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Linux Security Explained

Linux Security Explained

Some would arrogantly insist that the phrase “Linux Security” is an oxymoron, because they maintain that Linux is either totally immune to infections or Linux viruses don’t exist. NO OS is immune and there ARE Linux viruses in the wild (never mind that cross platform malware is becoming more common.) Granted, Linux malware is minimal, […]

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Health Insurance Dilemma is More Common than You Think

Health Insurance Dilemma is More Common than You Think

Over the past year I struggled with a Health Insurance problem that I thought was relatively obscure but I have since found out to my surprise that it’s pretty common. Here’s the deal. In a few weeks, I will turn 65 and thus go on Medicare.  Right now my wife and I are covered under […]

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Lazarus Database to the Rescue

Lazarus Database to the Rescue

“[Expletive deleted - this is a family-friendly show], what happened to my post?” Lazarus to the rescue! The popular Firefox add-on (there is a Chrome version too) keeps a database of your posts so that even if for some reason the site you were posting on “disappears” while you were making your post (like a […]

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How to Make the Switch to Linux

How to Make the Switch to Linux

Right out of the gate, let me make a disclaimer here. This is NOT an advertisement nor am I “recruiting” Linux users. Indeed, if you’re satisfied with Windows, or any other “non-Linux OS”, and have absolutely no reason to switch . . . fine.  You’re likely better off sticking with what you’re comfortable with. However […]

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Microsoft Fix It Utility CAN Mislead

Microsoft Fix It Utility CAN Mislead

This is NOT the typical Microsoft bashing rant, nor is it intended to be.  Indeed, the 500 pound gorilla from Redmond, for all its faults and flaws, was instrumental in developing the tech revolution during the 70′s, 80′s, and early 90′s. That history has helped to give Microsoft the stellar rep that it currently enjoys […]

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Link Safety Checkers

Link Safety Checkers

There are resources available that will give indications about a link’s safety, but not all link safety guides are based on the same criteria, and if any one of them is treated without knowing how it works, what criteria it uses, and what its ratings mean, you are likely to misinterpret the results.  IOW, when […]

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MaxMySpeed an Annoying Scareware TV Ad

MaxMySpeed an Annoying Scareware TV Ad

MaxMySpeed.com, a classic scareware bogus registry cleaner, has so far escaped the comparison to Auslogics and CCleaner here on TechJaws. Although it has been rated red on WOT as it should be, and is listed here, their TV commercials lately here in Arizona have been particularly frequent and annoying to me. So much so that […]

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Paretologic feigns innocence, but evidence shows otherwise

Paretologic feigns innocence, but evidence shows otherwise

A recent post on the WOT forum by a WOT community member details how this person received a PM from a ParetoLogic person questioning why a comment was made that ParetoLogic produces rogues: The flavor of the PM from the ParetoLogic person was innocence. Additionally, the ParetoLogic person posted this: “I found it difficult to […]

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Trophy in the Rogue Hall of Shame

Trophy in the Rogue Hall of Shame

Most rogues do their dirty work by using an overwhelming number of detections (some, and maybe most, are false positives) to scare a novice into purchasing the rogue to remove what was either not there in the first place, or is trivial (like a tracking cookie or a missing help file). Some like the one […]

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Uniblue Offering Rogue Software?

Uniblue Offering Rogue Software?

An email from Uniblue to a colleague offering payment for placing a Uniblue link on his site has prompted me to come out of lurk mode and resurrect the Uniblue discussion. This has been discussed before . . . if you do a search on “Uniblue” here on WOT, you’ll get 8 hits. Uniblue has […]

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The Queen of Conservatives

It’s healthy now and then to take a look at the lunatic fringe…sometimes it even provides some comic relief. With that I’d like to introduce the latest book by Ann Coulter: “Guilty”. Don’t get me wrong…I’m a conservative myself, but Coulter is WAYYYYY out there…”ultra-conservative”, or “far-right”, or even the “lunatic fringe” (though I suspect […]

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The Virtues of Firefox Session Restore

There are many add-ons to help you when you need to rush through a Firefox browsing session and see something you want to read, but don’t have the time to do so. There is the add-on “Wired Marker” (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6219) that let’s you mark up web pages and keeps a list of those web pages with […]

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