The Yahoo data hack – what it means to YOU

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Yahoo recently announced that hackers were able to get into their system and steal a lot of personal information. Here’s what you need to know, and what you need to do.   When did the data breach take place? This is one of the more concerning factors about this problem. Yahoo says that the […] Read more »

Shut down your Windows computer WITHOUT waiting for updates to finish

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It’s one of the most frustrating things about Windows. You go to shut off your computer, and rather than just shut down, it decides it’s time to install a bunch of updates. So you wait and wait while this happens, all the while wondering why your computer is forcing you to stand there and watch […] Read more »

How to password protect a Windows file or folder – part 2

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Last week we talked about a “low-security” way to keep someone out of a particular file or folder, just by “hiding” it. Today is part 2, and this procedure uses a separate program to provide a much higher level of security.   Rather than just protecting a file by making not readily visible, this […] Read more »

How to password protect a Windows file or folder – part 1

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I recently got this email from a podcast listener: Dear Scott, I live in Dubai and I enjoy your weekly podcast, which is simple and informative. Please keep up the good work! Scott, could you please cover in a future podcast how I can create (in Windows 10) a normal file folder but one that […] Read more »

Why would you need TWO backups?

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For some of my clients, I have a hard time convincing them that they need to have a backup process in place. Usually these are people that have not (yet) experienced a hard drive crash and lost some, or all, of their important files. Their computer is working fine at the moment, they’ve never had […] Read more »

The personal Facebook messages you didn’t even know you had

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If a friend sends you a Facebook message, you see the notification at the top of the Facebook page, click on it and read it. Simple. What if someone sends you a message, and you actually do know that person in real life but you aren’t yet Facebook friends? You might never even realize that message […] Read more »

My new computer, and an important Windows tip

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What a week this has been. It started with a simple process: replacing a monitor. By the end, I had to replace my primary computer. And I discovered something very important for you to know about Windows – especially Windows 10.   I’ll give a brief summary of what happened. I use 2 monitors on […] Read more »

No computer tip for August 15, 2016

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Well, this is a first.  I’ve been doing this blog for about 15 years, publishing a computer tip or trick every Monday morning – never missed a week. Until now! My main computer crashed over the weekend. Surprisingly, it wasn’t the hard drive that died. If it were, this whole thing would have been a […] Read more »

A warning about copyrighted images, and a great story

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If you ever have a need to publish photos online, such as on your website or a social media account, you need to be VERY careful to make sure you have the right to do that. Otherwise, it could be a very expensive lesson.   When you need a picture for some project such […] Read more »

Why is Outlook not showing images in your emails?

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For many people that use Outlook as their email program, it’s very frustrating when you get an email that’s supposed to have pictures in it, but Outlook doesn’t display those pictures – it only shows a red “X”.   And in all of Microsoft’s wisdom, they didn’t create a clear or intuitive way to […] Read more »