Tech bloggers were in an uproar today when it was discovered that extensions to Google Chrome are being hijacked to insert unwanted ads onto web pages. It’s only a symptom of a deeper problem that will plague all of us this year: the hunger to deliver ads to your eyeballs is making advertisers more desperate and more willing to resort to subterfuge and deceit. […] continuedRead more
Windows 8 users who set Google Chrome as their default Internet browser are caught by surprise when it opens in a fullscreen Metro environment instead of running on the familiar Windows desktop. I’ll explain how that works below.
Today Google released Chrome version 32, which makes their strategy clearer. The new version makes the Metro version of Chrome a vehicle for running their faux operating system Chrome OS inside of Windows 8 – a Trojan horse aimed at taking down Windows from inside. […] continuedRead more
The recent update to LastPass version 3 brought some new features and a refreshed look to the program, but it also brought a crop of new bugs and problems. There is an update to version 3.0.10 that might help Internet Explorer users, but you have to install it manually – as near as I can tell, it’s not being pushed out automatically yet. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
Lately I’ve seen an increase in the number of web sites warning that I’m running an unsupported version of Internet Explorer, or recommending that I upgrade to the latest version. In some cases, the web sites refuse to load at all. Autotask, for example, will not go past this screen because it “does not support the browser you are using.”
I’ve had clients see that warning in the last few weeks at bank web sites (it appeared recently for one client logging into Exchange Bank), at Martindale for lawyers, at some Google services – Google Calendar, for example – and many others. […] continuedRead more
Here’s some late-breaking news about upgrades to Microsoft’s Office 365 service, Office 2013, and Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7.
Existing Office 365 subscribers are being upgraded to a new version of the service, one by one during the past month and continuing for the next few months. Most of the changes are behind the scenes but the new look for the Office 365 portal (shown above) is quite striking, in line with Microsoft’s overall Metro aesthetic. […] continuedRead more
Ed Bott has written a fascinating article about Java’s bad behavior – not just its security vulnerabilities, which are legion, but also its incessant attempts to install adware that mucks up your computer every time you install an update. It’s a must-read article if you want to know how your browser winds up infested with cruddy toolbars and hijacked home pages and the wrong search engine. […] continuedRead more
You can type web searches into the address bar of your browser and get the same results as if you had typed them directly into Google.
This is an old trick but it’s not well known – and it’s incredibly useful. I type search terms into my browser all day, without the extra clicks that would be necessary to go to www.google.com. […] continuedRead more
This tip is directed to people experiencing Windows 8 for the first time on a desktop or notebook computer who want to minimize confusion by spending most of their time on the familiar Windows 7-style desktop.
In Internet Explorer, click on Tools / Options / Programs.
Choose to open links: “Always in Internet Explorer on the desktop.”
Check the box: “Open Internet Explorer tiles on the desktop.”
Applies to: Windows 8 on desktop PCs and notebooks. […] continuedRead more
Windows 8 is a mobile OS that includes a rich desktop environment as one – and only one – of its features.
Windows 8 is NOT an updated version of Windows 7 that happens to include some mobile apps.
When the Windows 8 Start Screen appears, the desktop is one tile. […] continuedRead more
Here’s a simple tip that might help you avoid an encounter with the bad guys trying to break into your computer.
There has been a sharp increase in the number of malicious email messages with links that lead to poisoned web sites. The messages might appear to be from Microsoft, from a bank, from UPS, from the IRS, or from your neighbor. […] continuedRead more
We are under constant assault from advertisers seeking a foothold on our computers. We invite some of them into our lives voluntarily – every time you do a Google search or check your Facebook page, you’re making advertisers very happy (and making Google and Facebook exceedingly rich).
There is, however, a bit of advertising that you can control. […] continuedRead more
LogMeIn has moved far ahead of its competitors for working with computers remotely. It introduced major changes to its product lineup a couple of days before Christmas – not a good time to get much attention but an appropriate time to deliver lovely presents, since the changes include new features that will be useful for many of you. […] continuedRead more
Keeping your computer up to date with patches has become the most important element of being secure online. New studies show that fully patched systems have significantly more protection against malware spread by poisoned web sites and the other forms of viruses and malware floating around.Read more