Sunday, May 31, 2009

ID Theft Use of Credit Cards Leaps

ID theft victims are much more likely to get hit with fraudulent charges on their credit cards or debit cards, according to a new study from the Identity Theft Resource Center that tracks the effects of ID theft.


Ever wondered why you are still tracked though you tried everything to prevent it? BetterPrivacy is a Super Cookie Safeguard which protects from usually not deletable LSO's. It blocks longterm tracking on Google, YouTube, Ebay and many other domains.

This is a Firefox Add-ons. Add-ons extend Firefox, letting you personalize your browsing experience. Take a look around and make Firefox your own.

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

How to Buy a Printer

What you print, and how much of it you print, should guide your buying decision. We explain how to choose a printer that's appropriate for your needs.

Gmail in real-time: Google does the Wave

Google Wave is a new tool for communication and collaboration on the web, coming later this year. Watch the demo video below, sign up for updates and learn more about how to develop with Google Wave.

Microsoft publicly unveiled its soon-to-launch search engine Bing

Microsoft's new search engine Bing will become available over the next few days, and be fully launched by June 3. On the surface, Bing has a distinct gloss. The home page features a rotation of stunning photography, for instance, which can be clicked on to produce related image search results. Each search result page is customized according to what type of search you do (health, travel, shopping, news, sports).

TRUECAR - Find Out What Others Really Paid

TrueCar is the first company to give consumers and dealers complete car pricing transparency. By aggregating large amounts of automotive data and running advanced statistics. TrueCar shows what other people have actually paid for their vehicles on a trim level and market specific basis in near real time. TrueCar is transparent, unbiased, and will change the car buying experience for dealers and consumers alike.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Webopedia - online dictionary

The only online dictionary and search engine you need for computer and Internet technology definitions.


How do I block people from finding me and information about me on the internet? I want to erase myself from the internet. How do I stop my name and my information from showing when people google me or search for me on the internet?

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Report: Spam now 90 percent of all e-mail

Spam now accounts for 90.4 percent of all e-mail, according to a report released Monday from security vendor:

This means that 1 out of every 1.1 e-mails is junk. The report also notes that spam shot up 5.1 percent just from April to May.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Computer-Based Programs Provide Help For Smokers Trying To Quit

Trying to quit cigarettes but don't know how? A new analysis led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, suggests that Web- and computer-based smoking cessation programs are worth a try, and fortunately during these tough economic times, many of them are free.

Keep Kids Safe Online With Hassle-Free PC

PC World blogger Rick Broida reviews kid-friendly search engines, browsers, and other tools to protect children online.

Remove thumb drives quickly

Thumb drives are convenient, they're more durable than CDs and floppy discs. Still, you need to remove them correctly from the USB port.

Windows has the Safely Remove Hardware option. But this is cumbersome. You get several dialog boxes before you can eject a drive. And then there's the aggravating message you get when the drive is ready to be removed.

If this annoys you, try USB Disk Ejector. This free program is simple and fast to use.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Pop-Up Stopper Free

A "pop-up" is a browser window that pops up in front of the screen without permission. The free Pop-Up Stopper prevents them (and pop-under windows*) from displaying. You can have sounds notify you when a pop-up has been blocked. The program also allows you to briefly disable the blocking by double-clicking the system tray icon or by pressing Shift or Ctrl when following a new link. This version features a new ad-blocking technology, an improved interface, and more sound and visual options to play when an ad is blocked. This free version is one of four versions offered. Check the at comparison chart the vendor website to determine which one best suits your needs.

*Pop-under ads are similar to pop-up ads, but the ad window appears hidden behind the main browser window rather than superimposed in front of it.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day Everyone! A special thanks to all who have served our country. Thank you for your service. I was in the Army; active duty and reserve. My deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones in past and present conflicts.

I have been somewhat slow in posting new messages. My motherboard died. Fortunately it was still under warranty. As always, I welcome your ideas and suggestions for additions to this blog or my web site:
Computer help for Seniors (and Other Newbies)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Before you download files, help protect your computer

Downloading files can include installing programs from a CD, opening pictures or links to Web sites from e-mail, copying Word documents and Excel spreadsheets from the company network, upgrading software acquired from the Web, or transferring music files from a computer half a world away.

Files you download could be just what you expect, but they might also be a vehicle for malevolent intent. Malicious software (also called Malware) is software that can harm you or your computer; it can include viruses, worms, spyware, and other unwanted programs.

Before you download files, make sure you are as protected from unwanted software as you can be.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Recognize phishing scams and fraudulent e-mail

Phishing is a type of deception designed to steal your valuable personal data, such as credit card numbers, Windows Live IDs, other account data and passwords, or other information.
You might see a phishing scam:
  • In e-mail messages, even if they appear to be from a coworker or someone you know.
  • On your social networking Web site.
  • On a fake Web site that accepts donations for charity.
  • On Web sites that spoof your familiar sites using slightly different Web addresses, hoping you won't notice.
  • In your instant message program.
  • On your cell phone or other mobile device.
  • Often phishing scams rely on placing links in e-mail messages, on Web sites, or in instant messages that seem to come from a service that you trust, like your bank, credit card company, or social networking site.
If you need advice about an Internet or online solicitation, or you want to report a possible scam, use the Online Reporting Form or or call the NFIC hotline at 1-800-876-7060.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

How To Recover Deleted Files - For Free

An important file has been lost. If you simply deleted the wrong file, you can usually get it back by opening the Recycle Bin and restoring it. But if that doesn't do the trick, try one of these FREE tools. Click on the logos below,

How to reduce the risk of online fraud

Online fraud can be annoying and costly for you and might pose serious risks to your computer. You can help reduce online fraud by learning to recognize scams and taking steps to avoid them.

Identity theft has been around for a while, but the cost to consumers has risen since criminals have gone online. Criminals who want to gain access to your online accounts use
phishing, hoaxes, or other scams to obtain personal information such as your name, social security number, account name, or password.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Swine Flu Phishing Attacks

Swine Flu Phishing Attacks

There are an increasing number of reports regarding the swine flu and email scams. Unsolicited email messages are being sent with subject lines related to swine flu so recipients will open and click on harmful links or malicious attachments aimed at infecting PCs. To be safe, please ensure you take the following measures of protection:

• Beware of swine flu related emails and subject lines
• Do not follow unsolicited web links or attachments in email messages
• Maintain up-to-date antivirus software

The Difference Between a Computer Virus, Worm and Trojan Horse

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Today's Top Products

Clicking on a category below will take you directly to the pertinent page.

Desktops - Budget, Midrange, Entertainment, Performance, Small-Form-Factor
Laptops - Budget Laptops, Netbooks
Netbooks - Portable, powerful, lightweight laptops; typically under 3 pounds
Components - Computer Cases
Graphics Cards -
Budget, performance, computer cases
Peripherals - Keyboards, Mice & Mouse Alternatives, Webcams
Printers - Inkjet Printers, Laser Printers, Multifunction Printers,Snapshot Printers
Networking - Network-Attached-Storage (NAS) Devices, Wi-Fi Routers
LCD Monitors - 19-Inch, 20-Inch, 22-Inch, 23-Inch and Larger, Wide-Screen LCDs
Hard Drives & Burners - Solid-State Drives
Software -
Digital Cameras & Camcorders - Budget, dSLR, Megazoom, Point&Shoot, Ultracompact
Cell Phones - Bluetooth Headsets, Cell Phones,PDAs, Smartphones
GPS - a GPS navigation device will help you find your way.
MP3 Players - Flash-Memory,Hard Drive,Headphones,Budget Portable Video
HDTVs & Home Theater - LCD, Plasma, Rear-Projection

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

How to Look Up People On the Internet

1. CVgadget - You enter the person's first and last name. Then, click Search. It looks through many places including some Google services.It also looks through social networking websites. You wil get related material like videos and blogs.

2. Pipl - If you are looking for a relative, classmate or an old friend most people turn to Google. You may or may not find the person.
However there is a part of the web called "the deep web". Very few people know
about it. Pipl's query-engine helps you find deep web pages that cannot be found on regular search engines.

Wink- Free people search at Wink, the world's largest people search engine. Find people by name and get their phone number, address, Websites, photos, work, school, more.

PeekYou - Free people search engine allows you to find, contact, and track anyone online. Find photos, links, work, school and family info and much more
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Monday, May 04, 2009

Can I Really Get Free Satellite TV on my PC?

Everything I've read about this type of thing tells me it's a scam, or at least a waste of money. The software you get for your forty bucks is nothing more than a menu of free online television broadcasts. Most of the stations listed are foreign, and the list contains many entries that are obsolete or do not work.

You CAN use your internet-connected computer to tune into a huge number of free television broadcasts. You can watch SOME programs from the BBC News, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, ESPN, and other broadcasts from around the world.

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition

A new version of AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition is available

AVG Free Edition is the well-known antivirus protection tool. AVG Free is available free of charge to home users for the life of the product. Rapid virus database updates are available for the lifetime of the product, thereby providing the high level of detection capability that millions of users around the world trust to protect their computers.

Friday, May 01, 2009

The Best Free Software: 35 Must-Have Downloads

For many these days, money's tight, and if you needed to stretch your budget like Silly Putty to buy a new PC recently, the last thing you want to do is drop another big bundle to buy new software. From this page, you can download or access all 35 of the free software programs and Web applications discussed our January 2009 feature story "The Best Free Software."


Hulu is a site that offers commercial-supported streaming video of TV shows and movies from NBC, Fox and many other networks and studios TV shows including Family Guy, 30 Rock, NBA and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, etc..

Hulu videos are currently offered only to users in the United States. Hulu provides video in Flash Video format, including many films and shows that are available in 480p and high-definition. Hulu also provides web syndication services for other websites including AOL, MSN, MySpace, Facebook, Yahoo!, and Comcast's