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Welcome to this week's edition of the Computer Kindergarten Newsletter.
Today is Sunday, May 15, 2016

In this Issue:
Special Feature: How Safe Are Your Passwords?
Special Feature: Top 25 Most Popular Anti-Spam Tips, Tricks and Secrets: How to Report Spam Comfortably with SpamCop
Today's Topic: Speed Up a Slow Computer - Make Use of Multiple Flash Drives or Cards for a Speed Boost
Special Feature: What to do if your iPad or iPhone keeps Freezing or Crashing
Websites of Interest: The 25 Biggest Turning Points in Earth's History; Untold History of Women in Science and Technology; May 18 is Golf Day

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Special Feature: How Safe Are Your Passwords?

From aarp.org

It’s certainly not breaking news that password theft is a huge problem threatening all sorts of sensitive, personal and financial information. Major companies — ranging from Sony, Target, Booz Allen Hamilton, Home Depot, Staples and even the U.S. Postal Service — have been hacked with hundreds of millions of records stolen. Worse yet — if you are using one password across many accounts – a breach of one website can give bad players access to all your accounts.

So, how can you protect your closely held information and still enjoy the convenience and gratification of Internet shopping, banking and more? Read this article to learn how:

http://tinyurl.com/z9sf67a

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Special Feature: Top 25 Most Popular Anti-Spam Tips, Tricks and Secrets: How to Report Spam Comfortably with SpamCop

Spam, spam and spam. How to avoid spam, how to filter spam, and how to complain about spam are the items on this menu of junk mail fighting tips. With the help of Heinz Tschabitscher of about.com, we are presenting an ongoing series of tips and tricks that you can use to minimize the amount of junk mail that you will receive in your email inbox.

If you submit spam to SpamCop via email, you get back an automatic response with a special URL that you can use to finish reporting the spammer. Or you choose to ignore that autoresponse and go for a more comfortable approach.

To report spam comfortably with SpamCop:

* Go to the SpamCop home page. http://www.spamcop.net/
* Follow the Unreported Spam Saved: Report Now. link.
* Finish reporting the first unreported message.
o If you have submitted multiple messages and there is more spam in the queue, you'll find another Unsaved Spam - Report Now link.

Using this feature you can report one spam after the other comfortably.

In our next edition: Mail Not Addressed to You is Likely Spam

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Today's Topic: Speed Up a Slow Computer - Make Use of Multiple Flash Drives or Cards for a Speed Boost

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

Make Use of Multiple Flash Drives or Cards for a Speed Boost

From computershopper.com

One of the celebrated upgrades in Windows Vista was ReadyBoost, a handy technology that lets you make use of a USB flash drive or flash-memory card (such as an SD card) to serve as extra fast-access cache memory for frequently used files and data. (In essence, it serves the same purpose as cache on your hard drive, but the fact that solid-state memory is being used is a speed plus.) When you plugged in a USB key or flash card, you would be prompted whether you wanted to use it as storage, or as a supplement to speed up your PC.

The introduction of ReadyBoost coincided with the precipitous fall in price of flash media. With 4GB flash drives selling now for well under $20, most users own at least a few of these handy devices in various capacities. Why let yours sit idle when they’re not being used to store or transport files?

Windows 7 retains the ReadyBoost feature but adds support for multiple USB keys or flash cards used at once. So, if you have a few old 1GB keys around gathering dust, it can’t hurt to plug them in, so long as you have the USB ports to spare. When you plug in a key, Windows 7 will bring up a prompt asking whether you want to open the drive in Windows Explorer or use the drive to speed up your system. Choose speed up your system.

In the following screen, choose the Use this device radio button and adjust the memory slider below it to the amount you want to dedicate to ReadyBoost.

This won’t change the drive in any fundamental way; you can always unplug it and redeploy it for normal storage down the road, or use the unallocated portion for storage in parallel with ReadyBoost. Note, though, that the file system, even with 64-bit Windows 7, will keep you from accessing more than 4GB of the memory per key or card. So don’t expect to bulk up on cheap 8GB keys and go wild.

Note: This tip works in Windows Vista and Windows 8, too.

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Special Feature: What to do if your iPad or iPhone keeps Freezing or Crashing

From iphonelife.com

When things stop working, whether in an app, with Bluetooth, or anywhere else, the first thing to do is turn off your iPhone and turn it back on. Often this will reset whatever wasn’t working and fix your problem.

Here’s how to turn your iPhone on and off when things aren’t working:

Hold down the Sleep/Wake button until a screen appears with the option: Slide to Power Off.

Slide right and your device will power down.

To restart your phone, press the Sleep/Wake button again. A white screen will appear signaling that it’s powering on.

That’s all there is to it!

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Websites of Interest:

The 25 Biggest Turning Points in Earth's History
From leaps forward in evolution to devastating asteroid impacts.
http://tinyurl.com/md5rcz5

Untold History of Women in Science and Technology
Stories of personal heroes across the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.
https://www.whitehouse.gov/women-in-stem

May 18 is Golf Day
It is time to pull those clubs out of storage, dust them off, and get ready to hit the green again!
http://tinyurl.com/gr4fg96