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Often times you may run across some nasty software that will refuse to run inside a virtual environment. Usually malware is the biggest culprit here, but some legitimate programs may also refuse to install if a virtual machine environment is detected. Fortunately VMware has created a work around to prevent software from detecting a virtual machine.
There are many reasons why you'd want to setup secure email communications (aka: encryption), especially given recent freedom of speech, privacy, and censorship issues in Western cultures. It is useful and now thanks to Mozilla Thunderbird, it's also very easy to configure and use.
Interestingly, at about 3:00 AM on Sunday April 11 (that is when I noticed it), the WHOIS queries for several high profile domains appear to be hacked. GOOGLE.COM, AMAZON.COM, GODADDY.COM, MICROSOFT.COM, YAHOO.COM, FACEBOOK.COM, etc. Yet several smaller domains, such as UNIBIA.COM, PACYWORLD.COM, VIEWSONIC.COM, and BROADBANDREPORTS.COM are un-affected.