County Genealogical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 2072, Dade City, Florida 33526-2072
Keeping up with all the changes in the computer world can be challenging. This page is here to help with a variety of technology issues.
Scanning Tips - scanning secrets and tips to copying and restoring photos and documents. Since we have many pictures and other documents to scan and share with the family, one very good site is listed to help with learning how to get a great scan of these important items.ZD Net - computer information,tech news, and especially product reviews that are useful when comparison shopping and when you have the product and can't get it to work as advertised. Use the 'search' feature to find something specific you are looking for.
One of the greatest fears that genealogists have about the Internet is the danger of computer viruses. Computer viruses are real and damaging. Anti-virus software is a good idea. Backing up your data should be a regular event for you because of more than a chance of a computer virus, hard disk failures, computer theft, and other disasters are also real. Below are web sites with information about computer viruses from experts. These web sites are updated regularly by people in the know.
- Internet & Network Security - information on viruses, software protection, and more are linked to this site. (Suggestion: bookmark this site onto your browser)
- Virus Encyclopedia - an encyclopedia of viruses
- Dispatch McAfee - McAfee offers a "free" newsletter on viruses (they want you to buy their products). Alerts on the latest "real" virus is provided to subscribers. There are hoax viruses from those who fall short in the ability to create a real virus, but enjoy stirring up people (suggestion: subscribe, try it for a while, if you don't like it then unsubscribe).
- Virus Basics -well written information
Hoaxes and Scams
Hoaxes and Internet scams are frequently received in e-mail. There are times when they are legitimate yet some have instructions to really mess up the operating system of your computer or other necessary files. These sites should be checked into before removing any files per the e-mail instructions or perpetuating a story of detailing events occurring to an unfortunate person.
- Computer Virus Myths - you can search a list of computer virus hoaxes & virus hysteria
- Hoax & Security Alerts - Hoax warnings
- Hoax Busters - search this site when there is an e-mail plea to help a dying child that you don't know, or other chain letters such as Bill Gates is going to give you money for helping him with his computer software. This site is maintained by the Federal Department of Energy.
- Scambusters - this site can help to understand and assist with credit card fraud, identity theft, safe bidding with online auctions, and other potentially risky Internet areas.
- Truth or Fiction - eRumors, humorous or inspirational stories, myths, and hoaxes are easily searched on this site.
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