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The Internet Tourbus Newsletter (Turn on Images to View This Message) TOURBUS Vol 15, Number 57
08 Sep 2009
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Secure Your Software / The Geekly Update / Best Online Backup? / Rootkits / Free Calls With iPod Touch / Partition Managers
In today's TOURBUS, I've got some critical information about computer security. In fact, I think it's the most important thing you can do to stay safe: Secure Your Software!

You'll also find a humorous dose of low-tech news in latest Geekly Updates, and a roundup of Online Backup Services. Also in this issue, I'll show you How to Remove Rootkits and make Free Phone Calls With Your iPod Touch. And for those who want ultimate control over their hard drives, get the scoop on Partition Managers. Read on!


Secure Your Software
Is your computer really secure? If you have antivirus software, malware scanners and a firewall, you might think you'e safe from hackers, crackers and identity thieves. But chances are, you're missing one critical piece of the security puzzle. Bad guys can still tap into your personal information, even take over your computer.

The gap in your armor? It's the application software you use every day. Read on to learn how to secure your software and truly lock down your computer...

Geekly Update September 2
Can a MacBook running the newly released Snow Leopard OS actually levitate and fly around the room? What would an opera composed entirely on Twitter sound like? Are you likely to stumble into one of the 100 "Worst of the Worst" websites, designed to mess up your computer via malicious downloads and browser exploits? And will playing Tetris give you a thicker cortex?

Get answers to these burning questions and more, in the most recent installments of the the Geekly Update...

Which Online Backup Service Is Best?
If you watch TV or listen to talk radio, you've probably heard services like Carbonite, Mozy and iDrive advertising incessantly. Online backup services help you create an off-site backup copy of your important files, which is a valuable tool if your hard drive crashes, if you accidentally delete a file, if you experience a disaster in your office such as a fire or flood, or if your computer is stolen. While on-site backup devices are practical they too can be lost, stolen, or destroyed in a fire. In these situations having an off-site backup can mean the difference between spending a couple of minutes to restore your files or spending thousands of dollars and hundreds of man hours to recreate files.

Let's take a look at each of the Big Three online backup services, to see what they offer...

How to Remove Rootkits
Of all the nasty, evil, sneaky malware ever to infect millions of computers, the species known as the "rootkit" may well be the nastiest, evilest, and sneakiest. Rootkits are very difficult to detect; even harder to find once their effects have been detected; and eradicating them is extremely difficult.

Learn more about rootkits, where they come from, how to detect them and how to remove them...

Free Phone Calls With iPod Touch
The iPhone and iPod Touch devices are virtually indistinguishable, except the iPod Touch can't make phone calls. But that can be fixed if you're patient and follow instructions. Even better, you won't have to pay an extra $100 for an iPhone or $60/month to AT&T for phone service! Using iPod Touch's WiFi capability, you can use one of several Voice-over-IP (VoIP) applications to make phone calls without paying carrier fees.

Read on to learn how to make phone calls with your iPod Touch...

Do You Need a Partition Manager?
Partitioning your hard drive is like putting up a digital fence, splitting your hard drive into distinct sections, each for a specific purpose. It allows you to install multiple operating systems, or just keep different types of data in their own little containers. So how can you create, resize, and manage partitions on your hard drive? With a partition manager of course.

But before you start carving up your hard drive, read these two helpful articles to get my philosophy on partitioning, as well as some free software to do the job right...

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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