Columnist/Reporter | Technology

Steve Alexander follows consumer and business technology trends, and writes a weekly question and answer column for consumers.

Alexander: Spam still plagues us, but here are some precautions to take

Changing your main e-mail address to avoid junk mail is probably fruitless.

Alexander: Making sure that deleted Android phone pictures are really gone

Q: I transfer photos from my Android phone (a Moto G Stylus) to my computer, then delete the pictures from the phone. But the photos…

Alexander: Some users of Windows 11 Home can avoid unwanted encryption

Readers let us know that some PCs can't engage in the automatic encryption Windows 11 attempts to do.

Alexander: Turn off the more complex encryption in Windows 11 Pro

Readers react to our tech columnist's advice on turning off automatic encryption on Windows 11.

Alexander: Why you should turn off Windows 11 automatic data encryption

The built-in encryption of Microsoft's new operating system is the equivalent of putting all your belongings in a single room with just one key. What happens if you lose the key?

Alexander: How to stop Edge web browser promotions in Windows 10

Microsoft's latest OS frequently tries to steer users to its web browser.

Alexander: Making it harder for spammers to learn more about you

The volume of spam or junk e-mail can be overwhelming, and automated tools go only so far in the fight against it.

Alexander: How to prevent Windows from rearranging your screen

The problem affects PCs with more than one monitor, and some that have had software updates to monitors.

Alexander: Ways to avoid the trackers that follow you online

A 'smart cleaning' program appears to be working for this reader.

Alexander: Protection against 'brute force' and 'dictionary' attacks

Here's what hackers do to get past password attempt limits, and what you can do to safeguard your computer.