Posts Tagged ‘usb’

Find Out What Happened Recently on Your Windows PC

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Here are several useful tools that help users to keep a closer eye on noteworthy events on a Windows PC.

If you want to find out what happened recently on your Windows PC, say which programs or files were opened or saved, or which USB devices were connected to it, then you can either dig deep into the Windows Registry and Event log, or use specialized software which makes the process more comfortable. Nirsoft created several programs in the past that assist you in finding out more about the various actions and events on a machine running Windows.


Google Enables Security Key Support for 2-Step Verification

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Multi-step login procedures are often somewhat annoying and inconvenient … but that’s what it takes to accurately verify each user.

One of the best ways to improve the security of a Google account is to enable 2-step verification for it. The idea behind the feature is to combine the usual account username and password with local information tied to a mobile phone. So, instead of having to enter your Google email and password to sign in to your account, you also need to enter a code that is generated on the fly when you sign in on untrusted devices.


Microsoft’s Wireless Display Adapter vs. Chromecast

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Microsoft’s wireless solution sounds pretty good … except for the part about needing Windows 8.1 in order to use it with a PC.

Google’s Chromecast device has been around for some time now. It enables you to stream contents from a computer or supported mobile device using apps to a compatible screen. The price point is very tempting and setup is not difficult at all as well.


How to Fix “Windows cannot initialize the device driver for this hardware. (Code 37)”

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

I haven’t run into this problem myself (yet,) but maybe you have …

I experienced issues connecting my smartphone to my Windows 7 PC ever since I replaced my Samsung Galaxy Note II with the Motorola Moto G. Nothing happened whenever I plugged the USB cable in and connect the phone to it. The workaround that I came up with was to open Devices and Printers, right-click on the device, select troubleshoot, and wait until Windows would install the required drivers on the system.


Malwarebytes Techbench, Plug and Play Malware Removal

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

This seems a little bit pricey, but it also sounds like it would be pretty effective …

If you ever worked in tech support, or are the go-to person in your family or circle of friends when it comes to computer problems, then you know that resolving issues can take anywhere from a couple of seconds to hours and even days sometimes. It all depends on the issue the user is experiencing. If you do tech support regularly, you probably have at least one self-burned DVD or USB Flash Drive with you at all times containing security software that helps you troubleshoot and repair PC issues.


Free USB Guard – Never Forget Your USB Flash Drive Again

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

I’m generally a little bit cautious about freeware and third party software, but this is definitely a pretty cool idea …

It is pretty easy to forget to remove an USB Flash drive or stick from a computer system on shutdown. Some devices are that small that it is easy to overlook them when shutting down a computer. While that’s not a big issue at home, it can very well be one if you happen to use public computers or computers at work. Maybe you have important data stored on the stick or drive like a password manager with all of your account passwords, or documents that are important for work or study.


Apple to pioneer USB Drive Software

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

This is a very interesting idea, that could very well be the beginning of the end of the CDROM as a means of distributing software and other media …

I’ve been waiting patiently for this moment for years and it comes as no surprise to me that it’s Apple leading innovation in the software sales market.  The company launched their new OS X Lion operating system update as a download through the new Mac App Store.  What they also announced however was that this $29.99 OS update will also be available to order, for a modest premium, on a USB Pen Drive from late August.


USB Dummy Protect – Create Fake Files to Block Viruses

Friday, May 13th, 2011

This seems like a simple-yet-relatively-effective way to protect your USB drive from bad stuff …

Question: How can you protect USB devices like sticks or drives from being infected with computer viruses? Some users are lucky enough to have USB devices that have write protection switches, just like floppy drives had back in the good old days. They just need to pull the switch to write protect their devices.


Find Out How Much Power USB Devices Need

Monday, January 10th, 2011

If you use a PC to power multiple USB devices, you might find this interesting …

Each USB port can provide power to connected devices. This is not always necessary, especially if those devices have their own external power supply. But some devices need the power provided by the USB port to function or reload batteries. A problem with this is that USB ports can only supply a maximum of 500 mA (that’s milliampere) which is usually not a problem if one device is connected to the port.


Data Leaks – Preventing the Inside Job

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Here’s a timely article that discusses different approaches to keeping one’s data secure …

The Wikileaks story continues to roll on around the world but as the story now moves its focus to the website founder Julian Assange, questions are now beginning to be asked about how the information was able to have been stolen in the first instance.

Only this week have the US military blocked the use of removable media in their computers, something business and corporations did several years ago.