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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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