internet

Wed
12
Jul
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'Private Folder', and 'Internet Ok'

Private Folder Microsoft Private Folder 1.0 is a useful tool for you to protect your private data when your friends, colleagues, kids or other people share your PC or account. With this tool, you will get one password protected folder called 'My ... Private Folder' in your account to save your personal files. The following hardware and software are required to run Microsoft Private Folder 1.0: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Professional Edition and Media Center Edition with SP2, Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution video adapter and monitor. Please note: Microsoft Private Folder 1.0 is ... (view more)

Fri
19
May
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'Internet Logger', and 'Easy 2 Share'

Internet Logger Save both incoming and outgoing Internet traffic (all data sent or received by browser) on the hard drive for future use. http://www.softx.org/internet-logger.html Easy 2 Share Sharing files between computers can be daunting even for ... experienced PC users. It doesn't help that Windows scatters the menus and wizards you need for networking seemingly at random all over the operating system. GlobeSoft has created easy2share to alleviate many of the technical issues and to overcome the apprehension around sharing information between computers connected through a network or ad hoc ... (view more)

Wed
17
May
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WinOptimizer Platinum Suite 3 Review

One of my all-time favorite multi-purpose optimization utility programs just got a major update. Of course, I'm talking about the release of WinOptimizer Platinum version 3: and there's plenty to talk about. To recap: What is WinOptimizer Platinum? ... For years, millions of users have depended on Ashampoo's award-winning WinOptimizer series to keep their PCs clean and running smoothly and efficiently. As one user put it, "[WinOptimizer Platinum 3] gives you all the maintenance tools that should have been included with Windows in the first place. And it's all so easy to use, you don't need a ... (view more)

Thu
11
May
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Trace the Origin of Email: Visually

Infopackets Reader 'Jennifer' writes: " Dear Dennis, I recently received an email from an unknown person via Yahoo. I think I understand how the email got to me but I'm not sure. Would the email headers help to tell me this? I'd really like to know ... how this person sent me the email. Can you help? " My response: To sum it up the answer briefly: email headers are often forged by spammers, so it's plausible that the email you received came from somewhere else (other than what is stated in the email header). Having said that, most big-name ISP (Internet Service Providers) have an onslaught of ... (view more)

Sat
22
Apr
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Block Remote User from Probing my PC?

Infopackets Reader "Jessie" writes: " Dear Dennis, I play Yahoo pinochle quite often. Someone recently told me that they could track my ISP from inside the game room; I assume this could be done by clicking on my name while I'm in the game room. ... What kind of program would they use so that I can block my ISP to it and/or track their ISP? Thank you. " My response: Just to clarify: ISP means Internet Service Provider. For example: Bell Sympatico provides DSL Internet access to its customers. On the other hand: IP means Internet Protocol. Additionally, an IP Address is a number (like a "mailing ... (view more)

Wed
05
Apr
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'Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar', and 'Drive Rescue'

Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar From Microsoft, the Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar provides a variety of tools for quickly creating, understanding, and troubleshooting Web pages. This version is a preview release and behavior may change in ... the final release. http://www.microsoft.com Drive Rescue Drive Rescue is a program for exploring your hard disk, and locating lost files on it. The idea for this program originated from processing a disk with Scandisk which suddenly contains "no data." Since off-the-shelf Windows methods could not recover any data in this type of scenario ... (view more)

Wed
08
Mar
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Windows Lives beyond Your Computer in 'Web 2.0'

The world of 'the Internet' versus 'computer users' (realized as separate entities) is amazing, but I've found that attitudes on both sides tend to polarize folks. For example, you have The Browser Wars: Internet Explorer vs Netscape with Firefox as ... the latest Mozilla contender and Opera watching from the wings with an aloof cultured shrug; or The Operating System Wars: Apple vs PCs (IBM and clones), Windows vs Linux (pick your distro); add to this, GTalk, MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, AIM, Trillian ... and your head starts to get dizzy. From my seat over here in the Old Newbie corner, I ... (view more)

Tue
28
Feb
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Time-saving Shortcuts for Internet Explorer

Tight on time? Need to boost productivity while surfing the web? Use these shortcut keys to make your next experience with Internet Explorer more enjoyable: To add www. and .com automatically to your website addresses in Internet Explorer: Press ... [CTRL] + [Enter] and www. will appear before the address you've entered and .com after it. Note: This only works if "Web Addresses" in the Tools | Internet Options | Content | AutoComplete settings in Internet Options is check-marked. To switch to 'full screen' mode with no title bar in IE, press [F11]. To return to original mode, press [F11] again. ... (view more)

Wed
11
Jan
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Can a Keylogger intercept cut and paste?

Infopackets Reader Windy H. writes: " Dear Dennis, I keep important information (such as credit card numbers) stored on my PC. The sensitive information, however, is disguised in such a way that if someone were to 'break in' to my PC, they would ... never realize that it is my credit card number. Question: I always go back to my repository program to cut and paste my credit card number into order forms when I make a purchase online. If there was a stealth Keylogger installed on my system, would it be able to detect the numbers I am entering? " My response: The short answer is "yes ... (view more)

Wed
28
Dec
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Top 10 Must-Have PC Maintenance Utilities

Die-hard Infopackets Reader Paul B. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have been a faithful subscriber to your newsletter for a few years now. While I immensely enjoy reading your articles (especially the software reviews), I am constantly second-guessing ... myself as to which utilities *I* need to keep my system running smoothly. As a newbie, I would like to know how many of these 'fix all programs' are really necessary? For example, which utilities do I need for: speeding up, uninstalling, defragging, anti-Spyware, anti-spam, firewall, anti-virus, registry cleaning / fixing... etc. I mostly use my ... (view more)

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