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More Malicious Malware

Hi Fred, I just came across this article in
Yahoo-news ("Spyware Researchers Discover ID Theft Ring"

http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1845248,00.asp ).

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We’re Ba-a-a-a-a-ack…

(Tap tap tap) Is this thing on? Can you hear me down in back? <g>

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How Secure Is Windows Encryption?

Hi Fred. In your newsletter,
James spoke about a workaround he found while having problems dealing with a
restore and the use of the "make files private" function. As I use an NTFS
partition, I have chosen to encrypt the ‘My Documents’ folder for my standard
login on Win2K (Properties/Advanced/Encrypt contents to secure data). The plan
was that even if my PC ended up being stolen, no one would be able to read that
portion of my disk. I ‘double encrypt’ the more sensitive stuff using blowfish
encryption software and a blowfish encryption password safe. However, your
comments about the ability to work around most Windows system security tools has
me concerned. I know that even when I’m logged in as an administrator I can’t
read any of the contents of this folder. Just how secure is the encryption
offered by Windows users who are taking advantage of this option?

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Upgrading From Bootleg Software

Fred, I resubscribed to the Plus! edition— that’s an indicator of how
much I enjoy the newsletter.

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Those Weird Confirmation Numbers…

Hi Fred.
What are those numbers and letters that some sites want you to enter for
security reasons (I notice eBay has started to use the same on some entry points
to their forms).

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“Trusted Site” Annoyance

Hi Fred: I have a very short list of trusted sites in
Internet Explorer–which I usually only use on MS’s web site.  But IE
exhibits a weird behavior when I go to the trusted sites–it tells me that
I’m going to a trusted site and asks if that is OK. 

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Sloooow XP Shutdown

Fred, You’ve had many discussions on optimizing the
Windows XP boot-up time, but I’m now experiencing a slow shut down time. 
After clicking Start/Shut Down, there is often times a long period of time
before the shut down dialogue window pops up.  This is even after I’ve
closed all open programs.  I think this slow shut down time can sometimes
relate to hard drive intensive activities involving a lot of temporary file
storage, and the hard drive is spending time purging these files.  I can
correlate this to when I had recorded CD’s or DVD’s during a session.  But
other times I only had the computer on to read email (in Outlook) and/or do
a little web browsing.  What else can be slowing my shut down time and what
can I do about it? Thanks for the great newsletter. —Greg Ray

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PLEASE READ: Summer Hiatus

Short form: I have to move my office, so the LangaList will be shut down for
a while. Subscriber email will not— cannot— be answered for a while; and
there’ll be no new issues published. There also are other factors at work (see
below), so the
combined downtime will be significant— at least 6-8
weeks. I *will* get to your letters and subscription service requests, but
PLEASE EXPECT A SIGNIFICANT DELAY.

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