POP-UP DOWNLOADS

You’re familiar with pop-up ads – the windows that appear spontaneously when you visit many web sites. Are you ready for pop-up downloads? Watch for a box to appear asking you to confirm a download, when you don’t recall asking to download anything....

SPYWARE

There’s more and more ways to get “spyware” on your system – programs that monitor your web surfing and report back to third parties without your knowledge or consent. In some cases they’re buried in other programs that you installed...

INTERNET EXPLORER SECURITY FIX

Microsoft has rolled up all the security fixes for Internet Explorer from the last few months and put them in a single download. This is a highly recommended update for everyone. There are various versions for Internet Explorer 5.01, 5.5, and 6.0. Here’s the...

SECURITY: WINDOWS vs LINUX

As you probably read, Microsoft announced that it will focus on security rather than new features for the foreseeable future. According to one report, it has suspended all coding of anything new for the next month while the entire company focuses on hunting for bugs...

AUDIOGALAXY AND SPYWARE

“Spyware” is a new term that describes little programs that report on your web surfing to third parties – usually without your knowledge. They typically arrive on your system as an unwanted component tucked in with something you’re installing...

SECURITY UPDATE

Microsoft pledged to focus on security last week in an edict from Bill Gates that might be PR fluff – but not necessarily. Gates has a keen sense of when Microsoft has to turn itself around, and this might be one of those times when the company redefines itself...