... time consuming but worth it
Trying to keep up with computer technology today is a full time job. Hackers, viruses, scams, hoaxes, identity theft, pop-ups.. it goes on and on. Some, note I say some, of this can be prevented. Problem encountered, you have to find out about them and figure out what to do when you set your computer up to block anything being sent. It gets complicated at times, but with most step by step instructions are provided. NOT ALL!
In late 1996 I went on line with ATT using Netscape. It took awhile learning my way around and my phone bill was outrageous because I had to log in with a Boston number. After two months I cancelled ATT because my wife got mad when she wanted to use the phone and it cost too much.
In April 1997 I signed up with Erols for three years for $299.00 which provided local phone numbers which cost nothing to log-on. Plus, for each new member I sent their way I got a free month added on. Lil still got mad because I tied the phone up and eventually I got a second line, dedicated to the PC. Peace in the family again!
During these years I got one virus, bought Norton's System Works, which included anti-virus and several built-in tools. A while later I bought Zone Alarm Pro which came highly recommended. In 1998 I built my website and been getting email with addresses for various newsletters. I tried most, kept a few, which I still have in use. From these I have learned quite a bit about using a computer and most importantly, how to protect myself.
Over the years I have subscribed to lots of newsletters, but terminated most of them. I now have 16 active, which required a bit of time reading, but well worth the time for what I get from them and working with HTML, time saving tips, configuring your PC, and much more.
These are what I now subscribe to.
Most of the above suggested holding up on installing Windows XP-SP2 when it became available. Late November most had given the ok to install SP2 with a check list to follow. Lots of work, but the extra time involved eliminated problems for me. I had disabled the auto-update tool, and activated once SP-2 installed and updated. So far I have had no real problems.
Would appreciate hearing from any of you who have installed SP-2 and the nature of the trouble you have had.
August 5, 2005