For those that work with sensitive data it is mandatory that they will think about backing up their data sooner or later. This is something that should be done by anyone that feels the need for more security over the data that they are working with. The problem is that there are not too many people out there that will take this seriously and many of them actually think that something like this will never get to happen to them.
If you are someone that thinks the same way, then I think it is time to wake up and realize that you could be next. In this article, we will try to underline some of the ways through which you will be able to keep your data safe by learning how to backup hard drive.
First of all if you are someone that is using Windows XP, you should not that there is a special utility that you can make use of in order to back your data using your CD-Writer. After doing so, you will need to locate X: VALEADDMSFTNTBACKUP, where “X” is the drive letter of your CD-Writer. As such, proceed on and find the file called NT Backup.msi.
After you will have the utility installed, you will realize that it was installed in the group called system tools. After that, just locate it and click “Backup”. A wizard will start and you will be guided through this process and be informed with the steps that you have to take. After that, you will see that Windows will create a backup of all of the data that is on your HDD and will have a recovery disk created for booting purposes.
They are very good ways of saving your entire drive’s info and in case of something will go wrong, you will be able to get your data back easily.
Of course, if you don’t want to deal with such processes, then you could easily buy a new hard drive, an external one and have all of your data stored on it. Whenever you will want to update it with new data, the software the external HDD comes with will compare the files you have on the external unit and the ones on the internal HDD and copy only those that are not present in the external drive. It’s a smart way of saving time. There are also methods through which you can have all of your data saved on different servers on the internet. This will ensure the fact that if your hard drive is physically damaged, you will still be able to get your data back without any worries. The advantage is that with an online backup service, you can always access your information and change it as per your preferences.
The computer is a device that make part of our daily life, we us it every day for several tasks, work, game, entertainment etc. More than any other device computer need a good and continues maintenance, to keep it running well and fast, doing all the tasks we need. Actually there are several menaces that can harm our computer. The most of them are coming from the internet, when we connect to the internet we are a target of virus, adware and malwares that can harm our computes, the majority of people that have basic skills in computing thinks that installing an antivirus resole all problems, this is false, even with the best antivirus out there we still in risk.
The proper functioning of any computer depends on the software installed, the memory used and the user itself.
Before talking about the problem of the internet and the virus, we need to know that even without internet we can have problem with our computer. In order to keep your computer healthy and fast you need to do some basics step periodically, if you have programs that you never use uninstall theme.
When you use your computer don´t open a lot of windows, people like let a lot of windows open even they don´t make use of theme, all open windows consume memory so if your computer have a enough memory this can slow down your machine. It is a good practice to defragment your disc to make the file system reorganized for simplifying file access and make it fast when you shut down your computer shut it down with the proper shutdown program and not with unplugging the energy cable, because this can damage your system file and generate a no starting of the system.
Before connecting to the internet it is important to install antivirus to protect your system and your data.
Configure your antivirus to scan your computer periodically; instead you can do it manually on running the antivirus scan. Some sites on the internet are harmful and install a malware script in your computer, it is better to no open this kind of sites (pornographic sites are an example).
Browsers like Google Chrome and Internet Explorer advise you about bad sites.
Internet is not the only place you can get a virus, if you are in a network or you use unknown pen drive or external disk you risk to get your computer infected, so before e connecting any external device to your computer it is recommended to scan it with your antivirus first.
If you are a beginner or do not give winds to your curiosity, don´t try to configure, delete, or change system file (for example register editing) Don´t forget to search for upgrades to keep you system with the last fixes, it is better to set automatic upgrade.
Before Installing any hardware (like camera, mouse or other devices) read the manual and be sure that the device you are installing is compatible with your computer. The use of the computer is personnel; this is why the PC means Personnel computer, so if you let other people use your computer the risk to your computer is damaged is higher.
Periodically it is a good practice to delete temporary and unused files.
If your computer run several services that you never use in the startup, it is better to deactivate those services or programs, this make your computer startup faster. On installing new software read carefully the instruction during the installation, because some software comes with third party plugin like browser toolbars that are checked by default and that will be installed with the software even you will never use them.
It is not recommended to install toolbars in the browser if you do not use theme for any purpose. When you navigate on the web do not install downloaded programs if you done know the publisher.
Following these steps you will keep your computer healthy for a long time without any problem, and if you have trouble with your computer download this tool and let it fix your computer for you automatically.
Windows 7 is specially engineered for speed. It is built to be fast. Faster than any of its preceding Windows Operating Systems. While it may be faster than Windows Vista by a good sized margin, many users remain unsatisfied by the speed of Windows 7. Even with a fully updated hardware installation of Windows 7 you could still be longing for more speed. We aim to make your Windows 7 system run faster than you could remember it ever being.
If you are looking for a little extra speed and a performance, please follow through this guide to get Windows 7 to turbo speed! This guide can really get you the performance and speed up to where you want it.
First, you should be aware of the minimum requirements needed to operate on Windows 7:
1.) 1GHz processor (32- or 64-bit)
2.) 16GB of available disk space
3.) 1GB of main memory total
4.) A DVD – R/W drive
5.) Support for DX9 graphics with 128MB of memory
Actually, the DX9 graphics card is not necessity because it is more for appearance features rather than performance features.
Let’s get straight into the guide so you can speed up that Windows 7 computer!
1. Disable Any Unneeded Visual Effects
– Optionally you could only leave the last choices checked
Turning off the aero effects in Windows 7 is a good start but you get even better results when you turn off many of the other unwanted visual effects.
2. Turn off the User Account Control (UAC) Feature
The UAC feature in Windows 7 is found annoying by many users especially those that are daily users of their computer.
3. Disable Search Indexing Feature
Now the startup feature for Search Indexing in Windows 7 has been disabled.
The Windows 7 Search Indexing feature was created so that the computer would keep records of the files that have previously been searched so items can be located quicker the next time you search them. This feature is really only useful if search for things very frequently and need them searched as fast as possible on your system after repeatedly requesting a search on that item.
If you only occasionally perform a system search for files, downloads, etc. then the Search Index Feature, especially when selected to run at system startup can eat away at memory and system resources without you even knowing it’s running.
If you would like to disable the Search Indexing Feature all together in Windows 7 you can by setting the Search Indexing Service to “Manual”. That is along with following the above steps under Disable Search Indexing Feature.
4. Disable Unwanted Services
A lot of the features and services offered with Windows 7 operating systems are not necessary for everyday use. There are some; however, that are necessary and not safe to be turned off or disabled. But things like the Print Spooler are only needed when printed a document or picture. This is something that you can safely turn off on a regular basis and then turn on when going to print something. Below are 10 more things in Windows 7 that you can safely disable.
Without these always running you can really improve the speed on your Windows 7 system.
5. Set Up the Ready Boost Service
Windows 7 offers the Ready Boost feature so that you can use your USB/Highspeed Flash/Pendrive as extra RAM. This one step improves the speed and performance by a good margin.
6. Disable the Sidebar
Now the sidebar will not appear when you start your computer or log in to Windows. Disabling this feature will not only make your computer run faster in general but it will get you to a fast startup.
7. Turn off the Thumbnail Preview Feature
Displaying thumbnails of folders rather than icons can take up more space and time than just icons. So turning off the thumbnail preview option saves you both!
8. Disable the Aero Theme
If you are looking for aesthetics rather than performance you can keep the aero user interface. While it obviously adds luster to the appearance of things it also takes up a lot of space on the graphics and video cards. You can check this out yourself by viewing its memory consumption when aero theme is both on and off to see the difference.
9. Disable Aero Peek and Aero Snap
Windows 7 has these new features designed to do things you already did in XP and Vista just in new ways. Aero Snap allows you to Maximize, Minimize and Resize your windows simply by dragging-and-dropping at screen corners.
Aero Peek is pretty much the same as the “Show Desktop” icon from Windows XP and Windows Vista. It hides all of your windows to show a clean desktop and icons.
10. Disable Password Protection
Users that set up passwords to access their account in Windows 7 spend a few seconds every time they start up or log in to enter that password. If you are the only person who uses your computer my opinion is that you don’t really need this feature. I opt for getting on my account quickly. When I previously had a password set and someone wanted on my computer I would just give out the password anyway so it was completely useless and took extra time to log in every day.
11. Disable Unwanted Startup Items
This can drastically improve startup time and even running time if you have had a lot of things running when your computer starts. This often happens automatically when several things have been downloaded and installed onto your computer.
12. Change your Power Plan to Maximum Performance
13. Turn off Unwanted Windows 7 Features
There are several features that Windows 7 offers that many users don’t need or use often so by disabling them you are making more room for running time on things you do use frequently.
14. Disable the Screen Saver and Wallpaper
It takes up memory to display wallpaper and screen savers and more memory means faster computer.
15. Disable Unwanted System Sounds
16. Tweak your Registry
We have a couple of articles in our PC 911 blog that have a lot of information on how you can tweak your registry to improve the speed of your computer!
17. Software to help Speed Up Windows 7
There are several software programs out there that you can use to maintain a nice, healthy system. Programs that update your hardware, programs that clear bugs, programs that clean registries and programs that remove potentially harmful information against you. Some of my favorites are listed below.
Performing all of these tasks will get your Windows 7 computer running noticeably quicker! Feel free to share more tips to speed up your system in the comments below!
Similar to the way that people catch a virus your computer can also be very vulnerable to viruses. These days there are people out there whose sole intent is to spread them and it is rather easy to get a virus on your computer. Luckily Microsoft is getting tougher on this junk and I hear rumors that Windows 8 will help protect you much better from this junk getting in as easily.
If you are not sure what a virus is or how to protect yourself please read our article below.
A virus is a malicious piece of code written and designed to enter your PC without your permission and unnoticed. It will then replicate itself and/or possibly cause serious damage to your files and your PC. A virus can come in many forms but they usually come attached to a file, e.g. hidden in Word macros or embedded in executable files or attached to an e-mail, or in the boot sector of a disk.
Once the infected file or disk is introduced to your system, the virus can spread by attaching itself to files on your drives, or by sending infected e-mails to people in your address book. The Internet is a great environment for a virus to spread as downloading and e-mailing and exchanging files and information is common practice. If programmed to do so, the virus will not only spread but also cause damage to your system, such as, but not limited to, deleting files, deleting hard drive boot records resulting in an unbootable system, or erasing CMOS information.
This is a serious threat and should not be taken lightly. Almost every week, a new virus strikes and brings productivity to a grinding halt. The consequences are serious. For a home user, it often results in lost data and a lot of mad friends who received the virus from you. For businesses, a virus can bring down the entire network, often resulting in hours and days without e-mail or online access, corrupted or lost data, productivity loss, etc. Viruses have caused much damage and cost businesses and government agencies billions of dollars in time and money in an effort to recover from a virus attack. Don’t think that you are immune to a virus. Nobody is.
What can we all do to prevent this from happening?
The solution to the problem is two-fold. To prevent virii from spreading, companies install virus scanner software on their mail servers, and home users install virus scanners on their home PCs. Most virus scanning software can be bought in stores for a price, but why pay if there are free alternatives? See the “Security” category of our download section at downloads/security.html for links to several free antivirus solution. Another alternative is to scan your PC online by visiting Trend Micro’s web site, but this option does not offer permanent resident virus protection.
Of course any virus scanner can only work if you have the latest virus definition files installed. These virus definition files, also called DAT files, are being updated on a weekly or even more frequent basis by the maker of each virus scanner software. But it is up to you to download them regularly and update your PC. Most virus scanners either have a feature that let you schedule automatic downloads of new DAT files so that you don’t have to worry about it, or at least offer an easy press-one-button way of doing so. Remember, if your virus scanner does not have the latest DAT files and doesn’t know about the virus, it can’t catch it.
However, the makers of virus scanners are always a step behind since they can’t update their DAT files until they have seen the virus and know how to deal with it. Therefore there is usually a time gap from several hours to several days between the appearance of the virus in the wild and when the cure in the form of new DAT files is available. Since no virus scanner can protect you in that time period, it is up to you to prevent the virus from getting to you.
You are responsible!
The other part of virus protection is prevention. And no system administrator or virus scanner can do that for you. You are the one and only person responsible for exercising caution to prevent this from happening. Here are the top rules of virus prevention. We suggest you print them out, staple them to your forehead, memorize them – anything it takes:
DON’T OPEN ATTACHMENTS FROM UNKNOWN SOURCES! We can’t emphasize this enough.
If you get an e-mail with an attachment from a person you don’t know – DO NOT OPEN IT – DELETE IT!
If you get an e-mail with an attachment from a person you know but you didn’t ask for it and didn’t expect it – DO NOT OPEN IT – DELETE IT!
If it really was legit, the person will follow up with you or send it again and no harm is done. If it was malicious and you deleted it – you’re safe. Virii can only spread if they are activated. As long as the e-mail is not opened and the attachment is not activated, you’re safe.
Virus programmers disguise their malicious software to make it look harmless. Therefore do not assume that an e-mail that is marked “Happy Mother’s Day” or “Funny Joke” or “Great Opportunity” or “Free ” is safe. You need to keep your guard up. If it does not look familiar, if it sounds suspicious – DO NOT OPEN IT – DELETE IT!
A virus can come from anybody – your coworker, your mom, your best friend, anybody! Therefore do not assume that any e-mail you receive from anybody you know is safe. Virii spread by replicating themselves unbeknownst to a user by sending themselves to e-mail addresses found in the user’s address book. This means that virii are most likely to get into your inbox from somebody you know! If somebody you know sends you an attachment that you didn’t ask for and didn’t expect – DO NOT OPEN IT – DELETE IT!
Do not open any attachment that has the extension .vbs or .shs! Virii don’t have to be files ending in .exe to be executed. VBS means Visual Basic Script is another programming language, one of many, that virii are written in. Virii can actually be hidden in many types of files. Often infected files are disguised to look like a text file or a video clip to trick you into thinking they are safe and opening them. Be suspicious of every single attachment you get. If you’re not sure – DO NOT OPEN IT – DELETE IT!
Please use common sense
It is crucial to be suspicious and exercise caution. The number one rule is: Delete any e-mail with attachments that you cannot say with 110% certainty that they are safe. Nobody is safe from virii, but you can help fighting them by using common sense. Remember, a deleted legit e-mail takes only a few seconds to resend. But an opened malicious e-mail can cause hours of downtime, lost productivity, unrecoverable data, and cost a company tens of thousands of dollars as a result. Be responsible, use common sense, and think before you click. The virus threat is real.
We all love our gadgets and gizmos but, increasingly, it seems that research is suggesting that the electronic devices we use everyday could actually be putting us at greater risk than we initially thought.
For example, the World Health Organisation has just placed mobile phones in the category ‘2B – possibly carcinogenic to humans’, which means that your beloved handset now sits alongside pickled vegetables, printer ink and coffee when it comes to possible threats to your wellbeing.
However, much of this is based around how much you use your phone. Certainly, the worrying headlines about contracting brain cancer might help to sell newspapers, but sensible use of a phone is, it seems, no riskier than enjoying your daily mug of caffeine. But that’s the thing with everything we do – moderation in all things as they say.
That’s not to say that technology does not have a debilitating effect on us, even if we’re using it in a sensible fashion. Let’s face it; we all spend hours in front of screens now, be they workstations, home computers, laptops, netbooks, tablets and smartphones – all are putting an increasing strain on our poor peepers.
A recent survey has suggested that British people now spend more time looking at screens than they do sleeping, and over sixty per cent admitted they get withdrawal symptoms if they’re separated from their devices for any period of time. An additional forty per cent said they looked at their mobile phone before doing anything else after waking up. A quarter said they did it within three minutes of rising from their slumber.
Today’s children spend around half as much time looking at screens as they do being taught in classrooms too, so the problem clearly starts early on. And, with so many irresistible gadgets around us, the temptation to stare at a screen all day is becoming ever stronger. The desirability to own the latest electronic devices is also magnetic, too although not everybody would be prepared to go to the lengths of one young man in China who recently hit the headlines.
He was so obsessed about the Apple iPad 2 tablet that, desperate to be able to buy one, he found a black market dealer in vital organs and reportedly sold one of his kidneys for thousands of dollars. So, while technology may be great in a lot of respects, there’s no doubt that in some cases, it’s delivering rather more than we bargained for.
Windows 8 rumors are flying around now and the buzz about Windows 8 is full of hype. There are rumors of a release date in late 2011 and early 2012. My opinion is that it will be released around Feb 2012. There have been a couple of sneak peeks at the new operating system and it seems to be less targeted to just PC’s with an obvious tablet inspired interface.
There are tiles as shown above scattered throughout Windows 8 and you can quickly launch apps from the new tiled start screen. You can easily multitask, or switch between different apps and the tiles and live notifications. You can quickly resize tiles and there seems to be a new app store to easily download free or low priced apps.
As always I will be late to adapt to the new operating system. I skipped Vista altogether and reluctantly upgraded to Windows 7 when I had to buy a new tower. From the first day I loved it and eagerly trashed my dated Windows XP despite my claims that I would just stick with XP for years.
It seems to lean towards touchscreen monitors which I don’t care for personally. I find touchscreens to be more of a vanity than useful. Maybe I am just old school preferring a mouse to make my way around.
Stay tuned for more articles on the upcoming Windows 8 and the Windows 8 release date.
If you have been wanting to do any email marketing then you may have ran across the Streamsend.com website and wondered if this was a good fit for your business and how you want to email your .
We have been a customer of Streamsend for over a year and have been really happy with our experience with them overall. The only problem is that we wish our open rates were better but I have found that happens with any email marketing system.
It is really easy to add a form to your website or blog to get visitors to signup to receive emails from you or you can easily upload customer lists. Of course you cannot upload bought or rented lists as that would be spam but if you have a previous customer list you can upload them and use Streamsend to contact your customers.
Using an email marketing system like Streamsend is really a helping hand as you get more and more subscribers to your email list. Stream send automates the process of dealing with unsubscribes and keeping you in line with all of the laws.
The only downside I have noticed is when I have sent close to the limit you have to pay a little more to send that last little bit even if some of the folks on the list that is setup are unsubscribed it seems you have to que for all of them. It’s really not that big of a deal but I have spent 20$ extra in a month a couple of times due to this. I may be mistaken on them queuing even the unsubscribed ones that was just my gut feeling at the time.
Another pro to using Stream Send for your email marketing needs is that you can easily scale up or down your account according to your delivery for that month. If you need to send 5 messages to your 20,000 person email list this month and only 1 next month you don’t have to pay the same. Just adjust your account size.
I highly recommend Streamsend to anyone wondering if they should use Stream send for their email marketing.
NASA Shuttle Launch countdown
After that postponement we are finally getting ready to go!
Osama Bin Laden has been confirmed dead by US officials. Apparently he was killed a week ago in a US bomb attack. The news of Bin Laden’ death has spread over twitter like a brush fire in a match factory.
The US has been searching for him since 2001 for his role in the 911 tragedy and the timing could not be any better with the tenth anniversary of 911 coming up in just a few months.
I had a cousin killed in Afghanistan just a few weeks ago. He was only 20 years old and a really great kid. We would hear of him helping kids over there and riding horses thru the rough terrain with his battle buddies.
I do hope that we can finally bring home many of our young men and women that are in wars overseas since Osama Bin Laden has been killed and it is confirmed.
Anytime you lose your purse or wallet it opens the door for identity thieves to all the necessary information about you that they need to take advantage of your credit rating. From here they can easily sell off your personal information to other thieves online or start creating fraudulent accounts in your name and taking the property purchased on your credit and disappearing. This happens every day.
1. Phone your bank and credit card companies to let them know immediately.
Ask to have your account numbers changed as a security precaution.
2. File a Police report
3. Put a fraud alert on your account with all 3 of the credit agencies.
4. Contact your lenders fraud department
5. Get a copy of your credit report ASAP
6. Don’t forget to report your driver’s license lost and replace it at the DMV.
7. If you lost any keys you should change the locks that they match quickly.
8. Make an inventory list of what exactly you recall being inside the wallet/purse.
9. Signup with an ID Theft Protection Service
Tips to help protect you and limit your liability