By Leo Notenboom
In general if you don’t have or use a particular piece of software then you
can safely ignore the updates and or vulnerability notifications that you might
Internet Explorer, on the other hand, is a special case. Use it or not, you
must keep it up to date.
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By Leo Notenboom
Once you’ve logged into a site cookies are often used to keep you logged in for some period of time. There are risks associated with that, and more.
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By Leo Notenboom
Virii & Spyware & Worms … oh my!
“Internet Safety” seems like an oxymoron.
It seems like not a day goes by where we don’t hear about some new kind of
threat aimed at wreaking havoc across machines connected to the internet. While
products other than Microsoft’s are certainly vulnerable, anti-Microsoft
sentiment coupled with the massive installed base make Microsoft products an irresistible target for hackers and “script kiddies”.
Here are some things you can, and should, do to stay safe.
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By Leo Notenboom
I’ve been receiving a lot of reports of problems with Microsoft’s Hotmail free email service lately, and it really begs the question: are free email services like Hotmail, Yahoo Mail and Gmail worth the cost?
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On Tuesday, the biggest announcement of the Google I/O Developer Show was Sony’s introduction of Internet TV. I expect this to be nothing short of life changing for all of us. From the way we watch simple TV, listen to music, and even our office and work activities. Communication and entertainment has finally completed it’s pupa stage.
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By Leo Notenboom
I’ve heard that instant messages through AOL/Yahoo/MSN can be read by hackers that “sniff” the messages leaving my network. Is this true?
It’s actually true for all the data that comes and goes on your internet connection: web pages, emails, instant messaging conversations and more.
Most of the time it simply doesn’t matter. Honest.
On the other hand, there are definitely times and situations when you really do need to be careful.
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Google announced their intent to build a new operating system with design based on the shape of computing today. Noting that today’s browsers run on operating systems that began before there even was a web, Google says it is set to “rethink what operating systems should be.”
What does Google Promise?
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There has been a lot of buzz lately about the iPhone replacing the PC. Here’s one from my buddy, Harry McCracken. The owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban, wrote a piece as well. There is certainly a lot of buzz and hype about the iPhone, but as a practical matter, the iPhone is nowhere near able to significantly encroach onto the venerable PC’s territory. As I write this, I am thinking of all my friends that have iPhones, and the look of pride on their face. I am not trying to rain on that parade, I just honestly do not think of the iPhone in the same category as the PC. Here’s why.
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Welcome to the Ultimate Guide to keeping your PC running fast and great. As I discussed in a prior article, the more you use your PC, the more your PC requires maintenance. Every email you read, every web site you visit, and every document you create, leaves little bread crumbs on the hard drive. Over the space of the days, weeks and months, these thousands and thousands of bread crumbs ultimately slow down your PC. Fortunately, there are ways to keep your PC like new, and in some cases better than new. Let’s get started.
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The results of our Windows XP SP3 Survey are in. 1 in 4 surveyed have experienced problems with XP SP3 & 75% of those users have not been able to resolve all of their problems.
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PC Pitstop Pushes PC Administration Into OverDrive With New Self-Service Support Service
Sioux City, IA â€“ X, 2008 â€“ PC Pitstop, the undisputed leader in PC diagnostics and support with over 100 Million PC performance tests and counting, has released its newest service for general availability, OverDrive. With just a few clicks, PC Pitstopâ€™s newly overhauled OverDrive service offers a simple scan using Internet Explorer (IE) or the IE tab in Firefox web browsers to provide a full PC Configuration report in under five minutes. The scan evaluates system performance, security, software, drivers, application versioning, system conflicts and other key information and delivers a report for a full system tune-up.
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I love free software, and it’s not because of the price. In fact the opposite, I am always willing to pay for good well written software. I love free software because in many instances, it is also the BEST software. Let’s take a look.
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Do you believe that Gator needs to exercise more care in getting permission to install and informing users about the license terms they are accepting? If so, here are some things you can do to encourage Gator to change its policies and practices.
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Beware of Phishing Scams by Rob Cheng There is a growing menace on the Internet called phishing. In simple terms, phishing can be defined as using fraudulent emails and web sites to trick you into revealing passwords and user names. The scary part is that phishing is becoming a growing and thriving industry. AntiPhishing.org reported […]
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Five years have gone by since we opened up shop in March 2000 with a little web site called PC Pitstop. We certainly had our challenges during the first few years. The stock market bubble burst the same month we opened our doors, and September 11th dealt us another blow. We managed to get through those tough times, though, and things are looking up today.
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You should always assume that whenever you use your PC, you are leaving behind a record of what you are doing. That’s the benefit of a computer; it’s supposed to keep track of things so you don’t have to do it yourself. But there are times that you don’t want it to be so good […]
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Privacy Scams As you’ll see from the other articles in this section, there are genuine threats to your privacy on the Internet and your own PC. However, there are also many scammers that try to worry you about things that are usually not threats, often through alarmist ads that look like they are system warnings. […]
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Our survey found that an astounding 74 percent of Gator users did not know that a Gator or GAIN application had been installed on their system, and an additional 15 percent had not read Gator’s license agreement. Compare those results to Gator’s assertion that users are “inviting” Gator onto their PC’s. We decided to take a look at several ways in which Gator gets “invited” onto a PC, and whether the process may be confusing users into making an uninformed choice.
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PC Pitstop is speaking out against Gator and similar products because we believe that most users do not benefit by having them installed. This is consistent with the basic tenets that drive both our business philosophy and the advice that we give to users.
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Nice to have you at PC Pitstop. Whether you are new to Pitstop or a returning vet, and I am sure that you will find something new and interesting here at the Pitstop. I am pleased to say that Pitstop is thriving, which is good news for you as well as for us. This means that we can continue to offer our services for free. Pitstop has been profitable for 7 consecutive months, and I really believe that we are over the internet hump.
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