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Tech Tactics 2014

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Syndicated columnist and author Reid Goldsborough tells you how to get the most out of your computers, digital cameras and other devices each time you boot up with his technology information and easy tips.

Tech Tactics - 5 Tips for Being Considerate in Wi-Fi Hotspots

By Reid Goldsborough - July 17, 2014
Using Wi-Fi in public is a lot like using a cellphone in public. There are do's and don'ts if you don't want to avoid getting stares, mumbled about, or yelled at. So whether you're in a coffee shop, a bookstore, a library, or an airport lounge, try to adhere to some basic common courtesies.

Tech Tactics - Protecting Yourself While Using Online Payment Systems

By Reid Goldsborough - June 18, 2014
Providers like PayPal and BitCoin could help you protect your payment information while shopping online, but they're not the only games in town.

Tech Tactics - Decoding Tech Terms

By Reid Goldsborough - May 15, 2014
Buzzwords, acronyms, and abbreviations can helpfully condense complicated concepts into shorthand words and phrases, saving time, but not everyone understands tech talk.

Tech Tactics - Dealing With the Heartbleed Bug

By Reid Goldsborough - April 14, 2014
The Heartbleed bug is a defect in a Web infrastructure program that can make it easier for bad guys to steal your logins and passwords — and perhaps even your credit card or banking account information — at many websites. 

Tech Tactics - Tips for Eliminating - and Avoiding - Malware

By Reid Goldsborough - March 19, 2014At its worst, malware can capture personal information such as bank logins and Social Security numbers. Other times, you're bombarded with ads and unwanted software add-ons and programs.

Tech Tactics - Increase Your PC Productivity With Shortcut Keys

By Reid Goldsborough - February 18, 2014
There’s a good chance you’re not using your keyboard as productively as you could. Keeping your hands on the keyboard lets you do things faster than lifting one to push your mouse, swipe your touchpad, or press your touchscreen. Here are some interesting keyboard shortcut combinations you might not know.

Tech Tactics - Choosing the Right Camera

By Reid Goldsborough - January 17, 2014
In making the right choice between a smartphone camera and a dedicated digital camera, understanding the basics helps.