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January 2008 Updates

Friday, January 11th, 2008

January 2008 Updates

As you all know, the time has come yet again for the monthly Windows updates from Microsoft. Most of you have probably already installed the updates on your computer, but just in case you’re not sure what kinds of changes were made, allow me to give you a brief explanation. I must say, this month’s updates were very minimal compared to some of the ones… Continue reading

Wireless Worm

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Wireless Worm

I know I have written before about the importance of securing your wireless network. It’s definitely necessary to make sure your computers are safe from intruders. Without having a secure wireless network, your computers are wide open for others to gain access to and do whatever they want with your data. I know all of that is a little scary, but today, I have a completely new issue… Continue reading

Phishing in 2007

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Q:
I know this is kind of an odd question, but do you have any statistics on the phishing attacks that hit in the year 2007? I was just wondering how everything ended up with them. Thanks for any information you may have!

A:
That’s actually a great question and I’m sure you’re not the only one out there who has been wondering the same thing. As a… Continue reading

Too Much Security?

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Everyone knows that securing your computer is important these days. Without securing your system and network, you can run into all kinds of problems. On the other hand, there is such a thing as too much security. If your computer is overly secure, you will lose functionality and your computer will become more of a pain than anything else. Here are a few things that can cause you computer trouble… Continue reading

Google Ads Attacked

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Google Ads Attacked

So, tell me, how much do you love Google? Do you get excited every time you see their logo? As we all know, Google takes precedence over a lot of the other search engine Web sites on the Internet today and their name just seems to show up everywhere. These days, it seems impossible to go to a Web site and not see the word… Continue reading

Passwords Should Be…

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Passwords Should Be…

Do you often have trouble coming up with the perfect password? Whether you’re purchasing something online or you’re signing up for some kind of newsletter, etc., a password is usually required. Plus, we all know (well, we should) that it’s best to use a different password for each thing we do online. And with more and more services being added everyday, it can sometimes be… Continue reading

QuickTime Patch

Friday, December 21st, 2007

QuickTime Patch

As you may recall, a couple weeks ago, I wrote about a security issue concerning Apple’s QuickTime multimedia program. That problem was pretty severe and was starting to cause a lot of trouble for users. Well, for those of you who keep up with these things, Apple has released a patch for that issue. Yes!

The patch will fix a couple of security issues within QuickTime… Continue reading

Keeping Your Wireless Network Safe

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Q:
I just set up a wireless network in my home and while I love it, I’m still a little concerned about others being able to use my signal or even hack into my computer. I was told that hiding my SSID will take care of the problem, but I’m not sold on that idea. I’m not even sure what an SSID is or how to hide it. Can

December 2007 Updates

Friday, December 14th, 2007

December 2007 Updates

Several of you have been asking about the Windows updates for the month of December, so I thought you might like a little overview of them. The updates should have come across your computer earlier this week (either Tuesday or Wednesday), but it’s still nice to know what was changed on your computer and that’s exactly what I’m going to cover today. So, whether you’ve… Continue reading

Staying Extra Safe

Friday, December 14th, 2007

Staying Extra Safe

I know how much everyone is concerned about their security and personal information on the Web, so this week, I found a couple Web sites that will help keep your data extra secure when you put it on the Web. The first one is called Guerrilla Mail and the second is called The Cloak. Both of these sites offer great features for extra security options.

Have you… Continue reading

Airports and Electronic Devices

Friday, December 14th, 2007

Q:
You’ve talked about laptops going through airport security before, but what about other electronic devices, such as flash drives and CDs? Can those be damaged when going through the security line?

A:
That’s a great question and it couldn’t have come at a better time! With Christmas and New Year’s right around the corner, I’m sure a lot of you will be traveling via airplane to go… Continue reading

Another E-mail Virus

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Another E-mail Virus

I just came across a new e-mail virus that is starting to spread itself around the Web. It comes as an e-mail from the Department of Justice. Keep reading for all the details!

This e-mail virus is similar to other attacks from earlier this year that claimed to be coming from the Better Business Bureau and the IRS. It comes as a very official looking e-mail, stating… Continue reading

Where Do Trojans Stand?

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Where Do Trojans Stand?

I recently came across some pretty interesting information and I thought you all should know about it too. This topic was actually posted on WorldStart’s message board by user “Harley” and once I saw it, I knew I had to share it with all of you. It has to do with Trojans and where they stand in terms of malware. Please keep reading for… Continue reading

Removing Adware From Your PC

Friday, November 30th, 2007

We have all dealt with adware before, but that doesn’t mean we have to! Adware can clog up your computer and even cause irreparable damage if it’s not properly taken care of. Of course, with adware, prevention is better than a cure, but first, it’s important to remove whatever adware is already present on your system. Below are a few simple guidelines that should help you

On the Loose: A QuickTime Bug

Friday, November 30th, 2007

On the Loose: A QuickTime Bug

I hate having to bring bad news your way, but there is a new bug on the loose that threatens both Windows XP and Vista and you all really should know about it. On Monday (November 26, 2007), Pcworld.com posted a story about a vulnerability in the QuickTime program. It looks like the security hole in QuickTime allows hackers to access your system and… Continue reading

Updated Browser Test

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Q:
Is there any way I can check my Web browser for security? I’m just interested in knowing where it stands. Thanks for any advice you can give me!

A:
That’s an excellent question and I commend you for asking! Most of us use a Web browser on a daily basis and if you think about it, all of our security is wrapped up in it. I mean… Continue reading

More on Wireless Security

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

More on Wireless Security

Having a wireless network (also known as WiFi) is a great way to have networking and Internet connectivity anywhere in your home. Just hook up a wireless router and once and for all, you can be done with all of those dreadful cords! But, along with that router comes a greater security risk. Since you’re able to connect to the Internet anywhere around your house, others… Continue reading

Hard Drive Trojan

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Hard Drive Trojan

If you spend a lot of time on WorldStart’s message board or if you read a lot of online articles, you have probably already heard about this, but just in case some of you haven’t, I wanted to fill you in. This was brought to my attention by one of our message board users, “jholland1964,” and after doing some more research on it, I found… Continue reading

Microsoft Security Bulletin: November 2007

Friday, November 16th, 2007

Microsoft Security Bulletin: November 2007

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about a security issue involving Internet Explorer 7 (you can read that here) and I just thought I would follow up on that today. I wanted to let you know that Microsoft is releasing a patch to fix the problem I discussed in that tip.

Just yesterday (November 13, 2007), Microsoft announced that the monthly… Continue reading

Online Shopping Safety Tips

Friday, November 9th, 2007

Q:
As we all know, Christmas is right around the corner and I’m one who likes to start my shopping early. I’m planning on doing quite a bit of it online this year though and I was wondering if you could give me some safety tips. I haven’t done a lot of online shopping in the past, so I want to make sure I do it right. Thanks for

Who’s Behind Your Keyboard?

Friday, November 9th, 2007

Hello, everyone! This security article is going to be a little different than some of the others we’ve run in the past. Usually, I write about a security issue that is affecting certain programs or a program that will help fix a security problem, but today, I’m going to talk about the number one threat to computer security.

And that is the person sitting behind the keyboard (including me!)

Now… Continue reading

LaptopLock

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

LaptopLock

Having gone through the unnerving experience of having my laptop stolen a few months ago, I know how devastating it can be. My whole life for the past few years virtually disappeared in one moment of carelessness.

So, when I came across the following free service, I jumped at the opportunity to try it out and now, I want to share it with all of you!

It’s called LaptopLock

Dealing with Computer Theft

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

Q:
The other day, you gave us some suggestions on how to prevent computer theft, but what if it’s already happened? What are we supposed to do if our computers are stolen? It hasn’t happened to me, but I did have a friend who had their laptop taken from them and I’d just like to know what we’re supposed to do in that kind of situation. Please share any

Mac Security Alert

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

Mac Security Alert

If you’re a Mac user (me included), I know you’re probably not used to hearing about virus warnings, but unfortunately, it looks like one is now on the loose. Yes, a new virus has been detected and this time, it is starting to loom around Mac computers. Luckily, this one is the first in a long time for Macs, but we all still have to… Continue reading

Web Site Certificates

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

Can you please go over what Web site certificates are? I’m having a little trouble understanding their purpose. Thanks for all your help!

Wow, you guys come up with some really great questions! I have to tell you, the Q&A section of the newsletter is my favorite, because often times

Attention IE 7 Users: New Threat Found

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

Attention IE 7 Users: New Threat Found

Here’s a heads up for all of you out there who use both Windows XP and Internet Explorer 7!

On October 25, 2007, Microsoft announced that they are investigating a vulnerability in Internet Explorer 7 that allows hackers to remotely execute files on any given computer system. When this attack is completed successfully, the hacker can gain complete control of the computer and… Continue reading

Preventing Computer Theft

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

Q:
I always worry about my laptop being stolen when I’m traveling for my job. Do you have any tips on what I can do to prevent theft or just what I should do to keep my computer safe? Any suggestions would be great!

A:
First of all, I just want to tell you how great I think it is that you’re even asking this question! In my… Continue reading

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