Netscape – The Return

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What’s New in Netscape Navigator 9?

The following features are new and unique to Netscape Navigator 9.

Visual Refresh
Netscape Navigator 9’s theme has been updated to save screen-space and leave more room for the websites you visit.
URL Correction
Navigator 9 will automatically correct common typos in URLs. For example, if you accidentally type googlecom, Navigator will fix it be to google.com. The browser will watch for nearly 30 different types of common mistakes and correct them for you (asking you to confirm, if you choose to enable confirmation).
Link Pad
The Link Pad is a new sidebar feature that allows you to save links/URLs that you want to visit later without cluttering your bookmarks. Just drag a link over the Link Pad status bar icon and drop it to save it in the Link Pad. By default, clicking on an item in the Link Pad will open it in the browser and remove it from the list, saving you the step of deleting it.
Extension Compatibility

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Securing Your Computer System

Today, more and more people are using their computers for everything from communication to online banking and investing to shopping. As we do these things on a more regular basis, we open ourselves up to potential hackers, attackers and crackers. While some may be looking to phish your personal information and identity for resale, others simply just want to use your computer as a platform from which to attack other unknowing targets. Below are a few easy, cost-effective steps you can take to make your computer more secure. Continue reading

Why Microsoft must abandon Vista to save itself

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While Vista was originally touted by Microsoft as the operating system savior we’ve all been waiting for, it has turned out to be one of the biggest blunders in technology. With a host of issues that are inexcusable and features that are taken from the Mac OS X and Linux playbook, Microsoft has once again lost sight of what we really want.

As we’re more than aware, Vista Ultimate comes at a premium. For an additional $160 over the Premium SKU price, Ultimate gives you a complete backup and restore option, BitLocker Drive encryption, the ever so popular Windows Fax & Scan, and the "Ultimate Extras." But what started with a promise of "Extras" by summer, quickly turned into an apology from Microsoft and the eventual release of DreamScene and Windows Hold ‘Em (among others) today. And while each of the "Extras" runs just fine, Microsoft’s "Extras" blunder is just another reason why the company must abandon Vista before it’s too late.

The first indication that Microsoft should abandon Vista is its poor sales figures. According to a recent report titled "Windows Vista Still Underperforming in U.S. Retail" from NPD, Vista sales are significantly behind XP sales during its early days. Even worse for Redmond, some are reverting to XP, citing issues with compatibility and overall design. And if that wasn’t enough, Macs continue to surge and with the impending release of Leopard, Microsoft may be in for a rough holiday season.

With each passing day, it’s becoming blatantly clear that Microsoft released Vista too early and the company’s continual mistakes and promises that can’t be kept are further annoying the Windows faithful.

Much talk has been given to Service Pack 1 and how this update should address many of the issues users have with Vista, but I simply don’t agree. Will SP1 eliminate the ridiculous Microsoft licensing schemes? Will SP1 drop the price on the higher-end versions? Will SP1 eliminate the need for users to buy a new computer just to use the faulty OS? Continue reading

Giveaway of the Day – SecureDNA 2007

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Bildsoft SecureDNA 2007 is the new fast and easy encryption suite developed by Bildsoft, which provides high-level protection for every PC user.

Bildsoft SecureDNA 2007 is the all-in-one security suite of Bildsoft, which provides high-level protection for all kind of PC users. User can do unlimited operations at the same time, without closing or moving any window, due to its innovative technology.

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5 Easy Steps To Secure Internet Explorer

Most people will tell you not to worry about securing Internet Explorer and to just switch to Firefox. Unfortunately it’s not always that easy. In my case, I have users that must use Internet Explorer to access web sites that will not work in Firefox. Since they must use Internet Explorer for these sites, they also use it for the other sites they browse as well. Since some people cannot afford to give up IE, here are some easy steps you can take to make it more secure.

Step 1: This should be a given but this is a must before you do anything else. Make sure you have all of the latest Windows updates including Windows XP Service Pack 2. If you don’t have these, you will not have the latest security fixes from Microsoft and some of the settings that we need to change might not work correctly.

Step 2: One way to make IE more secure is to block known malicious web sites. To do this, we need to update the “Restricted Sites” in Internet Explorer so it will know which sites to block. Since there are thousands of known malicious sites, it would take too much time of time to enter all of them in manually. ZonedOut makes a great standalone freeware app that allows you to import site lists into Internet Explorer. Once you have downloaded ZonedOut you can download IE-SPYAD for ZonedOut, which consists of importable lists of known malicious web sites. To import these sites, open ZonedOut and click the menu button. From the menu, select Import/Export Sites and Import from File. Choose the ie-ads.txt file that you downloaded from IE-SPYAD and click open. You can also block known malicious adult sites by importing the adult.txt file from within the Adult folder.

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