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11 Rules of Life

Smile 3DThis article is one of the most viewed on this blog since it was first published in 2009. Reflecting on its popularity, and the truths it portrays, we’re publishing it again. Share it with your youth if you want; it may get them grounded for their future life as an adult.

As the graduation “season” for many of our youth fast approaches, I thought this short set of “rules” should be dusted off and presented to you again this year. Continue reading

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Solid-state Storage: A Definition

Security Binary DataDo you know what solid-state storage is? According to WhatIs.com, “Solid state storage (SSS) is a type of computer storage media that is made from silicon microchips. SSS stores data electronically instead of magnetically, as spinning hard disk drives or magnetic oxide tape do.”

Instead of reading long strings of data called tracks from a hard disk drive or a magnetic tape, both of which are very slow to access data Continue reading

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Weekend Definitions:Know what a Blackhat is; a Botnet?

Here are some technology and security definitions from my List of Terms page that you might find interesting. Continue reading

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Wanna Know: How Anti-Virus Software Works?

Security computer securityDo you know how and why your anti-virus software works? It’s important to know because all anti-virus software have limitations, and there are ways to make them effective…and also mistakes, in using them, that make them ineffective.

Regular readers of this blog know that I believe that our greatest defense against cybercriminal activity is in the security practices we employ on our own computers. And that we must educate all who will listen, about how to be secure through the use of best security practices. I also believe that the education of basic, non-technical computer users requires repetitive, plain language explanation of best security practices. I have adopted that style and message in my postings and will continue to do so.

And to that end…plain language best security practices… Continue reading

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Computer Terms & Jargon

Help and LadderComputer jargon is not new, I’ve been in the computer business for over 40 years and we’ve always used jargon as a sort of shorthand in our communication. However, because of the Internet and the global discussion of computers, security and a multitude of other technology subjects; the world is now exposed to an immense amount of computer jargon. So here are some definitions to help you become knowledgeable on some of the more frequently used terms. Feel free to use them to impress your less-informed friends.

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Wanna Know: How to Work Securely From A Wireless Hotspot?

Laptop gold on blueMany of us have used our laptops in a retail business or other public building by connecting to the Internet through a wireless hotspot. In fact, many people use their laptops in places like coffee shops, libraries, airports, bookstores and even restaurants because they have no other Internet access to use; and some do it because it looks cool. The trouble is that these hotspots are usually unsecured networks and can be monitored by someone with tools to monitor your transactions, including looking for passwords, sign-on IDs, and credit card numbers.

Check out Microsoft.com’s article 7 tips for working securely from wireless hotspots to see how to be more safe while using your favorite hotspot.

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Remember, home computing is a blast…keep it safe, productive and enjoyable.

Best regards,

Paul

paulshomecomputing@yahoo.com

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Wanna Know: How Computer Viruses Work?

Help and LadderStrange as it may sound, the computer virus is something of an Information Age marvel. On one hand, viruses show us how vulnerable we are — a properly engineered virus can have a devastating effect, disrupting productivity and doing billions of dollars in damages. On the other hand, they show us how sophisticated and interconnected human beings have become. Read more of this HowStuffWorks.com article.

Please comment on this subject; we all learn from each other when our views and opinions are shared.

Don’t miss an article.  If you enter your email address in the Email Subscriptions box on the right column of this page, I’ll send you an email when a new article is posted.  I don’t share your email address with anyone…no one; I hate spam too.  Please share my site with your friends and family.  Thanks.

Remember, home computing is a blast…keep it safe, productive and enjoyable.

Best regards,

Paul

paulshomecomputing@yahoo.com

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