Windows Vista

Posted 5/2/2014
Hi Everybody:

Last time I went into some detail on Windows XP. This time around I would like to cover Windows Vista.
 
Windows Vista was released at the beginning of 2007. Upon its release it had a large number of critics and was largely unpopular for a number of reasons. The system requirements were three to four times higher than the streamlined Windows XP, a good deal of software and hardware was not compatible with it, it also had many security prompts, sometimes asking two or three times if the user wanted to install or run a program. All of this led many people to have a bad taste in their mouth over Windows Vista and gave it a somewhat negative reputation.

That negative reputation was well deserved, but only at first. Since that time Vista has undergone several different overhauls and the version of Vista that is out today bares almost no resemblance to the version that was first released. There have been hundreds of patches,updates, and two whole Service Packs. Because of these improvements, the version of Windows Vista that is out today is nearly identical in both appearance and performance to the much more popular Windows 7 that followed it. Many people would find it difficult to discern the two operating systems running side by side now.

In fact Windows 7 was released just two short years after Vista in 2009. A lot of people, including myself, felt that what Microsoft had done was essentially fix many of the problems that Vista had and then re-released the same operating system under the Windows 7 name. They then incorporated many of the improvements that Windows 7 had back into the Vista operating system itself.

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Windows XP End of Support

Posted 5/2/2014
Hi Everybody: 
 
It's been a couple of months since I've sent out a Tech Tip and I am hoping to start them back up now with some regularity.
 
For today I'll go over the fact  that Microsoft ended support on Windows XP on April 8th. Some of you that still use XP might have seen this warning pop up on your computer screen.
 
Thus, Microsoft has ended all support for Windows XP.  It's not just bug updates and technical support that have ended, but Microsoft is also no longer going to release security patches for Windows XP. This is especially important when you consider the hundreds of security patches and updates that they have released for the Operating System over the years.
 
After April 8th any new security hole or exploit that hackers and viruses find will not be fixed. If you, or any friends or relatives, continue to use XP, I highly recommend creating a secondary "limited" user account that is separate from your "Administrator" account. Then you will be able to mainly use the "limited" account and only use the "administrator" account when necessary. 
 
Most people use an "Administrator" account by default so they have access and rights to do everything. However that means viruses and hackers have those same rights and access.
 
"Limited" user account can still go online, run any programs installed on the computer, create and save new files. However it cannot install any programs or change any of your computers settings.  This is especially important now for Windows XP.
 
There are many benefits to upgrading to Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 that I have covered in other emails. If you, or anyone you know, are looking to upgrade to a newer computer, I do have Desktops for sale starting at $149 or Laptops starting at $199.
 
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Recent Security Risks.

Posted 5/2/2014

Hi Everybody:

There have been a lot of security risks in the news lately. The two big ones in the last few weeks were the "Heartbleed" and "Internet Explorer Zero Day" exploits.

"Heartbleed" is a risk that was unknowingly written into the security software that many websites use. Basically what happened is that a massive ton of random information was accidently released into the wild. However Hackers had no control over what specific data was being released. The data that got released was so arbitrary and immense that the odds of your password being found is the same as a needle in a haystack. Was your username and passwords released? Possibly, however the amount of manpower that it would take to sift out your specific information would be monumental. It never hurts to change your passwords just in case though.

The other risk that was just announced is the "Internet Explorer Zero Day" exploit. This one is more severe. Internet Explorer has a vulnerability that makes it possible for a hacker to take over your computer. This effects all versions of Internet Explorer. A user would have to go to an infected website with Internet Explorer, but once done they could take over your entire computer.

Microsoft is going to put out a security update to fix this soon, but only for Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. However since they ended support for Windows XP on the 8th, they will not be updating that Operating System. I highly advise any people who are still using Windows XP to not use Internet Explorer anymore.

The best fix for everybody is something that we have been telling customer for some time now. Instead of using Internet Explorer use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Both web browsers are much safer than Internet Explorer, and can display websites faster and better also. For people who are used to the look and feel of Internet Explorer, Firefox's interface is fairly similar. Firefox can even copy over all your favorites to use. Firefox calls these bookmarks and they can be entered right in the Bookmarks library.

As always, we thank you for your support and business. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

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