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Passphrases Make Strong Passwords

Security password entryStrong computer and Internet passwords are important to avoid having your logon credentials stolen by cyber criminals. One way to create strong passwords is to use passphrases; the use of multiple words or even a whole sentence as your password. And actually, the longer the password, the stronger it is. Continue reading

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Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

Gold ctrl key on a keyboard.

Windows keyboard shortcuts can save you time using your computer. Keyboard shortcuts are the use of one or two keys to represent a Windows operation. For example, to copy highlighted text or graphics you can touch ctrl key plus the c key; to past it’s the ctrl key plus the p key. There are a lot of these shortcuts for all kinds of commands and functions that will save you time in your computer use.

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Know How to Clean Your Computer?

Solution and mouseHave you ever cleaned your computer? No, I don’t mean wiping off the display screen; I mean cleaning out all the vents and the inside of your computer case of all dust that’s accumulated. The dust that accumulates over time in the vents, blowers and other components inside your computer case can cause Continue reading

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Windows XP: 1 Year Left

Microsoft Windows XP wordmark official.

Microsoft Windows XP wordmark official. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

If you are a Windows XP user, you need to know that there is only one year of support remaining for that computer operating system. I know, everyone hates to move to a newer OS, and XP seems to be a darling of OSs. It hardly has any problems, it runs like the Energizer Bunny…keeps going, and going.

 

I know that many of you who are still using XP may be thinking; so what if they stop sending fixes and updates, it runs just fine for my needs and I’m going to keep on using it even after the support runs out.

 

If you are thinking this way, you may be in for trouble by doing so. Continue reading

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New Trojan Malware Encrypts All Files, Demands Ransom

Money Enter Key LockAccording to a Net Security.org article, a new ransomware malware called the ArchiveLock Trojan targets PCs to be attacked via the Internet and then proceeds to encrypt all files on the computer, and rigs the computer so that restoring the data to useable form is not possible. They then demand Continue reading

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Managing Files and Folders

Solution and mouseHave you ever “lost” a document you created in the past, and wondered where it might be found on your computer? Good file and folder organization is a great help in storing your documents and data in such a manner that they will be easily found when you need them. Continue reading

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Why Your PC Is A Target

Target red whiteI was recently browsing the Krebs On Security Blog and came across an article about the various ways cyber criminals can make money by hacking a PC. Brian Krebs is an ex Washington Post Internet security reporter with lots of great experience tracking down hackers and other cyber criminal activity. The article is excerpted here: Continue reading

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