Stories by Brian Livingston

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Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 2000 is gradually making inroads as companies upgrade from Windows NT or Windows 9x. If you're not using Windows 2000 yet, save this column in case you do upgrade.

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The File and Print Sharing weakness in Microsoft Corp.'s Windows, about which I warned readers several months ago, has become a true online nightmare. A new virus now on the Internet systematically searches for PCs with File and Print Sharing security holes, according to the National Infrastructure Protection Center of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (www.nipc.gov/nipc/advis00-038.htm).

Window Manager: Using Dual Processors

Microsoft Corp. is reportedly coming out with its first service pack for Windows 2000 sometime around June. This should satisfy companies that have been waiting to see if there are any major bugs before rolling out W2K.

Should Corporations Use Net Links Without Asking?

Last week, I reported that a free utility had become available to remove all traces of the Aureate Trojan horse from your PC. This utility -- created by Steve Gibson -- is known as OptOut. Details are at grc.com/optout.htm.

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In the past few weeks, you may have heard about a new Trojan horse. It silently installs itself along with ordinary software. It can then send personal data about you via the Internet back to a master server.

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With all of the hacker exploits we've heard about lately, it's becoming more important than ever to install upgrades to Microsoft Corp.'s Windows as soon as they become available on Microsoft's Web site. These upgrades often protect you from security holes that have been found in Windows or major applications.

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For several weeks, my columns have dealt with security threats from Trojan horses and moles, Web attacks using distributed denial-of-service tools, and so forth. This week, let's have some fun and look at tips you have sent in. I asked for Windows 2000 tips, and they're starting to pour in. Keep 'em coming.

Window Manager: We Can Prevent DoS Attacks

The attacks that hobbled Web sites Yahoo Inc., Etrade Group Inc., and CNN earlier this month sounded a warning: Secure your computers or be subjected to similar attacks in the near future.

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More quick tricks from Windows 2000 Secrets, now that the wait for the new OS is over.

Window Manager: Quick Tricks for Win 2000

Windows 2000 will be officially introduced by Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates in San Francisco on Feb. 17. This launch will be part of the Windows 2000 Expo Feb. 15-17 at Moscone Center, where vendors will demonstrate their wares for the Windows NT successor (see www.windows2000expo.com).

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A new program has brought together the strongest features of the best software firewalls, Trojan horse defenses, and Internet security locks. And best of all, this wunderkind of software can be downloaded for free use by individuals and nonprofit groups. (Corporations and government agencies pay by license after 60 days.)

Windows 2000 is Approaching!

After years of development, Windows 2000 will officially be released by Microsoft Corp. on Feb. 17. I will certainly be writing more about Windows 2000 from now on.

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My columns over a period of several weeks (Oct. 18 through Nov. 8, 1999, and Dec. 20, 1999, through Jan. 10, 2000) described ways that rogue hackers could gain access to or damage PCs that use high-speed Internet access under certain conditions.

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It was suggested that I write my column this week about my pick for Product of the Year. It wasn't exactly my readers who suggested this, of course. My inbox isn't full of messages saying, "Please, tell us which of the many products you mentioned last year is the very, very best one."

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My last two columns have described two major problems that afflict Windows users' privacy and security on the Internet. In this week's column, I give you two tools that attempt to deal with these issues.

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