Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Voice-Activated Trading: Are the Rewards Worth the Risk?

Voice-Activated Trading: Are the Rewards Worth the Risk?

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 tasks. While Cortana or Google Assistant installed on your laptop trading...

What Traders Need to Know About the Spring 2019 Windows Update

What Traders Need to Know About the Spring 2019 Windows Update

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 to add new features, improve current capabilities, and prevent security breaches. The security...

How to Recover Windows Admin Password on a Trading Computer

How to Recover Windows Admin Password on a Trading Computer

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 a major financial loss. One security best practice that's not often mentioned has to...

VPNs Aren’t Just for Corporate-Based Traders Anymore

VPNs Aren’t Just for Corporate-Based Traders Anymore

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 VPN (Virtual Private Network). If you thought the purpose of the VPN was to make the company's...

Windows 7: Why It’s Time for Hold-out Traders to Say Goodbye

Windows 7: Why It’s Time for Hold-out Traders to Say Goodbye

[Originally published on August 27, 2019. Re-published with minor updates on June 19, 2020.] 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...

Going Incognito on Your Trading Computer? What, When and How

Going Incognito on Your Trading Computer? What, When and How

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? Like so many things on the web, there are some widely held misconceptions about private...

Don’t Let Avoidable Hardware Failures Handcuff Your Trading

Don’t Let Avoidable Hardware Failures Handcuff Your Trading

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 computer for any time at all, you understand about back-ups. Sometimes files and data just get gone....

5 Tools to Ensure Your Laptop Battery is Ready for the Road

5 Tools to Ensure Your Laptop Battery is Ready for the Road

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. If your battery is low on power and there isn't a power outlet in sight, you could be taking a huge risk to hold or...

These 7 Keyboard Shortcut Mistakes Could Tank Your Trade

These 7 Keyboard Shortcut Mistakes Could Tank Your Trade

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, if you aren’t accustomed to using these keyboard shortcuts, it can become a big...