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The Internet Tourbus Newsletter (Turn on Images to View This Message) TOURBUS Vol 15, Number 57
08 JUN 2010
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Prepaid Wireless Phones / MalwareBytes Anti-Malware / What's a Wireless Router? / Wireless Internet for Laptops / Geekly Update / Change Screen Resolution
In today's TOURBUS, I've got some advice on how to choose a Prepaid Wireless Phone Service, and a recommendation for MalwareBytes Anti-Malware, an excellent free security tool. You'll also find two new editions of the Geekly Update, guaranteed to make you smarter without taping your glasses.

Everyone's going wireless, don't be left behind! Find out what you can do with a Wireless Router, and how to get Wireless Internet for Laptops. And finally, I've got help for those who want to change their Screen Resolution or magnify the screen. Read on!


Prepaid Wireless Phone Service
Choosing a mobile phone service is not simple. Because of the bewildering array of choices available in standard and prepaid wireless, it's hard to find the one that's best for you. One could argue that's by design, and therefore phone companies get rich.

But prepaid wireless is one way to keep things relatively simple. Read on to see my comparison of six prepaid and no-contract wireless plans...

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM)
MBAM is a free anti-malware application that's been available since 2004. It doesn't get as much press as commercial anti-malware apps like Symantec/Norton or McAfee, but it has helped me on many occasions when other anti-virus and anti-spyware apps failed to prevent or fix a malware problem.

Read on for more info about MBAM, and why I recommend that you install it -- even if you don't have a malware problem right now...

What is a Wireless Router?
A reader asks: "I'm a little confused about routers. Can you explain to me about wireless routers, internet routers and exactly what you can do with them?" A router connects a number of devices together in a network, and routes data traffic between them. A wireless router connects devices without wires, using radio signals transmitted between devices and the router.

Read on to learn more about wireless routers, all the things you can do with them, and see my recommendations for three "Wireless N" routers that will turbocharge your home network...

Wireless Internet for Laptops
On a related note, another reader wants to know: "How do I get wireless Internet access for my laptop? I just bought a new Dell laptop, and I'm having trouble getting on the Internet at home." If you have high-speed Internet access in your home, you probably have a Wifi router already. If you can't connect to it, I've got some troubleshooting tips.

If you want to connect wirelessly on the go, check out my info on finding a free wireless internet access point, and the cellular wifi alternative...

Geekly Update
Did you know that five million people saw ghosts on the Google homepage last week? Are geeks in California wirelessly hacking into automobile control systems? And are humans now suspectible to computer viruses?

Get answers to these burning questions, and two free Wikipedia searches, just by reading the most recent installments of the Geekly Update...

Change Screen Resolution
Typically, a new computer will be configured to display at the highest resolution your monitor can support. A high screen resolution like 1680x1050 looks really sharp if you have a large desktop display and 20/20 vision. But older eyes (or those with smaller laptop or netbook displays) may find that the default screen resolution needs adjusting.

Here are some tips on how to adjust your monitor's resolution, and other options for screen magnification...

Free Credit Reports
Protect yourself from Identify Theft - here's how to get 3 free credit reports each year.
Send a Free Fax
Learn how to send and receive faxes for free, using online fax services.
Free Online College
Everyone knows that college is not cheap. But did you know that some college courses are free, online?
Magic Jack Phone
Magic Jack is a device that plugs into your PC for cheap phone service. Is it a scam, or does it do what it promises?
Free AntiVirus Software
Staying safe online doesn't have to cost big bucks. Here are my picks for the best FREE anti-virus software.

Free PC Matic - Performance & Security Scan

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No other product on the market today will do as much to improve the overall performance, security & stability of your PC.

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