My name is Wayne Setzer , and I am the founder and owner of My-PCConsultant. In 2005 I started My-PCConsultant to help my Church members and Neighborhood neighbors, many who are elder, with their PC needs. I retired from UNISYS (Burroughs) and McKesson Corporation in 2008 with over 50+ years experience working on computers, starting with military computers (using tubes) in 1959 to medium and large mainframe computers and present day desktop and laptop pc's. Check my qualifications .
Concerned about you privacy when surfing on the internet, If not you should be. Your ISP provider may be selling off the information they collect about your connections. (In order for you to connect to any website the ISP has to have access to this information.)
One way to help with your privacy, security, and safety on the internet (when away from your home network using an open hotspot such as a retaurant, hotel, coffee shop, etc,) is to use a VPN or Virtual Private Network A VPN or Virtual Private Network is a method used to add security and privacy to public networks, like WiFi Hotspots and the Internet. VPNs are most often used by corporations to protect sensitive data when their employees are connecting to the corporate computers when working from home or on the road away from the office. However, using a personal VPN is increasingly becoming more popular as more interactions that were previously face-to-face transition to the Internet. Privacy is increased with a VPN because the user's initial IP address is replaced with one from the VPN provider. This method allows subscribers to attain an IP address from any gateway city the VPN service provides. For instance, you may live in San Francisco, but with a VPN, you can appear to live in Amsterdam, New York, or any number of gateway cities. service when surfing the internet.
There are addon extension VPN's for most browsers, both free and ones you can purchase. Both of these types require you to install more software on the pc. Also most free ones have a limit on the data you can pass thru them.
The current browser has a free built in VPN (with no limit on data, no addon to down load and install or no account to setup and login to in order to use), but turned off by default. It is very easy to enable. Click the Customize and Control Icon, settings, Advance, Privacy & secutiry, scroll down to VPN and Enable it.
NOTE: All browser addon VPN's are only active when you are using the browser
to connect to any website. If you use a client email program such as Thunderbird, Windows10 Mail or
other to connect to your email without using a browser, these browser VPN's will
NOT be active and give you any protection.
If you thank that using a VPN can save guard you from the law if using the WEB for unlawfull activities, thank again. All the law enforcement agency has to do is get a court order and the VPN provider must give them all your information. They are not going to go to jail to protect you.
One of the main problems I hear from customers is: my computer is so slow I can't get anything done. Can you help me. About 90% of the time the answer to this is YES. The other times the PC has just outlived it's life and will need to be replaced.
A few of the many causes of this problem are: computer virus, malware (spyware) programs that were installed when another program was being installed, dirt and dust buildup inside the pc causing it to overheat, not enough memory, plus others . All of these problems I am able to help you with. I can also help you with the security of your pc.
Another question I hear often is: I want to discard or give away my old computer but am concern about the data that might still be on the hard drive. Should I be! YES, even through you have deleted the files, formatted the disk, or the computer will not boot up because of problems, the data is still physical on the hard drive and can be retrieved with generally available software. Before you donate or give away that pc, I can rewrite the entire drive with a random pattern of data (even if the computer will not boot up) which will overwrite any previous files and data on the drive or I can remove and physically destroy the hard drive.