filtering is a technique that theoretically prevents unauthorized computers from accessing your network. I’ll explain why the theory fails.
Blue screen errors are less common than they used to be, but they can still happen for a variety of reasons. I’ll review what to do, and when.
Testing your backups is an easy step to overlook, but an important step to take. Make sure your backups will be there when you need them.
Peer-to-peer file-sharing programs have a bad reputation because of the content they’re often used to download. But the technology is quite legal and useful for legitimate purposes.
Processors are generally available with what are called “multiple cores”. We’ll look at what that means, and how you might select which is right for you.
Intel’s Core i3, i5, and i7 processors present a headache-inducing combination of characteristics. I’ll look at what matters and then dig a little deeper.
A MAC address can easily be traced for as far as it travels. The problem is, a MAC address doesn’t travel far enough to be useful.
Linux is often a viable alternative to extend the life of older machines. We’ll look at some of the issues involved if you convert to Linux.
Backing up data using an online backup service can seem to be an effective solution, and it can be an important part of an overall strategy, but there are important limits and considerations.
Email can bounce for many reasons. I’ll look at several of the most common mail bounce messages, and try to interpret what they really mean.
For years, the standard practice has been to assume that eight-character passwords made up of sufficiently random characters was enough. Not any more.
“No Signal” is a message coming not from your computer, but from your display device, indicating that it has nothing to display. I’ll review possible causes.
A black screen on your computer can mean several things. A black screen is most commonly a screen saver, but there are other possibilities.