Articles tagged: fullcontent
How Can a Hacker Try All Possible Passwords If Systems Block Failed Login Attempts?
Some hackers go for the low-hanging fruit and try the most common passwords, but there is one scenario where brute force works very well.
How Should I Password-Protect an External Hard Drive?
You want more than a password; you want encryption. Encrypting an external drive can be done with the right software.
I Think I’ve Been Phished. Now What?
Phishing is epidemic. Legitimate-looking emails asking for sensitive information are often bogus. Phishing is on the rise, and you need to be aware.
Why Your Computer Might Be Slow
A friend’s slow computer provided me an opportunity to review the four primary characteristics of computer slowdowns to help you diagnose issues in the future.
What Do I Do If I’m Being Harassed, Bullied, or Stalked Online?
Online harassment is common problem, and prevalent among children. I’ll review some of the issues and steps to be taken.
Busting Some Facebook Myths
Facebook is full of myths and misinformation. I’ll look at a few of the current offenders.
Gmail’s Confidential Mode Isn’t
Gmail offers a “confidential mode”. It is and it isn’t; learn how it works before you use it.
How Do I Remove My Personal Data from My Computer Running Windows 10?
It’s almost impossible to remove all personal information from a Windows installation, short of one extreme option.
Your Router’s Two IP Addresses
Every router has at least two IP addresses. It’s a characteristic of how routers do their jobs.
How Do I Uninstall and Reinstall Internet Explorer in Windows 10?
Because Internet Explorer is really a component of Windows itself, uninstalling and reinstalling, while possible, is somewhat different than other applications and has different implications.
How to (Accidentally) Give Someone Else Your PayPal Account
Entering your email address incorrectly might just be a typo, but it can have surprising ramifications.
Why Do Windows Updates Mess Up My Computer?
We hear of Windows Update messing up computers. I’ll look through one scenario and offer some advice and a reminder: it’s not your fault.
Why Do Things Disappear from the Clipboard When I Close a Program?
Sometimes the clipboard behaves mysteriously. Let’s look at why.
Should I Cover Up My Webcam When I’m Not Using It?
There’s nothing wrong with covering your camera, but it’s probably not worth the effort.
Could Someone Set Up a Fake Facebook Account in My Name?
Facebook identifies accounts with an email address, and tries to collect email addresses of friends. That can lead to fake accounts and unwanted invitations.
Why Does My IP Address Have a Bad Reputation? And What Do I Do?
Email reputation for your home IP address probably doesn’t matter, and having it characterized as “poor” might even be a good thing.
How Do I Clean Up After Windows Update?
What Windows Update leaves behind isn’t trash at all, but rather files with a specific purpose.
Why Does My Microsoft Word Document Display Differently on Different Computers?
Microsoft Word documents display differently on different systems because of differences between the systems. Getting Microsoft Word documents to display identically typically means processing them into something else.
Why Can’t You Give a Straight Answer?
I can’t always give a straight answer, mostly because every computer is unique. My most common answer? “It depends.”
What’s the Difference Between Hibernate and Sleep?
Hibernate and sleep are two optimizations to the boot/reboot process that can speed things up.
Do I Need All These Partitions?
Newer machines often come with multiple partitions. While it’s tempting to remove them, there’s little to be gained.
I’ve Lost All My Passwords, What Do I Do?
Losing access to your password vault can be a major inconvenience. Fortunately, that’s all it needs to be, and there are ways to prevent even that.
Why is Windows 10 Telling Me “There Is a Problem with Your Microsoft Account”?
So-called “problems” with your Microsoft account may refer to Windows, or to other applications on your system.
How Do I Get the Windows 10 Creators Update 1709 to Install?
Every Windows 10 update should just work. Unfortunately, for some, they just don’t.
Hard Disk Failure Is Imminent! What Do I Do?
“Hard Disk Failure Is Imminent” is a message you want to take very seriously — so seriously that hopefully, you’ll have planned for it beforehand.
How Do I Disable Windows Updates in Windows 10 Home?
Windows 10 Home edition gives you little control of Windows Update. I do have a fairly large hammer you can use.
The First Dozen Changes to My Newly Reinstalled Windows 10
A peek into my priorities as I install apps and make changes after a Windows 10 reset.
Answering “How Do You Want to Open this File?”
Deciding how you want to open a file depends on knowing what the file contains and knowing what program will understand that.
Watching for Interactions
Interactions between software can cause unexpected side effects. If you’re experiencing a problem, it’s one more thing to look into.
What the “KRACK attacks” mean to you
A vulnerability has been discovered in a critical wireless security protocol. I’ll discuss whether you should worry and what steps you should take.
Why Do Password-strength Meters Give Different Results?
Password-strength meters don’t always agree. My take is to avoid them completely.
What the CCleaner Hack Means to You
CCleaner, a popular Windows utility, accidentally included malware in its download for a time. Here’s my take on what to be concerned about and what to do.
What the Equifax Breach Means to You
One of the largest data breaches in history has left many wondering what to do next.
Why Don’t Anti-malware Tools Work Better?
It’s possible to get malware, even with anti-malware tools installed. Why the heck is that true?
Recovering from Ransomware with an Online Backup
People often cite ransomware as a reason to avoid automated online backups, thinking that those backups will be impacted. OneDrive provides an answer.
How Can I Tell If a Website is Safe?
We’re often enticed or directed to websites we’ve never been to before. We’ll look at a couple of tools to help identify safe websites.
Restoring Files with File History
File History, when properly enabled and configured, can restore deleted files or previous version of files that have changed.
Does a Lapsed Anti-malware Tool Leave an Open Door for Malware?
Letting your anti-malware subscription lapse is never a good idea. I’ll look at why that is, and available alternatives.
Is It Time to Start Using an Adblocker?
Advertising on the internet is broken. The result is that it might be time to think about adblockers, and supporting your favorite websites in other ways.