Windows XP Support Terminated

April 10, 2014

Are you still running Windows XP?  Many people and businesses still are in the U.S.  Microsoft terminated support for Windows XP effective on April 8, 2014.  No more critical updates and no more security patches leaving you potentially vulnerable to hackers.

There are steps you can take to protect yourself…

 

Windows XP Support Terminated.


Too Important Not to Share Again – CryptoLocker Malware

November 26, 2013

Ransom Cryptolocker is a newer variant of so-called “ransom malware” that locks a computer until the user pays for a “key”. First noted by BitDefender anti-virus labs in late October, this malicious software will ruin your day. In a big way.

Read the whole article here: http://homepreneurs.net/2013/11/25/new-malware-infection-unbreakable-crypto-ransom-demand/

cryptolocker

And take these steps:

Here are some steps you should take to avoid or at least reduce your chances of infection:

Back up your data. Do it now. Do it regularly. If you can’t afford to lose it, BACK IT UP!

– Ensure your anti-virus, anti-malware or similar are UP TO DATE!

If the anti-virus software you run is expired, purchase a new solution. pcmag.com lists their top 3 anti-virus programs for 2013: Three products share the Editor’s Choice honor for best overall antivirus: Bitdefender Antivirus Plus (2014)$39.95 at BitDefender, Norton AntiVirus (2014)$49.99 at Norton, and Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus 2013$19.99 at Webroot.

Do not open unexpected or unknown emails. The IRS, FBI, and other government sites will never email you. They will send via the Post Office or come knocking at your door. UPS and FedEx deliver packages to you and leave notices if you are not available. They do not email.

Finally, never pay a ransom to anyone. If you see the warning message above, contact one of the several antimalware websites listed and get disinfected. If not, bring your computer to a local expert that specializes in antivirus removal.


Fax From a Computer for Free

September 30, 2013

Searching the Internet for a free fax from a computer program, I ran across Hellofax by Google Chrome.

HelloFax allows 50 free faxes per month, enough for most home business or individual users.

Fax From a Computer for Free


Still Want Windows 7? New Laptops Online Now!

September 14, 2013

I admit it.  I am a big fan of Windows 7 operating system.  I liked Windows XP, really liked Windows 7, and am down on Windows 8.  I even bought a second Window 7 laptop a few months ago because I want to have Windows 7 for several years.

After Windows 8 was released, Windows 7 disappeared from most retail store shelves.  The computer hardware companies jumped on the Windows 8 bandwagon and wanted to sell the latest and greatest.

** http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/customlanding.to?page=Satellite_Windows7_Promo&src=ECEB&cm_mmc=Email-_-broadcast-_-ecbscsp091313-_-ECEB&RMID=RSYS_091313_Win7_349&RRID=305299239 **

Buy a new Windows 7 laptop

Good news for all Windows 7 champions – Toshiba direct is selling 19 different models that start at $349, according to their website.  If I didn’t have two, I’d jump at this opportunity.  I’ve owned several Toshiba laptops over the years and am pleased.

I receive no compensation or consideration for recommending Windows 7 or Toshiba.  Strictly my opinion and experience only.

So, if you are interested in keeping Windows 7 in your life. check out Toshiba Direct – online.  This is a weekend special, so check it out, ASAP.

Great for home, business, and home business computing.  Runs all legacy applications and many newer ones too.  And the price?  $349 for a laptop is great.

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Support for Windows XP and Office 2003 Ending

September 4, 2013

Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP and Office 2013 in April, 2014.  For users, this means no security updates or critical patches, placing your computer at risk.

Homepreneurs suggests upgrading to Windows 7 or Windows 8.  This can be a complex process, especially if specialized or many programs are involved.

Third-party hardware and software vendors will likely stop supporting updates as well.  Details are in the link below.

Support for Windows XP and Office 2003 Ending

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BRB and LOL and ROTFL? WTF? A Look at IM Abbreviations

August 26, 2013

We interrupt our normally scheduled home business blogs to cover something that comes up often: IM or Instant Messaging. Most people are familiar with LOL – Laugh Out Loud or BRB – Be Right Back or TTYL – Talk To You Later. There are many other fairly common (and some not so common) texting acronyms you should at least know about. Maybe for your own texting or maybe to understand what the heck your kids are chatting about. I am often asked about many of these acronyms and the meaning. Here is a quick reference list.

As a regular texter, I think some of these are rarely used, but as with all languages – IM or not – variations exist in geographic regions, age groups, etc. One fairly common one not on this list is SMH – Shaking (Shake) My Head; another is MEH, which is not an acronym, but is rather an IM expression of shrugged shoulders or indifference. “What’s for dinner?” MEH in response is I don’t care or whatever.

* Homepreneurs reviewed this list with a younger friend tonight to make the list as current as possible.

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Oh, and WTF is “What The F*** (we don’t say those words because mom may read this). Hopefully this helps clear up some communication issues between tech-savvy kids and parents, or those that just want to know. HAGD! 🙂

While our conversational English is one thing, talking on IM is completely different. In addition to learning certain time-honored etiquette rules while IMing, keep these IM acronyms handy next time you are chatting with friends!

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Domains 101: An Introduction to Custom Domains

August 25, 2013

 

 

 

The WordPress.com Blog

Wasn’t it Shakespeare who once said, “A blog by any other domain would read just as sweetly”?  While it’s true that, as long as you are writing good content consistently, you will find your niche and audience, your site address is an important part of your online presence. A memorable site address is a direct link to your and your readers. Without it, they can’t find you.

When you sign up for a site on WordPress.com, you automatically receive a free WordPress.com subdomain, like dailypost.wordpress.com. Your site is always available through your WordPress.com address and you can use it for free for as long as you’d like. As your blog grows, you may find that you’d like to further customize your site address and replace your *.wordpress.com subdomain with your own .com.

To help familiarize you with the world of domains, we’ve crafted up a series of posts for…

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