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Best Free Antivirus, and Security Headlines

Here’s an assortment of Items of Interest for you.

* The Best Free Antivirus for 2015

Relying on Windows’s built-in antivirus for protection is a big mistake. Luckily, you can get an upgrade without paying a cent.Read more..

* CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield breached, more than one million individuals notified

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is notifying more than one million individuals that their personal information could have been accessed by attackers who gained limited, unauthorized access to a single CareFirst database in June 2014.” Read more..

Does this next indicate a change in the wind? I hope so.
* Federal prosecutors charge Chinese nationals with trade secret theft

Over the weekend, federal agents arrested a Chinese professor who had just entered the United States via a flight to Los Angeles – one of six Chinese nationals charged with economic espionage and theft of trade secrets from U.S. tech firms.Read more..

* Half Of Retail, Healthcare Sites ‘Always Vulnerable’

Finding vulnerabilities in custom web applications isn’t the major problem; fixing them in a timely fashion is, a new report from WhiteHat Security finds.Read more..

* Oil & Gas Firms Hit By Cyberattacks That Forgo Malware

New spin on the ‘Nigerian scam’ scams crude oil buyers out of money with bait-and-switch.Read more..

… I’ve noticed that the Apple Watch dropped out of the headlines quite quickly.. (listen Folks, it’s pretty simple: Never Buy The First Version of Anything) but if you are thinking it’s time for you to get a “smartwatch”, this article may interest (I’ll never own one, but, hey, here you go): The Best Smartwatches You Can Buy

Think it’s time to upgrade your traditional watch by adding some apps and notifications to your wrist? Check out our top-rated smartwatches for the best place to startRead more..

Today’s quote:If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

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May 21, 2015 Posted by | antivirus, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, free software, gadgets, hackers, Internet, News, privacy, security, tech | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Best Security Suites for 2015

Folks, Neil J. Rubenking has posted the results of his testing of this year’s crop. (And yes, old Tech Paul recommends a “suite” (I shouldn’t have to say, in 2015, that YES!! You need Internet protection/antivirus!!).)

* The Best Security Suites for 2015

We’ve tested each component in more than three dozen security suites to help you choose the right software to keep your PC safe.Read more..

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Today’s quote:Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world.” ~ Annie Lennox

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

April 30, 2015 Posted by | advice, computers, Internet, security, software | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The 15 Best Android Games

Would you believe, the only one of these even mildly interesting to me involves Kim Kardashian?

android_games* The 15 Best Android Games

Your Android device is the portal to an amazing selection of world-class gaming. Here are our favorites.Read more..

[ Pretty liberal use of the term “world class”..! ]

Other Items (of possible interest):

* Angler Exploit Kit pushed in xHamster malvertising campaign

Researchers with Malwarebytes Labs identified a malvertising campaign impacting popular adult website xHamster..” Read more..

[Geekspeak translation: “malvertising” describes when the ads are used to give you viruses.] (One more reasone to use ad blockers.. (as if you need another))

* How to Avoid Sharing Lies, Myths, and Nonsense Online

People share stupid things online. Here’s some steps to take before you circulate the same nonsense.” Read more..

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Today’s quote:Choose being kind over being right and you’ll be right every time.” ~ Richard Carlson

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April 28, 2015 Posted by | advice, Android, consumer electronics, cyber crime, Gaming, hackers, Internet, News, security, software, tech | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

And the winner is…

Two “winners” items today. One good. One vile.

Let’s start with the bad news:

* Oracle extends its adware bundling to include Java for Macs

For years, Oracle has tormented Windows users by bundling adware with its Java installer for Windows PCs. With the most recent update of Java for the Mac, Oracle has begun including the same adware as part of a default installation, using the same deceptive techniques.” Read more..

[I cannot print what I’d like to say about that..]

And now the good:

* This year’s security app all-stars

If reading about Superfish and Gazon has made you want to put your PC in a panic room and your Android in an armory, you’re not alone. Protecting your privacy and your gear requires constant vigilance and regular software updates — of all your software, not just the antivirus apps. If you’re searching for a new or updated security app, check out AV-Test’s and AV-Comparatives’ recent award winners. These independent labs benchmark effectiveness, speed, usability, and other factors, so when they crown apps as the best, that’s the result of rigorous tests. Read on for the lab results and our reviews.Read more..

[The “FREAK” vulnerability made news after this was written, apparently..]

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Today’s quote:Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

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March 5, 2015 Posted by | advice, Android, anti-spyware, antivirus, Apple, computers, consumer electronics, free software, Internet, security | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Best Android security app

I had never heard of this product, so I took notice.

Qihoo 360 – 360 AntiVirus

“For the best protection of Android systems in all 2014 certification tests, AV-TEST is honoring the product Qihoo 360 – 360 AntiVirus with the BEST ANDROID SECURITY PRODUCT 2014 AWARD.”

To read the summary, click here.

And, yes, folks. Your smartphone, and/or tablet needs an antivirus.

Today’s quote:Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well- warmed, and well-fed.” ~ Herman Melville

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February 24, 2015 Posted by | advice, Android, anti-spyware, antivirus, consumer electronics, Internet, mobile, privacy, security, software, tech | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A Word About Word #2 (Some Useful Tricks)

Folks, I have been using Microsoft’s document maker (aka “text editor”, or “word processor”) –  Word – basically since it first came out, back in the Paleozoic Age of computing (circa 1984, or so) so I was pleasantly surprised when I reviewed a Word Tips article where I actually learned something new.

MS Word document iconHere it is (you might not know all these either..) Five tips that will increase your Word productivity

Most of us don’t have time to discover all the ins and outs of the software we use on a daily basis. We learn on the fly, we occasionally pick up a tip or shortcut, and we grudgingly plow through the Help system when we absolutely have to.” Read more..

Also, down at the bottom, there’s: Additional resources

And, yes. People still use Office (Word/Excel/Access/PowerPoint/Outlook) and yes, they “own the disc”. (Frankly, I think you always want to have the disc..)

Audience participation: Is anyone out there actually using Toucan for backup/sync? Or.. tried to? I’d appreciate some ‘feedback’, if you’d be so kind.

Today’s quote:A man’s health can be judged by which he takes two at a time – pills or stairs.” ~ Joan Welsh

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January 26, 2013 Posted by | advice, computers, how to, Microsoft, MS Office, MS Word, PC, software, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Best Antivirus | Goggle’s Free Wi Fi | Windows 8| More

(Wow. It’s Thursday already.) Here are some “informations” I think you’ll find helpful and/or interesting.

Yesterday, I reminded you that in today’s world, all your Internet-capable devices need to have an antivirus/security product. But which one? Are some better than others? Oh, yes. (And, last year’s top pick may be this year’s dud.) I no longer have time to do my own testing, but for years I have relied on Neil Rubenking at PC Magazine to do that heavy lifting for me. He has just published his Choose the Best Antivirus in 2013

We put just about every antivirus product through rigorous testing to help you choose the one that will suit you best. We award the Editor’s Choice designation to those that we consider to be top-of-the-line in one way or another, but if your criteria are different from ours you can get details from our reviews of all of the available choices.” Read more..

Seems it’s (past) time for me to reevaluate my personal rankings of the free AV’s category…

Another article of his caught my attention as well. Why You Shouldn’t Trust Google’s Free WiFi Network

Last week, Google unveiled plans to build a free wireless Internet zone in Chelsea, a New York City neighborhood. Pretty much every news report and social media conversation focused on how the free Wi-Fi would give people in the area easy access to the Internet.Read more..

[Giving away free Internet. Hmm.. aside from TNSTAAFL.. how about cui bono?]

Also, Deb Shinder is writing a series those of you with Windows 8 may find very helpful. Talking Tech: Getting Your Favorite Features Back in Windows 8: Windows Media Center

Last month, I started this series on how Windows 8 users can get back some of the features that were removed, beginning with the Start button/menu. My plan was to tell you, this month, how to install Windows Media Center. It’s good that I waited, because the process I would have described a month ago seems to no longer work. You can still get Windows 8 back, but you might have to pay for it – even though Microsoft says it’s free until January 31. Here’s a little background and the story of my recent experiences.Read more..

Oh, there’s more I’d like to share with you today, but I’m out of time. Have a great day everybody!

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“You can use a Chromebook to find videos of cats on YouTube. This proves it meets the needs of 99.9% of internet users worldwide.”
(Not only is he probably correct, but that says a lot about us.)

Okay. I found a minute, so here’s one more Reading reco: The Chromebook — it’s like an iPad, but with a keyboard

I wasn’t expecting to like it, but in the end I loved it. The Chromebook could be the perfect post-PC device that has a keyboard.Read more..

Today’s quote:A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.” ~ James Dent

(Okay. So? I’m ready for warmer weather.)

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January 17, 2013 Posted by | advice, antivirus, computers, consumer electronics, Google, Internet, mobile, security, software, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments