Avoid Java whenever possible! When it’s not, minimize the risk.Posted: October 26, 2013
Yes, it’s true that we recommend that Java be uninstalled. It’s not that Java is malicious, but that there are definite security problems associated with having the java engine on your computer.
According to an article in USA Today, Kaspersky Lab estimated that last year 50 percent of all website exploitations were due to vulnerabilities in Java. Because of this, it’s best not to have Java on your computer if you don’t have a particular need for it.
If you need to uninstall Java, here’s an article that tells how.
However, if you need java, then it’s necessary to put up with the risk.
If you need to install Java, here’s an article that tells how. But be sure to follow the instructions contained in the article that mention that you need to un-select the extra software that’s offered, such as the Ask Toolbar. Java is notorious for pushing “extra” offers that will slow down your computer and change it’s behavior in annoying ways.
If you need Java on your computer, then there is one additional item to consider. You may need Java because of a program that is written in the Java language that you need to run. If this program runs when you are in your browser, then you are required to leave Java enabled in the browser in order for this program to run. No further action is required on your part, but you are also in the highest risk category of Java users, because allowing web pages to access Java programs also allows virus programs and other malicious software to use Java for their purposes.
Because of this, you may want to ask those who are telling you that you need Java whether it needs to be enabled in the browser or not. Because, if at all possible, when you are required to have Java on your computer, then it is recommended to disable the Java browser plug-in that enables java in the browser.
One way is to ask, but possibly an easier way is to try disabling the Java plug-in using these instructions. If your needed program still works, then you are in safe territory. However, if disabling the Java plug-in as described here prevents you from successfully using the system that requires Java, then you’ll need to re-enable it.
There is one last way to minimize the danger of having Java enabled, and that is to enable the Java plug-in for one browser – say, Internet Explorer, and use that browser only for your Java-requiring application.
Then use a different browser for all of your other browsing – Chrome or Firefox, for example, and disable the Java plug-in in that browser using the instructions listed above.
Help for Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition usersPosted: October 25, 2013
Microsoft recently made a change that affects all users of Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition that has made it completely unusable for many of our customers. Here is a work-around and a solution to that problem…
The problem is that when you double-click on a Word document, or an Excel document, they are no longer opened in Word or Excel. In fact, it turns out that Microsoft has purposefully done this in an effort to get more people to stop using the free Starter edition and purchase a paid version of Office.
There is one work-around available that may allow you to continue using the Starter Edition. Here is how you do it:
- First, open Microsoft Word. This is done by finding a Microsoft Word icon on your menu or desktop and opening that first.
- Next, Click “File”, “Open”, and browse to the file you want to view, select it, and open it.
These two steps are not useful or convenient in every case. For example, if you have received a Word or Excel document as an attachment in email, you are no longer able to double-click the attachment. You first have to save the attachment to a known location, such as your Desktop, and then do the two steps above in order to view it.
We are now recommending a solution to this problem that does not involve using Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition at all. Instead, we recommend using Libre Office. This is a free Office program that you can download free from http://libreoffice.org.
This free program makes an excellent replacement for Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition. The general approach is this:
- Uninstall Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition.
- Download and install Libre Office.
Make sure to put a check-mark next to all document types listed during the install. This will make it the default document handler for Word, Excel, Powerpoint documents so that they open properly when you double-click on them.
If you have questions about this solution, feel free to give us a call at 515-299-4555! We’d love to help!
Bob McConnellPosted: March 5, 2013
Dear Dan & Jason -
A Big THANKS for all your professional support for me and my computers this past year. I always rely on your professional analysis and repair and thank God you are in business.
Using JAWS with Windows Live MailPosted: March 5, 2013
Many of our blind customers use the popular screen reading program called Jaws for Windows. Windows Live Mail, the current free email client available from Microsoft, can be used with Jaws, with the proper know-how. An excellent guide to using Jaws with Windows Live Mail 2011, written by David Bailes, is available at the following web site:
Facebook privacy: Question from a concerned userPosted: January 30, 2013
Requests from facebook users to keep their posts private are becoming more common. Here is a question from a concerned user, asking whether it is safe to comply with such a request.
Question: I am seeing it on face book. I always hesitate to do things like this as I don’t know if it is for real. Can you help me with this? Should I do this or not? Thank you,I am not deleting anyone but would appreciate if you could do this. DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THERE IS AN EASIER WAY THAT WE COULD DO THIS WITH ALL OUR FRIENDS I WOULD LIKE TO PERSERVE EVERYONES PRIVACY The next 2 weeks I will be posting this, and please once you have done it please post done! Those of you who do not keep my information from going out to the public, I will have to DELETE YOU! I want to stay PRIVATELY connected with you. I post shots of my family that I don’t want strangers to have access to!!! However, with the recent changes in Facebook, the “public” can now see activities on ANY wall. This happens when our friends click “like” or “comment”… automatically, their friends would see our posts too. Unfortunately, we cannot change this setting by ourselves because Facebook has configured it that way. PLEASE place your mouse over my name above (DO NOT CLICK), a window will appear, now move the mouse on “FRIENDS” (also without clicking), then down to “Settings”, click here and a list will appear. REMOVE the CHECK on “LIFE EVENTS” “STATUS UPDATES” “PHOTOS” and “COMMENTS & LIKES”. By doing this, my activity among my friends and family will no longer become public. Now, copy and paste this on your wall. Once I see this posted on your page, I will do the same. Thanks!
Answer: Yes, it’s okay to do what they describe here. By doing so you will be honoring their request for privacy, and setting the privacy setting in your facebook account for the occasions when you may like or comment on their posts. It’s safe, and honors their request.