Monthly Archives: February 2009
We’re seeing the first exploits attempting to take advantage of the Internet Explorer vulnerabilities addressed in this month’s security update from Microsoft.
The fix causes pages on some trusted sites to stop loading, which requires a patch of its own.Read More
A new generation of services allows you to share and synchronize folders via the Internet.
Many sync services also offer online backup, remote file management, and access to your synched files from any browser, even when the remote machine on which they’re stored is turned off.Read More
The Volume Shadow Copy Service has been a part of Windows since 2003 and can silently consume prodigious amounts of disk space.
Here’s how to keep the automatic-backup service from devouring the hard-drive capacity on your XP or Vista system.
It happens every time: just when you think you’ve got the newest, slickest, most-awesome gadget on the market, a new model comes along that makes your posh purchase look like peanuts. Nowhere is this more apparent than with cell phones. Today’s latest smartphones top their predecessors by offering mind-blowing features that we could barely dream of in years past.Read More
McAfee’s SiteAdvisor security service leaves some Web developers scratching their heads over inconsistencies in its green-yellow-red ratings.
The company’s promises of more-frequent reviews of its site classifications are welcomed by site owners struggling to win SiteAdvisor’s approval.Read More
Norton Internet Security Suite 2009, the top-rated security suite this year — as it was last year — now uses fewer system resources than before without skimping on protection.
If you’re not a fan of Norton products, there are plenty of other contenders worthy of consideration that can challenge the long-time security-software leader.Read More
That mush between your ears is aging along with the rest of you. To keep your wetware firing on all cylinders, add to your physical-fitness regimen the 12-step brain-workout plan presented in Brain Rules, a book by John Medina.Read More
Windows 7 ushers in a new bifurcation of Windows applications: some apps that used to ship with the OS are now available only by download.
Allow me to help you find which of these Live Essentials you’ll find handy — most of which work in XP and Vista as well as in Windows 7.Read More
For a piece of software to get onto my personal PCs, it must win a fierce Darwinian battle with the hundreds of other freeware programs I review each year.
Of all the software I looked at in the last year, only two utilities won the fight for survival, impressing me so much I installed them on all my office computers.Read More