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The Internet Tourbus Newsletter (Turn on Images to View This Message) TOURBUS Vol 14, Number 17
12 May 2009
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Free Credit Reports / File Recovery / Online Research Tools / Internet Radio / Secure Laptops / Video Chat
In today's TOURBUS, you'll learn the best way to get a Credit Report online, and how to Recover Deleted Files. I've also got a roundup of free Online Research Tools, and the scoop on tuning in to Internet Radio. If you travel with a laptop, you'll want to see my tips on Securing Your Laptop. And don't miss my reviews of five Free Video Chat solutions. Read on!

Free Credit Reports Online
A reader asked: "I've heard some people say that I can get a free credit report online, but the websites I looked at want to charge me a fee. Is it true that I can get a free credit report once a year?"

Yes, Virginia, there is a free credit report clause. In 2005, the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act gave every U.S. consumer the right to receive a copy of their credit report, free of charge once a year. Read on to learn what's in a credit report, how to get a copy, and the truth about those guys in green tights...

Free Tools To Recover Deleted Files
Finger fumble, brain freeze, virus attack, or computer crash -- they can all be the cause of lost or accidentally deleted files. But never fear, there are tools that can help you recover those lost files, and some of the best ones are free. Read on and you'll find a crop of Windows-based tools to recover deleted files...

Free Online Research Tools
Where do you turn when you have a problem and you need to find reliable answers from true experts, researchers, and the recognized leaders in a particular area? There are plenty of websites with dubious experts, opinionated blowhards, and others who would lead you in a particular direction that benefits them more than you. I've put together a list of sites that I have personally found to be reliable and authoritative. Most of them have been around for over a decade, proving their worth by their longevity.

Check out my long list of FREE online reference tools, covering more than a dozen areas of expertise...

Tune In to Internet Radio
Internet radio allows you to listen to online radio stations on your computer or mobile device. But of course, the Internet is much cooler than a radio, so Internet radio lets you do all kinds of things you can't do with regular AM, FM or satellite radio broadcasts. If all you want to do is tune in a favorite station and listen all day long, that's fine. But with Internet radio, you can play a specific song, artist, or genre. You can even explore new musical avenues by letting it choose a playlist based on your likes and dislikes.

Here are five online radio services that each offer a little different take on connecting you with the music you like...

Secure Your Laptop
The mobility that laptops and notebook computers provide has made it imperative for users to take steps to secure their computers. There are several simple things that you can do to keep your laptop safe. Read on to learn how to protect your laptop from theft, snooping and data loss... Over half a million laptops are stolen every year, from cars, coffee shops, college campuses, and hotel rooms.

Keeping your laptop or netbook safe involves a combination of common sense, physical security devices, and software strategies. Here are my recommendations...

Which Free Video Chat Software is Best?
Free video chat programs have revolutionized modern telecommunications. While video phones used to be the subject of science fiction stories, today online video chat is an inexpensive alternative to landlines, with the added benefit of visual communication. To use these programs all you have to do is hook up a webcam to your computer, download the software, and click a few buttons to connect.

Optional: fix your hair and straighten up the bathrobe. Here's a roundup of free video chat solutions you can try now...

Send a Free Fax
Learn how to send and receive faxes for free, using online fax services.
Make Windows Run Faster
Here's my special recipe to clean that icky goo out of your computer's pipes, so Windows will start quicker, run more reliably, and go faster on the info-superhighway.
Free Satellite TV?
Can this software download really give you free satellite TV broadcasts on your PC?
Free Internet Security Software
Staying safe on the Internet doesn't have to cost big bucks. Here are my recommendations for the best FREE anti-virus, anti-spyware, and popup blocker software.

Free PC Performance Scan

The more you use your computer, the slower it will get. Research shows, that after only months of use, your PC will be performing at just a fraction of its original performance.

Run the all new, FREE PC Pitstop Optimize 2.0 scan now and in just minutes, you'll discover numerous ways you can keep your PC running like new. Start the Free Scan Now!


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That's all for now, see you next time!
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