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

Her files are locked; who has the key?; Cause of computer slowing down

By Steve Alexander

JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Q: A local repair shop fixed my PC after it was attacked by a virus, but a few days later I noticed that I couldn't open some of my documents and photos. The repair people don't know what happened, so I'm sending you some of my files. Can they be recovered?

Evelyn Trinidad, Miami Beach, FLA.

A: Although your photos are labeled as being in the JPEG format used by most digital cameras, my photo software says they are "not valid" JPEG files. Your Microsoft Word file can be opened, but contains only gibberish.

I believe that malicious software has encrypted, or coded, your files to make them unreadable. Programs that do this are called "ransomware" because they usually display a message that's the equivalent of a ransom note: If you want your files unencrypted, you have to pay the hackers responsible using a prepaid credit card (so that the transaction can't be canceled later.) If you pay, the hackers may or may not use an encryption key, which only they have, to unlock your files and return them to normal.

Since you haven't received the ultimatum, I think your computer repair people probably removed both the ransomware program and the ransom note when they cleaned your computer. This had the secondary effect of severing your only means of communicating with the hackers. As a result, your files will remain encrypted and are gone for good.

This is both bad and good. You can't get your files back, but you also weren't tempted to pay these creeps to restore your files.

How can you avoid having this happen again? The best-known ransomware program is called CryptoLocker (see tinyurl.com/pno3z7w), and it's usually spread through "phishing e-mails" that appear to be from legitimate companies. Phishing e-mails try to trick you into clicking on a link to a website that contains malicious software. Don't click on these links, no matter how authentic the e-mail appears to be. In addition, make backups of your important data on an external hard drive, flash drive or online storage site.

Q: In the last six months I've had problems with my work computer slowing down, sometimes for as much as 20 seconds. A little box on the screen shows what's stalled (such as downloading an e-mail attachment) and asks if I want to "Wait" or "Cancel." If I wait, the PC resumes working.

My colleagues have cleaned up the computer, but it hasn't done any good. I wonder if the slowdowns are caused by the capacity of my PC, my Internet service provider or my Google Chrome browser. Any ideas?

Tomm Johnson, Edina , Minn.

A: The consensus in online forums (see tinyurl.com/o5ps9e9) is that the problem is caused by an unintentional software error (what programmers call a "bug") in the Google Chrome browser. I suggest you download a newer version of Chrome, in which the problem has likely been fixed, or switch to another browser, such as Mozilla Firefox (see tinyurl.com/pjk39hl.)

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