Ask Leo! #364 – New Phishing holes are coming, Ubuntu versus Windows 7, sharing Kindle books and more…

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Opening Phishing Holes with New Top-Level Domains

You're used to seeing domains ending in .com, .net, and many other of what are called the top-level domains.

But ... .bank? .microsoft? .paypal?

Perhaps even .leo? .askleo?

ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, is in the process of rolling out the ability to purchase your own top level domain. It's not cheap (you won't be seeing .askleo any time soon), but it is happening.

Unfortunately, one of the expected side effects is a massive increase in phishing attempts. And if you're not careful, you could fall victim.

Continue reading: Opening Phishing Holes with New Top-Level Domains
http://ask-leo.com/C5470

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Can you give away a Kindle book after you're done reading it?

I know you can share a Kindle book but can you give it away completely to another Kindle user when you are done reading it?

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Kindle includes the ability purchase a book for someone else, or to loan your book to someone for a period of time, but I'm not aware of a way to give a book you've purchased for yourself to someone else.

In this audio segment from an Ask Leo! webinar I discuss Kindle sharing - the closest solution to what you're looking for - how it works and why I think it's pretty cool.

Continue reading: Can you give away a Kindle book after you're done reading it?
http://ask-leo.com/C5474

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Why did the first track of my newly burned audio CD not play properly?

I recently tried to burn an audio CD using Windows Media Player. I used a CDR. When I tried to play it back all of the tracks played perfectly on both computers and CD players except for the first one. When I burned the album again to the new disc all of the tracks worked. Any ideas why this might have happened?

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CD audio is actually quite a different format than that used on data CDs. Nonetheless it's just as susceptible to recording and playback errors.

In this audio segment from an Ask Leo! webinar I'll discuss what kinds of things can lead to a CD having problems - even if it's just a single track on an audio CD.

Continue reading: Why did the first track of my newly burned audio CD not play properly?
http://ask-leo.com/C5473

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*** Answercast

Answercast #27 - Event viewer, sensitive information, checkboxes, lots of files, banishing Facebook and more...

Does having lots of files on your computer slow it down? Is Ubuntu a good choice? Ever wonder how to find undisclosed recipients, or get rid of Facebook? That and more in this Answercast.

Listen

Continue reading: Answercast #27 - Event viewer, sensitive information, checkboxes, lots of files, banishing Facebook and more...
http://ask-leo.com/C5471

Should I consider Ubuntu Linux over Windows 7?
Ubuntu is a good operating system, depending on what you are wanting to do with your computer... and there is a way to try it without making any changes to your computer!
Continue reading: Should I consider Ubuntu Linux over Windows 7?
http://ask-leo.com/C5472

Does having too many files on my computer slow it down?
Lots of files on your computer is not going to slow it down. There are several other factors to look at that may be causing your performance issues.
Continue reading: Does having too many files on my computer slow it down?
http://ask-leo.com/C5477

How do I make checkboxes work on the web?
Checkboxes should be pretty easy: check the box and save, but there are a few things that could be keeping the settings from being remembered by your computer.
Continue reading: How do I make checkboxes work on the web?
http://ask-leo.com/C5480

Should I use Facebook to login to other sites when offered?
Many sites make it easy to login by using a Facebook application. It's easy, but is this really safe?
Continue reading: Should I use Facebook to login to other sites when offered?
http://ask-leo.com/C5481

Why does IE give me the spinning circle for a while when I click on a link?
A spinning circle means that something is busy happening and you need to wait. If this is actually causing a problem, the first place to look is in your add-ons.
Continue reading: Why does IE give me the spinning circle for a while when I click on a link?
http://ask-leo.com/C5482

How do I get Facebook out of my life completely?
Facebook is everywhere, so getting rid of it completely might be a little tricky!
Continue reading: How do I get Facebook out of my life completely?
http://ask-leo.com/C5484

Why are there so many errors and warnings in Event Viewer?
Don't be fooled by errors in Event Viewer, or by those who try to get you to pay for a cure! It doesn't mean your computer is dying.
Continue reading: Why are there so many errors and warnings in Event Viewer?
http://ask-leo.com/C5485

How much sensitive information is stored on my computer when I purchase online?
There are numerous things that can be downloaded to your computer while surfing or shopping online. It's best to know what they are and how to manage them.
Continue reading: How much sensitive information is stored on my computer when I purchase online?
http://ask-leo.com/C5486

How do I see the "Undisclosed recipients" on an email I sent?
Undisclosed recipients may be available in the headers of the sent email, or it may be hidden.
Continue reading: How do I see the "Undisclosed recipients" on an email I sent?
http://ask-leo.com/C5487

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*** Word o' the Week

linux

Linux is an operating system, much in the way that Microsoft Windows is an operating system or Apple's MacOS. Operating systems are the software that fundamentally control the operation of a computer, and provide a consistent interface or API that programs can use to access the features and functionality of the operating system and computer.

Linux was actually written from scratch, originally by Linus Torvalds. It was modeled extremely closely after the Unix operating system, a proprietary system developed by Bell Labs. Linux is free and open source software.

There is no "generic" Linux; rather it's made available via various "distributions", each tailored to meet specific criteria. Each distribution is Linux, but they are not necessarily binary compatible with each other (i.e. programs that run on one distribution may or may not run on another), and often differ greatly in the user interface and software selection presented to the user.

Popular distributions include Ubuntu, which itself is based on the Debian distribution, Mint, Fedora, openSUSE and more. Puppy Linux is an example of a distribution specifically designed to minimize system requirements. Even the Android OS used in many phones and tablets is based on Linux.

Word o' the Week features a computer term or acronym taken from the Ask Leo! Glossary. If there's a word you're not sure of and would like to see defined, click here to let me know.

*** Leo Recommends

DBAN - Darik's Boot And Nuke

I get questions surrounding data recovery fairly often. People are often concerned that files they've deleted might be recoverable after the fact, and it's good and security conscious of them to be concerned.

At the other end of the spectrum are people who give no thought at all to the potential recoverability of their data, and discard old computers and hard drives without giving it a second thought. We often hear about people who've picked up an old computer at a recycler or yard sale, only to find that the hard disk is full of the previous owner's sensitive data.

Identity theft often follows.

Continue reading: DBAN - Darik's Boot And Nuke
http://ask-leo.com/C3585

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