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Download Windows 7 and 8.1 ISO Images from Microsoft

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Need a fresh copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1? Microsoft makes it hard to find these products on their official website, but they’re still available.

It is rather difficult to download ISO images for previous versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system from official sources. Microsoft wants users to use the company’s Media Creation Tool instead which downloads and creates installation media on a system running a supported operating system version.

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Windows 10 is a Recommended Update Now

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

The battle to prevent your Windows 7 or 8 PC from automatically updating to Windows 10 just became a little bit more difficult.

Microsoft changed the state of the “upgrade to Windows 10” update for Windows 7 and 8.1 devices to recommended on February 1, 2016 from optional. Microsoft continues to push Windows 10, and as the company announced back in October 2015, made the upgrade to its latest operating system Windows 10 a recommended update on devices running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

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How to Analyze Networking Data with Firefox

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Here’s a nice overview of some very useful network analysis tools that you probably already have … but might not be aware of.

A lot happens when you open a website in the Firefox web browser. While you see the result of that action in the browser UI, you do not really get to see what is happening in the background. You can install extensions such as NoScript that provide you with some information, especially related to third-party requests, but if you want to get the full picture, you need to turn elsewhere. Firefox ships with powerful networking tools that you can activate or load for that purpose. You do not need to install an add-on or program for that, as everything is included with recent versions of the browser by default.

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Convert Images to Google’s WebP Image Format

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

I’m not sure if I’d jump on this bandwagon or not … at least not until Firefox and Adobe jump on board.

As a webmaster it pays to pay attention to trends and upcoming technologies that may help you improve the performance or other site metrics. Google’s WebP image format promises better file compression and quality than the popular jpg and png formats, and at least some webmasters consider converting all images made available on their sites in the format as well. There are issues however that keep the format from reaching a wider audience. It is not supported by all web browsers for example. Google Chrome supports it but Firefox does not for example.

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Improve Tumblr Security by Enabling Two-Factor Authentication

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Two factor authentication does provide improved security over a standard password, but I’m not sure if I’m all that crazy about giving my phone number out to companies that might end up selling that information later.

Tumblr announced today that Two-Factor Authentication is now available for all users of the site. Two-Factor Authentication adds a second layer to the log in process on websites. Instead of accessing an account on Tumblr with the account’s username and password, another code needs to be entered before access is granted. That code is generated in real-time, usually through smartphone apps, SMS or hardware devices that can generate codes on demand.

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Microsoft Recommends to Uninstall Windows 7 Update 2823324

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Remember those Microsoft Security updates that were automatically installed last Tuesday? Well, it turns out that there’s a problem with one of them …

Microsoft released a total of nine security bulletins last Tuesday fixing two critical security vulnerabilities and several lesser rated security vulnerabilities in the Windows operating system and several other Microsoft products.

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How to Make Firefox the Fort Knox of Browsers

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Several of these tips are almost too obvious, but the article still provides a nice summary of the steps required to make Firefox more secure.

Whenever you hop on to the Internet you are facing dangers. While it is relatively safe on popular sites such as Facebook or Google, it is possible that you are deceived even there. On Facebook, it may be a link that someone posted and that you are dying to follow (Justin Bieber did this, the Pope is dead), and on Google, you may for instance be deceived by advertisement. Once you wander off those well lighted paths on the Internet, things can turn bad pretty quickly.

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How to Verify Link Targets Before you Click on Links

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Those shortened URLs can be a big help to people who post a lot of links, but they can also be used to hide links to malicious sites too …

Yesterday’s post about a new virus attack on Skype has shown that it is important to verify link targets before you click on the links. Because if you do not, you may end up with some nasty virus, trojan or other malicious software on your PC. What makes the Skype attack work that well is that it spreads by messaging Skype contacts, people that you probably trust not to send you malicious links or files.

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Microsoft Releases Fix-It for Latest 0-Day Vulnerability.

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Remember that Internet Explorer “0-Day” problem that we were talking about the other day? Well, apparently there’s a fix for that now …

A few days ago a new 0-day vulnerability was discovered that affects all versions of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer – but Internet Explorer 10 – on all recent versions of the Windows operating system. Microsoft suggested workarounds like installing the company’s own excellent mitigation tool or setting the Internet and Intranet security zone to high to block the exploit from executing. Third parties recommended to not use Internet Explorer until a fix is released by Microsoft.

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Microsoft Fix-It to Disable Gadgets in Windows 7 and Vista

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

It’s hard to tell if they’re doing this to improve security, or if they’re just trying to push users towards the Metro interface …

Rumor has it that Microsoft is going to kill gadgets in Windows 8, and while nothing has been confirmed yet it seems like a move that aims to get users to work with the Metro interface and the apps it provides. There could be another reason though, and it comes in form of a security advisory for Windows Vista and Windows 7.

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