Myself, alongside 53 million users in the UK alone have used Kaspersky Internet Security software, one of the only anti virus applications which has managed to successfully block 100% of viruses in many of the Geeky test videos I watch every few months, for years. I have personally found the software to be both efficient, competent and to date, has never let me down.

However, a German-based company BSI released a rather worrying report yesterday, voicing the concerns that I'm sure, many Kaspersky users have had, which is that in light of the recent political events surrounding Russia's invasion of the Ukraine - keeping the software installed on our systems could be tempting fate. Even though BSI hasn't said they have found any evidence of foul play, they have concerns that the antivirus company could be used (possibly against their will) to spy on European and British companies using Kaspersky software or that cyber attacks could be launched via the permissions given to the software, in order to protect our systems.

The BSI recommends Kaspersky software should be replaced with other anti virus software - but as carefully as possible to avoid weakening our systems defences.

The Russian company Kaspersky, reportedly told the BBC News that the warning had been "made on political grounds" and it had no ties to the Russian government.

As disappointed as I am to uninstall perfectly good software that has protected me for years and years, it was with a heavy heart that I recently decided to 'err on the side of caution' uninstalling Kaspersky and replacing it with a UK based antivirus application called Bit Defender, and even though it had big boots to fill, I'm happy to report that so far I have found Bit Defender to be excellent, feature rich and very user friendly with an exceptionally helpful customer service team and competitive prices.


If you would also like to err on the side of caution' and require my help changing your anti virus software from Kaspersky Internet Security to Bit Defender or another company of your choosing - please contact me to book either a remote appointment or a home visit.

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Windows 10 is about to be replaced by Windows 11, something Microsoft said they would never do. But then it IS Microsoft so we shouldn't be surprised...

Much to the horror of Windows 7 lovers, in July 2015 Microsoft released a new operating system called Windows 10 and stated that this would only ever be updated, never replaced. Probably something to do with the millions of Windows 7 users who point blank refused to update their systems. Microsoft found a clever way around this by rolling out "important security updates", a ploy that was found to be much more acceptable by it's users.

However, 7 years later and in a post Git-Hub acquirement age, Microsoft is replacing Windows 10 with a soon to be released Windows 11 Operating System are expected to be announcing this in their event taking place tomorrow (Thursday 24th at 11am ET). which is 4pm UK time. They've been posting videos on YouTube like this one below, showcasing new relaxing system sounds.

Support for Windows 7 stopped in January last year, despite this fact - at the time of writing this, I have two client computers in my home office which I have just updated/upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7.

If the leaked version doing the rounds, is to be trusted.. Windows 11 looks to be a very light weight and less clunky version of Windows 10. Said to be a third faster and more powerful with a smoother user experience, rounded corners giving the entire system a cleaner look, almost Mac like with a centred start menu akin to Macs dock. I can honestly say, I'm looking forward to moving onwards and upwards with Windows 11.

image by Tom Warren at The Verge

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A friend sent this quote to me today...

"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!"

It's taken from a book called "On The Road" written by Jack Kerouac in 1951 and published in 1957. It's an autobiographical novel and one I must now read, not only because I instantly and completely fell head over heels in love with the quote and it's author but because when the book was originally released, The New York Times hailed it as "the most beautifully executed, the clearest and the most important utterance yet made by the generation Kerouac himself named years ago as 'beat,' and whose principal avatar he is." Not to mention that in 1998, the Modern Library gave "On the Road" 55th place on the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century list. Also, the novel was picked by Time magazine as one of the 100 best (English) novels from 1923 to 2005.

The quote is simply spectacular, touched my soul and as a book worm, part of a family of book worms with a brother "Stuart Meczes" who is an author - I'm wondering how the hell I managed to live this long without knowing about this quote or book.

So thank you Danny for sending this to me ('lobe you') I'm both ecstatic and mortified at the same time...

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