I regularly get the error message, “Internet Explorer blocked this website from displaying content with security certificate errors.” This happens no matter which version of Internet Explorer I use (I have access to 8, 9 and 10 on various computers). The only common denominator that I’ve come up with is my router. I’m using OpenDNS to filter our internet access. Is it possible that OpenDNS is keeping the security certificates from working?
OpenDNS could be keeping the security certificates from working, but that’s not the first thing that I would look at in your scenario.
Does this happen on all of the https sites that you visit? Or just a few? Maybe even just one? It’s possible that there really is a certificate error on the server; perhaps something as simple as an expired certificate could cause this error message to appear. If so, that’s a server issue and not yours.
On the other hand, if you’re seeing this message at all https sites, then it could mean a couple of different things.
Focusing on Security and Privacy - In the first of a periodic series on increasing privacy concerns, we look at "HTTPS Everywhere" from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Footnotes & references
1: I recommend Firefox because it has its own certificate storage mechanism. Chrome, on the other hand, uses the same Windows certificate store that IE uses. A problem that is IE or Windows specific may possibly still manifest with Chrome, where it might not using Firefox.
Does Cloud information disappear after deleting the software? My example would be LastPass or Norton Identity Safe. I’m now using Norton Identity Safe. If I delete LastPass from my computer, do my passwords get deleted from the Cloud or are they on the computer? It’s one area that I’m not an expert in because I tend to shy away from it for security reasons for anything online.
That’s an interesting problem. With cloud information, it depends entirely on the specific service and the software involved. Let’s start by talking about Last Pass
As you stated and I’ve preached to my own family, you should never click a link in an email that purports to be from PayPal – never. If there’s something that needs to be checked out, go to the PayPal site yourself by typing paypal.com in your browser’s address bar or clicking on your bookmark – never click on an emailed link to PayPal – got that? And yet my monthly email statement from PayPal includes a link to login! Why is PayPal practicing business in this manner? We both know that they know that they’re not ignorant of the risky behavior fostered.
You are 100% correct. I agree with you – I wish PayPal didn’t do this.
Now, I can postulate a few reasons why PayPal might choose to behave this way … but I still can’t really justify it.
Could you please tell me if I should update my hard drive? My Dell computer is eight years old. I’ve seen where you should update your hard drive, but I don’t know what to do. I don’t want to change any settings. Would it do that? Should I do this?
I’m not sure where you’re seeing this information that says “you should” update your hard drive.
In my opinion (and I’ve said this many times in different scenarios), if your machine’s working and you’re happy with it, I wouldn’t go looking for trouble. You don’t need to upgrade a hard drive unless you actually have a reason.
I need to wipe a group of computers for resale. But I’d like to retain the operating system and the drives, if possible. Does an image backup retain any traces of deleted files? If not, can I copy the hard drive image then wipe the computer and restore the image to be safe?
Yes, you can do that, but there are much easier ways to accomplish what you’re trying to do.
The Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant says that two of my older programs are incompatible, but they seem to work just fine. Will this cause any problems? In other words, will it make my machine unstable?
Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant is very interesting software. I’m not sure of everything that it looks at, but I do know that it checks the various aspects of the software that it finds installed on your machine for compatibility.
When Windows 8 Upgrade Advisor tells you that something is incompatible, the biggest risk that you face isn’t system stability; it’s the possibility that features in those applications simply won’t work properly, or at all.
I’m evaluating a free version of Macrium Reflect. If I make a disk image, it contains everything that I need to restore my Windows XP and also my data such as documents and settings, etc. Now if I do incremental backups to this full disk backup, it backs up my data and the OS files. Given that, why do I need to have a separate full backup of my data only and then make differential backups of the data only? Is not all of that covered in the system backup?
It sounds like there’s some confusion here about the types of backups and when you may want to use them.
No, you don’t necessarily have to do an additional backup of your data. Ultimately, it depends on what you’re working on and what you can withstand to lose.
I received a PowerPoint file that was 6.3 MB in size. Now I didn’t touch anything in the file. The only thing I did was translate to English. Nothing else. When I finished, it was 30 MB. Can you explain that? I’ve got Windows 7 and Office 20007.
There are a number of different things that go on when you save a complex file. And yes, Office documents (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files) are incredibly complex documents in even the simplest of cases. They have a number of settings, options, and even formatting that can impact what these programs save to disk.
There are many things you can do to keep the file size from exploding. Here are a few of my suggestions.