👍 #768 – Should I Partition My Hard Disk?

Short intro this week -- still recovering from a (very successful) Corgi Picnic on Saturday. Smile

To partition or not to partition; it's not religion or politics, but opinions run almost as deep.

Also this week:

The obvious way to find software support isn't always the first thing people turn to. They should.

On the other hand, while it's a powerful tool, remote access is always best viewed with extreme skepticism.

TV makes it look easy -- trivial, almost. Tracing an IP address is most assuredly not.

Have a great week!


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Should I Partition My Hard Disk?

What are the benefits of a partitioned hard drive, or some practical uses of a partition?

Disk partitioning is one of those topics that generates conflicting opinions.

Some swear that proper partitioning aids performance, makes backing up easier, and is just generally “better”.

Others opt to let Windows sort it all out, believing that improper partitioning might prevent the file system — already optimized for both safety and performance — from operating in the best way.

While I'm certain the truth is somewhere in between, I tend to fall into the latter camp.

I'll look at some of the pros and cons to partitioning your hard drive, and make a recommendation if, after all is said and done, you're still not sure.

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How to Find Software Support

About a year ago, I took out a lifetime subscription to SUPERAntiSpyware and I have used it without any problems until the last ten days or so. Now, I find that I am unable to activate the scan feature; I click on it just I have done for the past year, but nothing happens. I called the phone number listed on my receipt, but there was no answer and I wonder if you know whether or not they have gone out of business.

To the best of my knowledge, SUPERAntiSpyware is alive and well.

However, the approach you took to contact them is worth reviewing. Sometimes, finding appropriate contact information can be confusing. In some situations, it can lead to very questionable territory.

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What Can a Technician with Remote Access Do?

I called a number that I thought was the support center and was immediately connected with a technician who skillfully asked my permission to allow him access to my computer so that he could diagnose the problem and I agreed. After he informed me that I had over a thousand errors that needed to be erased and that he could do this for me for only $250.00 I realized that this was some kind of scam and I promptly ended the call. What kind of risk have I exposed myself to?

First, good on you for terminating that call. While it may have obviously been a scam to you and me, I continue to hear that many people fall for it.

But the big question is, you let a stranger with malicious intent use your machine remotely. How worried should you be?

Unfortunately, there's no clear answer.

Continue Reading: What Can a Technician with Remote Access Do?

How To Trace an IP Address: Myth Versus Reality

There's a common misconception that it's easy to trace an IP address to the computer to which it's assigned, and be able to identify the computer's location.

It's certainly not easy, and depending on who you are, it may not even be possible.

Continue Reading: How To Trace an IP Address: Myth Versus Reality

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