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Erect A Firewall To Protect Your PC

Share Part of being a good user and consumer is understanding how technology works, why we use it the way we do, and what the barrage of acronyms and PR jargon means. We're here to help you make sense of it all and give you a better appreciation for how that pile of transistors, pixels, and antennas works together to deliver the conveniences of the modern world to your living room or offic...

Why 'We Will Not Pay For Facebook' and Gold Membership Scams Refuse to Die

Share Facebook has become an indispensable part of daily life for many people. They use it to keep in touch with friends and family, to play games, and to track down old flames. So, it's only natural that folks would panic at the thought of having to pay for what has been a free service. And, of course, there are plenty of e-con men willing to exploit that fear for profit. The 'We Will Not ...

Facebook's Biggest Year: The Events and Changes That Defined 2009

Share Whatever 2010 holds for Facebook, it's going to have a hard time competing with 2009. The social networking site truly exploded into the mainstream this year -- and suffered some growing pains along the way. As the new year approaches, we take a look at some of the biggest Facebook moments of 2009, and how those instances defined the way the '00s will be remembered. Read on....

10 Ways to Spot an E-Mail Scam

Share The increasing flood of e-mail hitting your inbox can lower the guard of even the most cautious person. In the rush to keep up with important notes, it's easier than ever to fall prey to the scam artists and identity thieves who lurk online. E-mail scams and phishing attempts evolve constantly, hoping to take advantage of the latest trends and current events. Although the e-mails ch...

5 Essential Tips to Keep Your PC Safe

One of the most important things everyone -- even Mac users -- needs to do with a computer is to make sure it is as secure from viruses, phishing scams, and other 'net threats as possible. No matter how often you practice safe browsing habits or think twice before clicking on a random link in your e-mail, you'd be surprised how often even the most cautious of folks can be caught off guard, which ...

5 Popular Facebook Scams (and How to Avoid Them)

Just as bearded hipsters migrate from bar to bar in pursuit of young ladies to ogle, so too have scammers and hackers followed their prey from MySpace to Facebook. As a result, the social network once deemed the "safe" option is now plagued by legions of 419 scammers, phishers, and peddlers of malware. Fortunately, there are a few simple rules Facebookers can follow to stay safe: Never click...

12 Ways Technology Threatens Your Privacy (and How to Protect Yourself)

Vast stores of sensitive details about you are living in computer networks all over the world. This is information -- secrets shared in e-mails, details of your finances, records of your purchases and disease diagnoses – that you may consider extremely private. Well, businesses, governments and crooks alike think this information is valuable, too, and want control. We've isolated the top...

15 Phishing Scams to Watch Out For

Perhaps the most pervasive and discussed Internet graft, phishing garners daily mention from media outlets for its high-profile victims, such as PayPal, and its incredibly diverse methods. Traditionally known as an e-mail scam, the hustle has grown to incorporate seemingly infinite forms of attack, which can make it seem intimidating and confusing. In theory, though, the con is pretty simple. ...

8 Ways to Back-Up Your Computer (and Keep Your Stuff Safe)

If there's one important task computer users regularly ignore, it's backing up their data, including important items like their office documents, music, videos, and photos. Things go wrong sometimes: Computers get viruses, hard drives fail, and ex-girlfriends launch belongings out of windows, leaving you in a bind. One of the biggest reasons people forget backing up is that they don't know wher...

Got a Computer Virus? Here's What to Do (and Not Do)

Sometimes even the most cautious of us slip up, our PCs ending up with a nasty virus like the dreaded Conficker that's making its way around the Web right now. But even if you fall victim to a program written by a ne'er-do-well half way around the world, all hope is not necessarily lost. It all depends on what you do next (which sometimes means not doing something). We've come up with a hand...

14 Sneakiest Computer Viruses

As more computer users become wise to viruses, the criminals behind them are often a few steps ahead. Some malware infects your computer without you ever realizing it and then can truly mess up your life. Others arrive as a result of user mistakes, then do their dirty work undetected. We've got the scoop on 14 of the most devious and crafty viruses currently out there, including information on...

12 Sneakiest Computer Viruses

As more computer users become wise to viruses, the criminals behind them are often a few steps ahead. Some malware infects your computer without you ever realizing it and then can truly mess up your life. Others arrive as a result of user mistakes, then do their dirty work undetected. We've got the scoop on 12 of the most devious and crafty viruses currently out there, including information on...

12 E-Mails to Watch Out For

Yes, we know we've covered the biggest e-mail scams before, but criminals never stop coming up with new ways to mess you up via the Internet, so we've decided it's time for an update -- this time focusing on specific e-mails to watch out for (that is, if you want to avoid everything from garden variety financial scams and computer viruses to flat-out ID theft). As always, remember there are va...

The 12 Most Dangerous E-mails

Yes, we know we've covered the biggest e-mail scams before, but criminals never stop coming up with new ways to mess you up via the Internet, so we've decided it's time for an update -- this time focusing on specific e-mails to watch out for (that is, if you want to avoid everything from garden variety financial scams and computer viruses to flat-out ID theft). As always, remember there are va...

12 Things You Should Never Do Online

Whenever you're on the Web, chances are there's someone looking to take advantage of you. We know it and you know it. Still, many people browse the Internet as if there are no threats to their security, blissfully ignorant of the many ways they leave themselves vulnerable -- especially to crimes such as ID theft or financial theft. Since we at Switched have your back, we've compiled a list o...