The Beginner’s Guide to Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication, or 2FA, is an easy way to add extra security to your accounts. Here’s what home users need to know about setting up and using 2FA. How Two-Factor Authentication WorksTwo-factor authentication works in tandem with your password. When logging in, you’ll enter your password plus a one-time token, such as a code sent … Continue reading The Beginner’s Guide to Two-Factor Authentication

Ransomware: A Dangerous Threat to Your Computer

Ransomware is a particularly nasty form of computer virus that encrypts your data, then demands payment for the encryption key. Why is ransomware so hazardous, and how can you remove it? Ransomware is vicious because it doesn’t just render your computer unusable. It encrypts all of your files, including those on networked computers, removable drives, … Continue reading Ransomware: A Dangerous Threat to Your Computer

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

Let’s Celebrate the Return of the Mac Chime

You may remember the cheerful chime that used to play when you started your Mac. Well, folks, it’s time to celebrate, because Apple’s bringing back the historic Macintosh startup chime. The Mac chime began as the startup sound for the original 1984 Macintosh. It wasn’t just a marketing trick to show how this amiable-looking beige … Continue reading Let’s Celebrate the Return of the Mac Chime

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 scan A bit obvious, isn't it? While you're at it, make sure your antivirus program has been updated recently. If … Continue reading Ten Ways to Tell If Your Computer Has a Virus (And What to Do About It)