These are the hacks and attacks that happened last month. A short recap and rundown of what you might have missed in regards to consumer personal data exposed. Hacks of the Month —December!
Google Plus a social networking site from Google meant to compete with Facebook didn’t quite take off as expected. This prompted a shutdown of the social media network. The shutdown was then pushed ahead of schedule after two security incidents found by Google. For the users still using the social media network say goodbye to the 7 year-old and consider exporting or download your data.
Speed up your PC with these windows 10 performance improvements. Getting better performance on your PC can be done in many ways. Common suggestions are to add memory and or upgrade your hard disk drive to an SSD. While SSD prices have gone down, if your looking for a fix that won’t hurt your wallet try these tips first.
When adding a printer or scanner windows automatically searches for the available devices on your current network. If the provided list does not include the device you are attempting to install or your in an office environment with multiple of the same model printers installed on the network and are unsure of which one to select you can choose to install the printer via IP address.
In either case the first steps are simple, ensure the printer is connected to the network and turned on.
You might find yourself trying to fix a Microsoft office application such as Word or Excel if it won’t open or isn’t working correctly. Sometimes restarting your PC will fix the problem. If that doesn’t work, you can try repairing it. When you’re done, you might need to restart your computer.
Repair Office from the Control Panel
- Click the Start button > Control Panel.
- From Category view, under Programs, select Uninstall a program.
- Click the Office product you want to repair, and then click Change. Note: If you have a suite such as Office 365 Home, or Office Home and Student 2013 or 2016, search for the suite name, even if it’s just a particular application you want to repair such as Word or Excel. If you have a standalone application such as Word or Excel, search for the application name.
- Depending if your copy of Office is Click-to-run or an MSI-based install, do the following for your Office installation type:
There are many known and documented cases of disk usage at 100% on Windows 10 systems. A search online will likely render many forum posts of users asking how to fix this. Here are some of the common fixes recommended that yielded results.
Lets start with the easier of the possible solutions and build our way up.
Temporarily disable your antivirus
Disable your antivirus and firewall software temporarily to see if it may be the culprit of your problem. We’ve seen this problem happen when using certain antivirus software. If you’re still experiencing disk usage at 100% jump to the next solution.
If the problem is fixed, try updating your antivirus first. Assuming that doesn’t work re-install the antivirus software, and finally consider replacing it if the issue persists.
Over the years you’ve likely heard about the big companies which have infamously been hacked and breached. The attackers obtaining sensitive personal information and business information from those breaches. You likely haven’t heard much news about small businesses suffering from these types of attacks however. That doesn’t mean it can’t happen to small businesses, simply that those attacks don’t get picked up and spread by large news outlets. Is your business prepared for an IT disaster? Many small business owners don’t understand how significant a cyber attack can affect their business until it happens. If an unexpected unfortunate event does occur, you need to have a disaster recovery plan. Here are steps to start and implement your IT disaster recovery plan.
If your computer is running slow one of the easiest and most common upgrades you’ll hear of is updating your RAM. Here’s how to identify the type of RAM on your PC or Mac. This guide has information for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 and Mac
How To Identify The Type Of RAM in Windows 7 and Windows 8-
1. Press ‘Windows-W’ to open the Settings page of the Search charm.
2. Type Task Manager into the search box and select the ‘View System Resource Usage in Task Manager’ search result. The Task Manager opens.
3. Click the ‘Performance’ tab, and then select the ‘Memory’ side tab.
4. Check the upper-right side of the Task Manager window to see the type of RAM installed on your computer. Different types of RAM include DDR SDRAM, DDR2 SDRAM and DDR3 SDRAM. However, the Windows 8 Task Manager omits the “SDRAM” part, and simply displays RAM type as “DDR,” “DDR2” or “DDR3.”
How To Identify The Type Of RAM in Windows 10-
If your computer is running slow it may be time for a little cleanup to help improve your computers performance. Below are some common reasons your computer is running slow and measures you can take to improve it’s speed.
- Your Hard drive is 95% Full – When your hard drive gets to 95 percent, computers can slow down, a lot! Programs, updates, downloads, and temporary files are some of the many things that take space on your drive. Sometimes emptying your recycle bin may be the fastest and easiest solution to recover space. Deep clean your computer of unnecessary files and programs and consider moving files to a cloud storage service.