Jotti’s Malware Scanner

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Internet, Privacy, Security News, Tips & Tricks

Jotti’s All in One Online Virus & Malware Scanner Suppose you are on a public computer without an antivirus program and want to make sure that a file that you wish to copy is virus free, or suppose that you are not sure if a local file is safe to execute even when an up to date antivirus software is installed on your computer. Well you can use Jotti’s Malware Scan to scan your files online. Jotti’s Malware Scan is a simple and free online antivirus service that utilizes 20 antivirus softwares to determine if a file is infected or not. It lets you upload files of up to 25MB stored on your computer. Nothing really beats a good firewall or anti-malware program that offers real-time protection. But if something was going to come close, we’d say a tool that lets you check files against 20 different antivirus might come close. Jotti’s Malware Scan is an online tool that lets you upload a file and scan it with 20 different antivirus tools including Avast, ClamAV, and Kaspersky. Note that there’s a big ole warning on the site letting users know that just because Jotti’s Malware Scan says a file is clean doesn’t mean it’s safe to run that executable file you found on BitTorrent that promises to show nude pictures of Billy Ray Cyrus — wait, no, that’s not the person people are looking for naked photos of, is it? Anyway, this warning message was probably placed on the site to point out that the developers take no responsibility for any problems you may have with files scanned. But in general, we’d say that if you feel the need to scan a file with 20 different antivirus applications, you probably already know that you shouldn’t be opening...

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Brrrr… Shiver Net Computers! Cold Weather Tips for Laptops

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in River Net News, Technology, Tips & Tricks

2014 has brought with it historically freezing cold weather.  Thankfully our computers are keeping us warm, otherwise we may have to rename ourselves to Shiver Net Computers…or maybe even Blizzard Net Computers? Cold Weather Tips for Laptops Regular laptops have been designed to work within a safe temperature range – normally 50 to 95 degrees F (10 – 35 degrees C). This range refers both to optimal usage temperature of the outside environment and the temperature the laptop should be warmed to before using. Protecting your laptop from cold weather is important and you should know how to protect your laptop from cold weather. Protect yourself and your laptop from the damage cold weather can cause. Ruggedized Laptops If your budget allows, purchase or lease a ruggedized laptop if you will be outside in cold temperatures for extended periods of time. Ruggedized laptops have been designed to work under extreme weather conditions. When you rely on your laptop and can’t count on the weather to co-operate – a ruggedized laptop is worth considering. Most ruggedized laptops have been tested according to MIL-STD-810F standards. Careful Storage Never leave a laptop, even in a well-padded and insulated laptop case in the trunk of vehicle in cold weather. The laptop could freeze and you lose all data contained in it. Let It Warm Up Once you bring a laptop in from the cold – allow it to warm up to room temperature before booting. The same is true when you go outdoors – allow the laptop to acclimatize to the outside temperature before booting up. Incorrect Warming Methods Do not use devices such as mug warmers, pocket warmers or hair dryers to heat or keep a laptop warm. They are not designed for this purpose and can create problems as they will not heat or keep a laptop warm in the right way. They could heat the wrong parts of a laptop or cause it to generate too much heat and melt...

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