Urgent this week:
- Take care not to destroy your computer with static electricity. Wear rubber-soled shoes (if possible) when using your computer, try to discharge static before touching the machine, and isolate your CPU from the ground if at all possible.
- AVG Anti-Virus users: Don't forget to upgrade to (free) version 7.5 before your time runs out
Important to do every week:
- Run a backup of your important computer files and store it in a safe location.
- Update your anti-spyware software and run it. If you need free anti-spyware software, download Spybot Search and Destroy.
- Update your anti-virus software and run it. If you need free anti-virus software, download AVG Anti-Virus.
Other recommended security measures:
- Set up a limited-access user account on your computer and use it for most purposes. Only use administrator mode when installing and uninstalling programs.
- Use Firefox, Opera, Safari, or another web browser other than Internet Explorer. They're easy to install.
Online crook of the week:
- Don't buy drugs (prescription or otherwise) from anyone who sends you spam:
It's really inexcusable for people to respond to these kinds of solicitations. Not only are they offering drugs that you certainly can't be sure are safe, but they're also asking for your credit card information. There's just nothing good about these solicitations. The language errors highlighted here suggest the solicitation comes from overseas, meaning you have no real legal recourse against them, and the fact they show a different URL from the one you'd actually be going to is even more evidence these are crooks up to no good.
- For the record: 47 spam messages received in one hour this Friday, for a Spam Index of 7896
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