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Firefox 3: Too Secure?

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Firefox 3: Too Secure?

Over the past few weeks, I have received many e-mails about an issue with Firefox 3. So, today, we’re going to sort this mess out!

How many of you Firefox users out there have seen this screen before?

I know I have. When I first saw that screen, I thought, “I better get away from this site!”

I would expect that if you saw a… Continue reading

New Spam: From CNN and MSNBC?

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

New Spam: From CNN and MSNBC?

I have received several phone calls this week from readers saying they have been getting a ton of spam e-mail from CNN and MSNBC. The e-mails have headlines indicating they are breaking news alerts from either of the very popular news companies. Now, I’m sure all of you are smart enough to know that CNN and MSNBC would not actually send out spam, but… Continue reading

August 2008 Windows Updates

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Q:
Can you please tell us what all was included with the Windows Updates for August 2008?

A:
I would love to! I was going to do that today anyway, so I’m glad you asked. Just like this time every month, the Windows Updates for August 2008 were released this week and if you haven’t installed them yet, you really should do so soon. And just like the… Continue reading

Socially Engineered Attacks

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Socially Engineered Attacks

Do you use the popular social Web site of Facebook.com? I’m sure if you don’t, you probably know someone who does. Facebook is one of the best Web sites out there for keeping in touch with friends and family. You can share your interests, pictures, ideas and happenings with everyone you know on the site.

Now, I’m sure if you’ve read any of my other articles, you… Continue reading

XP Antivirus 2008

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

XP Antivirus 2008

I’m willing to bet that a lot of you started groaning as soon as you read the title for today’s Quick Tip. Several of you have been e-mailing me the last few weeks about the XP Antivirus 2008 ordeal, so I figured it was about time I go over it. I know the whole issue has put many of you in a panic, but I… Continue reading

Create Strong Passwords – Sing It!

Friday, August 8th, 2008

Sing Your Password

I know we featured a password tip in the newsletter just the other day, but in the meantime, one of our loyal readers (thank you Mr. Kenneth J. Roberts!) sent me another great password idea. It’s the method he uses for all of his passwords and I thought it was so great, I just had to pass it along to all of you as well… Continue reading

Vishing: A New Type of Scam

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Vishing: A New Type of Scam

Just when you thought there couldn’t be another way to get ripped off on the Web, along comes a new scam for stealing your personal information. This scam is called vishing and it combines an older type of scam with a new twist. Let’s see what we’ve got!

I’m sure by now you all have heard of phishing scams. They are the ones that… Continue reading

Saying Yes to Spam?

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Saying Yes to Spam?

This week’s security article will be a little bit different, but it’s definitely worth the read! I know I spend a lot of time telling people what to do to keep their computers safe. I always tell people to keep programs up to date, never reply to spam and keep a good set of security tools available. That’s what you should do, but what if you… Continue reading

Firefox: Is It More Secure?

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Firefox: Is It More Secure?

For those of you who have not yet tried out the Firefox Web browser, here’s another reason why you might want to give it some thought!

Recently, a study was done on Web browser usage on the Internet. Several companies, including Google and IBM, analyzed how many people were using outdated and non-secure browsers on the Web. The study looked at which browser and what… Continue reading

AxCrypt

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

For the longest time, I’ve been looking for a free program that would allow me to safely encrypt certain files on my computer. I have tried many different freeware options, but none were as secure or as easy to use as the program I’m going to show you today. It’s called AxCrypt and it’s bursting with magnificent features. Let’s check it out, shall we?!

1.) If you want to begin… Continue reading

Control That Virus

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Control That Virus

A computer virus is a lot like a human virus. It’s contagious, disgusting and something you’d like to stay away from as much as possible. Just like a cold virus, it can be passed on very quickly and it’s difficult to recover from.

So, how does one catch a computer virus? Well, the most common way of transferring and contracting viruses is by copying infected material onto… Continue reading

Vista Privacy and Security

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Vista Privacy and Security

What do you say we take a look at some of the privacy and security options in Windows Vista? Here we go!

Privacy

As a convenience, by default, Windows Vista saves and displays a list of recently opened files and programs on your Start menu. It’s supposed to make it easier to find a file or program, but in reality, many users would prefer that information… Continue reading

New Gmail Security

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

New Gmail Security

Here are some new features for those of you using the Gmail e-mail program! It looks like Google has been working very hard lately and they have built in a couple of new features for Gmail that give you more control over your e-mail account. The new features allow you to see a log of when your e-mail was last accessed and there’s even one that allows… Continue reading

Trojans Still Dominate

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Trojans Still Dominate

Early last week (on July 7, 2008 to be exact), the Panda Security company released their report on malware for the second quarter of 2008. As you may recall, for the first part of 2008, Trojans made the top of the list and it looks like they have dominated once again. The Panda report showed that Trojans made up 63 percent of all new malicious… Continue reading

Windows Updates vs. ZoneAlarm Fixed

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Q:
Is there a fix yet for the ZoneAlarm problem you talked about in Friday’s newsletter? If so, please tell us what we can do. Thanks for all your help!

A:
I knew this question would be popping up all over the place throughout the weekend and I was right! My e-mail Inbox is just filled with queries about the ZoneAlarm issue. First, just to get everyone up… Continue reading

Windows Updates vs. ZoneAlarm

Friday, July 11th, 2008

Q:
I installed the Windows Updates for July yesterday like you told us to and now I’m having trouble getting connected to the Internet. It seems as if the Updates changed something on my computer and I can’t get it to work right. Do you know anything about this? If you do, please help!

A:
I was going to talk about this today anyway, so I’m glad you… Continue reading

Secunia PSI

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Today, I have a free download and an amazing security tool all in one! The program is called Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) and it does something I’ve been seeking for a long time.

Do you ever wonder if all of the programs on your system are up to date? I know I have! Everyone has so many programs on their computer and… Continue reading

New Security Fixes

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

New Security Fixes

Today, instead of telling you about a new scary threat to your system, I have some good news! As promised, I’m keeping you up to date on security issues we have covered before. I have two fixes for some pretty big bugs still looming around the Web. Let’s see what we’ve got!

First, let’s talk about Safari. If you remember, a couple weeks ago, I wrote about… Continue reading

Security Warning: Exiting Explorer

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Security Warning: Exiting Explorer

Unfortunately, there are some ignorant people in the world today and most of them are on the Internet. Recently, a cruel Internet prank surfaced that preys on just about anyone. But if you know what the prank is, you won’t fall for it, so please keep reading to learn how you can keep yourself protected!

The prank involves a “cool trick” that can be done by… Continue reading

Firefox 3 Hits Record: A Continuation

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Firefox 3 Hits Record: A Continuation

I know we talked a little about this last week, but I have some more to tell you regarding the Firefox 3 record breaking, so please listen up!

I’m sure most of you know that the newest version of Firefox just came out last week. Firefox 3.0 is the newest Web browser online today and it has a ton of new features that everyone… Continue reading

New Ransomware on the Loose

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

New Ransomware on the Loose

I’m sorry to be the one to break this to you, but I have some bad news on the security front today. Do you remember a few months ago when I wrote about ransomware? Ransomware is basically a virus that takes over your computer and demands you to pay the creator of the virus for a code that will bring your data back. Most of… Continue reading

Alternative Virus Removal

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Alternative Virus Removal

So, tell me, has your computer ever been infected with a virus that completely took over your whole system? I mean, was it so bad that you couldn’t even get your antivirus program to open? Yeah, I’d say that’s pretty bad! So, what did you do about it? How are you supposed to fix your computer if you can’t even scan your system to see what’s wrong?… Continue reading

Critical Security Warning: Safari for Windows

If you’ve been reading WorldStart’s newsletters for the last few months, you probably already know about the newest Web browser for Windows called Safari. Safari is a browser made by Apple that has been used on Mac computers for several years and it is now available for Windows as well. Personally, I really like Safari and I have used it from time to time… Continue reading

Safe Browsing

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

I always say you shouldn’t go to Web sites you don’t trust, but what if you’re not sure if you can trust a certain site or not? What do you do then? This type of problem is pretty common and in the past, it has left me wondering what to do. Well, today, I have a very easy answer to that question!

Outlook Express Security

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Outlook Express Security

Outlook Express is one of the most widely used e-mail applications in the world. It’s a great program for what it does. It provides a simple way to get your e-mail on your computer with very minimal hassle. While OE is a great program, it does have some security loopholes that could leave your computer exposed if you’re sending an e-mail with a virus in it. Here… Continue reading

Fishy Advertisements

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Q:
A lot of the Web sites I visit have advertisements that randomly pop up and while they’re rather annoying, they also always seem to know where I’m located. It’s like they’re targeting me personally. How can that be? Please explain!

A:
Oooh, that’s a really good question! It’s true that a lot of Web sites these days include advertisements for other products and incentives. They’re always trying… Continue reading

May 2008 Updates

Friday, May 16th, 2008

May 2008 Updates

As you all probably know, the Windows Updates for May 2008 came out this past Tuesday (May 13, 2008). I’m sure most of you have already installed them (at least you should have!), but you might still be a little curious about what was actually updated on your computer. It’s always hard to decipher that information, especially when you’re in a hurry to just get… Continue reading

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