Cyber Schooling / Spam Solutions / Rootkits / CPU Benchmarking / Geekly Update / Quad Core
In today's TOURBUS, something just feels different. Maybe it's because I'm a grandpa! Here's a peek at the adorable Baby Nathan with me and my daughter.
And now, back to our regularly scheduled bus ride through cyberspace... In this issue, you'll learn about Cyber Schooling,
how to take control of your inbox with Anti-Spam Solutions,
and how to Remove a Rootkit.
I've also got some tips on testing the speed of your computer by running a CPU Benchmark test,
the latest Geekly Update, and
the scoop on Quad Core Processors.
Educate Yourself on Cyber Schooling
Cyber schooling - sometimes called "distance learning" - is an increasingly popular educational model at all levels. The majority of colleges and universities offer at least some online courses at undergraduate and graduate levels. And virtual K-12 schooling enables many students to learn at home at their own paces.
Learn more about cyber schooling, virtual academies and other online schooling options for K-12 students, college and beyond...
The average email user is bombarded with over 2,000 spam messages per year, according to a consensus of spam fighters. Your daily deluge of spam includes overt unsolicited sales pitches, sneaky phishing scams, and messages which lure you to click on dangerous attachments.
It's become more than just an annoyance, since spam emails can also be malicious. Here's the latest info on the damage that spam can do, and how to protect your inbox...
Rootkits, a relatively recent malware innovation, raise the stakes in computer security considerably. Typically, a rootkit is designed to take control of the infected computer with administrator ("root") privileges, and do so without the user's awareness.
But even worse, rootkits often elude detection by mainstream anti-malware software. Here are some tips on how to detect and remove a rootkit from your computer...
How fast is your computer's central processing unit (CPU) compared to others? That's one question that CPU benchmarking -- the act of testing the performance of a device using one or more standard test programs -- can help you answer. Another question is whether your particular CPU is performing up to manufacturer's specs.
CPU benchmarking can answer those questions. Here's how to test your own CPU with free benchmarking software...
You will often see references to "Quad-core technology" when looking at high-performance personal computers. A "core," in hardware jargon, is part of a CPU that reads and executes program instructions. Quad-core is leading-edge computing power, very fast and of course more expensive than single or dual-core processors. But what is quad-core on a technical and practical level? Read on to find out...