How to Secure Windows and Your Privacy with Free Software (Fosdick) (.pdf file)


Did you know that Windows secretly records all the web sites you've ever visited? And after you delete your Outlook emails and empty the Waste Basket, someone could still read your email?
And that Microsoft Word and Excel documents contain secret keys that uniquely identify you?

This guide explains these – and many other -- threats to your security and privacy when you use Windows computers. It describes these concerns in simple, non-technical terms. The goal is to provide information anyone can understand.


This guide also offers solutions: safe practices you can follow, and free programs you can install. Download links appear for the free programs as they are cited.

Phishing: A Real-Life Experiment with Troubling Results


Last week I received a Bank of America phishing email. Nothing out of the ordinary in that. If I have a spare moment, I usually look to see if the phishing site is still up, then do a DNS lookup and blast off an email to let the site owner know of the scam.

Well, last week's phishing was particularly sophisticated.

My Experience with Internet Employment Site Careerbuilders.com


At the end of the 30-day probation period, I did not receive compensation My responsibility was to receive shipments from various technology companies in the United States and route them to their partners in Europe. At the end of the 30-day probationary period, I was to be paid $2000 and reimbursement of shipping costs.

or reimbursement for shipping. I started an investigation by contacting the American Chamber of Commerce in Latvia and law enforcement in Latvia. It was determined that not only did this company not exist but the address had been used on other occasions to set up fake businesses.

Letter to County Tax Equalizer Director: You Do Not Have Permission to Post a Photo of Our Home on the Internet


We do not give permission to the county of Grand Forks, to the state of North Dakota,  to any government entity, or official, to take a picture of our home and place it on the internet.  Privacy concerns of the citizens of Grand Forks should be addressed, as well as public interests when placing property tax information on the internet.

Why I stopped shopping at Amazon.com: A reading expert sounds off... (Hochhauser)


I've shopped at Amazon.com for several years. But I decided to quit shopping there because of:

1) Their new privacy notice. The revised notice (not a "policy") states that they gather information about consumers every time they search for a product.  That means to me that they've developed a profile on me based not only on what I buy, but what I'm looking for. I don't want them to know that much about me....

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