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Friday, July 30, 2010

This weeks Happenings!

Happy July 30, 2010...


I have been very busy this last month with our home network.  I have spent a few weeks working on my son's system to lock it down after his online account was hacked.  I added some fantastic products to our arsenal of security:  SnoopFree (this is a great program for Windows XP® systems...the only problem was that it crashed his system at least once daily...will re-visit this program at a later time to see if this is fixed); I wanted to try and determine if we had any "rootkits" on the system; so, I used several "online" scanners and downloaded programs as well...online, I used Trend Micro's House Call (housecall.trendmicro.com) and it found suspicious files..it takes a while to run, be patient.  I also used F-Secure Blacklight (online scanner & download).  I ran both of these & they found things that my Firewall and Anti-virus programs hadn't caught or we let in...easy to do without realizing it!  Another GREAT program I found was PSI Secunia (www.secunia.com)..it checks for security breaches through your programs (ie. Adobe, Flash, Quicktime, etc.)...if it finds your version is outdated and a security "hole" it will not only tell  you it's a problem, it gives you a direct link to fix the program!  WOW...so, I am building a list of security programs I use and feel comfortable recommending to my clients and friends.  The list will be published on our pay site; but, I will often blog about some of my favs. here on the "free" site.


In other news, OpenSuse© released version 11.3 around July 15 and I burned the ISO's (32 bit and 64 bit) and installed on my daughter's system alongside her Windows XP® and will be upgrading my server, my laptop and my son's systems as well...the look is improving with every release and I love the fact that Amarok automatically asked if I wanted to add MP3 support without my having to even open the program and update it myself...Kudos...as I have said, I am partial to the OpenSuse© and SuSe© Linux Distributions while my husband really likes Kubuntu© by Canonical Ltd.  With each succession of the Linux Systems, they are, In my opinion, comparable to Windows XP® in use and functionality.  While I did try the Windows 7® during the "trial free" period, I choose not to install the paid version due to it's cost (I have multiple systems that I would need to license).  You really do have to learn a new OS with both Vista® and Windows 7®; so, why not try an OpenSource OS as long as you are learning a new system?

While we actually prefer Linux, we respect everyone's choice to pick the OS that gives them the best computing experience and yes, we still use Windows® systems alongside our Linux.  Linux can be a great tool to troubleshoot with if your Windows® becomes un-bootable...you can access your files from the Linux partition and then backup your files, in case you need to re-format and re-install.  Having a Linux system alongside my Windows® partition has saved my data on many occasions!


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Until next time,  hoping your computing experiences are fun and productive with as few downtime issues as one can hope for...remember, BACK UP YOUR DATA regularly!



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