Security Planner

Security Planner is an easy-to-use guide with expert-reviewed advice for staying safer online. It provides recommendations on implementing basic online practices, like enabling two-factor authentication on important accounts, making sure software stays updated, and using encrypted chats to protect private communications. More advanced users can receive advice on where to go for more help.

Answer a few simple questions to get personalized online safety recommendations. It’s confidential – no personal information is stored and they won’t access any of your online accounts.

via Schneier on Security

Spring Time Theme for Windows 10

It is my favorite time of the year, spring time! Enjoy my spring time theme with a clever sound scheme too!


Click on the link, download the Spring Time.themepack and then double click it to bring pretty flowers, an insect or two with some sounds of spring to your computer. Fun!

Change Public Network to Private Network | Windows 10

Having upgraded numerous Windows 7 home based systems, I found the network seems to default to a “public network”.

That is hunky-dory if you are in a coffee shop or airport, but home based businesses should be set to a “private network”.

Let me show you how:

First, Click on the START button and then Click on Settings:


Click on Network & Internet:

Advanced options

Scroll down to Advanced options and Click on it. It will take you to this setting:


Turn ON – Make this PC discoverable.

This is the How – To for wireless connections.

Much better!


User Support Editorial Report – January 2015

Latest Technology

Quantum Credit Cards:

In a report issued last month, a team of scientists from the Netherlands is proposing a security system for credit cards and passports that would leverage the power of quantum physics. Dubbed quantum-secure authentication (QSA), the technology uses a strip of nanoparticles on the card that would be virtually impossible to hack. Read on…                               

Tips & Tricks


Best Free Panorama Software
How to Resize Icons in Windows 8.1
Backing up the Outlook Address Book
Rename Email Accounts and Mailbox Folders
How to Manage Attachments in Outlook 2013

 Computer Safety

Make Your Entire Internet Life More Secure in One Day:

From chat encryption to secure backups, time to find the easiest ways to make your online life secure without causing too much inconvenience..  Read on



Bonus Video of the Month

User Support Editorial Report – July 2014

User Support Editorial Report – July 2014

Latest Technology

Google Invents Smart Contact Lens with Built-in Camera:

google-smart-contact-lens-glucose-sensor-640x353Google has invented a new smart contact lens with an integrated camera. The camera would be very small and sit near the edge of the contact lens so that it doesn’t obscure your vision. This new smart contact lens would have a tiny CMOS camera sensor just below your pupil, control circuit, and some method of receiving power wirelessly. Read on


Tips & Tricks


How to Create Shortcuts in Windows 7 & Windows 8.1
How to Easily Send Emails from the Windows Task Scheduler
How to Merge Duplicate Contacts in MS Outlook 2007/2010/2013
How to Force SkyDrive to Store Your Files on the Hard Drive in Windows 8.1
How to Sync Mail, Calendar, Contacts and Tasks in Outlook with a Smartphone or Tablet

Computer Safety

Top 10 Cyber Security Tips:

If you run a business and have valuable customer data to protect or even if you just enjoy visiting sites online and shopping at eCommerce hubs and want to keep your personal information safe, you may worry about hacker attacks. But there are steps you can take to reduce the risk. Here are 10 ways to keep your personal or business information safer. Read on


Bonus Video of the Month

User Support Editorial Report – February 2013

User Support Editorial Report – February 2014

Latest Technology

Solar Cells on Your Smartphone:

SunPartner Technologies hopes to finally bring to the consumer market its Wysips Crystal technology, which overlays “invisible” solar cells onto the smartphone display. The company claims that Wysips, which stands for “What You See Is Photovoltaic Surface,” can capture energy from any light source, natural and artificial, indoor and outdoor, and convert it at a rate of 15 to 20 percent efficiency. This translates to an additional 1o minutes of talk time for every hour the cells are exposed to light. And the kicker is that the company assures everyone that human eyes won’t even notice the thin layer of solar cells that’s embedded into the touchscreen.


Tips & Tricks


Personalize Your Windows 8.1 PC
Where is My Outlook PST File Located?
How to Default Applications in Windows 8.1
How to Use the Signature Editor in Outlook 2013
How to Choose Wired over Wireless Connection on Your Laptop

Computer Safety

Avoiding a Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks:

In a social engineering attack, an attacker uses human interaction (social skills) to obtain or compromise information about an organization or its computer systems. An attacker may seem unassuming and respectable, possibly claiming to be a new employee, repair person, or researcher and even offering credentials to support that identity.  Read on

Bonus Video of the Month

User Support Editorial Report – October 2013

User Support Editorial Report – October 2013

Latest Technology

Wall Sized Displays:

Adapting conventional printing technology, researchers have developed a way to rapidly and inexpensively make uniform arrays of high-performing transistors out of carbon nanotubes on flexible plastic sheets. The process could eventually lead to a tool for manufacturing large-area, low-power sensor arrays and displays. Read on


Tips & Tricks


65 Best Free Software 2013
How to Find a Long-Lost Web Site
How to Get Rid of Bloatware on Your Phone or PC
How to View Your Google Calendars in Outlook 2013
How to Send Text Messages to Verizon Customers from Your PC


Computer Safety


What is a Phishing Attack?:

A phishing attack is a specific form of cyber crime. The criminal creates an almost 100 percent perfect replica of a chosen financial institution’s website, then attempts to trick the user in to disclosing their personal details – username, password, PIN etc – via a form on the fake website, allowing the criminal to use the details to obtain money.

Phishers use various techniques to trick users in to accessing the fake website, such as sending emails that pretend to be from a bank. These emails often use legitimate logos, a good business style and often spoof the header of the email to make it look like it came from a legitimate bank. In general, these letters inform recipients that the bank has changed its IT infrastructure and asks all customers to re-confirm their user information. When the recipient clicks on the link in the email, they are directed to the fake website, where they are prompted to divulge their personal information. Read on

Bonus Tip of the Month:

How to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 7:

Safe Mode is for those situations in which you cannot boot your Windows 7 normally because of software issues. In order to do this, you basically hold down your F8 key while your computer is starting up, immediately after turning it on. Some systems may get a stuck key error for doing this, for those cases simply tap the F8 key rapidly instead of holding it down.

This will bring up the Advanced Boot Options window, in which you are able to choose to boot in Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, and Safe Mode with Command Prompt among several other options. Use the arrow keys to select one of these and hit Enter.

Now you can uninstall that software you just downloaded, or with Networking support you can update drivers. If you system is really having issues, use Last Known Good Configuration instead of Safe Mode. Read on

User Support Editorial Report – August 2013

Super Cookies That Can Track You

Google and Microsoft had announced their intentions to create the new super “cookies” that can track us across every internet-connected device, and it should be no surprise if other giants such as Facebook and Apple aren’t also working on their own super cookies.



Read on…Extreme Tech

User Support Editorial Report – August 2013

Latest Technology

Clear Screen Cover that Charges Devices:

A startup called Ubiquitous Energy has been showing prototypes of a translucent film that charges devices with solar energy. The idea is that in the future, the film could be built into device screens, passively juicing your Nexus 7 anytime you read by a sunny window or in the park. It could even keep devices charged during trips to countries for which you don’t have the right plugs. Read on


Tips & Tricks


Cool Down an Overheated Laptop
Google Cloud Print – A Complete Guide
How to Launch Word 2013 with Blank Document
Password Protect Start-up of an Outlook Mail Profile
Windows 8.1 Basics: Properly Close Down Modern Apps


Computer Safety


What is Catfishing?

Catfishing is a kind of social engineering. It’s similar to messages that claim that your computer has a virus, that you’ve won a lottery, or that you can earn money for little or no effort on your part. All of these scams are designed to “hook” you with fear, vanity, and too-good-to-be-true offers. The cybercriminal in a catfishing scam might post fake pictures or send encouraging messages to entice you into a relationship, but the goal is the same as in other scams: The scammer wants to steal your personal information, your money, or both. Read on

Bonus Tip of the Month:

Outlook 2013 has some cool new features: Attachment reminder, IMAP improvements, People HUB and Weather bar. It is definitely an upgrade from Outlook 2010 and is worth a look see.

If you want to give Office 2013 a try yourself, you can sign up for a free 1 month trial for Office 365 Home Premium or a 60 day trial of Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013.

Here are a few questions and tips for Outlook 2013.

User Support Editorial Report – May 2013

Last Print Issue: PCWORLD

I have subscribed to PCWORLD for years and years. Today, I received my last print issue. Ah bye bye.

Time to find a used tablet to keep in the throne room…