Just a reminder that come April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer support the Windows XP Operating system. What it means to you is that there will be no more security updates, which puts your pc in a compromised situation no matter what antivirus software you are using. It also means that any new software published will probably not work on Windows XP. If the idea of Windows 8 scares you, Windows 7 computers are still available.
There is a new “worm” or self replicating program that is infecting some Linksys routers. If you have one that is an “E” series, you need to be aware. There are a couple of things that can be done to just prevent any attacks, but first, check to see if you have any of the following models which may be vulnerable: E4200b , E3200, E3000, E2500, E2100L, E2000, E1550, E1500, E1200, E1000, E900. Linksys is aware of the problem. Updating the firmware for your router can be the best preventative task you can do. Check your manual to find out the specific process.
Free apps for the fun side of life this month!
RunKeeper- This app uses your phone’s GPS capabilities to track your running or cycling routes and gives you details of your pace and calories burned. Activities can be shared online. Let me know when you’ve run that first marathon!
Pretty In My Pocket– Walk into any store – from Walgreens to Bloomingdales – and scan a beauty product. Instantly you’ll see whether anyone has reviewed it.
Shazam – Hold your iPhone near to a music source and wait while the app listens and tells you what track is playing. Worth the download!
Tip of the month
How to delete specific autosuggested URLs (web addresses) from Google Chrome or Internet Explorer
Do you ever start typing in the address bar of your browser and mistype a word? The problem then lies in the fact that any time you start typing that address, the autosuggest pulls up all of the misspelled addresses as well as the correct ones. Take a look at this image in Chrome:
By using the arrow key on my keyboard, I can arrow down to the address I don’t want. Then hit Shift + Delete on your keyboard and it will disappear! If you use Internet Explorer, you will see a similar list in the address bar drop down, but at the very far right of the address you will see a small gray “x”. If you click on that, the address will be gone from your list.