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  Dec 25, 2006           Season's Greetings and Thanks

Season's Greeting, and my best wishes for your comfort, safety, good health, and prosperity for all of your future years. May your holiday celebrations be happy and joyful for you, your families and your friends. And Thank You for your interest and support of my website and blog. It is greatly appreciated.

                                                           Richard Rossbauer
  Dec 17, 2006        There's Still Time for some last minute Holiday stuff
.and some of that can be very rewarding

It's not too late to add your gift to the Toys for Tots program this year and Help a needy child in YOUR community right now!

Be a participant in the official U.S. Marines "Toys for Tots" program in Their 6th Annual Internet Toy Drive. Imagine one of your little children or grandchildren not having a single gift under their Christmas tree this year. Sad, isn't it? Yet there will be millions of children who will not have a gift to open.

Imagine that there will be a least one less broken hearted child as a result of your gift.
 Feels Good, doesn't it?

The way I see it, instead of presenting gifts to just my nine grandchildren, my list actually became ten with my gift to the U.S. Marines "Toys for Tots" program.

CLICK HERE and your donation will reach one of the lucky children if you make it before December 23rd.  
              thanks for your kindness,

Thank you, too, for visiting my website and blog. It's a wonderful, and heartwarming gift. May the holidays you celebrate be filled with warmth, love, good health, cheer, and special family good times.

                 Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
                                                             Richard Rossbauer


  Nov 24, 2006         Considering an update to your Anti-Virus software?
Thanks to many of the professional and independent organizations who study and evaluate Anti-Virus software, internet surfers like us are able to obtain the most effective protection against the hundreds of virus threats released daily.

Among the many reviews that I follow, the reports from AV-Comparatives have been extremely helpful in keeping up to date in selecting the anti-virus software that I use. is an independent, non-profit project coordinated by Andreas Clementi and his group of volunteers in Austria. On their site you'll find comparative evaluations and performance results of a selection of some already very good anti-virus products.
They have scheduled their next report to be released sometime during the month of November, 2006. However, you can check the depth of their analyses in the August, 2006 report HERE.
Mr. Clementi suggests that if you plan to buy an Anti-Virus software, you should visit the selected vendor's site and evaluate their software by downloading a trial version, as there are also many other features (e.g. firewall, behavior blocker, etc.) and important things (e.g. compatibility, graphical user interface, language, price, etc.) for an Anti-Virus that you should evaluate by yourself.
My suggestion is to review the AV-comparatives site to select two or three products that look best for your use. Then visit the sites of those vendors and take advantage of any available demo or free trials before making your final choice.
We're fortunate that there are organizations like this whose independent efforts help keep us safer when surfing the internet. If you are considering updating your anti-virus software, check out their website - you might find that there are some other products that would be more effective than the ones you're using now.


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  Nov 21, 2006   How quickly the months go by! Holidays are fast approaching

The Joyful Christmas Season is nearly here - but maybe not for some of the little kids in your community who anxiously await a Santa Claus to bring them gifts -

It's a sad fact that millions of children in the United States will NOT have a single gift to open on Christmas Day!

We aim to change that and make sure EVERY child has at least one present 'from Santa' under their tree.

We are proud to be a partner again this year with the official U.S. Marines "Toys for Tots" program in The 6th Annual Internet Toy Drive.  You can help us by clicking here to >>
Help a needy child in YOUR community right now!

The 6th Annual Internet Toy Drive!! <<


Your donation will reach one of the lucky children if you make it before December 23rd  
                                  thanks for your kindness, Richard



  Nov 2, 2006    Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 Browser now readily available - was it worth the long wait?

Now that Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 is readily available, the questions you'll probably have are:

Should you download it, can your computer operating system handle it, how much does it cost, will it download without a hassle, what's really new, and is it worth it?

You can get answers to most of these questions directly from Microsoft or from c|net's review (c|net Networks, Inc.)

Microsoft has begun promoting Internet Explorer 7 to users through Windows XP's Automatic Update feature. Expect this campaign to start slowly and pick up speed as Microsoft gains more experience with the demands on its servers.

Users who don't want to wait for IE 7 to be automatically downloaded can find the browser download link here.  It's free.

If your operating system is still Win 98 or Win 2000, you can't update your existing Internet Explorer program with IE7.

If you're using Windows XP with Service Pack 2, or Windows XP Prox64 Edition, you can update to Windows IE7.

                  Is it worth upgrading? Here's my opinion - Yes,
          if you aren't already using Firefox, Netscape 8, or Opera.

You'll find that IE7 provides most of the convenience and security features found in these browsers, and a few unique to IE7, at least for the time being. I don't doubt for a moment that it'll be a major target for the virus writers, spam creators and Bot Farm herders. Time will tell how well IE7 stacks up against the other major browsers.

I currently use 4 PC's - one each for Win98Se, Win2000 (SP4), and Win XP Pro which I have on both a desktop and laptop machine.

Rather than wait for the automatic update from Microsoft, I just downloaded IE7 to my desktop XP Pro computer and it loaded in a breeze!

The one thing I liked, and use most with Firefox, was the Tabbed Page feature. It's there in IE7, of course, just slightly different in operation. (It is also a feature of Netscape 8).

And since I downloaded IE7 just yesterday, I'm still learning how to use all of it's features.
like improved RSS support, and stronger security features.

Will you download IE7? If you're a dyed in the wool Windows Explorer user, and your computer is capable, I believe you'll be more than satisfied with this new Microsoft browser.

                                                                                            ... Richard
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  Oct 15, 2006        Parental Peace of Mind - Protecting our children from Online

This is our ninth weekly 'Security Review-Day’ 
One of the most talked about Internet problems that threaten our children and frighten parents and Grandparents today is Internet Child Pornography. Fortunately, this scourge is being addresses by many of our Congressional leaders, the TV and print news media, and other community and business organizations.
The advent of the Internet, in some respects, made the job of parenting a little harder. We want our children to experience the vast wealth of knowledge available on the Internet and communicate with their friends online. Unfortunately, it can also exposes our children to inappropriate material, obscene pop-up ads, and even sexual predators. In fact, research indicates that 1 in 5 children aged 10 to 17 have received a sexual solicitation over the Internet. This is definitely not something any parent wants to hear, but is forced to face.
We need a little assurance that when our children access the web, they can do it safely. Internet filters are crucial to protect our children. One tool that can assist us is Internet Parental Control software. Most of the current Operating Systems and web browsers provide built-in parental controls, and there are many inexpensive software packages that are downloadable from the Internet or available in local software stores that are easy to setup.
But they are useless unless we, as guardians of our children and grandchildren, assume the responsibility for learning how to use them and take action to set them up properly to protect our precious children from the Online Predators who lie in wait to trap them.
As a reminder, here are the features to look for in your parental controls:
• Integration with Safe Search features in popular search engines
• Reports of your children's internet activity
• Logs of your child's chat room and instant messages
• Reports if your child tries to remove or disable protection
• Filters for bad content on Peer-to-Peer networks and other areas
• Password protected access for parents
• Customizable restrictions for each family member.
• Automatic software updates at no additional cost.

The tools are available to protect our children. Let's not shirk our responsibilities.
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  Oct 1, 2006 (Repeated, because it's so Importanr)    A breach in your personal privacy protection could easily lead to  hackers, online, and offline thieves stealing your identity.

The threat of Identity Loss exists on more than the Internet. The potential for the theft of our identities is everywhere around us. Read on to learn how you can protect yourself- for Free.
Nearly everyone is aware that Identity Theft is a serious crime and that people whose identities have been stolen can spend months or years - and their hard-earned money - cleaning up the mess thieves have made of their good name and credit record.
Despite our best efforts to manage the flow of personal information or to keep it to ourselves, skilled Identity Thieves use a variety of methods to gain access to our personal data.
Can we fight back? Yes! One of the best ways is to be informed of the tricks and ploys used by Identity Theft criminals and to understand how they attack. Forewarned is Forearmed!
And you can be fully armed with all of the vital information you need to secure your identity, know where to turn, what to do, and how to respond if you ever have the sad misfortune of becoming a victim.
There's a lot to know, and you can learn it from our Free

With the generous assistance of Victor K Pryles, a popular media consultant, radio broadcaster, publisher and Author, we developed this e-course to arm  you, your family and your friends against the devastating consequences of Identity Theft
It really does cover everything you need to know to protect yourselves.
In fact, it is so meaty with USEFUL, VITAL information that the lessons arrive every four days - so you can implement what you learn AS YOU GO THRU THE LESSONS. There are ten lessons, in total.
After taking this Free course, you'll be protected, wise, savvy and safe, because you'll learn
     * How Identity Theft Occurs
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After you send your blank email, you will be sent a CONFIRMATION email. Click the link inside to start your E-Course. This way, no one can sign you up without your knowledge.

I do hope you sign-up and share it with your family and friends. You can print each lesson and have your own hard copy of the manual, or you might prefer to share the email address above so your friends can get their own lessons. It's Free to them, too.

If you would like the Premium Audio version of "Identity Theft & Other Scams" please visit:  Thank you.
                                                                                ..... Richard Rossbauer

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