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Here are Some Reasons to Stop Using Windows 7 - Tech Marks The Spot

On January 14, 2020 Microsoft ended support for Windows 7. The legacy operating system was released in 2009. It was both my and millions of other users operating system of choice for years. It is honestly one of the best things Microsoft has ever produced. But alas, its time has come. What does this mean for everyone still using Windows 7? According to ZDnet roughly 200 Million people still use older versions of Windows (read the article here). Most of which will be Windows 7. Does Windows 7 still work? Is it safe? Is it necessary to upgrade to Windows 10? We are going to cover all of this and I will give you some reasons you might consider upgrading.

First, let's answer a few questions:

Does Windows 7 still work? Yes. Windows 7 is still functional. You can still work with Microsoft Office, check your email, play games, watch YouTube videos, and Google all  of your questions with no problem. At least for the time being, your PC should be fully functional while running Windows 7.


Are VPNs Secure?

In this article I am asking and answering one simple question. Are VPNs secure? First let's get something out of the way. You have a right to secure your online communications and to make them as safe and private as possible. Your security and privacy is important. You are always at risk of your private information being breached. Who might be listening and interested in your data?

It isn't enough to say that you have nothing to hide. The fact is that you do have things to hide. Things that you say in confidence, your contact information, your banking information, and and your passwords are just some of the things that you might want to hide. If you aren't paying attention to your privacy then you are throwing your personal information out there for anyone to see. If you aren't paying attention to your security then you are leaving the doors wide open for third parties to walk right in and access your information. I say a…

How to Use the Windows 10 Task Manager

Do you sometimes have a program that seems to just hang and would like to get past it more easily? Does your system not work right at times and you want to get it back to operating more smoothly again? Would you like to know what is going on when your computer resources seem stressed out? With Task Manager you can do all of this and more. We are going to take a look at what Task Manager is, how to get to it, how to navigate it, and some cool things that you can do with it. Let's get started.

What is Task Manager? Task Manager is actually a very useful multi purpose utility built into Windows. As it's name suggests it allows you to view and manage the tasks going on in your system. It also allows you to monitor your Windows performance, manage startup items, manage services, and more. It is a very easy to use program that packs a lot of power.
How to Get to Task Manager Here are seven ways to open Task Manager:
Press Control + Alt + Delete. Click Task Manager.Press Control + Sh…

Fact Checking - What It Is - Why It is Important - How to do It

Watched the news lately? I mean yikes! Australia was on fire. A Global pandemic. And of course a super cyclone damages India. And let's not forget murder hornets. What is that? Two inch long hornets with a venomous sting that kills other bees and can kill animals and humans too. All of that is on top of all the other insanity reported on the news. The nightly news can be scary. In this crazy world the last thing we need is fake news to confuse and misinform us.

In our connected world news spreads faster than ever and it can be hard to tell the real from the fake. We see what the T.V. networks tell us, what we see on Facebook and Twitter, read blogs, watch YouTube, and listen to the people that we interact with every day. It is vital to exercise some critical thinking and take steps to do our own fact checking rather than taking everything we see and hear at face value.

The biggest social platform in the world is Facebook. Facebook is bombarded with articles and memes making all k…

How to Increase Your Browser Cache Size for Better Web Performance

Most of you have heard of web browser cache and many have had to clear it at times. Did you know that your browser cache can help the webpages that you visit load faster? What exactly is browser cache and how can you use it to improve your web browser's performance?

What is Browser Cache? Caching is basically putting something in storage that might be useful later. Your Web browser's cache stores things like images, HTML, CSS, and Javascript so that when you return to a webpage it will load faster. Most of the time it works really well. Granted sometimes when your browser has cached so much stuff over time things get bogged down or webpages can run into problems. That is why one common troubleshooting step when a webpage doesn't seem to be working right is to clear your browsers cache. Though that situation can and does happen, overall, caching is your friend. It helps webpages load more quickly.

How to See How Much Cache Your Chrome or Firefox Browser is Using Before we …

Fun Ways to Stay Connected with Those You Care About While in Quarantine

Though in some parts of the country a few things are starting to open up it will still be a while until we get back to anything resembling "normal". With a nationwide quarantine still going on there are a lot of bored people that want something to do. Many feel isolated. The good news is that you can stay connected and entertained while still at home. Here are some ways to stay connected while still in quarantine.

Video Chat
Video chats can be an amazing way to stay connected. It allows us to see each other face to face. We can chat, eat, play games, listen to music, or whatever else our imagination can come up with. Here are a few ideas.

Just Hang - Video chats are a great way to hang out and take time to catch up. It is more personal than a phone call because you are talking face to face. Just because you are in quarantine doesn't mean that you can't see those that you care about.Eat Together - This one might sound strange but if you think about it you will see tha…