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Disinfect Your Keyboard

Keyboards, particularly those shared by multiple people, harbor huge quantities of bacteria. If you want to reduce the chances of picking up your co-worker's cold, you can disinfect your keyboard with disinfecting wipes. To avoid damage to the keyboard, be sure to:

  • Unplug the keyboard before disinfecting it.
  • Squeeze out any excess liquids from the cloth to avoid liquid dripping into the keyboard.
  • Don't let any liquid from the wipe sit for long periods of time on the keyboard.
  • Don't scrub the keyboard, just lightly wipe down. Rubbing too hard leaves behind more lint.
  • Avoid cleansing cloths that contain bleach.

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Symantec Releases Two Norton Bundles

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You may have thought Norton Utilities was a bundle of utility programs, but with Norton SystemWorks and Norton Internet Security, Symantec has gone one more step in bundling. Norton SystemWorks 1.0 puts the emphasis on hard disks with Norton Utilities 6.0, Norton AntiVirus 7.0, Dantz Development's Retrospect Express 4.0.3 backup utility, and Aladdin Systems' Spring Cleaning 3.5 uninstaller. Norton Utilities 6.0 itself seems a relatively minor upgrade, primarily encompassing improvements to volume recovery, especially when Norton FileSaver was not previously installed. Most of the features in Norton Utilities 6.0 are available to run on Mac OS X Public Beta disks as long as you boot from the CD-ROM or from a Mac OS 9 partition. Similarly, Norton AntiVirus 7.0 can run disk scans and repair infected files on Mac OS X Public Beta partitions as long as the program is launched from a Mac OS 9 partition or CD-ROM. The other two notable changes in Norton AntiVirus 7.0 are automatic virus scans and repairs in email attachments, plus simplified preferences. Norton SystemWorks is priced at a compelling (when compared with the prices of its components) $130 with upgrades available for Retrospect Express and Spring Cleaning users at $80. Norton Utilities 6.0 alone costs $100 with upgrades from previous versions at $50. Norton AntiVirus alone costs $70, with its upgrades from previous versions ringing up at $40.

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The Norton Internet Security 1.0 bundle focuses on those of us with dedicated Internet connections, thanks to Norton Personal Firewall 1.0, Norton AntiVirus 7.0, and Aladdin's iClean 3.5 (for removing Web surfing tracks). The Mac OS 9-compatible Norton Personal Firewall incorporates technology from Open Door Networks' DoorStop Personal Edition and can block connection attempts from the Internet, notify users of such attempts, and log denied and allowed connections. It can also restrict access to Internet services by IP address and port number. Norton Personal Firewall replaces DoorStop Personal Edition, though Open Door continues to sell DoorStop Server Edition and is now working on Who's There?, a utility that works with DoorStop Personal Edition and Norton Personal Firewall to help users understand and deal with unauthorized access attempts. The bundle costs $100 with upgrades for users of Norton AntiVirus, DoorStop, Spring Cleaning, iClean and sidegrades for users of Intego's NetBarrier personal firewall and McAfee's Virex anti-virus utility at $70. By itself, Norton Personal Firewall costs $70 with upgrades (presumably from DoorStop Personal Edition, though that's not stated) at $40.

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System requirements sufficient for the components of both Norton SystemWorks and Norton Internet Security are a PowerPC-based Mac running Mac OS 8.1 or later with at least 24 MB of RAM.

 

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