More On Plaxo, Privacy and Opting Out

This is likely to be the last exchange on Plaxo: Hopefully some of the issues that have concerned me and readers have been cleared up by this and other recent posts. Plaxo have kindly added a comment in reply to my posting on how to avoid Plaxo, in which they’ve pointed out that they have …

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Now, The MyDoom Backslapping

Queue trumpets. The security software folk have started congratulating themselves for saving us from MyDoom. Here’s DeepNines Technologies, “the only company to offer a security platform that includes firewall, intrusion prevention and gateway anti-virus functionality in front of the router”, which says: “Companies that have Sleuth9 deployed in front of the router, are finding that …

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How To Avoid Plaxo

Plaxo, the automated contact updating service, have responded to my last posting (see the comment at the bottom). I don’t think we need to go there any more. Bottom line: At present Plaxo exerts a high degree of access to your address book, and you may want to think carefully before you sign up about …

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A Good Way To Organise Outlook Emails

This is a must if you’re a power Outlook user: NEO Pro 3.0, out in Beta today. NEO is an add-in product that “turns Outlook into an email organizer – without affecting all that Outlook already does”. NEO, also known as Nelson Email Organizer, is good at finding messages quickly automatically displaying messages in different …

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In Plaxo-land, There’s Still Some Confusion

This Plaxo issue is confusing. But it’s still worrying.   Here’s the story so far: Plaxo is a way to keep your contacts up to date, and it works well and simply. But privacy has been an issue: Can you trust a company to keep your personal data — not just your own details, but …

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More On Plaxo

Further to my outburst about Plaxo, and the suggestion that people you don’t know can add their contacts to your Outlook address book without your permission, I’m pleased to see that someone from Plaxo has added their comments (at the bottom of that posting). I’ve also received a more detailed response from someone in Plaxo’s …

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What Is This Virus REALLY All About?

Further to my outburst about how network administrators and anti-virus companies may be making the whole MyDoom thing worse, here’s a similar take, albeit more detailed and informed than mine, from Attrition.org. The message: Treat all emails ‘notifying’ you that you have a virus as spam and inform the administrator/company/ISP accordingly. Thanks to the excellent …

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Organizing Software For The Mac

I recently wrote about outlining software in my column (recommending for Windows users, among others. MyInfo and Jot+). Now here’s a recommendation from a reader for Mac users: Sticky Brain. From the blurb: “StickyBrain elegantly handles all the miscellaneous tidbits of information which don’t cleanly fit in other software programs like your contact manager or …

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Cool, But Simple, Note Software

Here’s a fine piece of software that does important stuff simply and cleanly. There’s been hundreds of ways to jot quick notes aboard your PC but most are too fiddly and fussy. NotesHolder isn’t either. It’s just a small window that hides on the edge of your screen until you access it, then type in …

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Is Plaxo A Namecard Spammer?

What gives at Plaxo? I’ve decided to stop recommending what seemed to be a pretty good way to stay up to date with contacts after a series of weird incidents when folk unknown to me were somehow able to add their contacts into my Outlook address book without my say-so (today’s was someone from a …

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