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How To Avoid Spam

 

Spam is difficult to get rid of once you're on the spammers lists. However, it is relatively easy to avoid in the first place. Below I have explained some simple strategies that, if followed correctly, will render you all but immune to the ravages of spam.

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5/23/2014-Removed a dead link and added link to Best Free Antivirus Software article.

6/9/2014-Replaced http links with https links wherever possible.

 

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Best Free Internet Safety Check

Introduction

In the past, I've relied on parental filters and anti-virus software. Well, now I've been forced to use these safety checks since I've found them to be very useful. I sure like checking on a website before I risk browsing it. Even though it doesn't replace any of my existing security measures - except perhaps the parental filter - this additional layer of security is really useful.

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Best Free Security Diet Plan

Introduction

Security programs seem to get more bloated with every release. Firewalls in particular now have so many 'features' that your system files can't even cough without triggering an alert or writing a registry entry somewhere. If, like me, you already have a well protected browser and adopt safe surfing practices, then maybe you neither want or need this level of system strangulation.

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Encryption is Not Enough

A few facts

Inconvenient fact #1 - Cryptography is harder than it looks: Not just any encryption program will do.  Most any competent programmer could grab the open-source code for a block cipher (cryptographic protocol) -- say AES -- and put together an encryption process to get from password entry to ciphertext.

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