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Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed -


Download the extension here

Please be sure to read the reviews for a clearer understanding of this add-on and its potential foibles.

General Discussion / Re: Interesting Video Introducing Linux
« on: April 15, 2014, 08:38:15 PM »
Consider the (Linux) Zorin OS.  The article offers a tour of the alternative to WIN XP.

Main advantages:

The Zorin OS operating system gives you the ultimate desktop experience. It comes in free and premium versions. Some of the stated advantages of Zorin OS:

    No risk of getting viruses
    Much faster than Windows 7
    An easy to use and familiar desktop
    Customizable user interface thanks to our Look Changer
    Stable as it is based on the robust Linux operating system
    All the software you'll ever need out of the box
    Extremely versatile and customizable Open Source software
    Available in over 55 languages

Zorin OS

Windows 8.1 Update Is Here! What It Is & How To Get It Now.

Quoted from the article:  "Curious about the latest Windows 8.1 Update or not sure what this is about? KB2919355 is a cumulative set of important updates and new features, delivered via Windows Update. If you want to keep your system up to date and secure, you should apply this update. And you may appreciate some of its novelties.

Microsoft is rolling out the Windows 8.1 Update via automatic updates over the next weeks. If you want to be ahead of the curve, you can manually install KB2919355 right now. Or maybe you were one of the first people to receive it automatically and itís already installed."


How to Download Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 Installation Media ó Legally. This could save the day if your installation disks were unavailable and you still have your genuine product key.

How To Geek

General Discussion / WOW Slider is updated to v5.3.
« on: April 11, 2014, 10:52:33 PM »
WOW Slider upgraded once again, this time to version 5.3 - View the demonstration.

General Discussion / Windows 8 Has An XP Mode - Give it a try.
« on: April 11, 2014, 10:44:36 PM »
Forget The End Of Life Woes: Windows 8 Has An XP Mode - Might give it a try?

Make Use Of:

General Discussion / Re: Heartbleed
« on: April 10, 2014, 09:21:31 PM »
Info on Heartbleed and how to fix it

From  "OpenSSL Security Advisory [07 Apr 2014]

TLS heartbeat read overrun (CVE-2014-0160)

A missing bounds check in the handling of the TLS heartbeat extension can be
used to reveal up to 64k of memory to a connected client or server.

Only 1.0.1 and 1.0.2-beta releases of OpenSSL are affected including
1.0.1f and 1.0.2-beta1.

Thanks for Neel Mehta of Google Security for discovering this bug and to
Adam Langley <> and Bodo Moeller <> for
preparing the fix.

Affected users should upgrade to OpenSSL 1.0.1g. Users unable to immediately
upgrade can alternatively recompile OpenSSL with -DOPENSSL_NO_HEARTBEATS.

1.0.2 will be fixed in 1.0.2-beta2."

FYI - Microsoft is working to advance cybersecurity policy initiatives. Here is some reading on MS and its response to cybersecurity concerns: Download the whitepapers below to learn more.

General Discussion / Re: Windows 8.1 Update 1, new information
« on: April 04, 2014, 08:18:51 PM »
Can the new Windows 8.1 bring back users?

ZD Net.com

Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for April 2014, Version: 1.0 - Published: Tuesday, April 08, 2014

There are two critical and two important security updates.

General Discussion / The Windows 8 activation-key problem.
« on: April 03, 2014, 06:51:08 PM »
The Windows 8 activation-key problem. Microsoft no longer requires manufacturers to put the activation key on your computer, and the manufacturers as a rule donít do it. So what can you do if you need to reinstall Windows 8?

PC World

Any other suggestions? 

Fumble-free USB 3.1 connector will be in products by year end -

PC World

USB History on Wikipedia

General Discussion / Re: Windows 8.1 Update 1, new information
« on: April 02, 2014, 06:56:40 PM »

Hacked: 11 Signs Your Online Security Is Being Compromised: 

"There could be any number of explanations as to why a certain program is running painfully slow or why your computer has started acting differently. While it could be your processorís fault, or maybe your system doesnít have an adequate amount of RAM inside, you canít rule out the possibility that your online security has been compromised and you are being hacked, which is obviously more alarming. Below you will find about eleven symptoms, which if you ever come across, should make you consider the possibility of having been hacked."

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