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Welcome to this week's edition of the Computer Kindergarten Newsletter.
Today is Sunday, April 26, 2015

In this Issue:
Special Feature: What Really Happens When You Delete Something from Your PC
Special Feature: Your Mac Computer - Getting Started with OS X - Right-Clicking the Mouse
Special Feature: iPad Tips and Tricks
Today's Topic: Speed Up a Slow Computer – Turn off Remote Assistance
Websites of Interest: How Secure Is My Password?; Long Island Fairs and Festivals; May Day

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Special Feature: What Really Happens When You Delete Something from Your PC

By Patrick Allan of lifehacker.com

If you want to sell or get rid of your computer, it's important to make sure there isn't any leftover data that someone could get to. Simply deleting your files isn't enough—even if you empty your recycle bin—but there are still a few things you can do.

When you "delete" a file, it gets moved to the trash or recycle bin in your operating system. However, as Linus from the Techquickie YouTube channel explains, emptying the trash or recycle bin doesn't remove that data. The only thing removed when you empty the trash or recycle bin is the master file table reference, which merely tells the operating system where the file was located. Essentially, you're only removing the map to the data—not the data itself—while also giving the operating system permission to overwrite that area of the hard drive. This is why some data is recoverable with special software or the right set of skills.

Lingering data is not something you want if you're selling or giving your system away, so there are a couple options you have to ensure your data stays truly deleted. Read more here: http://tinyurl.com/n94b3m6

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Special Feature: Your Mac Computer - Getting Started with OS X - Right-Clicking the Mouse

From gcflearnfree.org

Whether you're new to computers or just new to OS X, it's important to learn the basics of using your computer. If it all seems a little overwhelming right now, don't worry! We'll take you through it step by step and show you some of the most fundamental things you'll need to know.

Right-Clicking the Mouse

Many tasks will require you to right-click with your mouse or trackpad. This usually allows you to access a menu with useful shortcuts, which will vary depending on which application you're using.

In OS X, right-clicking is disabled by default, but it is easy to enable the feature.

Use this link to learn to learn more:
http://www.gcflearnfree.org/osxbasics/5.2

In our next newsletter: Cutting, Copying, and Pasting

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Special Feature: iPad Tips and Tricks
A collection of tips showing some useful features of iPad with iOS 8.

From apple.com

Get the Full Story
In Safari, to see the desktop version of a site — instead of the mobile version — tap the address field, pull down the screen, then tap Request Desktop Site.

Send Your Latest Photos in Messages
Tap the camera button, select one or more recent photos to share, then tap Send Photo.

Trust QuickType to Type Quicker
When you tap a suggested word from the QuickType bar, a space appears after it. But if you enter punctuation, the space is deleted. No need to backspace — just keep typing.

Keep Tabs On Your Tabs
View all your open Safari tabs at once, plus see tabs open on other devices signed in to iCloud. Tap the Pages button or pinch with three fingers.

Switch to other keyboards
You can add more keyboards — for emoji or other languages — in Settings > General > Keyboard. To switch keyboards, tap or hold down the next keyboard button whenever the keyboard appears.

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Today's Topic: Speed Up a Slow Computer – Turn off Remote Assistance

As your Windows computer ages, its speed can decrease. You will notice an increase in response time when you give commands to open programs, files or folders, use the Internet and other tasks. There are several things you can do to speed up your computer.

In our ongoing series, Speed Up a Slow Computer, we will present articles discussing some of the steps you can take to speed up your slow computer.

Important: Before making any changes to your system, always create a Restore Point. If anything goes wrong with the changes you make, this will allow you to revert back to a point when the computer was operating correctly. Please visit our Newsletter Archives to read our article, All About Restore Points:
http://computerkindergarten.com/restorepoints.html

 

Turn off Remote Assistance

Turning off unnecessary services in Windows can greatly reduce your exploit risk while improving system performance. And, unnecessary services do not just subject you to security risk, they also slow down the operation of your computer.

Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop are Windows services that let you open a direct connection between two machines over the Internet for the purpose of getting help from someone who is not right in front of your computer.

Windows Remote Assistance is a convenient way for someone you trust, such as a friend or technical support person, to connect to your computer over the internet and walk you through a solution—even if that person isn’t nearby.

While this is a very useful and powerful tool when you need it, in the wrong hands, it is also potentially dangerous. Because it can allow a remote user to install software and tamper with a system configuration, someone could trick an unsuspecting novice into allowing access to his or her machine, and then plant malicious software used to gain access to sensitive information.

Turning off the Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop services will add a little speed to your computer while helping to keep you safe online. If you need remote computer help in the future, simply follow the steps below to temporarily turn Remote Assistance back on.

To disable Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop, follow these steps:

Windows XP

Right-click on My Computer
Click Properties from the menu
Click on the Remote tab at the top
To disable, or turn off, Remote Assistance, click to uncheck the box next to Allow Remote Assistance invitations to be sent from this computer
To disable, or turn off, Remote Desktop, simply uncheck the box next to Allow users to connect remotely to this computer.
Click OK

(Note: Some users may not see Remote Desktop as an option on the Remote tab of their My Computer Properties. Remote Desktop is a feature of Windows XP Professional and Media Center Edition and is not available on Windows XP Home.

Windows Vista

Click the Start Orb and type System in the search box at the bottom.
Click System in the search results under Programs.
Click Remote settings on the left.
If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Continue
In the Systems Properties dialog box that you now see, click to remove the check mark next to allow Remote Assistance connection to this computer. In the Remote Desktop area, click to select Don’t allow connections to this computer.
Click OK.

Windows 7

Click on the Start Orb.
Click Control Panel.
Click on System and Security.
If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Continue
Click on Allow Remote Access.
Click to remove the checkmark in the box next to allow remote assistance to this computer.
Click OK.

In our next edition, Speed Up a Slow Computer – Additional Features that can be Disabled

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Websites of Interest:

How Secure Is My Password?
Type in a password and this website will tell you how long it would take a hacker to crack it.
https://howsecureismypassword.net/

Long Island Fairs and Festivals
One of the great things about the warmer weather are the festivals and fairs that take place all over Long Island!
http://tinyurl.com/noghehv

May Day
Learn about the history and customs of this day.
http://www.theholidayspot.com/mayday/index.htm