Author: Andy Beal

Andy Beal is The Original Online Reputation Expert™. A bestselling author of two critically-acclaimed reputation management books, a keynote speaker at dozens of events, and brand consultant experience with thousands of individuals and companies.

Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) Launched

Microsoft is at last helping in efforts to reduce spyware, with its launch of a AntiSpyware product. I downloaded and installed the beta tool. I was surpised at how easy to use and effective it was. It found all kinds of crap on my computer (stuff missed by other spyware removers).

Revived Spyware Bill Could Crunch Cookies

ClickZ reports on a new anti-spyware bill that, while a good idea in principle, could cause havoc in its current written state. While SPY-ACT creates cookie exceptions for publishers wishing to identify return visitors, those exceptions don’t apply to third parties or network advertisers. “In the current bill, cookies that behave like cookies are exempt,”
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Blog Readership Surged 58 Percent in 2004

Some interesting stats on blog readership. Pew found blog readership increased sharply, up 58 percent, between February and November 2004. This, despite the fact 62 percent of adult American Internet users still have no clear idea what a blog actually is. From experience, a lot of people are reading blogs without even realizing that they
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