How to Avoid Spear Phishing Scams

In this week’s member-exclusive How-To Tuesday on Simple Tech Tips, we’re talking about how to avoid spear phishing scams. Most people are familiar with phishing messages, spam that tries to trick you into clicking on links and infecting your computer with malware. Spear phishing takes this to a whole new level by using highly personalized … Continue reading How to Avoid Spear Phishing Scams

How to Recognize Counterfeit Electronics

In this week’s member-exclusive How-To Tuesday on Simple Tech Tips, we’re talking about how to recognize counterfeit electronics. The recent chip shortage has exacerbated the problem of counterfeits, but there are steps consumers can take to avoid them. Learn how to recognize the warning signs of counterfeit goods and find genuine deals on computers and … Continue reading How to Recognize Counterfeit Electronics

How to Find Local Electronics Recyclers

Computer recycling

In this week’s member-exclusive How-To Tuesday on Simple Tech Tips, we’re talking about how to find local electronics recyclers. Electronic waste is an increasing problem. If you can’t re-use or donate your old electronics, it’s best to recycle them. But it’s not always easy to find somewhere local to recycle your electronics. These tips will … Continue reading How to Find Local Electronics Recyclers

You Need Better Antivirus Than Your Computer’s Built-In Software

Your computer’s built-in antivirus software is no match against today’s Internet threats. Here’s why you should replace it with something stronger. Windows and Mac computers both have default antivirus programs, Windows Defender and Apple’s XProtect. (If you haven’t noticed XProtect running on your Mac, that’s because it runs silently in the background as part of … Continue reading You Need Better Antivirus Than Your Computer’s Built-In Software

The Essential Guide to Strong Passwords (2021 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 The Essential Guide to Strong Passwords (2021 Edition)