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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.
Quite often, the first thing a diagnostic technician asks you to do is reboot your computer. Why? Because rebooting works surprisingly often.
I have recommendations for specific security software and techniques in various places on the site. Here’s a short summary.
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.
Windows Disk Cleanup is a handy tool for freeing up space on your hard drive. I’ll show you how it’s done.
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.
Using different passwords on different sites is not only good practice; it’s necessary to keep your accounts safe. I’ll review why, and how best to handle a plethora of passwords.
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?
Another day, another story of data loss. The frustrating thing is that it doesn’t have to happen.
A scam claims your email account has been hacked, possibly even including a password you’ve used. Don’t be fooled.
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.
Partitioning, or splitting a single physical hard drive into multiple drives, has pros and cons. I’ll look at those and make a recommendation.
Backups are one of the ways people can protect themselves from everything from hardware failure to virus infections. So why don’t people back up?
Headlines are proclaiming that two-factor authentication has been hacked. That in no way means you shouldn’t use it. Your account is still much safer with two-factor enabled.
If you’ve lost your Facebook password, there are a couple of ways to recover: use the Facebook process, or check your browser’s remembered passwords.
What do you do when you suddenly find yourself on the phone with a scammer? Step One: Be Skeptical!
There are many reasons you’re more likely to be directed to online and self-help resources than talk to a real person.
There are now additional protections for your data if your machine becomes infected with a form of malware known as ransomware.
Your ISP controls your internet connection, and it’s easy for them to monitor the data you send and receive. The question is, why would anyone monitor your internet?
You can bank online safely, as long as you know what to look for and what steps to take.
Avoid ransomware the same way you avoid any malware. A full backup will save you not only from ransomware, but from a host of other problems as well.
Believe it or not, there’s one change you can make that can dramatically impact how well your technology works for you.
Malicious intent is a common knee-jerk reaction to technological trials and tribulations. Unfortunately, it’s usually the wrong assumption to make.
How to back up Windows 10 using its own built-in tools in eight easy steps. Four bonus steps handle Microsoft’s plans to retire one of those tools.
Searching is an art of sorts. I’ll share two common mistakes searchers make, and my two-step approach to better search results.
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.
Updates to Windows seemingly can’t be trusted, and yet they’re forced on us. Something must change.
Media hype makes it seem like the bad guys are winning. They’re always in the lead – but don’t believe the hype.