The usual year-end dearth of technology news seems to bring out poorly considered stories — even from well-known sites.
Case in point: I ran across an article — published by a site that should know better — extolling the virtues of “software’s auto-update era,” most notably Microsoft’s automatic patch-update system. And I couldn’t more strongly disagree.
Last week, somebody broke into Gawker.com and stole 1.3 million account names, e-mail addresses, and passwords — and then posted all the booty on the Internet.
Your online security might not be at the top of your mind this time of year, but most likely you’re doing more Internet shopping. In light of the Gawker break-in, take a few minutes to assess your passwords.
Microsoft has effectively driven a nail into Windows Home Server’s coffin and alienated WHS fans (including me!) with word that the next version of WHS will lose important functionality.
Be of good cheer. What Microsoft has torn asunder, you can join again with a minimum of fuss and surprisingly little capital.
With Black Friday a fading memory and Cyber Monday deals still fresh on the Web, visions of a new PC may be dancing in your head.
But before you go out hunting for that shiny new Win7 machine, take a deep breath, sit back, and consider these tips on buying a PC.
I’m happy to report that Hotmail finally — finally — offers an optional secure Internet connection.
There’s just one little problem: enabling secure Hotmail breaks other features and applications you might need.
In his Oct. 28 In the Wild column, Robert Vamosi showed how easy it is to snoop a Wi-Fi connection using a clever Firefox add-in called Firesheep.
If you’re serious about protecting your surfing from prying eyes while on an unencrypted public Wi-Fi connection, the onus is on you to lock down your connections. Using virtual private networking (VPN) is one of the best ways I know to do that.
In a move that surprised many Windows watchers, Microsoft last week handed its online bloggers an eviction notice: they get six months to pick up and move — to WordPress.
Windows Live Spaces is now vacant, bequeathing Spaces users some tools to help them migrate to WordPress.
Internet Explorer has been a distant third-string player to Firefox and Chrome for so long, we thought it could never catch up.
But with a slick new interface and enhanced Windows 7 features, IE 9 — now in public beta — just might put Microsoft back at the top of the browser game.
Microsoft’s new version of Windows Live Hotmail brings several new features to the online-mail table.
Some of you have written me with tales of woe, cursing the new version and the Windows Live horse it rode in on and begging to get your old Hotmail back. Sorry, you can’t.
Every year, the highly respected Verizon Business RISK data crime–investigation team publishes an analysis of major online data thefts it’s been asked to study.
This year, a first-ever joint report by VBR and the U.S. Secret Service presents a fascinating view into the state of the data-stealing art, with many surprising facts that should interest all consumers.