E-mail notifications are an important part of social networking services like Facebook. If you have to continually visit a web site to see what's new, you lose much of the excitement that comes with comments on your photos or other shared items. You might miss invitations to events or opportunities to connect with a long-lost friend who's in town for a day or two.But e-mail notifications are also a potential security risk. If a potential attacker can create a realistic-looking imitation of a Facebook notification, you might find yourself clicking on a link that can lead to malware or attempt to steal your login credentials.Spotting a fake isn't as easy as it seems. I've assembled four Facebook notifications that arrived in my e-mail inbox recently. Which are real, and which are fake? Answers are in the caption beneath each screen shot.
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I've spent the last six months immersed in Office 2010, using all the core programs day in and day out, digging in to see what's new, what works, and what's still annoying after all these years. In this post, I'll give you a wide-ranging overview of what's in Office 2010, so you can decide whether it matters to you.