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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.

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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’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.

A Router's Role

Your Router’s Two IP Addresses

Every router has at least two IP addresses. It’s a characteristic of how routers do their jobs.

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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.

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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.

Frustration

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.

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Why Do Things Disappear from the Clipboard When I Close a Program?

Sometimes the clipboard behaves mysteriously. Let’s look at why.

Webcam

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.

Facebook

Could Someone Set Up a 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.

IP Reputation Report

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.

Why Doesn’t Blocking Email Senders Work?

Most email programs can block email from a specific address. Unfortunately, blocking email from a sender is ineffective when it comes to spam.

Disk Cleanup Warning

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.

100% Secure?

How Do I Know if My Machine is Free of Malware?

It’s impossible to know your machine has no malware. What does that mean for your safety?

Locked Folder

How to Best Back Up Your Encrypted Data

Encrypting your data is important for security, but it also adds risk that’s easy to overlook when backing up.

Word to PDF

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.

Help!

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.”

Misleading Link

I Think I’ve Been “Phished”, What Should I Do?

Phishing is epidemic. Legitimate-looking emails asking for sensitive information are often bogus. Phishing is on the rise, and you need to be aware.

Sleep

What’s the Difference Between Hibernate and Sleep?

Hibernate and sleep are two optimizations to the boot/reboot process that can speed things up.

Delete My Facebook Account

How Do I Delete My Facebook Account?

Deleting your Facebook account requires some preparation and a fairly well-hidden link. I’ll outline the preparation and point you to the link.

Disk Partitions

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.

My home network, viewed from Windows 10

Networking Sucks

After all this time, networking computers remains out of the reach of the average user, and that’s really frustrating.

Back Up!

How Should I Back Up My Computer Before an Operating System Upgrade or Reinstall?

Step one to an operating system upgrade? Create a full system image backup of up your entire machine! Step one to a reinstall? The same.

I forgot my password!

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.

Windows 10

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.

Windows Update Troubleshooter

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

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.

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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.

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Why Does My Machine Take Forever to Shut Down?

Booting your machine can take time, but sometimes so does shutting it down. Various issues contribute to a slow shutdown.

Why is Backing Up Your First Recommendation for Everything?

Nothing protects you and your data like a complete, recent backup, even when it might not be obvious. That’s why I harp on it so much.

Power Button

Can I Just Unplug My Computer to Shut It Down?

Using your computer’s Power button improperly, or pulling the plug, can lead to serious data loss. I’ll look at the right way to turn your computer off.

Off

Can My Computer Be Hacked If It’s Turned Off?

Hacking a turned-off computer requires a few mistakes on your part. It’s unlikely, but possible.

Watching a computer

My Ex Set Up My Computer and Is Now Spying on Me. What Can I Do?

Trust is tricky when it comes to computers. When you add relationships to the mix, things quickly get complicated, and unfortunately, serious.

Stop Cyber-Bullying

What Do I Do if I’m Being Harassed, Bullied, or Stalked Online?

Online harassment is common problem, and exceptionally prevalent among children. I’ll review some of the issues and steps to be taken.

Ready to Reset

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.

Cookies!

Where Do Cookies Come From?

Cookies are a fact of life when browsing the web. But if you look at the cookies stored on your machine, you might be surprised how many there are.

How do you want to open this file?

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.

Krackattacks

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.

Anything is Possible

“Is It Possible” is the Wrong Question

Yes, it’s possible. But you might want to ask a different question that will result in a more helpful answer.

Brute Force

How Can a Hacker Try All Possible Passwords If Systems Block the Login Attempts?

Some hackers just go for the low-hanging fruit and try the most common passwords, and there is one scenario where brute force works very well.

Meter

Why Do Password-strength Meters Give Different Results?

Password-strength meters don’t always agree. My take is to avoid them completely.

CCleaner

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.

Dumpster Fire

What the Equifax Breach Means to You

One of the largest data breaches in history has left many wondering what to do next.

Virus Detected!

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?

What "The Cloud" Really Looks Like

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.

Microsoft Office Apps

Is a Microsoft Office Subscription Worth It?

Before you dismiss it because it’s a subscription product, take a look and do the math – Microsoft Office 365 might be surprisingly affordable.

Slow Computer

The Four Characteristics of Computer Speed

A friend’s slow computer provided an opportunity to review the four primary characteristics of computer slowdowns.

Norton Safeweb

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.