Michael Connell

Michael, a former pilot and lawyer, is the author of Computerworld’s The Problem Solver blog. He was moderator of the now-retired IDG Answers website.

How to sign documents in the digital age

Did Congress just accidentally help keep your browsing history more private?

Did Congress just accidentally help keep your browsing history more private?

By eliminating restrictions of ISPs selling their customers browsing history, Congress may have inadvertently helped push us towards a more secure future.

You are not very incognito in incognito mode

You are not very incognito in incognito mode

Browsers offer an incognito or private browsing mode for their users. If you are concerned about online privacy, you should know what incognito mode does and doesn't do to protect it.

4 simple steps to keep web-based email secure

4 simple steps to keep web-based email secure

A few simple steps, including the use of multi-factor or two-step verification, can help keep your web-based email secure from prying eyes.

Your smartphone: The mechanic in your pocket

Your smartphone: The mechanic in your pocket

You can use your Android or iOS device to gain access to a wealth of information about your vehicle’s operation. A few dollars spent on an OBD adapter and app can save you hundreds of dollars in unnecessary auto repairs.

Balancing security and convenience on your Android phone

Balancing security and convenience on your Android phone

Improving security on your smartphone is generally accompanied by a sacrifice of speed or convenience. Here are a few choices that everyone needs to make in their search for an acceptable compromise.

How to make websites more accessible if you are colorblind or dyslexic

How to make websites more accessible if you are colorblind or dyslexic

Many people have disabilities that can make online access a significant challenge. Here are a few simple steps that can help improve website accessibility for the colorblind and dyslexic.

Power conditioners: Affordable insurance or waste of money?

Power conditioners: Affordable insurance or waste of money?

Power conditioners certainly have their place in data centers, but are they necessary in a home office environment or are they just modern day patent medicine to make you feel better without providing any real benefit?

Welcome to the brave new world of Android apps on Chromebooks

Welcome to the brave new world of Android apps on Chromebooks

Android app support for Chromebooks is now a reality. Here's what you need to know about this exciting new feature.

How to use encryption to safeguard data on your Windows 10 laptop

How to use encryption to safeguard data on your Windows 10 laptop

Many laptops are stolen every year, but encryption can help prevent thieves from accessing the private data on your Windows laptop.

How to print documents from your Chromebook

How to print documents from your Chromebook

Printing from a Chromebook requires either a Google Cloud Print Ready printer, or another computer and a little effort.

Stay safe on your Android phone while using free public Wi-Fi

Stay safe on your Android phone while using free public Wi-Fi

A few simple steps will go a long way towards improved security when you use public WiFi on your Android phone.

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