Welcome to 2017! 

There’s something so appealing about “starting over again” when the calendar flips to a new year.  I know it’s just symbolic, but for me, symbols can be powerful and useful, and the New Year celebration is no different.  It’s a chance to rejoice, to welcome in the new, to call down possibility, and to learn from, and let go of the past.

And so we march forward, into the unknown.  The great adventure of life continues!

Welcome to 2017

This year my resolutions are multifold:

  • Achieve better health
    • Physically
    • Mentally
    • Emotionally
    • Spiritually
    • Relationally
    • Socially
    • Financially
  • Have more fun, experience more adventure, try more new things
  • Create more peace
  • Do more for the community
  • Set more definitive goals
  • Travel more

Ok, enough about me – How about you?!  How have you been?  What are you up to?  I’d love to hear from you!  Drop me a line, will ya?

Well, in keeping with the “tech theme” of this newsletter, I guess I’d better sprinkle in this week’s useful tech stuff, eh?

Ok, so in my last newsletter I discussed the importance of a good firewall to keep you safe while connected to the internet.  Then, right after I sent out that newsletter, I received an email from BitDefender with a sweet deal on their 2017 security package (which includes a good firewall).  So this week I’m going to pass along that deal to you.

The Best and Only Deal on Antivirus You’ll Need This Year

To be clear, I’m not affiliated with BitDefender in any way – I’m not making some sort of kickback on this – I just happen to think it’s a great deal and I love their product so I figured I’d pass it along to you.  Their Total Security suite, which is normally 90 bucks, is on sale for $30 and will protect 5 devices for a year.  Totally worth it.  I’ve been using BitDefender for quite a few years now and can attest to its effectiveness – it really is a great product.  If you do online banking or plug in your credit card numbers online – this is totally the way to go.  So if you want a great security package, HERE IT IS.

If you do decide to go with BitDefender, remember; you should never run more than one antivirus program – so you need to make sure you uninstall any other antivirus software you have on your computer before you install BitDefender.

You’ll also need to uninstall Spybot, and then reinstall it after you’ve completed the BitDefender install.

In general, the BitDefender install is pretty smooth, but I have heard reports of some people (particularly on Windows 10) having trouble with the installation process.  My recommendation is to create a system restore point before starting the process just in case something goes wrong.

Which brings up another good topic:

System Restore Points

To be honest, I don’t create system restore points very often, but there are certain times when it’s definitely prudent to do so – and they can really save your hide in a pinch.  Prior to installing any type of system-affecting software (like antivirus, or a major Windows update), creating a restore point is a really good idea.

To do this, just go to your start menu and type into the search bar “create a restore point”.  It should pop right up, and the process is quite simple.  Just click the “Create…” button, give your restore point a name (like “Pre-BitDefender Installation”) and hit Enter.  That’s it.  It will take a minute to complete and then you’re done.

Now, with the restore point created, if something goes wrong with your installation process, you stand a pretty good chance of being able to easily set things to right again by restoring from that restore point.  While they’re not bulletproof, and there are many situations that cannot be easily rectified by reverting to a restore point, there are also many cases where having that restore point can be a real lifesaver.

One last point; once you’ve completed your install (and perhaps have run your computer for a few days without any trouble), it would make sense to make another restore point – this time call it something like “Post-BitDefender Install – System is Goovin’ Good, jah?”  Now, if you have trouble in the future, you have the option to restore back to when your system was groovin’ good.

Ok, that’s all for today’s newsletter.  Next week I’ll tell you about my awesome Android phone fix, the website I’ve been building, and some other completely random stuff.  Sounds exciting, right?!

Happy 2017 to you and your family.  It’s going to be a magnificent year – and we’re each going to make it so!

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

-Eleanor Roosevelt