Archive for the ‘Productivity’ Category

Time to Revisit Windows Defender for Trading Computer Security

Man in suit sitting a trading laptop in a dark office

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 is… what’s the best strategy for keeping your trading data secure?

Microsoft has been trying to improve the security of Windows 10 with their Windows Defender app. In today’s post, we’ll take a closer look at Defender as an option for traders.


Can a Wireless Mouse Improve Your Trading Productivity?

Trader using a wireless mouse with a desktop trading computer to improve productivity.

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 you spend long hours in front of your trading computer, it’s important to make sure you have good quality hardware that makes your trading as easy as possible. Your keyboard and mouse are important components in your entire trading system. (more…)

Have You Tried These 7 Windows 10 Improvements for Traders?

If you’re just now switching to Windows 10 (because of Windows 7 end-of-life), you might not yet have discovered some of its coolest features.

In fact, even if you’ve been on Windows 10 for a while, you might not be aware of every last thing this operating system has to offer. After all, Windows 10 is a work in progress. With every update, Microsoft enhances it just a bit.

It’s important that we, as traders, stay up-to-date on what’s available. You don’t want to miss out on what Microsoft is offering you (for free!) in terms of more options, more features, and new ways to get more out of your trading desktop or laptop.


3 Ways to Make All-Day Trading Easier on Your Eyes

Do your eyes get tired after a long day of staring at your 4 to 8 computer screens?

Does all the visual busyness make it harder for you to focus on what’s happening in the market?

Day trading is a very visually intensive business. So any changes you adopt to make trading easier on your eyes will translate to an easier day, and maybe even a more profitable day.

Here are 3 things you can do to give your eyes a break and help you focus:


7 Windows 10 Apps for Traders You Didn’t Think to Look For

Man Wearing Eyeglasses Facing Computer

These days, there is an app for practically anything you want to do. Maybe even multiple apps. Problem is, sometimes we get so used to doing something a certain way we don’t think to look around for a better way. This can be especially true for traders who tend to focus exclusively on the markets all day long.

In this post, I want to show you a few apps with the potential to improve your productivity as a trader. Maybe they’ll make a big difference to your workflow; maybe not. But it’s good to pick your head up and look around every so often, just to see what’s out there.


7 Firefox Add-ons for Trading Research & Improved Security

Sleeping Red Fox

In a previous post, I highlighted 7 Chrome extensions that can make your trading day easier and more productive. But plenty of traders aren’t using the Chrome browser. So this time, we’ll look at a similar list of productivity enhancers (add-ons) for the Mozilla Firefox browser.

Firefox is a great browser for your day-to-day online trading. Choosing between Chrome and Firefox is often a matter of which one feels better to you. But it can also become a matter of which add-ons are available to make your work easier.


7 Chrome Extensions to Level Up Trading Day Productivity

Amazing Chrome Grill on Vintage Lime Green Mustang

We can all use a little help getting through our busy trading days. Plenty of free apps are now available to do just that. Many of them are extensions to the Chrome browser favored by most traders.

In fact, so many browser extensions are available it’s hard to pick out the ones that offer the most benefit to traders. The Chrome Store has thousands of extensions in categories like productivity, accessibility, communications, and more.

Today we spotlight a few of the apps most likely to be valuable to you as a trader. I think you’ll find at least one thing here to level up your trading day productivity.


7 Dropbox Alternatives for Sharing Trading-Related Files

File Sharing Helps Collaboration in Your Trading Business

For years now, many of us in the trading community have relied on Dropbox to make it easy to share files. Dropbox was one of the early pioneers in file sharing, and it’s still popular among the trading community.

Larger trading businesses routinely share lots of data files and screenshots with both internal and external users. But even if you’re just trading out of a home office, there are likely to be times when you want to, say, share your trading analysis spreadsheet with a family member.

If you’ve just been sticking with Dropbox for your file sharing, you might not be aware of some newer solutions that are as good as or better than Dropbox.

Here are some alternative file sharing solutions you may want to try for your trading business. Interestingly, some of these alternatives can be used on the fly. I.e., you don’t even need to sign up for an account.

One of these may be just perfect for your needs.


How to Use Call Forwarding to Simplify Your Trading Day

Smiling Shopper Gets Market Update on Smart Phone

For many traders, a mobile device is an essential business tool. Traders carry their mobile phones everywhere to stay in touch with the market.

But depending on the situation, sometimes problems arise with getting trading information on your mobile trading device.

In those situations, call forwarding can be an elegant solution to the problem. You can leave your business device at home, at the office, or in your car, but still have access to the calls.


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 problem when you accidentally activate one. It’s an especially big problem if you don’t know how to deactivate it. If this happens in the middle of entering a trade, it could cost you money.

If you suddenly find your trading computer is behaving in one of the following ways, and you didn’t expect it or don’t want to be there, here’s how to fix it.