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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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April 30, 2015 Posted by | advice, computers, Internet, security, software | , , , , , , | 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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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

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

And the winner of the Most Hacked age group is …

(drumroll, please.)

* Millennials: Young, Mobile & Hacked 

 “Security professionals who eagerly anticipate more millennials in management, expecting these younger workers’ knowledge of tech to make their lives easier, might want to reconsider. Read more..

[ I have a few problems with this survey.. but it’s conclusion(s) sorta feels right. ]

In other news:
* Apple Just Ended the Era of Paid Operating Systems

The desktop operating system is dead as a major profit center, and Apple just delivered the obituary.Read more..

[ more good news for Microsoft. {cough, cough..} ]

* McAfee Tanks Independent AV Test

The dedicated researchers at Dennis Technology Labs puts a small group of products to the test, usually eight or nine, but they perform intensive testing that comes extremely close to real-world user experience. In the latest quarterly report five products did very well, three earned a decent grade, and McAfee just bombed.Read more..

[ note: Microsoft did worse in one area of the testing … ]

* Hacker Horrorshow Shaping Up for Halloween

Get yourself ready for the frights of October! We’re not talking about ghosts or ghouls, but malware threats. In a recent blog post, Solera Network, a Blue Coat company, warned victims of this month’s malware infection campaign to keep a watchful eye out for more dangers. These include the ransomware CryptoLocker, clickfraud on a massive scale, and the theft of personal data like passwords.Read more..

Well.. that’s enough homework for today. Happy reading!

Today’s quote:We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.” ~ Bertrand Russell

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

October 23, 2013 Posted by | advice, antivirus, Apple, computers, consumer electronics, hackers, Internet, mobile, News, security, tech | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Top Cyber Monday Deals

So. It’s Cyber Monday, and instead of actually working, you want to know where the best deals are.

Here you go. (I’m going to jump on the 2TB Seagate, for one..)

Click on image to see the deals

But as you probably already know.. every single online shopping place has some kind of “super” deal on today… (Be sure to look at Amazon, if you haven’t yet.)

Tis the season of credit card debt, and cybercrime.

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

November 26, 2012 Posted by | computers, consumer electronics, shopping for | , , , | 2 Comments

So It Begins | Hurry – Save $312 | More.. (Free Stuff Too)

Good News/Bad News. Which do you want to hear first?

Since it’s very brief, let me get the “bad” out of the way first. The other day I noticed that some results from a search query had been deleted and were unavailable to me (hey, I have been busy, busy.. and I just noticed now..)

Now, I am not going to go into some rant about DRM in general or the DMCA in particular. I can see both sides of that particular coin. But I am going to ask you to pause and ponder two concepts: “creeping incrementalism” (aka “a slippery slope”), and “who is watching the watchers?” Not, strain your brain, or anything, just.. muse.
(And ChillingEffects.org is an interesting site..)

And now for the good: an alert reader brought a deal to my attention I had to jump on..

Look what Easter Bunny has for you this spring!

Backup your entire system, protect it from any possible kind of malware, get rid of spam and prevent any phishing attempts, shrink documents to extremely small sizes without affecting the content, edit photographs, share any USB devices over the internet, and restore lost passwords. All of this is now available in one super-bundle – for just $49.99.

For two weeks only, top software vendors unite to bring you the best solutions for your digital life.

All at once. At an unbelievable price. For the first time in the PC world!

The countdown has already started — Easter Bunny is only here until April 9. Catch him and get your loot. It’s time to act fast! (To learn more/buy, click here http://www.acronis.com/promo/easter/)

Now, I know, the problem with bundle deals like these is you often don’t use everything included. But Acronis Home sells for $50 by itself (and is worth it) so… I jumped. Thank you Dear Reader!

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Bonus!!! BitsDuJour is giving away MailWasher Pro 2012 for today only.

“MailWasher Pro can help purge your inbox of spam, plus unwanted newsletters, large emails, and any other annoying email….

Intercept spam and viral emails before they get downloaded to your computer.
Set up Friends lists to let email through or Blacklists to stop specific senders.
Teach the program to learn which email messages should be allowed through.
Send bounceback emails to former friends, lovers, and current stalkers :-)
Control spam and viral email on an unlimited number of email accounts.
Control SPAM fast! Using simultaneous checking, MailWasher Pro 2012 can download and check up to 25 email messages per second.
Rescue accidentally deleted emails!
Check the origin received emails against DNS spam blacklist servers.
Block potential viruses by examining each email for any suspicious code.
Purchase with BitsDuJour’s discount coupon code and get all this at a promotional price!”

MailWasher Pro 2012 PC Software with a 100% off Discount Coupon Code – Stop Delivery of Spam and Viruses

Today’s quote:The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” ~ Albert Einstein

Breaking News: Facebook is down. Worker productivity rises. U.S. climbs out of recession.

Just kidding! Have a great TGIF everybody!

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Bonus Bonus: gamers.. read the Comments below.. (hint).

Today’s reading reco: iPad Wi-Fi problems: Anatomy of a released defect

Some iPad 3 owners are having problems with the unit’s Wi-Fi, while most are working OK. Having a small percentage of failures is just a fact of life in the electronics manufacturing game.Read more..

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April 6, 2012 Posted by | News, shopping for, software, tech, XP | , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

A Daily Read*

It’s a fact: over time, things grow, and expand. The Internet itself is constantly growing, and every day thousands of new websites, blogs, and ‘online services’ appear.

I find it hard to keep up! (As, other things that are constantly growing are my business and my To Do List..) I simply do not have the time to explore them all.. and I bet you don’t either. (As a matter of fact, they say over 1,000 new ‘tech blogs’ are created each month. That’s the kind of market I am in!)

Fortunately, I know a guy.

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That “guy” is Rick Robinette, and for over two years now his What’s On My PC… website has been a daily read of mine — one of the half dozen (or less) remaining “daily reads”. I cannot say enough nice things about him; but the reason I am mentioning him to you, Dear Reader, is — he is reporting on the new ‘cloud computing’ developments as they happen, and bringing us the best of this new stuff. As you can see from his list of ‘pages’, below. (With a strong emphasis on free.. which I like!)

His writing is friendly, relaxed, fun, and yes, educational. He enjoys exploring fun and useful small utilities like desktop clocks and weather reports and sticky notes. As evidence, here’s a few recent What’s On My PC… articles:

Freahly printed: Three Technological Innovations That Will Blow Your Mind

Technology never ceases to amaze me. Check out these three technological innovations that will blow your mind — a spherical flying machine; brain imaging technology that is leading us down the road to mind reading; and, ASIMO, the humanoid robot. Spherical flying machine developed by Defense Ministry’s Research Department The world’s first spherical flying machine […]” Read more..

Other samplings..

If you are at all interested in free software, useful tips, and/or want to get a feel for this “cloud computing”.. well, now you ‘know a guy’ too. Visit http://whatsonmypc.wordpress.com and find out why I cannot say enough good things about this great online resource.

I am pretty sure that if you do, Rick will become one of your “must reads” too!

* Orig post: 1/18/11

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November 18, 2011 Posted by | advice, cloud computing, Internet, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Google + Opens To All | Top 20 Android Apps

Folks, a brief article today.. some “tech news” too.

Android’s 20 most useful smartphone apps of 2011

To help you sort through the deluge of apps, here’s a list of 20 tried-and-true Android smartphone apps that are worth your time to download.Read More..

As Google+ opens to everyone, Hangouts get boost to challenge more than Facebook

Keep an eye on the features in Hangouts for a sense of how Google+ might be going after more than just Facebook”. Read more..

Extremely tiny digital camera fits on your finger tip

The “World’s Smallest Camera” isn’t quite that, but it is a cute party trick.” Read more..

Bonus: How evil is Google? Your Senators want to know.

Is Google evil? That’s essentially what the United States Senate is going to be trying to figure out over the next few days. Here’s a resource guide and some points to ponder.Read more..

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September 21, 2011 Posted by | advice, Android, Google, Internet, mobile, News, social networking, software | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment