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How to Recover Lost Items – Stuffbak

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I hope I never lose my digital camera, or the data on it. If only I placed a Stuffbak sticker on it, then perhaps I’ll never have to worry. You can protect any mobile device from permanent loss and placing the sticker onto your gadget so it’s fully visible. If it happens to be lost or stolen after that, the company will offer a reward to help ensure the item’s return.

Confidential ID labels combine with their recovery/return policy to bring your gadgets home to you where they belong. You’ll register your unique sticker with the company via their website. Should your item be found, the person will (hopefully) call the toll-free number on the sticker. Your item will make its way back to you, and you’ll only be charged the shipping and handling fee – if one is even necessary.

The company boasts a hefty 75% return rate, which I’d say is pretty good odds. You can even purchase cases and bags with your unique Stuffbak ID inside of them. Volume discounts are available on the site, which will save you up to about 40% off when buying separately.

Albino Vader wants you to protect your gadgets, gizmos and favorite items. You wouldn’t want to disappoint him, would you?

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One Step for Privacy and Security

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford wrote what he considered to be private email correspondences to a “dear friend”. Unfortunately, the recipient of his email communications had her email account hacked. This unauthorized access meant that Governor Sanford’s private, intimate email correspondences were media fodder for the national and international press. The breach of email security was one of the reasons that Governor Sanford has much unwanted attention and public embarrassment.

This example may be extreme. However, it illustrated a point. What you do on the computer and on the internet may not be private and secure. What you have on your hard drive, like this year’s tax information, can be accessed by hackers and by malware.

One of the basic ways to protect yourself is to encrypt your computer information.

Encrypt – encrypt – encrypt. Security people have been saying this for years. And we agree. Encryption is an extra layer of protection. Somehow, there is a common belief that encryption is difficult and totally geekish. It’s not that at all. SafeBit Disk Encryption makes it easy:

SafeBit features on-the-fly disk encryption, by creating encrypted virtual disk drives, where you can hide files and folders, keep them encrypted all the time, but still work with these files just like you work with normal files. Disk Encryption is transparent to the user…

This program is efficient – and easy to use. It effectively provides security, and stays out of your way. It really is non-intrusive. And, to encourage you to protect your sensitive data, the SafeBit people are being kind and offering our readers an unbelievable discount of forty per cent (40%) off the normal price:

This is an exclusive, time limited offer that is available to our readers. It expires on July 15, 2009. Safebit supports 32-bit versions of Windows Vista/XP/2000/NT.

There are two more things that needs to be said. The first is that you may have all the security software protection ever recommended on your machine. You may be protecting yourself from malware, spyware, trojans, rootkits and all that other garbage. An infection still can compromise your computer. No security software program dares to offer a hundred per cent protection. What happens if you lose or have your machine stolen? For example, missing/stolen laptops are reported every day. Then, all your confidential information is available to whoever is powering up your machine. And this security breach leads to identity theft. Yes, this type of encryption should be on every government and business laptop. [Give a shout if you want this program in high volume. We will see what we can do for you.]

The other thing is that there is no backdoor. The SafeBit people state this clearly.

The software does NOT include any backdoor. Neither the vendor nor any other entities are able to break the SafeBit Disk encryption.

You must remember your password. There is no two ways about it. The vendor is not going to be able to save you. Again, you must remember the password. The program really is that good. Losing your machine may be costly but losing the confidential personal information on that computer may mean possibly long term anguish. SafeBit is just an efficient, easy way to protect yourself.

The NeoByte people will give you a choice. They are offering our readers a forty per cent (40%) discount on their Invisible Secret product. That product was reviewed previously.

Both these programs will help to keep prying eyes away from your sensitive, confidential files. Protect your privacy.

Special Geek Savings on Sunbelt VIPRE AntiVirus and AntiSpyware

Sunbelt’s VIPRE program has been receiving excellent press coverage. PC Magazine says that “VIPRE PC Rescue can indeed clean up in a situation where full-scale security software may not be able to install. Keep it in mind if you run into a system so gummed-up with Malware that ordinary solutions won’t work.”

Sunbelt Software is offering $5 off VIPRE using coupon code VIPRESAP (exp 4/30/10). VIPRE combines both AV and AS, along with AntiRootkit, AntiMalware and many other security technologies into one seamless solution. VIPRE delivers comprehensive protection against today’s complex Malware threats.

Sunbelt takes your security seriously. They do extensive testing, using a team of people who have years of experience in Malware research. VIPRE has been tested for many months prior to release, and Sunbelt is confident that they are offering the best protection that you can buy.

Thanks to Sunbelt for making this discount available to our readers!

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Instant Messenger Virus

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Michael Downing emailed me to say that a friend of his had gotten a virus through Windows Live Messenger. He is wondering if Windows Defender can remove it, and is it for stopping viruses… or just spyware?

Windows Defender is just for certain types of Spyware, and it should be your last line of defense, not the first. A bit better bet is Windows Live One Care. Within a few days of this recording, the newest version of this is due out. It starts around $50.00 a year, and is a bit more comprehensive than this last version. Let’s hope it works much better, as well. However, I’m not going to get into the whole “what protection programs should you use?” debate. I’ll turn that over to all of you in just a moment.

Let’s look at a couple of ways you can keep yourself safe from viruses sent through Instant Messenging programs:

  • Don’t set your messenging program to automatically accept file transfers. If your friend’s machine is infected (and thus the file they send), you will end up infected by auto-accepting the file.
  • Don’t open files without first checking with your friend to make sure they really DID send it. Some types of Malware will cause your messenging program to send out fake links and files without you doing anything.
  • Likewise, don’t open a file without first scanning it with your computer protection program.
  • You can be infected just as easily by clicking a link… so beware what you click! Most of the MSN virus variants out there will make it seem as though your friend sent you a message. Most of these are along the lines of “Check out my newest pictures!” with a link. Clicking on that link will get your machine infected faster than you can sneeze. So again… check with your friend first to make sure it’s really a link to their pictures.

If you suspect (or know) your computer has malware that you cannot get rid of, why not try registering at one of the free malware help forums out there? There are plenty of reputable ones to choose from, such as GeeksToGo.com, WhatTheTech.com, and of course Lockergnome.com.

So now… it’s your turn. What protection programs do you recommend? We need your best shots for Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, Anti-Trojan, and even Anti-Rootkit. What firewall do you use? You can leave me a comment, or even send me an email to [email protected]

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