Rules For Computer And Online Safety 2017

Paranoia is your best defense on your computer and online

Email & online security     |     Computers     |     Phones & tablets

Antivirus programs     |     Adware

Passwords     |     Phone scams     |     Wire transfers

These are the rules for computer and online safety in 2017. You can download a copy here.

We are required to be paranoid and vigilant. Bad guys are coming up with inventive and sophisticated ways to fool us in email messages, on the phone, and on the web. […] continued

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Start10 Is Your Friend – Install It And Keep It Up To Date

Start10 - update message

If your Windows 10 computer displays an update notice for a new version of Start10, go ahead and install it. It’s safe.

 

This is your Windows 10 Start menu with Start10.

Start 10 - replacement start menu for Windows 10

Start10 is a five dollar program from Stardock Software that replaces the Windows 10 Start menu with a start menu that looks exactly like Windows 7. […] continued

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Beware Of The 5400 RPM Hard Drive!

5400 RPM hard drives make computers slow!

Computer manufacturers are letting us down. Computers are being sold with specs that appear to be perfectly fine, but buried in the small print is a detail that means they are deliberately hobbled. They will disappoint you from the first day they’re turned on. Beware of the 5400 RPM hard drive! […] continued

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Shopping For Premium Business Laptops

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon & X1 Yoga - silver & black

Previously: This Is The Year Of Premium Business Laptops – what to look for in a new laptop

These are some of the best looking new and upgraded laptops shown off at CES last week. They will be coming on the market during the first six months of 2017.

I’m not going to list all the individual prices and features – in part because articles with lists of specs are mind-numbingly dull, but mostly because I don’t want to work hard enough to get the details right. […] continued

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This Is The Year Of Premium Business Laptops

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 2017

This will be a great year to buy a premium business laptop. Manufacturers are showing off lovely new and upgraded high-end laptops that will go on sale in the next few months.

In this article, I’ll tell you about the characteristics that make this year’s laptops stand out, and I’ll give you some general shopping tips that will help you choose any laptop. […] continued

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It’s Been Ten Years Since One Of The Most Significant Technology Inflection Points In History – And We Missed It

2007 - ten years since a major technology inflection point

It’s the ten-year anniversary of one of the most important inflection points in history. 2007 was such an eventful year that its significance seems obvious in hindsight, but it’s gone unremarked until Thomas Friedman spelled it out in a new book.

Thomas Friedman, the well-known and controversial New York Times columnist, released Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations a few weeks ago. […] continued

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The 2016 Bruceb News Year In Review

The 2016 Bruceb News Year In Review

 

Did you miss any Bruceb News articles in 2016? Maybe they slipped out of sight in your Inbox. Fun fact: when I look over my clients’ shoulders, I see that many of them file my articles in folders that have whimsical names like “Deleted Items” and “Junk Mail.” Such impish senses of humor! […] continued

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Happy Holidays From Bruceb Consulting!

Happy holidays from Bruceb Consulting!

My goodness. Pause for a deep breath.

By every measure that truly matters – personal, family, friends, relationships, community – 2016 was a glorious year for me. I sincerely hope you are the same – happy, healthy, rooted, and all your dreams coming true for you and loved ones.

Breathe deeply because by almost every other measure, 2016 was quite an unpleasant piece of work and 2017 will be worse. […] continued

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Why Windows 10 Won’t Connect To The Internet (Another Day, Another Microsoft Update Disaster)

Windows 10 - no Internet access

If your computer won’t connect to the Internet, you might have run into a new Windows bug. It’s got all the classic symptoms of Microsoft bugs.

•  It’s affecting a large number of people but we don’t know how many. Microsoft has posted an extraordinary banner on its support pages, which suggests it might be a widespread problem. […] continued

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Security Tip: Replace, Upgrade And Secure Your Router

Linksys WRT54g router

Pity the poor forgotten router. You have one in your house or your business. It’s your closest approach to the Internet. The router is the first line of defense that you trust to keep your computers safe. If they do their job, routers do not call attention to themselves and they’re easily overlooked, but they’re crucial to your Internet connection and your security. […] continued

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Microsoft Edge Sinks Into Irrelevance

Windows 10 - Microsoft Edge sinks into irrelevance

People spent more time browsing the web on their phones than on their PCs in October, according to StatCounter. Think about that for a second. It’s another remarkable statistic. More than half of the time spent online globally now happens on phones! What an extraordinary shift in a few years. […] continued

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Amazing Tales Of Phone Profits And Market Share

Apple, Google & Microsoft - amazing tales of profits and market share

I have a couple of numbers about Apple and Google for your entertainment. The numbers are 88 and 91. They’re not what you expect. It’s an interesting world.

 


Android – 88%

Android captures global market share

Nearly 90% of all phones shipped worldwide in the third quarter of 2016 were running Android, according to Strategy Analytics. […] continued

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Windows 10 Tip: Reclaim Disk Space With New Storage Tools

Windows 10 - reclaim disk space

Everybody wants more storage space on their hard drive. One of the deeply buried improvements in Windows 10 Anniversary Update is an easy way to reclaim space used by temporary files and old updates.

The Anniversary Update is the major Windows 10 upgrade announced this summer, then delayed for several months. […] continued

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How To Use Office Online For Fun And Profit

Office Online - Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote

A difficult part of using technology in 2016 is simply remembering what tools we have at our disposal. It’s all well and good for me to report on all the swell new programs and services that are available, but that doesn’t do any good if you don’t remember which one will help you when you’re trying to get work done. […] continued

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Google Adds Blue Skies And Photo Scans

Google Photoscan, Deep Blue editing

(Happy Thanksgiving! Next article will be Monday, November 28.)

Google continues to provide the best tools for non-professionals to work with photos. It has introduced a new app for scanning old photos, and it has improved the editing tools in its Google Photos app. Your skies will always be blue.

Google Photoscan is a new iOS and Android app to make great looking digital copies of paper photos. […] continued

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