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Ransomware And Other Scary Monsters

Ransomware and other scary monsters

The chances are good that you weren’t affected by the ransomware attack that began Friday and is still in progress around the world. In fact, it’s very likely that it’s not a threat to you, even if you click on its evil link. I’ll tell you some of the reasons for that. […] continued

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Google Chrome Steps Up With Improved Battery Life, Material Design

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As we move quickly into a post-Microsoft world, Google Chrome is the program where we spend most of our time on our computers. Last week Chrome was updated in a couple of small but significant ways, with a cleaner look based on Google’s “material design” aesthetic, speed improvements, and improved battery life and reduced power consumption, especially important on laptops. […] continued

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The Windows 10 Start Menu Is A Cluttered Mess

Windows 10 Start menu

Windows 10 is being tested by millions of people as it enters its final development phase before being released later this summer. Its technical underpinnings are solid and mature. There are genuinely innovative new features. It will be given away for free to more than a billion people worldwide; more or less every computer in the world running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 will be offered a free upgrade for a year after Windows 10 is released. […] continued

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Windows XP Computers Must Be Taken Out Of Service Now

Windows XP computers must be taken out of service

On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will end support for Windows XP. If you haven’t taken all Windows XP computers out of service by April 2014, you and your business will be vulnerable to data theft, identity theft, PC vandalism, viruses, and malware.

“End of support” means Microsoft will not issue any more security updates for Windows XP or Office 2003. […] continued

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Rules For Computer Safety 2014

Rules for computer safety 2014

These are the rules for being safe using a Windows computer in 2014.

The bad guys are even scarier this year. You will get phony email messages that look perfect – nothing to give away that the messages don’t really come from your bank, the IRS, UPS, Microsoft, or, well, anyone. […] continued

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Don’t Forget The End Is Near For Windows XP (And Maybe For Windows 7 Too)

Say goodbye to Windows XP (and Windows 7)

Things change, whether you want them to or not.

END OF LIFE FOR WINDOWS XP

On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will end support for Windows XP. If you’re still running a Windows XP computer on April 8, assume that it will be owned by the bad guys before the end of April. […] continued

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The End Approaches For Windows XP

Windows XP and Office 2003 support ends April 8, 2014

In exactly one year, Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP. There will be no more security updates or patches. Microsoft will stop answering the phone. No more technical support bulletins will be published. Support will also end for Office 2003.

If you’re still using Windows XP in a year, you’ll be at far greater risk for security breaches, and you’ll be dealing with a steady stream of programs and devices that just don’t work. […] continued

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Rules For Computer Safety 2013

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These are the rules for being safe using a Windows computer in 2013.

The bad guys are getting smarter and more devious – their spelling and grammar has improved and they have gotten better at creating messages that are indistinguishable from real messages from your bank, the IRS, UPS, Microsoft, or, well, anyone. […] continued

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Everything You Need To Know About Automatic Restarts–Patch Tuesday, Windows 8, And Bruceb Management

Automatic Updates and restarts

Almost everyone is aware that their computer will automatically restart overnight on occasion – and most people have dealt with the frustration of an unexpected shutdown that disrupts open windows or forces programs to close, at worst losing data along the way.

Restarts are necessary when system files are patched or files need to be updated that are in use when the computer is running. […] continued

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A Busy Week For Patches!

Windows Update - Patch Tuesday

Microsoft and Adobe made sure your computer stayed busy this week, with a particularly large crop of patches and security updates. Your computer has probably already restarted at least once and probably could use another restart to make sure everything has settled down.

Microsoft’s regular Patch Tuesday included a long list of updates covering 57 different vulnerabilities, including some that security researchers believe the bad guys might start targeting in the next month or so. […] continued

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Upgrading To Windows 8

Windows 8 upgrade from Windows 7

Should you upgrade to Windows 8?

Funny you should ask. I’ve been hearing that a lot lately. Let’s see if we can figure out which question you’re really asking.

  — Does Windows 8 have enough exciting and interesting new features to be worth the effort to upgrade?

  –  Should you upgrade over your existing copy of Windows, or should an upgrade only be done by reformatting and installing from scratch – a “clean” install? […] continued

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Windows Past And Future

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Previously:
Say Goodbye To Windows XP
What Happens If Windows 8 Fails?
Windows 8 And Post-PC Computing
Windows 8 And The Metro UI

Looking backwards: Windows XP

Microsoft is pushing businesses to abandon Windows XP. Last month Microsoft announced that it would stop issuing security updates for Windows XP in two years, which would be the equivalent of a death sentence. […] continued

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Say Goodbye To Windows XP

Say Goodbye To Windows XP

Many small businesses are clinging to ancient Windows XP computers in the belief that they are saving money by putting off the cost of replacing them. Typically the old computers have been passed down to the lower level employees – the ones who actually do the work – while the partners and owners and managers sit at their new Windows 7 desktops. […] continued

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Microsoft Security Essentials Updated To Version 4.0

Microsoft Security Essentials updated to version 4.0

An updated version of Microsoft Security Essentials is being installed automatically for anyone currently running the free antivirus program. It is being pushed out silently by the Automatic Updates system and will likely be completely invisible to most of you. It does not require a restart after the update is installed. […] continued

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Urgent Patch Issued By Microsoft

Patch Tuesday

On Patch Tuesday, Microsoft delivered a small number of fairly unimportant updates – and one security patch that is being pushed with unusual urgency.

Your individual computers are installing this automatically. If your computer restarted this week, you’re up to date. Don’t panic. If you want to see if the update was installed on your computer this week, open up Control Panel / Windows Update and click on View Update History on the left. […] continued

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