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Technology Review

Annual Technology Review Technology review time!  January is an excellent time to think about the advances in technology that you’ve made over the past year and what you want to accomplish in the coming year. Start by thinking about the changes you’ve made in 2012 and what the benefits are.  When you take stock, you’ll find […]

Problem with Trend Micro Software

Apologies in advance – I usually don’t get too technical, but this is hard-core geeky stuff. I hope this will help someone who’s having the same issue, because it was a bugger to figure out! Today I was called to a company in New Berlin whose owner was at his wit’s end. For the last month and a […]

The 10,000 Most-Used Passwords – Upgrade Yours for Security!

10,000 Most-Used Passwords Simple passwords are a bad idea.  It’s one thing if you have a simple password to log onto your computer at home (still not a good idea).  It’s quite a different thing to have a simple password to get into your e-mail… or your Amazon account… or your bank!! There are two […]

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Are You Open to Wireless Attacks?

People have written books on security, and reading one is like slow torture. So let’s just talk in general terms and avoid getting bogged down in technical details. Some people think leaving their wireless unsecured is no big deal, especially people in rural areas. Some people also think they can leave their wireless unsecured because they […]

Anti-Virus Ratings

I am often asked about Anti-Virus Ratings… what is the best anti-virus / anti-malware program for home use? I have to say, none of them really impress me.  Nonetheless, some are better than others.  Here is a guide from PC Magazine.  Note that the anti-virus ratings change every year, and the best product this year […]

Backup Exec upgrade available – often free (if you already paid for it!)

Backup Exec 2012 Symantec has released  Backup Exec 2012, the latest version of their industry-leading data backup solution. The new version has a number of interesting features, but the one that interests me the most is “P2V Recovery”.  That stands for “physical to virtual”.  This means your entire server can be restored as a “virtual […]

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Malware

“Malware” is an all-encompassing term used to describe any malicious program. In years past, viruses were the big threat. Viruses would actually infect a floppy disk and the files contained on it. By just inserting the floppy disk, you could infect your hard drive. I have not seen a virus of this type in years, […]