In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Protect Your PC After Windows XP Support Ends in April

By Cameron Huddleston

Here's how to guard against viruses and other malware once Microsoft stops updating the popular operating system

JewishWorldReview.com | Your computer will soon be more vulnerable to viruses and other malware if it runs Windows XP. That's because Microsoft is ending support on April 8, 2014, for its 12-year-old operating system - still the second most popular OS after Windows 7, according to NetMarketShare.

A computer running Windows XP will still work, but you'll no longer receive security updates from Microsoft to protect your machine from malicious software (malware, for short) that can gain control of your PC and steal your personal information. You also will no longer be able to download Microsoft Security Essentials after April 8, though Microsoft will continue to provide updates to this free anti-malware application through July 14, 2015.

If you install Microsoft Security Essentials before the April deadline, you will receive some protection against certain malware but your computer won't be fully protected, a Microsoft spokesperson says.

So what do you need to do to protect your Windows XP computer? Here are some options, along with the costs associated with each:

Option 1: Upgrade your current computer. Microsoft recommends that you switch to a supported operating system, ideally Windows 8.1. Of course, there's a cost associated with that. You can upgrade to Windows 8.1 for $119.99 if your computer meets the system requirements (run the Microsoft upgrade assistant to see if it does). You also could upgrade to an older system that's still supported but cheaper than Windows 8.1, such as Windows 7 ($89.99, Amazon).

Option 2: Buy a new computer. If your computer doesn't meet the requirements to operate Windows 8.1, you'll have to buy a new one if you want to use Microsoft's newest operating system. Prices will vary depending on size and specifications, of course, but several 15-inch laptop computers that support this Windows system start at around $400.

Or you could opt for a new Mac computer from Apple, which will cost $1,000 or more. Security experts say that Macs are less likely to become infected with malicious software because most malware is designed to attack PCs.


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Option 3: Boost your XP PC's security. Mark McCurley, senior information security advisor for Identity Theft 911, which provides identity management and data risk management services, agrees that the best option to protect your computer is to upgrade to the latest version of Windows. But if that is cost-prohibitive or if you have legacy applications not supported by newer versions of Windows, he says there are several steps you can take to boost your computer's security.

Start by downloading the free Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer tool to find out what security patches you need, he says. Also use Microsoft's security checklist to see what changes you need to make to your computer's settings to make it more secure.

McCurley also recommends downloading a free anti-virus tool, such as Avast, and a free anti-malware tool, such as Malwarebytes. Don't get hung up on the distinction between a virus and malware; a virus is simply a type of malware. However, different anti-virus and anti-malware tools will protect against different known threats, so downloading both is a prudent step.

While free anti-virus and anti-malware tools guard against known threats, McCurley says they won't protect PCs from what's known as "zero-day malware," which is an unknown virus or other malware. He says the best added layer of protection against zero-day malware is a security application called AppGuard.

AppGuard was launched in October 2013 as a consumer tool by Blue Ridge Networks, which has been providing similar security applications for government agencies for the past 17 years. John Higginbotham, chairman and CEO of Blue Ridge Networks, claims that AppGuard is the first zero-day malware protection in the marketplace that can stop any malware from attacking a system. It can protect any Windows operating system and constantly scans a computer for threats. To date, Higginbotham claims that there have been no recorded penetrations of AppGuard. Download a free 10-day trial of AppGuard or purchase the application for $29.95.

McCurley says none of these security tools is a silver bullet. But without these layers of protection, your computer will get infected, he says. Even if you upgrade to Windows 8.1, it's a good idea to download these anti-virus and anti-malware programs to protect your computer because malware is constantly being created and spread to infect machines.

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Cameron Huddleston is an online editor at Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.

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