How Vulnerable to Attack is Your Computer? See US-CERT

The US government is very concerned about cyber attacks. A special organization, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) was formed with this charter: US-CERT’s mission is to improve the nation’s cybersecurity posture, coordinate cyber information sharing, and proactively manage cyber risks to the nation while protecting the constitutional rights of Americans. US-CERT’s vision…

Fluoridation Lowers IQ – Significantly?

The argument about whether to fluoridate municipal drinking water is far from over. This is not for lack of study. At clinicaltrials.gov the results of 193 separate studies are given. Of those, 74 were sponsored by industry — mostly toothpaste manufacturers. The other studies were performed under government sponsorship, grants from research institutions, etc. In…

Chris Pirillo Talks to Doug Swanson of Malwarebytes

Recently I had the pleasure of watching Chris Pirillo’s interview with Doug Swanson, the VP of Development at Malwarebytes (available to view on Facebook or Google+). Viewing it was a pleasure because I use Malwarebytes on my computers, recommend it to my clients and the members of the computer clubs I attend, and I have…

What Computer is Best for a Light Use Senior?

Clients have a way of making me think differently. To help them make decisions, I need to understand their needs and desires. Advocating for my preferred computer choices helps no one. This came up because the wife of an occasional client recently wrote to me. She has a nine-year-old XP machine that seems to have…

More Malwarebytes: Prevention or Detection?

Which is better: prevention or detection of malware? At the end of my last post, For Computer Security, Can Malwarebytes Do the Job?, a client’s computer was still suffering from a bunch of infections and Malwarebytes was chugging away on it. I submitted the post while the scan was in process, but when it was…

How Much Does a Soul Weigh?

Classic Bayesian decision theory helps us make the best decisions assuming we have knowledge of several things. For instance, to decide if a given sample is good or bad, we need to know the expected fraction of bad samples in the whole population. We also need to know the properties of the method we use…

Do I Want This Client?

How frustrating! A senior member of a computer club that I attend recently sent me an email asking a rather interesting question: Do you know of any US companies that provide quality computer help by taking over your computer to fix computer problems? I use iYogi and sometimes have difficulty understanding what’s being said as…