Tag Archives: tinfoil-hat

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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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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Gmail account note probably work of fools

I’ve had Gmail accounts for several years now, and just today I received a most disturbing message: Dear Account User, This Email is from Gmail customer care and we are sending it to every Gmail accounts owner for safety. We … Continue reading

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Battery life: The ABC’s of YMMV

Wonder why your laptop batteries don’t seem to last as advertised? Here’s an article in Newsweek on how battery life is figured, which illustrates exactly what “your mileage may vary” means. False advertising? You figure it out, but first tell … Continue reading

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It’s like carrying a computer in your pocket

In recent days my wireless Internet connection has been extremely troublesome, more down than up. Borderline worthless, in fact. I guess you sometimes get what you pay for. So I’m using library computers to post blogs and check my email. … Continue reading

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Google promises privacy fixes in Chrome

Google is taking steps to mask the identities of those who use the new Chrome browser, the Washington Post reported. According to Jane Horvath of Google, the company — which dominates the Internet search world (when people do a Web … Continue reading

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License agreement for Chrome has ugly aspects

With all the publicity of Google’s new Chrome browser, there are a few issues that are turning up. There seems to be a security vulnerability with it, as outlined in Infoworld. It can be serious especially if you’re not all … Continue reading

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Poll: Is "About You" freaky, or what?

OK. I did kind of put the issue of Internet security in your face here. It’s a little hard to miss, those “About You” graphics at the top of this blog. What do you think? Did they freak you out, … Continue reading

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These tools better than a tinfoil beanie

(Disclaimer: I just love these mailbag requests. It indicatessomeone’s reading, paying attention, and maybe doing something. Ormaking suggestions. This one came from Kelly Sonora, who has a techblog, “All Things Internet/Web World Wide.” The article she sent me wasinteresting — … Continue reading

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