Security Basics For Windows Users

With Windows malware on the rise, now seems like a good time for a refresher on basic security advice for Windows users. First, the bad news. If you are using Windows XP or Windows Vista, you need to upgrade as soon as possible for your own … [Continue reading]

Ransomware: A Dangerous Threat To Your Computer

Ransomware is a particularly nasty form of computer virus that encrypts your data, then demands an electronic ransom for the encryption key. Why is ransomware so hazardous, and how can you remove it? Ransomware is vicious because it doesn’t just … [Continue reading]

How To Back Up Your Computer (For Windows And Mac)

When was the last time you backed up your computer? If you have automatic backups set, do you check them on a regular basis? Have you ever tested your backups by trying to restore some of your files? It’s not enough to set your backups and forget … [Continue reading]

What You Need To Know About Windows 10

Many people have asked me about Windows 10. They want to know if they should upgrade, and how they can reconfigure the settings to avoid Win10's notorious privacy issues. Windows 10's default security settings are not conducive to consumer … [Continue reading]

How To Create Strong Passwords (2016 Edition)

Time once again for my updated guidelines on creating passwords. The short version: use passphrases that are at least 12 characters long and different on every site, plus two-factor authentication where possible. And for pity’s sake, stop using weak … [Continue reading]

Security Basics For Mac Users

If you’re not protecting your Mac from Internet threats, your computer can easily be overcome by viruses and malware. But running antivirus isn’t enough. Mac users also need to be just as aware of scams, fake apps, and other Internet dangers as their … [Continue reading]

Microsoft Alienates Customers With Forced Windows 10 Upgrades

Microsoft is facing public backlash for automatically upgrading the computers of unsuspecting customers to Windows 10. Since public outcry Microsoft has reversed course, claiming that the forced installations were due to their accidentally making … [Continue reading]

How To Configure Security Settings For Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android

When was the last time you checked the security preferences on your computer, tablet, or smart phone? Unfortunately, the default security settings for most devices are woefully inadequate, leaving you vulnerable to viruses, malware, and hacking … [Continue reading]

How To Protect Your Web Browser

Your Web browser lets you access Internet sites, but it can also be a gateway for viruses, malware, and more. Here’s how to keep your browser protected and secure. (Don't miss my latest article for The Northwest Herald - Protect Your Window To The … [Continue reading]

Windows XP Is Dead. Now What?

As you may have heard, Microsoft has ceased support for Windows XP. Many people assume it’s okay to keep using it. They’re dead wrong. WinXP is already vulnerable to viruses because it’s been out so long. Now we have the nightmare scenario in … [Continue reading]