Articles tagged: The Best of Ask Leo!
Outlook.com, Hotmail, and Microsoft account compromise and loss happens. How to get your account back varies based on just what was stolen. I’ll review different scenarios.
Although there’s no way to remove all traces of yourself from a machine, there certainly are ways to remove as much as you can.
If you send email to an invalid address or a closed account, usually you’ll get a bounce back. Usually. But you cannot count on bounces.
Google’s search tools can help you find websites that have been tagged with particular dates. But be cautious; dates may not mean what you think.
Linux is a viable alternative to extend the life of older machines. We’ll look at some of the issues involved if you switch to Linux.
If we would all be a little more skeptical, we’d be safer and the internet would be a more trustworthy place.
Buying a new machine is a common knee-jerk reaction to a bad malware infestation. And it’s wrong. Not just a little wrong — it’s very wrong and completely unnecessary.
If you’re not around to unlock all the digital data you take such care to secure, who will be able to access it, and how?
There is one approach to life — one setting in your psyche — that affects your experience with technology much more than any lack of skill or knowledge.
Terms used to measure disk space can be ambiguous. As a result, a megabyte to you might not be the same as a megabyte to your computer.
When it comes to journalism and other information you read online, there’s a very strong argument that things are seriously broken. We all need to be more vigilant than ever to separate truth from falsehood and recognize what’s important over what’s popular.
Another day, another story of data loss. The frustrating thing is that it doesn’t have to happen.
It’s natural to want to find out who hacked your email and why. Begin by recovering and securing your account. I’ll review what steps you can take after that, and their chances of success.
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.
Partitioning, or splitting a single physical hard drive into multiple drives, has pros and cons. I’ll look at those and make a recommendation.
Using a different password for every login is an important part of overall security — and it doesn’t have to be difficult.
It can be a challenge to delete multiple emails. I’ll look at some of the concepts and techniques used by various email programs to make it easier.
Commercial software can be expensive. Can you just pirate software if you can’t afford it? You can guess my answer, but even better: theft isn’t necessary.
Hubs, switches, and routers are all computer networking devices with varying capabilities. Unfortunately, the terms are often misused.
Google will use your mobile phone number for verification if you lose access to your account. Some people don’t want to provide that information to Google.
When you ask someone for help, stack the deck in your favor by painting a clear picture of the problem you’re experiencing.
Are you afraid of your computer? It could be getting in your way. I’ll look at some ways to become less fearful and more adventuresome.
Only Windows is Windows. There are alternatives, but whether they’re right for you depends on you.
While the ratio of PCs to mobile devices may change over time, I believe PCs will not be going away any time soon. They’re just too darned useful.
The results are in for last year’s most common passwords. The implications are depressing, but important.
Facebook account hacks happen. There are steps you need to take, not only to recover your account but to prevent it from being hacked again.
You can download Windows versions 7, 8.1, and 10 from legitimate sources. If you have a legal retail product key, this could be your replacement media.
Occasionally, one program uses all of your computer’s processing resources. Using Task Manager, it’s easy to figure out which program that is.
A PC running Windows can slow down for many reasons. Viruses, spyware, updated software, disk fragmentation, and more can lead to performance drops.
It can be difficult to get wireless network coverage throughout your home. I’ll look at a couple of ways to extend your wireless network.
Backing up your computer is critical to avoiding data loss. I’ll look at what it means and give a suggestion for typical users.
It’s not uncommon to run out of disk space. A free utility can show where your disk space is going so you can determine what steps to take.
Perhaps most importantly, stop believing it.
Casually installing one download may result in several other things being installed as well. I’ll review the steps to remove these pesky, problematic, painful, Potentially Unwanted Programs, or PUPs.
Malware is just software. It doesn’t destroy your computer’s hardware in any way. Some work — albeit significant work — will get you back up and running without needing to destroy anything.
It seems like even the most up-to-date anti-malware package isn’t always enough. It’s frustrating, because you’d think it would be.
A home network allows you to share a single internet connection, as well as data and devices, between multiple devices. I’ll review the basics components of a home network and some steps to take as your network grows.
Open Wi-Fi hotspots at coffee shops, airports, and other public places are opportunities for hackers to steal information and more. I’ll review how to stay safe.
OneDrive is a surprisingly powerful service that many people overlook or don’t understand. I’ll review six ways you can leverage OneDrive.
Browser problems can be caused by any number of things that may or may not include the browser itself. I’ll review common troubleshooting techniques.
Trying to remove malware? I’ll walk you through the steps and options, from simple to hard, including the only approach that’s guaranteed to work.
CHKDSK, short for Check Disk, is a utility that checks the integrity of the files and file structure of your hard disk. I’ll walk you through it.
Your router is your first line of defense against malicious attacks from the internet. But do you have a secure router? I’ll review the important settings.
Copyright is a complex topic, but the practical implications are simple. I’ll look at availability, copyright, and more.
Extracting data from a hard drive in a dead computer isn’t typically difficult, unless it’s the drive itself that caused the problem.
Once you hit that Send button, assume there is no way to stop your email from being sent … even if it’s to the wrong person.
Changing your password is a common response to account hacks. Unfortunately, it isn’t enough.
I have recommendations for specific security software and techniques in various places on the site. Here’s a short summary.
While there are settings and services that claim to know if an email has been opened, they are notoriously unreliable and pointless.
The internet has a very long memory. Removal from search engines is practically and perhaps literally impossible.