Why is Java 7 Update 7 an important update?

Java has had a serious set of security flaws for several months that allow malicious code to install malware and infect your computer without your consent.  What can you do?  Simple, Oracle released update Java 7 Update 7 yesterday that patches this exploit, dubbed a Zero Hour exploit, one that was discovered after the vulnerable version of Java was released and can be taken advantage of anytime until it is patched.

You can patch this exploit by going to http://www.java.com/en/ and clicking the red Free Java Download button.

Java runs small programs called scripts and applets from websites, making your web browsing experience richer and more interactive.  It also can increase risk to infection.  For more general information on plugins, see this article.

Should I buy a new PC now, What is windows 8 like?

In our last article on PC buying, we suggested that you avoid buying a PC.  Our recommendation has changed.  While hard drive prices are still not what they where in October they are getting better.  Also, new lower cost yet still high quality parts like AMD’s APU system further lower the cost of computers. However, the whole…

What is the difference between an eBook Reader and a Tablet?

An eBook reader is a smaller device with an eink screen where a tablet is typicaly a bit larger and has an LCD screen. Ok, but how does that make much of a difference? The screens make a huge difference!  An eink screen is a slow refreshing black and white screen that is very gentle…

How do I securely erase data?

That depends, mainly on the media that the data is on. For example a WORM or Write Once Read Many drive like a CD or DVD can not be erased as the data is burned into the disk.  The easiest way to securely erase data on these devices is to shatter the disk or shred…

USB connectors and versions

What is USB? USB stands for Universal Serial Bus.  It is used for almost every form of accessory on a modern computer. What do I need to know about USB? USB comes in 2 modern flavors, 2.0 and 3.0.  USB 2.0 is the common black port found on all modern pcs.  USB 3.0 can be…

Is now a good time to buy a new Computer?

Not really.  Recently, there has been flooding in Thailand that has shut down approximately 45% of the world’s hard drive production.  A hard drive is the component of the computer that holds all the data, operating system, and programs on a computer.  Because of this shortage, hard drive prices have in some cases doubled.  This…

Why have all my Documents and Desktop Icons gone away? (Infection)

A new family of infections is going around.  This infection comes in via an outdated Java plugin, infects the system, locks down the Task Manager, Hides everything and displays a window with errors that are completely bogus yet scary.  Note that in order to restore some of your shortcuts, you can not empty temporary files,…

How do I take items out of startup?

This is fairly easy but it also needs to be done with great care.  Doing this improperly can leave you with no wireless card, no antivirus or other useful items.  If you do not know what an item is, your best bet is to leave it alone. That being said, the first step is to…

How do I update the firmware on my router?

  Updating the firmware on your router is like updating the BIOS on you computer.  Only do this if you are experiencing problems or there is a known issue that could cause damage to the hardware(For example, the fans are not spinning fast enough to properly cool a pc).  We have found that doing a…

What is my IP address?

If you are connected to the internet via a broadband connection you likely (but not always) have two IP addresses. Local IP address.  This is the IP address on your local network.  This is very likely to change unless you have set it to be static.  The only static IP address on your local network…