In This Issue
· More Living Space
· Adobe Reader Upgrade
· Google’s Buzz Kill
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Want More Viewable Living Space ?
One quick way to
gain some valuable screen space, if you have a laptop, is to hook up a
monitor to the (VGA) output included with most models. If you have a desktop
a dual monitor video card will do the trick as well.
This will allow you to
use the second monitor as well as your existing monitor to display your
applications. I often use this ‘extended monitor’ method to view a
spreadsheet on one screen while I look at the corresponding notes on the
other or to keep a couple of reference pages open while surfing the Internet.
You can also use the setup to keep your email program open on one screen
while you work on another project on the other screen. It’s great for
comparing documents or monitoring a favourite program while you work on something
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Optimizes its Software Update Process
This month Adobe released more security updates for its
Reader software (a program to view .PDF files) and is strongly advising us to
update to version 9.3.2 or if that is not possible to update to version 8.2.2.
To check to see what version
you are using – Open your Adobe Reader program – Select the ”Help” menu and
then select “About Adobe Reader”. A window should open with details on what
version you have. If the version is anything earlier than 9.3.2, you need to
get the free update for the software. Depending on your current version, you
may be able to select “Help” and then select “Check for Updates” to get the
To install the latest version
of Reader from scratch go to Adobe’s site - http://get.adobe.com/reader/
and (after possibly skipping the Google Toolbar download) select ‘download’.
Adobe no longer supports
Reader versions 7 or earlier … and having an out of date PDF reader can
put you at risk…
The good news is, for those
of you who hate manual updates, Adobe’s new version 9 software employs an
"Automatically Install Updates" feature. This will make the
process similar to Microsoft Update or Mozilla Update whereby you
automatically receive updates as they are released to keep your software (and
therefore your computer and you) better protected. Adobe has also provided options
to just download but not install updates or an opt-out selection. So as to
not offend any techies, your current preferences reportedly will not be
overwritten so you won’t be forced to become ‘automated’ by future updates.
As PDF files are regularly
being used as malware attack avenues, I suggest most of you stick with the
automatic updates, unless you are willing to monitor security risks
long as I have you rummaging around in your PDF settings, there are a couple
of options that you should check in on. It won’t take long I promise… From
menu find “Trust Manager” and ensure that “Allow opening of non-PDF file
attachments with external applications” is not checked. This is a
precautionary measure to foil possible exploits or program crash issues with
these settings turned on (at least until an appropriate patch is released).
For more information on security and backup
solutions, for business or home, contact FITS. (Sales@FileBankIT.com or 416 640-2874)
Google Blunders into a Buzz Kill
Google’s name is not one that comes to mind for most when it comes to privacy
infringement accusations however, their launch of Buzz a couple of months ago
changed all that.
the race to compete in the social networking community, Google forgot to ask
“Mother May I” and had to take a couple of giant steps backwards after
over-extending how people’s data was used without first getting their
permission. Although Google has been doing a lot of back-peddling and
software refinements, (including newly introduced prompts to adjust their privacy
settings) Buzz opened a few eyes (once again) as to how our information could
Now maybe you
trust Google because, after all, they help you find just about anything you
ever wanted however, the action caught the eye of several country’s
legislative groups and led to broader questions about how Google might be
handling other data it possesses. In the wake of these happenings, the days
of “Trust us, we’re Google” may have just ended… at least until Google
convinces us all otherwise.
additional data that Google (and other search providers) hold, generated from
all of our Internet inquiries… oh, yes, they know you are out there and what
you are looking for… at least from a unique cookie ID, plus IP number, plus
date and time aspect. Although Google has always stated "We try very
hard to be upfront about the data we collect, and how we use it, as well as
to build meaningful controls into our products", this ability to gather massive
amounts of information and ‘mine’ through it can make us computer users feel
just a bit paranoid.
information go to Google and type “Google And The Big Brother Nomination”… on
second thought maybe you better not type that into Google. J
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