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How to Pick a DSL Wireless Modem

When you want to enjoy the speed and convenience of high speed Internet service, you have options. But what if you want to enjoy that speed and convenience without being locked down to a computer desk all day? Wouldn’t you rather be able to pick up your laptop and go elsewhere in your home, your office, or even your backyard? The good news is you can with the right equipment, such as a DSL wireless modem.

First, you need to understand the differences between the main parts of the equipment you’ll have to use. Modems are first. A modem is a device that connects you to the Internet. In older computers, a dial-up modem was built-into the system and could be attached by a cord to your phone outlet so you could send and receive data via the Internet.

Today, you also have the option of the DSL wireless modem. Basically, the modem does everything the older versions did except without the wires and at much faster speeds. Without the wires, you can have a much cleaner layout for your computer equipment and have more flexibility on where the pieces are placed in your home or office.

Another important piece of equipment is the router. The best wireless routers 2017 allows a single Internet connection to be shared among other computers in the location. For example, if you have three computers then the router would allow all three of those computers to access the Internet via the same connection simultaneously.

Now the next thing you have to consider when purchasing a the best cable modem are the reviews. While you don’t want to believe everything you read, a good review can help you see the advantages and drawbacks with each available brand of equipment. And there are quite a few brands available, including Linksys, D Link, and Netgear. Picking the best of the bunch isn’t going to be the same for everyone. That’s why checking out what others are saying is so important: you can decide which one is going to meet your needs most effectively.

The bottom line is you need to first know what type of arrangement you want then pick the equipment that will help you achieve it. Just keep in mind that a DSL wireless modem is going to be the first step in hooking you up with high speed Internet without the hassles of lots of wires.

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Is Dropbox the Best Free Online Storage Ever?

If you’ve never heard of Dropbox before, chances are you still rely on keeping a USB thumb drive with you or remembering to email files back and forth to yourself to make sure you’ll have access to your files when you need them. Let me introduce you to a little thing called Dropbox, an online file service that could change the way you work with your files forever. Read on to find out more!

What is Dropbox?

Dropbox is a file synchronization software, which allows users to store and manage documents and files in a big virtual hard drive in the sky (cloud storage), and then access those files from any Windows, Mac, or Linux computer or internet connected device such as an iPhone, Android, or Blackberry. The company provides a desktop software which installs on your computer, and provides you quick access to your files in the same manner you would normally access documents stored directly on your computer.

Is Dropbox really that good?

For the average User who has been sentenced to endless emails back and forth to themselves in order to keep their files accessible, the answer is simple…YES! Dropbox truly provides a seamless synchronization system and allows you to keep your documents always accessible, regardless of where you are. You can setup the desktop software on your home computer, your work computer, and your laptop, and so long as you put the files in the Dropbox folder, they will always be there, ready to work when you are.

Along with the desktop software, Dropbox also provides mobile apps, so you also have the ability to access your files on the go, as well as upload files, photos, and videos right from your smartphone to your Dropbox folder.

You’ll also have an option to access your files directly from their website, so that if you are working on a computer that doesn’t have the desktop software installed, you can simply log in to the site, and download your files.

Do I need Dropbox?

If you’ve ever found yourself stuck without an important file, emailing files back and forth to yourself. or just wanting an easier way to keep your pictures and documents with you wherever you are, then yes, Dropbox is for you!

You can setup a free 2GB storage folder with Dropbox, so even if you are on the fence about it, give it a try. Youíll find it a simple, worry free way to keep your files with you without having to worry about losing your USB thumb drive or forgetting to email yourself before you leave home.

For those of you looking more for online backup than access, I’ll recommend a different application to you over in the Tools & Resources page.

How do I get Dropbox?

So now that you know what Dropbox is, and why you should already be using it, you’ll need to know how to set I up.

Fortunately for you, it’s as simple as going to the Dropbox site, and signing up. From there, they’ll provide you with a download link to setup the software on your computer, and even a quick product tour so you know your way around.

After you signup at the Dropbox site, you can download the smartphone app from your App store, and just sign in with the same credentials you created on the website. Once you do, you’ll have access to anything you put in your Dropbox folder, wherever you are!

Final thoughts on Dropbox…

In the time I’ve been using the Dropbox service, I haven’t had a single issue with it – I’ve never lost a file, or had any issues connecting to their cloud storage to access my files. Since I don’t do much sitting still, I keep the most of my files in my Dropbox folder so I can always pick up right where I left off in a document regardless of which computer I’m sitting at. Dropbox has really reduced the amount of time it takes me to access my files, and get back to work instead of fumbling with USB drives or logging in to my email before I can start working.

Dropbox is truly a great service, and on top of that it’s free! If you find yourself needing more than the 2GB of storage youíll get with a free account, you can purchase more storage depending upon your needs. Like I said before, getting start is quick and free, so head over to Dropbox and get yourself setup today!

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Protect Your Windows PC For Free With Microsoft Security Essentials

Virus infections are on the rise these days, and they are not going to stop anytime soon.  Like it or not, it’s an unfortunate side effect of the digital age we live in – if you read my article on the Flashback Trojan virus, you know that even Apple computers are now succumbing to virus attacks. While it may be virtually impossible to protect yourself from every virus out there, there are certainly steps you can take and anti-virus programs you can install to protect yourself and the priceless information you store on your computers.  I typically recommend Kaspersky for anti-virus protection, but did you know that if you have a Windows computer, there’s a free alternative that’s also making a name for itself?  Read on to find out more….

Microsoft Security Essentials Overview

When it comes to protecting the vulnerabilities of a computer operating system, who better to know the ins and outs of that operating system than the company who made it?  That’s the theory behind Microsoft’s Security Essentials anti-virus program.

Security Essentials aims to provide a seamless, rock solid virus defense for your Windows XP and Windows 7 computers – without the expense and confusion of selecting a third-party anti-virus software option. For anyone running a genuine version of either Windows XP or 7, you can get your free download of Security Essentials direct from Microsoft, which really adds to the appeal of this software.

Once you install Security Essentials, it’s pretty much set it and forget it.  The software will automatically update every day, so that you’ll always have up to date virus protection against the latest threats such as viruses, trojan horses, worms, and spyware. Since Security Essentials was built by Microsoft it integrates nicely into the background of your computer, silently protecting you and your files from malware. Since Security Essentials runs in the background and does most of the heavy lifting while your PC is idle, you won’t have to worry about negatively affecting your PC’s performance, even with older, slower computers, laptops, or netbooks.

About the only thing you will notice after installing Security Essentials is a small icon in the taskbar that will be color coded to show you the status of your virus protection. Microsoft uses the typical color code of green, yellow, and red to show you the status of your computer at a quick glance. Any time you see a yellow or red icon, Security Essentials will assist you in resolving the issue by providing recommendations on how to resolve and remove the threat or issue affecting our computer. If Security Essentials detects any issues while you are away from your PC, the software will automatically take action on your behalf to protect your files, giving you peace of mind 24 hours a day.

Microsoft Security Essentials Features

Real Time Virus Protection

Real time virus protection means that Security Essentials is constantly monitoring your computer for potential threats before they become problems. Security Essentials alerts will notify you when spyware, viruses, or other malicious software attempt to run or install on your PC 24 hours a day.

Full System Scans

Security Essentials will run complete system scans both scheduled and on-demand. You can set the scans to run at a set time (by default this is 2 a.m.) or run a manual scan anytime you fear you may have a virus. When performing a scan, you will have three scanning options:

  • Quick Scan (default setting) – Performs a quick scan of your computer which quickly checks the most common locations malware is likely to reside on your system, including open programs, system files, and your Windows registry.
  • Full Scan – Performs a full scan of your computer which checks all of the files on your PC, plus the Windows registry.
  • Custom Scan – You can choose to perform a custom scan, which will allow you to select specific areas of your computer you’d like to scan for threats. (This is mostly a setting only advanced users will utilize.)

System Cleaning

If Microsoft Security Essentials determines a potential threat on your PC, alerts will notify you of the threat. All threats are categorized as either Severe, High, Medium, or Low, and you will be able to choose whether you want to ignore the threat, quarantine it or remove the item from your PC entirely.

  • Allow – This action will stop Microsoft Security Essentials from alerting you when it detect the item in the future, and add it to the Allowed Items list. (If at some point in the future you change your mind, you can always remove items from the Allowed Items list.)
  • Quarantine – This action will block less severe threats and move them to a quarantined area where you can choose to restore the file or permanently delete it.  Placing a questionable item in quarantine will allow you to test the effect of the item’s removal before permanently deleting it from your computer.
  • Remove. This action will permanently delete the infected item from your computer.

Dynamic Signature Service

Dynamic signature service is a fancy way to so say that Windows will check whether a questionable program is actually malware or not. Before a suspicious program starts, Security Essentials will simulate the program running so that it can determine what the program is going to do. This protective service will give all programs a special “signature” that will be cross-checked against Microsoft’s database of valid programs. Security Essentials will also monitor programs signatures even after they are approved to ensure that they don’t do anything potentially harmful to your PC such as make unexpected network connections, download malicious content, or modify core files in the operating system.

Microsoft Security Essentials Summary

Security Essentials does a pretty solid job of integrating into your Windows XP or Windows 7 PC and providing basic anti-virus protection. Like I said earlier, since this software comes directly from Microsoft, it runs pretty seamlessly in the background, and won’t make much of a performance impact on your computer. For anyone looking for a quick, free, and simple solution to your anti-virus worries, Security Essentials is a no-brainer – download it, install it, and then forget about it.

With that being said….

I still have minor reservations about relying solely on Security Essentials for my own personal Windows computers. Microsoft primarily builds operating systems, and not anti-virus software. That’s not to say that Microsoft isn’t capable of making a top shelf anti-virus program, but I personally rest a little easier at night putting my valuable files and information in the hands of a company that ONLY does anti-virus and security, like Kasperky

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Kaspersky Anti-Virus Software Review 2017

Is Kaspersky Anti-Virus a worthy competitor to the industry’s big names like Norton and Symantec?

Chances are pretty strong that you’ve heard of anti-virus software for your computer from companies like Norton or Symantec, but one anti-virus company you may not have heard of is Kaspersky.  When it comes to mass marketing their software, Kaspersky isn’t quite up to the level that companies like Norton or Symantec are.  Kaspersky doesn’t have free software bundles when you buy a new computer and you won’t find billboard ads with their name plastered on it, but at the end of the day, when you are putting your trust in a company to protect your personal information and files, would you rather a company with a large marketing department, or a company that has a product that just plain works? Read on to find out if Kaspersky Anti-Virus is the right anti-virus software to put your trust in…

Kaspersky Anti-Virus Software Overview

Kaspersky offers a pretty wide range of anti-virus and security software, ranging from protection for mobile devices, all the way up to solutions for Enterprise & small business, but for the sake of this review, I’ll be focusing on their Anti-Virus 2016 software.  If you want to see their full product lineup, you can check out their website.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus Software Features

Let’s start this off by covering the basics – Kaspersky’s Anti-Virus 2016 is built for Windows. Whether you’re installing it on a desktop, laptop, or netbook, doesn’t quite matter since Anti-Virus 2016 is optimized to run on any of the above.  If you’re looking for a version for your Mac, don’t fear, they have one, but it falls under a different name, and thus won’t be covered under this review.

The user interface for Anti-Virus 2016 is simple and straightforward, which I love. Software that keeps things simple is my favorite – there’s no need to confuse people by adding in lots of buttons and options you’ll never use, and Kaspersky hit that nail on the head perfectly.  Whether you know a lot about computers or a little bit, you’ll be able to open up the User interface and find what you’re looking for without much effort.

Now that we’ve covered what it works for and how it looks, let jump into the most important part….how well does it work? The short answer to your question is very well, but leep reading for a more in-depth look at what makes Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2016 such a good performer.

Connected To The Cloud

One of the biggest gripes I’ve always with most anti-virus softwares has been the toll they take on your computer while they are scanning for threats.  To some extent, this is almost an unavoidable part of anti-virus software, since most of your protection relies on your computer doing all the heavy lifting and scanning itself for errors. Well, thankfully Kaspersky has introduced what they call ‘Hybrid Protection’, which is their cloud based method to relieve some stress from your computer.  ‘Hybrid Protection’ works by leveraging their secure cloud to reduce the stress put on your computer.  The end result?  You’ll get real-time virus protection, with access to the latest threats direct from Kaspersky’s cloud, and all without negatively impacting the performance of your computer.

Another big benefit you’ll get from being connected to Kaspersky’s secure cloud is real-time updates from the latest threats.  Unfortunately, most anti-virus softwares work by scanning your computer against a database of known viruses and threats, and so if your database is out of date, you might as well not even be using it.  With Kaspersky’s Anti-Virus 2016, you’ll be connected directly to their cloud so you will always automatically receive the most up to date information to protect you from threats as they’re discovered.  As a bonus, Kaspersky actively monitors any unknown or potentially malicious activity found across its customer base of millions of Users, so when a threat pops up on one of those computers, Kaspersky will identify it, and then start protecting you against it. You’re not going to find another anti-virus program that offers this kind of real-time protection other than Kaspersky.

Advanced Protection

Aside from the benefits of being connected to Kaspersky’s cloud, Anti-Virus 2016 will provide you some pretty solid advanced features to keep you protected from all kinds of threats. One feature I find impressive is the File Advisor.  With one click of your mouse, you can ask Kaspersky’s File Advisor to check any file you are concerned about, and Kaspersky will scan that file against its database to check for any potential threats.  If you’re ever unsure of a certain file’s origin, authenticity, or any other properties, just let File Advisor scope it out for you and then you’ll be able to work with that file without worrying.

If you spend any amount of time browsing the internet, you’ll appreciate Kaspersky’s URL advisor.  This tool will instantly check all website links you come across and provide you a simple color coded guide to their safety. I find this tool tremendously helpful when searching the web so that you don’t click on malicious websites.  You should never click onto a website you don’t trust, and having this color coded guide makes it that much simpler for you to gauge your level of trust in a website link.

Another very useful feature you’ll get with Anti-Virus 2016 is the vulnerability detection, which will constantly check for any holes in your computer’s protection, and patch them up so that they aren’t a potential entering point for hackers or identity thieves.

Now let’s say some kind of malware did sneak onto your system, the System Watcher tool would detect any dangerous behavior the malware tried to perform, and assist you in removing it from your system.  This combination of proactive monitoring and real-time detection will help to eradicate any threats before the dig in to your system and wreak havoc on your files.

Other Features

There are a host of other smaller tools and features in Kaspersky’s Anti-Virus 2016 such as virtual keyboards to stop identity theft, and intelligent file scanning to reduce your computer’s workload. And as a bonus to everything I’ve already listed, if you can’t figure out how to change a setting, or need help getting the most out of your software, Kaspersky provides free tech support to all of their customers, so you’ll never be left high and dry.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus Software Summary

So now that you’ve just read about all the different features that Kaspersky has to offer, your question is…..”Jim, would you recommend me using Kaspersky for my anti-virus protection?” and the answer is a resounding YES!

I have always been a proponent of Kaspersky, and I use it on all of my computers, both PC and Mac at home, and the same goes for all of my private clients as well.  If previously you have installed the best photo printers 2017, this software will also be useful because it can protect your printer from damage caused by virus or malware. Kaspersky has saved me more than a few times from falling victim to virus infections, and has saved my clients more times than I can begin to tell you about.

If you want to find the anti-virus solution that best fits your needs, you should check out Kaspersky’s anti-virus and security software lineup.

An important note about anti-virus protection

While I personally recommend using Kaspersky’s Anti-Virus software to protect yourself, it’s vitally important to understand that there is NO anti-virus software on the planet that can truly guarantee you 100% protection from viruses and bugs. Like it or not, this is a fact of life if you use a computer. Always take proper precautions when opening files or emails from people you don’t know, and if you aren’t sure what you are clicking on when browsing the internet – don’t click on it! Having a great anti-virus program like Kaspersky on your computer will help protect you from most if not all of the threats you’ll encounter, but your best bet is trying to avoid those threats in the first place!

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How to Secure Outlook and Outlook Express

Trusted mail clients are really need for the fully protection on your PC. It is also need as well as your duty to make your mail client stay secure. It is one of many way to prevant your or client emails from worms or viruses. As you might already know, These worms and viruses are big threats to the security of your PC.

So if you haven’t started doing anything about securing your mail client yet, you can visit the Email Help Center to help you with detecting malicious email attachments and tips of email security. The security steps below are only applicable to 2002, 2003, and 2007 versions of Outlook and Outlook Express v6.0 and above. Older versions will not fully benefit on these security tips so better update it if you’re currently using one.

The following are the steps in configuring Outlook Express to be able to send and receive emails in plain text only:

  • Launch Outlook Express. Click on Tools and then options.
  • Select “Read all messages in plain text” found when you select the Read tab.
  • Click on the Send button then select “Plain text” under Mail Sending Format.
  • Click Apply and Ok to exit.

Meanwhile, the following steps below are for Microsoft Outlook 2003:

  • Launch Outlook 2003 then click on Tools and go to Options.
  • Go to Preferences then Email Options.
  • Select “Read all standard mail in plain text”.
  • Click Ok to close the dialog box and another Ok to exit the menu.

For Microsoft Outlook 2007:

  • Launch Outlook 2007. Click on Tools and select Trust Center.
  • Select email security.
  • Choose “Read all standard mail in plain text”.
  • Click Ok to save all the changes and to exit the menu.

To further add security to your Outlook and Outlook Express, follow the tips below:

  • Disable all Java and ActiveX in the Restricted Sites zone. You can configure this on Internet Explorer by selecting the following on the menu items:

Tools < Internet Options < Security < Restricted Sites < Custom Level

Choosing the restrictions to High simply won’t work. Just set it to Custom Level and then scan through all the listed disabling options for scripting of ActiveX and Java. It is not a bad move to ask assistance to experts if you think you can’t handle this all by yourself.

  • After modifying the Restricted Zones, you will have to add Outlook or Outlook Express to this zone. All you have to do is launch Outlook or Outlook Express, choose Tools, click on Options, click Security, and then finally select the Restricted Zone.

You just have to see to it that all the applicable and critical patches and updates are all applied to your system. To check for updates, go to Windows Update site, select Product Updates, and then install any marked as “Critical”. You have to do it once a month.

For disabling the scripting on your other mail clients, you may choose from the list below:

  • Eudora
  • Netscape Mail
  • Pegasus

You just have to follow all these security tips and you might fight email threats through your email clients. Start doing it now before it’s too late.

Can’t bother with doing it manually? Try using a registry cleaner who will do this automatically with just a few clicks.