Known Issues

Java: More than the usual cup of coding coffee

In this week’s Top Story, “Security alert: Remove Java from your browsers,” Woody Leonhard discusses why and how you should remove Java from your browsers. PC users conflate Java with JavaScript, and while both are vulnerable to malware attacks, Java is the more vulnerable of the two. Here’s a quick tutorial on Java.

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Readers are vocal about EULA wording changes

Microsoft’s Web site often bears end-user license agreements (EULAs) that differ from the ones displayed to users during software installation, as described in a Feb. 4
top story
by WS senior editor Woody Leonhard.

Whatever your feelings about EULAs in general, the idea that a EULA might change after that fact sparked a lively discussion among members of the Windows Secrets Lounge.

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Even well-guarded PCs may get infected

There’s a window of vulnerability between the appearance of new malware and the updating of anti-malware tools against the new threat; you may fall victim in that interim.

That’s what happened to one Windows Secrets Lounge member, whose well-protected system appears to have been subjected to a questionable download in his browser.

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Ask vendors to honor your rebate up front

Here’s a secret that vendors don’t want you to know about: rebate terms are sometimes negotiable.

You may be able to avoid the hassle of submitting rebate documentation via mail by asking for the rebate amount to be deducted from the price at the time of purchase.

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Inexpensive alternatives to a secure flash drive

You don’t need to spend $100 or more to ensure your safety while computing on the road.

The do-it-yourself approach to creating a secure flash drive for use on someone else’s PC can be just as effective — and much less expensive.

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