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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

No More Computer Snoops

Friday, July 27th, 2007

No More Computer Snoops

If you’re like me, you value your privacy; both in your home and on your computer. It seems that we all tend to think that just because we are using our computer at home and no one can access it unless they’re given permission, our private documents and files are safe. Well, that’s just not always the case!

What if I told you there is a… Continue reading

Choosing a UPS

Friday, July 20th, 2007

Choosing a UPS

Imagine this: Your expensive computer and all the important data you have on it could be rendered useless due to power surges, spikes and burnouts. Which is why it’s best to have a UPS and a voltage stabilizer that is designed to protect you against such power disturbances and more importantly, power up your computer even when there is no power supply. Here are a… Continue reading

New Virus: “Robot”

Friday, July 20th, 2007

New Virus: “Robot”

Yes, unfortunately it’s true. Another virus has been discovered and it is quickly working its way around the Internet these days. The name of the virus is “Robot” and it looks as if this one has perfected the use of trickery. The virus comes in through an e-mail, with the scammers conning you into thinking they’re going to help you, but they actually infect you instead. Keep… Continue reading

Review of Windows Defender

Friday, July 20th, 2007

Q:
I just recently started using Windows Vista and of course, along with that, I’ve been using the Windows Defender program. It seems to work okay, but I haven’t been real impressed with it. Do you know of anything I should be aware of when it comes to using this program? Any information you have would be a great help. Thanks!

A:
Well, to begin, welcome to the… Continue reading

Trojan Hitting Hotmail and Yahoo!

Friday, July 13th, 2007

Q:
Do you have any information about a new Trojan hitting Hotmail and Yahoo!? I heard a snippet about it the other day, but I would like to know more about it. If you know anything, please share it with us!

A:
Well, unfortunately, you heard right. As of July 6, 2007, it seems as if various Hotmail and Yahoo! accounts have been hijacked to send out spam… Continue reading

Is it okay to run more than one antivirus program at the same time? I always thought it was, but I’d like to hear an update on it from you. Thanks!

The simple answer is, “No, it’s not okay to run more than one antivirus program at the same time.”

Firewall Tests

Friday, June 1st, 2007

Q:
I sometimes worry that my firewall isn’t doing all that it should. Do you know of any way I can test it to make sure the wrong things aren’t getting through? Please help!

A:
This is an excellent question! Plus, it’s a very good sign that you’re even wondering about this. That means you really care about your computer and what happens to it on a day… Continue reading

It’s Phishing Time

Friday, May 25th, 2007

It’s Phishing Time

I almost got hooked the other day by a company trying to find out my personal information through a scam called phishing. Not familiar with phishing? Well, in order to understand what I am about to cover, we first have to understand what phishing means. Read here for a complete description.

Okay, once you’ve got that handled, here is an example of what I’m talking… Continue reading

Extra Laptop Security

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Extra Laptop Security

Extra, extra! Read all about it. Get your extra laptop security today!

To begin, I will just say that this is a good source of security for people who are very private about what they type on their computer screens. This is also the perfect solution for a good way to protect your privacy while you are online, in both public places and at home. If you’re… Continue reading

PassPack

Friday, May 18th, 2007

PassPack

Do you ever have trouble keeping track of all your passwords? I know I sure do! Every Web site I visit seems to have different criteria for their passwords and I really don’t like all my passwords to be the same. That way, if one of my passwords got out somehow, other people wouldn’t have access to all of my accounts.

I’ve even had this problem with usernames too!… Continue reading

FYI: New E-mail Scam

Friday, May 4th, 2007

FYI: New E-mail Scam

Have you heard about the new e-mail scam going around? Or maybe you’ve even been an innocent bystander in the middle of it all. Whatever your case may be, I’m here to bring you up to speed on its details today. Announced on April 23, 2007, the new scam basically just involves a survey and the Wal-Mart logo. Yep, that’s right. Spammers are using the Wal-Mart… Continue reading

Scanit Browser Test

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Your computer’s Web browser is a wonderful thing. It takes you all over the Web, allowing you to watch videos, buy things, download anything, play games, etc. You name it, it lets you do it. Your Web browser, whether it be Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera or one of the others available, is your Web surfing vessel; sort of like a magic carpet ride through cyberspace. Your beloved Web… Continue reading

Riding Out the Storm

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Riding Out the Storm

Well, it’s been a couple of months now and the Storm Worm that took over the Internet like a hurricane is back, sending wave after wave of attacks on unsuspecting end users.

Wave one was a hailstorm of e-mails sent out that referenced “Love“ or something romantic in the subject line, in order to entice users into opening the e-mail. The sheer numbers of… Continue reading

Understanding HijackThis

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Understanding HijackThis

Have you ever been hijacked? On the Internet, I mean!

Maybe you suddenly find that your homepage (for example, the Web site that comes up when you first open your Web browser) has been changed or you get another search box instead of Google. I’m sure other unexplained browser actions occur too, but those are just a couple examples.

So, you may not know it, but if that… Continue reading

Grisoft Anti-Rootkit

Friday, April 13th, 2007

Grisoft Anti-Rootkit

Rootkits are a specific type of malware that has become increasingly popular in the past year and a half, but they have actually been around for a long time in the computer world. Rootkits are a type of specially crafted code that is embedded within another application or even in a system’s operating system. They spy on and capture information from the infected system.

Rootkits… Continue reading

MatrixHasYou

Friday, April 6th, 2007

MatrixHasYou

Even though you may not want to, I’m sure you can guess by the title that this tip is going to be about a type of Trojan virus that is making its rounds these days. This Trojan actually made its debut in December of 2006, but it’s still causing a lot of problems, so I thought I would inform you all about it today. The full name of this… Continue reading

Don’t Blink or You’ll Miss It

Friday, April 6th, 2007

Don’t Blink or You’ll Miss It

You may remember eEye, the security company that runs the Zero-Day Tracker. It’s a Web service that displays all the Zero-Day affected applications with a list of supporting details. Well, this fine company has decided to throw their hat into the ring and duke it out with the rest of savages in the antivirus/Internet security arena. It’s big news… Continue reading

Gozi Trojan

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Gozi Trojan

A new Trojan has recently surfaced among several computer users and it’s important that you keep an eye out for it as well. This one goes by the name of Gozi and it was announced around the date of March 20, 2007. The problems with the Gozi Trojan are actually being caused by Russian malware authors. Evidently, they have found new ways to access and profit from what… Continue reading

Vulnerabilities for March 2007

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Vulnerabilities for March 2007

Vista Mail Bug

This article shouldn’t be a surprise. Microsoft’s predecessor to Outlook Express, called Vista Mail, might have one of its first exploits. A vulnerability in the way the mail client handles specially crafted links in e-mails could allow the running of arbitrary codes from a remote user. Microsoft has said that they have not seen any attacks specifically taking advantage of the security hole… Continue reading

BrowserSpy

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

BrowserSpy

The Web is a magical place where the answer to almost any question is just a click away. But, the Web is also a place where deception and exploitation are always waiting just around the next link. In the past six months, there have been updates and advisories for some of the Web’s most used applications, such as QuickTime, Adobe Reader, several plug-ins and some Active X controls… Continue reading

Windows OneCare: Feeling the Heat

Friday, March 16th, 2007

Windows OneCare: Feeling the Heat

Making its debut more than one year ago, Windows Live OneCare, Microsoft’s representative in the antivirus race, has at least gained some name recognition in the security field. But, that’s not always necessarily a good thing.

There have been a few antivirus shoot-outs over the past couple of months, with comparisons of all the different antivirus software packages available. The results of these… Continue reading

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