Posted on April 23rd, 2013 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
In a little less than a year, there will be no more updates for Windows XP users. Microsoft is ending all support around this time next year, despite nearly half of all users still using XP.
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Posted on April 8th, 2013 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Recently, PhishMe, a private security service, sent out an email with a cute cat picture and a note that said “Check Out These Kitties” They wanted to learn how many people would click on something like that without thinking any further. Four million people did within hours.
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Posted on March 14th, 2013 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Kaspersky, the anti-virus company, has some tips for avoiding identity theft at tax time:
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Posted on February 20th, 2013 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Download.com is the most popular site for downloading free programs, mostly what
are called utilities. The anti-virus program “Avast,” which we used for several years, is
available from download.com, as is AVG anti-virus (which we also used for years and
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Posted on February 19th, 2013 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Our friend Nancy just had a tour of McAfee Anti-Virus hell. She thought she had a virus but she didn’t. Yet the company told her it would cost $180 for the “Concierge Gold” service to fix her computer over the Internet.
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Posted on January 7th, 2013 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Our readers like free and so do we. Here are a few of our favorites. The free VLC Media Player from Download.com is great for playing back audio and video files that your computer can’t handle. The audio files Joy recorded on her new Android smartphone, for example, weren’t playable on the PC. But the VLC player handled them easily on both Mac and PC. To make and send the recording, she tapped “attachment” from the phone’s email window and then “Voice recorder.” She tested it by interviewing Bob about the stock market. Our two favorite free security apps have versions for Windows or Mac. Anti-Malware from Malwarebytes.org is a great program for blocking and getting rid of spyware. To [...]
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Posted on December 10th, 2012 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
AVG.com still has our favorite free anti-virus program, but we recently tested the freebie Kingsoft Antivirus 2012 from Download.com. It’s great for slow computers because it uses hardly any system resources.
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Posted on March 12th, 2012 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
There are lots of good anti-virus programs out there, but if you’re not satisfied with yours, the new Avast! 7 Pro just hit the tarmac and looks great. And, it comes in a free version.
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Posted on November 7th, 2011 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Recently, we praised the Bullguard security software for its ability to stop our computer from becoming a zombie. Computer zombies send more than 80 percent of all spam and viruses, all courtesy of personal computers. A new free site, IPabuse.zscaler.com, will tell you if your machine’s a zombie.
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Posted on July 11th, 2011 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Joy is web-savvy but she was fooled by a Facebook “game” that asked her to find out what friends would do or say in certain situations. For example: Do you think Margie would lie about her weight? The hook that brought her in was a question asking her if she wanted to see what friends were saying about her.
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