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GNC-2007-08-14 #293

Posted by geeknews at 4:26 AM on August 14, 2007

I discuss a very disturbing email I received and also cover some of the hurricane preparations here in Hawaii along with all of the usual Tech News

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Show Notes:
ISP Throttling
World’s Oldest
Hitachi 1 Terabyte Review
Best of July
China Toy Recall Boss no More
File Sharing Kids
AACS DRM Tentacles
Skype on iPhone
Fallen Astronaut
Death Valley Od Things
iPhone Bill
Broadband ISP Fear
Pligg the Open Source Clone
Podcast NYC
Cool Way to take a Picture
Google Traffic Loss?
Multiple Windows Patches coming Tuesday
Alexa Junk Data
SCO Stock Dives
Walk and Make Money with Google
Search Engine Privacy
ISS and Shuttle News
Hotmail Storage Boost
Linux Command Line Tips
Sony Mini HD Camera
Google Gmail Storage
China Astronaut

Windows XP SP2 is a Must-Have Upgrade

Posted by geeknews at 11:01 AM on February 28, 2004

Microsoft is readying the Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) upgrade for release in mid-2004. The upgrade will address many of the security problems that currently plague the company’s flagship operating system.

For example, the current Internet Connection Firewall is disabled by default and most users find it difficult to configure. In WinXP SP2 the feature is renamed Windows Firewall, enabled by default, and is prominently displayed. The new Windows Firewall will offer many of the features of third-party firewalls, such as ZoneLabs’ ZoneAlarm, a product that I currently recommend to all clients.

WinXP SP2 modifies the operating system’s wireless networking (Wi-Fi) service, allowing users to select primary Wi-Fi networks to which the system should always connect when within range. This will make laptop systems much easier to manage.

All users will be glad that Internet Explorer now blocks pop-up ads, negating the need to purchase a third-party web browser or ad-blocking application. Next to spam, I find pop-ups the most annoying downside to life online.

Outlook Express and Windows Messenger will block many dangerous file types by isolating file attachments so that they aren’t automatically executed upon receipt. By default HTML-formatted e-mail messages won’t display images, this will prevent web bugs embedded in e-mail messages from confirming your e-mail address to spammers.

Dave’s Opinion
I’m not a Pollyanna, believing that Windows is now a secure operating system, but Microsoft’s efforts will make it more difficult for crackers and spammers to ruin our online experience. But as my students constantly remind me, there’s no better line of security than an educated user. Learn all that you can about how to secure your system, keep your antivirus definitions updated daily, and don’t ever open a file attachment that you didn’t expect.

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