Archive for ‘good habits

Case study: Verifying a link before clicking on it

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One of the most dangerous things you can do with your computer is to click on a link when you don’t know where that link will take you. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Facebook link from someone you barely know, or a loving email from your dear sweet mother – don’t click on a […] Read more »

4 ways to free up space on your Windows hard drive

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Years ago, hard drive space was an issue that I dealt with more often. Back in the days of 40 gb and 80 gb hard drives, it didn’t take a whole lot to fill one up. Then you started getting the warnings “Drive C is getting low on space”. These days, with hard drives more […] Read more »

For computer security, you need these 3 things

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Update: Unfortunately, since version 2 was released, Malwarebytes is no longer working properly. In fact I have seen on several computers where it is messing up other programs, including my clients’ online file backup software. I am recommending that Malwarebytes be uninstalled. The security software we now use and recommend is here. “What’s the best […] Read more »

Eliminate distractions and get more work done

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A lot of us suffer from a particular affliction.  It’s called distraction.   I might notice this more than some people because I work from a home office.  I can be completely focused on doing something, such as building a website or diagnosing a computer that isn’t working properly.  Then something happens.  Usually it’s […] Read more »

Make a Windows keyboard key act like a different one

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There’s a key on my Windows keyboard that I never use: Caps Lock.  I think probably the majority of people don’t use it.  And those that do use it regularly, shouldn’t!  When you type in all caps, it is considered the equivalent of yelling.  It’s rude.   Yet there it is on the keyboard. […] Read more »

MyPC Backup review – automated online backup service

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MyPC Backup is the online, automated backup service that I use and recommend.  This is the program that protects my own files and folders, and I have set it up for lots of my clients.  In this post I will go over the features, costs, and how it works.     Full disclosure: I […] Read more »

Laptop best practices

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Your laptop computer represents a sizable investment, so it makes sense to take care of it and make it run well, and last as long as possible.  Here are some ways to make that happen. First of all, there are some practices that are standard procedure for any computer, whether it’s a laptop, desktop, […] Read more »

What files do you NEED to back up?

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When someone brings me a computer that has a problem, my first question is: “Is there any data on this computer that is important, that is not backed up?”  Usually there is, which means I probably need to recover that data before I do the repair.   My next question often gets an interesting […] Read more »

You use the same password everywhere? Stop it!

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I know, I know.   You want to use secure passwords, but you’re afraid you won’t remember them.  The ones you remember are the easy ones, so that’s what you use whenever you have to create an account.  Unfortunately, those are the easiest ones to guess also. I feel your pain!  I use lots of […] Read more »

How to make keeping a journal really easy

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When I was in college, one of my professors encouraged me to keep a journal.  I wish I had followed that advice.  Can you imagine what it would be like to have a record that you can just go back and look at whatever happened on a particular day for the last 25 years? Some […] Read more »