Happy Friday! First up, I have a couple of announcements. The holiday season is upon us once again. (Geez, where did this year go?!?) To help you with your holiday buying frenzy, CNET has two great new sites: CNET's 2011 Holiday Gift Guide and CNET Marketplace. The Holiday Gift Guide lists many tech gift ideas and the top picks from our editors. CNET Marketplace is your one-stop shopping center for the latest prices, deals, and comparisons on tech products. Give the two sites a whirl and make this holiday buying season a breeze.
Second item on my list is the all-new Avast forum on CNET, which was built just for you. If you are currently a customer of Avast security products or contemplating using the company's products, this is the destination to go to discuss, troubleshoot, or get advice on all things related to Avast. In addition to our community members, Avast reps will be present in the forum to help with any questions you may have. Check it out.
Now let's tackle member's Lnarth question on the topic of fighting spam and phishing scams.
Surprisingly, this week we only received a little more than a dozen responses from our members, but no worries as we have great advice in quality rather than quantity. It's safe to say we all hate spam and despise phishing scams. While there are many tools out there to reduce the amount we receive, I personally believe the first line of defense against all of this trickery and scams is you. Prevention starts with educating ourselves to not be placed in a position in which we will be the target of spammers and phishers in the first place. Being careful of what information you divulge and practicing safe computing is the utmost importance. Go with your gut instinct, and if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. As a member pointed out, using a bit of common sense goes a long way. With that said, read through all the advice and suggestions provided by our members. And if you have any additional recommendations to add, join us in the discussion. The more we share, the more we can learn. Have a great weekend and thank you for your contributions.
Q: Do you have the right weapons to deal with spam and phishing scams? Those of us, myself included, who are aware of what is
happening in our world, realize that we are subjected to
information overload that is increasing with each passing
day. This occurs daily on our computers as we receive
unsolicited e-mails, all of which use marketing techniques
and deceptive psychology to seduce us into reading and
responding to messages sent to us. The cleverness seems to
defeat our spam filters and the like. The situation is really
terrible, and we need weapons to fight back. What methods
appear to hold the most promise for dealing with this unique
and ubiquitous cancer?
Q: Help, my computer just won't shut down Hello, I have an HP DC5700 desktop running Windows 7 and when I shut it down after about 6 seconds later, it will start itself back up. The only way to keep it shut down is to unplug it. Also while the computer is on and I leave it alone for about 10-15 minutes, the screen goes dark and then the computer will start to beep. I then have to unplug it and plug it back in; then when I push the start button it will resume Windows. Someone suggested that I reinstall Windows as it was a corrupt install. I did and it did not correct the problem. I'm hoping that someone might give me some information to help me correct this. Thank you to all out there in the CNET community for being there to answer my question.