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Internet Security Basics 101 The explosive growth of the Internet has meant that thousands of people are today experiencing the joys of being online for the first time. With growth there always comes pain. Be it your growing pains as a child or the growth and development of...

Intranet Introduction to Intranets What exactly is an intranet? It's one of those terms that's more thrown around than understood, and has become more of a buzzword than a commonly understood idea. Simply put, an intranet is a private network with...

Is Your Computer Sick? Viruses and spyware usually show up on your computer one of two ways. Either they invade your system with a frontal assault like the Huns attacking the Romans, or they sneak in a back door like a cat burglar. Either way, once a virus...

Is Your Email Address "Blacklisted?" A lady emailed me yesterday very upset over the fact that her friend's Internet Service Provider (ISP) wasn't delivering important email messages. This lack of delivery caused a real problem for the two of them with ruined plans, missed...

Microsoft Blues With the advent of 'Service Pack 2' for Windows XP operating system, Microsoft have really made the forums hum. Every forum on computer problems is replete with complaints that since downloading and installing 'SP2', many 'third party'...

Personal Firewalls for Home Users What is a Firewall? The term "firewall" illustrates a system that protects a network and the machines on them from various types of attack. Firewalls are geared towards keeping the server up all the time and protecting the entire network. ...

Protect Your Computer...and Your Business! We all take the computer for granted. I mean, all we have to do is switch it on and it's ready to go. But did you ever stop to think what would happen if your computer suddenly crashed? And that is the only computer you have to work on! What...

SOBIG.F Virus Promises "I'll Be Back" On 21 August 2003 Symantec Security Response upgraded the W32.SOBIG.F threat to a category 4. It is the sixth version of this worm. SOBIG.F follows a computer worm known as "Blaster," or "MSBlaster," which infected at least 500,000...

Spyware and Adware – Are You Protected? Spyware is without doubt the most prevalent threat to online computer privacy and security. Exactly what is Spyware? Spyware applications are programs and files that hide on your PC's hard drive without your direct knowledge. They allow...

Spyware: What It Is and How to Combat It Spyware is software or hardware installed on a computer without the user's knowledge which gathers information about that user for later retrieval by whomever controls the spyware. Spyware can be broken down into two different categories,...

The MOve to e New Anti-Virus Model This is the second in a series of articles highlighting reasons why we need a new model for anti-virus and security solutions. Reason #1: the Basic Model Anti-virus software vendors still rely on yesterday’s methods for solving today’s...

Tips for Buying a PC Buying Your PC Buying a PC that’s right for you and your family is not all that simple task. More so if you’re going to buy an unbranded or an assembled one. But branded or not, you have to get you facts right before you shell out your money....

Tips For Safer Computing Online New computer viruses threaten the unwary user everyday. Hackers jeopardize your online security with invasive computer techniques to steal your passwords, personal information, even identity. Unscrupulous marketers bait you with free software...

Troubleshoot Windows with Task Manager Task Manager is a Windows system utility that displays the tasks or processes currently running on your computer. To open Task Manager, press Ctrl+Alt+Del. The Applcations tab lists the applications currently running on your computer. A single...

Watch Out For Spyware Programs That Slows Down Your Computer System Spyware is a program that once loaded on your computer unknowingly collects information from your PC and sends it to another party. The most dangerous types of Spyware programs copies personal information that you would not share with anyone...

West Nile Virus West Nile virus is a strain of encephalitis similar to Saint Louis encephalitis, which reached epidemic proportions in the 1950's and 60's. West Nile virus, like encephalitis, is transmitted by mosquitos. There are several species of mosquitos...

Who’s Watching What You Type? If someone entered your home, uninvited and installed numerous cameras and listening devices in order to monitor your activities, you would quite rightly be outraged. While such a situation, unless you are living in the Big Brother House, would...

Why Use Antivirus Software? This is a really simple question to answer – you need to use antivirus software to protect your own computer, and to prevent your computer from being used to pass on infections to other machines without your knowledge. If you use the internet...

Your Computer May Be Infected. Here's How To Check.. (NOT about virus) NOTE: Please take time to read on - it may be vital for your PC's security. If you are not in the mood, just save it or print it out for later reference. A recent research revealed that 80% of the computers today is infected with these dangerous...