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Comment by Stan on The Phish Are Still Biting (April 24, 2015 11:17 PM)
In my address book, I have a "group" list of email abuse reporting addresses. I forward such emails to all of them, hoping someone will nail the perpe...
Comment by Tom on 7 Reasons to Use Google Calendar (April 24, 2015 10:05 PM)
Why don't you let your readers know how much Google paid you to push this TRACKING MONSTER calendar on them. Funny how this article went out at the s...
Comment by Philip Dischert on The Phish Are Still Biting (April 24, 2015 08:36 PM)
Bob, thanks for a timely article. Just last week my wife received an phish email claiming to be a bank that she has an account with. It claimed that...
Comment by Evelyn Carsey and rest of Carsey Family on The Phish Are Still Biting (April 24, 2015 07:43 PM)
Hello Bob ,What do you think about pinger free text? and how does it work.thank you Evelyn EDITOR'S NOTE: See http://askbobrankin.com/send_free_t...
Comment by Tom English on The Phish Are Still Biting (April 24, 2015 07:42 PM)
Why are Financial Institutions held accountable for PROMOTING phishing attacks? Fidelity Investments emails account holders with numerous invitations ...
Comment by David Guillaume on The Phish Are Still Biting (April 24, 2015 07:12 PM)
Only yesterday did I also receive an email claiming to be from Paypal telling me that there was a problem with my account and to log on to the web s...
Comment by wilson on The Phish Are Still Biting (April 24, 2015 06:43 PM)
Why do these people never get caught and charged.If I were to set up a site doing things that was illegal, I would be traced and charged and my site s...
Comment by Don Gilcrease on The Phish Are Still Biting (April 24, 2015 06:22 PM)
The general public will always find ways to thwart the most well thought out and diligent attempts by software design and security professionals to pr...
Comment by Richard Dengrove on The Phish Are Still Biting (April 24, 2015 05:31 PM)
On AOL, phishing emails are as numerous as ever, and as transparent as ever. Someone must be biting....
Comment by Michael L. McQuown on The Phish Are Still Biting (April 24, 2015 04:59 PM)
Wednesday AM I got a phone call ostensibly from PayPal telling me I had to "reinstate my account" by calling another number and following their instru...

File-Sharing Articles

 

Is Bittorrent Downloading Illegal?

A reader asks: 'I have been told that I can download music, movies and even popular software for free using Bittorrent. Sounds too good to be true... What exactly is Bittorrent, is it legal, and safe to use?' Here's the scoop, and my advice...

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Can You Really Get Kicked Off the Internet?

After several years of negotiations and rumors, the music and film lobbyists have finally reached an agreement with Internet service providers to crack down on copyright violators. Effective March 1st 2013, the so-called 'six strikes program' went into effect. What is it, and what does it mean to you?

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Skydrive, Google Drive, or Dropbox?

Online storage and sync services solve a lot of problems for users who work and play on multiple devices. The premise is simple: store all your data in one place that can be accessed from wherever you are, using whatever device you have with you. But which one of the big three cloud storage players is best for you?

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Google Drive: Stash Your Stuff in the Cloud?

Google launched its long-awaited cloud storage service on April 24, 2012. Dubbed Google Drive, it competes with the likes of Dropbox, Microsoft SkyDrive, and Apple's iDrive. It's also going to change the way users interact with Google Docs, Google Apps, and other Google products. Here's what you need to know about Google Drive...

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Free Online Storage With Box.net

I'm looking for free online storage recommendations. I need to share some large files with a work group, and emailing files back and forth is a big hassle. We're dealing with videos, Word documents and presentations, so a collaboration feature would be ideal. Is Box.net a good solution, or should I look at others?

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The Copyright Police Are Coming!

The online theft of copyrighted movies and music is an ever-growing problem, according to movie and music industry moguls. Their latest effort to curb piracy recruits some of the largest ISPs in the world. Read on to learn how the copyright police are watching, and what might happen if you're caught illegally downloading from file-sharing sites...

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Free Online File Sharing With Dropbox

Dropbox is a Web-based file storage and sharing service that debuted in 2008. It had over 25 million users as of April, 2011, making Dropbox the leader in file sharing services. Here are some reasons why Dropbox has become so popular, and a few words of caution as well...

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File Sharing Student Fined $675K

Joel Tenenbaum is a grad student at Boston University who was sued by the Recording Industry Association of America for activities on file sharing sites. Tenenbaum was found guilty and has been ordered to pay damages to RIAA in the amount of $675,000. That's $22,500 for each of the 30 songs that he illegally downloaded and distributed via peer to peer networks. Is Tenenbaum a marytr for Fair Use, or a common criminal? Here's the full story...

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Free Online Storage

I'm running out of storage space on my hard drive. On a tight budget, I'm considering using a free online storage tool to offload some files. But which ones do you recommend?

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Is Pirate Bay Sinking?

Pirate Bay is one of world's largest facilitators of illegal downloading. But now the owners are facing the prospect of huge fines and jail time. Is this the end of the line for online video, music and software pirates?

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What is Scribd?

Scribd is a type of a social networking website that allows you to publish all kinds of documents and images to the web. It's great for people who have something to share with the world but don't have a website, technical skills or the patience to publish things in the traditional way. Here's how it works...

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Sued for Searching?

I hear from readers often who are worried about the possible repercussions of downloading music and movies from file-sharing sites or P2P services such as LimeWire and Bittorrent. Now there's something new to worry about for users of P2P search services such as TorrentSpy... can you get sued for searching?

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Sued For Downloading?

More and more, people are asking me if they can get sued by the entertainment industry for downloading, music, movies, games or television shows. The answer is YES, maybe. Read on and learn how to download safely, and avoid the snares of the RIAA, MPAA and copyright lawyers...

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LimeWire - File Sharing

My kids are using something called LimeWire to download music and videos. They call it a a P2P file sharing program. Can you explain what that means, and how safe it is to use?

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