Category Archives: Health & Safety

Psychic Development: 3rd eye charging & protection

Knowledge is to be shared – that is the way of the wise and the experienced.   No arguments there.  However, in the realm of psychic development, it’s not so simple – proper guided teaching in person is absolutely fine, as the teacher/ mentor can assess the situation and answer any queries by the learner.  But online teaching is prone to certain problems ..not to mention misunderstandings or even misuse of that knowledge.  With that light awareness raising, I shall go into this particular exercise.

In recent months and weeks, I have come across a number of people who have had difficulties with energies around them, as well as even mild / intense forms of psychic interferences and attacks. There are certain things I do to keep myself protected – (and revealing all of them can be counter-productive to my own safety 🙂 as those opposing me might learn of it and do counter -attacks 🙂  It all gets rather tit for tat..

But some magical works can not be tampered with…and this is one of them..

Although easy to do, this might not be a `walk in the park’ in so far as the actual energy is concerned.  I will explain later.

This exercise gives practitioner an opportunity to develop some psychic protection measures..  especially using his/her 3rd eye chakra (Chakras are 7 energy centres of the body…as developed/ taught by Hindu . vedic people of the East It is a system that is now known world-wise and used by almost any new age/ pagan/ psychic person tp develop their skills or spirituality).

3rd Eye is a chakra that is located just on the forehead…above the eye brows.. It is often seen or visualised as a spinning ball of light in purple colour.   In Hindu myth & religious beliefs, the God Shiva has a 3rd eye..which he keeps closed.  It is said that at times he opens it and sparks/ flames project out and those can destroy demons and evil spirits.

It is in that context that this following psychic work is developed / done (by me).

First you are advised to do regular meditation (for several days…weeks) to  practise opening and closing (visualise) your chakras..especially your 3rd eye.  Imagine that an eye exists on your forehead (vertically, as show in graphics here).. The development of this 3rd eye gives better clarity, intuition and even clairvoyance.

Psychic development -3rd Eye charging & protection (c) Mani Navasothy 2014
Psychic development -3rd Eye charging & protection (c) Mani Navasothy 2014

In this exercise,  

1. light a plain consecrated candle and place it in a secure holder.

2. Be seated in front of the cande..and first do a mediation to ground and centre your self. (see links below).

3. Now open your eyes (and also imagine you are opening your 3rd eye) and gaze at the candle flame.

4. Initially, keep the candle at least a yard/ metre away.

5. Now visualise the light from the candle flame entering your 3rd eye..and making your 3rd eye brighter and brighter.

6. Advanced:   begin to use breath control to move energy.   As you breath in, imagine that you are `breathing in’ the flame into your 3rd eye..    Imagine that the flame is charging your 3rd eye…and accumulating energy just behind the eyes..   Once the `breathing in’ phase (1-5 minutes..or whatever you feel comfortable) is done, you may stand. up..and project energy  outwards from your 3rd eye as a sharp beam.   This can be used to project energy and eliminate negativity.

7. Warning:  Inexperienced students may feel headache or a burning sensation.   This advanced work is not advisable in sch a case…Cease the activity. Ground & centre your self.  Go and wash your face in cold  water (possibly salt water).

8. Those with plenty of practise may also scribe sacred symbols on the candle..whose flame you can use to charge your 3rd eye.   Note: I have not explored all the symbols for this work, and so can not give you a full explanation / list of what each one may achieve. This is truly a personal exploration for you if you have the discipline and commitment to it.

9. Always build in safety for when ding any kind of magical / psychic work.  ie …put in a contingency formula by which you can ease/ reduce / even reverse the work you are exploring.  Such approach is what makes one a wise practitioner of psychic arts !

Very best of luck & magic to you.

I welcome comments (will be moderated) or questions..

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

Links to more psychic works (blogs by Mani)

Personal psychic cleansing using candle magic

Mirror meditation (traspersonal)

Love & Light- Sending healing

Pleasures & pains of Kundalini rising

Astrology 2015: Saturn transits through Sagittarius (Dec2014 to Dec 2017)

 

Path for the Inner-child (..as we head into Darkness)

Forget the planet for a minute!

Some of us..yes the real people..you and me.. we face our own darkness, shadows and demons..every single day.

InnerChild
InnerChild

Echoes of the dead, fears of the future, burdens of the past, failed promises, lost hopes, unfulfilled dreams and desires. Yes, those shadows.!

Anger, pain, despair and depressions – that darkness!!

Battles between wants for justice & vengeance, needs of the self and the selfless – those Demons!!!

And we get bombarded with gimmicks and promises, demands and commands..

Autumn and Winter are coming. I say..slow it all down.. forget a little of the atrocities out there .. draw apart a bit into your selves.. and evoke your own Spirit ..and the inner-child.. the silent one that’s suffering in the dark.. and take him or her for a happy walk.

Protect him /her from all the adult problems and projections of the outside world.

Because, no one in this entire universe can do this for your inner-child..what only you the grown-up adult can do..

So, as we go into darkness, forget Gods and Angels, Spirits of whatever that is wherever, and just.. light a guiding path for the child within!

-Mani Navasothy

Storm-Spells & some techniques for psychic work

storm magic (c)ManiN2013“Severe storms are battering Britain with 90mph winds” the media is reporting about 15 minutes ago..  just about the time I was up the big Willow tree in my back garden..holding my sacred & magical Sword up to those winds at 2.30am!

Why? For magic, of course!

Those who’s read my previous blogs are no strangers to the facts that a) I love climbing up the Willow tree at night especially for magical works (yes, Witchcraft!) and, b) I love extreme stormy weather conditions..and tend to run to the sea sides at midnight or some similar hours…to witness the awesome and dangerous powers of nature in this form!

Many witches, Wiccans and witches..and indeed pagans speak about reverence and worship of nature, and call upon air, fire, water and powers of Earth in magic circle as elemental quarter guardians after casting a circle, and before invoking the Horned God and Triple moon Goddess. Often they deal with gentle forms of these elemental forces.. candles, bonfires, spring showers and flowing streams, summer breezes. 

Not for me those summer breezes..  I like gale force winds, and take the risk of climbing trees to experience the forces..  where one is at the mercy of them.. and the tree..

So what can you do? (There’s still time..  these winds are predicted to keep going all night ..here in southern part of UK, and towards morning too!)

Here’s some psychic or magical tips and techniques for you:  (You are responsible for your own Health & Safety!)

  1. Get out there and experience these forces of nature.   It isn’t always gentle…and it clearly eliminates the misconception that we humankind are in control of nature!    But keep your self safe! tell someone else if you are going out..!!
  2. Do an aura cleansing exercise while you are out there standing in the storms.     In Wiccan Circle, we use incense (air/ smoke) and a feather-fan to cleanse and consecrate our auras .in a gentle meditative sort of way.  Let the storm do that for you..  Just stand with your feet firmly in the ground (bare-feet if possible for that connection with earth)..and have your arms raised to the side..or to the heavens.. Let the strong winds blow all over you and blow away the hindrances..and stagnant energies about you.
  3. Breath deeply and with intent.   Face the direction from which the winds are blowing….Breath it in deeply..  let its energy fill you..  and permeate your lungs, blood, and cells..  !  And breath out…letting out all the negativity and stagnant energies or psychic impurities that have accumulated in your body. Let the storms take all that and transform that.  Keep breathing in and out for as long as you can.. Do fire-breatg work if you know how.   You may feel light-headed…so be firmly standing on the ground.   (If you are up a tree like me, then make sure there’s safety ropes there that you have set up to keep your self anchored.
  4. Charging magical objects- The most obvious one is the magic sword!  Take it securely up to the tree..(ensure the storm has no lightening! Sword can act as a conductor and attract it…Do this only in a non-lightening storm).  Hold the word with both hands if possible (while being secured with ropes etc).. Hold the sword up to the strong winds..  and cleanse it first..then `breath in’ the storm through the sword, thereby charging it!   Alternatively, you can also hold a Crystal, a dream catcher or other such items to the wind to let it cleanse first then charg eit with raw elemental energies.

Well, hope these tips give you ideas..to get creative and do your own magical work in stormy weather.

Good Luck..Keep Safe..and bright blessings

-Mani Navasothy

(High Priest, Wicca/ Garderian Tradition).

Dealing with Kangaroo Courts in your Personal Relationships..!

Have you been tried in emotionally charged Kangaroo Courts?  

When a bunch of people say they want to `clear the air’, call you to a friendly meeting in their home-grounds, beware that shadow pack-mentality is already in play behind the scenes, and their subconscious minds are looking for ways to hammer you into some sort of submissions. Sadly their minds are already projecting their own shadows on you..and it’s because you are `not accepting’ that they’ve become disgruntled suddenly.. They will keep looking to find behavioral evidence in you that proves they were right about you after all.  Anything and.. sadly everything you say..  will be taken as evidence against you..and used to prove only your guilt.   It’s a no-justice situation.. !

Question of intention:

Personal meetings start with best of intentions..or so it will seem  (groups of friends, in membership organisations, private family circumstances).  But the question is …do you or others want a real resolution, or are you all just gunning for someone’s guts under a pretense of `clearing the air’?

Transpersonal concepts to look up (if you really are interested)

  • Shadows
  • Ego & super-Ego
  • Projections and Projection Breaking
  • Transference  and Counter transference.

Initial advise:  

 a) Avoid meeting in their home-grounds. Neutral places are very important.  You need to feel safe and secure, as much as others!

 b) Starting states:  Are you are already starting with apprehensions, possibly a sense of persecution?  Except lawyers, no one goes in to such meetings without apprehensions.   Having a friend there is a good idea.

c) Are you a Chicken?    Beware goading tactics by others – your confidence or calm posture is the first things people tend to `attack’ (consciously or not).  Bombarding you with issues, bringing up real  vulnerable old issues are ways others can keep you off your balance.   `challenging you’ into a corner, ie asking if you can handle things or not (goading your ego) is another tactics lawyers and naturally clever people use ..

 d)  If one or more party declares they are not in a good emotional place (due to other factors) or tired from a long day of work etc..  have the common sense and decency to  postpone..especially if a postponement has been asked for.  Don’t then throw emotional manipulation and force the meeting to go ahead anyway!    Physical or emotionally tired situations bring out inner-child tantrums ..it’s grossly unfair and counter-productive to what you ALL are trying or hoping to achieve, and these meetings need to be between adults..not your inner-children..  Playground is best for kids.. not reconcilliation meetings!!

 e) During meeting, make sure all parties are seated in a balanced way…no one sitting on a higher chair or lower than others (believe me, that’s actually a clever disempowerment technique! )

 f) Find a neutral 3rd party `facilitator’ …not one who is involved in the situation, or has strong bonds with the others (or with you).    And when a `facilitator’ has no counselling or psychology training, and is the one self-appointed or appointed by the other parties, that is already a clouded objective situation..!

 g) Do not represent your self..   You simply can’t when you are in a highly charged emotional state..and what you say will only be used against you. Even hardcore criminals have lawful proper representations!

 h) When others star by saying, we are all friends / family here and this is not a confrontation but a chance to clear the air or resolve matters – don’t fall for that. They may mean well but human nature quickly takes over..and so does mud-slinging, tit-for-tat cleverness, bullying, reverse psychology, playing the victim, turning on the tears and so on. Unless you are God or a Saint, one tiny negative (even perceived) comment WILL evoke an internal defensive or retaliation reaction.  Those will simmer and work in your or their subconscious through out, and will seek expression – not immediately, but 5 minutes, 10mins, 2 hrs or even 5 months later!

 i) It is best to enter these `meetings’ with plenty of safeguards of neutrality, objectivity and arbitration..  There is huge potential for making matters worse!

 j) When someone keeps accusing another of a particular action, there is 50 – 50 chance that a) they are making a real observation   and/or  b) they are projecting their own `stuff’

k) `I hear you’ is not the same as `I understand’..  and `I understand’ stated in the heat of a meeting does not necessarily mean they or you do understand on an emotional level.   Thinking & Feeling are on opposite ends of the spectrum in Psychology!

l) Often a single meeting is never enough to get to the heart of issues. Time needs to pass for all to absorb what each other have said, and further meet-ups are required..

 

I shall look through my years of Counselling & Psychology training notes, and add more tips here later..

-Mani Navasothy

ps. Originally posted as a `Note’ in my facebook page.   Find me on facebook ..look for my page..   Mani Navasothy

Tips for History-wipe & Going incognito (in Google Chrome)

Going incognito in Chrome-2
Going incognito in Chrome-2

The internet is becoming a very `dangerous’ place !

Am not sure if you are even aware – that Google Chrome, an internet browser – has settings for browsing in a private mode (called Incognito mode) where it does not save cookies, or even more fundamentally – you can erase the browsing history, as well as any files that are in the temporary folder and clogging up more and more of your computer memory (temp files are only useful …when you have visited a website, and want to visit it again..  days or weeks later..and want it to be a few seconds faster!  It can be cleared every day…without affecting your internet browsing).

So here, I’m showing (using screen capture) how to do both of these..

A.   How to go incognito in Google Chrome browser

You basically do this, as soon as you have clicked and opened the Chrome.. (before going to any websites).    When you have finished the internet session, just close it. But remember to do this each time you open the browser.

1. Open your Chrome browser.. Look at the far right…top corner.    You’ll see  3 small stripes. This is the button for the `settings’.    Click this to select.
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Here is a close-up of the top-right corner.

google tip32.  A small `dialogue’ box (with options) will open up on the right hand side..  It will look a bit like this.   The 3rd line in it will say something like `New incognito window’. Select that. A new browsing window will open up.   (The previous one will also be open.  Make sure you go into the previous one and close that!)

google tip4-new ingognito window in google browser

3. The new window will have the following symbol.. on the top- left hand corner.     ( a man wearing glasses and hat..  bit like a Detective under cover!) . While this symbol is there, you know you are in Incognito mode!

B.   How to wipe out History (and delete temporary files) from your Chrome Browser

Every time you visit a website – any website –  it’s files are copied into your browser’s files (and into your computer!) .  These files stay in your computer’s memory (in temporary folder) ..forever!  – unless you clear them!     What’s more, a full trail / record of every site and every page you visited…will also be kept.  (The `History’ of your internet browsing!).      If someone else were to use your computer, they can find out which sites you have been looking at.

Now at home this might be okay but if you are using a an office or public computer, you don’t want to leave a record of where you’ve been… for the next person to find!

So here’s how you clear the `History’   (and those clogging up temporary files).

1. Click on the chrome’s top-right corner (3 stripes ..  `setting’) button..

google tip3

2. As before, a dialogue box (with menu options) will open up on the right hand side..   This time..  select the `History’ option…as shown below.

google tip4- clearing History in Google browser

3. Another box will open up.. Like this.. and it will also have a long list of sites you have visited up to this moment..  (the list is not shown in this graphics…’cos it’s my private list..and I already wiped it before taking this screen shot :-p)

google tip6

4. Now click on the `Clear all browsing data’    button.. The following box with new options will come up on the screen!

.google tip7

Here you can choose different items..   But as you can see, I am a big fan of wiping out everything (history and temp files, pass words, auto fill data etc..)   I also select the  `the begining of time’  option (ie everything upto current moment).   You can alternatively just select `past hour’   or `past day’ or `past week..’ or `past 4 weeks’   .   If you choose that, remember that everything `before’ that specified duration will still be in your computer.

Warning:

If you also select `clear saved passwords’,  it will erase all passwords you have saved…(like when you log into facebook, and just close the screen..so next time when you go ..it lets you in straight away).    That means, next time, you need to enter passwords again..

Recently, a friend followed my advise and erased all history & passwords. But he had not saved his passwords elsewhere…or could not remember his own e-mail password. I had to help him re-set all that.    Don’t make the same mistake! 🙂

-Mani Navasothy

You are a Celebrity on Social Media – Please do not swear! (aka Be mindful of what you say)

swearing on Social Network
swearing on Social Network

Remember what the Presenter says to the `housemates’ (contestants) in a popular reality TV show ..`You are live on TV..Please do not swear!”   Well, the same goes for Social Media Network sites..

Take facebook for instance. Last time I checked it had about 1 billion members (assuming people don’t have multiple accounts..which they do…about a Million of them, according to previous news reports).  Now the World population is about 8 billion people.   So In this network alone, there’s about one eighth of the World population.

Now most people have their accounts as `public’ …(let’s discuss privacy issues in another post). So effectively, anyone of those 1 billion people on that site could take a look at anyone’s profile and status posts!

Everyday people who post ordinary stuff..   what they eat, where they went, who they met, their thoughts and feelings..and reactions..  what their pet is doing.. etc etc..  And they forget as they immerse themselves in this everyday sharing..(which is exactly what the site wants you to do) – that others are watching.

No problem..  if you are one of those people who don’t care about what others may think of you.   But if you are one of the people who’s public credibility and reputation matters …in your social or community standing, or more alarmingly, in your career…  then you really don’t want to be leaving a trail of self- incriminating  evidence…on your own personal profile or status updates!

The problem is..  personal profile and personal status updates are exactly that – personal. So it makes sense to write what you are thinking and feeling – without censoring it. Isn’t that what sharing sis?    Well, yes,  with your trusted inner sanctum of family and/or friends…in a private post or message..  or even in a private group.

But not in public.. or somewhere where potentially one of the or all of the other 1 billion people could look!

They don;t know you – and most likely, they won’t care.. other than take it as that moment’s entertainment. (After all, people do watch Soaps and dramas on TV…and enjoy the troubles and tribulations of `soap characters’  lives’  …Don’t they?  So why wouldn’t  some people   also behaving in enjoy reading about the trials, tribulations, tempers and tantrums ..of another stranger? ie you!)

Unless you’ve got your online privacy set sky-high – better than Fort Knox – and only your friends can see every word you type in your status updates- you really should not behaving in a manner that can come back and bite your reputation and credibility.

This is particularly important – I mean your online credibility – if you are a person who is a `public personality’ (known by many and is a wheeling n dealing life n soul of the party person), is providing a community or public product or service.

Words spread fast in the winds..  and faster in internet streams..pixel to pixel ..r and screen to screen..  and a personal disclosure or an emotional outburst of today..could topple the entire Empire tomorrow..! Smallest slips…and people will jump on you and tear your credibility apart..!!

We live in a Social media world, where even a genuine mistake or misunderstanding, or a technical (website) glitch… can be taken by some blinkered people (friends even) and escalated into a storm…that tears through one’s social, emotional or personal life.  So if you are intentionally slipping up and leaving trails of self-incriminating evidence.. not even Google can help you wipe it out!

Even if you delete your posts, no telling if an e-mail notification of it went into the inbox of all your contacts.. and here’s the thing… today’s `friends’ (one of 200 or one of 2,000!)  can turn our and become tomorrow’s foes…and then they’ll have the perfect tool to bring you down..  your own words!!

-Mani Navasothy

Maypoles & Motorbike crashes: The Death in Life aspect of the Wheel

Motorbike - devils chariot
Motorbike – devils chariot

Sunday 28th April – my partner and I were in a bus in Enfield, carrying a Maypole with ribbons (from it’ previous outing a week prior to it), and we were on our way to an outdoor Maypole Dance social in Trent Park..   We were on the upper deck of a double-decker London red bus..  literally 5 minutes away from Oakwood tube station.

At some point, I heard a strange sound crunching sound.. It was similar but deeper to what you would hear if you took a drink-can and crushed in with your hands..  or maybe it was similar to the sound of driving a wheelbarrow over a half-dozen small branches in the garden… as they rub and crack in a sequential sound..!

I remember swearing to myself thinking the bus had gone over some branches on the road..

The bus continued for a further 50 years..  and we were beginning to forget it…when it stopped. And then suddenly realisation hit me.. and I looked back through the back window..  Traffic was building up some 50 yards behind..  We got out quick..  and I had a better look ..

Back in the distance was a motorbike.. fallen on the road, and a few yards further back was a fully leather-clad face-down helmet-wearing human body.. motionless. People were gathering.

Both my partner and I got that kick in the gut sick feeling..  We didn’t want to stay…so we walked fast forward…about 20 minutes to the next station.. and eventually got to Trent park.

The weather was not brilliant.. (it had been so sunny the day before.. and the day afterwards…but on that day it was wet and cold..

Some friends had already arrived and put up a wind-breaker..  Another friend had brought a 3-piece tall Maypole..

We sat, socialized, made flower crowns, had  few nibbles..  We even practiced playing the Didgeridoo..

There was severe turn of weather..  It actually `rained’ hailstones..  first small ones..  then really large ones!

We retired to the cafe, warmed up with more coffee, and then I bid farewells, and got home with my partner April..

But no Maypole dancing took place.!

What has been going through our minds..  is that the Motorcyclist must have driven between the Bus and a car on the other side…but due to the angle got trapped between the two..and the two large vehicles of steel slowly rubbed, scraped and crushed the motorbike and its passenger.

A micro-moment of risk taking and miscalculating by him had most likely caused him his life..!

Over 2 decades ago, I lost my father to a street accident.. on an ordinary working day on a high street near Elephant & Castle, London, on a normal afternoon..  Drivers of a A bus, a car and a motorcycle were all giving conflicting accounts of how my father had run and fallen to the road. The Coroner’s inquest filed an open `accidental death’ .. So none more that I (and my family) are aware of the devastating effects of a human-road-kill..

It has taken me weeks and I am still not the same.. nor will I ever be.. after hearing that …bone-crunching sounds.. !

At this time of Maypoles and Beltane festivities and pagan frolics, celebrating life and love and sex..  nature reminds us of its opposite point on the Wheel of the Year..  Samhain..  the honouring  of the departed dead, and remembering the lost loved ones..!

But the Wheel will turn..  and Samhain will come..  once more..and then..  as we immerse ourselves i n thoughts of the dead, nature will remind us of the Life that is all around us.. !

-Mani Navasothy

Cookies: An Important notice about Internet Privacy

Beware of spyware and Adware -graphics -Mani Navasothy
What are Website Cookies? 

Am sure you have noticed – all professional websites of organisations and companies now have a legal note at the top – telling you about Cookies and how they collect data when you visit their website (s). Well, what exactly is it and what does it mean?

I have just written this `disclaimer/ legal note’  for all the 4 main esoteric sites I create & manage. (rest of my sites will be done soon).

And here below is the information I provided. While it may not be extensive, it will be helpful in you getting an initial understanding of what Cookies are and how webmasters, web hosting companies..and Google uses them..and for what.

Privacy, Cookies & Internet Safety

“Nearly all websites & site hosts have inbuilt software that places small tracking program called a `cookie’ – This collects user data, such as number of visits, where they are coming from (ie which link they used to arrive at a site, or if they did a search, or inputted a web address directly). Google analytics & Host companies provide simple (or complex) program for all web masters to access that data. Some websites actively use complex cookies. We do not do this, but rely on any data collected by Google & our site host.

Every time you visit a website (all) a cookie is placed in your web browser. You can set your own browsers to minimise this, (privacy or ingognito modes can be set) or delete cookies (set borwser to delete automatically on departing a site. Next time you arrive at a site, it will still place a new cookie, btu it will have no record of your previous visit).

Disabling or deleting cookies will generally not affect your viewing of (our) websites. But some websites out there have settings that make some parts of their website not-visible, unless their cookies are accepted.

This advise & info is provided to the best of our knowledge. You may wish to do your own search to be fully educated in this matter.”

-Mani Navasothy. 21st March 2013

 

My previous Blog entries on Internet safety

 SpyWare & Adware: How to stay safe online

Safety tips for avoiding spam

 

SpyWare & Adware: How to stay safe online

Beware of spyware and Adware -graphics -Mani Navasothy
Beware of spyware and Adware -graphics (c)ManiN

The following advise was sent out by Norton. I thought it good enough to share with you all, in case you have had these Spyware & internet virus problems. BTW, When I had a major internet / virus problem back in late 1990’s I had to reformat my (then) old PC and lost about 3 years worth of data and works.   It was then that I decided to get anti-virus safety software, and have kept up annual subscription. I know there are many FREE softwares, but am not sure if those FREE ones give the regular updates and support. So personally I am  a fan of buying a safety software (for as little as £25 these days) and it keeps your PC safe (total of 3 PCs) for a year. Not bad an investment and head-ache free.

-Mani  Navasothy

———————————- Advise from Norton begins———————–

Have you ever clicked on an intriguing ad or link while surfing the Web and had a barrage of pop-up windows flood your screen or your browser suddenly send you to a slew of unsavory sites? Or have you ever installed a free download and noticed that your computer is suddenly sluggish because, unbeknownst to you, a program is now tracking your online movements?

Welcome to the mystifying world of spyware and adware. These programs are more than annoying. They can also pose security risks to everyday Internet users like you.

Spyware and Adware

Spyware usually finds its way onto your computer without your knowledge or permission. It runs in the background, collecting information or monitoring your activities. A lot of spyware harvests information related to your computer and how you use it. For example, it may monitor your Web browsing patterns. However, more sophisticated forms of spyware have been known to capture and transmit highly personal information to identity thieves, from your website passwords and usernames to your credit card numbers or copies of your instant messages.

Adware is slightly different than spyware–the intent is primarily to display advertising content on your computer. Often using pop-up windows, adware programs flash advertisements and links to other websites. Many of these ads tout legitimate products. Some adware monitors your browsing activities and then uses that information to deliver more focused advertising content. Some people don’t mind, but others consider this practice an invasion of privacy.

The most important question is: Do you want this program on your computer? If it compromises privacy and security as you define it (or at a minimum, becomes a nuisance), then it falls squarely in the category of unwelcome software. And that means you need to learn how to deal with it.

How to Remove Spyware and Adware

Whether they pose security risks or performance headaches, it’s clear some types of spyware are more than a nuisance. For example, spyware and adware, working busily in the background, can dominate your computer’s resources, sometimes bringing down your entire system. While a slow machine is annoying for anyone, it’s especially hard on home office users.

Often these programs get installed along with other programs you’ve loaded. Of course, there’s probably some sort of notification within the software’s licensing agreement. However, these agreements tend to be quite long, and most of us don’t read them in their entirety. In a typical scenario, spyware or adware gets bundled with freeware you download from the Internet. While some see this as a fair tradeoff–you get free software, the software-maker gets to observe your habits–others find it deceptive and invasive.

Meanwhile, a lot of unwelcome software makes its way onto your machine as you surf the Web. In many cases, they get you to trigger a download by clicking on a pop-up window or fake dialog box. Some pop-ups contain an “urgent” or enticing message. It might offer a free gift or claim that you need to download software to see a Web page. The window often presents what appears to be a “yes” or “no” choice. In reality, if you click the window, it will download spyware or adware to your computer, so be sure to just close the window.

How to Avoid Spyware and Adware

A lot of unwelcome software ends up on your computer in part because of something you did or did not do. Here’s how to avoid unwanted spyware or adware:

  • Be selective about what you download to your computer. Make sure you really need a program before downloading it. And if you’ve never heard of the software maker, read its website carefully to learn more about the people behind the technology, as well as the technology itself. Also, watch out for ActiveX, which is a common tool for installing spyware without your knowledge or consent. You can turn off ActiveX via your browser preferences and you can always turn it back on should a trusted site require it.
  • Read licensing agreements. It can seem daunting to read these agreements, but to play it safe, don’t just scroll to the bottom and click the “I accept” button when installing freeware. Instead, read each agreement carefully and look for language pertaining to any information-gathering activity, which could mean that you’ll get spyware or adware along with your freebie.
  • Watch out for anti-spyware scams. The Web is rife with “anti-spyware” tools that do little or nothing to prevent spyware. Some even make it worse. Purveyors of these tools often provide free scans, which almost invariably identify hundreds of spyware programs on your computer. They then immediately ask you to buy their bogus product.
  • Beware of clickable advertisements. Try to avoid programs–especially freeware–that flash clickable ads. These ads should be a red flag. If you click the ads, it’s possible someone is watching how you respond to them.

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Advise on Paypal & Yahoo spam e-mails circulating at the moment

Dear Readers,  I thought I’d safely copy some examples of the spams I have been noticing at the moment.  Just so that you (if you get anything like this) don’t fall for it.

What to look out for:

  1. The e-mail asks you to change your account contact details, bank details, etc 
  2. It may notify that a new e-mail has been added so you need to confirm that. ..or verify an existing e-mail as a regular maintenance procedure.
  3. It may ask that your limit of e-mails or spending has been reached and by clicking a link and verifying (you still exist) it can be sorted etc.

Why it’s a spam:

  1. If you have a Paypal account, then they will always contact you and address you by your full paypal registered name (ie if your paypal name is under Mr John Smith, the e-mail will start with, `Dear Mr John Smith’.    It will never start with, `Dear Pay pal user’
  2. If Paypal is genuinely contacting you with a security precaution, they will always ask you to log in to your own account and correct changes or check changes. They will never put a link in an e-mail and say `just click here’  (even if that link looks long and complex and `real’
  3. Yahoo e-mail accounts are ongoing, and don;t have any sort of limits. They never state that when you sign up! So you don’t  reach any sort of e-mail limits!   In the modern days of cloud computing, storage and when an ordinary person  can buy a mass storage of say 750 Gbytes or even 1 Tera Bytes for under £50,  giants like Yahoo, Google, hotmail providers have huge storage power..

——Examples of spams I received recently————————————————

example 1:  Yahoo related spam.

Dear Customer

Your E-mail account has exceeded its limit and needs to be verified, if not verified within 24hours, we shall suspend your account. Click Here to verify your email account now

Thanks,

Yahoo Team.

Thank You for Being A Loyal Yahoo! Mail User.

 

example 2(a) Paypal related spam:

You’ve sent a payment
Transaction ID:5WR54413KR350193D
Dear customer,

You’ve sent a payment for 53.00 GBP to Carol A Irving.

Please note that it may take a little while for this payment to appear in the Recent Activity list on your Account Overview.

View the details of this transaction online

Note: If you haven’t authorized this transaction ,click the link below to remove limitations to your account and get full refund.
Go to the Help Center and remove you limitations at: https://xxxxxxxxxxxxxx  (Note: This looks like a very real paypal website..But it’s usually hyperlinked to a different or false page..So don’t click anything like this..)

Amount: 53.00 GBP
Currency conversion: 53.00 GBP = $81.65 AUD
Exchange rate: 1 GBP = 1.54 AUD
Sent on: Wednesday, 09 January 2013
Yours sincerely,
PayPal

 Help Center | Resolution Center | Please do not reply to this email because we are not monitoring this inbox. To get in touch with us, log in to your account and click “Contact Us” at the bottom of any page.

Copyright © 2013 PayPal Inc. All rights reserved.

Consumer advisory: PayPal Pte Ltd, the Holder of the PayPal™ payment service stored value facility, does not require the approval of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Consumers (users) are advised to read the terms and conditions carefully.

PayPal Email ID PP118

example 2(b): Paypal related spam

Dear PayPal Customer,
You have added david.wilson001@hotmail.co.uk as a new email address for your Paypal account.

If you did not authorize this change, check with family members and others who may have access to your account first.
If you still feel that an unauthorized person has changed your email, click on restore account PayPal and follow the next steps.
Restore your Paypal Account

NOTE: For security reasons, we will record your ip-address, the date and time, Deliberate wrong inputs are criminally pursued and indicated.
Please understand that this is a security measure intended to help protect you and your account.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
If you choose to ignore our request, you leave us no choice but to temporary suspend your account.

Sincerely,
PayPal Account Review Department
Copyright © 1999-2012 PayPal. All rights reserved.

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Remember, the above are but a few examples of the spam e-mails that are circulating.  These all play on the panic & worry instincts of general internet users.    Don’t click on any links..   If you really are worried about anything,  log in to that service or account separately (by typing the full url code in address bar..  ie http://www.Yahoo.co.uk      or  http://www.Paypal.com       and then login to your account using your own username and password, and check that all is well.  If not, contact those service providers.  If in doubt, contact the relevant service provider independently!

-Mani Navasothy