Archive for March, 2012

Tomorrow is World Backup Day!

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Tomorrow, Saturday March 31st, is World Backup Day! It’s not whether or not your computer will crash, it’s when. Are you files and important documents backed up? Backing up is one of the most important things you can do to help prevent a catastrophe. Find out more at http://www.worldbackupday.com/

Saving On My Desktop…hmmm?

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Ease of accessibility is the main reason people start to save documents on their desktop. We have all done so at some point in time. Some of the desktops I look at on a daily basis look like a warped treasure map of locations that may never be visited again. There are times the reason I am there is that there was a computer malfunction that have caused all the files on the desktop to disappear as well, turning the treasurer map to a wasteland. The lesson to be learned…avoid saving files on your desktop.

If your computer malfunctions you have a higher risk of losing desktop saved files. If there is a computer malfunction a number of things could happen. Firstly, it is important to note that if you are using Windows XP and have to use the System Restore feature, the files may be gone after the restoration process is complete. Secondly, any files saved to the desktop are saved directly to your “user profile.” If your user profile becomes corrupt you will lose all of your desktop files.

Keep in mind the caveats of saving your file to the desktop next time you feel the urge. Besides, you will cover-up that wonderful desktop image you worked so hard to find on your lunch break! I encourage you to use the “My Documents” folder. You can always create a shortcut or a toolbar and place it on the desktop if it is a file you will visit often.

Quick Tips:

  • Do not put any files on your desktop are security sensitive. They are easy to quickly access.
  • Files put on a desktop can easily be inadvertently deleted.
  • If memory is an issue in your computer keep in mind that files in the Desktop folder load into active memory, while the files in My Documents do not. It makes a huge difference in terms of system resources.

Increase in Phishing Attacks Reported

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

There has been a significant increase in phishing attacks on both PCs and Macs. Read the full story from Ed Bott of ZDNet at http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/new-wave-of-phishing-attacks-serves-malware-to-pcs-and-macs/4648?tag=nl.e539