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Virus/Anti-Virus/Security Information
  • What Websites Learn About You is a very basic article on protecting your privacy while you use the Web.
  • Two Factor Authentication This site explains what two factor authentication is. It also lists organizations and businesses (by category) and identifies their authentication method. You can use this list to find out if vendors that you interact with have reasonable levels of security.
  • Cyber Security Videos is a collection of videos that cover various topics in cyber security. A good intro as well as some deeper material as long as you like videos.
  • Privacy Protecting Apps is an artile about a few privacy apps to intall that will help reduce the amount of data that is shared with others.
  • Norton HeartBleed Detector Tool You enter a Web site that you want to test and the site tells you if the Heartbleed problem is affecting this site. If so, you may want to change your password.
  • 10 Critical Security Habits you should be practicing but probably aren't
  • VMyth reports on hoaxes, viruses, and related news (not updated since 2011).
  • Don't Spread that Hoax
  • Hoax-Slayer
  • Virus Bulletin
  • ScamBusters - information and advice on Internet fraud including hoaxes, urban legends, gossip, innuendo, half-truths, etc.
  • Snopes - scam verification site - includes news verification and an email newsletter if you sign up.
  • Symantec's Security Response - information on current viruses and security advisories.
  • ProcessLibrary.com provides information about those processes that are running on your machine like svchost.exe or lsass.exe. Useful when you are looking for malware.
  • Security Force - shows a list of current vulnerabilities and threats from around the world.
  • Safeweb is a service from Norton that lets you enter a Web site URL and it tells you if there is anything unsafe about it.
  • Five Best VPN Service Providers as determined by a LifeHacker survey.
  • Encrypting Data on Your Computer This is a very short introduction to data encryption but the article does also suggest encryption freeware.
  • Best Encryption Services of 2018 as determined by a PCMag.
  • How to Stay Anonymous Online 2018 article in PCMag.
  • AntiOnline is a security forum
  • Stay Safe Online is full of information and tips to keep your browsing safe. Sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance

  • Firewalls:

  • Internet Firewall FAQ
  • Firewall FAQ - great list of sites that review firewall software. Site has all kinds of other information about firewalls, spyware, routers, anti-virus software, etc.
  • Firewall FAQ
  • ZoneAlarm has free firewall software for personal use.
  • Tiny Firewall is free for personal use.
  • List of Programs that you ought to let thru your firewall This is a very useful list . Most firewalls just tell you what program wants to communicate with the Internet but they don't tell you whether the program is friendly or not. This list takes some of the mystery out of the decision you face as to whether to let the program do its thing or not.
  • Firehole is a little test program that you can download to see if it can get around Zonealarm and other common firewalls.
  • TooLeaky is a little test program that you can download to see if it can get around Zonealarm and other common firewalls. This guy says that firewalls offer only illusory protection.

  • Security:

  • Paranoid's Guide to Protecting Your Personal Data is a great series of articles from ComputerWorld which includes many techniques.
  • Stay Safe Online - Tips on home security from the National Cyber Security Alliance
  • Have I Been Pawned? You enter your email address and the site tells you if that email address has been part of a hack. It tells you which sites were hacked. If you haven't changed your password on those hacked sites, you can assume that your credentials on that site have been made public.
  • Public Computer Security - pretty much don't do it.
  • NSA Recommendations - kind of a wolf and chicken coop kind of thing but pretty straight forward info.
  • Terms of Service Didn't Read is a "...user rights initiative to rate and label website terms and privacy policies..." It translates the legalese so you can understand what you are consenting to and what options you have.
  • Microsoft Safety and Security Center
  • Create Passwords with Dice
  • How To Set Up a VPN This is a pretty general article about how set up a Virtual Private Network.
  • Why Use a VPN - good review of what a VPN is and also reviews specfic VPN vendor services.
  • Which VPN Services Keep You Anonymous - 2017 article that shows answers from vendors responding to questions about how they deal with customer anonymity.
  • How to Use a VPN
  • Databreaches.net is a blog that collects info about data breaches. Very eye-opening.
  • Malware Tips is a forum that specializes in malware issues including software, VPN, troubleshooting, etc. Very extensive.
  • Security Focus is less approachable than Malware Tips and seems to be aimed at professionals but is very extensive.
  • Folder Protection with Windows Defender This articles shows how to set up Windows Defender (Windows 10) to prevent programs from writing to specified folders unless you give them permission. This protects them from most types of malware.
  • all.net - advice and links to other resources. Leans toward the geeky side.
Network
Technical Support
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Adobe
  • Lotus
  • Microsoft Support
  • Dell Support
  • Gateway Support
  • Tech Support Forum
  • Tech Support Guy - tech support forums
  • Microsoft Technet used to be a chargeable item but is now free.
  • GeeksToGo Forum
  • WordPerfect Knowledge Base5 stars contains years of support questions and answers.
  • How to Create a Word Form
  • Slipstick - info on Outlook and Exchange.
  • How-To-Outlook offers help with all versions of Outlook.
  • Outlook-Tips has a whole bunch of tips on how to use Outlook.
  • Office Portal Status - check to see if the Office 365 servers are up and running.
  • UtterAccess - Access database forum - very active.
  • Access Web is a helpful site for those who use Microsoft's Access.
  • Adobe Forums is a pretty good forum for Adobe products.
  • Windows Secrets Lounge has a lot of Windows forums that can get pretty deep at times.
  • Attachmate
  • Mr. Excel has tips, FAQ, techniques, etc. for Microsoft Excel.
  • Help-Site.com has some good links to solid information including user manuals and lots of FAQ's for various equipment and software. Includes links to sites related to Macs, Unix, Vax, etc.
  • Factory Reset has manuals and drivers for computers.
  • MakeUseOfPDF Guides MakeUseOf has a nice little collection of small PDF manuals covering topics like Linux to Digital Photography to Gmail.
  • Computer Hope has some very easy to understand information on computers and peripherals and is meant to be a support site. It has links to drivers. Good site for beginners and browsing.
  • Developer offers help to developers.
  • Tek Tips - a collection of technical support forums with a good search engine. Requires registration and use of a password.
  • Computing.net lets you asks questions and the community of users will answer. You can browse the previously submitted material. No registration required.
  • TechSupport Alert has a number of how-to's and a list of free support sites and support sites that charge a fee.
  • Startup Application Database - list of startup programs and what they are and do. Helps you find unwanted or unnecessary programs that startup when you boot your machine.
  • Expert Sites:

  • Experts-Exchange You are given points which you can use to ask questions of 'experts'. Wide variety of categories.
  • Suggest a Fix is a free forum. You get what you pay for.
  • FAQs.org - is an archive of FAQs found on the Web. This is a voluminous collection and covers every conceivable topic from mental depression to linux to religion.
  • Printer Techs - laser printer maintenance and fixes
  • Fix Your Own Printer - tips on fixing and maintaining your printer. Also has links to supplies and parts for sale .
  • Dr Watson - how to use the Dr. Watson program in Windows to debug crashes and shutdowns.
  • C|Net's Forums - get help on just about anything computer related - read what others say.
  • Ramesh's Site - Tips on troubleshooting common Windows XP problems
  • Tech Recipes - a blog around short little how-to's related to Windows, MySQL, UNIX, Programming, and a few other categories.
  • Windows Networking.com XP Registry Tweaks
  • How to de-crapify a new or old PC - helps you get rid of the crap that is loaded on your PC at the factory or as a result of getting Windows loaded.
  • Ask Leo - Leo is Leo Notenboom who answers questions about computers and related topics. Answers are generally pretty good and are aimed at the novice to intermediate user.
  • Help with PCs has a lot of information and detailed instructions aimed at the everyday user.
  • Online Tech Tips - has a lot of tips in blog format. There are a lot of categories.
  • Windows Secrets Search
  • Windows Secrets
  • Failing Hard Drive Sounds - provides the actual sound of various types of hard drive failures. It even has specific sounds for the drives of various vendors.
  • The Tech Support Guy has active forums related to PC assistance and troubleshooting including operating systems, networking, email, digital photography, etc.
  • Computer Hope has news and forums related to computer support. You have to register to post to the forum but you can browse for free.
  • 10 Professional Sample Code Sites where a programmer can find some cute-and-paste code, tutorials, algorithm discussions, etc.
  • How to Guides is a big list of typical how-to articles like how to create a bootable CD, Office XP Data Recovery, etc.
  • UpdateXP decyphers some bluescreen error messages.
  • Bleeping Computer has forums, tutorials, startup lists, etc.
  • Cybertech Help has a bunch of forums.
  • AskVG has a lot of tech info that is not obviously available elsewhere.
  • I Am Not A Geek has a geeky set of forums discussing computer related issues.
  • How to Delete Accounts from social media Web services like Flickr and Google.
  • How to Use Linux to Fix a Windows System This is a great article that shows how to create a bootable version of Linux on a USB memory stick. Once you have Linux running, you can use it to recover Windows passwords, move files off the computer to a backup disk, run antivirus software on it, etc.
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