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A Crossroads for Windows XP Users: Windows 7 or Windows 8?

This is a very good and easily understandable article on what options current XP users have. It also lays out the end-of-support dates for both Windows 7 and 8/8.1, which may help you in your choice.

Sadly it doesn’t list Linux as an option, which is a giant oversight in my book. There are many Linux versions that have an interface very close to what XP users are accustomed to. I’ll post about those options later this week.

What You Need to Know Before Doing Your Taxes on a Tablet - NBC News

No device, computer or server is 100% secure; but taking some common sense precautions can help keep your tax data safe. Never use public WiFi for financially sensitive data.

One thing they didn’t bring up is that TurboTax was one of the millions of companies affected by the #heartbleed bug (yes, I’m tired of hearing about it too!). To my knowledge they handled it responsibly and should be safe to use, but before using TurboTax online change your password.

Heartbleed: Why websites were caught unprepared

Quote from the article: “”It’s easily the worst vulnerability since mass-adoption of the Internet,” said Matthew Prince, CEO of CloudFlare Inc., a San Francisco cybersecurity company. “

I still have concerns over how this was handled and released to the public far too early. The rational is that they were “afraid hackers would hear of the vulnerability” and exploit it; but since the bug has been in the wild for 2 years everyone is to assume it was known and abused.

Another quote in this article that bothers me is from Google. “Google also had patched its systems ahead of time. The search giant told users Wednesday they didn’t need to change Google passwords. ” This bug has been out there for 2 years. ALL passwords should be changed, including Google/Gmail passwords.

The Important Things You Should Do When You Get a New Computer

Some very good common-sense type tips, and all very easy to do! The one glaring omission would be to do an initial and intense malware scan. Some brands have been found to be loaded with malware from the factory.

Microsoft Just Killed The Tile-Based Look Of Windows 8 For Laptops

It’s a good thing Microsoft didn’t make this announcement the day before, I might not have believed it. 

"While it’s not giving up on the tile look, it is making it an increasingly optional feature. Even before today’s update, Windows 8.1 had the option to boot to the traditional desktop screen instead of the horizontal tile menu."

Now if they would only STOP trying to push the stupid “Bing bar” on us! #NoMeansNo

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