Firewall Explained

A firewall is necessary to keep you safe on the internet. But what the heck is it and how does it work? Well, if you have known me for any length of time, you would know that I like to explain things in easy to understand analogies. Most likely I have explained something to you in your own language.

Firewall rules are recipes

For example, if you are a cook, I would say something like: “a firewall is like a recipe. A list of ingredients that are allowed in your stew.” Or, if you are a gardener, I’d say, “A firewall is like your weed killer. A substance that suppresses weeds and allows your roses to thrive.”

By now you might start to understand the answer to the question, “What is a firewall?” Continue reading

I am so excited, and why this is not for you

I am excited to be a part of an incredible opportunity to serve more of you than ever before.

Juan's excited about Total ProtectionIn the ten years that I have been in the North Olympic Peninsula I have learned that if you use a wood stove to keep warm you must have wood to burn. I have also learned that a tool such as an axe, is no match for a motorized wood splitter. Do you agree?  In other words, it’s the better fit, more advanced tool that allows you to do more. That is why I am so excited.

I am excited to have a new tool in my arsenal. A tool that leverages my 10+ years of higher education (okay, not all in one sitting!).  I did go to school for my field and excelled at it. I am talking about a tool that takes my $30,000 of education and makes it worth a million bucks.

My point is YOU are the beneficiary of my service, education, and experience. And that is why I am so excited!

Here are some reasons why my new offering may not be for you: Continue reading

Two Tweaks To Avoid Email Scams

The Internet and Email are the most dangerous avenues for viruses and scams. I am going to show you a couple of ways to protect yourself from these threats via email.

The first one, is to hide the message reading pane; and the second one is to use the “to” column to verify the recipient of the email before you open it.

Windows Live Mail SampleDepending on your email client (the program you use to view your email) the settings should be similar to what I am about to describe. For this exercise I will use the Windows Live Mail program that comes with your windows Vista, 7, or 8.  If you have a different operating system and email client, leave me a message at bottom of this article and I will respond with a specific solution for your case. Continue reading

How to Change Your CMOS Battery

What is a CMOS?

CMOS Battery inside a pcYou can read in more detail about that question here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CMOS.

There are two major ideas behind CMOS. One refers to the circuitry that allows digital cameras to collect the light that produces the pictures taken. I will not be talking about that one today.

This topic is about how to replace the battery that keeps the CMOS in your computer working properly. Continue reading