Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Computer Security is more than anti-virus software

Many people think anti-virus software is all it takes to keep their computers and private information safe. Believe it or not, the person sitting at the computer is often their own worst enemy when it comes to giving away secrets and assisting identity thieves. The U.S. government wants to help you with security and has created a website to assist. For their complete articles on security issues and how you can protect your equipment and your identity, go to http://onguardonline.gov/articles/0009-computer-security. They even help with tips for kids' safety online.

Don't forget the other half of computer security: back-up, back-up, back-up. If your computer crashed tomorrow, would it take away precious photos, financial information, old family recipes? It could, depending on whether the hard drive is damaged beyond repair. So buy some CDs, DVDs, and flash drives and back up your important stuff. For especially important stuff, make at least two copies and store one in a separate location. Earthquakes, fire, flood. Don't let a natural disaster catch you and your data unaware.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Magic Tablet

Well, we had a spirited meeting last night of the Computer Club, and try as we could to focus on our evening's topic, the discussion inevitably turned to iPads. What is it about the magical electronic tablet that makes everyone drool? Well, after initial discussion on some iPad issues, we did look at screencasting and what it can do. Though the group gamely looked on, the conversation quickly turned again to...wait for it...the iPad. Which is a good thing since the purpose of the Club is to have fun while discussing technologies.

So next month, the demo topic is security. Viruses, worms, malware, spyware, identity theft, file back-up - you name it and we'll try to give the best tips out there. And then, another member will have a brand new iPad and want to talk about it - just wait and see.