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The first thing a diagnostic technician may ask you to do is reboot your computer. Why?
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.
Casually installing one download may result in several other things being installed. I’ll review the steps to remove these pesky, problematic, painful, Potentially Unwanted Programs, or PUPs.
My recommendations for specific security software and techniques to keep your computer, and yourself, safe.
It’s very common for our usage and expectations of our computers to grow over time. Unfortunately, that means we’ll eventually run into its limitations.
Some people disconnect their backup drive when not backing up because they fear ransomware. I explain why that’s a Really Bad Idea.
Believing and spreading manure — lies, falsehoods, and misleading implications — makes you look bad, and makes the internet a dumber place.
‘Common sense’ is frequently suggested, often missing, and rarely defined. I’ll take a look at some of what I feel are the characteristics of common sense.
CHKDSK is a powerful Windows utility used to diagnose and repair disks. /F and /R represent two types of repairs.
How Do I Get Rid of Gmail Tabs? How to Regain Control and Find the Email Gmail Might Be Hiding From You
Gmail introduced a tabbed interface to automatically categorized email messages. Since their categorization often misses the mark, let’s turn it off.
File systems are commonly formatted as FAT32, NFTS, or exFAT. Which is best for your thumb drive?
Is There an Email Service that Doesn’t Require a Phone Number? My Recommended Approach, and Alternatives
There are legitimate reasons for not wanting to give your phone number to an email service. Let’s look at alternatives.
Having a regular backup system in place is critical — but then what? I’ll look at how long you might want to keep those backups, why, and how long I keep mine.
When you lose your second factor, there are two things to be concerned about: getting into your own account — for which you should be prepared — and someone else having access to your second factor — which isn’t as scary as it sounds.
What’s the Difference Between an Email Account, an Email Address, an Email Program, and an Email Service?
Terminology around email can be confusing, and lead to incorrect answers to misstated questions. I’ll review some common and important terms.
It’s for your own protection, and the result of fascinating mathematical wizardry. And if they can tell you your password? They’re doing security wrong.
This is a question I generally avoid answering, but I will anyway. The problem is I can’t really tell you what to purchase, since your needs are undoubtedly different than mine.
Letting your browser remember passwords is a convenient feature. However, with that convenience comes risk — often significant risk. Most folks are much better served by using a password vault like LastPass. I’ll explain why.
Using a computer at work puts you at their mercy. It’s technically possible your workplace could spy on all your activities.
When I’m given an old computer, there are a few things I do for the safety of the original owners, myself, and the planet.
If your account has not actually been hacked, there’s little anyone can do to find out who’s trying to log in as you. But there are steps you can take to protect yourself from would-be hackers and phishing scams.
The best registry cleaner is none at all. There may be cases where you want to use one, though, and I’ll review which I’d use and how to use them safely.
Chromebooks can be a viable alternative for those who do most of their computing online and are looking for a simpler, perhaps more stable, yet powerful device.
There are many reasons you’re more likely to be directed to online and self-help resources than talk to a real person.
If your account is ever part of a breach, secure your account to avoid further risk.
Before you give up and reinstall Windows, try to repair Windows 10 without losing programs.
Often, when people find their posts or comments removed or altered from websites they visit, they’re quick to claim their right to free speech has been violated. That’s rarely the case.
Working from home can be convenient, or even a necessity. Does it open up your other online activity to scrutiny by your company?
The biggest risk to your privacy is probably not what you think it is.
Security threats for people working from home are increasing. I’ll review steps you need to take to keep yourself, your company, and your job safe.
Video chat is probably not monitored, but there’s no way to prove that. If that’s too vague for you, then be careful what you do on your computer.
If you don’t have a fast enough internet connection, video playback can be affected.
It’s possible for malware to be difficult or nearly impossible to remove. It’s also extremely rare.
“No sound” can happen for a variety of reasons. Here’s how to troubleshoot if your computer is inexplicably silent.
With occasional security breaches at service providers and rampant email account theft, password security has never been more important. Make sure you choose and use secure passwords.
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?
Information on the internet ranges from truth to fiction to intentional misinformation. It’s important to develop a critical eye towards everything you read.
A Windows 10 Recovery Drive can be used to restore Windows backups to your machine and more. I’ll show you how to create one.
If we would all be a little more skeptical, we’d be safer and the internet would be a more trustworthy place.
My new machine was ready! I’ll show you where it came from, and the laundry list of things I did first.
Microsoft Edge has a bad reputation as an under-powered web browser. That’s all about to change.
Windows Update can get confused or stuck. I’ll review ways to fix Windows Update, including what I refer to as the “nuclear option”.
A year ago, I replaced two laptops and a desktop with a single laptop. It’s time to evaluate the results.
Turning off remote desktop is incrementally safer, but it is a very small piece of a much larger puzzle.
Before you dismiss it because it’s a subscription product, take a look and do the math. Microsoft Office 365 might be surprisingly affordable.
Yes, it’ll be possible to keep using Windows 7 after it’s no longer supported. However, doing so safely will depend on you.
There are several options to extend the life of an older machine, depending on its capabilities.
My annual review of which articles got the most attention and generated the most commentary in 2019.
Officially Windows 10 is no longer free, but there remains at least one unofficial scenario that may allow you to upgrade for free.
Phishing is a way scammers trick you into providing your personal and financial details. Phishing opens the door to identity theft, and more.