Monthly Archives: October 2009

Internet reaches middle age

Although few had even heard of this Internet thing (then known as the “information superhighway” until the early or mid-1990s, it got its real start 40 years ago this week. It was Oct. 29, 1969 when the first two nodes … Continue reading

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Site outlines 10 ways to spot an Email scam

I’ve spent a bit of time looking at some of the nefarious things that can find themselves on your computer courtesy of the Internet. You can get bad programs, spyware, viruses, and some eerie email at the click of a … Continue reading

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Facebook password-reset email carries a virus

Sheesh! These writers of viruses and other nefarious code will stop at nothing to spread the love. But while you can see many viruses coming a mile away, I understand this one looks official. This one, a Trojan horse dubbed … Continue reading

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Computer issues being resolved

I can say it now: The laptop is back among the living. Most of my software is back up. I’ve knocked off most of my to-do list. I’m writing this column on it, and soon I will upload it and … Continue reading

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Resurrecting laptop took plain & fancy fixes

OK. I think I’m back up and running. Was out of the loop for a few days; my main access to the Internet went south until I was able to fix it. This laptop is my mobile workhorse. Although I … Continue reading

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Scareware a big business, but fake virus ‘protection’ can be removed

Viruses and spyware are a real concern when you spend any time on the Internet, and some people are feeding on your fears for big bucks. But while there are quite a few legitimate anti-virus programs out there, there are … Continue reading

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Ways to keep phishers out of your email

A few days ago, I wrote about how phishing (Password Fishing) attacks exposed a lot of Hotmail user accounts. It turns out the attacks were much bigger than Hotmail — Google’s Gmail (which is my go-to email system) got compromised, … Continue reading

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Phish tales: My Twitter, 1000s of Hotmail accounts hijacked

I’m fairly new at this Twitter thing, and I’m still prone to rookie mistakes. And for a few days, I was paying for one. I occasionally get worthless tweets from folks about quick-and-dirty ways to build my traffic. Most of … Continue reading

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