Do Not Pass Go… without a good password

Information Level: Basic Account theft, credit card fraud, not to mention full-blown identity theft, are becoming an ever more serious threat to everyone. Your first line of defense is the passwords you use online… are they up to the challenge? If any of your passwords is a single word that can be found in the […]

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Backup Follow-up…

Information Level: Basic Have you backed up your valuable digital data yet? One thing I am sure of: backup is easier than recovery. So, here are a few more tips on how you can properly back up your date. The Minimum: You have a flash drive with a second copy of all the files you […]

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New years resolution #1: Backup your data!

Information Level: Basic Happy New Year to all of you. Now, start the year off right, and make sure you have a backup of all your important data. REMEMBER:1. All of your irreplaceable digital photos, your mp3 music collection, your college papers and/or office documents, and your business/financial information, is stored on what is basically […]

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New Site up, new firewall recomendation, and Word errors fixed…

Information Level: Basic/Intermediate In The Short List I recommended Sunbelt Personal Firewall (free version) as my firewall of choice. I have since discovered two problems with it: 1. It presents a nag screen every once in a while, asking you to upgrade to the paid version, and 2. It does not work with Windows Vista […]

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The Short List – Must-have Software for Windows…

Information Level: Basic All good, all free. Everyone running Windows should try out this software. Period. Keep Secure: Panda Cloud Antivirus – Lightweight and effective. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware (free version) – For manual malware removal redundance. Sunbelt Personal Firewall (free version) – The best combination of a lightweight & effective firewall I have found. KeePass – […]

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AntiVirus – Now you (and I) really have no excuse…

Information Level: Basic Well, I am impressed. The latest entry in to the realm of free (as in beer) antivirus software, Panda Cloud Antivirus, is closer to the Platonic Ideal of AV-ness than any I have seen before. Here’s why: 1. It works – PC World said in August that it was “the best app […]

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