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Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now

It's a pain but we are all going to have to bite the bullet and change passwords at sites that may have been affected by the Heartbleed securty exploit. Some helpful people have been compiling lists of sites where a password change is indicated. For example, a list of some major sites showing those which need a changed password is at Mashable.

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How to Check if a Website has been Affected by Heartbleed

A very severe security problem with widespread implications for the entire web has been revealed. Here are sites with information about Heartbleed and ways to check if websites that you use might have been vulnerable.

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Twelve Really Useful Links You Need to Know to Stay Safe on the Internet

Want to be safe on the Internet? Here is a collection of articles that will help you understand the tricks and tactics used by malware writers and that explain how to set up some powerful computer defenses. Read these and you will be well prepared to protect your computer against hackers and cyber criminals.

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Metadata in Your Files May Reveal Hidden Personal Information You Didn’t Know About

Did you know that many files contain hidden information that may include personal data? The hidden information is called “metadata” and it may reveal more about you than you realize. Here is what metadata is and how to edit or remove it.

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The Free Tool RKill Can Help Clean a Malware Infected Computer

Have you ever had a malware infection that made cleaning up your PC difficult because the malware blocked your security software from running? It’s a common tactic of malware these days and can make getting rid of an infection difficult. One way to try to deal with this situation is with a live CD containing anti-malware applications. There is also a useful free application called RKill that can be useful in this type of situation.

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How to Check for Hacker Activity in Your Microsoft Account

Managing Microsoft accountsDo you have a Microsoft account? Then there are some security measures that you will want to take. As is true for any type of account with numerous subscribers, Microsoft accounts are the target of hackers and it is wise to keep an eye out for unauthorized attempts to use your account. Here’s how.

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How to Check if Somebody is Spying on Your Supposedly Secure Internet Connection

Steve Gibson is well known for his free tools for checking Internet security. His site at https://www.grc.com/ has long been a place to go for a variety of security information. In the light of all the recent revelations about government and other institutions spying on us, his page for checking if someone is eavesdropping on an HTTPS connection is worth visiting.

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How to Make a Quick and Easy Online Antivirus Check of a File or App Before Downloading it

Do you like to download things from the Internet? Do you try out a lot of different programs? These days you can't be too careful about what you get from the Internet. Here is how to make those downloads safer.

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Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET has Been Updated

A previous tip described the very useful security software from Microsoft called "Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit" (EMET). Microsoft just released a new version 4.1. EMET is designed to help prevent hackers from gaining access to your system. It hardens your system against various exploit techniques by making programs run in a restricted mode.

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Help Guard Your Online Privacy with this Nifty Firefox Add-On

These days being on the Internet means being tracked. Although you can take various measures to block trackers, it isn’t always clear who you have or haven’t blocked. There is a new Firefox add-on called Lightbeam that makes it easier to see just who is tracking you.

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