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January 2022 - A Year in Review, and New Articles -- eBits n ByteZ -- Issue #025
January 01, 2022

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Overheating Computers

Spectre and Meltdown are a collection of critical vulnerabilities found at the hardware level of almost all Central Processing Units.

These vulnerabilities present an opportunity for cyber criminals to execute carefully crafted malware, and effectively access critical and sensitive information on your device that is running at that time.

Almost all computers worldwide were affected, and the efforts in to fixing these vulnerabilities was difficult, considering any fixes can technically slow down device performance.

The Spectre and Meltdown article looks at each vulnerability in more detail; what they are, and how they "work". We then look at the consequences of these vulnerabilities in more detail, and cover the more common questions asked about each vulnerability type.

Bluetooth Troubleshooting

Bluetooth troubleshooting is an essential skill today. There are over 4 billion devices with Bluetooth capability, and this is set to increase in the coming years; from wireless keyboards and mice, to baby monitors and even basketballs!

Understanding what Bluetooth technology is, and how it works, is essential to developing your troubleshooting skills.

If your Bluetooth experience is anything like mine, then you will have experienced many failures and disconnections, and they are as frustrating as anything you can experience in the technology world. This article looks in detail at what you can do to fix your Bluetooth connectivity issues when they happen, and believe you me, they will happen.

A Year in Review

Here I would like to remind you (or make you aware if you are a new subscriber) of the articles produces over the course of 2021.

January 2021 saw a shift in focus to Cyber Security, and the release of three articles; The Benefits of Multi-Factor Authentication, Cyber Security and Identity Theft and the Software Application Security Patching Plan.

February 2021 continued with the Cyber Security theme, and the release of a further two articles, namely Mobile Phone Security Awareness, and How to Prevent Account Hacking. There are countless examples of cyber crime taking place every day. These articles will help prepare your defence against cyber criminals.

March 2021 saw a transition from Cyber Security to Computer Troubleshooting, following a census, completed by you.

However, there were some articles on cyber security to complete, namely Social Media Privacy and Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. I also introduced the Strong Random Password Generator, which does exactly what it says on the tin. Give it a go and reset your passwords now.

The first two new troubleshooting articles covered How to check your BIOS version, which was a common question I was receiving by e-mail, from site visitors, and what to do when your Wi-Fi is Not Working, another popular question.

April 2021 saw the launch of the Ultimate BIOS Update Guide Subscription offer, which was extremely popular, and I am certain, some of you reading this now benefitted from. I also released the Hard Disk Drive Failure Fix article.

May 2021 focused on the art of troubleshooting. The first article describes how to troubleshoot computers like an IT professional, and the second article describes the common computer problems we experience and suggests how to resolve them.

June 2021 saw a switch from troubleshooting, to computing history. This was a section I had started, and wanted to finish. So, I produced the Stuxnet Virus Attack article, and The Truth About Cambridge Analytica article, both of which I enjoyed writing.

July 2021 saw the release of the Edward Snowden Leaks article, which gets rather deep into espionage and collusion. Very interesting.

August 2021 saw two new articles released, based on computing history and troubleshooting. The first was CPU Speed, which focused on how Central Processing Units work, and the second was Silk Road Black Market, which is a remarkable story, even for the Dark Web!

September 2021 focused on Graphics Cards, what they are, and how they work.

October 2021 didn't see any new articles released, but the October's newsletter included references to tools and utilities that I find useful on a day-to-day basis.

November 2021 saw the release of a Printing Troubleshooting article, and a review of the Windows 10 operating system.

Finally, December 2021 saw the release of the troubleshooting article, focusing on what to do when your PC is Overheating, and what to do to prevent this from happening in the first place.

Final Thoughts

Thank you for taking the time to read this month's newsletter. I hope 2022 treats you well, and you continue to support eComputerZ. If you need any help, or would like to get in touch for any reason, please do so.

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