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*** New Articles of Note on Ask Leo!
How can I password protect my documents?
I keep a daily journal in Microsoft Works on Windows XP. Is there a way to put a password on it, or lock it up somehow, so only I have access to it?
There are several approaches to keeping your private data private. Some good, some bad, and many in-between.
Let's look at the list, from least to most secure.
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How do I prevent MSN Hotmail from signing me in automatically?
When I log on to Hotmail it goes straight to my in box without my having to type in my password. How do I change that so I have to type in my password to stop other people from being able to access my in box.
Making sure that Hotmail doesn't automatically log you in is critical if it's possible that someone else might walk up and use your computer while you're not looking.
The great news is that it's trivial.
Step 1? Sign Out.
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prevent MSN Hotmail from signing me in automatically?"
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What processes in windows task manager should I be wary of?
I don't mean this to sound snippish or snide, but the only reasonable answer is really ...
All of them.
Or perhaps put another way ...
All the ones you don't recognize, and perhaps some of those that you do.
And I know, that's not really a reasonable answer at all. Let's look at what you can tell from the task list, and what you might consider looking at if you suspect a problem.
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in windows task manager should I be wary of?"
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Can I get a virus or spyware from a free video download?
I occasionally get funny videos as attachments to email and I download them and scan them with a virus scan package (Norton) before playing. There has not yet been one with a virus detected. But I notice when I play them with Windows Media Player I see a "connecting" message at the bottom of Media Player even though I selected the option to not communicate with Microsoft about my playing history when I installed the Media Player software. Can a WMV or similar file have any scripting in it that might be dangerous in terms of transmitting information on my PC to the author of the funny video?
I've always assumed that the "connecting" message was just Windows Media Player using a generic term that could be used both in cases where it truly connects to remote, streaming video, as well as opening a local, downloaded free video file. In other words, I assumed it's just "connecting" to the media, wherever it is.
But rather than assume anything, I decided to ask my friend Jake Ludington, who's particularly conversant in media issues, for his thoughts.
The short answer to your question turns out to be "yes".
Continue reading: "Can I get a virus
or spyware from a free video download?"
*** Popular Articles from the Archives
Last week I reprinted the Outlook/Outlook Express article. This week another ongoing source of confusion that I still refer people to on a regular basis: Messenger, Messenger and Messenger:
What's the difference between MSN Messenger, Windows Messenger, and Windows Messenger??
They're all "Messenger", right? Not at all. It's a confusing mess, thanks to the way Microsoft choose to name several of its applications.
We'll take this one application at a time.
*** Thoughts and Comments
As I expected this week has been so busy I haven't been able to do a lot of my "normal" things. If you're looking for the weekly podcast, for example, you'll notice that there isn't one. Sorry about that.
This internet entreprenuers conference I'm at in Tempe Arizona is, as it always is, an intense and educational experience. And a whole lot of fun. We've been meeting a couple of times a year for about three years now, and many of the attendees have become really good friends. It's a small private group, and I can't share with you who the other members are, but we represent a wide range of internet activities, not just geeks like me. You might very well recognize many of the businesses and personalities represented in the room here.
And yes, you read that right ... I'm listening to a presentation in the conference room while I write this. I'm also writing this a day early, so it'll get sent while I'm in the air or on the highway making my way back home.
Scheduled tasks and multi-tasking; they're not just for computers any more :-).
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The latest entry out at Forwarded Funnies: "Florida Biker with His Babe"
*** Newsletter Administration
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