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Originally the "Tech Support Pits" were reports of the funniest tech support incidents, but over the years the column gradually shifted to answering tech support questions put forward by the readers of the Dear Webby Humor Letter.

This collection of computer and web advice was started partly because readers demanded an archive, and partly because some questions were asked again and again. Each page has a different day's Tech Support Pits column.

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03/05/04: One click shopping

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From Rolly=== Dear Webby, Quite a few sites now advertise "One Click Shopping". How safe is that? Dear Rolly That depends entirely on you. If you use a half decent firewall to keep hackers out of your computer, and if you don't click on any weird attachments, and if you don't let other people snoop on your computer, and if you don't use spy-ware, then even the sloppiest "One Click Shopping" stores are perfectly safe. The better "One Click Shopping" stores don't store the information on your computer, because they know the user is the weak link in the system. They store your shipping and billing data securely encrypted on their side and even after you have identified yourself with a user name and password, they only display enough info for you to make sure that it is indeed your info. As a rule of thumb, the less often your confidential data is shown, the more secure it is. The worst of them are those who store all that info in a cookie on your machine. Cookies can be stolen by spy-ware and by hackers and even by viruses. Have FUN! DearWebby
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