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Summer Heat, Storms and Strikes

  • Published in Hardware

As February crawls on and temperatures hit the high 30s and low 40s, and the humidity plunges, it is not just us that will be suffering in the heat: Our PCs and other devices are set to swelter as well, but there are things we can do to help our machines along and increase their chances of surviving the summer.  We'll also look at that other weather phenomenon that can cause grief over Spring and Summer: Storms.


Removing Quicktime for Windows

On April 14th Trend Micro reported an "Urgent Call to Action: Uninstall QuickTime for Windows Today". Since then, the US Government has also issue an advisory recommending the same thing, so one thing is clear: It is probably a good idea to remove QuickTime as soon as you can. But why? As Trend reported, there are multiple "zero day" vulnerabilities1,2 that affect the latest versions of QuickTime, and Apple has flagged that it will end support for QuickTime. This means these vulnerabilities are unlikely to be fixed, meaning that if you leave QuickTime on your machine you leave these holes open. 


End of Windows XP Support

Are you ready?

In just over 8 days, Microsoft will officially end support for the venerable, trusty Windows XP platform. This means there will be no more updates to fix bugs, and more importantly, no more updates to fix security issues. This means if a security hole is found after support is ceased, you will remain vulnerable until you move to a new version of Windows!


Backing up your data

It has happened to us all at some time or another: A power outage while saving a file, an accidental late-night deletion of a valuable file, or the dreaded hard-drive failure. What is the best option available to us to handle these situations?


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