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The Internet Tourbus Newsletter (Turn on Images to View This Message) TOURBUS Vol 14, Number 18
27 Jul 2009
80,000 Riders in Over 100 Countries
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Online Repairs / Free AntiVirus / Email-to-Fax / Social Backup / Hide IP Address
In today's TOURBUS, you'll learn about Online Computer Repair services, and where to get top-notch Free Anti-Virus Software. I've also got a list of Free Online Fax services, and some tips on how to Backup Your Social Media. And for the potentially paranoid, the scoop on Hiding Your IP Address. Read on!

Online Computer Repair
When your computer breaks down, freezes up, or freaks out, your first response may be to call someone to come and repair it, or take it to your local PC repair guy. But before you pick up the phone or drag your computer out to the car, here's an alternative -- online computer repair services can often fix your computer right over the Internet.

For many common problems, such as viruses, spyware, or security issues, an online repair service can be an excellent alternative. Here are some that you can try if the need arises...

Free Anti-Virus Programs
I see so many cases where computers get fouled up simply because people have failed to install a good anti-virus program. Lots of people get a free trial of Norton or McAfee when they buy a new computer, then let that protection lapse when the freebie expires, not wanting to pay a fee for the updates. But anti-virus software does not have to be expensive.

In fact, some of the best anti-virus programs are free. Here are my reviews of seven excellent, totally free anti-virus programs...

Send a Fax By Email
No fax machine? No problem! There are several ways to send a fax, just by sending an email. Email to fax servers allow you to send a fax by composing an email which contains the text you want to send, or an attached document. I've reviewed several fax-by-email services that offer free trials, and I also have a longer list of web-based internet faxing resources, some of which are completely free.

Tired of the hassle and expense of paper-based faxing? Dump that fax machine, and start faxing online now...

Social Networking Backup
What would happen if suddenly your Facebook or Twitter account disappeared? It happens all the time -- people forget their passwords, their account gets hacked, or accidentally deleted. For some people, it would be no big deal. Others who have made social media an important part of their social life might consider it devastating to lose all their posts, photographs, profile entries, and friend lists.

A social media backup tool can provide peace of mind and save you a lot of time if you need to restore your account. Here are some tools you can use to create an offline backup of your Facebook, Twitter and even webmail accounts, and while we're on the subject, some free hard drive backup solutions as well...

How to Hide Your IP Address
A worried reader asked me this: "I'm concerned about my online privacy, so I want to hide my IP address. How can I do this?" In my answer, I explained that it is possible to hide or "spoof" your IP address. But if you're thinking about doing that, it's important to understand that your IP address DOES NOT personally identify you when you use the Internet.

If you've heard that hackers can easily discern your name or physical location, given your IP address, then you've heard wrong. For more information on what your IP address DOES reveal, and how to hide your IP address, read on...

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

Since 2004, over 150 million scans have been run at PC Pitstop and Optimize has become the world's most popular computer optimization software.

The all new Optimize 3.0 is an incredibly powerful tool that will now do even more to boost the speed, stability, and overall security of your computer. There has never been a better time to run a FREE Optimize scan and rediscover your PC's true performance.

Run the Free Optimize Scan Now...


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