Month: October 2010

Halloween Scary and Malicious

It’s creepy and it’s spooky, but sometimes sharing a link with friends and family can put them in harm’s way. You should be very careful on what Halloween links you click on and share as many of them lead to websites that have a poor reputation and low reliability. To be sure if a website is safe, you should download the WOT (Web of Trust) add-on for Internet Explorer and/or Firefox. The WOT add-on warns you about risky sites before you click. You can also download SiteAdvisor by McAfee. It warns you about risky websites as well, just like WOT. SiteAdvisor tests websites for spyware, spam and scams so you can surf, search and shop more safely. Halloween is a fun time to scare your friends and family, but we all need to be careful and proactive on what we share. It’s up to all of us to keep the internet safe. In addition to proactive monitoring, you should also ensure that your security programs are updated with the current virus definitions. If you don’t have antivirus software loaded on your computer. You should download and install an antivirus product immediately. Here are free and very effective antivirus products; Microsoft Security Essentials (Free) Anti-Vir by Avira (Free) Avast (Free) AVG (Free) Happy...

Read More

20 Awesome Android Wallpaper Themes

The wallpaper below will work with the following Android Phones: HTC Hero, G1, Aria, Legend, G2 Magic, Aria, myTouch, Droid Eris and Samsung Galaxy Spica. To download the wallpaper below, mouseover the image and click on the icon in the top right “Open Image in New Window.” Right click and Save Image As to your hard drive or other storage device. [simpleviewer gallery_id=”1″ bgcolor=”ffffff” gallery_width =”100%” gallery_height =”600″] How to add and change wallpaper on an Android Phone: Connect the Android phone to the computer via the USB cable. Mount the SD card and copy the wallpaper files to the SD card from the computer. Disconnect the Android phone from the computer and us the gallery tool to set the new files as the devices wallpaper. More instructions here. If you know the original author of these collections, please email boscony[@]yahoo.com, so we can give credit and a link back to the authors...

Read More

T-Mobile Billing Non-Customers

My wife noticed a charge of $158.46 on her online banking statement from T-Mobile and she isn’t even a customer. Her current carrier is AT&T/Cingular. She called the bank to dispute the charge, but was told by the bank that the charge was still pending and that she would need to call T-Mobile direct. She called T-Mobile and they verified that she is not a customer. My wife immediately asked for a credit, but T-Mobile couldn’t initiate a credit at this time. My wife asked why? T-Mobile advised my wife that there was nothing they could do and that she needed to dispute it with the bank. It wasn’t the bank that charged my wife erroneously, it was T-Mobile! My wife called the bank when the debit cleared and asked what was needed to do to get her account credited. The bank advised my wife that she needed to write a letter with the debit card number, date of transaction, amount and reason for the dispute, along with her signature. The bank advised that the credit can take up to 10 business days. T-Mobile could have resolved this issue by doing the following; Identify the account holder who used the so-called wrong credit card. Validate that the credit card holder who was wrongly charge. This can be done by faxing a copy of a driver’s license. Cross reference driver’s...

Read More

What Should Google Do With Pagerank?

At one time, Pagerank was considered the ultimate score card that measured the relevance and importance of a web page, but today, it has lost its flare and many SEO enthusiasts disregard Pagerank value. It has been more than 6 months since the last Pagerank update and Google, on average, updates the Toolbar every 3 months or 4 times per year. If Pagerank goes away, advertisers will need to shift gears (something they should of done and long time ago) and focus on natural, referral and direct traffic to a given website. Vote below and let us know what you think Google should do with Pagerank. [poll id=”6″] If you would like to provide feedback on Pagerank and what you think Google should do, please comment. Related Articles Google Pagerank RIP Google Updates Links to Your Site in WMT Google Webmaster Tools Adds New Features to Search Queries Google Pagerank Update Way Past Due Google Search Just Got Better with...

Read More

10 Ways to Prevent being Scammed

Holidays are the most popular time of the year for cyber criminals to deploy their scams. Halloween is no different, as many people love to share Halloween related stuff with their friends and family. The most popular scam is the distribution of scareware. According to McAfee, cybercriminals make upwards of $300 million from conning web users worldwide into downloading scareware. Cyber criminals try to fool users into believing their computers are infected and in turn try to peddle the user into purchasing fake antivirus programs and other rogue software to remove the infections. Cyber criminals also set up websites that look like legitimate online businesses to steal your personal information. 10 Ways to Prevent being Scammed Web sites looking like legitimate businesses to solicit personal or account information. Businesses such as banks will never ask for personal information by way of email. To be sure you don’t fall victim, download the WOT add-on which shows you which websites you can trust for safe surfing, shopping and searching on the web. Never click on any links in an e-mail from businesses or people that you do not know. Links can be spoofed – the displayed text isn’t necessarily the true web address and/or destination. Never “unsubscribe” to an email in which you’re not familiar with. When you respond or click the “unsubscribe” link, the sender takes your email address and...

Read More