The Most Effective Tactic to Mitigate 92% of Microsoft Vulnerabilities

Any software product that is installed on a computer can have vulnerabilities. When it comes to such vulnerabilities, Microsoft products are usually some of the most popular to have their vulnerabilities published. The number of Microsoft products in use have a lot to do with such publicity. A report recently released by Avecto has shed some light on Microsoft product vulnerabilities, and how a simple change in the way we access our computers can mitigate 92% of all vulnerabilities released in 2013. The change is one that I have advocated everyone make when running Windows 7 and above, and this report shows the difference the change can make

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Is Owning an iPhone 5 at All Costs Really Worth It? [Infographic]

Not so long ago, the iPhone 5 was released by Apple amid much fanfare. As well as pleasing existing iPhone users, it also ticked quite a few boxes for those considering a change from rival Android smartphones in terms of ease of use, looks and features. However, as you might expect, it costs a small fortune to buy and own on a monthly contract, putting some sensible smartphone users off.

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You Won’t Believe How Long Your Computer Will Last

With Microsoft’s support ending for Windows XP, many people are looking to move to one of the newer versions of Widnows – either Windows 7 (my preferred version), or Windows 8. I have been recently looking at helping someone upgrade a Windows XP system to a newer version of Windows, and have run into a bit of a snag. The desktop is old, and isn’t compatible with Windows 8. Windows 8 requires the processor to have the NX (No-eXecute) bit technology, and the processor in the desktop doesn’t have this technology.

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Backblaze or Carbonite: Which Do You Need?

A few years ago my cloud storage provider changed their pricing plans. The change made backing up my data with them very expensive. I also new that I would be having much more data that needed to be backed up each year, so the price would continue to rise. Fortunately, at the time I had about one and a half years left in my current plan with that provider, so I had time to review other cloud storage providers before I had to change.

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How to Install a New Larger Hard Drive into an Otherwise Working Windows System

It may seem like a difficult chore to move your system and all your files from one hard to a newer, larger hard drive. There are tools available that can take much of the work of moving to a larger hard drive out of your hands. Below are instructions, provided by Dave Baxter, that explain how he moved from an 80GB hard drive to a 250GB hard drive on Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit.

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The 4 Most Effective Tips to Protect Your Computer from Ransomware

Ransomware – a class or malware that restricts access to a computer until a ransom is paid – has been around for many years. In fact, one of the first known ransomware – the “AIDS” trojan – was found in 1989. Unlike other malware, ransomware has sort of been in the background, not drawing much attention. In 2013, the ransomware called CryptoLocker began making news as it infected computers, and then began encrypting personal data files.

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4 Ways to Use Tech to Find a Better Job

Although employment rates are steadily improving, the job market is still tough, leaving prospective employees looking for every possible outlet and leg up they can find. To this end, technology helps tremendously by making it possible to search for open positions in ways that weren’t previously available. Before you think about relying on the classifieds or on word of mouth, you should see how many more prospects you have if you, too, use technology in your job search.

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