Many of our clients request information on common topics–various areas of information technology, Web marketing, and computer maintenance. On a regular basis, Protected Harbor sends helpful tips and answers to frequently asked questions to its clients. This archive of Technical Tips is provided free of charge to visitors to our site and is arranged by category (Web Sites, Computer Repair, Computer Maintenance, and Email) for ease of searching.

Web Sites
PDFTIP#19 — Web Site Ranking! type: pdf | size: 224 kB

Using Google to search for your web site can be a disappointing experience. When entering into Google an import keyword, your site appears at the bottom of the list or worse, does not appear at all.
PDFTIP#20 — Overloaded Servers type: pdf | size: 244 kB

End users complain about being able to find your site or your site is very slow.

PDFTIP#1 — Not using Administrator type: pdf | size: 216 kB

Running as a non-administrator removes all possibility of seriously infecting a machine – follow these simple steps.
PDFTIP#2 — Avoid damaging emails type: pdf | size: 209 kB

Avoid getting spyware and viruses via email by better understanding emails.
PDFTIP#3 — Protecting your wireless network type: pdf | size: 248 kB

Out-of-the-box, your wireless router leaves your home open to computer attack and theft.
PDFTIP#7 — Rename the main ID (Administrator) type: pdf | size: 236 kB

As shipped, every Windows machine contains a very powerful ID: Administrator. This technical note describes renaming the ID, greatly reducing the system’s vulnerability.
PDFTIP#11 — Protect yourself! type: pdf | size: 212 kB

Windows comes free of charge with a built-in firewall. This technical note shows how to enable the firewall.
PDFTIP#13 — Destroy It! type: pdf | size: 278 kB
Purchasing an upgraded desktop, laptop, or upgraded hard drive are usually great experiences—now your new machine will run much faster than before—but watch-out.

PDFTIP#17 — IE Out of Control! type: pdf | size: 227 kB

The most used browser is Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. IE (Internet Explorer) has the ability to be extensively customized. Unfortunately, adware, viruses and advertising monitor software have also used the same customization hooks to imbed themselves into the browser.

PDFTIP#4 — Recover your data type: pdf | size: 251 kB

Once a hard drive fails, all of your data is lost – follow these tips to try to get the data back.
PDFTIP#10 — Recover your data type: pdf | size: 204 kB

By manually managing Windows, memory performance can be greatly increased.
PDFTIP#15 — No Boot! type: pdf | size: 204 kB

As Windows starts, you either see the black selection screen (nothing) or worse, the Blue Screen of Death – a blue screen with a technical failure message. Neither of these screens is a good sign.
PDFTIP#18 — Restore! type: pdf | size: 238 kB

A newly installed software program causes more problems than it is worth. An incorrect program installation or poorly written program can cause lock-ups, malfunctions or crashes.
PDFTip#25 — Wrong Program type: pdf | size: 169 kB

After installation or upgrade, when opening a file, the wrong program appears. This happens because the newly installed or upgraded program has redirected the file assigned program. This technical note will guide you in selecting which program opens for a specific file or file type.

PDFTIP#5 — Good disk maintenance type: pdf | size: 227 kB

A little maintenance goes a long way to preserve your computer data. Follow this technical note to protect your hard drive.
PDFTIP#6 — Speed up your disk type: pdf | size: 209 kB

Over time, because of file fragmentation, a computer’s speed will slow down. Following this tip will return the hard drive to its normal speed.
PDFTIP#8 — Tuning Windows performance – increase system speed type: pdf | size: 206 kB

Windows, as shipped, balances performance and graphics wizardry. By reducing the graphics wizardry, system performance can increase by 15{875bb5f016c4d6f104553f4bf766c64f3a82410d154c17dc23f61aefc1825050}.
PDFTIP#9 — Get your space back type: pdf | size: 204 kB

Temporary files are created by applications, but most are not deleted. This technical note shows how to safely delete the files and recover your disk space.
PDFTIP#12 — Keeps it Fresh type: pdf | size: 214 kB
Microsoft sometimes releases daily operating system updates. Keeping a computer up to date can be very time consuming and frustrating.

PDFTIP#14 — Missing Files! type: pdf | size: 211 kB

Edited Outlook attached documents disappear and are lost. The disappearing documents were originally received as attachments in Outlook and then edited in Outlook.
PDFTIP#16 — Slow Boot! type: pdf | size: 216 kB

As additional programs are installed or upgraded, the computer boot time slows down.

PDFTip#29 — Avoid being labeled as a Spammer. type: pdf | size: 185 kB

Follow these simple tips to avoid your email being classified as spam.