Recent Articles In Personal Computing
October 2, 2021 by c242 on c242
Hi, is anyone in contact with him? Seems he has vanished. No website nor software updates, invalid certificate. That is uncommon.
September 22, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
If you're thinking of moving to Windows 11 when it releases on October 5th, then you'll want to know about Microsoft's updates to its Health Check app.  This app will test your PC to see if it can adequately handle running Windows 11. The updated tool is available all the way at the bottom of Microsoft's Windows 11 page here. The user interface hasn't changed any from its previous version, but the results regarding your PC's eligibility should be much more accurate than before. One of...
August 29, 2021 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Not about "my browser can beat up yours".  This is about the endless privacy invasions by Chrome, and Google selling info and your security without a second thought (see external link above). Enough is enough!  Here are four good ones and four to ditch asap.  https://privacyaustralia.net/best-secure-browser/  
August 25, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
Another day, another data leak. This time, it comes courtesy of a popular development platform called Power Apps. This Microsoft web tool allows organizations to quickly create web apps and has an abundance of tools for public facing websites and back-end data management. In spite of the tool's usefulness, it comes with its dangers: incorrectly configuring the product can leave huge segments of private data visible to the public.  Cybersecurity firm UpGuard recently discovered that as...
August 23, 2021 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Make sure to update your browsers, if you use Chrome or any of the browsers using Chrome's engine. Google has issued "high" security warnings regarding possible points of code compromise, but hasn't given a lot of information about the vulnerabilities in order to allow users of the world's most popular browsers time to update before hackers can utilize the vulnerabilities.   Thanks, Hank. ๐Ÿ‘
August 22, 2021 by kona0197 on Kona
This has been driving me nuts. On my main computer I run the latest version of Windows 10. I run a solid black taskbar. No transparency. The taskbar is a good solid true black color with crisp, detailed icons. On the test computer running Windows 11 I use the same settings. Call me crazy, but on 11 the black is not as black as it should be and the icons are not as crisp and detailed. Both machines are the same model, so it's not a hardware or software issue. Has anyone else noticed this? Or is i...
August 11, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
A few years ago, I built my first ever PC. I've had PCs before, of course, but this was the first one I'd ever built for myself from scratch - though I definitely had supervision! It was a nerve wracking experience, but I genuinely enjoyed learning all the in's and out's of PC building. Would I do it again, though? Hell no! That was too stressful. I get why people love building PCs, but I'd just rather have one of my enthusiast friends build it for me because it's something they love. I...
August 4, 2021 by kona0197 on Kona
First let me say I KNOW that Windows 11 is in the beta stage. That being said, I'm part of the Windows Insider program. The other day, just to see what the fuss was all about, I installed 11. Other then the fact that is boots faster on my system then 10, I really don't like it. What was the point in moving the icons to the center of the taskbar? Highly annoying. Good thing I was able to move them back to where they belong along the left edge. And the Start menu is a mess. All it is is a place fo...
August 4, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
The Internet can be a tricky place to navigate. I talked a little bit about keeping your PC secure in a blog last week, but to be honest I barely scratched the surface when talking about all the different ways hackers and malware are clamoring to get to your personal information. ArsTechnica reported this week that some hackers impersonated the site Brave.com and pushed malware to unsuspecting users. Their technique was so sneaky that the faux site was capable of fooling even the most securit...
June 30, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
A recent hacking attempt by "state-sponsored actors" against several of Microsoft's customers was mostly unsuccessful earlier this week.  Security experts at Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) have reported that threat actor Nobelium used an information-stealing malware on the computer of a customer support agent in an attempt to launch a series of "highly-targeted" attacks. Reuters claims that Microsoft did not announce the breach until after it approached the software giant a...
June 25, 2021 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Most of us appreciate privacy and not becoming a supposedly anonymized piece of data for sale. Brave has entered this field now, as well with a search engine which has more privacy than others. “Brave Search is the industry’s most private search engine, as well as the only independent search engine, giving users the control and confidence they seek in alternatives to big tech,” Brave co-founder and CEO Brendan Eich says. “Unlike older search engines that track ...
June 23, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
Amid complaints from brick-and-mortar retailers in India, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs proposed a ban on flash sales on e-commerce platforms and preventing affiliate entities from being listed as sellers on Monday evening. These policies are in response to a rise in concern about what retailers allege as unfair practices employed by Amazon and Flipkart in the second largest market in the world. In its proposal, India's Ministry of Consumer Affairs suggests that e-commerce firms should not...
June 4, 2021 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Norton...remember how much we loved it? Me either. “As the crypto economy continues to become a more important part of our customers’ lives, we want to empower them to mine cryptocurrency with Norton, a brand they trust,” said Vincent Pilette, CEO of NortonLifeLock. “Norton Crypto is yet another innovative example of how we are expanding our Cyber Safety platform to protect our customers’ ever-evolving digital lives." Really? Is he joking? This is incredibl...
June 2, 2021 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
MS finally released WinGet 1.0 which was planned and mentioned at Build 2020. “A package manager is designed to help you save time and frustration,” Microsoft’s Demitrius Nelon explained when the firm announced its plans for WinGet. “Essentially, it is a set of software tools that help you automate the process of getting software on your machine. You specify which apps you want installed, and it does the work of finding the latest version (or the exact one yo...
June 2, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
Over the weekend, a friend shared an article discussing the new Amazon Sidewalk service that will be debuting as an experiment on June 8th. If you live in the U.S. and use Alexa, Echo, or any other Amazon device (this includes Ring doorbells, security cams, outdoor lights, motion sensors, etc.) you will be automatically enrolled in this service unless you manually opt out. This new wireless mesh service will share a small bit of your Internet bandwidth with nearby neighbors who don't have con...