Having a Firewall is Important

Cory Blog, Security

A what? Firewall. If you’re a PC user you have antivirus (or at least you should) and you probably even have spyware protection. Well good for you. But have you ever considered using a firewall? A firewall is a device or set of devices designed to permit or deny network transmissions based upon a set of rules and is frequently …

Your Service is not Needed

Cory Blog, Security, Windows

Today I needed to delete a service in Windows XP because on this PC there were remains of an old virus- good ‘ol _qbot. Even though you can disable services that are running on your PC through start>run>msconfig> startup tab AND in services.msc, their “remains” still exist, or at least their annoying name.  So, with the help of theeldergeek.com, a …

Peek-a-Boo! I See You! Hidden Files

Cory Blog, Customizations, Mac, Security, Windows

Sometimes you just need to see everything. Luckily, you don’t need a special pair of hi-tech glasses to see every file on your computer. Viewing hidden files on Windows is easy. Open a folder, go to Tools, Folder Options, View tab, Under Hidden files and folders, click Show hidden files and folders. Viewing hidden files under Mac OSx Leopard, is …

Steady As She Goes: Windows User Control

Cory Blog, Security, Software, Windows

Windows Only: The last two days I have spent most of my time setting up the tech bar at a local coffee shop. This gourmet beverage delivering company hosts two public access computers for customers to browse the net while they down their drinks. Long story short, after years of use and neglect, they both needed to be redone, completely. …

Anti-Hassle Anti-Virus

Cory Blog, Security, Windows

Nearly every new Windows PC gets shipped with some sort of Anti-Virus software, usually it’s the memory sucking ‘Norton Suite,’ and it’s plagued with a 60 or 90 day trial. After the inevitable expiration…welcome virus’ sin city, right? Not unless you’re prepared. Not unless you’ve read up on MonthsForever Tech Blog, or subscribed to my RSS feed. My advice? Scrap …