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SB #184 and a Reading Reco

Two items for you today, Dear Reader.

First up, an interesting image.

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“One-eyed Jacks Wild” by Dawn Huczek, courtesy of Flickr Commons.

Today’s reading reco: Bluster, bravado and breaches: Today’s ‘terrorist’ players in cybersecurity

An emailed threat can send companies to their knees and propel individuals without so much as a parking ticket straight to a holding cell. The problem is, today’s puffed-up chest hacktivists know it, and Sony has borne the brunt.” [Analysis] Read more..

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Today’s Blast from the Past:

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Today’s quote:People tend to be generous when sharing their nonsense, fear, and ignorance. And while they seem quite eager to feed you their negativity, please remember that sometimes the diet we need to be on is a spiritual and emotional one. Be cautious with what you feed your mind and soul. Fuel yourself with positivity and let that fuel propel you into positive action.” ~ Steve Maraboli

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January 25, 2015 Posted by | computers, cyber crime, Cyberwarfare, Digital Images, digital music, hackers, Internet, security | , , , , | 4 Comments

Safe Browser Rebuttal + More

The other day I mentioned a study which concluded that Internet Explorer by far and away blocked more malware than the competition (see Which Browser Blocks The Most Malware? Surprise!). Today I noticed a fresh article which takes quite a different view..

Internet Explorer is the safest Web browser!? Ha!

Microsoft is trying again to con people into thinking that Internet Explorer is the safest browser around. It’s not. At best, it’s tied with Chrome.Read more..

Some other items of interest..

Google engineer calls Google+ a “pathetic afterthought” and “knee-jerk reaction”

A Google software engineer who accidentally broadcast a 4,578-word rant about the company’s failings saved his toughest criticism for the Google+ service. A list of features can’t make up for a…” Read more..

New UK ISP porn filter: a tragedy of transparency, privacy and security

UK government will hold ISP’s responsible for filtering internet content to appease a Christian charity. There is no technical or peer scrutiny in filter implementation.Read more..

[What? Government does something stupid? No!]

Oh. Yes. There’s a new iPhone. (Yippee.)

iOS 5 breaks down upon arrival for some mobile users

iOS 5 is here…at least for some iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners.Read more..

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RIM ramps apology parade for outage: Lazaridis up to bat

The timing of RIM’s outages couldn’t be worse with the launch of Apple’s iPhone 4S and a new BlackBerry 7 cycle.Read more..

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Again? Sony’s PlayStation Network hit with another attack

Sony’s PlayStation Network, the gaming and entertainment platform knocked offline for weeks this spring, has been hit again. Read more..

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October 13, 2011 Posted by | browsers, computers, Internet, News, tech | , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Best Antivirus For Netbooks?

Reader Asks My Reco On Antivirus For Their Netbook

Q: Hey TP. I want to say thanx for your website. I just baught my first netbook and I love it. It is windows 7 and is ASUS 1005PE. Can you tell me what antivirus I should get? Thanx.

A: Dear Sir or Ms.,
Congratulations on your new computer. One of the neat things about netbooks – I am frequently told – is how small and portable they are, yet they are big enough to do some “normal computing” on. That’s on the “plus” side.

But on the “minus” side is that this compact portability is achieved by using “modest” components — a “reduced horsepower”, if you will.

Netbooks are not powerhouses, and it pays to use software on them that has a “small footprint” (not demand too much CPU, RAM, etc.). And that is certainly a factor to consider when choosing an antivirus.

Were I to own a netbook, I would install either one of two titles, and!, both are free.
1) If I were to own an older, or really basic (aka “budget”) netbook I would use Panda’s Cloud Antivirus. Or..

2) On a reasonably equipped netbook, I would install Microsoft Security Essentials.
2a.) If Microsoft is not your thing, you might try Avast! 5.0.

I should say, though, that your ASUS has an Intel Atom N450, and very good specs for a netbook, so you could probably run most any Internet security product on it. My list of recommended antivirus products is here, and my Anti-spyware list is here.

PS — WinPatrol is also a great security program for netbooks, and!, I just happen to be having a license giveaway contest (nice segue, eh?) for it this week.


** A Chance To Win A Valuable Prize! **


You say you don’t know about Scotty and WinPatrol? I have recommended it here before, and I’ve used it for so long I can’t remember. I consider WinPatrol one of those essential programs to have around.

To enter my license giveaway drawing, please see: WinPatrol PLUS License Giveaway

Here’s another good review of WinPatrol: WinPatrol Revisited – Powerful HIPS with a Bite

Today’s recommended reading: The flipside: Five things Microsoft is doing right in 2010

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June 16, 2010 Posted by | advice, antivirus, computers, hardware, Internet, mobile, PC, Portable Computing, security, tech, Windows 7 | , , , , , , , , , , | 25 Comments