The use of my personal Blog is to provide timely, relevant information on Computer Technology!

Peter Bowey - My Technical Journal
Peter Bowey – My Technical Journal

The following chronological posts aim to increase knowledge and understanding of ways in which digital technology can enhance your personal computer knowledge and use, through the publication of quality research, which extends to both theory and practice.

Australia rising scam costs 2019

Be Smart! Scam cost in Australia 2019

As of October 2019, Australians have so far lost $118.5 million to scams, which is at $10 million more than what scams cost in 2018 (about $107 million back then). This data is collected by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) from reports presented ...
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Tips to secure your Device from Hacking and Malware

Tips: Secure your Device from Hacking & Malware

This is a guest post article by John OcamposSEO Manager of Softvire Australia While more and more people are now using the World Wide Web in search for information, execute business strategies, buying products, or for entertainment, and making transactions because of convenience and easy ...
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Some common symptoms that you have you been hacked

Security: Key Indicators your Device may be hacked

This is a guest post article by John OcamposSEO Manager of Softvire Australia In today’s digital landscape, individuals and enterprises execute most of their tasks using the World Wide Web. While technological advancements have given us more convenience and efficiency at work and other personal ...
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When is a computer too old?

Knowing when your computer is too old to sustain

In this post we discuss some general (and proven) guidelines to knowing when it is time to replace you hardware (Laptop, iPad, iPhone, or Desktop). Desktop Computers Typical Desktop Computer Generally desktop computers fail more often than laptops. Why is that? Well a desktop depends ...
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How to Safely Dispose of Old Technical Equipment

How to Safely Dispose of Old Technical Equipment

Photo by Marvin Meyer on Unsplash Getting rid of old gadgets isn't always as simple as it seems. Laptops, tablets and other devices are filled with personal information. Meanwhile, most tech gear features complicated components that can't just be thrown in the bin. Here are the ...
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What is Cyber Security understanding the risks

What is Cyber Security: Understand the Risks

What is cyber-security, and how is cyber-security different for businesses than it is personal use? Both impact you. So, it would be a good idea to understand the differences and what you can do to protect yourself online for both your home and at the ...
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Identity Theft what is it and Protection

Identity Theft: What is it and what about protection?

Using your personal data to impersonate your for some sort of financial gain is called an identity theft. Identity theft is a crime, and it is illegal, and to what extent punishment is used, will depend on the country you live in. The important question ...
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Windows 10 Recovery forgotten password Steps

Recovery: You forgot your Windows 10 Password

Yes, it is possible to recover from the scary event that you forgot your Windows 10 password and you are locked out! This method has been fully tested, via my own Dell Laptop, on the latest build of Windows 10 (currently at v1903 at this ...
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Windows 10 Security Microsoft Defender

Windows 10 Security & Protection Defender

Update: Windows Defender will soon become known as Microsoft Defender. This is part of a new merge to offer a enterprise version of the product for multiple OS platforms. Microsoft is now introducing the package, known as Microsoft Defender ATP, to macOS and it will ...
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Understanding the trend to SSD storage

Understanding the trend to SSD storage

For a long time the traditional method for a storage device for both desktops and laptops has been the mechanical hard disk drive (HDD). This type of storage consists of moving parts and has the feature of low costs combined with a very large storage ...
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Avoiding Cyber Security Threats: 2019

How to Avoid Cyber-Security Threats 2019

Perhaps through a vast realm of so many changes, most people are likely to state that computer security must be very technical and complex. However, the most important things are actually simple enough to deal with. In this post we will examine and explain strategies ...
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Useful software for Windows 10 tested and free

Best & Tested FREE & useful Software for Windows 10

In this post I share some of the most useful and free programs available for Windows 10. The focus is on applications for the popular areas of email, word processing, spread sheets, and working with photographs and images. The selected programs in this post have ...
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Microsoft Edge goes Chromium on Windows and macOS

Microsoft release Edge Canary for Windows 7, 8.1 & macOS

June 19th 2019: Microsoft make preview builds from the Microsoft Edge Canary channel available on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 and macOS. This Edge Canary channel allows both developers and users to try out the next version of Microsoft Edge (Chromium) on every ...
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Windows 7 not supported on new hardware

New Hardware no longer supporting older Windows

Your next new computer system will not support running Windows 7 or 8. With the current (2018 and up) generation of Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm processors, will need to use Windows 10, or alternatively use a completely different operating system such as Linux or macOS ...
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IoT - The Internet of Things

IoT – The Internet of Things

More than ever we have smart devices and products allowing us greater control over lights, your refrigerator, door locks and many other appliances. In a broad sense, the term IoT encompasses anything connected to the internet, but it is increasingly being used to define objects ...
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Optimising Windows 10 for Games

Optimising Windows 10 for Games

Some people will be surprised to learn that Windows 10 is one of the better operating systems for gamers, as well as for Xbox One Streaming. However, there are some guidelines to follow to obtain the best gaming experience with Windows 10. Windows 10, by ...
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Cyber Crime Information 2019 2020

Dealing with Cyber Crime in 2019

Today, Cyber criminals are using sophisticated and scalable tools to breach a user's digital privacy, and they are getting results. Statistically, in 2017, over two billion data records were compromised, and in the first half of 2018, more than 4.5 billion records were breached. Australia's ...
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Windows 10 Introduction

Understanding Windows 10

In this post, we will learn about some of the features and settings required to understand Windows 10. Navigating the Windows 10 Desktop After you have started the computer and signed in, the first thing you'll see is the desktop. Via the desktop, you can ...
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Apple macOS or Windows 10

Windows 10 vs macOS Mojave

Currently, Windows 10 is the most popular OS, beating Windows 7 with something like 800m users. As of 2017 macOS had about 100m users (as revealed by Apple). Being the most popular does not mean it is the best choice for your needs. This post ...
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Microsofts coming Chromium powered Ege Browser

Microsoft’s coming Chromium Edge browser

Microsoft has made its Chromium-powered Edge browser available to developers and users from Early April 2019. Three levels of downloads are available on Microsoft’s new Edge insider site. In December 2018 Microsoft committed to overhauling the Edge browser using the solid and proven Chromium open ...
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Windows 10 R1903 April 2019 Update

Early Release Windows 10 1903 (May 2019 Update) @ MSDN

April 18th 2019: Windows 10 May 2019 Update is now available on MSDN (Some weeks earlier than expected). Update: April 25th 2019: People trying to upgrade to this latest update for Windows 10 are finding the upgrade install is being blocked if they have an ...
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Google Gmail Security

Google Gmail – Improving Security

Are you worried about hackers getting into your email account? If your main worry is that hackers could gain access to your email, then you should rely on Gmail and look at some additional steps in this post. Google has one of the best teams ...
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Windows 7 8 10 Blue Screen of Death error

Understanding BSOD’s: Blue Screen of Death in Windows

BSOD's (Blue Screen of Death) are nearly always caused by problems with your computer’s hardware or issues with a hardware device driver software incompatibility or bug. Sometimes BSOD's can be caused by issues with (custom) low-level software running within the Windows kernel (OS). Your regular ...
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Computer Troubleshoot Solutions to Common Problems

Computer Troubleshooting: Solutions to Common Problems

Most of the time, problems can be fixed using simple troubleshooting techniques, like closing and reopening the program. It's important to try these simple solutions before resorting to more extreme measures. If the problem still isn't fixed, you can try other troubleshooting techniques. Computer Trouble ...
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Facebook use Safety and Security

Safety and good etiquette with Facebook

Facebook is seriously one of the fastest growing social networking sites with up to 250,000 new users being added each day. Sharing information comes with some risks which we will discuss in this post. With the high number of people using a social network, such ...
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Optimise Wwindows 10 Speed Tips Settings Changes

Performance Optimisation tips for Windows 10

No matter how you look at it, adjusting configuration settings in Microsoft Windows 10 can get complicated very quickly. Whether it is tweaking system settings for better performance or adjusting configuration settings to personalize the Desktop, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of settings to ...
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Microsoft Wwindows Support timeline Windows 10 and 7

Windows 10 update and retirement Schedule 2019+

Microsoft is releasing new versions of Windows 10 on a reasonably set schedule – and just as regularly Microsoft is retiring older versions of Windows from ongoing support. The following post list some of the key schedules you need to know about - from Windows ...
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Windows 7 end of life January 2020

Support for Windows 7 is nearing the end : January 2020

Support for Windows 7 is nearing the end : January 2020 Windows 7 will be a decade old when Microsoft discontinues support for the legacy OS on January 14, 2020. The only users to receive Windows 7 extended security updates (ESUs) will be businesses and ...
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Email Ssecurity Ssafety Guide

Staying Safe with Your Email

We all rely on and often take email for granted – both in our personal and work environment. With the rapid growth of mobile devices and Wi-Fi and data networks available world wide, email is easily accessible 24/7, from anywhere in the world. This is ...
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Computer, Tablet and Mobile Privacy and Safety Guidelines

Computer Privacy and Your Safety

Maintaining computer privacy is absolutely a fundamental concern as more than ever we are using portable computers and share public computers or Internet access points for personal and business purposes. We now have a larger number of employees taking their portable computers out of the ...
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Danger- Phishing Scams be aware Stay Alert

Phishing is a serious Risk in 2019: Learn to be Safe!

Phishing is a serious Risk in 2019 Phishing attacks are one of the most common security challenges that both individuals and companies face in keeping their information secure. Whether it's getting access to passwords, credit cards, or other sensitive information, hackers are using email, social ...
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Microsoft Office 365 Slow

Office 365: Why is it so slow?

Office 365 is an online (Cloud based) productivity suite that is developed by Microsoft. Office 365 contains online and offline versions of Microsoft Office, Skype for Business and Onedrive, as well as online versions of Sharepoint, Exchange and Project. Office 365 Slow Performance Poor Office ...
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The importance of Computer Security

The importance of Computer Security in 2019

Technology Security is very important in 2019, because without any understanding or consideration of the issue you are simply waiting to be attacked (and you will be!). It may not happen now, or next week, but eventually you will become another victim and you will ...
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Microsoft Market Shares 2018

Microsoft ends 2018 with a high market value

Microsoft has ended 2018 as the most valuable publicly traded company in the world, compared to rivals such Apple and Google. At the time of writing (January 2019) the comparison is: CompanyMarket Cap ($ billion)Microsoft$779Apple$746.5Amazon$728Alphabet (Google) $714 While Microsoft has not experienced a near exposure ...
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New Location 4A March Ave, Hayborough, Victor Harbor

New business locality : 4A March Ave, Hayborough

Well the move was hard work, but I love the new area. Beautiful Roses. A large number of happy chirping garden birds along with a extremely close proximity right next to the new Aldi Store. The new workshop is ready for business as usual from ...
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Windows 10 Security and Privacy

Windows 10: Privacy, Threat Protection & Ransom-ware

Microsoft Windows certainly ranks as the world's most popular consumer operating system, but also scores as the highest target for malware, security attacks and attacks. The purpose of this post is to understand the methods to make Windows 10 safer and more secure. The majority ...
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Apple whats coming with iOSs 12.1 features

New iOS 12.1 features for your iPhone, iPad & iWatch

The new version of the operating system for Apple's mobile devices, iOS 12, brings significant improvements and features. Although it was launched three weeks ago, Apple is already testing its next update; iOS12.1, with users on the beta release cycle. This new version will add ...
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Windows 10 Updates error fix troubleshoot and reset repair catalog

Troubleshoot Windows Update errors in Windows 10

The Windows 10 Update service enables the operating system to download and install the latest updates, along with bug fixes, security patches, and drivers. The Update Service is also the mechanism to obtain new features and offer Insider preview builds for testers. The update process ...
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Windows 10 Automatic Maintenance Features Options

The operation of Automatic Maintenance in Windows 10

With Windows 10, automatic maintenance runs in the background whenever the computer becomes idle, including when you sleep, as long as there is power. By default the automatic maintenance checks for errors to fix (via Windows Error Report), performs hard drive storage optimization, system diagnostics and ...
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Windows 10 Pro versus Windows 10 Home

Windows 10 Home versus Pro: What is the Difference?

Most new computers will come with Windows 10 Home, however Windows 10 Professional includes a couple of features that may interest you. Windows 10 Pro vs Windows 10 Home - Differences In this post we will explore the differences by three comparative tables being; 1)Basic ...
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Windows 10 Mail App with Edge

Windows 10 Mail App Won’t Force You to Use Edge

Windows 10 Mail app used to open links in Microsoft Edge despite the browser’s settings. Of course, users did not embrace this feature warmly and Microsoft was faced with a some serious backlashing. Here’s some good news about the October 2018 Update: Microsoft has completely ...
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microsoft windows Support Time Lline

Windows 10 & 7 support time-lines!

Microsoft is changing how it supports Windows 7 and Windows 10 This change will allow businesses and schools to run a more mature, stable and secure version of Windows for longer without the pressure of migrating computers to newer releases. This change follows an report ...
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Windows 10 October 2018 update version 1809 paused roll-out

Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) – past

Headline: October 6th: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update after reports of mass file deletion A number of users have reported that the October 2018 Update has removed user profiles and some folders. Microsoft is actively investigating the issue, but the company has not ...
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Windows 10 October Release 2018 Version 1809

Windows 10 October 2018 Version 1809 released

Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Version 1809 Microsoft officially released the latest Windows 10 October 2018 Update on Tuesday the 2nd of October 2018. This is the sixth major update that Microsoft is rolling out for its desktop operating system with a new set of improvements ...
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macOS 10.14 Mojave Released - Apple

Apple Releases macOS 10.14 Mojave – Features

On Monday 24th September, Apple released macOS Mojave 10.14, to the public. Mojave is a free download for those that have a compatible Mac. Mojave can be downloaded from the Mac App Store, here is a direct link to the download. Mojave is compatible with ...
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