A Home User’s Guide to Mobile Device Internet Security

Few of us maintain the same security precautions on our tablets and phones that we do on our computers. But mobile devices contain personal data, and they go wherever we do. Here’s what you need to know to keep your mobile devices protected. In general the same security rules we use for computers also apply … Continue reading A Home User’s Guide to Mobile Device Internet Security

How to Stop Your Webcam and Microphone From Spying On You

With everyone relying on webcams and microphones these days, it’s vital to know how to protect yourself from accidental—or intentional—spying. Cameras can be hijacked in a number of ways. Cybercriminals can commandeer them with viruses or ransomware, then extort you by demanding money for the deletion of potentially embarrassing photos and videos. There’s always the … Continue reading How to Stop Your Webcam and Microphone From Spying On You

Remote Learning: How to Solve Computer Problems and Keep Your Kids Safe Online

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. One of this year’s challenges is the widespread shortage of some electronics. Web cams … Continue reading Remote Learning: How to Solve Computer Problems and Keep Your Kids Safe Online

Five Ways To Improve Your Wireless Network Signal

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

Microsoft Says You’re Installing Its Edge Web Browser, Whether You Like It or Not

Party like it’s 1998, because Microsoft is once again sneaking its software onto users’ computers without their knowledge. In a move that has sent ripples of disdain across the tech world, Microsoft has begun pushing its Edge web browser to users as part of the latest Windows updates. The Verge even compared the Edge install … Continue reading Microsoft Says You’re Installing Its Edge Web Browser, Whether You Like It or Not

How to Customize Your Web Browser With Extensions

Web browser extensions let you add functionality to your web browser. For example, you might use an ad blocker or antivirus extension to protect your computer from malicious sites. Password managers also use extensions to improve security when filling in online forms. Other extensions integrate with sites like Evernote, Gmail, and more. While there are … Continue reading How to Customize Your Web Browser With Extensions

Ten Ways to Tell If Your Computer Has a Virus (And What to Do About It)

Ever get the sinking feeling that something's wrong with your computer? Here are ten ways to tell if your computer is infected with a virus, and what to do if it is. Run a virus scanA bit obvious, isn't it? While you're at it, make sure your antivirus program has been updated recently. If you … Continue reading Ten Ways to Tell If Your Computer Has a Virus (And What to Do About It)

How To Create Strong Passwords (2020 Edition)

If there's one thing you do for your own computer safety, please, use strong, unique passwords! Doing so decreases your chances of suffering virus infection, account hijacking, identity theft, and even financial fraud. People continually re-use passwords, or create weak passwords, or don't change the default passwords on important devices like routers and smart home gadgets. … Continue reading How To Create Strong Passwords (2020 Edition)

How to Check Your Voice Assistant Privacy Settings

Voice activated assistants are everywhere, but they may reveal more than you intend. Many of the major tech companies including Amazon, Google, and Apple have admitted to allowing human employees or contractors to listen to recordings in an effort to improve their services. There have also been instances of voice assistants activating accidentally, and at … Continue reading How to Check Your Voice Assistant Privacy Settings