PC Pitstop Newsletter – June 2010 #3

    How Has PC Pitstop Helped You?
    The Post PC Era Begins
    Legit Apps Worse Than Malware?
    Before You Giveaway Your PC
    Beware of Bloatware
    iPhone4 Complaints Soar
    History of the VideoPhone
    Verizon at it Again
    Make Your HDTV Even Better
    Tekzilla Tip- Enhance Your Right-Click Menu
    Tip 1 – 4 Killer Gmail Tips
    Tip 2 – Who Needs Photoshop
    Tip 3 – Tired of the Old Windows Login?

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Ask Leo: Is it safe to let my browser remember passwords?

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By Leo Notenboom

If I consider my computer to be physically secure, am I reasonably safe
letting Firefox remember my passwords (without using a master password), or am
I being incredibly stupid to do that? What if I do use a master password?

I certainly wouldn’t say incredibly stupid at all. But it’s definitely an
additional risk, and one that needs to be understood.

But you’re correct in considering physical security first. The problem is
that people often assume they have more physical security than they actually
do.

And master passwords? Well, they’re nice, but they too have their
limitations.

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I Hate this Keyboard!

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The word “performance” usually means CPU, memory, disk, or video performance to most people. That’s usually what I mean by it too. But after several months of experience with one particular notebook, I’ve found a component that has destroyed performance more than any other: the keyboard.

When PC Pitstop did a bloatware survey last year, we had several notebook PCs that we couldn’t return. I took one of them, the Toshiba Satellite A135, to use as a Windows Vista test system. Initially, I tried leaving all the preinstalled crapware on the system to see how it would perform. After a few weeks of that, I couldn’t stand it anymore. At least the crapware situation can be fixed, though, unlike the keyboard.

I hate this keyboard.

Take a look

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