Author Archives: Fred Langa

Fred Langa

About Fred Langa

Fred Langa is senior editor. His LangaList Newsletter merged with Windows Secrets on Nov. 16, 2006. Prior to that, Fred was editor of Byte Magazine (1987 to 1991) and editorial director of CMP Media (1991 to 1996), overseeing Windows Magazine and others.

An explosion of info on passwords

Wow! What a hot button! My Jan. 4 article on "Easier
but safer passwords" generated a veritable flood of reader mail.

Here’s a
sampling of a few of the best comments. Also, I have some info you need to
know about “Windows Live Toolbar" and installing the new Windows Vista.

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How to ease your password hassles

Just as in 2006, one of 2007′s top themes is likely to be online security.

So, let’s begin the New Year with some very useful password security tips and
tools, and then look at an "update aggregator" service — and more!

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What to do when a DLL goes missing

There’s an easy way and a hard way to replace missing or corrupted DLLs.

As you can probably guess, I’ll show you the fast and easy way! Then I’ll
discuss a free "ultra-high security password generator," continue our
coverage of AOL’s antivirus tool, and more.

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Should you use AOL’s free antivirus?

Are you ready to trust products from the “new” AOL? I’m not.

A careful reading of an AOL software license reveals all-too-familiar patterns
that set off my alarm bells.

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When your Recovery Console goes bad

Software and hardware are supposed to help us. But sometimes our tools turn against us, causing more problems than they solve and leading to
frustration, delays, and costly failures.

Today, I look at some normally docile, usually helpful tools — such as Windows’
Recovery Console, which is software, and laptop batteries, which are hardware —
to see how they can run amok, and what you can do about it.

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Free antivirus, a new firewall, and IP sniffing

Welcome to the first issue of the new, combined Windows Secrets & LangaList!

Although the newsletter format is different (and better!) than the old LangaList,
I’m still getting
the same kind of great reader questions and tips as always. This week,
I discuss new products from the makers of two immensely-popular software utilities
— AVG AntiVirus and
Ad-Aware — plus a concern about IP data-mining.

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They Loaded The Code

Here’s another eclectic sample of reader sites— some professional, some
very personal:

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Just For Grins

The Dark Roasted Blend blog posted Sunday these "New
Breakthroughs In Mathematics" (Some simple and genius revelations, made by
students):

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Choosy Spammers Choose GIF

Hi Fred, Great newsletter, I have been getting a somewhat
new type of spam I have learned to known as GIF spam. The body of the
message is done in a jpg or gif image and included is a paragraph or two of
nonsense text. The subject line is also some nonsense and the from line is
always different. As a result, customary filtering by Outlook Express does
not work. I have also tried blocking servers as most of these come from
outside of the US, but this does not work either.

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A Very Happy Anniversary

Nine years ago, the very first issue of the LangaList was
published to a small— OK, *tiny* <g>— number of subscribers. To put it
mildly, it was pretty lame. 8-),

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