Patching Windows 7 can be painfully slow

Patching Windows 7 can be painfully slow

Windows Update on Windows 7 is taking forever to figure out the patches that need to be installed. Last month, Ed Bott suggested fixes to Windows Update, more recently Woody Leonhard suggested still more fixes. Way to go Microsoft.

04/27/16

An experiment with a secure web browser fails

Chromebooks offer great security and they can be remotely controlled with Chrome Remote Desktop. Sounds great, but my experience in the trenches was sub-optimal.

04/18/16

A handy tip about updating Flash in the Chrome browser

If Chrome is not installing the latest version of the Flash Player, this tip shows how to force an update on Windows and OS X.

04/14/16

More Adobe mistakes with Flash

Adobe's Flash mistakes are not limited to software bugs, their documentation is wrong too.

04/11/16

A curious case with a VPN

A curious case with a VPN

VPNs offer privacy, what's wrong with that? I stumbled across the downside to pretending to be somewhere else.

04/05/16

Blocking Windows 10 with Never10

Steve Gibson's new, free Never10 utility is the fourth generation of software to block Windows 10.

03/31/16

Router security done wrong

Router security done wrong

Since it sits between all your devices and the Internet, securing a router is important. As with everything else, the Internet is chock full of advice, much of it questionable. Here, I question security advice from the Federal Trade...

02/28/16

Poor Wi-Fi security -- my visit to the dentist

Poor Wi-Fi security -- my visit to the dentist

The sad state of Wi-Fi security in a dentists office.

02/03/16

Defending a network from the NSA

Defending a network from the NSA

In a recent security conference, the head of the TAO division of the NSA offered advice on making his job harder. Their biggest asset is competence and persistence, rather than zero day vulnerabilities.

02/01/16

Defending yourself from Amazon.com

Defending yourself from Amazon.com

Due to long-standing security practices at Amazon, the email address on file for an Amazon.com account should never be used anywhere else for anything.

01/29/16

Sub-optimal computer advice from the New York Times

Small businesses are hit by ransomware. The New York Times says they should increase their computer security. I say this misses the real problem: backup, backup, backup.

01/14/16

Flash has been updated again. Seriously. Really. No joke.

On December 28th Adobe released a new version of the Flash Player with 19 bug fixes. It seems they left one out as yet another Flash update was made available on New Years Day.

01/02/16

When it comes to bugs, the Adobe Flash Players cup runneth over

A look at some stats on just how many bugs there have been in the Adobe Flash Player. Hint: lots.

12/28/15

To share or not to share -- a look at Guest Wi-Fi networks

To share or not to share -- a look at Guest Wi-Fi networks

Guest networks are a great Wi-Fi security feature offering multiple advantages. Read why you may want to try them out.

12/13/15

Buying a surge protector remains hard

Buying a surge protector remains hard

A recent article on surge protectors just adds to the difficulty.

12/06/15

The D-Link DIR860L router -- how secure can it get?

The D-Link DIR860L router -- how secure can it get?

This is a router review like no other. It is focused solely on the security aspects of the D-Link DIR-860L router, comparing it to my checklist of security features at RouterSecurity.org.

11/20/15

How secure can your router get?

How secure can your router get?

No matter how much tweaking is done, a router can only be made as secure as the firmware (operating system) allows. Routers vary drastically in in their security features, yet the subject never comes up in reviews.

11/10/15

Controlling Chrome plugins: Lessons learned the hard way

Controlling Chrome plugins: Lessons learned the hard way

The inability to stop Flash from running by default on Chrome led to some lessons learned the hard way controlling both plugins and extensions with Google's browser.

10/26/15

Trusting Lenovo

Trusting Lenovo

A look at how Lenovo responded to the publicity surrounding their hidden tracking software on ThinkPad, ThinkCentre and ThinkStation PCs.

10/20/15

Lenovo collects usage data on ThinkPad, ThinkCentre and ThinkStation PCs

Lenovo seems to be testing the boundaries of trust.

09/22/15

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