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Using the Windows Hosts File for Security and Privacy

Employing the Windows Hosts file to prevent a PC from connecting to undesirable web addresses is a very old practice that is still being used by some as a security measure or to block ads and cookies. Experienced PC users will be familiar with the Hosts file but, if it is a new concept to you, you can read about how this simple text file works at this link.

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Twelve Things You Need to Know About Internet Privacy

Here are twelve essential points that everybody should know about privacy on the Internet. Keep these basic privacy concepts and practices in mind and you will be better able to guard your privacy and reduce intrusions into your life.

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How to Find Out If You Are Secretly Connected to the Internet

Want to know which programs on your PC are connecting to the Internet? Ever have the disconcerting experience of your PC suddenly engaging in mysterious Internet activity? Find out what is going on with a free utility from NirSoft called CurrPorts

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Use the Search Engine Called StartPage to Protect Your Privacy

Are you concerned about all the tracking of what we do on the internet? Would you like to use Google search but don’t want Google recording where you are and what searches you make? Then give a try to the search engine “StartPage”.

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How to Stop Google from Keeping a Record of Every Search You Make

Do you use Gmail, the Chrome browser, or other Google service? Then Google may be keeping a record of every search query you make. That’s right; if you have a Google account, Google may know everything you ever looked for on the web. That is, unless you turn off Google’s collecting of all your searches and clean out the web history they’ve kept. Here’s how.

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Use This Powerful Microsoft Tool to Provide Better Security for Windows Programs

Zero-Day Exploits. Unpatched security holes. Security weaknesses that the hackers have discovered but haven’t revealed. These security problems are all too common and conventional anti-malware is no help. So what is the PC user to do? Here is some powerful free security software from Microsoft that can help.

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How to Disable JavaScript in Popular Free PDF Readers

PDF files with malicious JavaScript embedded in them are a common way to spread malware. One way to defend against such malware is to disable JavaScript in the reader you use unless you need it for a trusted PDF. Here is how to disable JavaScript in the most commonly used free PDF readers. If JavaScript is ever needed, re-enabling it is straightforward in all cases.

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How to Use Disposable Email Addresses and Avoid Spam

Are there times when you would like to try some free service that is offered on the Internet but are reluctant to provide your email address because it might lead to spam? Don’t skip that free service – use a disposable email address. Here is how to get addresses that you can throw away. If spammers get hold of an address, just trash it. Or you can set up an address that expires before a spammer can even begin to use it.

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