Mouse Or Keyboard Issues – Grab The Software

Occasionally people will get issues with their keyboards or mice Logitech – Microsoft keyboards and mice will usually work when you plug them in via usb or via bluetooth when you plug in the Bluetooth dongle ( plug the dongle in at the front of a computer tower if you use one) Windows 10 will go out and get the basic software for you so that they work but often there will be issues – mice not working quickly , keys on the keyboard slow or not working Head over to the manufacturers site , Logitech or Microsoft and do a search for software for them , install it on your computer – Windows or Mac – it can make all the difference.

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Driver Updaters – You May Want To Steer Clear

Driver updaters are freely available on the internet which offer to scan your computer and find the updated software that is supposedly needed Unfortunately a lot of driver updaters that are “ free “ and available are malware traps and appear on your computer from “ drive by downloads” Let Windows Update find the drivers and software needed. When you installed the devices such as printers there was an option to let the maker of the printer install software and its updates If you have a graphics card the maker of the graphics cards – nVidia or AMD have software on their sites that you can install software from their sites However that free driver updating software – I would steer clear of and uninstall

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Printers – You Can Have Issues

Printers – people do have issues – especially with connections to their computer Is your printer on Wi-Fi and not connecting to your computer – it needs to be on the same Wi-Fi network as your computer and you will get some brands that do not like the 5GHZ spectrum for WiFi – also make sure your computer is connected to Wi-Fi. Try turning your router off for a minute then back on – you really should do this once a week The disc that came with your printer – throw it away as they are usually out of date when they leave the manufacturer Head over to the website of the maker of the printer and look for the Web Installer version then download and install and you will get the up to date software and drivers for your printer on your computer On Windows make sure you select… Read More

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Don’t Run Out Of Room

Computers can have issues when room becomes tight on your computer. Updates will not install or download Emails will stop Icons can disappear Just to name a few. So check how much room you have left – right click on the C Drive for Windows and go to properties. You can then go to disc cleanup if you need to make room. While you are in settings why not turn on Storage Sense which can help make room on your PC – instructions can be found here : Storage Sense

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3 Strikes And Your Out – Stop Guessing

3 Strikes And Your Out – yes you basically get 3 chances now to enter the correct password when you go to a site. After the 3 attempts you will have to reset your password through the relevant site which can have its own issues such as sending codes to your phone and codes to email accounts. So know your passwords – you may need a password manager such as Last Pass – Dashlane– or you may need a book which many still use. Just make sure you know your password.

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Do You Own Your Domain Name ?

So you have a domain name but you enlisted someone to help you setup a site and they said they would do it all for you however have you ever checked that your details are correct and that you actually own your domain name. It may pay to check which you can do at : Whois Enter your domain name ( don’t put in the www ) put the control text in , then check your details If you don’t have it in your name , talk to the person who registered the name as a first step.

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Wi-Fi Speed – Lets See How quick It Is

Wi-Fi speed is different to the internet speed that comes into your router.To measure your true internet speed you need to have a direct connection from your laptop / desktop with your router via an ethernet cable. However sometimes you will want to see the speed when you are on Wi-Fi . We measure Wi-Fi speed three ways – Ping rate – Download speed – Upload speed The ping rate measures the time taken for a data packet to send from one machine to another, then receive a return.The higher the figure , the worse it is with gamers hating a high figure. Download speed is the most important figure to most people. It measures how fast data is downloaded to your computer and we measure it in in megabits per second. Upload speed with so many cloud services now is very important and shows how quickly you can upload… Read More

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Home Made DVDs – It Maybe Time To Make A Digital Copy

Many people would have DVDs that they made 10 – 15 years ago of family events , weddings etc. Recently I had a client ask if I could make digital copies of the DVD which means making a file of the DVD that can be played on a computer or then streamed via wifi to a TV. Unfortunately about 25% of the old DVDs did not work now. This can be for a number of reasons: Poor storage The DVDs were cheap to begin with You can make a digital copy using Handbrake a free solution and even if the old DVDs work it si good to have that backup copy. How To Use Handbrake Remember to CONTACT ME if you need assistance

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Ransomware Was Back In The News This Week

An Adelaide businessman was on the news this week after paying $5000 to get access to his data after it was encrypted. In one interview he explained he did not know how it happened and his backup did not work. He has also now bought a new computer. If you are a business you should ensure that you put steps in place along with being educated as to how this can happen and if it does happen , get help , DO NOT DO what this business owner did. So how did this happen Normally through Spam Emails Spam emails are the most typically used method by ransomware creators to send out attacks to potential victims. They are designed to look like they come from a legitimate email address but in most cases can be spotted by the address they come from ( when did you last look ) or… Read More

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