Lessons and observations from the GoToMyPC incident

Citrix did not distinguish themselves in the way they handled their recent security incident. Then too, neither did the press.

06/23/16

Windows 10 forced updates -- lots of blame to go around

Sure the way Microsoft dealt with Windows 10 upgrades was wrong. But, anyone who got burned by it needs to take a good look in the mirror. They were warned.

06/13/16

Upgrading to Windows 10 and questioning <i>The New York Times</i>

Upgrading to Windows 10 and questioning <i>The New York Times</i>

Recently, The New York Times featured an article about Why Windows 10 Upgrades Go Wrong, and How to Avoid It, that contained some questionable claims while leaving out important points. I try to set the record straight.

06/02/16

A web page consumes a constant 25% of the CPU -- after it has loaded

A web page consumes a constant 25% of the CPU -- after it has loaded

An article on NewYorker.com just won't quit. Well after the page has loaded, it continues to consume large amounts of CPU. Block the ads, all is well. Where does this end?

05/25/16

Dealing with a problematic Chromebook: Part 2

Dealing with a problematic Chromebook: Part 2

What to do when powerwashing a Chromebook fails to fix a problem.

05/20/16

Dealing with a problematic Chromebook: Part 1

Dealing with a problematic Chromebook: Part 1

What to do when a Chromebook goes on the fritz? One particular set of problems was solved with a Powerwash -- sort of.

05/17/16

Windows Update on Windows 7 is still a problem

Windows Update on Windows 7 is still a problem

Even after installing the four patches I discussed last time, Windows Update on Windows 7 still runs slow when installing the May 2016 patches. But, as before, there's a patch for that. And, dealing with Windows Update when you don't...

05/15/16

The shame of Windows Update

The shame of Windows Update

Windows Update for Windows 7 has been around a long time with a mission that hasn't changed. So why is it still so flawed?

05/08/16

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

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