PC World - July 2001


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COVER STORY

68 FORTRESS PC - Security tools to protect your PC.

Anyone who uses a computer has something to fear from the Internet's scurvy crew of hackers, crackers, and virus writers. How can you patch up the holes and keep attackers at bay? Our ultimate guide to system security gives you the tools you need: antivirus utilities, firewalls, file encryptors, and other protectors.

FEATURES

57 WEBANDYOU - Power browsing.

If you go online using a Web browser alone, you're only minimally equipped for the Internet. A Web browser by itself can take you only so far. It can't help you do extensive research, for example, or play video clips on its own. Beef up your browser with these plug-ins, add-ons, and tips for getting the most out of the Web.

62 BUYER BEWARE - PC scams revealed.

Part II of our special report on spotting a scam. Pay for a colour TV and get a black-and-white model, and you know something is fishy. But can you tell whether the 1000MHz Pentium III you bought really is what it claims to be? We teach you the secrets of smart PC shopping.

80 WHY HACKERS ATTACK - Are you at risk?

Computer intrusions have more than tripled in the last two years. Who are the people trying to get their hands on your data, and why? We got answers from some experts - including hackers themselves.

119 ECOMWORLD - The simple guide to getting your business online.

This month in the new-look eComWorld: Peer-to-Peer Gets Down to Business; plus, News, Case Study and E-mail Tips.

119 MICROSOFT'S BIG BET - The future according to Microsoft.

Microsoft is hitting the market with a raft of product releases intended to simplify its product lines, lock out the curse of casual piracy and - perhaps - transform the company into a supplier of software services.

SPECIAL REPORT

EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY.

101 Resources for kids - Sites and software to help students of all ages. Plus: tips for buying educational software.

107 Breaking into IT - PC World talks to the experts to see what employers look for when hiring IT recruits, where the hot jobs are and how to build on your skills.

114 Online learning - There's an online course for whatever you want to learn. We look at how the Net is opening up learning opportunities worldwide.

FIRST LOOKS

HARDWARE :

34 Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS; Kodak DX3500.

36 Casio PC Tag Writer.

38 Compaq MP2800 projector; Targus Universal AC Adapter.

44 D-Link DWL-120 networking adapter; Complay Firefly.

SOFTWARE :

30 Macromedia FreeHand 10 and Director 8.5 Beta.

32 Nero Burning ROM 5.5, Easy CD Creator 5.0, Veritas MyCD Pro 2.0.

40 Alpha DVD StarGaze: Hubble's view of the Universe, and Mars: The Red Planet.

42 AOL 6.0; Jabber Instant Messenger 1.6.0.3.

BEST BUYS

- 126 PCS.

HOME PCS : e@Pc Dominator - Series 6.1; Creative Blaster PC; Australia IT Bravura 1900 Series; Peripherals Plus AMD Athlon 1.2GHz DDR; Dell Dimension 8100; Peripherals Plus AMD Athlon 800; Peripherals Plus AMD Athlon 1GHz; Gateway Select 1300; Compaq Presario 7000 (7EL311); Emagen Vitesse 900Z.

SUB-$2000 PCs: e@Pc Rocket - Series 6.1; Peripherals Plus Duron 750; Australia IT Bravura 1200 Series; IPS P-15IPS D-20; Flexisoft Athlon 1GHz; Digital Star IntelliPro 800GS; Computeck A1-667 Series; Peripherals Plus Duron 600; Optima MyPC Pentium III 933.

BUSINESS PCS: Peripherals Plus Athlon 1.33; GHz; e@Pc Velocity - Series 6; Acer Veriton 7117; Acer Veriton 7102; Acer Veriton 5100; Peripherals Plus Duron 900MHz; IPS P-70Micro-Pro Business Workstation; Peripherals Plus Dual Processing PIII 733; Leading Pacific Workstation.

- 138 NOTEBOOKS.

POWER NOTEBOOKS: Dell Inspiron 8000; Compaq Armada M700; IBM ThinkPad A22p; Hewlett-Packard OmniBook 6000; Gateway Solo 9500XL Deluxe; ASUS L8400C; Sony Vaio PCG-R505CT.

VALUE NOTEBOOKS: Toshiba Satellite 1730XCDT; Toshiba Satellite 30CDT; Gateway Solo 1150CL; IBM ThinkPad X20; Acer TravelMate 210T.

- 144 INKJET PRINTERS.

Lexmark Z32; HP DeskJet 840C; Epson Stylus Color 680; HP DeskJet 930C; Lexmark Z52; Xerox DocuPrint M750; Xerox DocuPrint M760; Canon S800; Canon S4500; Epson Stylus Photo 890; Epson Stylus Color 980; HP DeskJet 1220CNEWS12 Notebooks get more Ath-letic.

14 Australia tests Office XP subscription.

14 Sony unveils Linux for PS2.

16 Rambus's claims dismissed.

16 Cisco comes to the defence.

17 Philips: first DVD recorder.

17 ‘.info' and ‘.biz' open up shop.

18 Researchers to develop 3G phones for the deaf.

22 broadbandA real lesson in broadband.

24 alt.netVideo compression - DivX28 tech.files. Moving to the next level.

DEPARTMENTS

10 EDITORIAL : Back to the future.

46 OPINIONS :

46 Smart economics: Oz brain training. By Beverley Head.

48 Modifying PHP-Nuke. By Nicholas Petreley.

50 On the money. By Mark Stafford.

52 READERS' FORUM plus DILBERT

156 LINUXWORLD.COM.AU :

156 Using Linux: Scanning with SANE.

BACKBYTES

193 SKILLS : Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE).

194 BOOK REVIEW :

CorelDRAW 10: The Official Guide; Adobe Photoshop 6 Classroom In A Book; HTML: The Complete Reference.

195 WEB REVIEW:

Shark tracks; Recycling mainframesTroll talk; Find your preference; Roll-your-own Fount of Knowledge.

196 GADGETS AND GIZMOS :

Wireless entertainment; MP3s go to your head; Trimmer camera; The eyes move it; Tough tablet; MP3 maker; Mini-MP3; Laptop keyboard.

198 GAMES :

Myst III Exile; Christina Aguilera: Follow Your Dreams; Tribes 2.

200 BYTESBACK.

HERE'S HOW

159 UPGRADER : Install a bigger, faster hard drive.

162 WINDOWS 9X : Defrag troubleshooting.

164 WINDOWS 2000: Perform server tasks.

165 WINDOWS ME: File protection for Me.

166 LINUX NEW! : Getting started with Linux file management.

167 MAC OS : Make Mac OS X more familiar.

168 AUDIO : Creating sound schemes for Windows.

169 GRAPHICS : Reducing red-eye170 HTML NEW!

Introducing HTML

172 HELP SCREEN.

172 Operating Systems : Windows 9x - Deleting files; Stopping browser pop-ups; Windows 9x and 2000 - Add custom accelerator keys to your start menu; Linux - Red Hat installation; Uninstalling Linux.

174 Office Applications : Excel - Easier sums; Office - Clicks and drags; Store setting online; Make precise selections175 Internet Mend broken e-mail links; MP3 CD Catalog.

176 Hardware : Clear CD writer blocks; Real mode hazards; Windows Resource Kit.

177 Bugs and Fixes : Windows 95 users face uncertain future

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