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Hacked and Hijacked! What to Do if Your Identity Gets Stolen

Symptoms: Imagine the pit in your stomach: finding charges on your credit cards or bank statements for items you didn't buy; applying for credit or a mortgage and being denied due to delinquencies on accounts you didn't open. The amounts for the previous year's reported income on your annual Social Security statement is incorrect, and for more than you earned. Or you get a letter or call...

Hacked and Hijacked! What's Next When Your Facebook/Twitter Is Hacked

Symptom: Maybe your Twitter or Facebook friends have gotten viciously spammed with fake offers for a free iPad, or a link to a fake app -- from your profile. Or, maybe you've discover posts on your profile that you never wrote, often with links leading to websites, apps or coupons. You may discover personal messages sent to friends that you didn't write, perhaps asking them to wire money. Or,...

Hacked and Hijacked: What to Do if Your E-mail Account Gets Compromised

Symptoms: People listed in your e-mail contacts report being flooded with spam messages sent from your account. Or, you start receiving a bevy of "bounced" e-mails from random addresses you don't know. You aren't able to log into your account or change its settings, or you've discovered the settings have been altered. You attempt to use e-mail, and find it has been blocked by your provider. ...

How to Get Your Verizon Refund

Okay, so Verizon's agreed to pay $90 million to customers who have incurred erroneous data charges over the past three years. But, what can affected users do to make sure they actually receive their cash? In theory, nothing. The company says that it's currently going through its database to find users who should receive refunds, which will apparently appear in the form of credits on their...

How to Make and Manage a Facebook Fan Page

@ Share We're sure that at least a few of you out there have a business, website or maybe a band that you want to promote on Facebook. Operating a standard Facebook profile for promotional purposes is hardly an ideal solution (and we're pretty sure, in the case of a business, a violation of the terms of service). So that's where pages come into play. Pages are distinct from profiles in several...

How to Make 'Kilroy'-Style Facebook Profile Photos

Since it first made its appearance in the 1940s, the sneaky-eyed graffito known affectionately as "Kilroy" has become known the world over. Now, thanks to a guy named Max over at Instructables, you can meld your own image with that iconic one, right there on your Facebook profile. The process requires no more than a face, hands, a camera, a photo editing program, and Instructables' supplied...

Why You Shouldn't Clean Your TV With Windex

Inevitably, your fancy HDTV and flat-panel monitor are going to collect dust. But how should you clean them? Many people go the Windex route, while others splurge for the pricey cleaning products sold at BestBuy and the like. Truth is, however, the best way to clean your LCD and plasma screens is with a soft cloth and water, says Consumer Reports. The chemicals in Windex and other glass...

What Is the Conficker Virus and Should You Be Worried?

What is Conficker? Conficker, also known as Downadup or Kido, is the latest super virus to spread around the Internet and has security experts in a panic. When last we checked, about a week ago, Conficker had already spread to 9 million PCs, with little sign of slowing. Now it has infected at least 10 million PCs and experts believe there may be up to 350 million vulnerable computers out there....

Rubber Band Trick for Smooth Camcorder Operation

In what may be the single most useful free tip for budding and/or professional videographers ever to make its way onto the sprawling mass of collective consciousness known as "l'internet" (that's French), StumbleUpon is hosting a video that shows you how to get smooth pans out of your cheap tripod for the price of a free rubber band. Essentially, the elastic of the rubber band (the thick kind,...

AARP Offers Video Game Training for Senior Citizens

We thought that the AARP catered to the elderly, not gorillas. But judging from this video on how to play video games, we were wrong. This is what you can learn from the AARP 'How to Play Video Games' Video: There are different "boxes" Then you have a controller "The controller actually controls..." Pushing the buttons on a controller while someone else holds it and you feign...

How to Print Your Own Halloween Mask

If you're like us -- busy as blogging beavers can be -- then you might have totally forgotten that it's Halloween this Wednesday, which means you've got to get a costume ready pronto, if only to keep those Halloween revelers off your back for not coming to the party (or work) prepared. If you're got a decent color printer, you're in luck, because Microsoft has posted some nifty directions on...