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TuneUp Utilities 2012 Giveaway (+Miscellany)

Hard to believe it is Thursday already.. Let’s see what is going on in the world, shall we?

Facebook says 600,000 account logins compromised EVERY DAY

“Facebook said this week that hackers using stolen username and password credentials try to break into at least 600,000 accounts every day on the mammoth social networking site.” Read more..

(The capitalization in the title was mine. There’s pirates in these waters.. be careful folks.)

• It seems it is not too early to start shopping.. or start thinking about shopping, for the coming holiday season. For those of you who might be in need of some gift ideas, Amazon has a helpful list of Top Picks…

Here’s one everybody should read.. (even us savvy types.)

The thousand-dollar penalty for reusing passwords

You can find no end of advice on creating strong passwords, using clever tricks, stats, mnemonics, and such.

But all too frequently we (and I include myself in this rebuke) tend to reuse little passwords at what we think are inconsequential sites. It’s a big mistake — here’s why.” Read more..

• My giveaway of TuneUp Utilities 2012 closes at midnight (Pacific) tonight. For the 4-1-1, click here.

Turn Your Photos Into Something Awesome with iPiccy Photo Tools

There is quite a lineup of online image editors these days, but there is one I bet you have not tried..Read more..

Amazon’s latest Prime gambit: Kindle book lending

The Kindle lending program may just be one part of the kitchen sink Amazon plans to toss into its Prime subscription service.Read more..

(For the more advanced…)
• Duqu: father, son, or unholy ghost of Stuxnet?

“Three U.S. Air Force information security experts, independent of their role in the military, studied the Duqu trojan, and you might be surprised by what they found. This is the first article in a two-part series that examines the sophisticated threat that everyone is talking about.Read more..

Today’s free download: FavBackup

FavBackup provides an easy-to-use tool for backing up and restoring Web browser data. Its simple layout and excellent results make it a great way to save your important Web browser information.

Back up all your bookmarks, browsing history, cookies, and more with a single click of a button. FavBackup will work with a wide range of Web browsers, including Mozilla’s Firefox, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Google’s Chrome, Apple’s Safari, Flock, and even Opera.

Today’s quote:The first gold star a child gets in school for the mere performance of a needful task is its first lesson in graft.” ~ Philip Wylie

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November 3, 2011 Posted by | advice, computers, Internet | , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Software License Giveaway: TuneUp Utilities 2010

Folks, I am pleased to announce my latest software license giveaway drawing.

The folks at TuneUp Utilities have generously donated five licenses to me, to award to my readers. I sincerely thank them for that. So I am going to do a random drawing¹ contest from folks who “enter” by posting a comment (below) or by sending an e-mail. The drawing will be held next week, and the winners announced Friday, so act now.

TuneUp Utilities is a program for optimizing your computer and improving its performance. I have been testing it for a while now. Below, I will give you my impressions and some screenshots, but first…

CNet’s Seth Rosenblatt (see, Tech Paul’s Friend of the Internet Surfer Award for December) says:

“To call TuneUp Utilities 2009 useful would drastically understate the situation. The app provides users with a powerful, well-designed utility that accesses the entire Windows maintenance tool set and more in a fast, organized, and easy-to-use series of connected modules…

The system-analyzing wizard, with its thorough reporting and upgrade suggestions, is worth the program price alone. Between the guts of steel and the stylish, logically arranged interface, TuneUp Utilities suits all users–from complete beginners who will appreciate the one-click optimization to more daring users who will experiment with all the settings.”

Publisher’s description
From TuneUp Distribution :

TuneUp Utilities Version 2010. Enjoy Your PC: fast, stable, customized. Have more fun with your computer without all the hassles thanks to your new PC assistant. Work faster and get a better gaming experience. Now compatible with Windows 7.”

Here is a “slideshow” of screenshots of TuneUp Utilities.

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As you can see, TuneUp Utilities is in the System Tray, as it is always running, and thus always performing those tasks (such as defrag) which keep a system “tuned up”. I found it safe. And I found it easy enough for beginners and that it also had neat goodies (tweaks) for the Power User too. As you may have noticed, it found a security issues, and offered a 1-click fix. But instead of reinventing the wheel, I will refer you to Bill Mullins’ comprehensive review, TuneUp Utilities 2010 – Is It Worth The Money?

How to enter? To enter the drawing, simply click on “comment”, and enter a name and valid e-mail (so I can send you the key) in the form. Actually commenting is optional. And, I shouldn’t have to say this, but multiple entries will result in disqualification.
The license can be used on up to three PC’s.

Again, I thank the folks at TuneUp Utilities for making this giveaway possible. A 30-day free trial of TuneUp Utilities can be downloaded here. Try it out yourself. (And then leave a comment. You may just win an activation key..)

¹ All entrants will be placed into Random.org’s “randomizer”, and the top 5 results will be the winners.

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April 30, 2010 Posted by | computers, Microsoft, PC, performance, security, software | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 131 Comments