Free programs are great and the Internet is full of them. The problem is that many of these so-called freebies come with a price called malware that piggyback the application or utility you are trying to download.
Passwords are part of computing; there is no way around that. If you use a computer and the Internet, you will eventually need to use them. You may or may not need a password to log onto your computer, but one was needed to get your email this morning. Even if you didn't have to manually type one in, your computer recalled it for you.
If you've ever had to call tech support for a networking issue, they most likely asked you at some point to type your router's IP address into your computer. That address would have looked something like 192.168.0.1.
Although mobile phones have been around for a while, smart phone technology has advanced at a rate much faster than that of the PC.
It's that time again; time to roll down your windows and roll up your sleeves. There's a new operating system in town and it's waiting for you to give it a test drive. Windows 8 is here and Microsoft is letting you take it for a spin for a few months. It will be for sale in late October, but you will have until the end of the year to try it for free.
Back in the day, a simple scan of your computer's hard drive was enough to thwart off most infections. Unfortunately, that's not the case anymore. Malware has evolved. It's not just random pop-ups as it used to be.
Here we are in the middle of the annual tax-free shopping weekend. You're back from vacation, ready to go back to work or school and wonder if it's time to upgrade your computer.
After Windows loads on your computer, the reason you can't immediately start clicking on icons or go online is that other applications are still being loaded in the background.
The easiest way to get a program on your computer is to download it by clicking on a link. Unfortunately, that's also the easiest way to get your computer infected.
Choosing a new hard drive used to be as simple as deciding between a 350-gigabyte and a terabyte model. Size still matters, but now there are different types of drives that involve more than just drive capacity.
In the past I've written about ways to keep your computer running smoothly, advised you of keyboard shortcuts and shared some little known utilities with you. The truth be known, most technicians won't kiss and tell and have clandestinely withheld their best tricks from you.
When I got my first flip cell phone back in the mid-90s, I truly felt like Captain Kirk communicating with the Enterprise. But that was all we were able to do back then: talk.
Most computer users have systems with sufficient technology to accomplish the tasks they were purchased to perform. They have hard drives large enough to store all the data necessary, plenty of RAM and fast processors to allow the system to function quickly and all of the proper updates installed necessary for security. Yet one thing I have found is that many of them lack an important component: a comprehensive backup.
Aside from being a technician and writer, I am a photographer. People often ask what kind of camera I have when they remark about my shots. The fact is, I only paid a few hundred dollars for my camera; it's not a professional model by any means. I explain that I don't have a great camera, but a good eye.
One of the most common questions I get asked by clients is, "Should I turn my computer off when I'm done or leave it running?" Many leave them on 24/7. I have read good arguments on both sides of this debate. Here is my take.