I Could Use Your Reviews

If I’ve helped you out with computers, networking, websites, etc., please visit Yelp and give me a review. Thanks in advance. https://www.yelp.com/biz/bald-guy-it-consulting-bentonville¬† Also Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/baldguyweb/

Use Common Sense

A huge part of IT security is simple common sense. You’re smart enough to stay out of the bad parts of town. Stay out of the bad parts of the internet, as well. Otherwise, you’re likely to end up in trouble, with PC or phone infections, hijacked credit card info, or identity theft. It can…

You Can’t Have too Much Backup

If you have an Android device, Google is probably backing up your photos. But why not connect to your computer with a micro USB cable and keep copies there, too? You can also use a PC-based photo editor to make them better.

Keep Those Startup Programs Under Control

Windows 10 allows you an easy way to control what programs run when your system starts. Just hit ctrl+alt+del, select task manager, then go to the Startup tab, and disable what you don’t need. Microsoft dumps their own junk in there, of course, OneDrive starts whether you use or not.

You’re in Charge, Not Your Software.

When should you upgrade software? When you’re ready, not when your software tells you to. However, if your current version stops receiving support, that’s a strong sign that it’s time. But if it’s still being updated with security fixes, then pick your own time to move on to the next version.

Keep that Inbox Under Control

Are you using an email client to read your email? If so, it could probably use a cleaning out. Old emails build up like layers of dust. The archive function of most email software is your friend: it’ll compact those messages into tiny files, yet still give you access to them if necessary. Most of…

Turn that old Android Tablet into a Live Picture Frame

Do you have an old Android tablet you’re no longer using? Turn it into a live photo display. I use Digital Photo Frame Slideshow, which will read network shares. That means I can view the thousands of photos on my main computer.

Insanity?

Some have defined insanity as trying the same thing over and over and expecting different results. That may be true in most cases, but of something quits working right on your phone, tablet, or computer, oftentimes a reboot and another try will make it work again. Give it a try.

Windows 10: It Actually Doesn’t Suck

Microsoft made a lot of bone-headed mistakes with Windows 10. For one, they relentlessly nagged users into upgrading to it from 7. They also gave it an out-of-the-box UI that included giant tiles, a nosy search feature that’s nearly impossible to turn off, and the world’s most ugly and feature-poor web browser. ¬† But once…

Wifi has been Kracked

There’s a bad new bug out there called Krack. It allows interception of WPA-protected Wifi traffic. That’s what your phone is using, as well as your router, and practically every other wireless device in your house. ¬† First of all, don’t panic. If you have a secure password on your router, then it’s going to…