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Friday, July 20, 2012

Downloads: Why can't I find them?

 You download a file and close the download page then, OOPS! Where is it? 

Well, your browser chooses where your downloads are stored but you can take control of the process. If you use more than one browser, you will need to modify the settings of each one individually.

In Firefox: 
Firefox Downloads
  1. Go to "Tools" near the top of your open Firefox browser. Select "Options" from the drop down menu.  
  2. Personally, I have them all go to a folder called "Downloads" but you can choose to have them download to the location of your choice, such as your desktop or have the browser ask you every time where you want to save the file by clicking the circle in front of "Always ask me where to save files."

In Chrome:
  1. Click the wrench on the top right hand side of the browser.
  2. Select "settings" from the drop down menu.
  3. Click the link at the bottom of the page that says "Show Advanced Settings..."
  4. Scroll down to the Download section and again, you can select the location of your choice or have the browser ask each time by clicking the circle in from the "Ask where to save each file before downloading".
Chrome Downloads

In Internet Explorer:
  1. Click on the gear on the upper right hand side of the browser.
  2. Select "View Downloads" from the drop down menu.
  3. You can change the location where the files are saved by browsing. It doesn't give you the option to select the location every time. 
I.E. Downloads


If you come across a link, you can always right-click and "Save as"  or "Save Link as" or "Save image as" and select your choice of locations.  Now you know!☺

Thursday, July 19, 2012

More Outbreaks: Pinterest Spam

According to PC World,  "Pinterest has locked an undisclosed number of user accounts as a result of a spam outbreak, the company confirmed in an email on Friday.

The accounts, which "were associated with a specific piece of spam," may have been compromised, Pinterest acknowledged. But the company blamed recent leaks of user log-in credentials from other websites, rather than a data breach of its own."

Bottom Line: Be sure your log-in has a unique ID and a strong password.  ☺

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Malware: Facebook Photo Notification

This type of thing has popped around before but now it is making a revival.  An innocent looking email states you have been tagged in a Facebook picture. Unfortunately, it packs a trojan virus within seconds of seeing an innocent looking facebook page.

Subject: Joe Unknown tagged a photo of you on Facebook
From: Facebook <notification@faceboook.com>
 Security vendor Sophos advise Facebook users to check the spelling in the email, with a misspelled word as a key giveaway.

"If you click on the link in the email, you are not taken immediately to the real Facebook website. Instead, your browser is taken to a website hosting some malicious iFrame script (which takes advantage of the Blackhole exploit kit, and puts your computer at risk of infection by malware)," it said in a blog post.

"Did you notice what was odd about the email? The 'from' address misspells Facebook as 'Faceboook' with three 'o's," it said.

"Even if you didn't notice that 'Faceboook' was spelt incorrectly, you could have seen by hovering your mouse over the link that it wasn't going to take you directly to the genuine Facebook website," it added. ☺

Monday, July 16, 2012

Optimizing Windows: ReadyBoost

This is an interesting tip to speed up your Windows Vista or Windows 7 computer and it is built into your computer.. no additional software needed.  Let Windows borrow space your flash drive and improve the memory of your computer system.

What you do need is a USB flash drive. I had an 4GB and an 8GB in my desk already and you may have one kicking around your office as well.

Now, there are some specifications which I will post here just in case you decide to go out and buy one, but I just tried what I had handy since many don't have read/write specification listings on the device. How much information can you put on a device the size of your thumb or smaller? ☺ The USB Flash Drive must have a capacity of at least 256 MB, with at least 64 kilobytes (KB) of free space. I recommend a larger USB flash drive and they are pretty inexpensive for a 1GB or more. It needs to be at least a 2.5 MB/sec throughput for 4-KB random reads and at least a 1.75 MB/sec throughput for 1MB random writes. 

Screen shot of AutoPlay for USB and ReadyBoost
AutoPlay Screen with ReadyBoost Option
Put plug in the USB flash drive.  The AutoPlay screen will pop up and if available (more details about that below), the option will be shown.  Click the "Speed up my system" link.

Screen Shot of ReadyBoost Details Screen
ReadyBoost Details Screen
The second screen will give you options on dedicating or just using the flash drive for a time. It also asks how much space you wish to reserve. Windows will once again, give you a recommended amount for optimal performance.

Have a bunch of flash drives you wish to dedicate? Windows will allow you up to eight flash drives for a maximum 256 gigabytes (GB) of additional memory. Of course, you would be limited by the number of USB slots you have on your computer.

Screen shot of ReadyBoost not enabled by Windows
ReadyBoost not enabled by Windows
Now, it doesn't work on all computers. Windows will tell you if ReadyBoost can be helpful, so you will know if your system can be improved with ReadyBoost, it won't let you enable it. ☺