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Get E-books On Your Mobile Device

How to use your phone or tablet to check out e-books from the library.

By | April 7th, 2017|Basic Tech Moves|3 Comments

When To Replace Your Old Computer

How to know when it's time to replace your computer.

By | March 7th, 2017|Basic Tech Moves|0 Comments

Cyberattacks and Your Home Devices

How your Internet of Things (IoT) devices might be helping hackers and what to do about it.

By | February 7th, 2017|Basic Tech Moves|0 Comments

Is the Way You’re Using Technology Hurting You?

You’ve probably heard to use good posture if you’re in front of a computer for any stretch of time. Well, those were the good old days; now we have tiny devices that are even worse for our neck, shoulders and back and even our attitudes.

By | August 3rd, 2016|Basic Tech Moves|0 Comments

Avoid Getting Caught in a Phishing Scam

It starts when you get an email from someone you haven’t emailed in a long time asking if you meant to send them a strange email. Then you get another email like this and then several more. You realize that someone has gained access to your email account and emailed everyone in your contact list.

By | June 7th, 2016|Basic Tech Moves|1 Comment

Windows 10 Invites Itself On To Your Computer

You may have heard reports of computers with Windows 7 or 8 automatically updating to Windows 10. If you have Windows Updates configured to automatically install updates on your computer, then it’s a matter of time before your computer updates itself too (if it hasn't already).

By | April 25th, 2016|Intermediate Tech Moves|0 Comments

Your Personal Files Can Be Taken Hostage

Ransomware is malicious software that gets on your computer and encrypts your files so that you can no longer access them. The program will tell you that your files are encrypted and the only way to get them back is to pay for a decryption key. It may also say that you have a deadline before the key is destroyed, rendering all of your encrypted files useless. […]

By | November 11th, 2015|Basic Tech Moves|0 Comments

What Happened To Your Fast Computer, Part 2

Over time your computer feels slow because newer versions of programs tend to be hungrier for computer resources. One way to deal with this is to only install software that you absolutely need. Every program that is running on your computer is adding to your computer’s work load; the fewer programs that run, the faster your computer will be. Tangentially related: deleting items like pictures, documents, favorites, video’s and even temporary files, won’t make your computer any faster. It’ll just free up space on your hard drive. […]

By | September 29th, 2015|Intermediate Tech Moves|0 Comments

Windows 10 Is Out But Is It Ready?

Your computer has probably been nagging you for several weeks to get Windows 10. Feel free to reserve a copy if you haven’t already but hold off on installing it.

By | August 4th, 2015|Intermediate Tech Moves|0 Comments

What happened to your fast computer?

How many times have you seen advertisements for software promising to make your computer faster by “boosting” your performance, “tweaking” your registry or “cleaning” your pc? If they were honest, they would say “Want a slower computer? Our program FeebleUtility 2014 will add more to your computers workload for only $49.99! Also, we’ll constantly and shamelessly remind you of our other detrimental offers!” […]

By | August 19th, 2014|Basic Tech Moves|2 Comments