I have had limited experience with Windows 8, but it’s enough to advise my clients at the moment to not touch Windows 8. (more…)
Archive for the ‘Desktop Software’ Category
Today I worked on the system of a client who reported the computer was crashing. After briefly examining the logs, I found that the system had been reporting hard drive failures… for nearly a year. (more…)
Evernote is a cloud-based service for taking notes and storing all kinds of data. I use it mostly for text and photo snapshots, but will also store documents and audio files from time to time. Without a doubt, it is one of my favorite applications, which I use on Windows, Macintosh, iOS and (sort of) Linux. (more…)
Dropbox, a very popular online file storage solution, recently made a big mistake, allowing any user to log in to their service without a password. This means that if you have a Dropbox account and I tried to log in as you, with your email address instead of my own, I would have been granted access to your files. No fancy hackery needed (more…)
What is a web browser? Everybody uses a web browser to access the Internet. That fact alone makes the web browser a tempting target for
A concept users frequently have difficulty understanding is the difference between “logging off” a system, “restarting a system,” and “shutting down” a system. This article will clear that up. (more…)
Today marks the end of life (all forms of support) for Windows 2000 and Windows XP Service Pack 2. This means that, while new threats and bugs will continue to be found in these operating systems for some time, they will receive no further updates from Microsoft.
If you are still running these at your business or at home, an upgrade is called for as soon as possible.
This Financial Times article reports that Google, without question one of the Internet’s strongest influences today, has decided to ditch Windows and move employees to Macintosh and Linux PCs. This move is reportedly largely due to the January hacks on Google and many other corporations, allegedly originating from China. Windows has a long-standing perceived history of having a worse security track record than its competition, and a large part of this comes because it’s simply the largest attack surface. Not surprisingly, the same thing that makes it the most widely developed-for platform for applications keeps it the highest profile target for malware and security exploits as well.
I applaud this move toward security and productivity. I don’t think it will be a easy task for Google, but I believe it will be worth the effort in the long run.
Does your company need to consider switching away from Windows?
The Mozilla project recently expanded their popular and successful (and free) Plugin Check service to support non-Mozilla browsers. So now, not only does this service, which scans your browser’s settings for outdated plugins, e.g., Adobe Flash Player, work with Firefox, but also with Opera, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, and even, to a limited extent, Microsoft Internet Explorer. Given that unpatched client software, especially operating systems, browsers, and browser plugins, remain the top cyber-security concern today, everyone should stop what they’re doing and go to Mozilla Plugin Check right now.
In case you missed a previous post or two on the topic of why end users should not have administrative rights over their PCs, BeyondTrust has released a very compelling report on this issue. But first, let me ask the reader a few questions. (more…)