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Best of Executive Tech, Part 1
December 19, 2006
By Brian Livingston

Brian Livingston Here’s a year-end “Greatest Hits” collection of Executive Tech columns. Next week we’ll post another bunch of readers’ favorites. Happy holidays!

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Is IE 7 Really More Secure Than IE 6?
Our Executive Tech columnist assesses whether Microsoft's latest browser is safer to use than its much-maligned predecessor.

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If your company isn't taking a few simple steps to demonstrate the emails its sending aren't spam, many recipients are filtering them right into the trash.

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Brian Livingston is the editor of and the co-author of Windows Vista Secrets and 10 other books. Send story ideas to him via his contact page. To subscribe free and receive Executive Tech via e-mail, visit our signup page.

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