Monday, January 26, 2015

Recommended security layers for "Defense in Depth"

Professional Nerds agrees with Sophos...
...that "defense in depth" is necessary to protect your computer and its information about you.

This means:

a) Microsoft Automatic Updates are turned ON

b) Valid Subscription to REALLY GOOD Internet Security software
     (Professional Nerds has preferred Norton since 2009)

c) Ad Blocking software such as Ad Block Plus to protect against deceptive
     and misleading internet ads

d) Updates to essential PLUMBING such as
     1) Oracle Java (currently v8u31, or v7u76 for XP)
     2) Adobe Reader (currently v11.0.10.32)
     3) Adobe Flash, which was just updated again TODAY, Monday 1/26/15; to v16.0.0.296
         to fix two new "Zero Day" vulnerabilities.

Avoid FAKE updates, here are verified update links:

Ad Block Plus (install in EACH browser you use):

Adobe Flash:

Adobe Reader:

Oracle Java:

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Bare Drive SSDs and Cloning Kits -- Apples and Oranges comparisons

Beware of slow SSDs (under 500Mbps WRITE speed). Here's a Kingston 120GB 500/500Mbps Read/Write SSD kit with an external enclosure:

Someone commented in another forum that there were "Better specs and better deal on the Samsung Evo".   I looked up his link, and found he was comparing a 'bare drive' with the 'complete kit' I referenced above -- this is not only an "apples to oranges" comparison, but the specs aren't significantly better (540/520 for the $105 Samsung 850 EVO vs 555/510 Kingston HyperX; $91 kit).

My referenced $91 120GB kit includes: 2.5-Inch (9.5mm) SSD, 2.5-Inch USB Enclosure, hard drive cloning software and installation guide, multi-bit screwdriver, and a SATA data cable, 3.5-Inch bracket, and mounting screws, should you wish to use the 2.5" drive in a desktop PC.   Kingston has a 120GB 'bare drive' which is $32 LESS than the $105 850 EVO (, and even than Kingston includes a 3.5" desktop PC mounting bracket. Kingston's 7mm 120GB SSD (a true 'bare drive') for $67 (albeit a tad slower at 500/500Mbps)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Clone FIRST before using your FREE Windows 10 upgrade !

If you really want the free upgrade from Win7/Win8.1 to Win10 right away (after it launches later this year), you should first CLONE your laptop or desktop to a SSD (Solid State Drive) so you can switch the drives back just in case there are early issues/bugs  with Windows 10 OR you find one of your key programs or add-ons is incompatible.

Running on SSD is VERY fast, never needs defragmenting, and is durable --you can't have a traditional disk drive head crash because SSDs have no moving parts (they're built from flash chips).

The cloning kit below comes with an external enclosure so you can re-use your existing laptop-size drive as a backup.  Ask Professional Nerds if you need a larger enclosure or have any other questions.

$67  Thin 7mm 120GB SSD ($95 / 240GB SSD) w/9.5mm adapter
         Read/Write speeds of 500/500 MB/s

         Note: there are cheaper SSDs, but they're usually
         SLOWER, especially WRITE speeds - avoid PNY!

$37 Hard Drive /SSD Upgrade Cloning Kit