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Online Computer Tips Monthly Newsletter - October 2012

 Posted: October 19, 2012 -

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Latest Virus/Security Alerts:

Twitter phishing scam making its rounds

There is a good chance that you are a Twitter subscriber and you do your fair share of tweeting. Now it seems that there is a scammer taking advantage of the direct messages feature on Twitter.

What they are doing is sending messages that appear to be from people you know such as friends that say "hey, someone is spreading nasty rumors about you" and then they also include a link for you to click on to see what this rumor is all about. When you click on this link you are taken to a page that looks like a Twitter login page.

Then after you enter your name and password you are redirected to the real Twitter page where you get a login error. But by then it's too late because the scammer already has your login information and can take over your account. They use this information to try and hack into other accounts you may have to find other victims and get personal information. The links are shortened but may contain or

Always look over any message you get on social media sites and if they look suspicious then don't click on them and ask the sender if they actually sent the message. If not then report it to the site you got the message on.


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September's Poll:

Would you rather have a laptop or a tablet if you could only have one?
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September's Poll Results: 
Have you ever used the Linux operating system?

Yes - 67%
No - 33%

Tip of the Month:

Change your Windows Update settings

As you may or may not know, Microsoft provides updates for their software that you can download and install to keep them up to date with things like fixes, security patches and other updates such as service packs. This process that keeps your computer updated with the latest patches and fixes is called Windows Update and is also known as Microsoft Update.

Most people don't like to play around with the way it works and just leave it with the default settings generally. But if you are one of those types who likes to be in charge of what your computer does and when it does it then you can change the settings to better suit your needs.

To get to these settings you will need to go to Control Panel and then double click Windows Update and then click the Change Settings link. If you have an older version of Windows such as XP then these steps won't be exactly the same but very similar.

Once you get to the Windows Update settings you will see that you have several options to adjust the way updates are done.

Windows Update Settings

The first section lets you choose how and if you want to install the updates. You can have them downloaded and installed automatically, downloaded only, perform a check for needed updates or do nothing at all. If you choose to have them installed you can pick the day and time for this to be done.

Other options let you decide what to do with recommended updates which are not as critical as important updates. If you don't want all users to install updates you can change this as well. The Microsoft Update section will give you updates for other software besides Windows such as Office. The Software notifications checkbox will give alerts when new software is available for your computer.

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Hot Product of the Month: Logitech Speaker Lapdesk N700


Many people use their laptop as their main computer system but the problem with this is that they can be uncomfortable and the speakers in most laptops are lacking. This is where the Logitech Speaker Lapdesk comes into play. It has built in stereo speakers giving you great sound while providing a pad to give you more comfort on your lap and other places like in bed and on your desk. It also offers volume and fan controls so you can adjust the settings to the way you like it.


  • All in one laptop solution for immersive stereo sound and lapdesk comfort around the home
  • Built in high definition speakers bring music and movies to life in full, rich stereo sound with deep bass
  • Heat-shielding design and silent cooling fan keep laptop heat away from your body
  • Angled top and padded bottom for greater laptop comfort and stability in any sitting position
  • USB connectivity






Important Windows and Office patches:

Windows, Office, Server and SQL patches out for October

Since September was fairly light when it came to Patch Tuesday, Microsoft thought they should make up for it by giving use a few more for October. This month there are six important bulletins for a variety of Microsoft products of which one is labeled critical.

Two of the vulnerabilities address a Word issue where attackers can execute code on a remote machine. This can happen just by opening or even previewing a malicious RTF document. Also if you are an Outlook user with admin rights and use Word as your email reader then this type of attack can happen as well. Microsoft Works 9 users are also affected by a different but similar vulnerability that can execute itself when opening Word files.

Other vulnerabilities affect things such as HTML Sanitation Component, FAST Search Server 2010, Windows Kernel and SQL Server. Operating systems including XP, Vista, Windows 7, 2003 and 2008 are also affected as well as Internet Explorer 6,7,8 and 9.


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Interesting site of the Month:

If want a good site to get reviews of the latest high tech products as well as news and cool software downloads then check out


Reader's Question of the Month:

How to make Windows 7 more like Windows XP

Daniel writes in with a Windows question
Question: I just got a new computer and it came with Windows 7. I had my old computer for at least 6 years or maybe more and it had Windows XP. Now that Im using Windows 7, everything is different and I don't know if I like it. Is there a way to make it work more like Windows XP?

Answer: Even though Windows 7 is a whole new operating system you can still make it feel a little more like Windows XP. The first thing you should do that will make the most difference is to get the Quick Launch toolbar back since the new Windows 7 toolbar acts differently. Click here for instructions.

Another thing you can do is to set your open windows to open separately rather than group similar types. Right click on a blank spot of the taskbar and choose Properties. Then on the Taskbar tab where it says Taskbar buttons choose Never combine.

You may also want to get your toolbar menus such as File and Edit back in Windows Explorer. To do so click on Organize and then Layout and then check Menu bar. From here you can click on Tools and Folder options and check options such as Show all folders and Automatically expand to current folder to make file browsing easier.

Finally click on a blank area of your desktop and choose Personalize. From here click on Change desktop icons and choose which icons you want to show on your desktop such as Computer or Network etc.

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Tech News of the Month:

Windows 8 to hit the shelves this month

You most likely have heard about the new version of Windows that Microsoft is releasing to close the gap between PC and tablet operating systems called Windows 8. You may have even tested out the developer preview a while back. Well the time for Windows 8 is finally here and you should do your homework before deciding if you should upgrade or not. And rather than go over all the new features and changes in Windows 8 we figured we would just let Microsoft explain it to you here.


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