Windows 8 Tip: How To Install The Windows 8.1 Upgrade

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If you have a Windows 8 computer, laptop, or tablet, it’s time to upgrade to Windows 8.1. Here are a few tips to make the upgrade go smoothly and to enjoy the results.

Microsoft has a thorough tutorial that walks you through each step of the upgrade. It’s recommended reading before you launch the upgrade. […] continued

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How To Improve Your Password Security (And Why The Adobe Disaster Proves That It Matters)

How to improve your password security

Passwords are the keys to your digital kingdom. Everything important on your computers and online is secured by passwords. Your passwords are your defense against identity theft, financial loss, compromised computers, and breaches of confidentiality and privilege. If you use a weak password, or if you use the same password over and over every time something calls for one, you are jeopardizing yourself and your business. […] continued

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LastPass 3.0 Brings New Design, New Features

LastPass password manager - new version 3.0

LastPass released a major update this week. LastPass 3.0 gives the essential password manager a streamlined look and introduces some new features. If you’re a LastPass user, you’ll see some new things happening onscreen as you move around password fields. Don’t be unnerved! The changes will seem to be for the better, I think, after we get used to them. […] continued

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The Good, The Bad, And The Mysterious Google

The Good, The Bad, and The Mysterious Google

Google is a confounding company. We all interact with it daily; almost everyone uses Google Search and Google Maps, at least. Android is running on an overwhelming number of new phones and tablets, with such a commanding lead that it’s fair to say that Android is the new Windows.

And yet . […] continued

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Skydrive And Smart Files In Windows 8.1

Skydrive - Windows 8.1

When you buy a new computer with Windows 8.1 or upgrade a Windows 8 computer, Skydrive gains some subtle and interesting new features. Microsoft has engineered Skydrive so it is even more deeply integrated into the operating system, making it simpler to set up and start using it. More interesting, although largely invisible to you, Microsoft has developed a way to sync your files that uses less disk space, which is important for us when we use Skydrive with tablets and notebooks that have limited amounts of storage. […] continued

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Block Ads And Preserve Your Privacy In Internet Explorer With Tracking Protection

Internet Explorer Tracking Protection

Almost three years ago Microsoft gave us a built-in way to block ads in Internet Explorer and preserve our privacy online – and we’re not using it because we don’t know it’s there!

Ever since Internet Explorer 9 in February 2011, IE has had a feature named “Tracking Protection.” When it is turned on, third party networks are blocked from collecting data about your web browsing. […] continued

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Adobe Deals With The Aftereffects Of Being Hacked

Adobe security breach

“Very recently, Adobe’s security team discovered sophisticated attacks on our network . . .”

That was the beginning of Adobe’s disclosure on October 3 that its network had been hacked. The story is getting worse as more details emerge.

Bad guys infiltrated Adobe’s computers and got customer names and order information, plus encrypted passwords and credit card numbers. […] continued

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Sorting Out The Tablets

Nokia Lumia 2520 - Windows tablet

Previously: It’s Not The Device, It’s The Ecosystem

Let’s break down the new tablets by ecosystem. I’ll give you some shopping tips along the way.

APPLE

Everyone can find something to like in an iPad.

The iPad Air (9.7” screen) brings the weight of the full-size iPad down to one pound, another triumph of engineering and design for Apple. […] continued

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It’s Not The Device, It’s The Ecosystem

Tablet shopping - choose the ecosystem, not the device

The holiday shopping season is nearly here. You’re faced with quite a selection of tablets and no obvious way to choose one over another.

  –  The level of engineering is so high that almost all of the new tablets are gorgeous and strong and light, with beautiful high-resolution displays.

  –  Battery life has been extended far beyond what was possible even a couple of years ago. […] continued

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Windows 8.1 Now Available For Computers And Tablets

Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 is a free upgrade to Windows 8 that is now available for all computers and laptops running Windows 8, and all Surface Pro and Surface RT tablets. In a few days, Windows 8.1 will be the version of Windows that ships on all new computers and tablets.

Microsoft has not changed the fundamental nature of Windows 8. […] continued

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The Affordable Care Act And The Rollout Problem

Affordable Care Act website glitches

The news is full of the technical problems that have kept many people from navigating the web site set up for the Affordable Care Act marketplace. I don’t want to discuss the politics of the Affordable Care Act, but there is one aspect of the technical problem that is familiar from long experience: it’s very difficult to introduce a new service and have sufficient capacity for it to start successfully. […] continued

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CryptoLocker Is A New Security Nightmare

CryptoLocker - a security nightmare

CryptoLocker is a new variety of malware that is genuinely awful. You should be afraid.

Starting now, you should redouble your efforts to live by the Rules For Computer Safety, especially these two:

  —  Never, never, never open email attachments unless you know with 100% certainty that the attachment is something you expected and want to receive. […] continued

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If It’s Tuesday, There Must Be Updates

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For ten years Microsoft has released security updates for Windows and Office on the second Tuesday of each month, the fabled “Patch Tuesday.” This week Microsoft patched two particularly nasty Internet Explorer bugs, so-called “zero day exploits” that are already being exploited in the wild.

I approved several thousand updates to hundreds of computers this week for Bruceb Remote Management clients. […] continued

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Tablets, Tablets Everywhere – Don’t Forget The Kindle

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

Although specific sales numbers aren’t available, we know that Amazon is selling millions of its Kindle Fire tablets to people who want a tablet for the lowest price and who are happy living in the Amazon ecosystem.

Last month Amazon announced the next generation of Kindle Fire HDX 7” and 8.9” tablets (available on October 18), with better specs and lower prices than anything else on the market. […] continued

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