Online Computer Tips Monthly Newsletter - September 2010
Latest Virus/Security Alerts:
'Here You Have' Virus E-Mail Spreads Online
A global e-mail virus spammed inboxes slowing, and in some cases halting work at offices around the world as employees watched their inboxes inexplicably fill with e-mails under the subject line "Here you have." Some workers were forced to go without e-mail altogether, as the flood of spam put their services out of commission.
Organizations including NASA, Comcast, AIG, Disney, Proctor & Gamble, Florida Department of Transportation and Wells Fargo are just a few of the organizations apparently affected by the worm, which appears to have sent out hundreds of thousands, if not millions of e-mails.
One version of the spam e-mail simply says, "Hello: This is The Document I told you about, you can find it here" and includes a link that appears to be a pdf document.
Another version of the worm includes the subject "Just For you" and says "This is The Free Dowload Sex Movies,you can find it Here."
If a user clicks the link and downloads the virus, it spreads to contacts in that individual's e-mail account and continues to propagate. McAfee said that it attempts to stop and delete security services. McAfee says it has coverage for at least the main strain of the virus. If you receive the messages, McAfee says to delete the message without clicking the link and alert your IT office.
Security firm Symantec said the worm appears to be a new malware attack but is similar to the "Anna Kournikova" virus from 2001, which also carried the subject "Here you have."
August's Poll Results:
Do you like Windows 7 better than Windows XP?
- 73% No27%
Tip of the Month:
Rearrange the open programs on your taskbar in Windows 7
If you are one of those people who like things to be the same all the time then I'm sure you would want the order of your open programs on your taskbar to be the same every time too. But if you don't open them in the same order each time or have to reopen one of them how do you do this?
Windows 7 has a nice feature where you can simply drag the open program on the taskbar to whatever position you want it to be in. To do this simply click and hold on the program name and drag it where you want it to be and let go of the mouse button.
On-Board MemoryThe phone has on-board memory that stores 199 incoming and 199 outgoing call numbers.
PC-to-PC and PC-to-phone operation Driver built-in
no addtional driver needed
USB 1.1 compatible
No sound card needed
No external power required
Works with Skype and other messenger software
The USB VOIP Phone is a perfect communication tool for USB VoIP (Voice over IP) connection. It is used with your computer
Easy to Use Using this phone is just like using a cellular phone. Similar key arrangement to cellular phone.
The voip phone brings ultra crystal audio sound, the quality sound implemented with the latest echo cancellation and noise reduction technology
LCD DisplayBy simply pressing key without looking at the computer screen, large LCD displays numbers dialed
Important Windows and Office patches:
Microsoft to release large number of fixes for September
The number of September 14th updates will be more than double the maximum the company has delivered in any other of this year's odd-numbered months. Microsoft traditionally delivers relatively few patches in those months. Four of the updates were labeled "critical," Microsoft's highest threat ranking in its four-step scoring system. The remaining five were marked "important," the second-highest rating.
The update tally that Microsoft spelled out in its monthly advance notification to customers is "quite substantial" said Wolfgang Kandek, chief security officer of Qualys, considering that September should be an "off" month for patches. "I'm a little bite surprised at the number," said Kandek. "Maybe some of them will be fixes for the DLL issue."
Researchers have claimed that several Office applications, including PowerPoint 2007 and 2010, and Word 2007, are vulnerable to the bug, which has acquired the name "DLL load hijacking."
Eight of the nine updates affect one or more versions of Windows; one of those will patch Microsoft's IIS (Internet Information Services) Web server software. Two will impact Office. Windows XP Service Pack 3 will receive eight updates, three of them critical. Windows Vista, on the other hand, will be affected by just five updates, two of them critical, while Windows 7 will get only three updates, none critical.
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Readers Question of the Month:
How to log into Windows XP as Administrator
Lilian writes in with a Windows question Question:How do I log in as Administrator i XP SP3 Home, please?
Answer: If you are running XP Home Edition then the only way to log on as administrator is in Safe Mode. If you boot into Safe Mode you will be prompted for which user account you want to log in as and administrator will be one of them.
If you are running XP Pro then you can log off your computer and log on as administrator if you know the password. Many times its left blank when people install Windows. In order to do this you will need to go into Control Panel and then choose User Accounts and click on Change the way users log on and off. Then uncheck Use the Welcome Screen and Use Fast User Switching boxes and click on Apply options.
Now when you log off you will be prompted with a login box with a name and password field rather than an icon for your user accounts. Here you will put in administrator and then the password if there is one.
Apple's Ping Draws One Million New Users and criticism
Apple's new social media music service Ping has already pushed past one million signed up users within its first 48 hours of existence. According to a statement from Apple, the number represents more than one third of those who have downloaded iTunes 10.
That hasn't stopped pundits from quickly weighing in on the new service, however. "It is fundamentally flawed because it doesn't interact with your iTunes music collection,"; he writes. "Without the ability to actually to actually tell our friends what we're listening to, Ping is a pretty useless service. Without the ability to listen to all our music through Ping, like we once did with Lala, the service is decidedly weak." says Business Insider's Jay Yarrow.
TechCrunch's Erick Schonfeld identifies another key issue with the service, in that Ping is entirely iTunes-dependent: In a world where social networks are Web-based communities that one can interact with and access from any location under the sun, Ping requires the software in order to work." And Ping doesn't communicate with any other social networks," writes Schonfeld. "I can't see people's iTunes Pings in Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere else.
Although Ping's one million user count is an impressive statistic on paper, it's not one that's ultimately unheard of in the social music market. And with 40 million users hitting up last.fm on a monthly basis which, itself, is but a single entity amongst a sea of social music service online, Apple has a bit of a way to go before it carves out a social foothold.