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posted in July 2006

E-Mail Threats Plunge In July

7/31/2006
Caution is still needed, though, a security researcher says. While there may be fewer viruses and worms in the actual e-mail, hackers are spamming out messages that link to malicious sites where Trojan horses lie in wait for innocent victims.

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5 Ways To Get Vista's Security Now

7/28/2006
Windows Vista is months away, and so is the additional security it's promising. Or is it? Why wait when you can give Windows XP a taste of Vista's User Account Control protection now?

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Microsoft Issues Tool To Block IE7 Auto Updates

7/26/2006
In earlier updates, large numbers of corporate customers running Automatic Update were caught unprepared by demands for a download blocker. This time around, Microsoft wants to give enterprises ample time to deploy the blocker toolkit so that they can test IE7 on their timeline.

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D-Link Unveils Home, Small Biz Security Appliance

7/24/2006
SecureSpot sits between the computer and the network router--in most small networks, a DSL or cable modem--and off-loads security chores from the machine so that the PC or Mac's performance isn't affected by processor- and memory-hungry tools.

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Brief: Lojack Now Locates Mac Notebooks

7/19/2006
The software works by contacting Absolute Software's monitoring center when the computer connects to the Internet. If the laptop is reported stolen, it also sends in its current IP address and other networking data.

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AOL To Test Security Service

7/17/2006
Total Care, designed to compete with similar subscription services from Microsoft and other vendors, will include a firewall, anti-virus and anti-spyware protection, local backup and restore, PC diagnostics and optimization, and more.

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Worm Hits MySpace

7/17/2006
The payload redirects users to another site and isn't malicious. But in light of the social networking site's rapidly rising popularity, some security watchers are wondering if a malicious worm is the next step.

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5 Tools To Bulletproof Firefox

7/14/2006
Here are five essential tools for securing Firefox by disabling JavaScript and Flash, sniffing out suspicious sites, foiling phishing, preventing peeks at private data, and preparing powerful passwords.

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Firefox 2.0 Beta 1 Debuts

7/12/2006
Among the features new to Firefox 2.0 are an in-line spell-checker, anti-phishing alerts, and restore-after-crash capability. But Mozilla says the beta is for developers, not end users.

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EU Fines Microsoft $357 Million

7/12/2006
The European Commission says Microsoft is continuing in its illegal conduct, failing to provide technical documentation to competitors as ordered in March 2004. Microsoft says it will appeal.

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Microsoft To Push Cheap Office 2007, Free Trial

7/11/2006
Microsoft will allow system builders to preinstall the lowest-price edition of Office, which had previously been available only in retail and online. System builders will also be able to install a free 60-day trial edition of Office on new machines.

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One In Six Uses Firefox

7/11/2006
Firefox has gained global market share since May, while Microsoft's IE has dropped under the 80 percent mark in the U.S. a Dutch Web analytics firm said Monday.

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Windows 98, Me Support Ends, WinXP SP1 Next

7/10/2006
Microsoft has reminded users several times that all support for the operating systems--including delivery of critical security updates--will cease after the regularly scheduled July 11 patch date. It recommends users upgrade to Windows XP.

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1 In 5 Vista Bugs Still Unfixed

7/7/2006
Most of the unresolved bugs are from the Beta 2 time frame, one researcher says. According to his accounting, only about 250 of the unfixed bugs are over two months old.

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Britain OKs Extradition Of Hacker To U.S.

7/7/2006
In an online poll of IT professionals, a slim majority--52%--said Gary McKinnon, accused of the biggest U.S. military hack ever, shouldn't be turned over to U.S. authorities. Some 48% agreed with the British government's decision.

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'Googling' Lands In Dictionary

7/7/2006
Merriam-Webster on Thursday stamped its approval on a raft of words that will appear in its next dictionary update, including the verb "google" and other tech terms such as "spyware" and "mouse potato."

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Microsoft Hit With Second Spyware Suit

7/5/2006
The new lawsuit was filed Friday by two Washington state businesses and three individuals alleging that Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage is installed under false pretenses, without meaningful consent or notification.

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Blogger: Mac 'Phones Home' Too

7/5/2006
The Mac OS X update released June 27 adds a three-times-daily connect to Apple servers, blogger Daniel Jakult says, to check whether Dashboard Widgets are up to date.

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