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We received an email from a reader today about a link on his wife's Facebook wall. The link indicated that a friend had tagged her. When he tried to remove the post from her wall it would not allow removal.He reported it as spam. Apparently a friend of hers clicked on the link and got infected. The link point to bitlyDOTcom and have random file names. Let this serve as a reminder to everyone not to click on links until you have checked out the source. As for Bitly - I would use extreme caution with any links identified as source bitlyDOTcom.This is a website redirector that allows the link to be shortened, shared and tracked. Even if you don't get malicious programs installed, do you really want to be tracked????
Thanks to our reader Paul for the email reminder and information.
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As one pundit threatens to leave the Mac, another one arrives. But this one has the Macalope wondering if it isn't time for a border fence. Then, picking on the Mac mini? Why don't you pick on someone your own size!
Editor's note: Former computer security consultant Anil Polat has set a goal of traveling the world indefinitely, while blogging about his tech-fueled experiences at Given his on-the-go lifestyle, Polat has strong feelings about what to look for in digital tagalongs. Here's what he recommends.
On Friday an article appeared on claiming that Pakistan is trying to ban encryption under their new Telco law.

In the article the author suggests that encryption is really just a form of speech and that trying to ban encryption is

like trying to ban language.

I find the banning of encryption interesting in light of the number of United States compliance standards and laws governing

the use of encryption to protect financial data (PCI) and medical records (HIPPA) among them. These laws require that the

data be protected in place and in transit. Does the proposed Telco Law in Pakistan mean that the US will not be able to

exchange data with them? How will laws like this effect world trade?

All of the work that has been done to establish world economy could come crashing down if laws like this stand. It will be

interesting to see how this develops. Many businesses today operate in the Internet, many are moving to the cloud. These businesses and organizations need to protect their data to protect their financial stability. So in this Handler's opinion, ban encryption will never happen. Others may not agree with me. Let me hear from you. Can we or should we ban encryption?

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Columnist Mike Elgan has a love-hate relationship with the new social networking tool Google+. While Google is still fixing many of its flaws and limitations, here are some tips and workarounds to try.
Ah, the good old days of tech. Old, certainly. Good? Not so much.
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