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Tips for Creating Secure Passwords

Most people have multiple passwords for e-mail accounts, online banking, discussion forums, site memberships, eBay, PayPal and so on.

With so many passwords to remember, it can be difficult to remember them, and people may think it is easier to simply use the same password on different sites, or to use passwords that are easy to remember such their date-of-birth or a child’s name.

Unfortunately, these types of passwords can easily be hacked. The problem is that while you might be able to remember these passwords, which is why so many people use basic passwords and phrases, they are not at all secure and hackers will be able to easily crack them to obtain your account information.

The following 10 tips will help you to create strong, secure and hacker-proof passwords and phrases.

10 Tips for Creating Secure Passwords
By Vangie Beal, Last updated July 06, 2009

What Is Rogue Anti-Virus Software and How the Heck Do You Get Rid of It?

 Rogue anti-virus programs usually appears in the form of a fake Windows warning on your computer system that reads something like, you have a specific number of viruses on your computer (usually in the hundreds) and that this software has detected those viruses. To get rid of these viruses, you’re prompted to buy the full-version of the antivirus software (which is really rogue antivirus software).

The good news is that you probably do not have a computer that is infested with hundreds of viruses as the rouge software claims. The bad news is that the rogue antivirus software itself is on your computer and you must remove it. Removal is hindered as rouge software can lock the control panel and the the Add/Remove Programs function to prevent you from removing it easily.

Rogue Anti-Virus Software Explained
By Vangie Beal, Last updated April 24, 2009

Top 10 Tech Terms to Know for 2009

Throughout the year, when it comes to computer and Internet technologies only one thing is certain — technology trends (like everything else) come and go with the changing tides.  Terms that will make — or continue to make — headlines in the coming year are not necessarily “brand new” technologies, but are those technologies. like the Android Platform and netbooks that gained traction in 2008, and new developments will move them to the forefront of hot technologies for 2009.

From Webopedia.com, here are the top 10 technology terms and related references that we expect to be hearing more about this coming year.

Technology Terms to Know For 2009
By Vangie Beal, December 24 , 2008

How to Spot a Holiday Shopping Scam

Online shopping has its benefits, but just like the real-world, there are some risks. The best way to stay safe when shopping online is to know what the risks are and how to avoid them. If you plan on shopping online this holiday season, here are some security risks to watch for and tips to help you shop safely online.

Online Ripoffs: How to Spot a Holiday Shopping Scam
By Vangie Beal, December 05, 2008