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Mon
28
Mar
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Top 5 Online Scams to Avoid This 2011 Tax Season

The last day to file your taxes in the U.S. is not until April 18, but hackers and online scumbags have long been preparing for the date. A number of new scams have since surfaced online, promising tax credits and other incentives for charitable ... donations. Online Tax Filing Up 6 Percent Since 2010 Almost 19 million people have already filed their taxes at home this year, which is up 6 per cent compared to 2010. For many, this will be their first time tackling the ominous task via the Internet and without the assistance of an accountant. Hackers realize that this is the time when taxpayers ... (view more)

Fri
07
Jan
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Email Worm Poses As Microsoft Update, Warns MS

Microsoft is today warning users of fake security alerts arriving via email. Microsoft is reminding users that it never sends out security alerts with attachments via email and that you should never open such an email if it arrives in your inbox. ... Microsoft Email Security Updates Are a Scam Cyber-criminals have been sending a so-called Microsoft updates that are actually viruses. This scam in particular takes advantage of Microsoft's well-established Patch Tuesday schedule for monthly email updates. Potential victims receive an email purporting to be from Microsoft's Director of Security ... (view more)

Thu
06
Jan
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California Man Sues Spammers for a Living, Nets $1M

After receiving an unsolicited email message ( spam ), most people would delete the suspicious message without giving it a second thought. One California man, however, is not only welcoming the prospect, but has been able to trap spammers for ... financial compensation, making a healthy living in the process. After being bombarded with spam on a daily basis, Dan Balsam had an idea: he would quit his job in the marketing field and go to law school in an attempt to fight those responsible for unsolicited email advertisements and messages. Since 2002, Balsam has fought, won and settled his way to ... (view more)

Mon
03
Jan
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Hotmail Glitch Wipes Out Entire User Accounts

Users of Microsoft's Hotmail email service weren't welcomed by holiday greetings from their friends this past weekend. In fact, they didn't get any messages at all. Recent reports state that many users of the service found their entire email history ... deleted without warning. The deletions don't appear to be a few select cases. Instead, a significant number of Hotmail users complained of the issue on Microsoft's Windows Live support web forum. Those affected by the problem are reporting that their "Sent," "Deleted," and "Inbox" folders have been completely wiped out. Entire Hotmail Accounts ... (view more)

Tue
30
Nov
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Facebook Brings Enhanced Messaging, @facebook.com Emails

Facebook recently confirmed its enhanced messaging system, Facebook Messages. Officially launched November 15th, the system is designed to channel email, instant messaging and SMS text messages (cell phone messages) into a single @facebook.com email ... address so that users can manage their communications through a single inbox. (Source: eweek.com ) @Facebook.Com On-the-Way The idea of the service, which builds on the existing Facebook messaging feature, is to break down the barriers between different forms of communication such as email, site messaging, live chat, instant-messaging and the text ... (view more)

Wed
13
Oct
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'Microsoft Junk Email Filter for Outlook 2007' and 'Microsoft Junk Email Filter for Outlook 2003'

Microsoft Junk Email Filter for Outlook 2007 (October 2010) Keep yourself safe from unwanted (and often dangerous) spam emails. This Microsoft update provides the Junk E-mail Filter in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 with a more current definition of ... which e-mail messages should be considered junk e-mail. http://www.microsoft.com Microsoft Junk Email Filter for Outlook 2003 (October 2010) Like the above, this Microsoft update provides added protection for users of Microsoft email application Outlook 2003 by upgrading the Junk E-mail Filter. http://wwww.microsoft.com This freeware software ... (view more)

Tue
24
Aug
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ISPs Rejecting Millions of Legitimate Emails Daily

Most Internet Service Providers (ISPs) restrict, redirect, or reject inbound emails to save users the time and hassle of having to deal with irrelevant 'junk' messages. However, new studies are showing that a number of ISPs are rejecting millions of ... legitimate emails every day. The problem does not pertain to one-to-one personal messages. Rather, mass marketing emails and communications from sources like social networking sites (and even infopackets.com) are not being delivered to users. The problem is that even though users have specifically requested to receive these emails, the messages ... (view more)

Fri
20
Aug
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'Iconix eMail ID 3.92.3.5', and 'Partition Wizard Home Edition 5.2'

Iconix eMail ID 3.92.3.5 Iconix is an email plugin program that helps you to find, identify and trust email you care about. It works by visually identify messages with an icon that tells you if an email has been verified as coming from that sender ... (and not a spammer, for example). Iconix Mail ID uses industry standard technologies to verify the authenticity of the message, including DKIM, Domain Keys and Sender ID which are backed by companies such as Cisco, Microsoft and Yahoo! Free download. http://www.iconix.com Partition Wizard Home Edition 5.2 MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition is a ... (view more)

Mon
24
May
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Hotmail Revitalized in Lieu of MS Office 2010 Release

Microsoft recently unveiled a whole new look for its very popular online email service, Hotmail. Heading the list of new features is "Sweep," which automatically prioritizes emails into categories. The Hotmail update is just one part of Microsoft's ... plan to improve all of its Windows Live products over the next several months. Designated Emails Marked with Priority The new Sweep feature automatically designates certain kinds of emails low priority. Think of it like a weekly Best Buy or grocery store flyer; you signed on to the mailing list, but these emails certainly aren't as important as ... (view more)

Thu
15
Apr
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Google Criticized for 'Buzz' Privacy Faults

Google has announced it will ask all users to reconfirm their preferred privacy settings on its social networking site 'Buzz'. It follows a controversial launch in which many believed, correctly or otherwise, that their privacy had been compromised. ... Buzz is Google's rival to Facebook and Twitter. It's integrated into Gmail and allows users to follow and reply to posts made by people they decide to follow on the service. The service also allows users to share information from other Google-owned services such as Google Reader (an RSS newsreader) and picture-sharing site Picasa. It was clearly ... (view more)

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