Author Archives: Fred Langa

Fred Langa

About Fred Langa

Fred Langa is senior editor. His LangaList Newsletter merged with Windows Secrets on Nov. 16, 2006. Prior to that, Fred was editor of Byte Magazine (1987 to 1991) and editorial director of CMP Media (1991 to 1996), overseeing Windows Magazine and others.

Alert: Fake Microsoft Security Certificates!

OK, this is a bad one:

VeriSign, Inc., recently advised Microsoft that on January 30 and 31, 2001, it issued
two VeriSign Class 3 code-signing digital certificates to an individual who fraudulently
claimed to be a Microsoft employee.

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More On The Closing of WinMag.Com

Some readers have already reported
problems accessing some links at WinMag.Com; it will probably only get worse, as
all the content will be moved soon: When that happens, something like 200,000
external links (links from other sites pointing to specific WinMag.Com pages)
will probably break, along with an unknown number of internal cross-links.

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More ICQ-Related Info: Alternatives

We covered the appearance of
AOL-mandated "informational banners" (you and I call them ads) via an
ICQ auto-update (
) and then covered some people who found a way to remove the ad banners. (

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More ICQ-Related Info: Another Ad-Remover

The aptly-named "Dan
Messenger" wrote in with

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More ICQ-Related Info: Trivia

ICQ’s been around for a loooooong
time, in Internet-years. So long, in fact, that some once-obvious things— like
its name— have become somewhat obscure. For example, reader "Tom"

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“Return Receipt” Helper

Last week’s item on "Road
Runner, Verizon, @Home Email Problems" (
) suggested that you can use your email client’s "return receipt"
[sometimes called "read receipt"] option as a way to help verify that
important email got delivered.

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New Version Of Ad-Aware

We’ve covered Ad-Aware— a free and
excellent spyware-remover— before. (see

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