Tech – for Everyone

Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

Microsoft Video.. and more.

Newer Is Better

(Better meaning “safer”)

Folks, today I have a video for you featuring three top-ranking Microsoft executives. In it they discuss the Internet and how you can better protect yourself from malicious attacks.
And though it is a Security Intelligence Report, no, it’s (probably) not too geeky.

Sound familiar?

• This article is a bit of what is called a “rant” (it is a bit geeky): Why I’ve finally had it with my Linux server and I’m moving back to Windows by Dave Gewirtz

Summary: New motto: For all of us who have lives, there’s Windows.Read more..

Please, Linux fans, don’t write in (to me).. I didn’t write it..

Today’s free resource: Microsoft Security for Home Computer Users Newsletter (highly recommended).

Sign up for our free, monthly email security newsletter that’s packed with valuable information to help you protect your home computer. This newsletter provides practical security tips for you and your family, useful resources and links, and a forum for you to provide feedback and ask security-related questions.

Available in text and HTML formats, the newsletter is a convenient way for you to stay up to date on the latest issues, insights, and events with:

  • How-to articles and security tips
  • Security bulletins and critical updates
  • Answers to frequently asked questions on security topics
  • Information about security trials and downloads
  • Articles on helping to keep kids safe online
  • Tips from our Security Community for Home Users

View the latest security newsletter.

Today’s free download: Secunia offers a tool that I highly recommend. The online scanner (which you should bookmark, btw) will scan your machine for roughly 100 programs and tell you if there is a patch/update you need. If you go this route, I suggest you visit once or twice a week.)
Better yet, they offer a download, a Personal Edition, which will scan your system against a database of over 7,000 programs.
Even better yet, it includes direct download links to the missing patches it finds.

Not Tech

Today’s quote:The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” ~ Alvin Toffler

Copyright 2007-2011 © “Tech Paul” (Paul Eckstrom). All Rights Reserved.

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October 22, 2011 - Posted by | computers, hackers, Internet | , , , ,


  1. This video is a good advertisement for Secunia Personal Software Inspector. It is so true that not only Java and Adobe, but scores of other applications need to be patched frequently to keep your computers safe.

    Secunia does almost all of that for you with no intervention. I occasionally have to manually patch some application, but Secunia tells me with a pop-up window that I am not 100% patched.

    I even installed it on my 84 year old Moms computer, and she learned how to use it quickly.

    Paul, would you provide a link for folks if you feel it is user friendly enough?


    Comment by kstinman | October 23, 2011 | Reply

    • kstinman,
      You’re absolutely right; and I am afraid you have shown me how my “busy distractedness” is manifesting itself.

      I have reco’d Secunia here many times, so it was easy to copy>paste and update the article. Thank you.


      Comment by techpaul | October 23, 2011 | Reply

  2. The vid… I got through it…Once I stop, think and understand the tech lingo (not very savy with all the tech)… I think it is a worth-while watch…certainaly for more cautionary ways-to do things in this tech world. Thanks Paul
    I like the seasons “Spooky House”…so many other lovely pumpkin carvings


    Comment by Gaia | October 23, 2011 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      Thank you for giving us the “not very techy person’s review”!

      * Yes.. some of those pumpkin carvings are truly amazing.


      Comment by techpaul | October 23, 2011 | Reply

  3. Toffler is 100% correct !!!!..Kudos to you, TechPaul


    Comment by holmwel | October 24, 2011 | Reply

    • holmwel,
      Thank you for letting me know you found my efforts here worth your time.

      (And, yes. Toffler does ‘hit the nail’. I think especially so for those of us trying to keep some kind of pace with the evolution of “tech”.)


      Comment by techpaul | October 24, 2011 | Reply

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