Wrapping things up. Preparing for a new beginning.
Have you changed your password for something lately? Did you have trouble? You can absolutely cut down on the pain and suffering if you make a note of these tips.
Are you getting a new computer? Things will go smoother if you do a little prep work.
In a world where you unlock your car by pressing a button, it seems ironic that you need a password for just about everything else. But you do. Passwords are not going away any time soon. Even using a password manager doesn’t make them go away. It just hides them.
I do not like New Year’s Resolutions. This is not a column about New Year’s Resolutions. This is a column about things you can do to help you get along with your computer. I do like that.
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.
It’s practically painless to convert those old Works files to Word. And we had plenty of reader feedback on passwords.
Save yourself pain and suffering when things go wrong by taking precautions while things are going right. We’ll talk about backups in another column, but you should do two things immediately.