Signs of a Scam
by Brian Dwyer
In today’s electronic age, email communication has become the norm both professionally and personally. It’s quick, allows for conversations involving many people, keeps records of exchanges, and can accommodate any schedule. But with these many conveniences, come dangers as well. Users must beware of email scams. Designed to obtain your personal information, these messages often pose as legitimate emails. So, to help protect you from identity theft (and obnoxious spam!), here are five signs of a scam from Microsoft for online safety.
- The email uses a generic greeting. A salutation like “Dear Customer” indicates that the sender does not know you, and therefore should not be trusted.
- The message uses alarming or urgent statements requiring an immediate response. If you don’t reply within an abbreviated period, the email threatens dire consequences.
Tips to Speed Up Your Computer
by Matt Zielinski
By following a few simple guidelines, you can maintain your computer and keep it running smoothly and at top speed. There are tools available in Windows 7, Vista, and XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) to help efficiently maintain your computer and protect your privacy when you're online.
One: Free up disk space.
By using the Disk Cleanup tool you can free up space on your hard disk to improve the performance of your computer. The tool identifies files that you can safely delete, and then allows you to choose whether you want to delete some or all of the identified files. Typically, temporary Internet files take the most amount of space because the browser caches each page you visit for faster access later.
Two: Speed up access to data.
Disk fragmentation slows the overall performance of your computer. When files are fragmented, the computer must search the hard disk when the file is opened to piece it back together. The response time can be significantly longer. Disk Defragmenter is a Windows utility that consolidates fragmented files and folders on your computer's hard disk so that each occupies a single space on the disk. With your files stored neatly end-to-end, and without fragmentation, reading and writing to the disk speeds up.
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