Who is watching You?

Written by By Val .K.

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Yes, get over it. Because in today's knowledge obsessed world, data is priced commodity. And any organization—or individual—who wants it will. Andrepparttar sad thing about this is that we most times give it away without knowing. Did you just ask how? Simple. You arerepparttar 141003 kind that likes to download lot of free stuff—music, games, softwares and what have you. But what you never knew that you are actually paying for those programs with data—your personal information. Surprised? Don't be. (There is no such thing as a free lunch.) And when this data is taken and used for marketing purposes it can also be sold to a third party, who may use it for whatever it pleases.

And if you're not tricked into giving your data away, there are always insidious programs like Cookies and Trojan horses. A Cookie is a program which you sometimes download forrepparttar 141004 better viewing of certain websites. (It is a security loophole and can be used by skilled hackers and crackers to infiltrate your system.) A Trojan horse—likerepparttar 141005 fabled wooden horse whichrepparttar 141006 Greeks used in infiltrating Troy—is a back door to your computer which a cracker can use whenever he or she desires to steal data. Or simply take over your computer to cause mayhem. (To discover a Trojan horse—it works invisibly—a good antivirus like Norton, MacAfee, or even Panda is required.)

They are a lot of compromised websites out there embedded with Spywares and Trojan Horses. Butrepparttar 141007 problem is—it's impossible to tell a normal website from a compromised one. So what do you do? The best bet is to browse without downloading anything you don't trust. I personally prefer this advice from Bob Kane's and Bill Fingers' Batman: "Trust nobody." Because your friends' computers or E-mails maybe compromised without them ever knowing it. (Never open an attachment you are not expecting, even from those you know.)

Withrepparttar 141008 Net andrepparttar 141009 Web came good things. Likerepparttar 141010 exchange of knowledge and ideas (a student studying micro electronics somewhere in Srilanka maybe readingrepparttar 141011 latest development in nanotechnology published by professors in MIT.) People interact today from far corners ofrepparttar 141012 globe who would not have met ten years ago (a boy from South Africa chatting with a girl fromrepparttar 141013 Philippines). We can downloadrepparttar 141014 latest music through Mp3s. We can send and receive pictures and home movie videos. But for all this freedom whichrepparttar 141015 web gives we pay a price—we forfeit our privacies. Because anyone, anywhere onrepparttar 141016 Web, who is interested, can trace us. (Our digital tracts are everywhere.)

So even if you choose to move unnoticed like a phantom by using an Anonymizer—software which masks your identity—it's all a means to make us feel better. Becauserepparttar 141017 fact is no matter what we do onrepparttar 141018 Net, no matter how we try to conceal our movements or even use softwares to protect our privacies—Big Brother is watching us!

Val .K. is a poet, and a nature lover. A collection of his poems "Without a Name" will soon be published by AuthorHouse, U.S.A. For personal contact, send mails to: leviathandepthsreturns@yahoo.com

Val .K. is a free lance writer, a book reviewer, a poet, and a nature lover.

Spyware attacks! Windows Safe Mode is no Longer Safe.

Written by Kevin Souter

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"Well, that's all fine and dandy", you're likely thinking to yourself, "I run Windows XP. You can't read it from DOS." True. You can't read NTFS hard disks from DOS. However, you can use Barts PE.

Barts PE is effectively a stripped version of Windows XP. It boots completely from a CD, and loads a simple graphical user interface. Coupled with plugins, McAfee, for example, you can scan your entire computer withoutrepparttar fear that your nifty little infection has somehow loaded.

For more information on how to setup Barts PE and McAfee within it, visit:



Kevin Souter is a full time computer repair technician and spends his spare time working on his Free Spyware Removal sites as well as his computer repair sites.

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