When the phone rang one afternoon in February, Steve – a 39 year-old copywriter from Worcestershire – was mildly irritated to be interrupted by yet another overseas sales call. The distant voice at the other end of the phone line, however, identified itself as calling from the NatWest fraud department. The bank, it reported, had been contacted by the police to say that an attempt had been made to use Steve’s debit card in the United States, at a hotel bar late one evening. Given that the card had never been used before outside England, the transaction had been automatically declined.
Even on a modern, super-fast computer, the demands of Windows can put a lot of stress on a computer’s hard disk drive, slowing down performance. Most computers have a hard drive activity light located somewhere on the case front, and if that’s always lit up, it is a good indication that your hard drive is doing too much of the work, making your programs and the system wait for it and preventing you from using the computer at its full power.