Linux and WordPerfect/Word SIG
||May 06, 2009, 01:48:52 PM
The Board of Trustees have re-aligned the SIG schedule. The WordPerfect/Word SIG will meet on the first Wednesday of the month, and the new Linux SIG will meet the third Wednesday of the month. The second Wednesday of the month the Linux group will meet with the WNYLUG group at their facilities.
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 Acronis True Image free for Maxtor, Seagate users (From ozrom1e)
||July 20, 2007, 06:34:49 AM
Acronis True Image free for Maxtor, Seagate users
"Acronis can be obtained free if you have a Maxtor or Seagate hard drive.
The important thing to note, however, is that both utilities are based on an OEM version of Acronis's well-regarded True Image backup application. According to the Inquirer's report, both free utilities support the creation of disk images, partitions, the cloning and formatting of disks, and more.
One of the best HDD utilities is free
Seagate provides Two free downloadable utilities at the following links:
I found this information in = Windows Secrets Newsletter Issue 116 2007-07-19
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 Password Mistakes & Tips
||October 20, 2014, 11:15:10 AM
Excerpt from Jeff Fox of StateoftheNet.net
Which of these mistakes do you make?
You can create better passwords by steering clear of some of the most common mistakes people make:
Starting with an upper case letter followed by lower case letters
When a password isn't long enough, adding a letter or two to the base word
Putting digits, especially two or four of them, before or after the letters
When a special character is required, using "!" and putting it at the end
Not using two special characters in the same password
Don't rely on all password checkers
When creating a password, you may be tempted to use online password checkers to test the strength of those you're considering. Beware: When I tried four of the most popular checkers, How Secure is my Password, Password Meter, Microsoft's Password Checker, and Kasperky's Secure Password Check, only Kaspersky's clearly informed me that the apparently strong password I submitted was actually far weaker than it appeared. Even Gmail's own password strength tester labeled that password as "strong."
How to make passwords less predictable
I won't suggest any compositional patterns here because, once published, they would immediately become a target for hackers. Instead, here are a few rules of thumb to keep your passwords from becoming too predictable:
Avoid beginning the password with an upper case letter -- or maybe even any letter
Create an acronym using the first letter of each word in a memorable sentence, as suggested by security expert Bruce Schneier -- example: t2cmlp,@yh ("Try to crack my latest password, all you hackers")
Resist your natural tendency to mimic familiar words and phrases
Use multiple special characters in the same password
Don't always place digits adjacent to each other
See the entire article here;
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 Microsoft OneDrive
||September 24, 2014, 01:20:47 PM
Earlier this year, Microsoft rebranded its SkyDrive service to OneDrive, and has been improving the service on a nearly monthly basis. With apps being updated constantly, free storage for those with an Office 365 subscription, and a bunch of other features being added, Microsoft is pushing OneDrive with all of its corporate power. To keep the train moving, Microsoft has announced that if you use the auto-upload camera feature with its OneDrive platform, they will double your amount of free storage. To enable this feature, download OneDrive on your phone, sign-in with your Microsoft account, and enable the auto-upload feature; it's that simple.
Microsoft's OneDrive has become a lot more attractive today as the company has announced that it is lowering the cost for additional storage and increasing the amount of free storage too. Prices are being cut by 70%, making storage ridiculously cheap if you are in the need for cloud storage.
The new monthly prices will be $1.99 for 100 GB (previously $7.49), and $3.99 for 200 GB (previously $11.49) and there is more good news if you are an Office 365 subscriber. If you subscribe to Microsoft's subscription-based Office service, you will now get 1TB of storage included. This applies to all of the consumer SKUs starting with Office 365 Personal for $6.99 a month, and adds extraordinary value to that package. For that price, you would get 1TB of storage and Office, compared with $9.99 a month for 1TB of storage on Google Drive, while Dropbox charges the same price for just 100GB of storage.
For those of you who are still content with your free space, Microsoft is tossing good news your way too. Starting today, all accounts now have 15 GB of free storage; this is double the previous free amount which was 7 GB, and matches Google Drive's 15GB of free space. http://onedrive.live.com/about/en-us/plans/
For more info visit the OneDrive website; http://onedrive.live.com/about/en-in/
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 HP Recall - Power Cord
||August 27, 2014, 09:00:00 AM
There is a new HP recall which affects around six million of its LS-15 AC power cords, which shipped with HP and Compaq notebook and netbook systems - and with accessories, such as docking stations - between September 2010 and June 2012. Specifically the AC adapter cord, that connects the wall to the power brick are prone to overheating.
The company said that the power cords "may pose a risk of a fire and burn hazard to customers." As Reuters reports, HP has in fact received 29 reports of the cords overheating, with 13 claims of 'minor property damage' and two instances in which customers received 'minor burns'.
HP said in a statement that "customers should immediately stop using and unplug the recalled power cords and contact Hewlett-Packard to order a free replacement." Affected customers can register for a replacement here at the website below, or call Hewlett-Packard toll-free at (877) 219-6676 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Mon-Friday.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Recall Notice:
Check for all HP Product Recalls; http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-information/recalls.html
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 AV Tests / Rebates**
||May 08, 2014, 03:01:42 PM
AV-TESTs endurance testing is an in-depth study, in which various Antivirus security suites are analyzed over three two-month periods on three different operating systems Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. The experts evaluated 24 Security Suites from different vendors in three categories. The first category, Protection, tested the combined ability to detect a reference set of malware and to identify new pieces of previously unknown malware. The second category, System Load, demonstrated the impact of the security suite on system performance and measured delays in the installation or execution of programs, website responses and data downloads. The last category, Usability, assessed the correct identification of legitimate programs and websites.
The comparison of the products only factors in the protection packages that completed all 6 months of the test between September 2013 and February 2014. The top products overall are suites from Kaspersky Lab and Bitdefender with 17.8 and 17.5 out of 18 points respectively. The top FREE Antivirus Suite was Panda Security followed by free AVG and free Avira software.
See the full Endurance AV Test Report here (click on charts for full view) ;
F R E E - P a i d v e r s i o n s o f t o p r a t e d S e c u r i t y S o f t w a r e after Rebate** (Updated Fridays & as req'd)
AVG Anti-Virus 2014 - 3 PCs / 2-Year http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832620109
AVG Anti-Virus 2014 - 1 PC / 2-Year http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832620106
AVG Internet Security 2014 - 3 PCs / 2-Year http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832620107
See all AVG Rebates at Egghead:http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006587%2050011898%2040000377%204801&IsNodeId=1&Manufactory=11898&name=Mail-in%20Rebate
Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 - 3PCs http://www.frys.com/product/8143265
PAID AV DEALS - No Rebate
TREND MICRO Titanium Antivirus 2014 1 PC - $7.99 http://www.frys.com/product/7804879
TREND MICRO Titanium Antivirus 2014 3 PC - $9.99 http://www.frys.com/product/7804889
TREND MICRO Titanium Internet Security 2014 1 PC - $9.99 http://www.frys.com/product/7804899
TREND MICRO Titanium Internet Security 2014 3 PC - $14.99 http://www.frys.com/product/7804909
Norton Antivirus - Various Versions
Norton 360 2014 - 1 User / 3 Licenses (DVD)
FREEWARE SECURITY SOFTWARE Links:
FREE version of Bitdefender http://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/free.html
FREE version of PANDA SECURITY http://www.cloudantivirus.com/en/
CNET Review http://download.cnet.com/Panda-Cloud-Antivirus-Free-Edition/3000-2239_4-10914099.html
Free Anti-Virus Removal Tool from internet security experts at Sophos :
Free Home Network Firewall by Sophos; http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/sophos-utm-home-edition.aspx
Free Anti-Virus for MAC PCs http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/sophos-antivirus-for-mac-home-edition.aspx
More AV Test Review Info;
Also see Dennis Technology Labs Home AV Test Results (Kaspersky and Norton top lists):
Small and Large Business AV Tests Reports also by Dennis Technology Labs of London, England:
Which AV programs prevent Zero-Day Malware ?
Impressively, ten of the 25 tested security products achieved 100% protection in both months of testing, among them Bitdefender Internet Security (2014), Kaspersky Internet Security (2014), and Norton Internet Security (2014). Check Point's ZoneAlarm, included in this test for the first time, managed 99 percent in March and 100 percent in April, as did Panda's free Cloud Antivirus.
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