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I’ve recently installed three new add-ons (new to me anyway) in my Firefox browser which are specifically designed to help with security and or privacy. I haven’t been using these add-ons long enough to form a definitive opinion yet, but I thought many of you might like to check them out anyway. HTTPS Everywhere – Read more


In a scenario reminiscent of Steve Jobs’ triumphant to return to Apple in 1997, new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has offered founder and top geek Bill Gates one of the industry’s top jobs, Teck Korner can reveal today. This exclusive and much sought after position will be known as ‘Top Technology Adviser‘, an opening newly Read more

How to Hide Text in Word 2010

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There is a feature in the two latest versions of Word that will allow you to hide sensitive information, such as client names, Social Security Numbers, phone numbers, or any text that you do not want seen. This feature comes in very handy when you need to send documents to a colleague who works for Read more


As promised in an earlier article:  here is our list of the best free portable applications. I have sorted them into categories for your convenience, although, not in any order of preference. Considering our main emphasis here is on avoiding crapware, these are all reputable products with portable versions available direct from the developer: Best Read more


I am not a huge fan of joke emails, those supposedly humorous anecdotes which are interminably doing the rounds. However, I received a couple just recently which really tickled my fancy, I actually chuckled… which is a pretty rare event indeed for this cranky old geezer. Both were sent to me by my little brother… Read more


Windows Disk Cleanup – The Gargantuan WinSxS Folder Windows Vista introduced the WinSxS (Side x Side) folder to address problems in previous versions of the operating system. It allowed several versions of the same data libraries to be used from within a single location. Perhaps you have heard the term ‘DLL Hell‘ which plagued the Read more


Intrepid security investigator Brian Krebs has reported that sources close to the Target investigation have discovered… “exposed credit card and personal data on more than 110 million consumers appears to have begun with a malware-laced email phishing attack sent to employees at an HVAC firm that did business with the nationwide retailer“. Last week, KrebsOnSecurity Read more


Last week we published several articles dealing with the additional crapware which so often accompanies software installations, including a review of the freeware Unchecky. Following a couple of  comments from our readers, I thought this was a topic which could certainly be expanded upon. DCT reader “Tracy” suggested using ninite.com to avoid crapware, and I Read more


A device driver is a program that determines how a computer will communicate with a peripheral device. Without a driver, the operating system won’t recognise the device, rendering it unusable. Or to put it another way; imagine trying to drive from New York to Chicago at night, with no map, GPS or road signs, with Read more