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)

Ten Computer Troubleshooting Tips For When You’re Working From Home

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

How to Clean and Sanitize Your Electronics

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

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)

Could We Quit It With Stereotypes About “Tech Gifts For Women?”

Tis the season for that perennial favorite: yet more lists of “tech gifts for women.” It seems like every year I run across this rubbish on one site or another, and it gets more annoying every time. Here’s one of this year’s entries, but they’re all pretty much the same, assuming that women only want … Continue reading Could We Quit It With Stereotypes About “Tech Gifts For Women?”

How to Sell, Donate, or Recycle Your Old Computers, Tablets, and Phones

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

Tech Facepalm: Why Does AMD Make Graphics Drivers For Windows 7 and Windows 10, But Not For Windows 8.1?

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?

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