Urgent this week:
- Don't be fooled when a program that looks like a Microsoft program asks for your credit-card details. It's a scam.
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:
- This scam is almost too stupid to spend any time debunking, but unfortunately, there are probably lots of computer novices who are gullible enough to fall for this:
Ed McMahon at least had the courtesy to show up at your house in a van.
- This week's Spam Index: 7,630. It's been on the rise throughout May, following an unexplained (though welcome) decline in April.
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