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Readers offer tips on Wi-Fi

Readers had positive reactions — and lots of additional tips to share — to
my May 26, 2005,
article entitled, "Wi-Finally: wireless security that actually works."

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Wi-Finally: wireless security that actually works

The security of Wi-Fi has largely been a joke. Wireless vendors have
routinely shipped their products with all of their security features turned off,
rather than take support calls from end users when things didn’t work. Fortunately, the pieces are now in place for you to have safe and
secure Wi-Fi networking, wherever you may roam.

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Is Firefox still safer than IE?

The popular Firefox browser received a security upgrade, known as version
1.0.4, when the Mozilla Foundation released the new code on May 11. This upgrade closes a security hole that
could allow a hacker Web site to install software without a visitors’ knowledge or
approval.

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Become a patch-management expert

The days are long gone when we could just install Windows and never change it once we got
everything working. Now, we’re faced with a different reality.

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Windows 2003 SP1: good but troublesome

Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows Server 2003 was released Microsoft on
April 6, and the many benefits of this upgrade are now being weighed against
some minor and not-so-minor incompatibilities it introduces.

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Don’t fall for PC scan scams

Thanks to massive publicity about the subject, computer users are now widely
concerned that their machines might be infected with "spyware" programs. These
applications monitor users’ activities and perhaps transmit to a hacker the
users’ passwords and other confidential
information. But many Web sites that claim to “scan your computer” to detect
spyware are, in fact, spreading spyware themselves.

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Upgrading to Firefox 1.0.1

The Mozilla Foundation, the group responsible for developing the Firefox browser
and many other applications, released Firefox 1.0.1, a security upgrade for
Firefox 1.0, on Feb. 24. Firefox’s "check for updates" feature was
then enabled the foundation several days later on
Mar. 1.

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Adware makers threaten critics

It’s bad enough that adware, which can have negative effects on our PCs,
has already infected
an astonishing number of machines — 80% in one U.S.
study. Now, on top of everything else,
adware makers are pressuring anti-adware advocates to stop listing their
programs as candidates for removal.

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Readers reveal their adware battles

My article in the Jan. 27 newsletter on anti-adware and antispyware generated a wave of responses from our
readers.

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Strengthen your security baseline

It’s always darkest before the dawn.

That’s why I believe we have a hope of correcting the terrible mess that Windows
users are facing from constant patching to combat viruses, spam, and identity
theft.

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