As many of you already know, my browser of preference is Mozilla Firefox. Although Internet Explorer 9 has come a long way and is a fantastic browser, the customization available to Firefox through it’s thousands of Add-ons always has me returning to it as my primary browser.
What do Add-ons do?
They add additional features to your browser and allow you to customize your browsing experience.
Firefox has plenty of add-ons, grouped into 14 Categories, available at the Mozilla Add-ons website.
Mozilla has just released Firefox 10. If you’re using an older version, now is the perfect time to upgrade. Firefox 10 is much faster than it’s predecessors, more secure, uses less memory and is more stable as well.
To upgrade just go to Help, About Firefox and click the Check for Update button. Firefox will download the update and you will be prompted to install the latest version.
If you don’t currently use Firefox and want to see what all the fanfare is about, you can read more (and download it) at the Mozilla Firefox website.
Once upon a time, if you wanted to keep your PC safe online, you needed to have an updated version of a favorite paid Antivirus program. Freeware Antivirus programs were not recommended because their detection and removal rates were subpar. Lucky for us consumers, today that is no longer the case.
Free Antivirus programs no longer offer mediocre protection. Detection rates and cleanup routines have improved considerably. Many free Antivirus programs rank as well as Top-notch paid programs. In today’s economy where every penny saved counts, there are quite a few excellent freeware Antivirus solutions to choose from.
On the heels of Adobe's last Flash update comes news of a new critical vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player 10.3.181.23/10.3.181.22 and previous versions. The current vulnerability is already being exploited and Adobe is urging users of Adobe Flash to update to version 10.3.181.26 without delay.
Adobe is once again warning of an important vulnerability. This time it involves all Flash Players (Windows, Mac, Linux, Solaris and Android).
If a user is tricked into visiting a malicious website (by a link in an email for example), the malicious website will then be able to act as the user at other websites or email providers.
Download and install the newest versions of Flash without delay because the vulnerability is already being used by malicious websites.
A few days ago Microsoft launched a New website: Safety and Security Center, aimed at helping users stay safe online and learn more about security. The website is easy to navigate and has a wealth of information.
Microsoft is making Windows 7 Family Pack available again for a limited time. If you missed out on this great sale last time Microsoft offered it, now is your chance to upgrade at an unbeatable price. The Family Pack pricing is $149.99 and allows you to install it on three home PCs (that's about $50 per PC). You can purchase Windows 7 Family Pack directly from the Microsoft Store or from many participating retailers.
On Monday, Microsoft issued an Out of Band Security Update for Windows 7, Vista, and Windows XP (SP3) to stop the spread of a vicious new worm taking advantage of a vulnerability in Windows LNK (shortcut) files. The vulnerability is already being used by malware. The update (KB2286198) will automatically install if you have Windows Update enabled. If you don't currently use Automatic Updates, you need to install the patch without delay.
If you have Windows XP or Vista and you're currently using Internet Explorer 6 or 7, you need to upgrade to 8 without delay.
There is a new vulnerability being exploited that only affects Internet Explorer 6 and 7. With support for those older versions coming to an end, it's important to upgrade to the latest version.
Adobe is again issuing updates to it's Flash and Reader programs to prevent malware from having the upper hand. While it may seem like a hassle to have to keep updating Flash and Reader, it is important to keep these programs updated because they are becoming the preferred target of Malware trying to make it's way into our computers.