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Some important computer DON’Ts

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Want to avoid getting into trouble with your computer? Here are some things you DON’T want to do.   Don’t have Chrome (or any browser) store your passwords. Yes, it makes it really easy to access all your website accounts. But it’s also really dangerous, because if your computer ever got hacked into, or […] Read more »

How to find your important files

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Today I’ll show you the absolute quickest way to get to all of your important files on your Windows computer.   You might already know that you can click on the little “file folder” icon at the bottom of the screen to open Windows File Explorer. It looks like this:   That opens […] Read more »

If you prefer talking instead of typing – try Speechtexter

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Today we’ll learn about a free service that let’s you talk into your computer, and have those words made into a document.   Since I type on my computer keyboard all the time, I’m able to type pretty quickly. I haven’t measured my typing speed lately but I do okay. Which is kind of […] Read more »

3 common computer myths

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Today we’re talking about three things that a lot of people believe to be true about computers, but in fact they are not true.   Myth #1: Turning the computer off, then powering it up again, is a restart. FALSE I always tell people, you need to restart your computer every day or two. […] Read more »

How to make everything on your screen bigger

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If you have any kind of vision challenge, or if your eyesight is just gradually getting worse over time, you aren’t the only one. One nice feature of Windows 10 – you can make everything bigger and easier to read.   I grew up wearing glasses since I was 8 years old. I could […] Read more »

Computer slowdown? Check these two things first

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This tip is based on what is probably the most common question I get, which is “Why is my computer running so slowly??” It is definitely frustrating when the computer lags behind. If your computer suddenly starts to run a lot more slowly than you think it should, there are a couple of things for […] Read more »

The Verification Code scam

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Today we’re talking about a scam that’s making the rounds but a lot of people aren’t aware of how it works, or even the fact that it IS a scam. But it can cause you some headaches if you fall for it.   We’ve all become pretty accustomed to verification codes. If a company […] Read more »

How to save (and restore) your desktop icon layout

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I’m kind of picky about where I keep the icons on my desktop screen. Not all of them, but a few that I click on regularly. I have a couple of spreadsheets I use all the time, and a link to run Evernote, and a link to my Google contacts. I keep these icons in […] Read more »

New information about protecting your identity

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About a year ago I did a blog post and podcast about the absolute best way to protect the valuable personal identity information that’s stored in your credit files. Today I’ll let you know about an update to that, which makes it much easier to take action on this.   You can read my […] Read more »

Time to get rid of CCleaner

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In the world of computers and security, there are some companies that once had a decent reputation but went downhill and now cannot be recommended or trusted. I would now put CCleaner in that category. Here’s the story.   CCleaner was actually introduced in 2003 – 15 years ago. But it wasn’t rolled out […] Read more »