We hear more and more about ransomware these days. It is a class of malware that takes a computer or mobile device and/or its data hostage and demands payment to free it. It operates by encrypting the files and holding the decryption key until the victim pays money.
If your computer’s RAM (memory) is not error-free, anything on your computer can go wrong. You can’t trust it. Windows has a memory diagnostic program to test RAM built in to it. It’s very easy to use.
To run the Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool, there are two methods. One, select the Start button (just select the button on Windows 7 and 10, or on Windows 8, select the Start button then choose Search from the pop up menu). Type “Windows Memory Diagnostic”. Two, press the Windows key in the lower left and then “R”. A “Run” dialog box will open up. Type “mdsched.exe” into it and press Enter.
I have seen some reports of people who were unhappy with Windows 10. In some cases they report that it installed itself without their okay. Don’t get me wrong, I am not bad-mouthing Windows 10, I am just trying to be helpful to people who are unhappy with it. You can roll it back if you act within 30 days. It’s not that hard. Directions are at the How-to Geek Rollback Windows 10 page. It’s really pretty simple. In fact, I have found the How-To Geek website to be helpful in general.
Passwords. I recently heard a tale about a disaster that befell someone who picked an insecure password. A strong password is at least 10 characters long, and contains a mix of upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers, and special characters. The strongest passwords are a mix of random characters, but who can remember those? There is, however, a trick. Make up a sentence based on something you can easily remember, like where you lived when you were ten years old, and take the first character from each word or number, and throw in a couple of special characters at the end. For example, “I lived at 123 Pleasant Lane, Anytown, Anystate”. Becomes “Il@123PLAA@@”. No security is perfect, but this technique is pretty good.
If you get high speed Internet from an Internet Service Provider (ISP), you may be able to purchase your own cable modem and save money. Typically, the cable company provides the cable modem and charges a monthly fee. You can replace it with your own for a one-time cost.
If you are a Microsoft Windows user, sometimes you may have multiple applications open and want to get to your Desktop. You can do this by going to each application and clicking the Minimize button. But there is a key on the lower left of your keyboard that has the image of a window on it. This is known as the Windows key or the Command key or the GUI key. Hold it down and press “M”. Presto, all your windows minimize! To get them all back, hold down the Windows key and press Shift and “M” simultaneously.