Friday, February 10, 2012

Top EULA Gotchas: Website Fine-Print Hall of Shame | PCWorld

Long, confusing, and littered with jargon, end-user license agreements (EULAs) are all too easy to ignore. Instead of taking the time to read and understand the legalese, we just scroll to the bottom, click Accept, and get on with our lives. Did checking the "I agree" box have any consequences? Who cares, right? Gulp!

Of course, by ignoring the words of the agreement and clicking the button at the end, we may be agreeing to all kinds of unfair terms and conditions. If someone complains, companies can just point to their EULA and say, "too bad!" Here are some of the most common "gotchas" found inside EULAs and terms of service (TOS) statements, as well as which companies are guilty of tricking users.

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New Digital Spam: How Bad Guys Try to Trick You; How to Avoid the Traps | PCWorld

Like Whack-a-Mole, new forms of digital spam pop up faster than security software can knock them down--and the problem is just getting worse. In fact, according to search engine newcomer Blekko, 1 million new spam pages are created every hour.

At the outset, let me offer my defininition of spam: any kind of unwanted communication delivered by any unknown source. That's a broader description than many people would make; but much of what's happening online is not only annoying and a waste of time, but also sometimes injurious and costly.

Here are some of the latest forms of digital spam, together with some steps you can take to avoid them.

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Good News: Tech Salaries Are on the Rise Again

After two straight years of nearly flat salaries, tech professionals have begun to see significant pay increases at last. That's according to the 2012-2011 Salary Survey from IT career site Dice, which reported the results on Tuesday. Specifically, tech professionals surveyed last fall said they had garnered salary increases of more than two percent on average in 2010, boosting their average annual wage from $79,384 to $81,327, Dice reported. Read more