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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Facebook tool helps out stalkers

Security experts have demonstrated Facebook Pwn, a Java tool which uses social engineering to obtain personal details of Facebook users that are not publicly accessible

The tool starts out by setting up a fake account which attempts to befriend all of the target's contacts. The attacker picks out one of the victim's friends whose identity he can adopt and the tool steals this friend's name and profile picture for the fake account. The tool then uses the fake account to submit a friend request to the target – the target is confronted with a familiar name, a copy of their friend's photo and a list of mutual friends.

If the friend request is accepted, the tool downloads the victim's personal data and photographs so that even if the victim detects and unfriends the fake account, the attacker can still peruse these at their leisure. The information obtained can be used for other targeted attacks (spear phishing) or stalking. 



Do you still like Facebook?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

You find a long interesting web article which you wish you could read later.Try this free service. A simple tool to save web pages for reading later.

Monday, September 12, 2011

In Pictures online tutorials

Learn With Pictures, Not Words.

In Pictures online tutorials are based on pictures, not words. They're the easiest way to learn computer subjects.


They're Free! In Pictures online tutorials are free for anyone to use. There's nothing to buy or download.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Dangerous Downloads on Legitimate Websites & Search Engines

There are a large number of websites that provide useful reviews and what seems like easy ways to download free software. Unfortunately, these websites also sell ads and allow advertisers to use well known software as keywords in their ads. The result is users often end up with software they can’t remove from their computer instead of what they were looking for.


After you read Bill's article, I recommend downloading his WinPatrol. It will help you stay safe on the Internet. Don

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Should I Change My Password?

ShouldIChangeMyPassword.com has been created to help the average person check if their password(s) may have been compromised and need to be changed.

This site uses a number of databases that have been released by hackers to the public. No passwords are stored in the ShouldIChangeMyPassword.com database. 




Friday, September 02, 2011

The Best Free Antivirus Software

AVG Anti-Virus Free 2012 scored better than most of the commercial competition in antivirus tests. It also gets high marks from independent labs. Now that AVG free integrates with other AVG products and includes useful bonus features, it's literally a priceless Editors' Choice product.  Read the entire review.


Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Free Children's Books Online

This is a listing of sites that legally offer free books, for reading and listening (audio), for children. All of these sites listed have content that is legal for them to distribute.

A comprehensive alphabetical listing of free books for reading or listening can be found on these pages:

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Probably the Best Free Security List in the World

The products are almost exclusively free with some exceptions: products where there is no free alternative, good products that offer a lifelong license, and exceptional products. In some cases the links point to executables (A file in a format that the computer can directly execute). In such cases replace [dot] with . and the link will work.

  • Realtime protection
  • Tools for virus removal
  • Online-scanners
  • Firewalls
  • Browser security
  • Privacy
And much more...


Friday, August 26, 2011

pixlr - A Great Online Image Editor

If you have a permanent internet connection on your computer, there are lots of applications that can be accessed "in the cloud" for free, and thus no longer need to be installed on your PC. With this image editor you no longer have to keep an editing program installed on your computer.  Whenever you want to edit a picture, just go to www.pixlr.com.  You also no longer have to worry updating the application.

Your pictures remain on your computer for safekeeping, and you only move them to the web temporarily when you want to edit them.  


  • Pixlr-o-matic for iPhone and iPad
  • Pixlr Express for a quick fix or cool one-click effects
  • For Firefox and Chrome users install Pixlr Grabber addons 
 Click below and check this out. What a find!!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Free Internet Child Safety Kit

Free internet safety kit helps keeps kids safe online.
The Polly Klaas Foundation has two free kits to help keep kids safe, online and offline.

The free Internet Safety Kit offers guidance for parents to keep your children safer online and help open communications about the Internet with your children. The kit also includes a free download of Wired With Wisdom, an internet safety training program for parents from Web Wise Kids.

The free Child Safety Kit shows you how to teach your children which strangers to ask for help when no trusted adults are available, how to recognize dangerous situations, and how to respond to those dangerous situations correctly.

Also included in the 24 page kit is special information on special no-scare methods for each age group, recording your child's fingerprints in the privacy of your home, and sampling and storing your child's DNA in your own home.

Monday, August 22, 2011

More cyberattacks hitting social networks

Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting social networks, prompting people to take more steps to protect their online privacy, according to a new survey from security company Webroot.

Free Racing Game - Driving Speed 2

Driving Speed 2 is a free high quality racing game for your PC. Choose from four high powered V8 muscle cars and race against up to 11 computer controlled opponents on two touring car circuits. This game has realistic graphics, realistic car physics and performance, and high quality sound.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

When Facebook Gets Creepy

Facebook is an opt-in social network, and people should be aware of what they’re getting themselves into before joining. But Facebook’s frequent policy changes and shifting site alliances can lead to user confusion, resulting in users sharing more information than they realize. (I have been warning you all along - Don)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

PrivacyChoice

Your privacy.Your choice. Free tools to make it easier.
Curious?

  • See who's watching
  • Explore your profile
  • Track the trackers
Want control?
  • Get Do-Not-Track
  • Opt-out of ad targeting
  • Guard your social profile
  • Help protect loved ones

Do I Really Need a Firewall?

YES... you do need a firewall. Without a firewall, your computer can be compromised within SECONDS after connecting to the Internet. If you're a dialup user, it might take a little longer, but it will happen. The reason for this is the automated hacking drones that are constantly scanning Internet-connected computers, looking for any vulnerability. Read more...



Monday, August 15, 2011

Fake Firefox update email

Fake Firefox update email - don't click, or you may have your passwords stolen!

Although we see some very sneaky social engineering tricks used by scammers and cybercriminals on occasions, designed to trick users into making unwise decisions, we also see some very basic attempts at online crime. Read more...







Saturday, August 13, 2011

Google+

Google+ (pronounced and sometimes written Google Plus, sometimes abbreviated as G+) is a social networking service operated by Google Inc. The service launched on June 28, 2011 in an invite-only "field testing" phase. The following day, existing users were allowed to invite friends, who are above 18 years of age, to the service to create their own accounts. This was suspended the next day due to an "insane demand" for accounts.

Google+ integrates social services such as Google Profiles and Google Buzz, and introduces new services Circles, Hangouts, Sparks, and Huddles. Google+ is available as a web site, will be available as a desktop application, and is already available as a mobile application, but only on the Android and iOS operating systems. Sources such as The New York Times have declared it Google's biggest attempt to rival the social network Facebook, which had over 750 million users in 2011. Take the tour. Click below.


Friday, August 12, 2011

The 30th Anniversary of the Personal Computer

In the 30 years since IBM launched the original IBM PC, "personal computing" has changed as well; technology permeates every aspect of our social, family, and business lives. If this isn't the age of personal computing, what would you call it?

Free Firefox Add-on Makes Your Browsing The Internet Safer

Using the more secure Internet protocol HTTPS adds a layer of security to Internet connections. If you use the Firefox browser, you can install a free extension from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) that will ensure the more secure type of connection for a variety of websites.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Top 10 Best Laptops

The editors of PCMag.com test hundreds of systems each year to help you find the best laptop.



Saturday, August 06, 2011

CraigsPal

Craigslist is a centralized network of online communities, featuring free online classified advertisements – with sections devoted to jobs, housing, personals, for sale, services, community, gigs, résumés, and discussion forums.

However, there are limited options for searching. You can get results which include extra information that does not interest you. CraigsPal saves time by targeting those posts that best fit what you’re looking for.




Friday, July 22, 2011

Best Free PC Games

This is the showcase for some of the most top-notch, high quality, freeware games out there in each respective category.  Contrary to popular belief, not all free games have viruses. In fact, a vast majority don't. Some are for publicity, some are too old to sell anymore, but most are just products of people's hobbies. Gizmo is one of my favorite sites. I have never had a problem with any of the programs he recommends. Read more and get games.



Thursday, July 21, 2011

Best Free Portable Applications

Portable applications reduce problems with uninstalling software (you just delete them and don't have to worry about failed installs or incomplete uninstalls), they allow for extra flexibility in copying or moving software to different locations on a portable device or on a PC, and they help improve your privacy and security by running from portable devices like flash drives.
Take your "computer setup" with you, keep every piece of free software that impresses you or run them, say, at a library. I suggest starting a collection, or an army actually, of your favorite portable apps instead of trying to minimize the number of programs you install.


For an introduction to portable software, read the Guide to Portable Applications.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Readers' Choice Awards 2011: Printers

Take a look at what PC Magazine readers believe are the best manufacturers when it comes to making reliable printers and multi-function units for documents and photos. Here are the results:


To read the entire article click below:

How Secure Are Your Saved Internet Explorer Passwords?

One of the most convenient tools browsers offer is the ability to save and automatically prefill your passwords on login forms. Because so many sites require accounts and it is well known (or should be at least) that using a shared password is a big no-no, a password manager is almost essential.
So if you are an Internet Explorer user and answer “yes” to allow the browser to remember your password, how secure is this information?


"Your system is low on virtual memory" - what to do

This message pops up on occasion."Your system is low on virtual memory"
Here is what to do:

  •     Click Start, then open the Control Panel.
  •     Click Performance and Maintenance, and then click System.
  •     Click the Advanced tab.
  •     Under Performance, click Settings.
  •     Click the Advanced tab.
  •     Under Virtual memory, click Change.
  •     Under Drive [Volume Label], click the drive that contains the paging file (virtual memory) settings that you want to change. In almost every case, this will be your C: drive.
  •     Click to select the "System managed size" option, then click Set.
  •     Click OK three times and restart your computer.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Internet Explorer 9 Utterly Dominates Malware-blocking Stats

Internet Explorer 9's dual-pronged approach to blocking access to malicious URLs—SmartScreen Filter to block bad URLs, and Application Reputation to detect untrustworthy executables—provides the best socially engineered malware blocking of any stable browser version, according to NSS Labs' latest report. Internet Explorer 9 blocked 92 percent of malware with its URL-based filtering, and 100 percent with Application-based filtering enabled. Internet Explorer 8, in second place, blocked 90 percent of malware. Tied for third place were Safari 5, Chrome 10, and Firefox 4, each blocking just 13 percent. Bringing up the rear was Opera 11, blocking just 5 percent of malware. 
Read more...

Why Google Plus Is About to Change The Web As We Know It

After a series of failed attempts at social networking, Google may have nailed it with Google+. See why and how it could have a major impact on the future of the Web.



Saturday, July 16, 2011

Memolane: Take a Trip Down Virtual Memory Lane

Capture photos, videos, music, tweets, posts, and much more. View and share your entire life online. Create stories of your best memories together with your friends.
Explore and search your life and the lives of your friends online.


Friday, July 15, 2011

Spotify has landed in the U.S.

The award-winning music service that's taken Europe by storm has landed on US shores. Millions of tracks ready to play instantly, on your computer and your phone. Any track, any time, anywhere. And it's free!
Visit spotify.com for more details.


Flash Memory Cards: What You Need to Know

With most people carrying around smartphones, MP3 players, digital cameras, pocket camcorders, or all of them, flash memory cards have become a requirement for keeping your digital life running smoothly. If you got a shiny new device that can snap photos or play music, odds are (unless, of course, it's an Apple product) it's going to use a flash memory card to offer additional storage capacity.    



Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Is Your Smartphone Bill About to Explode?

Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T have implemented new tiered pricing plans that could result in hefty overage charges for mobile data users. Here's how to track your data usage and avoid a big surprise in your next bill...



Magic Mesh

This is from a contributor to the "As Seen on TV Product's Information" website.

A simple rule of thumb when buying anything on TV is Google it for complaints. If they offer a two for one, it is a red flag and is a definite scam. Do not and I repeat do not buy anything without checking for scams first. Most items on TV are of poor quality and overpriced. There is far too much money being made for the TV stations to police the ads and neither will the attorney general remove them, as there are too many.

Read what people say about this "too good to be true" offer.





Blu-ray players

This year, it seems like Blu-ray players have finally arrived. While they've picked up a great deal of momentum ever since Blu-ray soundly won the high-definition war against HD-DVD, these players have still been either too expensive or too bare-bones to be popular among the mainstream. Finally, we're starting to see affordable, functional players that don't skimp on the features or performance. The Samsung BD-D5700 is one such player, foregoing 3D but offering excellent performance, built-in Wi-Fi, and a full set of Web apps for less than $200 ($199.99 list). Price Range: $154.99 - $199.99



SmillaEnlarger

SmillaEnlarger is an Open Source program that enables you produce quality enlargements of your digital photos. It enables you to convert a low resolution image into a high resolution copy while maintaining as much of the details as possible and minimizing image noise. You can also clip a portion of your photo and create a high quality crop with the same or higher resolution than the original. SmillaEnlarger offers several adjustment options and an instant preview to inspect the results.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

CNET Reviews of Appliances, Electronics and More

This is a great site to find the best products in many categories. 
  • Camcorders
  • Car Tech
  • Cell Phones
  • Desktops PCs
  • Digital Cameras
  • Home Audio
  • Home Video
  • Laptops
  • MP3 Players
  • Printers
  • Tablets
  • TVs
  • Appliances
  • Bluetooth headsets
  • Components
  • Games & gear
  • E-book readers
  • GPS
 


Sunday, July 10, 2011

InstantBird

With Instantbird, we intend to redefine the way instant messaging is used, so that it works the way you want. Both simple and powerful, it will help you manage all your real time communications. Instant messaging is for communicating with friends. If they are using different IM networks here is a program that uses all of them.


Learn more.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Did Facebook Give me a Virus?

Facebook told QueenPendragon that her PC was infected. The message looked very much like rogue malware trying to trick her into downloading something vicious. She asked the  Antivirus & Security Software forum for advice.

I have to admit that when I first read QueenPendragon's story, I assumed she caught a rogue. I was wrong. The message actually came from Facebook. Read more...



391 Places for Free Books Online

This is a listing of 391 sites that legally offer free books (eBooks) for download or for online viewing. 

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Zoho Notebook

Zoho provides a wide, integrated portfolio of rich online applications for businesses. With more than 20 different applications spanning Collaboration, Business and Productivity applications, Zoho helps businesses and organizations get work done. Our applications are delivered over the internet, requiring nothing but a browser. This means you can focus on your business and rely on us to maintain the servers and keep your data safe.


There are many applications for use at home. Zoho Notebook does an amazing amount of things—you can save text, image, audio and video objects, aggregate them in one place, keep track of changes and share a whole book, page or just an object on a page by granting read/write permissions.




Monday, July 04, 2011

Just what rights do you grant (and give up) when you upload files to a cloud-based service? In this post, I look at the TOS (Terms of Service) for Amazon Web Services, Apple’s MobileMe, Box.net, Dropbox, Google, Microsoft Windows Live (including SkyDrive), and SugarSync.


How to Check If Your Email Account Has Been Hacked

This is good. Just enter your email address at this website and it will check it against 15 publicly available lists of stolen or hacked email addresses. 

ShouldIChangeMyPassword.com has been created to help the average person check if their password(s) may have been compromised and need to be changed.
This site uses a number of databases that have been released by hackers to the public. No passwords are stored in the ShouldIChangeMyPassword.com database.  








Don Edrington - The Senior Computer Tutor

Don Edrington has been writing freelance computer columns for some Southern California newspapers since the early 1990s and decided early on to create a website where he could post copies of the articles. His writing has been mainly about PCs and the site is called PCDon. Read more...

I just discovered this man. You really should visit his web site. I love the music! Click on his picture to access his home page.


Saturday, July 02, 2011

Google shows off its new Gmail inbox

Google is changing the inbox design for its wildly popular Gmail service, and letting users try the new look out, the company announced today. Unlike the ordinary themes that address color scheme, these new themes are part of a larger redesign that addresses elements like the size and shapes of the Compose button, search buttons, and navigation controls.


Ten good reasons to use Gmail: 



Monday, June 27, 2011

Menu Uninstaller

MenuUninstaller uninstalls programs right from Windows’ context menu. If you stumble upon unwanted Windows programs, you usually have to head all the way to the Control Panel to remove it. MenuUninstaller adds an "Uninstall" option to the Windows context menu so you can remove programs right from their shortcuts. Very useful and time-saving.



Saturday, June 25, 2011

5 places to get great free stuff

Give some things away or maybe someone is giving away something you need.
Click  on Kim’s photo for detailed information about each site. 


Or click below to go directly to the site.

Snail Bob2

In this game your job is to help Snail Bob travel safely through a dangerous forest and reach his Grandpa’s house in one piece.The object of the game is to help Snail Bob avoid the dangers he will encounter during each part of his journey so that he can deliver a birthday present to his Grandpa. You will need to think your way through the traps that await and when necessary move quickly!
Click on  the funny "F" below
  Need help? Click here: HELP
Click on your "BACK" button to return here






Friday, June 24, 2011

101 Classic Computer Ads

Take a stroll down memory lane with this collection of classic computer magazine ads filled with the “all powerful” computers of yesteryear


Free Online Calculators

Calculator.net is one of its kinds on the Internet today. This site's sole focus is to provide fast, comprehensive, convenient, free online calculators in a plethora of areas—the majority of which we developed in-house. 

Currently, we have approximately 120 calculators to help you "do the math" quickly in areas such as finance, weight loss, math, pregnancy, and others, and we are still developing more. Our goal is to become the one-stop, go-to site for people who need to make quick calculations.
 

Additionally, we believe the internet should be a source of free information. Therefore, all of our tools and services are completely free, with no registration required. If you like this site, please be sure to bookmark it or add it to your favorite social network.

This is a truly useful site - Don

Free Online Service Helps Find Your Stolen Camera

The way this works is actually quite clever. There's no guarantee that it will lead you to the thief but it might. Equally well it may prompt you to remember where you left your camera.   
Read about it:


Go directly to the website.



http://www.stolencamerafinder.com/

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Microsoft recently released into Beta a new malware recovery tool called the Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper. It addresses one of the fundamental problems encountered when attempting to clean up a seriously compromised machine.

The sweeper looks to be a useful tool in a couple of specific cases: 
  • When other traditional attempts at cleaning the system by running tools within the system have failed.
  • When the malware infection prevents anti-malware programs from being downloaded or updated.

 
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