The truth about bloatware and what you can do about it

Research shows that unwanted programs installed on new PCs can slow your computer by over 40%. So, why are they there and how can you get rid of them?

Sandbox for security

You’ll need this: Virtualbox – This virtual computer software can be found at www.virtualbox.org. Sandboxie – This free software can be downloaded from www.sandboxie.com. There are a couple of ways to isolate particular programs from Windows and your PC’s hardware preventing rogue software from doing any damage. One is to run the programs in a…

Beware of smartphone malware

You know that smartphone in your back pocket? If it happens to run Android (and there’s a 38.8% chance it does according to IDC’s latest Aussie statistics) then cyber criminals have you firmly in their crosshairs. IDC’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker puts Android as commanding 59% of the smartphone market share with a…

Windows store vs App store & Google Play: The fight is on

If Apple has taught Microsoft one lesson it’s that selling your own software isn’t enough – you need to sell everybody else’s software too. Long before Microsoft announced the Windows Store we knew it was coming. Apple may have popularised and mobilised the app store concept to typical Apple efficiency but it deals only in…

Is Windows 8 for you?

With Microsoft officially announcing the release date for Windows 8 as October 26 we’re finally on the home run towards the next iteration of Redmond’s 27-year-old operating system. But it is it worth your time and money? Ashton Mills asks and answers the hard question. Windows 8 is without doubt one of the more significant…