dinosaurs and giant bugs or just a question of
trying to find your way across town, this game
is intense, action packed and visually stunning.
Star Wars: Battlefront II (expected to be
rated T). Break out your light sabers, Star
Warriors, Star Wars: Battlefront II is your
chance to fight for the light or dark side of the
Force in single-player and team-based battles
in some familiar locations. You can play as a
sword-wielding Jedi, a lightning-emitting Sith
or any one of many more mortal creatures as
you battle on land or in space.
King Kong thrilled movie a
and now video-game playe
Mature matters rorists of Rainbow Team when bioterrorists
SOCOM 3: U.S. Navy SEALs (rated M). come after them. In the tradition of Rainbow
SOCOM 3 is an online squad-based simula- Six games, Lockdown is squad based with real-tion of Navy SEAL operations. The weapons world weapons and tactics. popular titles at Costco over the holidays.
and tactics of this series have always been cre- Also, costco.com will feature several addi- Watch for assortments in two- and three-ated with an eye for realism. This time Sony tional hot game titles this holiday season. packs at great prices in the warehouses. C
steps up the game by giving the operatives the These include Need for Speed: Most Wanted
ability to swim and hide underwater, making (rated T), The Incredibles: Rise of the
a great game even better. Underminers (rated E) and SpongeBob: Steven L. Kent is a Seattle-based journalist spe-
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Lockdown (rated Lights, Cameras, Pants (rated E). cializing in video games. The Clone Republic,
M). The tables get turned on the counterter- These individual games aren’t the only his first novel, is due in stores this March.
NEVER IN HISTORY have we “shared” so
much with others, allowing them to read all
of our mail and wade though our personal
information, including credit-card and Social
Security numbers. These miscreants are peeking through a window of opportunity known
as the wireless home network. that encrypts your personal information. forever. Remember when no one locked their
By Charles Bermant
In some cases, the dangers are overstated. These programs scramble the information front doors or chained their bicycles?
Generally, your neighbors aren’t interested or passing between your computer and your Protecting your wireless network, then,
even able to successfully steal your online router to make the system harder to hack. requires an awareness of the threat.
stuff. But the danger may not come from a They do so by automatically generating and “People lock their doors at night,” says
neighbor. Stu Elefant, senior product manager rotating strong encryption keys. Elefant. “And most of the thieves move on.” C
at McAfee, a leading maker of software pro- It’s a particularly important step if you
tection programs, tells of people who go out conduct financial transactions online. And it Charles Bermant writes a weekly column
“war driving” in search of unsecured wireless can help thwart the typical threats from hack- about e-mail for The Seattle Times.
signals to steal. They have sophisticated tools, ers: launching attacks, installing unwanted
such as antennas that can snag a wireless sig- programs and illegally downloading copy-nal from miles away. They capture the data righted content using your identity. The Costco Connection
and analyze it live, or they can save it for later. Vulnerability won’t go away overnight: Costco carries Wireless Home Network
You’re susceptible to attack if you have a Statistics show that 60 percent of today’s home Security 2006 from McAfee in the ware-
wireless network. The solution is software networks are still unprotected. That won’t last houses and at costco.com.