Bob Rankin: Microsoft Security Essentials – Good Enough?

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By Bob Rankin

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free anti-malware application first released in June, 2009. It replaces the subscription-based Windows Live OneCare antivirus service and the free Windows Defender, which only protected against spyware and adware. Does this all-in-one security tool provide enough protection? Let’s find out…

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PC Matic Used to Recover Stolen Laptops

The figures are staggering. Close to 1 million laptops stolen each year. More than 12,000 laptops are left in airports each year. Our, always on, mobile lifestyle is causing those figures to skyrocket.

Loosing a device costing close to $2,000.00 can be a jolting experience, but the loss of data and identity can be devastating, even life changing. 97% are never recovered.

Recover your laptop or netbook now, with PC Matic.

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Ask Leo: How do I maximize my battery life?

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By Leo Notenboom

When I first got my laptop (8 mos. ago) my battery life was about 2 hours 45. Now after daily use (mostly with plug but using battery as well) it is down to 1.5 hrs which is basically useless. I have tried draining totally recharging etc and still only 1.5 hours. SO I am buying a new one. My question is how do I make my battery keep its charge so I can have it when I need it?

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Bits from Bill Pytlovany: What My Wife Loves About Windows 7

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By Bill Pytlovany

My wife Cindi is a typical computer user who knows how to do what she needs and no more. She has no interest in how it all works but she expects her computer to work in a consistent manner. She enjoys learning new features but only if it’s related to her daily activities and/or makes life easier.

When her new ThinkPad came earlier this year I worried that she wouldn’t welcome the changes.  I don’t know about other geek husbands out there but “anything” that doesn’t work right on Cindi’s computer is my fault. 🙂

So I was nervous when I upgraded Cindi from her Windows XP machine to a brand new Windows 7 interface. To my surprise and delight the conversion was successful and Cindi has been very happy with Windows 7.

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The 2 Biggest Security Threats in 2010

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Scareware and You

Without a doubt the largest threat to the security of your computer, identity, and bank account is YOU.

The best firewalls and most effective antivirus won’t help a bit if you, the user, clicks on Rogue Security Software and fake warnings. Known also as Scareware, this thief is fooling you big time. When it knocks, do not open the door.

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TechBite: Great Troubleshooting Tips and Tools

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By Steve Bass

Sure, there are God-only-knows how many Registry fixer-uppers that purport to get your computer back on track. And every few months, a slick magazine will promise that its 20 Secret Insider Troubleshooting Tricks article will restore your PC to  pristine condition. The nerve of those annoying insiders keeping secrets! (Here’s a revelation: I used to be one of those insiders)

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Ask Leo: How do I keep myself safe from Viruses?

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By Leo Notenboom

Computer viruses are a fact of modern, internet-connected life. At best,
they’re annoying performance sucking beasts, but at worst … kiss all your
data, and perhaps your bank account or identity, goodbye.

We all need to take steps to make sure that our computers
are safe, or we risk infection. Complacency is simply not an option.

And yet, even after all the news, all the horror stories, all the warnings,
and even after all this time …complacency remains all too common.

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The World of Computer Security

Thanks for the tremendous response to our last piece analyzing the state of the security industry. We firmly believe that using cloud technology can help us better understand security issues and therefore make better security products. In this edition, we decided to analyze the distinctions between security in different parts of the world. We analyzed which types of security threats were most prevalent by region. We also analyzed which security software was most prevalent by region.

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5 Reasons I Hate my iPod

Ever since I was a kid, I have loved music. All types of music. You name it, and I got it. Blues, Jazz, Rock, Easy Listening, Gospel, Country, Soul, Rap, Funk, Latin, Brazilian. At this point in my life, I have a monster music collection. But this is not about my musical tastes, this is about my iPod. Or I should say iPods.

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Bits from Bill Pytlovany: Legal Software More Annoying than Most Viruses

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By Bill Pytlovany

Do you remember programs from Gator, MyWaySearch, Net.Net or 180Solutions? Are there still programs running on your computer that you really don’t want?

You’re not alone! Most annoying programs now come from legitimate companies who know they’re not really adding value but do it to make share holders happy.

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