USB flash drives are good for more than just storing and transferring files — with the right software, your flash drive can become a tiny computer.
Fortunately, you can find plenty of great software that not only runs on a USB flash drive, but is also completely free.
You can avoid lugging a laptop everywhere installing your favorite apps on a USB flash drive and running them on any computer you want.
I’ll guide you in selecting a flash drive that’s best suited for portable software and tell you which apps you should install.
articles about silent and flawed upgrades involving Windows Update have made many people wonder whether they should really trust Microsoft’s installer.
Fortunately, there are alternatives to Windows Update that will keep your system fully patched without costing you a dime.
A silent update that Microsoft deployed widely in July and August is preventing the “repair” feature of Windows XP from completing successfully.
Ever since the Redmond company’s recent download of new support files for Windows Update, users of XP’s repair function have been unable to install the latest 80 patches from Microsoft.
Microsoft has confirmed Windows Secrets’
story that Windows Update periodically installs certain files even if you’ve selected a “do not install” option.
Many companies and individuals require prior notification before any files are changed, so I explain today how you can completely prevent silent installs, if you wish.
Microsoft has begun patching files on Windows XP and Vista without users’ knowledge, even when the users have turned off auto-updates.
Many companies require testing of patches before they are widely installed, and businesses in this situation are objecting to the stealth patching.
Readers of the Aug. 16
issue of Windows Secrets took our advice and used the Secunia Software
Inspector service in droves.
The results show that — even though our readers are more tech-savvy
than the average computer user — thousands of you apparently still
use computers with unpatched software.
Windows users face the greatest security risks today
not from flaws in Windows itself but from unpatched media players.
That’s because many Windows Secrets readers, according to an online
test we sponsored, are running versions of Flash, Java, and QuickTime
that are unpatched against the latest security
You’ve heard of “adware” and “spyware” and the antispyware products
that are designed to eliminate them.
A third category of software — “rogue antispyware” — promotes
itself deceptively and yet is allowed to advertise on such major search
engines as Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft’s Live.com.
Vista users love to complain about the intrusiveness of User Account Control, but
it does provide a degree of security.
If you’re using Windows XP, I’ll show you what steps you can take to give
yourself a similar level of safety.