Dump Norton and McAfee? / Install Wireless Router / Run Windows on iPad / Malicious PDFs / Need a Sandbox? / Geekly Update
In today's TOURBUS,
my take on whether you should Dump Norton and McAfee Anti-Virus,
some tips on Installing a Wireless Router,
and how to Run Windows on Your iPad!
Also in this issue, find out if you're vulnerable to Malicious PDF Files,
and hmmm, does your Computer Need a Sandbox?
Finally, don't miss the latest Geekly Update -- guaranteed to shield you from ambigrams.
Dump Norton and McAfee Anti-Virus?
A reader asks: "I got a new computer and my friend is telling me that the first thing I should do is remove the Norton antivirus software that came with it. He calls it 'bloatware' and recommends some free program instead. I've always used Norton or McAfee for security, so I'm nervous about switching. What is your opinion?" I've been extolling the virtues of free antivirus protection for several years.
Here's why I think it's time to pull the plug on Norton and McAfee...
If you have several computers and want them to share one Internet connection, a wireless router is the best solution. Even if you have only one computer and don't see any need for a "network" there are still good reasons for installing a wireless router. But you have to do it right or you may end up exposed to identity thieves, computer hijackers, and other online predators.
Here are some tips on how to securely install a wireless router...
Hey, check out the dude in Starbucks with his shiny new iPad. But wait... is that really Windows running on it? To Apple fans, it may sound as heretical as putting steak sauce on a vegan burger. But some people have found ways to run Microsoft Windows on an iPad. It's not all that hard, and the trick may even have some business applications.
Here are five ways to run Windows on your iPad, using remote access software...
It's a widely-believed myth that you can only catch viruses and other malware from executable files. Many people are surprised to learn they can also be infected by PDF files, the ubiquitous Portable Document Format. In fact, PDF files were implicated in more than 65 per cent of malware attacks during 2010, according to researchers at Symantec.
Find out how malicious PDF files can attack your computer, and how to protect yourself from the threat...
Any time you install and run software from an unknown source, you run the risk of damage to your computer system. Even if the software is not designed to make mischief, there's still a chance that it's vulnerable to exploits that could wreak havoc. One way to insulate your software from potential security threats is a sandbox, a controlled environment where it cannot access most of your system resources.
Here's the scoop on how to install a free sandbox environment...
What do the words ambigram, rozzle, and LOL have in common? Which new video game encourages kids to shoot their friends in the face? And should you move to Kansas for a faster internet connection? Get the scoop on gadgets & hardware, online happenings, computer security, social networking, web tech and search engines.
It's all in the lastest edition of the Geekly Update, and it's guaranteed to make you 146% smarter...