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Do-it-yourself Websites Not For Everyone

Many years ago, I got my first website-building experience when I volunteered to design and launch a politically oriented website for a friend.  Even though I had plenty of previous computer experience, there was a steep learning curve involved, as I took self-taught...

Is Big Brother watching your printer?

Before you buy that fancy new laser printer, consider whether or not you want every page that you print to be traceable back to its origin.  Such is the case with many laser printers, copiers and other office machines now made by Xerox, Canon, Brother, Dell, Epson,...

Safe Internet shopping for the holidays

In spite of the many security dangers lurking in every corner, I still use a computer to buy and sell things on the Internet.  I give my name, address, telephone and credit card numbers to companies such as eBay, Paypal and Amazon.  There are other company websites...

Sony lays a rotten egg

Among tools used by the Internet bad guys, none is more treasured than a collection of programs and computer code known as the rootkit.  If they can sneak a rootkit into your computer, as part of a virus, email attachment or piece of spyware, they can invisibly gain...