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When Windows 8 Won’t Run Modern Apps on Your Netbook, Try This Trick by Kelly Lynn

  Windows 8 and 8.1 are the most resource-efficient versions of the operating system yet, and can make a netbook feel more responsive than with Windows XP. If you are interested in using the modern apps that come with these OS versions on your netbook, though, you could run into trouble. These apps need a screen resolution of at least 1024×768 to work: something many netbooks don't have. Usually, when you try to run a Modern app, you'll see a message that informs you about the screen resolution problem. Fortunately, there's workaround When your computer isn't capable of the resolution required, it's possible to trick Windows into thinking that you have a higher resolution than you really do. Your netbook's graphics card should have a function that helps. The driver … Continue reading

4 Useful Word Features You Probably Never Knew Existed by Kelly Lynn

  Microsoft Word comes with an extremely rich feature set. With thousands of options to dig through, though, the average user can find it hard to know where to look. some of these great features on Word are in plain sight. Yet, many users have never noticed them. The multiple Cut+Paste feature For some reason, the standard Cut feature on Windows has always only been able to hold one piece of information at a time. If you need to assemble a number of sections of text from different places in a Word file and add them to your clipboard, the standard Cut utility doesn't help. Microsoft Word, though, has an advanced Cut feature that helps: it's called Spike . For each block of text that you wish to cut to … Continue reading

HtTTPS Isn’t Enough: What You Didn’t Know About Staying Safe Online Today by Kelly Lynn

  With Internet hacker attacks becoming more common by the day, Internet users are often warned to check the legitimacy of the websites they visit. When you visit your bank's website to perform online banking transactions, for instance, you're supposed to look at the address bar on the web page to see if the bank's URL is preceded by an https:// rather than simply an https:// . On websites equipped with https:// security, you get a secure looking lock icon in the address bar that tells you that your connection to them is genuine and encrypted so that hackers can't listen in. In truth, though, such websites aren't really a guarantee of security. At least, they aren't anymore. How exactly is https supposed to be safer? In the beginning, years … Continue reading

Solutions to a Skype Volume Issue and a Problematic USB Drive Issue by Kelly Lynn

  Windows is a complex operating system. You can come up against a number of head-scratchers over the course of the typical day. Here are two such possibilities, along with explanations. Skype lowers the volume on your computer If you like to use Skype to keep a communications channel open when you play online video games, Skype has a feature that may annoy you: it lowers the volume of all other audio, including audio on your game. Skype has no settings available to help turn the feature off. Its creators simply seem to assume that when you have a Skype conversation going, you won't want to hear anything else. Many Skype users try to get around the problem by accessing the Windows Volume Mixer and turning all the sliders up … Continue reading

Make Sure That Viruses Never Get on a Family Member’s Computer by Kelly Lynn

  If the computers in your home are used by people who aren't comfortable with technology, you could often find yourself having to deal with malware. Users could visit a bad website or accept software suggestions from bad email, and have a situation on their hands when you come home. You can't depend on antivirus to stop all such installations. It's certainly possible to keep computers at home safe by making sure that everyone uses a Limited or Standard user account (and not an Administrator account). No new software installations are allowed on these accounts. Still, some programs can work poorly when Administrator privileges are not available. Luckily, there's another way to keep computers safe: you can create a whitelist of apps that are safe. Turning on Windows Family Safety … Continue reading

Can You Get a Virus Simply by Opening an Email? by Kelly Lynn

  Up until a few years ago, you needed to be careful about what email you chose to even open to look at. You didn't need to go as far as to try downloading an attachment. Fortunately, email programs are much smarter and safer now. Today, you can open most malicious email without fear of catching a virus. What was it about email that made it unsafe? Email has been around for a long time, since when it carried nothing more than plain text. Over time, improvements made to the protocol allowed email, among other things, to carry executable code. The developers behind this feature, though, failed to foresee the dangers present in such abilities. The ability of email to carry executable code meant that hackers were easily able to send … Continue reading