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November 30, 2008      The Entrapment Potential of Cyber Monday/Month

You may be reading this on Cyber Monday, but the alert is directed toward the whole cyber-month proceeding Christmas, Hanukkah, or other seasonal holiday.

In spite of the economy, there will be millions of dollars spent online. Some of it mine, and probably some of it yours.

We would hope that it ALL goes to legitimate online merchants, but some of it will land in the pockets of crooks and criminals lying in wait for us to drop our guards.

And because of the economy, we'll all be searching for bargains and good deals. That's how we can be trapped!

Cyber criminals are quite sophisticated and know how to prey on our emotions. There will be a lot of bargains and deals that might look too good to be true. Some could be booby-trapped with malware that can lead us to divulge personal financial information to the wrong people. Identity theft, raided bank accounts, stolen credit card numbers can all lead to personal financial disaster.

So we all want to enter online transactions with our eyes open. Know your merchant. Look at their web sites for evidence of secure transactions. And if anything even looks a little bit suspicious, think twice about proceeding with a purchase.

Don't click on any links in the questionable sales/offer page. Confirm with the merchant that the offer is legitimate. Contact them by telephone or by entering their web address in a different browser window.

If you don't know their true web address, use Google, Yahoo or other Search Engines to get it.

If the offering merchant doesn't provide a telephone number or means to contact them through their website, beware! Use extra caution before proceeding.

Be on the Alert and you'll Enjoy your holidays without any extra stress from unexpected financial loss.

Happy Holidays
(I updated my Christmas Greeting website again with a few more things for kids - see the October 23 post below for the link)
                                                                  ...Richard
 
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November 25, 2008        We're Doing It Again This Year - How about You?
                           
The 8th Annual Internet Toy Drive!!

Come Join Us Again This Year at Toys for Tots    We are proud to be a partner again with the official U.S. Marines "Toys for Tots" program in The 8th Annual Internet Toy Drive.
 
   Announcing The 8th Annual Internet Toy Drive, in affiliation with the official U.S. Marine Corps "TOYS FOR TOTS" Program: http://www.internettoydrive.org

   We *know* that with Your Help we can go a LONG way into making sure Santa visits EVERY needy child this year! Major William (Bill) J. Grein, Vice President of Toys for Tots, says this is something their great program, despite it's popularity, has never been able to do. The need is simply too great.

  Therefore, he is a little more than excited that we aim to change that this year. Check out his message when you get to our website:
http://www.internettoydrive.org

Please Join Us.            Thank you for Caring.  Richard Rossbauer


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November 16, 2008     Why Secure Your Web Browser?  Here's Why - 
                                      and How to do it.

 
US-CERT's(*) November 14th, 2008 revision to their paper on Browser Security is probably one of the most complete, and easy to follow that you'll find anywhere on the Internet.
 
It will help you configure your web browser for safer internet surfing. It's written for home
computer users, students, small business workers, and any other person who works with
limited Information Technology (IT) support and broadband (cable modem, DSL) or dial-up connectivity.
 
It's posted at http://www.us-cert.gov/reading_room/securing_browser/
 
and covers these 4 Major considerations
 
   1. Why Secure Your Web Browser?
   2. Web Browser Features and Risks
   3. How to Secure Your Web Browser
       1. Microsoft Internet Explorer
       2. Mozilla Firefox
       3. Apple Safari
       4. Other Browsers
  4. Keeping Your Computer Secure
 
The report is a bit lengthy due to the excellent illustrations and images included, but there's
a link to a printable version that will make it very easy for you to print and file it, and
hopefully review and check it against your browser settings first.
 
You can also download it as a pdf file and read it in Adobe Acrobat. It's very easy to
navigate in that format, and all of the reference links are still active.
 
                                                                     To your safe surfing, Richard
 
(By the way - I updated my Christmas Greeting website again with a few more things for kids - see the October 23 post below for the link)
 
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November 9, 2008    Virus writers are Targeting micro-blogging  sites like
                                 Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace.


   Cyber crooks exploit the tendency of the friends in social networking communities to trust links from each other and then pose as friends and tempt followers to click on infected links.

  If you aren't up-to-date on these micro blogging social networking sites, they are a form of blogging using very short text messages, are structured around different themes, and offer a variety of interesting features.

   There are hundreds of social sites, but among the micro-sized ones... Twitter currently appears to be the leader – and it's easy and fun to use.

   After creating an account, you publish your micro-content tweets (140 characters in length) using your web browser, cell phone, or the email client. You can also follow interesting people like friends, artists, athletes, bands, politicians and check out their insights regularly.

   As of early November 2008, the virus
( Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Banload.sco. —
named by the  Internet security firm Kaspersky Labs) has been linked to friend's messages
from Myspace, Facebook and Twitter.

   They'll get a message from a friend on Facebook, for example, inviting them to watch a funny or possibly naughty video – and probably click on the link and watch it.

   If you got such a message from a Twitter friend, your trusting nature could lead to your computer becoming infected by (read more)...

   These sites can be lots of fun, but do be careful. Some of your new friends may actually be your new enemies.

                                                              ... Richard
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November2, 2008       Do you know your Children's Internet Safety Score?

If your children spend any time on the Internet, you have probably made them aware of the need to be careful when corresponding with their friends, visiting social media sites, and downloading music, pictures and other files.

Wouldn't you like to know how effective your training has been?

McAfee (Anti-virus software provider) has two cool little
young girls safely enjoying internet experience
tests that will give you the answers to that question. (Free, with nothing to buy and you don't need to leave your name or email addresses).

One is for your younger charges and the other
is for teenagers. The tests have just enough questions with multiple choice answers to let your kids zip through them in less than 5 minutes...

... you could join in the fun and take the tests, too. Maybe have a little family competition.

If they score high, you have been a successful mentor. If, not, you'll know where they could use a little refresher course.

And as a successful teacher, you can help other parents and guardians if you share the methods you used when you taught them to surf the internet.

So I invite you to share your experiences at my Family Safety website and read how other parents have faced the same challenge.

 
http://www.firewalls-and-virus-protection.com/kids-safety-advice-invitation.html

Here are the links for the Internet Safety Quizzes for Children:

For your younger children's Internet Safety quizz, click on
http://us.mcafee.com/en-us/landingpages/quiz_kids.asp

and for the Inernet safety quizz for teenagers
http://us.mcafee.com/en-us/landingpages/quiz_teen.asp?cid=40968


Thanks for sharing.                                                         ... Richard
(By the way - I updated my Christmas Greeting website with a few more things for kids - see the October 23 post below for the link)
   
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October 23, 2008     Safe Ideas for Entertaining your children during the holidays

For your children not yet old enough to spend time on a computer, and even for those who are, there are lots of exciting things they can do offline while waiting for Christmas Day.
 
Are your children or grandchildren at the age when they still get pretty excited about Christmas, but possibly aren't convinced about the Santa Clause stuff?
 
Do you think they would like a personal letter from
Santa Clause
 
I put a few of my Christmas gift ideas into a simple little webpage mostly for children... where you can help Santa write that letter.
 
Christmas stories, poems, coloring books and even a minute by minute countdown to the big day are there for parents to share with their young children.
 
I'm calling it
"Christmas Greetings and Holiday Gifts" and in keeping with the holiday spirit, everything there is FREE.
 
There are some interesting things included for parents, as well - like recipes for Holiday cakes, pies, and candy, and a clever idea for creating gifts for friends.                   
 
So - Christmas Greetings to readers of my Blog, subscribers to my newsletters and visitors to my websites. Your interest and loyalty are welcome and valuable gifts to me.
 
Here's the link to my gift for you -
"Christmas Greetings and Holiday Gifts"

Share the link with your family and friends, especially those who have young children at home.                        
              www.RichardPresents.com/Christmas-Greetings
 
                                            To your safe and happy holidays ... Richard

 
 
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October 18, 2008   'Tis the season - preparations for the holidays - shopping for gifts -
                                          and unsuspecting people being scammed out of their money

Scammers have tripled their business since the birth of the internet. They are able to scam people without risking their identity. They can easily put up a website, transact a scam deal and then remove the website when it has generated enough money for them - before being caught.
 
Online scammers usually seem legitimate at first; only when you have given them your money will you realize how ill-advised and foolish you have been.
 
Scammers are increasingly clever and use many tricks to create fraudulent offers that are hard to identify from valid ones. Although there is really no sure way to spot an online scam, there are some common characteristics that should raise your suspicions.
 
      Number 1 - It could be a scam if it sounds too good to be true.
 
      2. If an offer uses scare tactics or pressures you to act immediately.
 
     3. You are told that you won a lottery or a raffle and in order for you to claim it,
         you have to give out certain personal information and shell out some money.
 
    4. When you are given free gifts or prizes from a contest that you don't remember
        entering.
 
    5. If someone from the financial institution you deal with asks for personal information
        which you know that they already have in their database.

There are many more, of course, and we'll review them and how to avoid being duped in further postings.

A reminder that my Free 7 page report on Internet SCAMS is still available for download. It's a small PDF file and will download quickly. Click here -
http://www.richardpresents.com/Internet-Scams.pdf

                                                                                    ... Richard
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October 5, 2008    Be on the Alert for the Rogue 'MS Antivirus' malware

A recent unpleasant experience with a fake virus removal software program named
MS Antivirus 2008 re-emphasized the cleverness of the cyber crooks lurking in wait for unsuspecting Internet users.
 
It appeared on one of the computers in our office that had access to the internet and displayed a very official looking webpage offering a system scan and removal tools for any virus it might find (and there were at least a dozen 'links' that could be clicked).

      
                    

With tested and reliable anti-virus programs already on the machine, it wasn't necessary to download an un-invited program, so the little Red X in the upper corner was clicked... to no avail. It was impossible to delete the program through normal methods.
 
MSAntivirus (MS Antivirus) the latest fake spyware removal program. Once installed, it starts displaying popup warnings and system alerts that look similar to regular Windows messages trying trick the user into buying a “full” version of this program in order to remove “reported” threats.
 
This is the latest rogue antispyware product from the Antivirus XP 2008 family - with a severity rating of 8 out of 10, and is suspected to originate in Russia.
 
See Rogue Spyware here
www.Firewalls-and-virus-Protection.com/rogue-anti-spyware.html
 
It installs an computers through the Zlob.Trojan or through browser backdoors.
 
MS Antivirus 2008 will load on every operational system at startup and display a large number of unwanted pop-up advertisements, including the ones with fake security notifications that a user's computer is infected with different malware.
 
Because it can recreate itself, MS Antivirus 2008 can be difficult to remove manually, but

removal help is available online. Here are two sites that offer free removal instructions-

http://www.xp-vista.com/spyware-removal/msantivirus-ms-antivirus-removal-instructions
http://spyware-removal-guide.net

...and be sure to check your Registry for hidden files after removing any viruses, worms or trojans. Free Registry check HERE
                                                                                 ... Richard

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Sep 19, 2008     Update your Emergency Virus Protection program

Free mcAfee STINGER backup virus scanner and removerIf you don't have your Virus Protection program yet, here's an Emergency Step you should take, Right Now!
 
 McAfee offers a FREE Virus Scanning program named
                  
STINGER.

It has grown in size a little over the past few years and no longer fits on a single floppy Disk. But so many of the newer PCs, including lap tops don't have a "A" floppy drive anyway, you should burn it to a CD or memory stick for an offline back up tool.

You can use it as we do, to check any of your PC computers for viruses, without being on line.

It is an 'After the Fact' application, which means that it does not scan incoming email files, attachments or downloads, but it does scan whatever you have already received online.

It currently checks, and repairs nearly 200 recent viruses. It's FREE to download from McAfee
STINGER

           
 Stinger - Version 10.0.1.602 Updated Sep 17, 2008
                                                                                               
                                                                                                       ... Richard

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Sep 12, 2008       It Might take More than Defragging to Speed Up
                          Your Computer

I got a big nudge from one of my site visitors who contacted me with a question about increasing the speed of his computer. He wanted to know what to do to make it work faster.
 
His question reminded me that it was time to optimize the speed of my own computer, and ...this message is to remind you to that you might be ready to do the same.
 
Here's what I told him (it's how I speed up my machines).
 
Step by step -
 
1 Take a look at the Add/Remove utility on the Control Panel page. There could be a few programs listed there that you don't use, or need anymore. Bite the bullet and remove them to free up disk space and resources.
 
2. Clean out your Cookies and Temp files. Much of it is just clutter that accumulates from regular use. CCleaner is a great Free utility that will do the job. (Free download at www.ccleaner.com/download )Comes with easy to follow instructions.
 
3. Turn Off Windows Indexing Service to Free Up System Resources. To turn off the Indexing service, follow these steps:
 
   A. Double-click My Computer, point to Explorer Bar on the View menu, and then
       click Search.
   B. Click Change preferences, and then click Without Indexing Service.
   C. Click No, do not enable Indexing Service, and then click OK.

4. Turn Off System Sounds to Free Up System Resources. By Default Windows XP has sounds assigned to many actions on your PC. If you disable these you can be sure no PC performance is lost due to missing sounds.

5. The most important, and something you should do regularly (like each month) -
    DEFRAGMENT Windows
 
Your Windows Defragmentation utility will defragment your hard drive and organize all the files on it. It will be easier for your hard disk to find them and in turn execute them faster.
 
Start with Drive C, then consider doing the same for Drive D and any other file storage partitions you may have.
 
Here are three important things to keep in mind before running defrag:
 
   1. Make sure you remove unused programs and run CCleaner before you run defrag
       (so you don’t realign unnecessary  files on your hard drive).

   2. Try to keep the percentage of free space over 15% on the disk you are going to
       defrag – this enables ‘Disk Defragmenter’ to complete its job with the best results.

   3. Defraging takes time - sometimes a lot, so be prepared to wait, but it's more than
       worth the inconvenience.

And a note of caution. If these steps don't improve your system performance, you might have a more serious problem with a malware infection.

Be sure your Operating System has all of the latest updates, your Firewall is enabled, and your virus and spyware protection is up to date, then run the appropriate scans.


                                                                                    ... Richard
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October 1, 2008    How Did You Teach Your Children To Be Safe
                              When They Were learning to Surf the Internet?


We'd love to learn how you taught your kids to be cautious and careful and avoid the threats from online scammers and pedophiles when they were learning to explore the "web".

CLICK HERE  to Share your Experiences and learn how other parents helped their kids to safety - free, of course
Kids Internet Safety
As parents, grandparents and guardians, we are reminded constantly to help our children enjoy the pleasures and excitement of the Internet in safety.
       
    My own grandchildren learned how to boot up their family computers at a very early age. For the youngest of them, it was simply a matter of watching their older sisters and brothers as they chatted online with their friends, worked on their school lessons, and explored the mysteries of the cyber universe.

children Internet SafetyInformed parents recognize that the Internet provides an exciting and learning experiences for their children. Teaching online safety, and learning together is a wonderful way for any family to enjoy it.

Your experiences and successes could help a lot of other parents and us grandparents.

CLICK HERE for a real easy way to Share your Experiences and learn how other parents helped their kids to safety - free, of course
                                                Thanks for caring, and sharing....Richard
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October 1, 2008             Protecting our Kid's Safety Online

(*)I'm a proud grandparent of 9 precious grandchildren and the last thing in this world that I ever want to see is someone hurting them.
 
I'm certain that this doesn't make me any different than every other parent, grandparent or child guardian.
 
What is a bit different, however, is that I have an opportunity to help other parents and grandparents do something to help protect our young children from the most heinous  people who prey on them when they're playing on the Internet - the pedophiles and child predators hiding in the cyberworld.

I do this through my websites and blogs - usually through news alerts and product announcements. This message is a product announcement.

The product is an eBook I just prepared from information I purchased. I bought it because it seemed so complete, and thorough, that I believe it will enable all of us to help our kids more easily understand how serious, and cautious they must be when visiting the Internet.

Keep Your Children Safe Online - eBookYes, there's a price for this one, but it's only $6.95, and you can download it from the internet and start using it almost immediately.

If you order the eBook and find that it doesn't help you understand, and explain the threats that these creatures pose, then I'll return your money. (Within 60 days of your order).

It's not the money, the most important issue here is the safety of our children, as you'll see when you visit the order page.

   You can  Order "Internet Safety for Your Kids" HERE

                                                                                          Thanks for Caring,
                                                                                       Richard Rossbauer

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October1, 2008  Checkout the eBook "How to Protect Your
                                   Privacy and Security Online"


It's loaded with Vital Security Tools and Tips to Secure Your Computers and Guard Against Internet Fraud and Identity Theft.
 
To make it easily affordable to the lesser experienced Beginners and Senior Internet Users, and to provide a greater opportunity for them to strengthen their own security defenses at a price that nearly everyone can afford -
 
I cut the list price by 61 percent from $17.95 to only $7.00!
 
And to make it available to even more of the internet users who can really benefit from its wealth of security information, free Resale Rights are included that will give you 100 percent of the profits for each and every copy you sell.
 
Your profits will go directly and immediately into your own PayPal account.
 
Even better, the $7.00 price includes the free bonus eBook - "PC Security", my Info Guide to Beefing Up Your Personal Computer's Safety from Malicious Threats, with dozens of easy to apply ideas and strategies to strengthen your Security Fortress.
 
It's really important that everyone be aware that Clever Internet Thieves from all around the world are using very highly sophisticated and stealthy infiltration schemes to plant trojans, worms, viruses and other malware in their computers, and could even be secretly adding any one of us to their botnets.
 
Even if you are reasonably comfortable when going online, your family members and friends may not be as experienced as you.
 
Give them the gift that can save their families and friends How to Proect Your Privacy and Security Online - eBookfrom potential hours of grief, plus potential loss of money and identity to these Internet thieves.
 
Here's the link to the Security Tips ebook, bonus PC Security ebook and  Free Resale Rights
 
http://www.RichardPresents.com/securitytipsebook/
 
Refer your friends to your very own sales page for "How to Protect Your Privacy and Security Online"
 
Thanks for helping to make the internet a safer and more fun experience
for everyone.
 
                                                                        ... Richard
  

 

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I hope you encourage your family and friends to get this free guide - it could keep them from innocently sending infected email messages to you.
                                                                                        
                                               ...Richard

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There can be a big advantage in being the first to do something. Just imagine being one of the first stockholders in Microsoft if you have your doubts.

In fact, I just got a big advantage myself today because I've been paying attention to what Ken McArthur has been up to with his new site, and I have his new book.

You see, Ken is giving away some pretty amazing resources over the next six months as part of his HUGE book launch, an incredible coaching program, and a massive home study course.
 

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iCop™ is the organization for home based and other businesses that sets the industry standard of business ethics that every online business should follow!

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    A breach in your personal privacy protection could easily lead to  hackers, online, and offline thieves stealing your identity.
 
Identity Theft is the fastest growing crime in America, affecting approximately 900,000 new victims each year!

More than ever, the information explosion, aided by an era of easy credit, has led to the expansion of a crime that feeds on the inability of consumers to control who has access to sensitive information and how it is safeguarded.

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 There's a lot to know,

The contents of this Free Report include

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It's a five page report you can download, print and freely share with your family and friends. Download "Identity Theft Guide" by CLICKING HERE.     Save the file to your Desktop - it'll be easier to find
   


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