Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Windows 8: The Coming Storm

Windows 8 is scheduled for release late next year (2012).  It will not be "just another version of Windows" -- it will be the most dramatic change in personal computing since the very first version of Windows replaced "DOS" 21 years ago.  The most fundamental, functional elements of Windows will be massively changed.  These changes compel me to make a recommendation that I very rarely make...

Monday, November 21, 2011

Check Your Adobe Acrobat and Update It -- ASAP!

Almost every computer that uses the Internet has a version of Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on it.  You need to check your PC and make sure that your version of Adobe Reader is Version 9 or above.  If it isn't, you have a significant risk of your PC being infected by a virus.  You should uninstall whatever version of Adobe Reader you are using, then go to adobe.com and install the latest (free) version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.  NOTE:  Watch out for the opt-out or it may install another unwanted toolbar on your Internet browser!   "Read more" for further details.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Update Game: Which Ones To Install?

Computers often barrage you with messages about updating "this and that".  Sometimes these updates cause more problems than they prevent.  Sometimes, viruses get you to install them by posing as (fake) updates.  So I'm often asked which updates should be installed, and which can be ignored.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

"Cloud" Security Applications: Warnings...!

There is a growing business in "Cloud-Based" Anti-Virus and security applications.  (e.g. Panda Cloud)  Are they any good?  

What is "The Cloud"?

"The Cloud" is "The Internet".  It's another embarrassingly deceptive Information Technology Marketing Invention. I hate the term, but the services are here to stay.  They have some distinct advantages for some types of businesses.  For single end-users, there is only one:

Brian’s “Quick Guide” to Password Creation & Security

Passwords are a necessary aggravation.  There really are no ways to guarantee your password will stay secure, you can only do your best to balance your needs against how much hassle you’re willing to tolerate.  The following considerations don’t lead to a conclusion – they are simply facts to help you choose password security that you can live with -- comfortably.

What's the best Anti-Virus?

Updated November 15, 2011

NOTE:  These recommendations are only for security applications that are installed on your PC, NOT for Cloud security applications.  Read the post "Cloud Security Applications: Warnings...!"
You'll get a LOT of advice and preferences from your friends and other "experts". Here are my current recommendations....

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Should I Buy an iPad (or another "Tablet PC")?

Tablet PCs are the current rage.  They are here to stay, because they absolutely do provide conveniences that no other type of PC provides.  However, they also have some drawbacks and limitations.  This post is a guide to understanding the differences so you can make a decision.

Your PC Tech's Upfront, Simple Summary: