Archive for the ‘How to’ Category

5 Ways to Never Be Without Internet Service

There are some computer systems you just never want to lose. Take NASA’s systems for example. You just don’t want to lose connection to your astronauts. Traders aren’t usually in that sort of life-or-death situation, but loss of connection to the internet can potentially lead to a significant financial loss. Fortunately, there are ways to […]

What to Do When Your Internet is Down

Nothing beats trading from the beach for 3 hours when you’re on vacation. A computer, internet access, and a trading account: that’s all it takes to be a trader these days. It’s as if an Ethernet cable and an internet modem is all that stands between you and the trading floor. Just plug it in […]

7 Ways Traders Can Prevent Identity Theft

Selling computers and consumer electronics can attract some interesting characters. I own and operate an online e-commerce business selling computers (EZ Trading Computers), so I’ve been exposed to the many fraudsters, crooks, hackers, and trolls online. Not fun! You could call it the underbelly of the internet. It’s always there even if you don’t know […]

3 Free Stock Charting Tools for Traders

I’ve been trading for nearly 30 years. I can remember a time when good trading tools were few and far between. In the old days, stockbrokers used Quotron and Bloomberg Terminal. They cost a fortune. If you had access to capital and had a good broker, you could get quotes over the phone. Rarely were […]

3 Risks When Buying a Trading Computer

I’ve taken thousands of calls from traders about computers. A lot of those callers ask the same questions about what should be “under the hood” in a good trading computer. If you’re reading this, you probably already know about the guide I wrote to buying a trading computer. It covers most of those questions. But […]

Windows 10: How to Keep Cortana Out of Your Business

Windows 10: How to Keep Cortana Out of Your Business

It’s not your imagination if you think we are fast approaching the world of George Orwell’s 1984. Just to be safe, today we’re going to talk about how to put small fuzzies on your keyboard. (Kidding. At least about the fuzzies.) In a previous article, I showed you a bunch of ways to increase privacy […]

3 Time Saving Tips for Your Trading Computer

There’s a big difference between busy work and meaningful work. While it feels good to complete tasks and conquer the day, just checking off busy-work items has a way of lulling us into a false security. Are you making the most of your time? Or, are you wasting time on low-value work? As a business […]

13 Tips to Avoid Common Security Threats to Your Trading Computer

Baskin-Robbins is famous for their 31 flavors of ice cream. Ben and Jerry’s has 60 of their own flavors. You know what!? It’s still all ice cream. The same is true when it comes to computer security. Each year there are new flavors of threats – new viruses, Trojan horses, phishing schemes, and so on. […]

Windows 10: How to Configure Privacy Settings

I’m wouldn’t call myself a conspiracy theorist, but some of the changes in Windows 10 make me want to line my room with tin foil and go read my disaster prep magazines. I’m joking, of course. But, there are some settings in Windows 10 that I feel are unnecessary and intrusive to traders. Be Aware […]

How to Never Miss An Important Email Again

How to Never Miss An Important Email Again

Ten minutes passed. I was still waiting, but nothing arrived in my Gmail inbox. My day got busy, and I forgot all about that urgent email. At 4:00 pm it dawned on me. I still didn’t have it. Fed up, I decided to check my spam folder. Sure enough! I received it at 9:04 am, two minutes […]