INTERNET EXPLORER SECURITY

The Press Democrat printed an alarming article today under an even more alarming headline: “Government suggests Web users avoid Internet Explorer.” The article was picked up from Newsday.

Before I comment on the article, you must understand there are legitimate reasons to be paranoid and cautious online. Many bad things are going on, and you have more responsibility to avoid them than ever before. […] continued “INTERNET EXPLORER SECURITY”

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RULES FOR SAFE COMPUTING

Every day I clean off adware, spyware, browser hijacking, viruses, Sasser worms, and other bad things. You are an unwilling participant in a war with spammers, virus writers, advertisers, and hackers.

Protecting your computer takes more than an antivirus program – although that’s part of the answer. I thought it might be helpful to write the Rules of Safe Computing. […] continued “RULES FOR SAFE COMPUTING”

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BACKUPS – JUST DO IT

The variety of bad things in the computer world – viruses, worms, adware/spyware, and the like – has me spooked. Computers are going down left and right. Done any backups lately?

Here’s an article about backup choices, including links to the major online services that hold backups of your data – worth considering, although you have to wonder how many will still be in business in a year or two. […] continued “BACKUPS – JUST DO IT”

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BUGMENOT

Here’s a resource that might come in handy: http://www.bugmenot.com offers access to thousands of names and passwords for access to web sites that demand a “free” registration. The purpose of the requests is to obtain your personal information, of course, even if it’s just your e-mail address. It’s sometimes hard to justify the exposure to more spam just to read an article in the New York Times or Washington Post. […] continued “BUGMENOT”

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NO END TO BATTLE AGAINST SPAM

E-mail security firm MessageLabs reported this week that spam accounted for 76% of all e-mail traffic worldwide recently, and the level is rising. Filters are struggling to keep up. One knowledgeable columnist installed a server-based filter but discovered that its effectiveness seemed to drop after a few months. You may have had the same thing happen if you’ve tried a spam filtering program. […] continued “NO END TO BATTLE AGAINST SPAM”

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PRINTER ADVICE

If you’re considering a printer, here’s some advice from Vyomesh Joshi, general manager of HP’s Imaging and Printer Group – someone in a position to give good advice.

“If you are not going to use your printer that often, then you want to buy a very low-end printer. If you’re going to use lots of pages, you should really buy a business ink jet, because it has the lowest cost of ownership of any of our ink jet devices.

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CELL PHONE NUMBER PORTABILITY

You’re now able to retain your phone number when you switch cell phone providers. The FCC mandate went nationwide last week. Theoretically you can even move your landline number around – transfer it to your cell phone, for example.

It’s a decidedly mixed blessing. If you’re considering a switch, read this article about number portability. […] continued “CELL PHONE NUMBER PORTABILITY”

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SONY DROPS DEVELOPMENT OF CLIE PDAs

Yesterday Sony unexpectedly announced that it was dropping development of its line of Clie handheld PDAs in the United States for the foreseeable future. It will continue to support existing customers and let existing stock sell out.

Analysts are warning that sales of conventional PDAs without built-in phones will nosedive soon, after being flat for the last two years. […] continued “SONY DROPS DEVELOPMENT OF CLIE PDAs”

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WINDOWS XP SERVICE PACK 2

Windows XP Service Pack 2 is coming. It will be huge. Now is the time to start learning about it.

Microsoft will spend $300 million marketing Service Pack 2. The marketing campaign will be designed to educate and alert users to the security necessities of installing the update. You’ll be able to download it from Windows Update, but you’ll also be able to pick it up free from retail stores such as Best Buy and CompUSA, as well as getting it directly from Microsoft for a small shipping and handling fee. […] continued “WINDOWS XP SERVICE PACK 2”

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