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Ask the Answer Guy – Java’s Recent Threat

Dear Brent,

I've been reading a lot this week about a threat to the Java application. I have Java installed on many different browsers on my computers. What is this threat about, and how can I protect myself?

Oracle's Java application is under cyber attack, and Internet users are advised by the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) to disable Java in their browsers.

Ask the Answer Guy – Java’s Recent Threat

Dear Brent,

I've been reading a lot this week about a threat to the Java application. I have Java installed on many different browsers on my computers. What is this threat about, and how can I protect myself?

Oracle's Java application is under cyber attack, and Internet users are advised by the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) to disable Java in their browsers.

Money Savers – Buy Factory Refurbished Products from Apple, Dell and HP

It's often a misconception that refurbished electronics are somehow defective or rejected in some way. In many cases, refurbished items are truly just as good as new but are labeled "refurbished" for logical reasons:

Item was returned (box unopened) and can no longer be sold as "new"
The box was, in fact, opened but the product never used
Minor cosmetic damage during shipping that in no way affects the product's performance
The item was used as a "Demo Unit" to demonstrate performance at places like trade shows or retail stores
The manufacturer repaired a defective part of the product and repackaged it as "refurbished"

Apple, Dell and HP offer a bevy of refurbished items at more affordable prices and with a warranty - something third party retailers often don't offer.

Security Corner – Ransomware is Lurking

There's a threat to computers worldwide called Reveton, a virus that locks up computers and orders their users to pay a fine. Should this demand for money ever appear on your screen, don't pay it!

Reveton, described as "drive-by malware" because it can install itself when users simply click on a compromised website, infects and freezes a computer, then brings up a pop-up warning that says the FBI believes the individual's internet address is engaged in illegal activity, such as piracy.

Ask the Answer Guy – Where Can I Easily (and Quickly) Find the Best Items For the Best Prices?

Dear Brent,

Whenever I attempt to shop for a new tech device, I am utterly overwhelmed by all the choices that are out there. Is there an easy way to weed through the chaos and whittle the choices down to the best items for the best prices?

There are very useful websites out there that will help you shop for the highest-rated products, most current versions, best prices, reputable retailers and possible coupons.

Cool Stuff – The Thinner, Lighter, Lightening Fast iPhone 5

Folks who eagerly awaited the iPhone 4S were treated to a rather lackluster reveal, finding the only real exciting change was the addition of Siri. The iPhone 5, however, packs more punch with new technology and added features.

Apple's newest smartphone is lighter and thinner than the 4/4S, sporting a larger screen with higher resolution and space for one more row of icons.