Archive for April 9th, 2008

What’s Your Antivirus Strategy?

April 9, 2008

“Red-Weed” by Mike Saunders

Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t think about computer viruses until it’s too late. With all of the spyware, malware, and adware your computer can be exposed to just by being on the internet, it’s important to keep your computer safe. The good news is that it isn’t difficult to secure your computer from attack, as Ed Krimen, co-founder and CEO of, points out in this week’s featured article from the Photobird Learning Center, “The Free Anti-Virus Software Strategy”. The article offers free, effective, and easy-to-follow advice on how you can protect your computer from a virus attack.

In the article, Ed recommends the following tips:

1. Backup your files on a regular basis. Monthly backups are good, if you use your computer several times a week. If you only surf the web or read e-mail, then you probably don’t need to backup your computer. But if you write documents, store your photos, and create other unique content, then you should backup those files. One way to back up your files is to burn them to a DVD.

2. Consider using a Macintosh computer. The Mac is extremely secure and virtually virus-free. Experts disagree on the reason: Either the Mac is simply designed to be more secure, or its overall market share compared to Windows is too miniscule to encourage virus authors to spend much time writing Mac viruses.

If your Windows computer is already slow or infected, the best solution is to wipe it clean and start over; then follow the following steps detailed in the article:

1. Install the latest service packs for your operating system.
2. Configure the Windows Security Center.
3. Download and install the free Firefox web browser. Make it your default web browser.
4. Secure Internet Explorer and remove it from the desktop.

Be sure to read the full article for more details, including Ed’s tips for ongoing maintenance and prevention.

If you have additional anti-virus tips that you would like to share with the Photobird community, we encourage you to share them in the Photobird forums.

Also, be sure to check out the Photobird Learning Center for more helpful “How to…” articles.


Life’s a Beach

April 9, 2008

“Laguna Beach, Ca. 2” by David Cresine

Despite what MTV would have you believe, not everyone who lives in Laguna Beach lives in a mansion with beachfront access. Even so, it’s hard not to be a little envious of their stunning views, like this one of the Pacific Ocean at sunset, “Laguna Beach, Ca. 2” by David Cresine, our current Photobird Photo of the Hour. was designed for you to easily share photos with friends and family, and the Photobird Photo of the Hour is your opportunity to share your best photos with the rest of the world. If you want to submit a photo for the Photobird Photo of the Hour, simply view the photo from your photo album and then click the “Submit for Photo of the Hour” checkbox. There is no limit to the number of photos that you can submit.

Read about how to get more storage space when your photos are chosen for the Photo of the Hour, and how to keep your photos private.

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