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Are your old programs, files threatening computer security?

Not long ago I acquired a full-sized laptop, which immediately became my frontline home computer. My old desktop (emphasis on old) went into a dignified semiretirement as an always-on music server linked up to the stereo. But that’s another story. … Continue reading

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An old scam takes a new homegrown tack

You’ve probably seen this scenario in your email box a few times. Someone has lots of money they can’t get to, and wants your help in securing it. Just send a reply, and that’ll start the wheels turning.  But these … Continue reading

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Facebook security issues? It’s the ducky’s fault

Gee everybody’s so friendly on Facebook … probably too much so. Two Facebook users, Daisy Felettin and Dinette Stonily, sent out friend requests to 100 Facebookers each, chosen at randon though concentrating on their own age groups. Between the two … Continue reading

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Many social-media games turning into scams

I can’t get into Facebook. I do have an account, though I use it more to communicate with some of my friends. And I can’t see spending a lot of time on it to play the games. I have some … 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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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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Twitter’s appeal: People love the mundane

I’ll have to admit, this Twitter grows on you. A couple of years ago, I hadn’t even heard of Twitter, and even a year ago I wondered what the point of it was. Twitter is called a “microblogging service,” which … Continue reading

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