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January 27, 2005
P.C. Security and Housekeeping Basics
High-speed Internet access via
Cable Modem and DSL has made multi-media web browsing possible. Its
not uncommon for folks to have hundreds of music files, movie clips,
& games on their hard-drive. The fact that your DSL or Cable
connection is always on has really opened up a can of worms if you
are not informed & prepared to
take some basic protective measures.
Mike Nalbone wrote this article that fits perfectly with our "Computer
Security Awareness Campaign". He covers many of the important issues in not only securing your computer, but
keeping it in tip-top condition thru regular clean-up routines.
If you use, or are about to use High-speed Internet access, you'll enjoy your time on the internet a lot more if you follow Mike's Basics
for computer housekeeping. Read
his article HERE
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2005 Students use keylogger to steal answers
I just read about some
students in California who attached a hardware keylogger device to a
teacher's computer, collected the keystrokes, and stole all
of the test entries and answers for scheduled exams.
Is this the beginning of a career of cheating and theft for these
or does it reflect a degeneration of today's moral standards?
What do you think?
Should unlicensed Keylogging hardware and software be available for
Wire tapping is illegal nearly everywhere; is Keylogging Spyware
Not sure what Keyloggers are or how they work?
Read more on Keyloggers
January 20, 2005
How often do you change your passwords?
If you are like so many of us everyday Internet users, you probably
have had to create or change your password to access important web
services like bank accounts, email accounts, and various news
Mike Delaney wrote an article a couple of years ago that contains 8
very valuable tips on changing or creating safer passwords. With the
increasing spread of on-line threats to our personal privacy, I felt
it to be a valuable guide to help us avoid potential financial loss
and Identity Theft.
Save) the tips HERE
January 15, 2005
Help Your Children
Practice Safe Surfing Habits
Did you know that young people
between the ages of 2 and 11
are increasing their use of the Internet at a faster rate than
the overall internet user population?
This fact should raise an alarm for parents. It does for us!
WHY? The article just posted
at our RichardPresents.com website
covers our concerns and what should be the concerns of other parents
and grandparents. It also lists cautions and some important
protective steps that will help these youngsters stay out of
Read Safe Surfing for Children HERE
January 9, 2005
How not to be a part of the problem
A recent survey analyzed by
"Knowledge Networks" found that nearly three quarters of the total
United States population has access to the internet in their homes
or at work with users spending an average of three hours per day on
The implications of these few
basic facts are alarming!
Every one of these computers is an easy target for Hackers while it's
Read how this is so
January 1, 2005
Making the Most of your New PC
If you are among the many happy
people who started 2005 with a new PC (personal computer), here's some very
helpful information you can add to the advice in our December 6,
The January 2005 issue of
has a great article titled
MOST OF YOUR PC". It's more than worth your time to read, even if
you have already set up your new PC.
Why? The authors of the article have personally set up thousands of
PCs. They cover the whole procedure from Set Up, Migration of old
files to the new PC, Protection Considerations, Networks, Backup to
On the chance that you may have overlooked some important
consideration, the few minutes devoted to the article now could save
you many hours of frustration later.
And you don't have to go out and buy the magazine. I found the link
to this article on their website. My suggestion is to select the
'Print Article' button even if you don't plan to print it. Doing so
spreads the text over a full size page instead of squeezing it
between a lot of ads. It's a lot easier to read.
Here's the link:
Happy/Safe Surfing in 2005