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Trader’s Guide to Solid State Drives (SSDs)

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, the performance of your trading computer will suffer. In the last post, I talked about the pros and cons of hard disk drives (HDDs) versus […]

Trading Computer File Storage Trade-offs: SSD vs HDD

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 mean, along with how to decide between the two options. Both Solid State Drive (SSD) and Hard Disk Drive (HDD) are technologies for computer storage. […]

Trader’s Guide to Windows 10 Privacy Settings

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 privacy settings. The default settings from Microsoft are not privacy-friendly. So it’s a good practice to be aware of the available settings to safeguard your […]

Can a New Trading Computer Reduce Your Electric Bill?

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 effect on your wallet. It’s good practice to periodically check the power consumption of your older trading computer against that of newer models. Make sure […]

How Much Does Microsoft Know About Your Trading Business?

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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 general and Windows 10 in particular don’t have a great history of providing the best privacy features. So pay attention to Windows 10 privacy settings […]

Trader’s Guide to Securing Your Facebook Account (Part 2 of 2)

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 privacy settings and their security implications. I also mentioned the announcement in late September 2018 that Facebook was hacked, affecting almost 50 million users. What […]

Trader’s Guide to Securing Your Facebook Account (Part 1 of 2)

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 in the news a lot lately, but not for good reasons. Unless you’ve been under a rock for most of 2018, you’ve already heard about […]

3 Simple Steps to Secure Trading Information on Google

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 safe and secure on the internet. So in this post, I want to share some ways Google helps you to stay safe. I find that […]

Upgrade Your Trading Computer’s Hard Drive Without Fear

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. Whether you’re getting a larger internal hard drive or just backing up to an external hard drive, it can be a major pain to copy […]

Did You Overlook these 13 Cool Windows 10 Features?

Windows 10 has been out long enough now that most traders are using it rather than our former favorite, Windows 7. And if you’re following this blog, you’ll know I’ve been talking over the course of multiple blog posts about how to get more from your Windows 10 operating system. Today’s post is a quick […]