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If you’ve been following this blog for a while you’ve probably figured out by now that I love technology.

No, check that — you’ve probably figured out that I REALLY love technology!

I also love sharing the things I’ve learned while working in the IT field for almost four decades as well as helping people out of jams whenever I can.

To those ends I have posted over 3,000 tech tips on my blog to date. And now I’m about to share what is likely the best tip of the lot.

What is this awesome, must-read tip you ask?


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Question from Emily: I just accepted a new job within my company that will require me to travel to various countries in South and Central America.

A couple of years ago I had a temporary (two week) assignment in Ecuador and Google insisted on displaying the search results in Spanish even when I typed my search query in English.

I read Spanish moderately well but it would benefit me greatly if I could always have Google display the results from my searches in English.

Is there any way to make that happen? I know this is probably a weird question…

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It’s no secret that as we age we gain experience, and with experience comes wisdom.

I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my time here on planet Earth, and no doubt I’ll make plenty more before I leave it.

That being said, I’ve learned a few things over the years that would have saved me and the ones I care about a lot of heartache over the years had I known them at the time.

If I could magically go back in time and visit myself as a teen-ager, I would offer my teen-age self the following pieces of advice…

1 — Life isn’t fair. And it never will be.

As you probably know, your router allows everyone in your home or business to connect their computers, phones and other devices to the Internet.

Unfortunately, if its security isn’t completely locked down it can also be used by hackers to do nefarious things online while making it appear that YOU are the culprit.

Internet crime has existed from day one, but the problem seems to get worse every year.

That’s why it’s extremely important to make sure your router’s security settings are locked down tight to keep the hackers of the world from breaking in and using it to perpetrate…

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Do you have your smartphone set to display all of your oncoming notifications on the Lock screen?

If so, you’re not alone because that’s the norm among most smartphone users.

But did you know that allowing your notifications to pop up on the Lock screen puts the security of your online accounts at risk?

What’s more, it also diminishes your privacy.

First, let’s talk about the security issue…

If you have Two-Factor Authentication enabled on your online accounts (and you really, really should!), …

Well, the year 2021 is just around the corner.

And after the year we endured in 2020 I’m hoping 2021 turns out to be the best one ever for you.

As you know, hackers and scammers are busier than ever, always on the prowl for ways to steal your identity and separate you from your hard-earned money.

With that in mind, here are 12 New Years Resolutions that can help protect you and your valuable assets (both tangible and otherwise) while you’re online:

1 — I resolve to install Windows updates and updates to my software programs and mobile apps

You probably already know that holding down the Ctrl key on a Windows PC or the Command key on a Mac will allow you to select multiple items one at a time.

The thing is, if you have a lot of items to select it can get a bit tedious and boring by the time the task is finished.

But did you know there’s a super-easy way to select multiple consecutive items with just two mouse clicks?

Here’s how to do it on both Windows machines and Macs:

1 — Click on the first item you wish to select in…

All major web browsers maintain a list of the web pages you have visited in the past. This list is called the “Browser History”.

There are a number of reasons why you might want to view your browser history (or someone else’s), so knowing how to do it is sure to come in handy at some time in the future.

For example, let’s say you remember reading an interesting article on some obscure website a couple of days ago and you think one of your friends would enjoy reading it also.

All you have to do is quickly scan your…

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Do you ever find yourself wishing your computer wasn’t running like a snoozing slug?

Have you noticed that it now runs a lot slower than it did when you first bought it?

As you probably know, computers tend to slow down over time due to clutter on the hard drive and other software-related issues.

This is simply a fact of life, especially with Windows-based machines.

And of course older computers simply don’t have the faster, more state-of-the-art hardware components that newer models are blessed with.

When it comes right down to…

Question from Jules K.: The hard drive on my fairly Acer old laptop died and I bought a 500GB SSD to replace it.

Since I have to reinstall the operating system anyway I’m seriously considering installing Linux on it instead of Windows 7 (I still have the Window 7 CD) since Microsoft is no longer supporting it.

The only thing I use this laptop for is keeping up with several of my favorite websites so I’m not really worried about running any Windows programs on it.

If I decide to forge ahead with Linux I’d really like to install the…

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