You might think that there is not much more you could do to improve the capabilities of computer keyboards and mice. And really, what much more do you need to type and point, right? I have been reviewing input devices since the days of Windows 3.1. Sure, there have been many technological improvements, as we might expect over the last 25 years since Windows 3.1 was launched. But what’s amazing that in just the last year alone advancements in keyboard and mouse technology tweak what I thought was already the best. Say Hello to the Mouse Master For example, just about two years ago I praised Logitech’s MX Master mouse [link] for its various, robust features that extend mouse calisthenics beyond just navigating and clicking. Back then I thought this was about as far as a pointing device could reach. But now Logitech has indeed upped its game with the MX Master2 [link]. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
Ransomware Hits the Same Vulnerabilities Keep calm: While the news is grim over the latest ransomware, the steps we’ve taken earlier will most likely keep most of us secure. It’s key that you have March’s Windows updates installed to protect from the SMBv1 vulnerabilities and April’s Office updates installed to protect from the RTF (Rich Text Format) vulnerability being used in the attacks. In addition, the vulnerability is specifically targeting networks and using some additional tricks up their sleeves as noted in PTSecurity blog post. The attackers are utilizing various network tools such as Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) and PsExec to distribute the ransomware throughout a network. It further uses password retrieval tools to gain the local administrator passwords on the workstations in the network. For home and small businesses the best protection is to be vigilant in not opening suspicious emails, and to ensure the March and April updates are installed. What to do: Ensure your systems have the March’s Windows updates installed to protect from the SMBv1 vulnerabilities and April’s Office updates installed. Windows Fixes for IE Printing and Indexing Microsoft has released updates to Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 to fix issues introduced by the June 13th Windows … Read More
NOTE: For the second time in two months, Windows users are susceptible to a global malware attack. To protect yourself against this one, called Petya, I recommend reviewing my articles “What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself from Ransomware” and “When You Should Disable Server Message Block v1.” Signs You’ve Been Hacked It’s either easy or hard to determine if you’ve been hacked. In the case of ransomware, it’s extremely easy to know when you’ve been hacked: You get a request for money. However, the goal of most of the best hackers is to leave you blissfully ignorant of any wrongdoing. This way, your machine and your network access remains a resource for them to exploit. For example, the NSA tools that were recently released to the public were designed to allow for silent access to a system. The exploits released back in April have been patched by Microsoft, but they point out the goal of these nation-state attackers is to be stealthy and covert. So then if the goal of these tools are to be silent, how can you then know when you have been attacked? This is often the hardest of all – often you only know if … Read More
You can set up a dual-boot scenario to run both versions on the same machine. Do you want to check out Windows 10 but continue to run Windows 7? Or maybe you’re already using Windows 10 but want to be able to still use Windows 7? You can juggle both flavors of Windows by setting up a dual-boot system. Assuming you’re already running Windows 7, you can steal a chunk of its partition space and use it to create a new partition to house Windows 10. Alternatively, if you’re running Windows 10, you can snip off a portion of it to add a new partition for Windows 7. Once both operating systems are up and running, you can choose which one you wish to use each time you fire up your computer. All you need is a healthy amount of hard disk space to make it all work. How do you prep your PC to run both versions of Windows? Let’s check it out. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
Outlook Updates Are Causing Multiple Issues I’m tracking several issues with the June Outlook updates that were released last week. Unfortunately I don’t have a fix for these issues, just a lot of recommended workarounds from Microsoft. The known issues have been documented in a web page showcasing the Office known issues, which also showcases that there will be an update expected on June 27th fixing the issue. If you are impacted by the issues noted, try any of the below solutions. Issues opening attachments: When you open an attachment in an email, contact, or task formatted as Rich Text you get the following error: “The program used to create this object is Outlook. That program is either not installed on your computer or it is not responding. To edit this object, install Outlook or ensure that any dialog boxes in Outlook are closed”. To work around the issue, save the attachment to your local drive and open it from there. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
Have a second hard drive and want to move your personal Windows files and content there? Here’s how. You have a PC with two hard drives. And you want to move your personal files and certain content from your C drive to your D drive to keep them separate from your Windows system files. Yep, that’s doable, though it does involve a few steps. You have to redirect each folder to its new location so Windows knows where you’ve put it. And you have to tell your various applications, such as Microsoft Office, that your documents and files will be housed in different default folders. But if you follow the right steps, your personal files will rest soundly in their new location, and Windows and your applications will know just where to find them. Windows creates a Users folder to store subfolders for anyone who has an account on a PC. The folder for your account is home to an array of files and other data, including your contacts, your desktop icons, your favorite webpages, your downloads, your documents, your music, your pictures, your videos, and more. By default, your Users folder is created on your C drive right off … Read More
No results coming up when you run a search in Microsoft Outlook? Here are several ways you can troubleshoot and hopefully fix such a problem. Are you coming up empty when you search for messages in Microsoft Outlook? The search feature does have a way of going on the fritz every now and then. The issue sometimes lies within the Windows search indexing, which sometimes stops working properly. But other factors can impact Outlook searches. The problem becomes obvious when you run a search for messages that you know are in your mailbox, but Outlook says it couldn’t find anything. You may not be able to find the specific cause of the glitch, but there are several ways you can try to resolve it. You can remove Outlook from the search index and then add it back. You can rebuild the search index. You can scan your PST file for errors. And if all else fails, you can create a new PST file. I recently bumped into search problems in Outlook. When typing the name of a person or subject or other criteria in the Search Current Mailbox field, I’d get nada in return. And I knew I should be … Read More
Here are some tips and tricks to help you Microsoft Word users get your work done more quickly. If you use Microsoft Word as your core application for creating and editing documents, you may find that performing certain tasks takes too long or is too awkward. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to enhance Word to make it faster, more powerful, and more efficient. You can save time creating a new document by starting with one of Word’s built-in templates. You can record a good, old macro to automate different actions. You can customize the Ribbon to add commands and features you frequently use. You can tweak the Quick Access toolbar to also add often-used commands and features. You can create and apply styles and themes to content in a Word document to quickly format it the way you want. And you can use the “Tell me what you want to do” feature in Word so the program can help you find and run specific commands. For this article, I’m using Word 2016, but the steps here apply to Word 2013 and Word 2010 as well. So, let’s dive right in. Use a Template This article is part of our premium content. … Read More
These days I do not need a full FTP client as much as I used to several years ago. Part of this is just because we now tend to access everything over the Internet through websites instead of downloads from FTP servers. Remember getting some big updates from a company by downloading from their FTP server? Anyway, while there are plenty of fully equipped FTP clients out there to download, sometimes we just need a quick connection to grab some files – in my case for my website maintenance – and need something straight forward and simple. Well did you know that there is an FTP client built right into the Windows File Explorer? It has actually been there through the last few versions of Windows and is very easy to setup and use for these infrequent FTP sessions. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
In an unprecedented move from Microsoft, more XP patches were released to prevent attacks from Nation states. You’ll need to go to the download center to get patches for these older versions. This is a serious issue and a sign that cyberwarfare is getting serious. Older Operating Systems Get Patches Too In an unexpected move, Microsoft released several updates for older computer systems due to current or expected attacks from nation-state actors according to a Microsoft blog post. The post went on to urge us to still update these older platforms to supported operating systems but it’s good that Microsoft has made the decision to update these unprotected systems nonetheless. Microsoft deems that we need these updates due to a “heightened risk of exploitation due to past and threatened nation-state attacks and disclosures”. For Windows XP make sure you have the following updates installed: KB958644 — a 2008 update that you should already have installed. KB2347290 — a 2010 update that may already have been installed back then. KB4012598 KB4012583 KB4022747 KB4018271 for IE8 KB4018466 KB3197835 KB4024323 KB4025218 KB4024402 KB4019204 For Server 2003 sp2 (64bit) please make sure you have the following updates installed: KB958644 — a 2008 update that you should already … Read More