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Rebate E-mail Scam

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Q:
I saw something online the other day about a rebate scam. Do you know anything about that? If so, please share the details. Thanks!

A:
Excellent question! This is something that has been plastered all over the Web since about the last week in January (2008) and it’s something every computer user should be aware of. So, what do you say we stop wasting time and get… Continue reading

February 2008 Windows Updates

Friday, February 15th, 2008

February 2008 Windows Updates

With it now being three days after the release of the February 2008 Windows Updates, I figured most of you have already updated your computers and we can talk a little bit about what has changed. I also wanted to take this time to clear up any confusion you may have about some of this month’s updates. I’ve been getting a lot of questions… Continue reading

Beware of the Silent Banker

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Beware of the Silent Banker

Yesterday, Steve sent me an e-mail about a nasty little Trojan virus that steals information from your computer when you attempt to log in to your banking Web site. So, if you do any kind of online banking, you should keep an eye out for this one. The Trojan has been named SilentBanker and seeing how it works, that is a very good name for… Continue reading

Valentine’s Day Storm Worm

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Q:
I haven’t heard you talk about the Storm Worm lately. Is there anything new going on with it?

A:
Oooh, great question! And your timing is perfect, because I actually just received word the other day that a new issue has developed concerning the Storm Worm attack. Now, before I go any further, I want to refresh everyone’s memory on what the Storm Worm is. Basically, it’s… Continue reading

What’s Your Password?

Friday, February 8th, 2008

What’s Your Password?

Steve came across a very interesting article the other day and lucky for all of you, he shared it with me! How does that make you lucky, you ask? Well, the article is titled “10 Most Common Passwords” and it included some mind blowing information that, in my opinion, all of you should know about too. Below is a list of the 10 most commonly… Continue reading

An ActiveX Heads Up

Friday, February 8th, 2008

An ActiveX Heads Up

Here’s a heads up to everyone out there who uses Internet Explorer, MySpace or Facebook. Listen up!

It seems there has been a major flaw discovered in six different ActiveX controls for Internet Explorer that could cause some major problems for your computer. The flaws are not from some little, no-name Web sites either. We are talking about MySpace.com and Facebook.com.

For those of you who… Continue reading

Cutting Down on IM Spam

Friday, February 1st, 2008

Cutting Down on IM Spam

As you have probably figured out, living in an electronic age has its downsides, with one of them being swamped by unwanted e-mail in our Inboxes. Those who indulge in such an act are called spammers and they are growing by the minute, making our lives much more difficult. There are several different kinds of spam going around the Internet these days, but one of… Continue reading

Open ID

Friday, February 1st, 2008

Open ID

Another reader asks: As an extension to your Secure Passwords article, would you discuss the Open ID concept? Some examples would really be helpful. (In order to see how they work, I have gone to several Open ID enabled Web sites and navigated through their sign up processes. I didn’t see anything special, but then again, I also backed out before I actually created an account).

NoScript

Friday, February 1st, 2008

NoScript

If you’re big into using the Firefox Web browser, you probably already know about NoScript, but just in case you’re new to Firefox or if you haven’t started using it yet, here’s a brief description for you. We here at WorldStart have actually mentioned NoScript in a couple other tips before, but we’ve never really focused in on it as much as we should have. And I… Continue reading

Secure Passwords

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Q:
So many programs and Web sites require me to have complex passwords. I feel like I have to write them down to remember them, but that doesn’t seem safe either. Is there any way to make a complex password I won’t forget?

A:
That is a great question! It does seem like password requirements get more and more difficult to meet as the need… Continue reading

Firewall Warnings

Friday, January 18th, 2008

A reader asks: The other day, I received a port scan attack notice from my personal firewall. How do I prevent them from coming in at all? Any advice would be very helpful. Thank you!

This is a very good question! I’m sure many of you out there have received a warning like that from your firewall software at one time or another. Those warnings usually say that… Continue reading

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

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