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Printing Your Emails

Epson WorkForce ET-3750 Printer

When printing emails from our web browser, we have a tendency to go select the Print command within the browser's pull-down menu to print out our emails. However, when you print out your emails this way, it can look like you're missing a chunk of your printed content or it is formatted in a weird way.

The solution is to use the Print command within the email client on your web browser. For example, Gmail has a printer icon when you go into your email that you can select and it will show you how it will look like before you actually print out the page. 

Be careful when searching for phone numbers online

When you're searching for a company's phone number or phone numbers in general online, it's best to get the phone number directly from the company's main website or a trusted website in general. If you were to do a search for a company phone number through a search engine, you could end up finding and calling a phony phone number that says it's the companies that are listed at the top of the results page. Hackers tend to buy ads for specific numbers or information that is related to a legitimate company.

Replace your HDD with a SSD

Solid State Drive

If your computer is still using a big Hard Disk Drive (HDD), it is highly recommended to replace your HDD with a Solid State Drive (SSD) as your primary hard drive. The main difference between an SSD and HDD is an SSD is flash storage and has no moving parts within it. Because of that, they're smaller and will take up less space in a PC. An HDD is made of magnetic tape and has moving mechanical parts within it and are more prone to being damaged than an SSD. You can pick up a 500GB SSD for between $60 - $80 on Amazon, depending on which brand you go with.

Be careful when using services like Facebook, or apps like FaceApp

FaceApp

When you use services like Facebook or Instagram, they are collecting some amount of information about you that can be used by third parties. Even though Facebook has started to curve more into a privacy-focused company, there are still using your information to an extent. So be careful what you do on Facebook. And with FaceApp being very popular right now, there are some privacy concerns when using that app. In its Term of Service, you are giving the company the rights to use your photos of you in whichever way they want.

Do Both Imaging and Incremental File Backups

Imaging a hard drive is basically creating an exact mirror copy of the hard drive. The copy is bootable and can be blasted onto the same or new hard drive fairly quickly. Of course, it can get out of date since the image is "frozen" in time, so making an image every month is a good idea. However, it is also smart to make a file-by-file backup procedure for extra peace of mind. It is recommended to use both backup methods in order to conserve important media and files.

Start Saying Goodbye to Your Windows 7 OS

Microsoft will cease support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020, so PC users should really upgrade to Windows 10 soon. The most important point will be the loss of security patches for the operating system, which will make it increasingly risky to take online. Eventually, browsers and other constantly-updating software will stop working comfortably with Windows 7 and might be frustrating to use. The same issues plagued users of Windows XP after its time was up. Although Windows 10 looks a bit different, you can configure the interface to more closely resemble what you liked about Windows 7.

Don't Rely on Time Machine for Your Only Backup

Apple's Time Machine works in a funky way, so go over to your local store and get a large 4TB (or bigger) drive. Also, get Shirt Pocket's SuperDuper program, which will make a bootable external disk that replicates the internal drive in your system. In case something goes wrong with your internal drive, reboot your Mac while holding down the "option" key, and boot the backup. The newest version 3.2.5 supports Mojave and includes their Smart Delete, Smart Wake, and Smart Update features.

Do Not Download/Open Email Attachments

Do not open email attachments, as they are one of the most common causes of innocent computer users getting infected with malicious malware. Email attachments are "the kiss of death." Ask the sender to place the attachment in Dropbox, etc. or other safer alternatives. Furthermore, Mac and Windows 10 users can open PDF files by themselves, so no need to download and install additional software like Adobe Reader. There are too many vulnerabilities these days regarding email attachments and outdated Adobe software.