Extra protection on your computer

The Victor crew found a program you can download to help protect you from exploits. There is a free version and a paid version from Malwarebytes called Malewarebytes Anti-Exploit. Once you download and install it, it will add some layers of protection to your browsers, browser add-ons and Java. The paid version will also shield some Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint) and Media Players, and allow you to add and manage custom shields. The paid version costs $24.95/year and will cover 3 PCs.

This is not an anti-virus program, but will give real-time protection against vulnerable sites. It will protect Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and others.

Malwarebytes Anti-exploit

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So what is a Chromebook?

A member of Jody’s crew recently purchased a Chromebook. Here are some of the things we found out about it.

It runs on ChromeOS and has limited programs preinstalled. It is fairly light-weight. Most Chromebooks come with only 16GB solid state hard drive. That sounds really small but a Chromebook is not made to do heavy-duty computing. It is made for the cloud. You get 100GB cloud space with it for free for 2 years. Most Chromebooks are only 11.6″ wide but we found that HP Chromebook 14 has a 32GB solid-state hard drive with a 14″ screen.

Set up is so easy! When you first turn it on, you choose your language, you connect to your Wi-Fi, and you put in your Google ID. Done!

Since it is made by Google, it has all your Google apps that you have linked up with your Chrome Browser. If you added games, they show up in the apps grid. Not to be confused with Android, you won’t see the apps from your phone showing up on your Chromebook. Some of your browser add-ons will show up as apps.

Since Chromebook runs ChromeOS – a linux based OS, you can also run linux on it. There are two types – one using Crouton – which allows you to go from Chrome to Ubuntu and back using the same file system with the push of a few keys. The other called Chrubuntu which allows for dual-boot OS – meaning you will need to partition the space.

We will be experimenting with this in the coming weeks and keep you updated.