These are the rules for being safe using a Windows computer in 2011. Memorize them, tape them to your refrigerator, pass them on to your friends!
Install updates from Microsoft promptly. Look in the lower right corner for the gold shield (WinXP) or update icon (Win7/Vista).
Install updates to Acrobat, Adobe Reader, Flash, Java, and Quicktime promptly. […] continuedRead more
Battle Of The Browser Updates
Comparing The New Internet Browsers, aka Microsoft And The LastPass Problem
Syncing Bookmarks And Favorites With Firefox 4 And Chrome 10
Syncing Bookmarks And Favorites With Internet Explorer 9
I’m going to mention one third-party program, but with the caveat that I haven’t used it myself. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft is bringing up the rear for a reason.
Since it’s not obvious how to do it, let’s type “IE9 sync favorites” into Google. […] continuedRead more
Many people are building imposing lists of bookmarked web sites. Having access to that list from each of our computers is quickly moving from a convenience to a necessity.Read more
Battle Of The Browser Updates
The latest and greatest versions of the three major Internet browsers have been released.
They are all streamlined and secure. Each has slightly different features, each has enthusiasts, each has its own world of add-ons that might make one preferable to another for you. […] continuedRead more
It’s probably a coincidence that major updates are being released for Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Google Chrome within a few days of each other.
It’s also not very meaningful for most people. Although each upgrade has something that the developers claim is new and shiny – increased security, speed, design changes – I haven’t seen anything in any of them that gets me excited. […] continuedRead more
Here’s a simple insight that bears repeating. It will help keep you safe.
Most malware is delivered by poisoned web sites that take advantage of some weakness in your system – usually because the computer is not up to date on recent patches for Windows, Java, Flash, Adobe Reader, or others. […] continuedRead more
Skype has become one of the names that almost everyone recognizes – one of the only programs with name recognition for online voice and video chats. The company is moving aggressively to make Skype available on every computer and mobile device – iPhone, iPad, Android phone, notebook, and more. […] continuedRead more
I stand by my reconsideration of Firefox, but I think my criticism of Internet Explorer was unjust. Some of my browsing problems were likely not caused by IE at all. They appear to have been caused by OpenDNS, some settings deep in my office network that affected my Internet browsing. […] continuedRead more
Your computer will restart tonight. Close your programs, save your open files, leave the computer running. Your computer will restart in the middle of the night. (If it doesn’t seem to have restarted, look for the update icon by the clock and see if it’s waiting for permission to install the updates or to restart.)
It’s a particularly big crop of updates this month, by some measures the most vulnerabilities ever fixed in a single Patch Tuesday release. […] continuedRead more
or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Google Chrome
I am conservative about installing software. I don’t want programs on my computers unless I intend to use them. The first thing I do with a new computer is remove unnecessary utilities and cruddy photo programs and the like installed by the computer manufacturers. […] continuedRead more
By this time you’ve probably learned all the cool keyboard and mouse tricks for your new Windows 7 computer, right?
Be careful out there!
I went to Grooveshark tonight to listen to some music. (Here’s what I wrote about Grooveshark recently. For obvious reasons, I’m not going to link directly to the site tonight.)
Within a few seconds, the Internet Explorer window vanished and was replaced by a typical malware window claiming that my computer was infected with terrible diseases. […] continuedRead more
The Wall Street Journal reports today: “Hackers in Europe and China successfully broke into computers at nearly 2,500 companies and government agencies over the last 18 months in a coordinated global attack that exposed vast amounts of personal and corporate secrets to theft, according to a computer-security company that discovered the breach.”
This is apparently not related to the attacks from China that caused Google to make noises last month about closing its operations in that country. In fact, the New York Times calmly notes that this is a relatively small blip in the world of compromised computers and botnets. […] continuedRead more
If you are running Firefox, you can get the new version by clicking on Help / Check for updates. […] continuedRead more