Monthly Archives: June 2011

Common, generally safe updates.

Flash, Java, your specific security suite (know which one you use), browser (again, know which browsers you use, although Chrome updates silently) and Microsoft (or Apple) updates. ¬†All these updates are common and shouldn’t be cause for alarm, and you … Continue reading

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Password recommendations

Here is the last page from an interesting article: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/password-recovery-gpu,2945-9.html The take-away is that it doesn’t take long to crack most people’s password – it should be 6 characters or more (the more the better… as many as you can … Continue reading

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Microsoft: 1-in-14 downloads is malware

Many of my clients are¬†understandably¬†troubled by my suggestion to stay away from enticing free music/movies/software areas of the internet… here’s a stat from Microsoft that helps put things in perspective: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/051811-microsoft-one-in-14-downloads.html

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Beware the antivirus-message-in-a-browser popups

I’m getting a number of clients call me about this. They have a popup saying they have a whole load of viruses, and it’s offering to clean it up for them… for a fee. The dead giveaway is that this … Continue reading

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XP becomes even more obsolete – Apple won’t support XP with their new iCloud

Everything is becoming more and more web-based. It started with webmail, then your pictures, then your movies… and now music has joined the party. Why should you have to download a song, then sync it to your music player, then … Continue reading

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