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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

A Real Player Vulnerability

Friday, October 26th, 2007

A Real Player Vulnerability

Hello, everyone!

Today, I have a heads up for you about a recent security vulnerability that was detected in all versions of the Real Player media program. If you have Real Player on your computer, you should definitely read this and follow the directions immediately!

On October 19, 2007, the Symantec corporation (the creators of the Norton antivirus program) discovered a security hole in the Real… Continue reading

The Service Packs Are Coming!

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

The Service Packs Are Coming!

As I’m sure some of you already know, approximately every year or so, Microsoft releases service packs for their various operating systems. Well, we here at WorldStart have just been informed that new service packs are going to be coming soon for both Windows XP and Windows Vista. Yes!

For Windows XP, Service Pack 3 will be coming out at the beginning of 2008 (and… Continue reading

MySpace Privacy

Friday, October 12th, 2007

Q:
I admit that I love using MySpace! I have been able to find so many people I’ve lost touch with over the years and it’s just been great talking to them again. Now, I do have my profile set to “Private,” but I’ve been hearing some rumors that people are able to see private profiles even if they’re not on a person’s friend list. Is this true? How

October Windows Updates

Friday, October 12th, 2007

October Windows Updates

Have you installed the updates for October 2007 yet? If not, they’re probably waiting for you on your computer right now, so be sure to get them as soon as you can. There are some pretty important updates this month, including four “critical” notifications and two that fall under the category of “important.” I know the updates can sometimes be a little confusing, so today… Continue reading

October Security Update

Friday, October 12th, 2007

October Security Update

Did you know that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month? Well, now you do and today, we’re going to learn all about it! All around the nation, schools, businesses and individuals are spreading the word on how to stay safe online.

Being that it is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, I figured it would be a good time to review a few things all computers should… Continue reading

Security Alert: Attention All AIM Users

Friday, October 5th, 2007

Security Alert: Attention All AIM Users

I’m sure many of you out there use AOL’s Instant Messenger program of AIM, am I right? I mean, why wouldn’t you? It provides you with a great source for instant communication between friends, loved ones and business contacts. Now, while all of those types of communication are loved by all, it seems as if some new security issues have been identified within the… Continue reading

Windows Update E-mail Scam

Friday, October 5th, 2007

Windows Update E-mail Scam

Today’s topic is something that has been around for the last couple of years, but within the last few weeks, it seems to have crept back up again. Therefore, I felt it was my duty to warn you all about it once more. Now, I know a lot of you have probably already heard of this and you may have dealt with it yourselves… Continue reading

More Laptop Travel Safety Tips

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Q:
I saw your tip the other day about safely traveling with your laptop and I was wondering if you could go a little more into the hot spot aspect of it. I’ve heard some stories before about airport hot spots and I would just like some more information on that if you have any. Thanks for your help!

A:
Yes, after running the… Continue reading

Test Your Knowledge

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Test Your Knowledge

I’m going to start today’s quick tip with a question for you. Are you ready for it? Okay, here it comes! What all do you know about spyware? And go! When you’re finished thinking about it, I’ll just be right here waiting and we can then continue on with the tip. Alright, so tell me, while you were racking your brain for spyware facts, what… Continue reading

September Security Updates

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Q:
Do you know if Microsoft has set any security patches in place for the month of September yet? If so, what are they and when should we be looking for them? Thanks for your help!

A:
Wow, you guys are good! It’s only a few days into September and you’re already asking about the security updates Microsoft issues each month. That shows you really care about your… Continue reading

The Storm Rolls On

Friday, August 24th, 2007

The Storm Rolls On

As you may recall, awhile back, we ran a couple security articles on a Trojan virus called the “Storm Worm.” If you remember anything about those articles, you know that particular piece of malware ended up scaring a lot of people and unfortunately, I’m here today to tell you that it looks as if the Storm is back. And as if that weren’t enough, this time… Continue reading

Windows Vista Firewall

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Q:
Is there anything you can tell me about the Windows Vista Firewall? I just started using Vista and I’d like to use its firewall too, but I’m not sure how to access it or how to set it up right. Please help me!

A:
Excellent question! This is one that will surely help all you Windows Vista users out there. If you’re fairly new to the Vista… Continue reading

Security Quiz

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Security Quiz

Thanks to one of my favorite message board users, Pelican56, I have something truly awesome for you all today! It’s something that every computer user really should take a look at. So, tell me, do you ever wonder how safe your security programs really are? I mean, do you sometimes just sit back and worry about them? What if they’re not everything they’re cracked up to be? Well… Continue reading

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