You wouldn’t think that playing an audio file or a short video clip on your PC
could infect your machine with a virus or spyware. But the growing popularity of
downloadable files called "podcasts" can do just that.
You’re looking at the new design for our Windows Secrets Newsletter updates. We
previously sent occasional updates such as this one as plain text. We’ve
switched to full hypertext format to give you clickable links to breaking
stories that can’t wait for our next complete twice-a-month newsletter.
Wi-Fi devices and software are finally starting to support real encryption to
protect you from identity theft (or worse) when you go wireless. But setting up
a truly secure system is still way too difficult in most cases.
If you’d rather spend your time using Windows for work or play, rather than
spending a lot of time configuring different security products to protect you
from hackers, you might be interested in a fairly new category of product called
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."
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.
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
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.
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.
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.