Computer Solutions

By Dan Grodzuik – Computer Solutions

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Anybody want to go Phishing?

A vulnerability in Windows lets phishers hijack your browser. What is phishing you ask? It is the act of sending an e-mail to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft. You might think that you know how to protect yourself from phishing: Don’t click the links in e-mail that purports to be from banks or other institutions. But that defense is no longer ironclad: Phishers have found a new way to snare data without your clicking a link.

Anyone with an inbox has seen a standard phishing attack: You get an e-mail warning you that something terrible has happened to your bank account and asking you to go to the bank’s site to reenter your personal data. If you click the link in the e-mail, however, you go not to your bank, but to a server run by a criminal who gathers all the data you enter. Since phishers have gotten very good at mimicking real sites, you may never know you’re at the wrong one.

Above all, remember the rule about using the Internet: Don’t give out personal information unless you know exactly who’s asking for it and why. In general, legitimate businesses do not request personal information via e-mail.

TECH TOYS

Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 is an operating system that enables you to enjoy the best in home entertainment, personal productivity, and creativity on your home PC in an easy, complete, and connected way. With Media Center Edition 2005, you can store, share, and enjoy all of your photos, all of your music, all of your home video, and even recorded TV in one sleek and easy to use place.

ASK A TECHIE

Question: When should I use the System Restore CD that came with my PC?

Answer: The System Restore CD is a last-resort crash-recovery tool that reformats your hard drive and re-installs the basic operating system software package. If you run this CD, you will lose all data stored on your hard drive! In general, you shouldn’t use the System Restore CD unless there is no other option left and need to get your computer back up and running.

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