Articles tagged: Featured

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How To Keep Using Windows 7 Safely After Support Ends

Yes, it’ll be possible to keep using Windows 7 after it’s no longer supported. However, doing so safely will depend on you.

Will My Old Computer Run Windows 10?

There are several options to extend the life of an older machine, depending on its capabilities.

Using Windows Disk Cleanup

Windows Disk Cleanup is a handy tool for freeing up space on your hard drive. I’ll show you how it’s done.

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2019’s Most Popular Articles

My annual review of which articles got the most attention and generated the most commentary in 2019.

Is Windows 10 Still Free in 2020?

Officially Windows 10 is no longer free, but there remains at least one unofficial scenario that may allow you to upgrade for free.

Phishing: How to Know It When You See It

Phishing is a way scammers trick you into providing your personal and financial details. Phishing opens the door to identity theft, and more.

What Happens When I Die?

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?

Why Is It So Important to Use a Different Password on Every Site?

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: Just How Safe Is It?

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?

This Doesn’t Need to Happen

Another day, another story of data loss. The frustrating thing is that it doesn’t have to happen.

Has a Hacker Really Hacked My Email Account?

A scam claims your email account has been hacked, possibly even including a password you’ve used. Don’t be fooled.

What’s the Best Registry Cleaner?

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.

Should I Partition My Hard Disk?

Partitioning, or splitting a single physical hard drive into multiple drives, has pros and cons. I’ll look at those and make a recommendation.

What are the Internet’s Rules about Free Speech?

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.

Why Don’t People Back Up?

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?

Why ANY Two-Factor Is Better than No Two-Factor at All

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.

How Do I Recover My Facebook Password?

If you’ve lost your Facebook login password, there are a couple of ways to recover access to your account.

Avoiding Tech Support Scams

What do you do when you suddenly find yourself on the phone with a scammer? Step One: Be Skeptical!

How Do I Choose a Good Password?

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.

Why Is There so Much Spam?

Even though most of us might never fall for it, the reason there’s so much spam is simple: spam works.

How to Create a Windows 10 Recovery Drive

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.

Why Can’t I Talk to a Real Person?

There are many reasons why you’re more likely to be directed to online and self-help resources than talk to a real person.

How to Protect Your Cloud Storage and Backups from Ransomware

There are now additional protections for your data if your machine becomes infected with a form of malware known as ransomware.

Can My ISP Monitor My Internet Usage?

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?

How Do I Fix Windows Update?

Windows Update can get confused or stuck. I’ll review ways to fix Windows Update, including what I refer to as the “nuclear option”.

Is Online Banking Safe?

You can bank online safely, as long as you know what to look for and what steps to take.

How to Avoid Ransomware

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.

How To Reduce Your Frustration with Technology

Believe it or not, there’s one change you can make that can dramatically impact how well your technology works for you.

Never Attribute to Malice…

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

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.

Two Steps to Better Search Results

Searching is an art of sorts. I’ll share two common mistakes searchers make, and my two-step approach to better search results.

How to Remove PUPs, Foistware, Drive-bys, Toolbars, and Other Annoying Things

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.

Microsoft, We Deserve Better

Updates to Windows seemingly can’t be trusted, and yet they’re forced on us. Something must change.

Are the Bad Guys Winning?

Media hype makes it seem like the bad guys are winning. They’re always in the lead – but don’t believe the hype.

Should I Install the Latest Windows 10 Update?

My take on the latest Windows update and your options therein.

Does Technology Isolate or Connect?

There are those who feel that technology is isolating us from the world. I couldn’t disagree more.

On Confidence and Technology

Confident computing: it’s what you can expect, and a reminder to me of what I’m trying to deliver.

Why Haven’t I Received the Latest Windows 10 Update?

The latest major update to Windows 10 has an issue that’s preventing wider rollout. I’ll review what it is, and what to do.