Tech – for Everyone

Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

Stop junk mail, email and phone calls

Scroll down for a free guide to reducing unwanted or intrusive advertising. But first..

Quick tip: (worth repeating) In doing some research for the purchase of a HDTV, I have found an excellent resource for those shopping for new audio/visual devices (aka “consumer electronics”) complete with product reviews. This very respected place is Crutchfield, and to visit their shopper’s advice area, click here.

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Old Tech Paul is a pretty important guy, don’tcha know? Not only do I receive email from the United Nations and the FBI on a regular basis, I also have friends in other areas of the diplomatic corps..

Because the ISP’s routinely block most of the more obvious cases of spam and “phishing”, most people have no idea what all this investment in “high tech” and the “world wide web” is actually being used for. Here is a breakdown of the current use of the “data” being pushed through our “infrastructure” right now.

Unfortunately, most of that spam is being sent from our own computers. (The one’s that have been infected and turned into “spambots”.. usually a fact unknown by their owners.) Fortunately, some people are finally taking “botnets” seriously.. maybe it’s too early to say, but some are arguing that progress is being made on this front. At least on a technical level, that may be true.. But what can we do to “fix” the humans that think sending this stuff (spam) is a good idea?

Today’s reading reco’s:

* A quite excellent resource page, Do-it-yourself: Stop junk mail, email and phone calls – A free guide to reducing unwanted or intrusive advertising

* Collection of 30 Blogs for Tracking Kids’ Activities

To return a favor to a fellow blogger, who is the webmaster at Babysitting Jobs – Your Online Guide For Anything & Everything About Babysitting, today’s post features an article at their site,  titled: 30 Blogs for Tracking Kids’ Activities The article is broken down into six subtitles to include resources for: Tracking Internet Activities […]” Read more..

And in the “personal development” category:

* Brian Tracy’s Blog

* Nightingale Conant

Today’s free download: Think it might be possible that your computer has been infected and ‘botted’? One tool to help you find out is the free RUBotted from Trend Micro.. recently improved.

RUBotted monitors your computer for potential infection and suspicious activities associated with bots. Bots are malicious files that enable cybercriminals to secretly take control of your computer. Upon discovering a potential infection, RUBotted will identify and clean them with HouseCall.”

Today’s quotable quote:No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~ Aesop

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October 3, 2012 Posted by | advice, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, e-mail, how to, Internet, spam and junk mail | , | Leave a comment