Articles by Evan Porter
Evan is a writer with over a decade of digital publishing experience. He also builds blogs, loves gadgets, and fixes tech problems around the house.
While most popular operating systems are designed to keep the data on your computer secure, the people who design these systems sometimes make tiny errors that may go completely unnoticed by most users, and may leave you and your PC open to a cyber attacks.
With each of us having so many online accounts, so many pieces of personal data drifting through cyberspace, and so much personal info freely available on social media, it’s never been easier for hackers to impersonate another person.
Identity theft is any instance where a criminal steals and uses some aspect of your personal identity (like your social security number, name, driver’s license number, or other personally identifying info) to commit fraud — usually for financial gain.
There are dozens of different kinds of malware: viruses, Trojans, bots, ransomware, and plenty more. All of them can wreak absolute havoc on your computer if you’re not protected.
One of the most nefarious of the bunch is the class of malware known as computer worms.
In the golden age of digital advertising, we’re constantly bombarded with ads, pop-ups, pop-overs, and video overlays as we browse the web.
While sometimes annoying, most of these ads are easily dismissed or ignored, and they’re often legitimate efforts by publishers to monetize their content.
SQL is a programming language that allows programmers to “talk” to large databases using nearly-plain English.
It can access and manipulate data held in a number of tables on a server. When it comes to websites, those tables might include sensitive items like usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, and more.
Think of the damage that one talented hacker can do. Now imagine what they can do with an army of computers at their disposal, amplifying their resources on an order of thousands or millions.
These “armies” actually exist, and they’re called botnets.
Just a few years ago, cell phones were simple machines that made calls and sent text messages.
Today, they’re sophisticated, pocket-sized computers.
And much like full-sized computers, they are prone to all sorts of problems and malfunctions — including overheating.
If your computer is running slow, don’t panic.
Slower PC performance over time is a completely normal side-effect of regular use and can be caused by anything from a full hard-drive to a hardware failure.
It’s also usually at least somewhat reversible with these quick and simple clean-up tips.
When it’s time to disconnect from your computer, there a few different options to consider.
You can simply close your laptop and put it into Sleep mode — that’s usually the easiest thing to do.
Or you can manually put it into Hibernate mode. You can also completely shut it down.
If you’re considering an antivirus bundled with a VPN, the most common drawback is that nine times out of ten, you end up with a mediocre AV and VPN. Nevertheless, there are a few AV firms that offer excellent VPN service along side top notch virus protection. This will help you save a lot of money when buying the two services bundled.