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Online Computer Tips Monthly Newsletter - May 2010

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Latest Virus/Security Alerts:

iPad users targeted by hackers

Security experts have warned that Apple iPad users are being targeted by cyber criminals. Hackers are trying to dupe iPad owners in to downloading a fake iTunes update on their Windows computer, which, when installed, creates a backdoor for cyber criminals, allowing them to remotely access the machine or even use the computer to send spam messages.

A dialog box pops up telling the user that a recent iTunes update has been released for the iPad. Users who click on a link are taken to a site that looks exactly like the iTunes download web page, but the file the user downloads is actually a Trojan that installs malicious code on the machine. The Backdoor. Bifrose. AADY virus tries to steal passwords and login details for email accounts and instant-messaging services.

 

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May's Poll:

Would you buy an iPad if they were cheaper?


April's Poll Results:
Do you use a laser or inkjet printer at home?

Laser - 10%
Inkjet


Tip of the Month:

Slide your Windows 7 taskbar programs around

Windows 7 has a very handy feature that allows you to organize your open programs on your taskbar. You may like your programs open in a certain order. All you have to do to move the position of an open program on the taskbar is to click on it and hold down the mouse button and drag it to the location/order you want it to be placed in. For older versions of Windows you can use the free Taskbar Shuffle.

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Hot Product of the Month: Clear Protective Snap-On Cover for iPad

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Important Windows and Office patches:

Microsoft goes small for this month's Patch Tuesday

Microsoft will patch two critical vulnerabilities with two updates to Windows and Office this month. The one patch Windows update is labeled critical for Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Server 2003 and Server 2008, and as "important" for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2. According to Microsoft, the newest operating systems, Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 will be patched even though they're not vulnerable.

The update will also patch Office XP, Office 2003 and Office 2007, as well as the Visual Basic for Applications and Visual Basic for Applications SDK tools.

If you dont use Windows Update or Microsoft Update then you should do a manual Windows/Microsoft Update to make sure you get the patches applied.

 

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Interesting site of the Month:

Morph images of you and your friends or you and celebrites with MorphThing and see what kind of funny faces you can make.

 

Readers Question of the Month:

How to re-enable access to your registry

Rachamim writes in with a troubleshooting question
Question: My regedit has been disabled by avirus. Can I enable regedit with the command line?

Answer: You can click on Start and Run and then copy/paste this command into the box and click ok to enable the registry editor. You can also enter it in a command prompt to do the same thing.

REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableRegistryTools /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

If you think you have a spyware infection then it may not work either way. In that case I would do some scans in Safe Mode for the best results. You can use free programs such as Malwayrebytes and Spybot as well as others that are available.


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Tech News of the Month:

First non Latin Internet domain names activated

Three Mideast countries have become the first to get Internet addresses entirely in non-Latin characters.

Domain names in Arabic for Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were added to the Internet's master directories following final approval last month by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). It's the first major change to the Internet domain name system since its creation in the 1980s.

Until now, websites had to end their addresses with ".com" or another string using Latin characters. That meant businesses and government agencies still had to use Latin characters on billboards and advertisements, even if they were targeting populations with no familiarity with English or other languages that use the Latin script.

ICANN, which cleared the way for non-Latin suffixes in October after years of debate, said the Mideast shows growth potential, with just a fifth of the populations online, on average. A suffix for Russia in Cyrillic is expected to be added to the master list soon, having received ICANN's final clearance last month as well.

Proposals for several others have received preliminary approval and should be activated by year's end. They include suffixes for Jordan, Qatar, Tunisia and the Palestinian territories in Arabic, Hong Kong in Chinese, Thailand in Thai and Sri Lanka in Sinhalese and Tamil.

 

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