How do I save pictures from my cell phone?
This has been a question that has been asked many times at my office. You might have purchased a cell phone with a lot of storage but eventually, you will run out of storage. It also isn’t a good idea to keep all of your valuable pictures in one place. Something happens to the phone and everything is gone! You can’t place a dollar value on pictures of family and friends.
The legislature and law enforcement finally seem to have some ideas how to combat data compromises. Hackers are being prosecuted for their transgressions but legislation is also being proposed to prosecute the targets of the hackers. You might think that it isn’t right to prosecute the “victim” but large data breach targets aren’t innocent victims. There have been enough data hacks to educate even the most computer naïve persons. There are standards and requirements that will prevent most data hacks. If consumer information isn’t being protected, there should be penalties.
“Can you hear me now?”
Are you a cell phone user? Do you repeatedly have to ask, “Can you hear me now?”. When you are considering purchasing a cell phone or changing your cell provider, coverage should be an issue. You should also be aware that coverage may depend upon the specific phone that you are using. A cell provider may have coverage in a particular area but your phone may not be able to use the provider’s frequencies.
Are you considering updating your computer?
Computers don’t last forever. Actually, most computer hardware will outlast the software. There are many situations where an “old” XP system is still able to run Windows XP but it is not able to be updated successfully. Even many Windows 7 systems that were involuntarily updated to Windows 10 may have problems with incorrect software.
Don’t get fooled by hackers.
If you have an email account, it is a sure bet that you will receive spam. Spam used to be like simple junk mail. It couldn’t cause any problems unless you contacted the sender and allowed them to sell their wares. Junk mail was relatively harmless. All you had to do was throw it out. Why is email the current preferred delivery method? Why are email solicitations more outrageous than old fashioned junk mail?
Have you ever lost power for a long period of time? We take reliable power for granted but an extended power loss can make one much more appreciative of reliable utilities. A power loss should make you consider a backup plan. You don’t want to get caught in the middle of winter with no heat.
Are you using Windows 10 on your computer yet?
It used to be that a computer was just a tool to crunch numbers. Years ago, the home computer was a calculator. The younger generation would probably laugh at the thought of a calculator being a computer but a portable, battery powered calculator was a big deal in 1974. The onboard computers used during the moon landings had the same processing power as a calculator. Eventually the PC was born and real computers were available to the average home.
As the PCs became more sophisticated and offered more features, computer viruses became a reality. The calculator has only a keypad for input but a modern computer usually has many sources of input including a connection to the Internet. The mechanisms that are used to make a computer Internet ready can be exploited to allow infections by viruses.
Do you receive a lot of free offer email?
Spam is a real problem on the Internet. The majority of those “FREE” offers are phishing attempts to get you to login into a site that will only harvest your information. You will discover that the FREE offer will never arrive as promised. There is no benefit to you other than your name getting on a list to receive more spam.
Have you ever wondered about autonomous cars? Who is responsible if the self-driving car causes an accident? Are passengers liable? Is the manufacturer liable?
Are you willing to trust a computer to drive you around? Would you be able to sleep in a self -driven car while it is in motion? Is the person in the car, the driver? Autopilot in an aircraft is able to respond much quicker than a human but an aircraft isn’t subject to crosswalks or intersections.
How do you troubleshoot email problems?
Have you ever had email problems? What is your approach to resolve email problems? If you expect to be able to resolve an email problem, you have to understand how mail works. The first thing that most people do to troubleshoot any computer problem is to reboot the computer. That isn’t really the best approach. You need to isolate the problem. “It doesn’t work…” isn’t enough.