Q: I’m looking at getting my first smart phone and was looking for suggestions for virus protection. Do you have any recommendations?
A: When it comes to securing a smart phone or a tablet, the first thing you want to do is just be careful of what you install on the device. Poorly written software or software created by unscrupulous developers can post a threat to mobile devices.
If you have an Apple device you should only procure apps from the Apple App Store. If you have an Android device, you should only procure your apps from the Google Play Store. This is the best way to make sure you are getting legitimate software for your device.
Apple and Google, respectively, are responsible for managing the content that is delivered through these outlets which increases the chance that the apps won’t pose a security risk.
By default, smartphones are pretty much locked into this practice so you don’t have much choice unless you root or jailbreak the phone.
As to antivirus software, all of the major vendors — Symantec, Avast, AVG — have solutions available. The jury is out as to how effective these programs are. But if it will give you peace of mind, then by all means, install antivirus software. I don’t have any personal recommendations, but there are many review sites available on the web which can be found using the obvious search terms.
Q: My computer came with all kinds of weird fonts which are a real chore to scroll through when you are looking for the one you need. I’ve tried removing them by the normal add/remove font process, but they won’t go away. Any help you can offer will be much appreciated.
A: The easiest way to remove fonts from your computer is to click on Start and then type fonts in the search box and hit Enter. This will open your fonts folder where you will be able to see all of your installed fonts with a preview of the font style.
In here you can select any of the fonts you wish to remove and delete them. The trick is to either select the font and then hit the Delete key or you have to right click the font and select Delete. You can’t just drag them to the Recycle Bin.
Note that you can’t delete all of your fonts: Some are uses by the operating system and are protected.
Once you delete a font, it is gone for good. It won’t go to the Recycle Bin where it can be recovered. If you want the font back you will have to find a copy and reinstall it.