Stories by Tom Spring

Lack of standards sparks inkjet photo fade debate

How long can you expect your inkjet-printed photos to last? More and more photo inkjet papers are being touted as "fade resistant" and "archival safe," but experts say these marketing pitches don't always provide good information on how long it will ...

Undercover agent: AntiSpyware Beta1

In addition to spyware and adware detection and removal, Microsoft AntiSpyware includes a variety of security and privacy tools, such as one that alerts you if someone tries to piggy­back bandwidth off your wireless network

Microsoft to boost Media Player security

Microsoft says it will patch versions of Windows Media Player to prevent users from inadvertently downloading viruses, adware, and spyware when opening copy-protected media files. The update will be available within 30 days, the company says.

Tracking spam to its source

Finding mortgage-related pitches in my inbox was no big surprise. After all, loan-related spam has increased 42 percent over last year, making it the fastest-growing category of spam, according to research by NetIQ, an e-mail content-filtering servic...

Spam wars: are we winning?

In Greece they may be celebrating the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, but online spammers are gearing up for the spamming equivalent of the Olympics. Antispam firm Vircom reports a fiftyfold increase in Olympics-related spam between January and July. Typi...

Great Internet Explorer alternative

The Mozilla Foundation’s new free Firefox 0.8 Web browser, once known as Firebird, is a solid alternative for people who long for a change of pace from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. I tried a free preview release of the browser and was impressed by ...

Fix broken windows

If viruses, faulty patches, or botched software installations have ever crashed your Windows PC to the point of no return, you know that the road to recovery can be as long as it is frustrating.

Next: Outlawing spyware?

Utah has become the first state to make spyware a crime, passing a law that makes it illegal to install such programs on a PC without approval.

First look at Mozilla.org's Firefox

The Mozilla Foundation has renamed and updated its Firebird browser, now called Firefox 0.8. Improvements include a download manager, the capability to view offline Web pages you've previously visited, and support for a growing number of browser add-...

Spam slayer: Ten tips and tricks

How satisfied are you with your e-mail software? Does it block spam and do everything it should? Does important e-mail get lost in the weeds? Are hundreds of megabytes of spam saved and hidden on your PC?

Spam slayer: Do you speak spam?

An extreme volume of spam calls for extreme measures. You can create a "Safe Mail" folder in Outlook Express as an effective spam filter. Right-click on Local Folders and select New Folder. Next select Tools, Create Rules from Message and pair your a...

Interview: RIAA's Cary Sherman

To millions of people, Cary Sherman is about as popular as the New York Yankee baseball team in Boston. As president of the Recording Industry Association of America, Sherman has vigorously prosecuted online music pirates, as the archenemy of popular...

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