Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Internet Security for the Windows Home and Small Business User -- Talk at the Kinnelon Library, Wed. April 26, 2017 at 7 PM


This is Your Laptop on Drugs, er, Fire

So You Have a Few Choices -- Top or Bottom!
OK -- so your PC won't burn up if it gets infected but you may wish it had, especially if you run into Ransomware, or Hacked Accounts and eMail.

What should you do???

Well, first, even before installing Internet Security, you SHOULD BE  BACKED UP. The last best chance you have in case of a hopelessly compromised machine is a Complete Restore!!!

We will cover McAfee LiveSafe because it is a good program and is FREE for those of us with Cable Internet and MalwareBytes Free and Premium, because dual belt and suspenders protection is a good idea with Security Software. 

If your Internet Provider does not provide McAfee free, it may offer another from the Recommended Software in the PC Mag list above. All of the Editor's Choices are fine. Especially if you have MalwareBytes as well.

Verizon will charge you $7 per month. Wow! Anyway ... 



We will also discuss the part that Bootable Backups can play in not only disaster recovery such as drive failure, but also in recovering from catastrophic infection. It is nice to have an uninfected backup of your system disk when your system disk IS INFECTED!

As usual we will take questions and deal with issues at the end of the talk.

See you there!

~Ted

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Update On Bootable Backups for Windows: Answers and Info on Software and Hardware



To Boot or Not to Boot, That is the Question


OK, Which Offers Better Protection?
Bootable Backups


So here are some of the links and and references for software and hardware referred to in the talk at the Kinnelon Library earlier this month:

Backup Software:

From Future Systems: Casper 10 and Casper Secure Drive Backup

From NTI: NTI Backup Now EZ 5.1

Remember that the NTI Software also comes with the Toshiba Canvio Connect II Series of USB 3 External Drives available in 1 to 3 TB capacities -- so you get the software at no additional charge for the cost of the drive, and includes image (bootable) backup. archival (file) backup, and social media backup, but not secure (encrypted) backup

Both can be automated to the schedule of your choice.

Below are some choices for a complete external backup system, such as the Toshiba Canvio II, or separate drive docks and drives for desktops with 3.5" drives and laptops with 2.5" drives. They can be mixed and matched if you like.

If the images ARE TOO SMALL to READ, just click on the link in RED below the picture.


Available at Amazon
Click Here
Laptop Drive -- Seagate High Performance

Desktop Drive -- WD 5 TB High Performance

External USB 3.0 Drive Dock for 3.5" Desktop Drive

External USB 3.0 Drive Case for 2.5" Laptop Drive


Once you have installed the Cloning Software above you can make an exact copy of your Boot Drive -- your C: drive -- and test your ability to boot from it. Reboot your computer and press the function key for your make of PC per the helpful link below as the machine starts to reboot.

Following is a link for common boot menu function keys per PC Maker for laptops and desktop computers so that you can boot your machine from the image backup on system drive failure or for testing:

 http://www.disk-image.com/faq-bootmenu.htm

Good Luck!

Next talk at the Kinnelon Library will happen at 7:00 PM March 29, 2017. See you!


1) What Are They? Hint: You Can Boot Your Computer From Them When Your Drive Fails!

2) Why You Need Them: Duh!

3) How to Make Them

4) Where and How to Buy Backup Drives and Drive Cases.

5) Why You Should Buy Your Own Drive and Case and not a Pre-Packaged External Drive

6) How to Get Up and Running after a System Drive Failure in Just a Few Minutes.

We will also talk about infection eradication strategies and what you need to have on hand to deal with surprises -- time permitting.

See you there!

~Ted


PS: This talk pertains to PCs running Windows 10, 8, and 7

Photo Credits: http://www.emergingrunner.com/2011/06/barefoot-but-for-my-shoe.html
and http://www.vtarmynavy.com/belleville-boots.htm


     

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Hands-On Bootable Backups for Windows with Demo - Talk at the Kinnelon Library Wednesday Mar. 1 @ 7 PM



To Boot or Not to Boot, That is the Question


OK, Which Offers Better Protection?

Anyway, I will be giving a talk at the Kinnelon Public Library, this coming Wednesday, March 1 at 7 PM, which is the 2nd of 11 planned talks this year, on the subject of taking care of your Windows PC, new or old, with special attention to:

Bootable Backups

1) What Are They? Hint: You Can Boot Your Computer From Them When Your Drive Fails!

2) Why You Need Them: Duh!

3) How to Make Them

4) Where and How to Buy Backup Drives and Drive Cases.

5) Why You Should Buy Your Own Drive and Case and not a Pre-Packaged External Drive

6) How to Get Up and Running after a System Drive Failure in Just a Few Minutes.

We will also talk about infection eradication strategies and what you need to have on hand to deal with surprises -- time permitting.

And, As Always we will have our Open Mike period at the end of the talk and demo, so you can find out why your computer isn't doing what you want:

Last Time some people were interested in changing the Appearance and Menu System
of  Windows 10 to look like Win 7 -- We will do that also and make the Software Available

Ask Your Questions about Your Computer and Computer Related Problems, such as:

1) Is my machine too old? When do I need a new machine?

2) How can I "pin" that program to my Taskbar, and what is a "Gadget?"

3) Why does my computer ... ?

4) If you have a laptop with a problem, bring it along and we'll take a quick look.

5) Questions and on-the-spot diagnosis will be limited by the time available!!!

All of you Kinnelon and North Jersey people, and everybody else, are welcome to come.

Do call Kim Christian at the Kinnelon Library to sign up at 973 838 1321 and/or email her at:  kim.christian@kinnelonlibrary.org

See you there!

~Ted


PS: This talk pertains to PCs running Windows 10, 8, and 7

Photo Credits: http://www.emergingrunner.com/2011/06/barefoot-but-for-my-shoe.html
and http://www.vtarmynavy.com/belleville-boots.htm


       

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Windows Control Panel and Settings: Working with Your Software and Hardware in Win 10, 8 and 7

Take Charge of Your Machine!

It's Not So Hard!
He Knows What He is Doing

I (Working Computers) will be giving a talk at the Kinnelon Library on 
January 25, 2017 from 7 PM to 8:30 PM
to discuss Windows System Admin with the tools that come with the Operating System, mainly:

The Windows Control Panel

Most Windows users already know something about the Control Panel, and some of the admin tools located there, but haven't walked through the roster of utilities and may not understand what they are for. Next Wednesday, Jan. 25,  we are going to fix some of that with a walk through the most (to me) useful. They fall into 2 Groups -- those that Control The OS Software and those that Control Hardware and Both.

They are:

Administrative Tools
Device Manager
Devices and Printers
Display
File Explorer Options
Indexing Options
Network and Sharing Center
Personalization
Programs and Features
Recovery
Sound
System
Taskbar and Navigation
User Accounts

I have deliberately left out other items which may be useful from time to time but which are either accessed less frequently, less critically, or handled with other applications.

We will be discussing Adding Hard Disks, Setting Up Disk Backups, Working with your Networks and Routers, Printers, Display, and Audio, as well as File System and Windows Explorer display defaults and Customizing the Taskbar and working with User Accounts.

Shortly after the talk we will publish the talk with slides!

We will be happy to discuss problems that you have with your individual machines, if they are fairly brief, and we will have a discussion period at the end. Feel free to bring your laptop.

Do give Kim Christian at the Kinnelon Library to sign up at 973 838 1321 and/or email her at 
kim.christian@kinnelonlibrary.org.

Thanks, and hope to see you there -- it's been a while!

~Ted

Photo Credits to: https://steventorresramos.com/2012/07/23/july-27-2012-13th-annual-system-administrator-appreciation-day/


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Date Changed: Tonight's Talk, Backup and Backup Strategy for Windows, scheduled for Sept. 25, 2014 @ 7PM has been Moved to Oct. 1, 2014 at 7 PM

We are moving tonight's talk  on Backup Strategy to next Wednesday, Oct.1, 2014.

due to

Wetness Aversion:



Apparently those signed up did not like the forecast for tonight!

Ted

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Correction!!! Sept. 25!!! Backup and Backup Strategy for Windows, Also Infection Eradication Strategy -- Talk at the Kinnelon Library Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 @ 7PM




To Boot or Not to Boot, That is the Question


OK, Which Offers Better Protection?

Anyway, I will be giving a talk at the Kinnelon Public Library, this Thursday, September 25, at 7 PM, which is the 3rd of 6 such talks this year, on the subject of taking care of your Windows PC, new or 


...


and so on.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Windows 8 vs Windows 7 -- Do Not Fear Windows 8 -- Talk at the Kinnelon Library Thursday, May 22 2014 @ 7PM


Windows 8 vs Windows 7--
Why Windows 8 is OK and You Should Not Fear It
Home, Sweet Home in Windows 8
 I will be giving a talk at the Kinnelon Public Library, this Thursday, May 22 at 7 PM, which is the 2nd of 6 such planned talks this year, roughly a month apart, on the subject of Using Your PC or Laptop, in this case, with Windows 8 and 8.1 -- how it is different from previous versions of Windows, how it is similar, and what you need to know about your next Operating System! This talk will cover again some of the topics in the November 2013 talk which people have expressed interest in and which have since changed.
  • The Good Things -- and there are Good Things: Stability, Speed, Backup ...
  • The Annoying Things -- How to Work Around Them
  • The New User Interface -- What You Need to Know
  • How to Make Windows 8 and 8.1 Look and Work Like Windows 7
  • Why You Should Have It Instead of Windows 7
I will also be talking about certain power and protection hardware such as Uninterruptible Power Supplies, Surge Protectors, and the like.

Plus -- As Always -- Ask Your Questions about Your Computer and Computer Related Problems, such as:

1) Is my machine too old? When do I need a new machine?

2) How can I "pin" that program to my Taskbar, and what is a "Gadget?"

3) Why does my computer ... ?

4) If you have a laptop with a problem, bring it along and we'll take a quick look.

5) Questions and on-the-spot diagnosis will be limited by the time available!!!

All of you Kinnelon and North Jersey people, and everybody else, are welcome to come.

Call the Kinnelon Library at 973 838 1321 and reserve a spot.

Also note that the last talk this year will be on Dec. 19, Thursday, and will be a Year End Wrap-Up including all of the things you need to do to take care of your computer at least once a year.

See you there!

~Ted

PS: This talk pertains to PCs running Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP, Tablets and Phones


Photo Credits: All Mine

           

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