Sometimes you get lucky and solve problems. Sometimes you can plan to avoid them. Fix that upside-down screen, pin your often-used folders to the Start Menu, and avoid an Office catastrophe.
Malwarebytes updates just got a little trickier. Firefox extensions are about to get an extreme makeover.
I learned some new things recently, and remembered something I’d forgotten. YouTube has keyboard shortcuts. You can recover from a too-aggressive Google Contacts clear out. Windows Update broke Internet Explorer. Again. But you can fix that. Or you can use a decent browser.
From CCleaner crises to Equifax hacks to Kaspersky confusion, it’s been an interesting couple of weeks for privacy.
Modern versions of Windows, especially Windows 10, really want you to use a password. Each week as I set up or repair computers I encounter people who believe the password requirement exists only to annoy them. It does not. It exists to protect your information from people who can damage or erase it (deliberately or by accident), or steal it.
CrashPlan is ditching their Home customers. And, beware the bad malware in Firefox, Chrome, and FB Messenger.
Just when you think you’re getting a handle on Windows 10, something happens and your screen looks completely different! No problem. You’re likely just in “Tablet Mode.”
Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 include a helpful feature. When things are just too fouled up, you can practically start over. And, when you need to get rid of a computer or just want to start over completely, you can do that, too.
When you need to explain what’s wrong with your computer, send a picture. A picture shows exactly what’s going on. It always clarifies your explanation, and sometimes it’s the only explanation you need!
Getting Along With Your Computer, by Cate Eales, is not available this week. I hope to be back with you next week. Apologies for the inconvenience.