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Q&A Monday: Security Question Safety?

Q&A Monday:  Security Question Safety?

Question: With all the talk about making a password secure, I noticed that someone with enough knowledge of me would be able to reset my password using the security questions. These questions are similar across almost every site that I visit and a friend or determined enough hacker could easily guess the answers, any idea on a way to help keep [...]

Computer Download Saftey

Computer Download Saftey

  Technology has made strives to make the internet as cross platform as possible, meaning regardless if it a Windows, Apple or Mobile device most sites work across all these platforms with minimal or no downloads.  Yet, we still can't get completely away from the downloads, whether it is games or specialized applications for watching videos or [...]

Q&A Monday: hiberfil.sys and deleting it

Q&A Monday:  hiberfil.sys and deleting it

Question: Jim, While doing some spring cleaning on my computer, I've come across a file in C: drive called hiberfil.sys file.  When I try to delete the file it wont let me, how do I get rid of hiberfil.sys? Craig Ridgeway Kenosha, WI Answer: The first thing we need to discuss, is what exactly is that file?  hiberfil.sys is one of [...]

Q&A Monday: Enable and Disable Proxy via Scripts

Q&A Monday: Enable and Disable Proxy via Scripts

Question: I use my laptop both inside and outside of my company's network.  It is a company issued laptop and when I am in the office, I am suppose to use their proxy server, when I am out on the road, I'm suppose to use the local connection, which does not have a proxy.  Currently I go into internet settings and enable or disable  the proxy [...]

Alternatives to Outlook

Alternatives to Outlook

    I've been asked about this more times than I can remember, so I figured I'd just do an article about it....What are some alternatives to Microsoft Outlook.  To fully disclose I still cling on to my Outlook for my windows machine, but I do use other software for my linux machines.  So I've done some testing and some asking around and found [...]

Removing Crapware

Removing Crapware

    Crapware (or bloatware) is unwanted software alreay installed on a new PC.  This software has started to come bundled with other software you may want on your computer. For example most software I install on my computers now, I have to pay close attention to, because it wants to install a browser or toolbar or sometimes even virus or [...]

Q&A Monday: Hold onto spare parts?

Q&A Monday:  Hold onto spare parts?

Question: Jim, I have a boss that constantly wants us to keep computer equipment, even though most of it is trash.  He claims that the parts will come in handy if we need them down the line, but we have some computer parts for over 10 years, does it really pay to hold on to technology? Bobby Hancock Mountain View, CA Answer: I have [...]

Safe Web Browsing Myths

Safe Web Browsing Myths

More often than not, if you are reading articles from this site, you consider yourself a savvy computer user.  Though many of us think that we are using the internet in a safe way, we are actually vulnerable to malware or viruses.  The problem I often run into, is that people think getting infected is about going to seedy internet sites or [...]

Q&A Monday: Disable IE Enhanced Security in Server 2008

Question: In previous incarnations of Windows Server, when I wanted to remove the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration, I've gone into the add/remove programs and removed the security component, but in Windows Server 2008 that isn't an option, can you please help me remove this annoyance. Joseph Hart Jackson, [...]

Software Update: Adobe Flash and Air Update

Software Update: Adobe Flash and Air Update

    Adobe has released Flash Player 10.1.82.76 to address multiple vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial-of-service condition. This vulnerability also affects Adobe Air 2.0.2.12310 and earlier versions. Links for More Information: [...]

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