Articles tagged: Featured

Running CHKDSK on C:

Running CHKDSK When CHKDSK Won’t Run

Normally, you can request CHKDSK be run on the system drive at the next reboot. If that doesn’t work, there is another way.

Windows 10 RIP

Is Windows 10 Going Away?

Windows 10 is and is not going away. It depends on your perspective.

You're a target.

Why You — Yes, You — Are a Target of Hackers

Even if your bank account is zero or you’re just not that interesting, hackers are still after your accounts. Here’s why, and what you can do.

How Should I Back Up When Traveling?

Backing up while on the road can be a challenge. I’ll review what’s practical and how to keep your data safe.

Encryption, conceptual

What Encryption Software Do You Recommend?

There are many different tools for encryption. The right one depends on what you’re attempting to accomplish.

Extracting a Password

Why Is It Important to Have Different Passwords on Different Accounts?

Using a different password for every login is crucial — and it doesn’t have to be difficult.

Cloud Storage

How to Use Cloud Storage Safely

Cloud service providers often give us lots of storage we can use for cloud backup. How to use it safely, however, isn’t always obvious.

1password.com homepage.

Setting Up 1Password

How to get started with 1Password and the most important action to take.

Use Common Sense

Just What Is Common Sense?

‘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.

Malware Detected

It Pays to Be Skeptical

If we would all be a little more skeptical, we’d be safer and the internet would be a more trustworthy place.

Secure cloud storage

Is Using the Cloud Safe?

As security compromises seem to happen regularly, many ask, “Is using the cloud safe?” It’s as safe as you make it.

RIP LastPass

LastPass Breach 2022: My Recommendation

LastPass has lost my trust. Here’s what I’m doing about it.

Internet Security

Internet Safety: 7 Steps to Staying Safe Online

Online security is critical. Here are the key steps you can take to keep yourself safe on the internet.

Individual yelling at their computer.

Why Can’t I Get My Account Back?

Way too often, I hear from people who have lost their accounts permanently. Here’s how to avoid being one of them.

Oh, LastPass...

What to Do About the LastPass Breach

The most recent LastPass security incident has many people concerned.

Office witrh

Is OneDrive a Backup?

OneDrive is a powerful tool, but thinking of it as a backup can take you down a dangerous path.

Spam

Someone’s Sending from My Email Address! How Do I Stop Them?

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.

Twitter Explosion

Your Social Media Posts Can All Disappear

Every time you use someone else’s service, you put yourself and your content in their hands… for better or worse.

Some Gmail Account Recovery Options

Please Set Up and Maintain Account Recovery Information

Account recovery information is an important yet often overlooked part of account security. Managed poorly, it can lead to permanent account loss.

Old Hard Disks

How Do I Tell If My Hard Drive Is Too Old?

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.

Office With No OneDrive please.

How Do I Disable OneDrive in Office 365?

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.

System Error

How to Back Up a Machine That Won’t Boot

The rescue or emergency disk provided by many backup programs is more useful than most people realize.

Hard disk in motion with conceptual data

How Do I Make My C: Drive Not ‘Dirty’?

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.

Why?

Why Ask Why?

It’s common to ask “Why?” when it comes to computers. It’s also common to be frustrated with the answer.

Can't delete folder.

I Can’t Delete a Folder

Not every problem is worth solving.

Digital Fingerprint (Concept)

What is a Digital Fingerprint?

Digital fingerprints are another way that websites might track you, should they want to. What can you do? Should you be worried?

Gray Text

Coping with Gray Text

Gray text is a problem for many people. Unfortunately, there’s no simple solution, though there are some (very) ugly ones.

What's that on my mobile?

What Is Smishing?

Smishing is simply text-messaging spam. Learn to recognize and respond appropriately to it.

CPU

Does CPU Speed Matter Any More?

CPU speed doesn’t matter quite as much as it once did. I’ll discuss why, and what you should also be looking at.

LastPass?

What You Need To Do About the LastPass Hack

A portion of LastPass was breached. Here’s why it’s not a disaster, and why I’m not leaving LastPass.

Which Browser?

What Browser Should I Use in 2022?

It’s difficult to go wrong when selecting a browser these days.

An External Disk Drive

Backups ARE Security

Don’t overlook backing up as part of your security. When the worst happens, it’s your backup that will save you.

MSINFO32

Get a Windows System Report with MSINFO32

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.

Security Breach!

Can a Data Breach Expose Multiple Accounts?

Data breaches rarely expose multiple accounts. There are rare scenarios where multiple accounts might still be at risk, though.

Servers

6 Reasons There Are Still So Many Security Breaches

When you think about the complexity of today’s systems, it’s kind of amazing that we don’t have more breaches.

Disc Terminology

What Exactly Is a Rescue/Recovery/Repair/Emergency Disc?

Rescue, recovery, repair, and emergency discs can all mean different things.

Outlook Lock

How Not to Get Locked Out of Your Microsoft Account While Traveling

I tried to get locked out of my Microsoft account while traveling. I couldn’t. Why? I’d prepared. You can too.

Why Can’t I Get Emails From One Person?

If you’re not getting email messages sent by one particular person, there’s a list of things to check.

Chrome Remote Desktop

Using Chrome Remote Desktop in Windows

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.

Facebook locked

How Do I Recover My Facebook Password?

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 Sign In Page

Facebook Trusted Contacts is Going Away. Prepare Now.

Facebook is removing an account recovery feature, making this an important time to take stock of your own account security.

Windows 10 RIP

What Happens at Windows 10 End of Support?

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 Snail

Why is My Wi-Fi Speed Slow?

Wi-Fi speed can be slow for many different reasons. Slow Wi-Fi can also be a symptom of speed constraints elsewhere.

Less Secure?

What Are “Less Secure Apps” and Why is My Gmail Not Working?

Google is increasing the security requirements for accessing your Gmail accounts. I’ll review what the change means and the options you have.

Oops!

If I Send to a Bad Email Address, Will Someone See It?

People often send email to the wrong address by mistake. But what happens if the email address is invalid?

A Dead Phone

I Lost My Phone With My Second Factor for Authentication. How Do I Recover?

My phoned died, and with it, all the two-factor authentication methods I’d used it for. Here’s how I recovered.

Microsoft account storage.

How Full Is My Hotmail Account?

Microsoft will show you how much space your Hotmail/Outlook.com/Microsoft account is using, if you know where to look.

Password Entry

I’m Told to Change My Password. Why?

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.

"Default Boot Device Missing Or Boot Failed"

“Default Boot Device Missing or Boot Failed” – What Now?

My laptop died. Here’s the process I went through to resurrect it.

Please wait.

How Do I Force the Latest Windows Feature Update?

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.