Viruses, spyware, worms, trojans, adware… yikes! (1) Start taking steps to protect your private information...

Computer problems
There is no point in repeating definitions of viruses and other malware here. I’ve taken a paragraph from wikipedia.org that explains about what nastiness can infect your computer. And I would definitely recommend that you take the time to read what Microsoft has to say on the subject.

A computer virus is a computer program that can copy itself[1] and infect a computer. The term “virus” is also commonly but erroneously used to refer to other types of malware, including but not limited to adware and spyware programs that do not have the reproductive ability. A true virus can spread from one computer to another

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Is free really free? Or what is the price of free?

I┬ácame across some great examples of ‘free’ services that I would avoid like the plague. “Create free forms online“, “Schedule your appointments online“, and over 10 more of the same kind of ‘free online services’ are listed at the bottom of these pages. Why should you pass up a free service? Look at the site(s) more closely:

  1. Site Design: Seems slapped together without much professional care
  2. Contact Us: No real contact information, except an generic email address: info@…

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Print out those important contacts! Why paper still has its place...

Jack L. Warner's Address Book
We’ve had some (over 14) violent wind storms around here, a lot of damage, houses struck with by trees, trees uprooted, an ancient huge eagles’ nest lost when the tree it was resting on snapped. And, of course the power went out, again and again. I was reminded that my emergency contact information was stuck on my computer when I was asked to put a message on the College website that the College would be closed. I had no way to get it out. Oh, I have a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant), a Sony Clie,

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Is this legit? Or is it spam? Not sure what it is? Delete it!

Cans of Spam
That seems to be unclear still to a lot of people. Let me tell you up front… Everybody gets spam… Everybody! Spam, in case you haven’t heard, is unsolicited email. Years ago it was unsolicited mail (fliers) that clogged up our mailbox, today it’s unsolicited email that clogs up our inbox.

I hope it has filtered through by now that you should never, NEVER, respond to spam! Don’t even click on a link in a spam email, it may bring you to a site that looks innocent enough

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