INTERNET EXPLORER 8 UPDATE

Internet Explorer 8 is the latest version of Microsoft’s web browser, released in final form a few weeks ago. Starting soon, it will be offered to you by the Automatic Update system. The rollout will begin in the third week of April but it will not hit everyone at the...

CONFICKER PERSPECTIVE

The press coverage of the Conficker malware has caused some fear and created the teensiest bit of an overreaction. Here’s some common sense advice. You can use your computers on April 1. You can browse the Internet on April 1. If your computer has been automatically...

DANGEROUS TIMES

When our first child was a year old, we had a childproofing company come to our house and give us a presentation about the threats that might endanger our baby. By the time it was finished, we had closed the college savings account because it seemed so unlikely that...

THE HUNT FOR CONFICKER

Don’t miss the fascinating article in the New York Times today about the worldwide hunt for the authors of malicious software named “Conficker.” An extraordinary behind-the-scenes struggle is taking place between computer security groups around the world and the...

INTERNET EXPLORER 8

At 9am PDT on Thursday, March 19, Microsoft is scheduled to release Internet Explorer 8, with a number of new features and under-the-hood security improvements. I’ll let you know if I find anything exciting in the next week or so, after I’ve had a chance to check it...

BACKUPS – ONLINE BACKUPS

Previously:BACKUPS – INTRODUCTIONBACKUPS – DATA vs. DRIVE IMAGEBACKUPS – EXTERNAL HARD DRIVESBACKUPS – SOFTWARE FOR DATA BACKUPS There are dozens of services to help you back up your data online. Some programs include built-in services for online backups of the...