The easiest forms of passwords are your children's names, perhaps your pets, your address or birthday. But guess what? They are the most common ones and hackers know that. They will try those first. With just a little research your password is broken and your security is gone. Fluffy1? I don't think so.
Microsoft has processes called services that assist the operating system and provide support to many applications. These services start automatically when Windows boots up and continue to run quietly in the background.
You've recently upgraded your old CRT monitor to a sleek new LCD and don't know what to do with that relic. Don't be in such a hurry to push it aside, but rather put it to use and double your computing real estate.
It's been a couple of years since Microsoft released the much-maligned Vista operating system. It was supposed to be the crème de la crème, the operating system extraordinaire, the piece de la resistance.
Sometimes my wife doesn't understand me. Occasionally my daughters don't know what I'm talking about. And now I discover my readers are often left in the dark by my techno-babble. Perhaps it's time for a little Computing 101.
You've put off buying that new computer and now, with the holidays around the corner, there are sales everywhere. The trouble is, you may not be very tech-minded, not knowing RAM from a rake. But I'm here to help you. I'll be that voice on your shoulder while you talk to the sales geek.
The Internet is a virtual dark alley. Unscrupulous dealers lurk in the shadows; you're never sure who you can trust. In this cyber-city, potential infections lay in wait under each hot link and e-mail attachment, ready to corrupt your system with malware.
It's been two years since Microsoft released Vista, and I still don't like it. I have two desktops and a laptop; they all run on XP. When I replace my laptop, I'm sure I'll replace Vista and install XP Pro in its place.
Along with error messages, system crashes and blue screens of death, let's add spam to the list of things you don't want to see on your computer. Aside from it being a tasty luncheon meat, spam is the unwanted 90 billion junk e-mails we all get in our inboxes daily.