For computer security, you need these 3 things

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“What’s the best antivirus to use?”  It’s a question that I am asked on a pretty regular basis.  There are lots of choices out there, and everyone seems to have a different opinion.  In the end, of course, that’s all I can really offer – my opinion.  But it is based on lots of experience, [...] Read more »

What to do about the Heartbleed bug

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The Heartbleed bug has been in the news for about a week now so you have probably heard about it, even if you don’t know exactly what it is or what it means for you and your computer security.  Today we’ll break it down into simple terms, as well as some recommendations about what action [...] Read more »

How to uninstall a program that doesn’t want to leave

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If you have a program on your computer that you don’t want to have on it, what do you do?  You just uninstall it, right?  Sure sounds simple enough.  Just go to Control Panel, to the list of Programs, find it in the list and uninstall it.  That would be nice if it always worked [...] Read more »

A tool for avoiding accidental junk downloads

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I fix my clients’ computers just about every day.  I either do it remotely (which is what I prefer to do, since it is easier to schedule and more cost-effective for the client), or I do it in person.  If I physically do the repair, it is usually done here in my office.  But regardless [...] Read more »

How to skip the Windows 8 password

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One of the (several) things that people don’t like about Windows 8 is that it seems to force you to have a user account with a password just to log into your own computer.  Many home users don’t even want to bother with a Windows password because security is not really considered an issue.  Even [...] Read more »

Scary privacy video – and why I’m not worried

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There’s a video on YouTube that has been getting a lot of attention lately.  A few of my clients have sent me the link to watch it, because it seems to fit right in line with the kinds of topics I cover here in this blog and on my podcast; specifically, privacy and security. [...] Read more »

Shut off your PC with…the Power Button!

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It’s kind of funny how we’ve been trained by our computers to do things in a way that don’t always make a lot of sense.  If you want to turn off your TV, you hit the power button.  If you want to turn off your car radio, you hit the power button.  Just about any [...] Read more »

How to change a drive letter in Windows

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Today’s tip is pretty specific.  You may never need to use it.  I personally went a long time without needing to know how to change a drive letter in my Windows computer.  But when the situation came up that required this to happen, it was very nice to know how to do it.  And it’s [...] Read more »

How to configure Malwarebytes for best performance

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Last Monday I wrote about Malwarebytes, and the fact that you should definitely have it on your computer.  The time-sensitive information was that they are switching from a one-time payment (lifetime license) to an annual subscription payment plan.  But, you can still get the lifetime license at the soon-to-be-gone price of $25 (read my blog [...] Read more »

Malwarebytes plan is changing – get your lifetime license while you can!

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I have been using and recommending Malwarebytes (the paid version) for many years now.  It’s a great tool, and provides a good level of security in addition to your antivirus program.  Malwarebytes recently announced that their business model is changing.  This means that you have a window of opportunity to take advantage of their current [...] Read more »

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