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Recovering From Hard Drive Failure

My month in Mexico was almost over and major failure interrupted the trip home. Not just a flat tire, but one that was completely destroyed. Not what you want to happen when it is 105 degrees and you in the middle of the desert more than fifty miles from the …

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Protect Yourself from Dangerous WannaCry Ransomware

One of the worst Ransomware infections is going on right now. Please prepare yourself so that your data isn’t taken hostage. If you haven’t heard about it, read about this widespread form of malware. While the initial malware has been slowed, new variants are still out there running wild. How …

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Disable Your Anti-Virus When Installing Software and Updates

My main computer was useless for about 24 hours and it was all my fault. One simple change and I could have avoided a lot of headaches. Instead I had a computer that wouldn’t reboot after installing some routine Windows Updates. Thankfully I had other working computers so I could …

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Using a VPN to Help Protect Your Privacy

Most of you have heard that the US Government has passed a law that allows Internet providers to sell data about your online activity. Yes, this means you have less privacy. Keep in mind that some of your privacy may have already been lost when you did searches on Google …

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Working With Zip Files Is Basic Computer Skill

It happens too often. A user downloads a file from one of our Web sites. Soon afterwards we get a message telling us that they tried to open the file in an application and they were told it was corrupt. First, let me make it clear that there are corrupt …

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Most Popular Passwords of 2016 are Horribly Insecure

No matter how often you hear about it, people are still using horrible insecure passwords. In related news, those people should expect that their accounts will get hacked if they haven’t already suffered multiple hacks. The list of most popular passwords of 2016 has been released and it really isn’t …

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CorelDRAW Menus, Windows 10, 32 vs 64-Bit

If you can somehow get CorelDRAW X5 or earlier running on Windows 10, the menus will be white on white. You have to hover over a menu to see the text. I received a message from a user of CorelDRAW X6 who said this was happening. There isn’t a giant …

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Did Your Devices Hack the Internet?

There was a major attack on the Internet last Friday and it brought many major sites to their knees. The attack came from compromised devices, but it wasn’t computers or mobile phones. Instead it was security cameras and other “Internet of things” devices like refrigerators. Anything that connects to the …

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Don’t Get Scammed by Fake Microsoft Support!

I recently heard from a friend who was afraid they had been scammed. They had, but it seems as if any damage has been reversed. Today I want to describe what they saw so that none of you will fall for a similar scam. The friend was using Microsoft Edge …

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Eliminating Banding In Graphics for the Web

While working on a recent project, the only copies of a logo were fairly low-resolution bitmaps. The quality of them was good, just at too low of a resolution for the desired usage on a Web site. By asking a few questions, I was able to determine who had originally …

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