Articles tagged: Featured
If we would all be a little more skeptical, we’d be safer and the internet would be a more trustworthy place.
As security compromises seem to happen regularly, many ask, “Is using the cloud safe?” It’s as safe as you make it.
LastPass has lost my trust. Here’s what I’m doing about it.
Online security is critical. Here are the key steps you can take to keep yourself safe on the internet.
Way too often, I hear from people who have lost their accounts permanently. Here’s how to avoid being one of them.
The most recent LastPass security incident has many people concerned.
OneDrive is a powerful tool, but thinking of it as a backup can take you down a dangerous path.
Email spoofing is rampant. Spammers often send email that looks like it came from you, and there’s little that you can do about it.
Every time you use someone else’s service, you put yourself and your content in their hands… for better or worse.
Account recovery information is an important yet often overlooked part of account security. Managed poorly, it can lead to permanent account loss.
Age isn’t the most important factor when evaluating hard disk risk of failure. I’ll discuss what is, and what you should be doing to protect yourself.
OneDrive can be useful, and it can be annoying. It’s on by default, but it’s not terribly difficult to decouple or turn off.
The rescue or emergency disk provided by many backup programs is more useful than most people realize.
A dirty machine is the result of improper shut downs. There are ways to clean it up, but getting control of your shut-down process is important.
It’s common to ask “Why?” when it comes to computers. It’s also common to be frustrated with the answer.
Not every problem is worth solving.
Digital fingerprints are another way that websites might track you, should they want to. What can you do? Should you be worried?
Gray text is a problem for many people. Unfortunately, there’s no simple solution, though there are some (very) ugly ones.
Smishing is simply text-messaging spam. Learn to recognize and respond appropriately to it.
CPU speed doesn’t matter quite as much as it once did. I’ll discuss why, and what you should also be looking at.
The best password manager is the password manager you’ll use (within reason, of course).
A portion of LastPass was breached. Here’s why it’s not a disaster, and why I’m not leaving LastPass.
It’s difficult to go wrong when selecting a browser these days.
Don’t overlook backing up as part of your security. When the worst happens, it’s your backup that will save you.
Msinfo32 is a tool to display and save an extensive report of your computer’s configuration and state. It can be very helpful for others helping you diagnose issues.
Data breaches rarely expose multiple accounts. There are rare scenarios where multiple accounts might still be at risk, though.
When you think about the complexity of today’s systems, it’s kind of amazing that we don’t have more breaches.
Rescue, recovery, repair, and emergency discs can all mean different things.
I tried to get locked out of my Microsoft account while traveling. I couldn’t. Why? I’d prepared. You can too.
If you’re not getting email messages sent by one particular person, there’s a list of things to check.
Google’s Chrome Remote Desktop is a free and convenient remote-access tool allowing you to get help from people you trust or be the person giving help.
If you’ve lost your Facebook password, there are a couple of ways to recover: use the Facebook process for account recovery, or check your browser’s remembered passwords.
Facebook is removing an account recovery feature, making this an important time to take stock of your own account security.
The end of support for Windows 10 means Microsoft will no longer issue security updates. Here’s how to continue using it safely.
Wi-Fi speed can be slow for many different reasons. Slow Wi-Fi can also be a symptom of speed constraints elsewhere.
Google is increasing the security requirements for accessing your Gmail accounts. I’ll review what the change means and the options you have.
People often send email to the wrong address by mistake. But what happens if the email address is invalid?
My phoned died, and with it, all the two-factor authentication methods I’d used it for. Here’s how I recovered.
Microsoft will show you how much space your Hotmail/Outlook.com/Microsoft account is using, if you know where to look.
If you’ve been told to change your password, do so, but do so in the right way. I’ll explain what that means and why it’s important.
I keep hearing from people who consider themselves too old. They’re not. Don’t be like them.
My laptop died. Here’s the process I went through to resurrect it.
Windows feature updates are supposed to be delivered in a somewhat timely fashion. If not, or if you’re just impatient, you can force the issue.
Any software company with ties outside the U.S. comes under scrutiny. Should you be worried?
Give Windows 11 a shot, but know that you can go back to Windows 10 if you need to.
QR codes are a nifty way to encode web addresses and other text in a way that’s easy for your smartphone to decode, but they are not without risk.
Image backups are great ways to back up absolutely everything on a hard disk. They’re also good for retrieving most anything, including individual files.
Factory reset is a great option to have, but it doesn’t cover all the scenarios a full image backup does.
The ability to create a local user account on Windows hasn’t been removed; it’s just not obvious where to find it.
All malware is scary, especially ransomware due to the damage it can inflict. Here’s how to avoid a repeat performance.