Tech Talk

Tech Talk is a new feature on computing, gaming and gadgets – the technology that guides our lives

November 2016 –  It’s hard to find a computer or laptop with the Windows 7 operating system in stores as the migration to Windows 10 begins in earnest. If you’ve been reluctant to make the switch, Aaron Weston at Northern Protocol in Barrie says the good news is Microsoft has extended its support for Windows 7 until 2020…

August 2016 – Evidence is being gathered for a possible class action suit against Symantec over its anti-virus products. Aaron Weston at Northern Protocol in Barrie says he’s not surprised…

Weston notes Symantec did patch some of the vulnerabilities after Google’s security team released its report. Some products updated automatically, some may have to be done manually.

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July 2016 – The Windows 10 free offer box is popping up more and more as the deadline to download the new operating system for free draws near (July 29). In some cases it’s been downloading on its own; some have downloaded it only to find it’s not as compatible with their PC or laptop as they were led to believe; others are still not sure if it’s for them. Aaron Weston at Northern Protocol in Barrie walks us through who may not be able use it, why the rest of us should not be afraid of it and how to stop that free offer box from popping up…

June 2016 – When was the last time you changed your password? Do you have more than one? Does it include letters, numbers and characters? There have been some high profile password breaches of late, so we thought it best to have a chat with Aaron Weston at Northern Protocol about how to choose your passwords…and how to remember them…

May 2016 – Could be something sinister lurking in your computer. Apple recently ended its support and security updates for the Quicktime media player on PCs. Aaron Weston at Northern Protocol in Barrie says since the Apple decision was made a couple of security flaws have been discovered, so you may want to get rid of Quicktime if you have it…

March 2016 – March is Fraud Prevention Month, so let’s ensure you’re doing all you can to keep the online fraudsters from taking advantage of you. In this segment, Aaron Weston of Northern Protocol gives us some tell-tale signs to watch for, and offers tips on getting the best security program for your computer and other devices.

January 2016 – It is the hardest working part of your computer – the hard drive. It is also the most vulnerable part and could hold your important business documents and personal memories hostage if it fails. How long will a hard drive keep working for you, and are some better than others. Aaron Weston of Northern Protocol walks us through your computer’s memory bank.

December 2015 – In this segment, Aaron Weston of Northern Protocol in Barrie provides some timely advice as you wade through the computer technology on your Christmas shopping list: what to look for and what to avoid.