With everyone relying on webcams and microphones these days, it’s vital to know how to protect yourself from accidental—or intentional—spying.
The necessity of remote learning means families need more computer help than ever. From one parent to another, here are some of my best tech support tips to help you provide a safe and effective home computer environment for your child.
If you’ve ever suffered from slow WiFi, you’re not alone. But there are a number of easy things you can do to try to speed up your wireless network. 1. Relocate the routerThe most common wireless problem I encounter is poor placement. Wireless routers should be placed as high as possible, such as on a bookshelf, and away … Continue reading Five Ways To Improve Your Wireless Network Signal
It’s time to celebrate, because Apple’s bringing back the historic Macintosh startup chime.
You don’t have to be a computer expert to solve your own tech problems. Here’s how to get up and running quickly when you’re working from home. Reboot your computer or device Sure, it’s a cliche to recommend a reboot, but you’d be surprised at the number of people who don’t give it a try … Continue reading Ten Computer Troubleshooting Tips For When You’re Working From Home
When was the last time you sanitized your computer, phone, or gaming controller? For frequently-used electronics, daily cleaning and sanitizing is a must. Here’s how to get started. There are cleaning products specifically designed for electronics. Some people use a small amount of rubbing alcohol instead, or a touch of environmentally-friendly all-purpose cleaner. Avoid bleaches … Continue reading How to Clean and Sanitize Your Electronics
You shouldn't leave old electronics sitting around, and you certainly shouldn’t put them in the trash. Here’s how to dispose of your old computer, tablet, or phone in a responsible manner. E-waste is a terrible problem. As consumers, it’s our responsibility to minimize the environmental impact of the technology we use. Selling, donating, and recycling … Continue reading How to Sell, Donate, or Recycle Your Old Computers, Tablets, and Phones
A few weeks ago, the graphics card on my PC finally gave up the ghost. What should have been a simple replacement turned into a frustrating example of bureaucratic nonsense. My old card was an AMD Radeon R9 390. Decent for its time, and I would have kept using it if it hadn’t decided to … Continue reading Tech Facepalm: Why Does AMD Make Graphics Drivers For Windows 7 and Windows 10, But Not For Windows 8.1?
What do you do when your computer manufacturer announces a hardware recall? There are several steps you can take to find out the details and protect your data during the repair process. Most major hardware recalls are announced by the manufacturer. That’s particularly true if the recall involves battery or power cord problems, because of … Continue reading How to Handle Computer Hardware Recalls
We all need to take responsibility for disposing of our old computers properly. Instead of throwing out old electronics, please consider reusing, donating, or recycling them. Old computers can have a lot of life left, especially if the hardware is good. However, if the computer can’t run current antivirus or software updates, it’s not suitable for reuse. Many people … Continue reading How To Prepare Your Computer For Reuse, Recycling, Or Donation