Tech – for Everyone

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

Beware People (Be Aware)

There’s a new development in the world of cybercriminal scammers everyone needs to be aware of.

* Tech support scams gain sophistication, now using malware

Tech support scammers are upping their game, actively using malware to cause computer technical issues— effectively holding devices for ransom and forcing consumers to call a fake support number, which opens them up to identity theft and future credit problems.” Read more..

Remember: “Malware” is viruses, trojans, cryptolockers.. anything bad.

And to lightening things up a bit (as I don’t you to think I’m nothing but a downer).. something completely unrelated to tech:

Today’s quote:Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.” ~ Jim Rohn

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May 18, 2016 Posted by | advice, computers, cyber crime, Internet, News, privacy, security, tech | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sticking with Windows XP? Read This.

Securing XP PCs after Microsoft drops support

Folks, I know many of you have perfectly functioning older PC’s that you intend to stick with until the wheels fall off (and, many of us have games and programs that will only run on XP). Most know that Microsoft is ending “support” for XP very, very soon.

My advice is to ‘upgrade’ to a Windows 7 (64-bit) machine if you can still find one (online shopping at a manufacturer’s “for business” section is your best bet), or if you must, Windows 8.1. But if this isn’t your plan, please read this article  and follow it’s advice, to make your XP as ‘safe’ as possible.

Securing XP PCs after Microsoft drops support

All good things must come to an end; in less than four months, Microsoft will officially end support for Windows XP.

Here are the steps I’ll take to ensure that my remaining XP machines are as secure as they can be.” Read more..

[Note: Many of the article’s tips can be applied to newer versions of Windows, too.]

Today’s quote:Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization.” ~ Bo Bennett

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January 3, 2014 Posted by | advice, computers, how to, Internet, Microsoft, PC, privacy, security, tech, Windows, XP | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

XP End-of-Cycle | What Happens Next?

A reader submitted a question that I think merits a short posting, regarding the demise of “Microsoft support” for Windows XP.

This reader is one of many people who have – for various reasons – remained staunchly loyal to Windows XP, and was afraid that the end-of-life “phasing out” of XP would force them into installing and learning Linux.

Q: I read that Microsoft will stop supporting XP in April. Does that mean my computer will stop working? I absolutely refuse to use Vista, and want to keep using XP!! What do I have to do to keep my computer functional?

A: Microsoft is indeed ending full support (called “mainstream”) for Windows XP SP3 on April 14th. It will then offer a much more limited support level – called “Extended” – until April 8, 2014. Of course, this is subject to change, but, basically 5 more years.
When those dates are reached, no – your copy of XP will not “stop working”, it just will be incredibly obsolete, and after 2014 no new security patches will be released.. which will make it a golden target.

What happens in April this year? Microsoft defines “Extended Support” as follows:

3. What is the difference between Mainstream Support, Extended Support, and online self-help support?

Support provided

Mainstream Support phase

Extended Support phase

Paid support (per-incident, per hour, and others)

X

X

Security update support

X

X

Non-security hotfix support

X

Requires extended hotfix agreement, purchased within 90 days of mainstream support ending.

No-charge incident support

X

Warranty claims

X

Design changes and feature requests

X

Product-specific information that is available by using the online Microsoft Knowledge Base

X

X

Product-specific information that is available by using the Support site at Microsoft Help and Support to find answers to technical questions

X

X

Note A hotfix is a modification to the commercially available Microsoft product software code to address specific critical problems.

* Hopefully before 2014 arrives, you will find an OS to your liking (https://techpaul.wordpress.com/2009/01/11/a-techs-first-impression-of-windows-7/) and you can let XP retire into pleasant memory..

For more details see, the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ.
Also, for other Microsoft products, click here.

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February 11, 2009 Posted by | advice, computers, Microsoft, News, tech, Windows, XP | , , , , , , | Leave a comment