The Fastest Browser / Craigslist Scams / Spear Phishing / Microsoft Office 365 / Is The Internet Safer? / Geekly Update
In today's TOURBUS,
The Browser Wars are rekindled! See Which Browser Is Fastest, and if it really matters.
You'll learn how I almost got Scammed on Craigslist, and the red flags you should know about.
And what does Spear Phishing have to do with your Internet security?
Also in this issue, have you heard about Microsoft Office 365? It could be the software delivery model of the future.
And Is the Internet Becoming Safer or are there more dangers than ever?
Read on for answers, and don't miss the latest edition of The Geekly Update!
Which Browser Is Fastest?
Another round of the browser wars is starting, with "new, improved" releases of the most popular Web browsers having been released within a few months of each other. So the question geeks are debating endlessly now is, "Which browser is fastest?" Internet Explorer 9? Firefox 4? Safari 5? Chrome 10? Opera 11? But does browser speed even matter any more?
Here are the latest stats on browser speed, and my take on what factors really matter from a user perspective...
Craigslist, the free local classified ads service, is a popular way to buy, sell, and trade goods or services. It's also used as a dating service, a job-hunting and recruiting tool, and much more. But if you're not careful, you could end up being scammed by someone you meet on Craigslist. Craigslist itself warns users that they're entirely on their own when it comes to vetting their trading partners.
Here are some tips, cautionary tales and my own story of (almost) getting caught up in a common Craigslist scam...
Spear phishing is a cybercrime technique that lures victims into revealing passwords, credit card data, and other sensitive information. The spear phishing communication looks very much like a familiar email format sent by your bank, Facebook, or anyone from which you're accustomed to getting email. It may even include your name and other details which reassure you that "this is someone I know".
Here are my tips on detecting and defending against spear phishing attacks...
Microsoft Office 365 is the company's next attempt to enter the software-as-a-service (SaaS) market. It consists of cloud-based versions of Microsoft's Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, plus communications and collaboration products. The idea is that users pay much less up front for software, but instead pay monthly usage fees based on actual use of the products.
Is Microsoft Office 365 right for you or your small business? Read on to learn more...
About 30 per cent of Americans say they sometimes avoid using the Internet for fear of falling victims to identity thieves, scams, computer viruses, and other dangers lurking online. Are they right to be afraid, or has the Internet become safer over time? A lot depends on where you go and what you do online.
Here are some stats to consider, and some tips for avoid the potential dangers of the online world.
Google's April Fools joke, aimed at Gmail users, literally came to life the same day. Android jumps ahead of Apple in the smartphone arena. A new malady called "Facebook Depression" is on the rise. Find out what it all means in the latest edition of the Geekly Update. Get the scoop on gadgets & hardware, online happenings, computer security, social networking, web tech and search engines.
It's guaranteed to make you 146% smarter, read on...