Helpful tips for August 2013

Purge Deleted Messages. This can be annoying if you have a lot of folders. This option expunges all messages marked as deleted whenever you click on a different folder if you turn it on. This does not mean that all messages will be deleted if you change folders. They are only deleted if they are in your “deleted.” If you have chosen to “delete all messages on exit”, the messages will be deleted from your deleted items box and off the server” if this box is checked. If you wish this box to be checked, press the spacebar until hearing “checked.” Mouse users, place a check in this box if you wish. marked as deleted With any luck, Outlook Express is now configured to access your mailbox with IMAP. All folders and mail will be stored on the server, so you will see the same mail whether you log in from another machine or webmail. Congratulations! 18. Old Mail Tip: If you were using Outlook Express with POP3 previously, all of your old mail is still in Local Folders/Inbox. It is recommended that you move this into your IMAP Inbox to have all of your mail in one place, and so that it’s stored in a safe place. To do this, simply go into Inbox under Local Folders, select all your mail, and drag it into the Inbox for the account you just configured. You should also move any old folders from Local Folders into your IMAP account. Do this by: a. go into Inbox under Local Folders, select all your mail by pressing control plus the letter a. Mouse users, click the right ouse button and select all the mail in this box by clicking on “selet all.” b. Open the edit menu by pressing alt plus the letter e. Mousers, click into the edit menu. c. Arrow down to “move” and press enter. Mouse users, click on “move.” d. Move to the in-box for the account you just configured . Then press control plus v. Mouse users, click the right mouse button and choose “paste.” Now all things should be set up for you. _________________________ Articles of the day Chosen by the Business Desk team Welcome to the ‘dark web,’ a haven for illegal trafficking Secretive, anonymous networks also used to protect journalists, dissidents By Ian Munroe, CBC News, May 3, 2013 Experts say the dark web, which is made up of secretive sites that aren’t indexed by common search engines and often try to protect their users’ identity, acts both a refuge for criminals and a haven for free speech. (iStock) Canadians among top participants on illegal drug websiteThe so-called “dark web,” a shadowy part of the internet you haven’t likely visited and won’t find using Google, has become an online haven for anyone looking to buy or sell drugs, weapons or other illegal goods. And it’s leaving law enforcement stumped. One of the most well-known examples is a website similar to eBay called Silk Road, where, instead of electronics and household goods, users buy and sell street drugs such as ecstasy and magic mushrooms. Like many sites on the dark web, Silk Road isn’t indexed by commonly used search engines and is difficult for everyday internet users to access. It’s also been operating with relative impunity for the past two years despite reaching sales of $1.2 million US per month in 2012, according to one estimate by Nicolas Christin, associate director of the Information Networking Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Read about the illegal wildlife trade on the ‘dark web’ In recent days, Silk Road has reportedly come under repeated denial-of-service attacks, which involve overloading a site with web traffic. While there has been speculation that law enforcement may be behind those attacks, many other observers point to the possibility of a virtual turf war in the growing online market for illicit drugs. A new competing site called Atlantis, which offers cheaper prices for drug dealers to list their goods, is trying to capitalize on Silk Road’s misfortune. As one announcement on the popular social news site Reddit says: now is the “Perfect Time to check out the new Atlantis Marketplace,” with Silk Road out of the picture. Criminal haven Drugs aren’t the only illicit goods bought and sold through such obscure websites. Stolen credit card information, malicious software, guns and even explosives are on offer for the right price. “Unfortunately a lot of the stuff we deal with is child pornography,” said Det. Sgt. Eugene Silva, who is with the technological crimes unit of the Waterloo Regional Police. Video game league apologizes for Bitcoin scandal Investigating child pornography sites can be difficult because they tend to relocate across international borders, hopping from one server to another to elude law enforcement officials, he said. “It could be in some Asian country today, and in a week’s time it’s somewhere in Russia or the Netherlands,” Silva said. Police scouring the dark web as part of criminal investigations have the added hurdle of dealing with the Tor network, which is a technology that Silva admits has stymied his three-person unit. The Tor network operates on the “.onion” domain and allows users to surf the web with much greater anonymity, making it harder to track a person’s online communication or which sites they visit. Sites like Silk Road also tend to use virtual alternatives to conventional money like Bitcoin, which can be more difficult to trace. If a suspect is using the Tor network, Silva said, he and the two detectives he commands will try to track them elsewhere on the web by searching for clues that might help identify the person on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media sites. Bright side of anonymity But the dark web isn’t all bad, said Chester Wisniewski, senior security advisor with British-based internet security firm Sophos. Wisniewski acknowledged that criminals use secretive websites for all kinds of nefarious ends, but he points out that other groups including political dissidents and journalists also benefit from the anonymity the dark web offers. “You start thinking about the people who are trying to report on what’s happening with [President Bashar] al-Assad in Syria,” he said by phone from New York. “If you’re on the ground there as a journalist or even as a civilian blogger, and you want to get the word out about whether the government really is using poison gas on its own citizens, that is a very difficult thing to securely communicate inside of a war-torn country or a dictatorship, without knowing that you’re going to lose your own head,” he said. Who is the Dow Jones-wrecking Syrian Electronic Army? Being able to communicate anonymously can help elude pro-government hackers trying to root out anyone who is sympathetic to the Syrian opposition, and protect journalists trying to report on the war. Then there are those in conflict-free countries who simply use the dark web because they want to do whatever they can to protect their online privacy and minimize the chances of being spied on, Wisniewski said. “There really isn’t anything wrong with that,” he said. “There’s compelling need for it.” _________________________ Exploring Windows 7’s Help and Support Options By Andy Rathbone When you know you need help, but you’re not sure what the best kind of help is, try exploring Windows 7’s Help and Support Center. For Windows 7, Microsoft has expanded the Help and Support Center coverage with more tables, charts, updated information from the Web, and step-by- step instructions for you to follow. Choose Help and Support Center from the Start menu to open the Help and Support Center. The Help system offers three options. When in doubt, start at the top and work your way down. Find an Answer Quickly: Type your troublesome subject into the Search Help box along the window’s top and click the magnifying glass. You can type a complete question or just a word or two about your trouble: Not Sure Where to Start: If doing a simple search doesn’t help, click one of the links here: How to Get Started with Your Computer offers advice on setting up a new PC for the first time. Learn about Windows Basics provides an overview about Windows 7 tasks. Browse Help Topics leads you to an interface where you can whittle your way through large categories to find detailed information about the operations of Windows. More on the New Windows Website: This takes you directly to Windows 7’s online Help page, which is sometimes more up-to-date than the built-in program. Be sure you’re connected to the Internet before you click here. Navigate through the Windows Help and Support program the same way you would through a browser or folder. To move back one page, click the little blue Back arrow in the upper-left corner. That arrow helps you out if you’ve backed into a corner. From: to/content/exploring-windows-7s-help- and-support options.html]]>

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