Wednesday, August 31, 2011

WizMouse–A Must Have Mouse Application

WizMouseFor those that use a mouse a lot and are constantly switching between different Windows/Programs, the WizMouse application can be a big help.  WizMouse enables scrolling in applications that are not active.  Microsoft Windows by default does not allow scrolling unless the window/program is selected (active).  WizMouse eliminates the need to first select the program and then scroll. WizMouse simply lets you mouse over a window/program to start scrolling.  Once you start using this program you will wonder why you did not have this program before!

You can download this application at: http://antibody-software.com/web/software/software/wizmouse-makes-your-mouse-wheel-work-on-the-window-under-the-mouse/

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Temporary “Junk” Email Addresses

It seems like websites are always trying to get their “bloody” hands on email addresses; for example, requiring an email address to access some content.  Only so they can turn around and sell your email address to the highest bidder.  Interestingly by the way, email addresses can actually go for more than a credit card number on the black market!  And I have seen statistics that say an email address with accompanying password can go for about $2.

However, there is a way to beat them at their own game, now you could just input a random mumbo jumbo, but some services will actually require that your verify the email address.  So, introducing AnonymBox http://www.anonymbox.com/ which offers temporary email addresses for just that occasion.  Simply use AnonymBox to generate an temporary email address; thus keeping your own email address safe.

As a second more permanent alternative, you can also set up a “junk” email address with any of the major email service providers (Google, Live/Hotmail, and Yahoo).  These email addresses are free.  You can save this email address to use for any questionable websites that you do not want to give your good email address.

Monday, August 22, 2011

EMAIL: UPGRADE(2011)–A Big Fake!

I happened to see this email in someone else’s email inbox and interestingly it was actually in the inbox, not the junk mail.  The dire threat at the bottom of the email, I think, is the best part – account owners that refuse to update his or her account after 48 hours of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently – its been longer than 48 hours by the way and the email account is still functioning.  Do not respond to this email!  This email is fake and is simply trying to get your account information.  This type of email is often called a Phishing scam – which simply means that someone is trying to obtain sensitive information (credit cards, passwords, social security numbers, ect.).

Windows <br /><br /><br /><br />Live Hotmail

Welcome to Hotmail

The efficient way to do email

Welcome to Windows Hotmail™
Dear Valued User,
Account Verifications:
Due to the congestion,HOTMAIL ,would be shutting down all unused Accounts, You will have to confirm your E-mail by filling out your Log in Info below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be suspended within 48 hours for security reasons.
User Name:...................... .............................. .......
Password:.................... .............................. ............

Date of Birth:..................... .............................. ....


Alternative Email :............................. .....................

Password:..................... .............................. ...........


Country Territory:.................... .............................. .

Thanks for your attention to this request. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Warning!!!
Account owners that refuse to update his or her account after 48 hours of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.

Thank you for using MSN, HOTMAIL,Copyright © 2011 TEAM. All rights Reserved.

 

 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Email Safety–Your Inbox Might Be More Dangerous Then You Think!

Next to the internet the most dangerous thing on your computer is probably your email inbox.  Surprisingly, your inbox might actually be more dangerous than the internet; however, a few tips can help you keep you perfectly safe.  Please note that note that not all tips will apply to you, depending on your email program and service provider.  I am also mainly focusing on security – not email etiquette.

  • A good rule of thumb if you do not know who sent it – delete it!
  • Junk mail – First – Don’t open it!  DON’T!  While unlikely, it is possible to get a virus by simply opening an email. 
  • Junk mail – Second – If you email program has a junk option be sure to use, this will help your email program filter out junk mail.
  • Junk mail – Third – Never, ever open an attachment in a junk email!  There is about a 99.9% chance whatever is in the attachment contains a virus.
  • Junk mail – Forth – Do not use the unsubscribe button in junk mail, this can be used to verify your email address – just delete the junk mail!
  • Be careful of suspicious emails sent from known users (for example a friend).  If your friends email address was hacked, the spammers will use your friends address book to send message – thus appearing to be legitimate.
  • Along the same lines as the last tip, be careful with all email attachments!  Even if it is someone you trust, they may have a virus on their system that is hitching a ride on all their attachments!
  • Loading “server” images in an email can allow someone to track/locate/verify your email address, most email programs ask if you want to load/view images (messages very depending on email program)  Loading images should be safe for non-junk mail items or from known senders.
  • Using a preview pane (or reading pane) will automatically open mail; while this is a handy feature, it simply it is not safe and should be shut off.  At the very least if you have separate junk folder make sure any reading/preview pane is off the junk mail as well as the delete items.
  • Be careful when using auto-replies – for example when you are on vacation to let people know you cannot respond to there email – its better to just let the email sit!  If an auto-reply message falls into the wrong hands, it can tip someone off that your house is available for use (burglary).
  • Never send your email address’s password in an email or any password for that matter!
  • Be careful with emails from your bank (or similar places) – if they are asking for account information it is most likely fake (more like guaranteed)!
  • Also be careful with emails that say you won something – but you just need to send them some information (like your social security number) to verify you.  Also common is from some poor (at least they would be if I got my hands on them!) person that is about die and needs to get rid of a few million dollars.
  • And lastly a douse of common sense is always good!