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Are You Reassured by the Trust Seals That Websites Display? by Kelly Lynn

  Millions of commercial retail sites and ones that offer free software display seals of approval by various authorities to reassure visitors of their trustworthiness -- Norton Secured, Trust-e, VeriSign Secured, McAfee Secure, BBB Accredited Business and others are common. These websites  hope that when visitors see these seals, they will believe that they won't cheat them or offer unsafe, virus-infested downloads. Such a belief would be misplaced, though. What are trust seals? Trust seals, the official name for the accreditation badges that websites display, are simply little logos. Anyone can open a website for $5, copy a bunch of these trust seals off the Internet, plaster them all over their website and instantly gain an appearance of legitimacy. Meanwhile, they could offer all kinds of malware for download, disguised as quality … Continue reading

Why Did a Norton VP Say That Antivirus Was Dead? by Kelly Lynn

  Symantec, together with Norton, which it acquired, actually invented the antivirus product category back in the 80s. The two are still top names in paid computer security software today, getting customers to pay as much as $20 for each license. A statement made in a recent interview in the Wall Street Journal by Bryan Dye, Symantec's VP for Information Security, should be of interest to these customers. The VP is quoted as saying, "Antivirus is dead; we don't think of antivirus as a moneymaker in any way." Symantec still sells antivirus. What could they possibly want, shooting down their own product? The problem with antivirus Antivirus software protects computers in two ways. The first is through stocking up on virus signatures. Each time an antivirus vendor discovers a new … Continue reading

Should You Begin Encrypting Your Email? by Kelly Lynn

  News reports about identity theft and government surveillance have meant that many people are now worried about their privacy on the Internet. Yet, most never get around to using secure technology as widely available as email encryption. Why do most people ignore email encryption Email encryption is commonly ignored for a simple reason -- it tends to be overly complicated to use both for the sender and the receiver. To begin, to send an encrypted email to someone, both you and the person receiving your email need a private key and a public key. You need to exchange the public key with one another and keep the private key to open emails that you receive. With such complexities involved, most people are understandably not interested. Why isn't there a … Continue reading

Staying Safe on Windows Store by Kelly Lynn

  Any app store is bound to contain a certain amount of spam - apps that offer little value. Microsoft Windows Store for Windows 8, though, has more than its fair share - it brims with them. What kind of spam does Windows Store have? Using the search function on Windows Store can be a challenge. Nearly any search for a popular app such as iTunes, VLC, Firefox, Candy Crush Saga or Adobe Flash tends to turn up dozens of similar results, all with the same branding and design as the original. Most of these results tend to be for useless programs. What do these apps do? The publishers of the spammy apps on Windows Store drum up business by copying the names and logos of the popular products. The … Continue reading

Great New Shortcuts for Windows 7 by Kelly Lynn

  Windows 7 introduced several shortcuts that were unavailable on previous versions of Windows. While the operating system has been around for five years now many users are still unaware of these useful tricks. Here are several pro shortcuts that everyone should know about. Folder shortcuts Shift- Ctrl-N : This combination creates a new folder, whatever Explorer window you may be in. Alt-Up : When you're in a folder, pressing the Alt-Up key combination will take you one level up. While it would be nice to have an Alt-Down shortcut, it wouldn't make sense -- while there's always only one way to go up in any folder, you may have more than one subfolder to drill down into. Windows wouldn't know which way to go lower down if you held … Continue reading

Uninstalling Bloatware on Windows 7 for a Smoother Experience by Kelly Lynn

  Windows 7 comes with a load of bloatware that most users either have little knowledge of or no use for. You can easily uninstall all this unnecessary software for a leaner, cleaner system. All you need to do is to search in the search box on the Start menu for Turn Windows features on or off . When you turn the utility on, you'll see a dialog box that allows you to pick the features to keep and the ones to get rid of. Here are ideas for several features that would make good candidates for uninstalling. The fun stuff Windows comes with a number of simple games built in -- Titans, Spider Solitaire, Purble Place, Free Cell and other well-known names. Since it's easy to find far better … Continue reading