Posts Tagged ‘laptop’

Dell does a Lenovo – Ships Laptops with Rogue Root Certificate

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Fortunately, there’s a simple trick to remove the root certificate (see end of article.)

Some Dell laptops ship with a self-signed root certificate eDellRoot and private key that attackers can exploit. The issue, first reported on Reddit, has resemblances to the Lenovo incident earlier this year when the company shipped some of its laptops with a pre-installed third-party root certificate that could be exploited in a similar fashion.


Microsoft Surface Tablet Running Windows 8 Announced

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

It looks like Microsoft is sort of blurring the line between laptop and tablet here …

Microsoft’s mystery event took place yesterday at a time that may have been ideal for journalists and interested users from the U.S., but less than ideal for people from other parts of the world. In it, Microsoft announced the Surface tablet running on Windows 8. According to the demonstration, Surface will ship in two different models. First a regular Intel-powered tablet running Windows 8 Pro, and then an ARM-based tablet running Windows RT.


Preparing Your Laptop Before You Go Abroad

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Sound advice for anybody who travels with a laptop (although, I’ve got to add that taking a laptop-free vacation every once in a while can be pretty cool too.)

I always take my laptop with me when I go on trips. It does not really matter if it is a weekend city tour, a business trip, or a long vacation abroad. Even on holiday, I need my laptop around as I need to be prepared to fix things that go wrong on my websites or servers the sites are running on.  And for that, I prepare my laptop before I go on the trip.


The Importance of Using Mobile Encryption

Monday, March 26th, 2012

If you use a laptop for business purposes, you might want to check this out …

This might come as a surprise to you, or perhaps even alarm you, but on the city of London’s public transport system alone, around 200 laptops are handed into lost-property offices every day.  This figure, which doesn’t even include all the ones that are never recovered, extrapolates out to over 50,000 every year just for the buses, taxis and underground trains in a single British city.


Using Bitlocker in Windows (Best Practice Guide)

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Here’s a useful Windows security tool that many of us probably didn’t even know that we already had …

If you use a laptop for work, or it you carry important or sensitive data with you then it should be encrypted.  Put simply the repercussions of not using encryption are far too serious to imagine with substantial fines being probably the least significant to a loss of customer and market confidence being the worst.


Does It Really Matter if We don’t Upgrade Our PCs Anymore?

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Given the experience with Windows Vista, this article definitely raises an interesting point …

There are all manner of images, screenshots and leaked details coming out now about Windows 8 and we already know a lot about what Microsoft want this product to be.  We know it’s going to be smaller, quicker and more agile than even Windows 7 was able to be.  It’s going to have to run effectively and without lag on lowly 1GHz ARM processors, though admittedly Microsoft might specify a dual-core minimum.  We also know that it’ll install in around 10 minutes flat on a standard PC.


Laptop Securer – Configure Windows Security Settings

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

This sounds helpful for mobile computers in general …

Laptop Securer, the name is a bit misleading as it can as easily be used on a desktop PC. The free software program can be used to change security related settings of Windows operating systems.

The developers have designed it with mobile Windows PCs, such as laptops and netbooks, in mind as they usually pose a greater risk of being accessed by third parties.


AutoSensitivity – Set Different Mouse and Touchpad Sensitivities

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

This one sounds particularly useful for touchpad users …

Laptop owners usually can use the built-in touchpad or a computer mouse on their devices, and most owners will surely agree that the usability differs highly depending on that choice. The Windows operating system offers no option to configure different sensitivities for mouse and touchpad uses which can be extremely frustrating for users who switch between both input methods regularly.


Breathing New Life into an Old Laptop

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

This probably seems like a pretty basic trick to many laptop users, but it’s still worth repeating …

Ben Whittle has an old Windows XP laptop from work and would like to use it for web browsing and email, but without the bloated apps and security restrictions installed by the IT department.


Toshiba Recalls Overheating and Melting Satellite T-Series Notebooks

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

I’ve seen computers fail in some pretty interesting ways … but I’ve never seen one actually melt before.

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

Thursday, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada announced a recall of three Toshiba Satellite T-series notebook computers: T135, T135D and ProT130, for reports that the units’ AC adaptors cause them to overheat and melt.