Building a PC Part 3 – Software: Windows, 3rd party SW, Anti-Virus and Security software.

In this most recent series I have been going over the parts for building a PC, what I use and why.

In this exciting fun filled episode, I want to go over some of the software we use when building a computer. Let’s start with the most important part, the Operating system. I recommend Windows.

Win10

I know a bunch of you Linux people just started yelling at your screens. Don’t have a tizzy!

SadLinux

I learned on UNIX based systems back in the 80’s and from 2003 to 2006 I promoted, through free training, and on this blog several flavors of Linux. My issue with Linux was and is the “my version is better than your version” attitude while leaving the end user out of the equation. At one point Red Hat had their version of “automatic updates”. That was a good idea. They stopped doing that. Others instead of making a universal way to update and patch quarreled and squabbled, leaving those that just needed an operating system to run their business or home computers, out. Microsoft has one way to update and patch. Good for them. Continue reading

Physical Security on a Budget – Securing Your Home Internet

This is a no cost solution to increasing your personal security, and we all like that four letter word “FREE”.

I was working on this as a subject not only for TWG, but also for a book that was written by Matt Canovi. The problem is I was on page 3 and just showing you how to log onto your router. That may be alright for a book however it is unacceptable for a blog. I will let you know when I either joint publish in the 2nd edition of Canovi’s book or have this published in depth elsewhere. Continue reading

The actual steps to cleaning malware from your computer

It has been a while since I put out a “technology” article and figure it is way past time to. I have been working on a couple reviews on the Galaxy S-5 phone, the Samsung SM-W750v (Windows phone), on a Jabra headset/Bluetooth, and my Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga. But as for the tech tips and how to’s I just have no excuse for not writing on them.

In this article I want to go over how I cleanup malware, spyware, crapware, worms, viruses, Trojans, rootkits and other infections. Partly because I have had a wave of them come in (customers get infected) and because you probably go new devices for Christmas and or got bored over the Holiday’s and surfed around and got infected. Continue reading

It’s not their fault, really

I have spoken and written about technology for many years now. One of the common themes I try to insist is that it is not always someone you can blames fault.

Very specifically, Worms, Trojans, Viruses and other malicious software is not often intentionally put on your computers or networks by a user or web site. There are these infections, literally living on the world wide web. The only way to “kill” them it to turn the entire internet infrastructure off and reset every device back to hardware level. Continue reading

How to dress when you are out and about

Now, you can dress yourself how you want to, this is America. However, before you do, I would like you to take a few things into consideration.
I don’t believe in dressing overtly “tactical”. Now, if your job requires it, that is another story, however body guards in the US of A really don’t need to look like “bodyguards”. The Office Assistant or Personal Assistant look draws less attention from the client and the people they interact with.

If you are just an everyday “Joe” going to work, visiting family, shopping at StuffMart, then, in my humble but amazingly accurate opinion, dressing tactical is undesirable. Continue reading