Secure Online Backup with unparalleled support

Keeping Up To Date

December 20th, 2012 | Posted by rossjaburg in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

For computer security, keeping your Windows operating system software up-to-date is a must. No operating system is perfect, and hackers are constantly discovering security holes or devising new attacks. As the bad guys discover weaknesses, Microsoft engineers fix the security gaps or create barriers to stop them. These fixes are provided in the form of patches or replacements for system applications or application libraries (for example, .exe or .dll files).

Microsoft has made implementing these fixes very easy for Windows users with their automatic update system. On your Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 or later machine, click the Start icon and type “Windows Update.” On the left you’ll see, among other things, “Change Settings.” You’ll see several options you can customize to suit your particular needs. A lot of people choose “Download updates but let me choose whether to install them” so that they can choose to run the installation process at a convenient time. Whatever you choose, be sure that something happens automatically so that at least you know updates are available.

In addition to Security Updates, there routine updates to fix bugs or improve software performance. Microsoft will rate each update as “Important,” “Recommended,” or “Optional,” and will note if an update is a “Security” update and if so whether the severity is “Critical,” “Important,” “Moderate,” or “Low.”

Sometimes updates can be applied without rebooting the computer but sometimes a reboot is necessary. Whatever the situation, do not fail to update promptly, especially for Critical Security updates, because your data and your computer could be at risk.

For more information about Microsoft’s Windows Update System:


Power to the People

April 23rd, 2012 | Posted by wwo in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Whatever happened to the SOPA and PIPA legislation of early this year? These acts were designed to protect Intellectual Property such as copyrighted material and trademarks on the Internet. Major providers such as Yahoo and Google would be required to remove access to “rogue websites operated and registered overseas.” The Senate bill, known by shorthand as PIPA, was officially S.968 – Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011. The so-called SOPA bill was the House version.

Most honest people applaud the efforts of the government to enforce protection of intellectual property rights. When an individual or company creates a trademark, or source code, or a work of art, or an invention, that person or organization has invested time and money and has every right to claim ownership. Our Constitution specifically empowers Congress to protect such rights in Article I Section 8: “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.” Hence we have the U.S Trademark and Patent Office.

But the legislation known as SOPA and PIPA, well-intentioned as it was, created onerous conditions for Internet Service Providers, essentially making them the cops, and even the bad-guys, at their own expense and risk. Many, many people saw a lot of unintended consequences and unpleasant side-effects that could result from these new laws.Google's Anti-SOPA Protest

So the people spoke and the Congress listened. Such was the uproar on the grassroots level, from people of all political stripes, that thoughtful representatives and senators reconsidered the means they had chosen to protect intellectual property.

In a January 13, 2012 letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev), Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala) cosigned the following:

“Since the mark-up, we have increasingly heard from a large number of constituents and other stakeholders with vocal about possible unintended consequences of the proposed legislation, including breaches in cybersecurity, damaging the integrity of the Internet, costly and burdensome litigation, and dilution of First Amendment rights. Moreover, in light of potential cybersecurity implications, we believe hearing from the Administration and relevant agencies is imperative. As always, our current fiscal crisis demands we carefully consider legislation that would cost taxpayers up to $43 million according to the Congressional Budget Office. These are serious issues that must be considered in a deliberative and responsible manner. This underscores the need to resolve as many outstanding concerns as possible prior to proceeding to floor consideration.”

Do not underestimate the power of a single voice, especially when it is combined with millions of others.

Make sure your voice continues to be heard by not forgetting your passwords with our free Password Keeper – PassLoc. Just fill out the form at right.