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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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IMAP secrets — what you need to know

Sometimes described as the best-kept secret on the Internet, the IMAP
e-mail protocol might more accurately be thought of as “Exchange Server for the
rest of us.”

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Secrets of Firefox 1.0

It’s not so long ago that we learned to master the Windows Registry, a buzzing
hive of little-known configuration settings. Now we find that Firefox 1.0,
the hot new browser released on Nov. 9 by the Mozilla Foundation, has its
own hidden playground for us to tweak.

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Protect IE without SP2 — part two

Microsoft’s recent release of Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows XP protects
XP users against a variety of hacker attacks, particularly ones that affect
Internet Explorer. SP2 prevents IE users from being subjected
to pop-up windows and silent downloads of software from rogue Web sites, among
other threats.

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Protect Internet Explorer without SP2 — part one

To defend your PC against unwanted pop-ups and other security threats
that propagate on the Internet, your best bet is to install a
Web browser other than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE). Brian and I
recommend the excellent Mozilla Firefox, which has been the subject of previous
columns by both myself and
Brian. We’ll have a complete review of Firefox in the
Windows Secrets Newsletter after the 1.0 Gold version of the new browser is
released, which is expected on Nov. 9.

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Dump the Windows Firewall — a primer

We’re well known for advocating the installation of Service Pack 2
(SP2) for Windows XP because of the upgrade’s many security-related
enhancements. (Our most recent articles on installing SP2, including coverage
of some glitches that you might encounter, were in the
Aug. 19
and Sept. 9
issues of the Windows Secrets Newsletter.)

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Secure Windows 2000 and Me (because MS won’t)

For the past year and more, Microsoft’s coders worked to develop
Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2). This long, drawn-out effort turned
what was previously a minor collection of bug fixes and security
updates into a major Windows upgrade.

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