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As a trader, you’re no doubt already aware of the nightmare that could hit your business should your trading computer be attacked by a virus or ransomware. But the question

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When I first started selling trading computers, I strongly recommended against using wireless keyboards and mice. Since then, they have improved so much we offer them as a bonus. When

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Do you belong to a trading group that discusses trading strategies? Do you have family members you’re teaching how to trade? Would it be helpful if you had a video

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Microsoft has announced the end of life for Windows 7 will be January 14, 2020. You probably already received one or more notifications about this change from Microsoft. If your

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The online world provides great financial opportunities for traders. But it’s also a world full of scams and fraud. And new scams are being released daily. Scammers and fraudsters are

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Do the fans on your trading computer cycle on and off frequently during your trading day? If your fans start to run too often, or if the fan noise becomes

As I mentioned in a recent post, now is a good time to upgrade to Windows 10 if you haven’t already. Whether you’re upgrading to Windows 10, getting a new

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If you’re like me, you sometimes like to listen to music while you’re watching the market on your trading computer. In this post, we’ll look at some of the better

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Years ago, I used to discourage traders from trading on a laptop on a daily basis. They were acceptable while on the road, but just not powerful enough for everyday

On July 19, 2019, Capital One announced that unauthorized access of its systems had exposed personal information about both account applicants and card holders. If your data was among the

Although I spend a lot of time talking about cutting-edge computer technology, I haven’t discussed voice technology that much, except for a couple of articles about getting help with general

Although it’s not a trader’s favorite thing to do, every so often you’re going to have to take an update to Windows 10. Microsoft is always updating its software products

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Keeping your trading computer secure is a frequent topic of mine, and for good reason. For traders, having your trading desktop or laptop hacked isn’t just inconvenient. It can cause

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If you’ve worked for a big company any time recently, and wanted to connect to the company’s computer system from home, you probably had to make that connection via a

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Believe it or not, it has already been 5 years since Windows 10 came out (in 2015). Understandably, many traders decided to stick with tried-and-true Windows 7 for their trading

Most traders have tried incognito mode (aka private browsing) on their trading computer at some time. It sounds neat and makes you feel protected. But just how protected are you?

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If you’ve been a reader of this blog for any time at all, you already understand the importance of regular back-ups. In fact, if you’ve just been using a personal

If you’re a trader who loves to travel, like I do, you know how critical your laptop battery can be to the success of your trading while on the road.

When you are working in a fast-paced trading environment, keyboard shortcuts (aka hotkeys) can be extremely helpful. They can save you time and make you a more efficient trader. However,

Most traders nowadays have multi-monitor trading computer systems. Our customers typically have at least 4 monitors, but we sell plenty of 6- and 8-monitor systems as well. Despite the prevalence

If you own a computer customized for trading, you own a device designed with security and reliability in mind. You already know about the importance of anti-malware apps to keep

Mobile phones and tablets are great. However, if you’re like most traders, entering text can be considerably more challenging than typing at your trading computer. Particularly, when you are writing

Traders today totally rely on the software and data on their trading computers. Would you be able to operate your trading business if you were suddenly locked out of your

Nowadays, when trading is your business, you need the best hardware and software to support your daily activity. But you also need some key high-end services, such as a great

More than a third of all online scam attacks involve phishing emails or malicious attachments. As traders, we’re already aware of best practices for protecting our trading and financial data

If you are in the trading business, I know you already try your best to keep your business and personal information separate. However, from time to time, you might still

If you’re like most traders, you’re using social media on your trading computer and mobile devices without giving it a second thought. But today’s social media is fraught with scammers

When you’re online hours a day, especially when you’re dealing with financial trades every day, it’s super important to stay vigilant about scams. A key part of being vigilant is

In a previous article, we talked about avoiding tech support scams. If you own a computer, you’re liable to be a target of those scammers. But that’s just the tip

Most of my customers are great at trading, but not so great at knowing what to do when their trading computer has a hardware or software problem. Unfortunately, there are

Have you ever mistaken a myth for the truth? We all have. For example, everyone thinks lightning never strikes the same place twice. That’s a myth. And a dangerous one

Bluetooth is an often-overlooked resource for improving efficiency in any trading business. For example, traders can connect Bluetooth devices like headsets and cameras to their trading computers. This can transform

Trading is all about the bottom line. And getting the best possible equipment for your trading setup has a direct affect on your bottom line. In my last post, I

Have you ever been at a friend’s house and noticed how much faster their Wi-Fi connection is than yours? If you find this happening, first make sure you are comparing

Imagine you’re working in your office, and you are about to make the trade of your life. Suddenly, the power goes off and your computer shuts down. It’s a nightmare

Like most traders, you probably spend your days and nights staring at computer monitors. It makes sense to find out if you are using the right kind of display and

If you’re like me, you probably use HDMI to connect your trading computer to your monitors. Nowadays HDMI is the most popular video connection. However, you might be curious about

Today’s traders demand extreme performance and reliability from their trading computers. When purchasing a new computer, most traders concentrate on specifications like CPU, memory, and graphics cards. However, if you

A big bottleneck for processing trading activity on a modern trading computer is the speed of the hard drive. Even with a high-speed CPU, if your hard drive is slow,

Next time you’re shopping for a trading computer, you are sure to come across the terms SSD and HDD. In this post, we’ll take a look at what these terms

As traders, we’re always concerned about the security of the information on our trading computers. If you are using Windows 10, there are a lot of security-related options in the

If you’re like me, you use your trading computer for hours every day. Maybe you even leave it on constantly. So the efficiency of your computer can have a big

As a trader, you know privacy is an important issue. But do you also know that Microsoft (via Windows 10) is a likely suspect for invading that privacy? Windows in

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Most stock traders spend a lot of time online. In the course of your internet meanderings, you’ve probably come across the term ‘Internet of Things’ or IoT. But you might

Traders are always dealing with financially sensitive information. So privacy and security are always key concerns in any trading business. In a previous article, I discussed the importance of Facebook

For many of us, connecting on social networks is part of the trading business. And Facebook is one of the networks traders are mostly likely to use. Facebook has been

Every so often, I survey my customers to find out their biggest concerns related to trading and trading computers. Every time, they say one of their top concerns is staying

Over the years, I’ve heard all sorts of reasons why traders hesitate to update or upgrade their slightly older trading computers. One big reason is the headache of data migration.

In the past, when you bought computer for trading, you never worried about the mouse. A wired mouse came as part of the package. But things have changed. Often the

Google Assistant is making a big impact in the digital assistant market. In a previous post, I talked about how Google Assistant can help make your trading day more efficient.

Digital personal assistants are still not skilled enough to replace human beings (fortunately). You still need human help to keep your trading business running smoothly. But digital personal assistants can

If you’re a heavy Gmail user (of the online version and not Outlook), you’re probably already aware Google has given Gmail a facelift. Whether you use Gmail for personal use

I’ll be the first to admit that updates are no fun most of the time. Or, at least, they’re a distraction, if not a downright disruption. You might get a

The last time you bought a new trading computer, I’m sure you were totally focused on hardware factors like speed and memory capacity. But once you’ve acquired the best hardware

A trader’s very livelihood hinges on their trading computer staying at peak performance. Increased slippage due to a slower computer can cost you big bucks. If you’ve noticed Google Chrome

If you’re like most traders, you tend to get into a rut in terms of the apps (software applications) you depend on to get through your day. You can be

I don’t know about you, but updating the operating system on my trading computer is more likely to cause me to groan than to cheer. First, there’s the aggravating part

Today with cloud computing backups, if your trading computer goes down, it isn’t as disastrous as it once was. But it’s still inconvenient. Starting with a new trading computer can

When you are a trader, cleaning your keyboard is probably the last thing on your mind. However, here’s some freak-out information that may put this task on your radar. Your

When you are trading on your trading computer, you need to have every part of your system working at peak performance in order to avoid slippage and consequent loss of

I’ve noticed lately more traders are using laptops as their trading computers. And why not? It’s convenient. It’s freeing. You can easily take it on a business trip or to

A new trading computer runs like a Ferrari. But after you’ve been using it a while, programs and data start to accumulate. These accumulated files gradually degrade the performance of

Your trading computer holds your most valuable business assets. These include trading software, notes, market research, and more. So you need to protect your computer against disaster. Regular backups of

Imagine starting your trading computer and seeing a message that your files are gone and you can get them back only if you pay. That’s how ransomware conducts business. Ransomware

When you are traveling from city to city, you need a reliable trading laptop. Finding power outlets is always an inconvenience, and sometimes you just can’t plug in. Lots of

When you are working as a trader, you want a lean and mean working computer. But when you are a parent, you want something that is easy-to-use and safe. Microsoft

As a trader, you are dependent on your computer. Your trading computer holds all the pertinent information about your business. No matter what the operating system, you need to back

If you are a trader with an interest in cryptocurrency and you suddenly start noticing your trading computer is running slow, you should be suspicious. There is a new crime

Although traders don’t need as much graphics power as gamers, we still need above-average graphics cards to display our many trading charts. So even if you’re not a gamer, if

I shudder every time a new Windows update comes out. Especially if it’s recently released. You’d think Microsoft was a big enough company to get it right the first time.

12 Reasons Traders Should Take Creator Update, Part 1

The more things change, the more they stay the same. About 15 years ago, one of my team members was in the convenience store business. One day she found an

I don’t know about you, but I am shopping more than ever online. One thing that drives me crazy is that I have had my credit card ‘hacked’ at least

Life Lesson: If you’re going to be off the grid, always carry a backup battery bank for your phone. It’s a simple thing, but it could save your life. I

Most guys love talking about sports cars. But talking about cars and taking an engine apart are two different things. I’d be in trouble if I had to put a

The other day, I overheard my tech support team talking about yet another customer who had been a victim of a fake tech support call. This trader was out hundreds

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

Einstein once said, “Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler.” I’ve adopted his statement as my mantra. I aim to make complex things easy and straightforward. You may have guessed this

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

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

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

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.

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

Windows 10: How to Keep Cortana Out of Your Business

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

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

I’ve been a trader for 30 years. I’ve watched as trading technology has changed by leaps and bounds. Remember getting stock quotes with Quotron? I do. I used it as

Lots of traders skipped Windows 8/8.1, going straight from 7 to 10. A big reason for that was because the Start Menu disappeared in Windows 8. It came back partially

Microsoft and Google have been fighting over your Internet surfing grounds for years. With the introduction of Windows 10, Microsoft has upped their game with the new Edge browser. (Edge

You’ve probably seen the commercials for Cortana. It works like Siri or Ok Google. Basically, it’s a voice-activated interface that can perform a host of tasks like searching your computer

If you’re like most of our customers, when you upgrade to Windows 10, you will have skipped Windows 8 entirely. Lucky you! Seriously. You may have heard about how the

I just recently got back from a great vacation overseas. Do you think I took a laptop to trade while I was gone? You bet I did! In the process

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Have you ever been on a nice, long walk and suddenly there’s pebble in your shoe? That happened to me the other day. I didn’t want to take the time

Have you seen the ads lately for wireless routers that are attractive enough to set on a bookshelf in plain view? Yes, routers and modems are generally one of the

If this didn’t happen to you yet, it’s likely it will soon. First, you should understand what is going on with Microsoft. The intention behind Windows 10 is very different

The #1 question I get asked whether it’s a desktop or a laptop is, “Which trading computer is the best option for how I intend to use it?” This is what

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Portability vs. Ability Many traders turn to laptop trading computers in order to have a reliable machine that you can trade on whether you are in your home office or

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Mac or PC for Traders First, we need to get something out of the way. We have to address the age-old discussion – should you use a Mac or PC laptop

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Your trading computer setup can often be drastically changed by upgrading your accessories. If your like me, your trading computer workstation comfort and efficiency is super important. I’ve found some

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I’ve spent most of my career boiling down my trading to a few simple indicators that almost always produce winning trades. In fact, I believe there are only 4 chart

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Morgan Freeman died twice this year, according to the Internet. In reality, Freeman’s very much alive and well. He was a victim of the all too common celebrity death hoax stories that

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…And why you’re inviting risk into your trading. Me: “Where are my jeans?” My Significant Other: “I threw them out. Wear the new ones I put in your drawer.” I

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You’ve no doubt heard of the television sitcom Seinfeld. We’ve all at least seen one episode, haven’t we? If you are a Seinfeld fan like myself, you remember the episode

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I get asked fairly often what computer would be best suited for someone who focuses primarily on forex trading. It’s difficult to decide what’s the best computer to purchase next,

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I just recently converted part of my basement into a home theater. In the process of getting everything dialed in, I decided to run through all the adjustments on my

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One of the most common questions I get asked is “Which of the EZ Trading Computers should I buy?” It makes sense that, during your process of deciding what computer

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Getting a computer virus can be a nightmare. Odds are you wouldn’t want your trading to be interrupted, even haulted, by having to deal with a virus on your trading

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I recently went with my buddy to help him buy a new flat screen TV. He knew what he wanted – an HD LED TV with a screen size of

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I upgraded my trading platform software on my computer easily enough. Installation was pretty straight forward. Confident that I was ready for next day’s trading session, I closed up shop

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Do you ever find yourself wishing there were 25 hours in a day instead of 24? If you’re like me, you have a long list of things to do and

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At the start of the business day, you are trying to log into your account at Investors Business Daily – same browser and credentials as always. Yet, you are getting an

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Microsoft Windows update: On July 29, 2015 Windows 10 Operating System will be released to the public. We’ve been getting calls on our sales and support lines about Windows 10

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What’s up everybody? It’s Eddie Z here from EZ Trading Computers, and you’re watching Trading Computer Secrets. * * * * * * A lot of people ask me, Eddie,

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A lot of people may disagree, but for me Windows 8 is a distraction. There are no significant performance benefits. The interface and workflow are too different. It gets in

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The furnace in my home was supposed to last 15 years. It lasted 29 years. A few years back, it died on Christmas Eve. My whole family was miserable. I

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There isn’t a day that goes by I don’t get asked about the latest technology. Makes sense, I’m a computer geek after all. The main reason traders ask me about

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Have you ever mistaken a myth for the truth? We all have. For example, everyone thinks bulls hate the color red. That’s a myth. Bulls are color blind. It’s impossible