BAN THE CHECK

I started to install an update to Java tonight. (Java is up to version 6, update 15. Sometimes it feels like Java updates are issued two or three times a day. It’s okay to install Java updates when you’re prompted by the icon in the lower right corner. It’s boring and...

Buy.Com And “Customer Loyalty”

This is a cautionary tale to make you careful online shoppers. It strikes close to home for me because it involves Buy.com, a favorite of mine at one time, but the scam is also used on Orbitz, Fandango and other sites. When Buy.com opened its online doors in the late...

FIREFOX, CHROME UPDATES

Lots of people have installed Firefox to do their Internet browsing. Sometimes, out of curiosity, I ask people why they use it instead of Internet Explorer. There are people who can give an articulate, well-reasoned answer to that question, although as it happens I...

DISABLE INTERNET EXPLORER SECURITY WARNING

There’s some new wording on a security warning in Internet Explorer 8 that nearly drove me nuts. If you don’t like it either, instructions to disable it are below. All too often after I installed Internet Explorer 8, I’d click on a website and Internet Explorer would...

ERRONEOUS SECURITY WARNINGS IN VISTA

Starting on July 14, some Vista computers began displaying erroneous warning messages from the Windows Security Center. If you run Windows Live OneCare on a Vista machine, you may see a shield with an X in the lower right corner. Opening the Windows Security Center...

ONECARE SUBSCRIPTION EXTENSIONS

If you have a subscription to Windows Live OneCare, you are covered until the choices for security software are more clear towards the end of 2009. Keep using OneCare. Your OneCare subscription will not expire. Starting last month, Microsoft began extending OneCare...