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POSTS April to December 2011

December 25th 2011

Giving the most valuable giftsThe Christmas Holiday is here and soon to be gone for another year. I feel that the most valuable gifts that could be given to anyone are love and friendship, respect, and tolerance.

Can you imagine how much better this world would be if everyone had it in them to bestow these gifts every day, not just on an annual holiday?

I wish all of the best for you now and into the future. Your support as followers of my web postings is cherished. Thank you.

                                                    Richard Rossbauer
Dec 10, 2011     Have you ever seen so much SPAM?

How much of your valuable time do you waste trying to keep up with the barrage of UNSOLICITED EMAIL?

If you have been using/surfing the Internet for any length of time, you are probably seeing dozens of unsolicited emails show up in your email every day.

And as many as you delete or try to unsubscribe from, there seem to be that many more in your email the next day.

                            Invalid Unsubscribe links

It appears to me that about half of those messages do not have a valid way to get your name and email address removed from SPAMMER's lists.

For example - how many of the links do you see that have an
@ in it? They usually include a request to "CLICK HERE to UNSUBSCRIBE and include the word REMOVE in the subject line".

How many of those emails get bounced back with an "undeliverable" message? More than 50 percent, 75 percent, or even closer to 90 percent?

It's so bad that I don't even bother with an email Unsubscribe request any more. I just click the SPAM button.

How about the valid looking "Unsubscribe" links?

Do those links show the name of recognizeable services like Aweber, 123Response, Infusion Soft, Constant Contact, Verticle Response, etc?

If so, they will remove your email addresses from sender's mail lists.

Then there are the unidentified "Unsubsribe here" links that return a message like "You Are Already Unsubscribed".

Yeah, sure, then why do I still get email from that source?

I wonder how many Unsubscribe links are actually nothing more than a way for SPAMMERS to confirm your email address so that they start spamming you from a different mail service or web address.

I reset my email filters where I can but still need to spend a lot of time reviewing those filtered messages to be sure that something of real value or importance doesn't get lost.

END of my Rant - anyone else as annoyed as I am? Comment HERE

                                                                                    ... Richard

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Sep 11, 2011 Free vs Paid Anti-virus Protection - what's your choice?

In the time of rapidly advancing technology, it is more necessary than ever to protect your computer. Criminals have risen to the challenge and can use this technology to steal your information and infest your machine with a variety of malware.

You can install software that searches for the viruses, worms, etc., and eliminate them from ever being a problem.

But, there is another dilemma: With so many products on the market, which one do you choose? There is no right and wrong answer here but some people are concerned about the difference between the free programs offered and the ones that you have to pay a yearly subscription for.

Let’s backtrack a bit and talk about viruses. Unlike the ones that humans deal with, the computer variety can often be found and eliminated before they cause trouble.

 Computer viruses get into your hard drive and wreak havoc. They slow your computer down by taking up your hard drive space. Once there, they can infect your programs and steal personal and financial information. What you are left with is a big mess that is a pain in the neck to fix.

Antivirus software may come pre-installed on your computer. If it does, it is likely a free trial or a paid subscription that you ordered with the system. Either way, (read more)
                                                                 ... Richard

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Aug 15, 2011 How many FDIC Notification emails have you received so far?

Richard Rossbauer here with a question regarding a probable phishing attempt -

The subject line in the email message is "FDIC notification"

(supposedly from

How many of these did you get in your email this morning?

I have 4 in one of my mail boxes, 3 more in another, all addressed to "Dear Customer"

...and this is before 6 am Aug 30th

Sounds Phishy to me.

I visited the FDIC website looking for a way to get their confirmation that they issued it - I couldn't find any

So there is NO WAY that I'm going to click on the link in those emails

I hope you don't either... least until you confirm that it is a valid notice regarding your accounts

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 July 15, 2011Internet Social Media and your kids Safety- are they at risk?

As a parent, grandparent, and now a great-grandparent, I've watched more than a dozen children learn to socialize with other kids - it's part of growing up.

As grown-ups, we socialize in many ways. We tweet, we make friends on facebook, we Stumble, Digg, make videos to share on YouTube, and look to make friends on even more Social Media sites .

Social networking sites are fun and children want to participate in them, too, but they do present some potential dangers.

With the popularity of social networking sites, here are some words of caution.

As a parent, the very first thing we should do is teach our children about the possible dangers that exist on the Internet, particularly about situations that might crop up on a social networking website.

This free article highlights some of the more Important subjects to review with our children - You can read it in abut two minutes

..just click on Internet Social Media and Your Childen's Safety

Here's the short link to share with your friends -

                                                        ... Richard

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June 6, 2011 Important Security Issues gleaned from Reliable Sources

There is so much cyber criminal activity going on throughout the Internet that it takes professionals or their organizations to keep up with what has happened and to try to anticipate what Dirty Tricks could happen next.

Here are just a few of the reports and alerts I read during the past week that I felt worth passing on to you.

Dirty Tricks, Courtesy of SunbeltSoftware

Windows Scareware Fakes Impending Drive Disaster.
Scammers are trying to trick Windows users into paying to fix bogus hard drive errors that have apparently erased important files, a researcher said today. Note: this is a nasty one folks - it comes from poisoned sites and hits you up for $80 to buy a worthless utility.

Quoted from
Technology products, reviews & policies

---- quote --------------
Apple Issues Malware Fix, but It’s Time for Mac Users to Wake Up
Friday, June 3rd, 2011 | Article

When asked why he robbed banks, Willie Sutton reportedly said, “because that’s where the money is.” Although he later denied saying that, the quote endures and is applied to both legitimate businesses and criminal enterprises, including the production and distribution of what we generally think of as computer viruses or malware.

While many of the early PC viruses might have been motivated by ego and the desire to make a mark on the world by publicly disrupting other people’s lives, today’s malware writers, according to Trend Micro’s senior threat analyst Paul Ferguson, are motivated by the same thing that motivated Sutton and most other criminals.

--- unquote -----
Read rest of Article here (A Must Read for Mac users)


The SANS.ORG recently reported that the Pentagon could soon be issuing a strategy for responding to some attacks on critical systems as Acts of War.

Read the Sans,Org post here


OK, so that covers some of the treats against both Windows, and Macs. My goal is to minimize or eliminate apathy - "they" have us as targets in their malware sights. Let's not make it easy for "them" to score. Keeping our Operating Systems, firewalls, and anti-malware programs up-to-date will help.

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May 29, 2011 Mac malware authors release a new, more dangerous version

I certainly don't wish nasty malware on anyone, even the diehard Mac users who constantly intone the "It doesn't happen to a Mac" chant. In our shop, we face up to the fact that it is happening and we treat our Mac with the same concern as we do our PCs.

Fortunately, there are experts who monitor the antics of Mac Attackers and report publicly, most with no ax to grind. Ed Bott is one of those experts and we extracted this short intro to his recent post. 

      -  -  -  -  - from Ed Bott's Microsoft Report  - -  -  -  -  -  -
                            May 25, 2011, 12:05pm PDT

"Apple finally responded to the Mac Defender outbreak, with a technical note containing removal instructions and the promise of a removal tool. Within hours, the bad guys had released a new version of their malware. This one doesn’t require that you enter an administrator’s password.

Yesterday, 25 days after the Mac Defender malware began to appear in the wild, Apple finally responded. In a technical support note, “How to avoid or remove Mac Defender malware,” the company posted instructions for users to follow if they’ve encountered this malware specimen in the wild. It also promised a security update to remove infections automatically.

File that memo under, “Too little, too late.”

Within 12 hours of Apple’s announcement, the author of the original Mac Defender program had a new variant available that renders key portions of the current Mac Defender prevention plan obsolete."
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Very unsettling to say the least, but there's more which you can read at Ed Bott's Microsoft Report

When you visit Ed Bott's Blog, be sure to scan over the comments - some of them seemed extremely childish in defense of the Mac's reputed invulnerability. One commenter in particular kinda reminded me of an Ostrich.

Don't be one of them, too. It's not worth the potential hassle.
                                                                                  ... Richard 
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May 16, 2011   More and More SPAM  has me ticked off!

I accept that any one who spends much time surfing the Internet for information, and leaving  a name and email address to have access to it -

 - is going to be added  to more and more email lists, and receive more and more 'follow-up' emails. That's fair,

But what really aggravates me is the emails from unknown sources (SPAM) that appear to be stoppable by sending a reply with REMOVE typed into the Subject line.

What a farce! This morning alone I did the "REMOVE' routine for 7 of those messages and  EACH ONE resulted in an 'Undeliverable' message form our ever there 'Postmaster in the sky"

From now on, every unsolicited email that offers the 'reply routine' will be deleted using the REPORT AS SPAM option in my email service.

(Probably won't do much good, but it'll make me feel better)
                                                                        ... Richard 
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May 8, 2011   I learned a New Word Today - "Foistware"

"Foistware" What does it mean? It's what could get dumped into our computers without our awareness or permission when downloading a new software product or even when updating some of our existing programs.

I'm not experienced enough, and I doubt that many of my friends have the experience to recognize when our computers are being violated - and by some of the more respected names in the software development world.

Ed Bott (Ed Bott's Microsoft Report) is so upset abut this practice that he has identified some of the worst offenders in his "Foistware Hall of Shame".

It's eye opening and startling when you realize that Adobe, Skype, and even
Microsoft, along with many smaller software companies employ the "Foistware Tactic". It's worth a few minutes of your time to read Ed Bott's post on Foistware. Consider it an Alert that could save you some hassle in the future.

And while you are visiting his blog, look for the link to  malware alert for Macs.
If you are a Mac user, it looks as if malware will be targeting your system soon - very soon.

Here's the weekly threat update, courtesy ©SunbeltSoftware's SecurityNews blog

    Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT: Trojan
    Zugo Ltd (v): Adware (General)
    Trojan-Spy.Win32.Zbot.gen: Trojan
    Exploit.PDF-JS.Gen (v) Exploit
    Trojan.Win32.Generic!SB.0: Trojan
    FraudTool.Win32.FakeRean.d (v): Rogue Security Program (v): Trojan
    Trojan.Win32.Generic.pak!cobra: Trojan
    Pinball Corporation. (v): Adware (General)
    Win32.Malware!Drop: Trojan

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May 1, 2011   Lots of Adobe Fixes during the past week or two

If it seemed to you, as it did to me, that Adobe was issuing a lot of fixes, well, they were, and Gregg Keizer of ComputerWorld explained what was happening in his recent post -

   There was a critical bug in both the Adobe Flash and Acrobat Reader that
    hackers had been exploiting using malicious PDFs with news alerts

   It was the second time in four weeks that Adobe acknowledged a Flash
   "zero-day," or unpatched vulnerability that hackers were exploiting.

Be sure to perform the Installs when the Flash alert pops up on your monitor -
it takes only a minute or two to download and install the patch

Here's the weekly Top 10 Spyware Threats, courtesy © SunbeltSecurityNews*

   This Week's Top 10 Spyware Threats

   Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT: Trojan
   Trojan-Spy.Win32.Zbot.gen: Trojan
   Win32.Malware!Drop: Trojan
   Zugo Ltd (v): Adware (General)
   Trojan.Win32.Generic.pak!cobra: Trojan
   Trojan.Win32.Generic!SB.0: Trojan (v): Trojan
   FraudTool.Win32.FakeRean.d (v): Rogue Security Program
   Trojan.Win32.FakeAv.awrp (v): Trojan
   Trojan.JS.Obfuscator.m (v): Trojan

Stay on top of all the real-time threats as monitored by SunbeltSecurity Labs

You can get your own FREE Trial of SunbeltSoftware Company's
 Vipre Anti-virus software by clicking here  Check it out and give your
 computer a good deep scan for free

*Stop on by the the SunbeltSecurityNews webpage and read the article on
"How To Stay Safe In Public Places" by their Editor - Larry Jaffe.

To your Safe Surfing...                                  ...Richard


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April 25, 2011   Kerry, McCain Introduce Commercial Privacy Bi-Partisan
that Would Enhance Protection and Control
                     of Personal Information

(Excerpted from a Press Release posted on Senator McCain's website)
“Consumers want to shop, browse and share information in an environment that is respectful of their personal information. Our legislation sets forth a framework for companies to create such an environment and allows businesses to continue to market and advertise to all consumers, including potential customers,” said Senator John McCain. “However, the bill does not allow for the collection and sharing of private data by businesses that have no relationship to the consumer for purposes other than advertising and marketing. It is this practice that American consumers reject as an unreasonable invasion of privacy. This bill would put in place rules to guide the Federal Trade Commission in its ability to ensure the security of personal information while providing businesses more clarity in the Commission’s jurisdiction.”

The Kerry-McCain Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2011 would establish rights to protect every American when it comes to the collection, use, and dissemination of their personally identifiable information (PII).

Here are some of the thoughts that come to my mind ------

If it becomes law, it will require that consumers need to deliberately opt out of tracking practices through links on websites.

The problem here is that it'll require a lot of work to opt out of every site you have ever visited (and who actually has any ideas how many that is, or what they were?)

The question has been raised - "Why not a universal ask off or opt out Registry much like the Do Not Call Registry list for telemarketers?"

My question is "How many of the millions of online computer surfers would agree to registering their email addresses, and who would administer such a program - the Federal Government, State Agencies? Unfortunately, staffing these programs won't help to increase job opportunities in the private sector.

Would such an "opt out" list only lead to more junk in our email as happened in many areas where telephone "No Call" registry policies are in effect. The FTC reported large increases in unwanted calls to registry members in Indianapolis, for example.

Also, the 'government' will be permitted to collect personal data. Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies are exempt, as are government agencies. (Sounds like Happy Hunting Grounds for the Lawyers)

I'm Not sure what this will mean to marketers, ordinary Internet users, cyber crooks or hackers - or if such a Bill would ever get out of Committee.

Something to really think about!

This Week's Top 10 Spyware Threats (© Courtesy SunbeltSoftware Co.)

1. Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT: Trojan
2. (v): Trojan
3. Trojan.Win32.Generic!SB.0: Trojan
4. Trojan-Spy.Win32.Zbot.gen: Trojan
5. Zugo Ltd (v): Adware (General)
6. Trojan.Win32.Generic.pak!cobra: Trojan
7. Trojan.Win32.FakeAv.awrp (v): Trojan
8. FraudTool.Win32.FakeRean.b (v): Rogue Security Program
9. Trojan.JS.Obfuscator.m (v): Trojan
10. INF.Autorun (v): Trojan

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                                                                                 ... Richard                           
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April 17, 2011            Now it's "Malvertising"

Word of Caution - be extra cautious about what you click on. As we pointed out in last week's Episilon Breach alert, the intrusion into their database will have some long term upsetting consequences. Epsilon handles the email for a number of large companies. We have been told that social security numbers were not part of the theft, but, email addresses relating to the various companies were.

We have already seen the results - a flood of phishing attempts by the cyber-crooks.

Another Caution - "Malvertising" it's advertising that spreads malicious software. SunbeltSoftware reports that

"The advantage malvertising has over methods of intrusion is that the advertising content itself can be inserted into high-profile reputable websites, malvertising enables the bad guys to drive their incursions at all web users even those with a more cautious bent. Users who would not normally visit unknown sites or click on email links utilize legit web sites with lookalike ads that are malware based. Like fake branded goods sold on street corners, these ads have one purpose and one purpose only - to rip you off. "

Google created a website to describe how it's being employed and how best to prevent being trapped by it -

This Week's Top 10 Spyware Threats, as reported and copyrighted by SunbeltSoftware*

"My Freeze/YourScreen is a website which contains many screen savers, and is bundled with many adwares such as, Save now etc. This so- called "freeware" is not as free as it looks. It is bundled with advertising software, aka, adware and the primary program will not work if you remove the adware. So you may say what is wrong with that? And you would be right in wondering but upon further exploration, the adware often functions independently, not only of the software but also from you the user. It can send private information back to its headquarters including tracking your web surfing activities. The problem is that it may also install applications without your consent and we know that is not a good thing. You may also end up with a toolbar or two and desktop shortcuts to the adware products.

  1. Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT: Trojan
  2. Trojan-Spy.Win32.Zbot.gen: Trojan
  3. Zugo Ltd (v): Adware (General)
  4. Trojan.Win32.Generic.pak!cobra: Trojan
  5. Trojan.JS.Obfuscator.m (v): Trojan
  6. Trojan.Win32.FakeAv.awrp (v): Trojan
  7. INF.Autorun (v): Trojan
  8. Pinball Corporation. (v): Adware (General)
  9. My Freeze/YourScreen Adware Bundler
10. FraudTool.Win32.SecurityShield.ek!c (v): Trojan

Stay on top of all the real-time threats":

*Republished in accordance with SunbeltSoftware Company's terms of use.

Be Cautious - Be Safe -
                                                                        ... Richard

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April 10, 2011   An update on the recent Epsilon Data Breach

Have you wondered why your inbox is suddenly loaded with message after message reporting a package being sent to you?

It could be linked to a recent Data Breach (release of once secure information) at the third-party marketer Epsilon. So far Target, Kroger, TiVo, US Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Capital One, Citi, Home Shopping Network, Ameriprise Financial, LL Bean Visa Card, McKinsey & Company, Ritz-Carlton Rewards, Marriott Rewards, New York & Company, Brookstone, Walgreens, The College Board, Disney Destinations, and Best Buy have notified their own customers about the breach. Hilton Hotels and Ethan Allen are also said to be affected.

If you've ever given your e-mail address to any of the above companies, your email address and name are probably in the criminal hackers possession.

The word is that NO credit card numbers were compromised. But - where you shop or do business or banking might now be personal knowledge in the hands of the criminal hackers.

A way to determine if your email is coming from non-legitimate sources is to examine the return email address. They are usually altered to suggest legitimacy, but instead of saying dot com or dot org, they may have an unfamiliar domain  name. Also, most of these messages contain both errors in grammar and spelling. Just be as suspicious as you can be and don't open any links or attachments, unless you are absolutely certain that they pertain to a conscious action you have taken.

Now, again courtesy of SunbeltSoftware, here is their list of This Week's Top 10 Spyware Threats
(© SunbelrSoftware and published in accordance with their terms of use)

  1. Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT: Trojan
  2. Trojan-Spy.Win32.Zbot.gen: Trojan
  3. Trojan.Win32.Generic.pak!cobra: Trojan
  4. Zugo Ltd (v): Adware (General)
  5. FraudTool.Win32.SecurityShield.ek!c (v): Trojan
  6. INF.Autorun (v): Trojan
  7. Worm.Win32.Downad.Gen (v): Worm.W32
  8. Pinball Corporation. (v) Adware (General)
  9. Trojan.Win32.FakeAv.awrp (v): Trojan
 10. Trojan-Spy.Win32.Zbot.gen: Trojan

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You might also consider updating some of your most important passwords. Don't save them in your computer - keep an offline journal and post each of your user names and passwords, and the date when you created or updated them.
                                  ... Richard
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April 05, 2011   SCAM ALERT


In my email today, and in different email accounts, I recieved dozens of notices like this -
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Dear customer

The parcel was sent your home adress
And it will arrive within 10 business days

More information and the tracking number
are attached in document below.

Thank You

� 1994-2011 DHL.S Express Services, Inc.
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You will probably see these notices appear in your email, too.
(Note the mis-spellings)

 Ask yourself these questions -

1. Who do I know that would send me a package by DHL?
2. Why would anyone send me a package by DHL?
3. Did I order anything that could be shipped by DHL?

If you answer NO to any of these questions, you have been set up for a
SCAM, possibly by the Internet Crooks who compromised thousands of email addresses from a Texas facility recently -

---your addresses, and mine!

DO NOT attempt to open the link for the package - a package of Viruses, Trojans, etc.
                                                                      ... Richard
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March 30, 2011         McAfee Labs Stinger* Updated on March 23, 2011

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 McAfee offers a FREE Virus Scanning program named
STINGER™. (Current Build Date: 23-Mar-2011)

It's a great backup tool when, for example, your computer is infected with a virus and you can't go online for an update, or even use your existing anti-virus program. If you saved the latest version of McAfee Labs Stinger to a CD or flash drive, you could disconnect from the Internet and run a scan or two with Stinger, which currently searches for 2038 viruses, Trojans and variants!

*Stinger is a standalone utility used to detect and remove specific viruses. It is not a substitute for full anti-virus protection, but rather a tool to assist administrators and users when dealing with an infected system. Stinger utilizes next-generation scan engine technology, including process scanning, digitally signed .DAT files, and scan performance optimizations. It detects and removes threats identified under the "List Viruses" icon in the Stinger application.                          
... Richard

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March 26, 2011      Are you still using outdated Microsoft
                                      Internet Explorer browsers?

Our recent experience in creating websites that render properly in various browsers was that the 10 year old IE6 doesn't always display our sites properly - showing broken pages, misplaced images, etc.

Didn't seem to matter if the sites were created using Dreamweaver or FrontPage.

Then we read in SunbeltSecurityNews
™, that Microsoft is Urging Users to upgrade from IE6 (and in my opinion, users should update if they are still using IE7, too)

If you are still using IE6 (or IE7) visit the Microsoft announcement here

And while on the subject of updates - Apple patched a record 62 vulnerabilities in Safari 5; nearly all can be exploited by drive-by attacks, updating the Mac and Windows browser to version 5.0.4.

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Also, thanks to SunbeltSecurityNews
™, here are this weeks
Top 10 Spyware Threats

  1. Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT: Trojan
  2. FraudTool.Win32.SecurityShield.ek!c (v): Trojan
  3. Trojan.Win32.Generic.pak!cobra: Trojan
  4. Trojan-Spy.Win32.Zbot.gen: Trojan
  5. Zugo Ltd (v): Adware (General)
  6. Worm.Win32.Downad.Gen (v): Worm.W32
  7. INF.Autorun (v): Trojan
  8. Trojan.Win32.Generic!SB.0:Trojan
  9. Yontoo (v): Adware (General)
10. Worm.Win32.Downad.Gen (v): Worm.W32

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                                                                          ... Richard
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EVERGREEN               Internet marketers and webmasters -
                                                 Who's stealing your stuff?

"How Would YOU Feel ...if you were surfing the Web and suddenly saw an exact copy of something you created, and to which you own the legal rights of use, on someone else's web site? Including, but not limited to ...
   * YOUR Articles,
   * YOUR Web Site Designs
   * YOUR Web Site Copy
   * YOUR Sales Letter Copy
   * YOUR Ebooks or Reports
   * YOUR Ad Copy
   * YOUR Software
   * YOUR Other Products
   * YOUR Graphics & Images
   * YOUR Newsletters & Ezines

How would you reclaim your copyrighted property?

Wouldn't you like to know how to get your stolen Intellectual Property removed from the web without hiring a Lawyer?

You'll be pleased to learn that there is a brand new ebook where you'll discover how you can "Beat Web Thieves at Their Own Game!"

Actually, you really need this ebook BEFORE your own intellectual property (or copyrighted material) is stolen so you can take the necessary steps to protect yourself, now.

Who wrote the book? - jlScott. The author is Director of the International Council of Online Professionals (i-Cop).

Included in her ebook is a recent case history documenting how she used her expertise to have a blatant case of plagiarism (complete sections of the i-Cop website stolen and republished word for word) removed within a matter of hours!

There's stuff in this ebook that has already helped me prepare to take action against the thieves who have copied my property and even shut down a couple of my sites -

-some of which is the included word-for-word, fill-in-the-blanks samples to use in corresponding with the plagiarists, their ISP's, web hosts, and even their lawyers, if necessary.

Here's the link to get your ebook -

You'll want to take advantage of the low "Public Launch price" before it goes up in the near future. Click on over to learn how and where you can get immediate access to your ebook - "Beat Web Thieves at Their Own Game!"

                                                            ... Richard

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