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Geek Tip: Protecting your data online

In modern times, it’s simply not enough anymore to back up your prized “digital” possessions on disc or removable media. It is now quite common to use cloud computing and online backup as an extra layer of security for preserving and safeguarding your files.

For example, Dell IT services will help and allow you to backup your data so that it is stored somewhere else besides your home. However, even cloud computing and online backup can come with security issues.

Anti-Spyware

You can begin adding an extra layer of security for protecting your data online by installing and regularly using antivirus and anti-spyware software. Some malicious programs are designed to log every keystroke you make which can be bad news if you happen to make a login attempt to your online data while the malware is installed. Because this is a critical, common problem, it’s a good idea to make sure your anti-malware programs are updated regularly as well as used from time to time.

Passwords

Additionally, it’s a good idea to cycle through different passwords periodically. For example, you can keep a set of 5 passwords that you plan to use, and change them regularly every 30 days. This can drastically minimize your chances of having your online data tampered with or stolen. It only takes a few moments to change a password; it’s an extremely non-intrusive and simple method for significantly strengthening your online data’s security.

Online Backup

If you’re not already using online backup for your files, it’s a good idea to educate yourself and find out just how it can benefit you. If you’ve got a significant amount of data that you can’t afford to lose, it may be a good idea to start looking into cloud computing and online backup as a straightforward and affordable solution.

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Dell XPS 15Z laptop – less mass, more appeal

 

Today Dell introduced the XPS 15z laptop one of the thinnest 15-inch PCs on the market and the first in a series of new, thin and powerful products from Dell. With the XPS 15z, everyone from mobile warriors to students and small-business’ now have everything they need in one stunning package.

With uncompromising power and elegant design, the XPS 15z offers 2nd-generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, optional 15.6-inch Full HD (1080p) display for superior entertainment and web-browsing experiences. A backlit keyboard with adjustable brightness and up to eight hours of battery life are  all housed in a luxuriously crafted case that is less than an inch thick. 

Despite its incredibly slim exterior, the XPS 15z delivers uncompromising performance, including NVIDIA discrete graphics with Optimus technology that automatically switches to power-saving integrated graphics under reduced workloads – helping the battery last longer on coast-to-coast flights and movie marathons! In addition, it offers ample hard drive storage and a slot-loading DVD +/- RW drive for watching the latest films or burning music to a disc. The optional Full HD (1080p) display brings HDTV-type quality to the laptop screen.

Built-in Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity ensure it’s fast and easy to connect with e-mail, websites, Skype and Facebook from almost anywhere. For at-home entertainment, the optional Intel Wireless Display feature enables videos and photos to be streamed wirelessly from your XPS 15z to an HDMI-equipped TV. And with the exclusive Dell Stage user interface, it’s easy to access personal content such as music, photos and videos.

Priced from £899 including VAT and shipping, the XPS 15z, like all XPS computers, is designed and built from the ground up to provide a premium computing experience with the best materials, technology, performance and reliability Dell offers.

Availability:

The XPS 15z is available today from Dell’s global online stores, including www.dell.co.uk in the United Kingdom, with retail availability to follow shortly.

Spec

 Thin (0.97”/24.68mm) laptop PC with Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium; aluminium and mag-alloy enclosure

 2nd-generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 Dual Core processor choices

 Standard HD or optional Full HD (1920×1080) WLED display

 Fast NVIDIA graphics options

o NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 525M with 1GB graphics memory

o NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 525M with 2GB graphics memory

 Includes NVIDIA® Optimus™ technology; NVIDIA 3DTV Play technology

 4GB up to 8GB DDR3[vii] 1333Mhz memory options

 Fast 7200RPM hard disk storage, up to 750GB

 Built-in Slot load DVD +/- RW (reads & writes to CD/DVD)

 Backlit, Chiclet-style keyboard with adjustable brightness

 Optimized touchpad

 Built-in Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230 802.11 A/G/N and Bluetooth 3.0 wireless connectivity

 Intel Wireless Display-ready

 Up to 8 hours of battery life with 8-cell battery

 USB 3.0 (2), USB/eSATA with PowerShare, HDMI 1.4, Mini Display-Port, Gigabit Ethernet and audio connectors

 Built-in 9-in-1 media card reader

 Built-in 1.3MP HD Webcam with dual array digital microphones and stereo speakers

 Dell Stage software for fast access to content like music, videos and photos

 Dimensions: Height: 0.97” (24.68mm) / Width: 15.15” (384.85mm) / Depth 10.25” (260.37mm); Weight: starting at 5.54lbs (2.51 kg)

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Love your laptop with Dell design studio

A one-of-a-kind shopping experience, Dell Design Studio offers people the opportunity add a touch of personal style to any Dell Inspiron Mini 10, Studio 15 or Studio 17 with a choice of over 130 eclectic images exclusive to Dell. 

Set up as a virtual art gallery, Dell Design Studio imagery is grouped by theme making it easy and intuitive to go online and select the perfect customised cover. You can design, change viewing angles, zoom in on details, and read an artist’s inspiration or bio with a few mouse clicks. You can also share your fave images with friends through links to FaceBook, MySpace, Twitter and Digg.

 Get a polished look with a new collection of covers inspired by renowned nail lacquer experts, OPI. With colours like “I’m Not Really a Waitress,” “Big Apple Red,” “Strawberry Margarita,” “Rosy Future” and “Kyoto Pearl,” OPI deliver supreme style, with 26 glossy OPI shades available exclusively on Dell consumer laptops. Or if you’re more into your footie then check out the world cup “Anthem Series”, a new collection of flag-inspired artwork in striped or heritage designs.

For more details check out www.dell.com/joinred.

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Dear Girl Geek: I need a new cute and funky PC

Dear Girl Geek

I would like to buy a computer. My main reasons are to store my photos, iTunes and browse web forums. Budget is low but would like something cute and funky

Any ideas?

Michelle

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Adamo Laptop by Dell

The Adamo laptop from Dell is a union of advanced technology and exquisite design. It’s ultra slim (we like) making it easy to carry around and has a decent size 13.4 inch widescreen. It comes in a choice of silver aluminium with unique etching and pearl finish or onyx aluminium with brushed finish. This really is a super sexy looking laptop for the style conscious amongst us. As it is one of Dell’s premium laptops it is quite pricey but not that much more than you could expect to pay for a high spec MacBook.

Prices start from £1649, for more details check out www.adamobydell.co.uk

Performance

  • 1.2GHz/1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor with Centrino technology
  • Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium 64 bit
  • 2GB/4GB  800MHz DDR3 dual-channel memory3
  • 128GB4 solid state drive
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