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Why Traders Should Still Favor Windows 7 over Windows 8

Windows 8 seems to be gaining a greater market share already in 2014.

The increase is the result of new systems purchased in the post-Thanksgiving holiday rush of Black Friday sales. Time will tell if those “new” systems that came preloaded with Windows 8 will be reinstalled with Windows 7.

Windows XP users are also foregoing Windows 8 in favor of the familiar and easier to navigate Windows 7, which also saw a gain in market share as XP declined. (more…)

What Traders Should Know About Direct Phone Call Scams Regarding Software

If you operate a computer, you need a defense system. Having an anti-virus program is good start.  You can protect your trading computer against malicious software.

Your anti-virus system is only one line defense. A second defense is your gut instinct. Your gut instinct can protect you against direct phone call scams about your computer’s software. These scams are an attempt to gain access to your computer and personal info.

That is how the scammers try and pull you in, by making you believe you have a problem, when you actually don’t.

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Why You Should Protect Your Internet Connection Starting From Your Router

The Internet can still be the virtual “Wild West”. It can offer riches like the Gold Rush, and it can also be a vast lawless land of obscurity for bad guys.

On the Internet, the bad guys can hide in plain sight. Your Internet connection is one such hiding place.

Ninety percent of all U.S. households have some type of direct on-line access. This means we should all be concerned with protecting how our trading computers are connected.

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Why Your Passwords Are At Risk If They Are Predictable

Computer hackers know two things to be true:

1)     Humans are predictable.

2)     Many traders like us don’t take computer security seriously.

Even though we know we shouldn’t, how many of us have used an anniversary date, or even a birth date as part of our password? To make matters worse, we use that same password for all our online credit card accounts. Hackers know this. They’re betting they can guess your password.

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Political Donations and Equities Trading in Bitcoins Coming?

Bitcoin is a virtual currency that has no central bank, no oversight, and seems to be gaining acceptance worldwide. The Media is buzzing about Bitcoins and the FEC and Congress are trying to figure out how to deal with them. Investors are talking about them too as they have risen in value from a few dollars to over $700 a Bitcoin in recent weeks. However, virtual currencies such as Bitcoins, just like their real-world cash equivalents, are completely anonymous which makes the regulators nervous.

Your Trading Computer’s Internet Speed May Be Too Slow

For many of us, a high speed always on Internet connection is the key to high performance trading. With so many providers and several types of connections available sifting the wheat from the chaff is more of an art than a science. What you pay for and what you actually receive poses yet another dilemma.

Google Goes Water and Sails To Impress Traders and Consumers

Apple has over 400 retail brick and mortar stores in 13 countries to go along with their on-line store and have annual sales figures in the $16 Billion dollar range. With numbers like those, it is no surprise to see other formally Internet only companies looking to break ground at a shopping mall near you. Not one to be left out in the cold is Google – the search engine, android marketing, do everything it can to make a dollar company that is already floating down the coasts of the US.

A Company With No Sales Shocks Traders – Turns Down Billions

Facebook has been on a buying spree. Flush with cash from their IPO, and their further gain in stock valuation, has created a bit of a tech hungry juggernaut. They already bought up Instagram for a billion dollars, picked up Onovo for a cool $150 Million and there are even whispers they were in talks to buy out both BlackBerry and Twitter. But when they came knocking with a $3 Billion Dollar offer to pick up a company who has no income and has never made a single sale – the company said no.

Virtualization On a Trading Computer Can Save Your Software

Before you rush out and buy new software for your Windows 7 trading system check to see if your existing software can run in XP mode. Older financial management programs such as Intuit’s QuickBooks Pro 2007 and even contact managers like ACT! 2000 can be run successfully through virtualization. The prices to upgrade existing software from an older system to your new machine can be very costly – but the fix can free.

Wired or Wireless Trading Comes Down to Noise and Hot Coffee

Wi-Fi, RF, Infrared, and even Bluetooth connected trading computers have certain advantages over those strapped to a cable. Being able to move your system to the far end of your house without needing to drop a CAT6 Ethernet line from the attic also save on instillation costs while a wireless mouse and keyboard also de-clutter your desk. These distinct benefits may be far outweighed by their potential for failure from all of the electronic noise around you.