Urgent this week:
- Firefox users should've received an automatic update this week. If it didn't arrive, a manual download is always an option.
- If you want to know why we hammer hard and often on the subject of security, you should read the latest report on Internet security from Symantec. The amount of preventable criminal activity taking place in America right now is tragic.
- The spring storm season is here. If you haven't installed surge suppressors on all of your computers, doing so should be your highest computing priority before the spring storm season arrives.
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:
- We have warned before about the dangers of "pump-and-dump" scams. Now, the scammers are looking for help:
Don't even think about getting involved with these crooks.
- For the record: 706 spam messages received in twelve hours on Friday, for a Spam Index of 9884.
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