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    Whether you just upgraded your Android smartphone to another device, your organization is finally replacing that old Android with something newer and shinier or you've decided to trade devices with a friend, it's a very smart idea to wipe any and all sensitive information from your smartphone before passing it off, not just to ensure that your personal data remains private, but to also make sure your device runs like new for its next owner.

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    Losing your smartphone these days is similar to losing your handbag or wallet.

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  • How-Tos: How to recycle your old mobile phone online

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  • How-Tos: How to configure Windows Explorer in Windows 7

    A reader wrote to tell us he doesn't like Windows Explorer in Windows 7, and asking if he could use it in a Windows XP mode. Our Helproom expert told him how to configure Windows Explorer so it works just the way you want.

  • How-Tos: How to check your Facebook profile for security threats

    When it comes to spam, malware and malicious content, social network Facebook is fast becoming one of the hotspots on the web

  • How-Tos: Upgrading from XP to Windows 7

    A reader wrote to us asking how to install Windows 7 on an additional partition of his Windows XP PC, access all data from both operating systems, and then delete XP without losing anything. Unfortunately, as our Helproom Expert explains, it's not that simple.

  • How-Tos: Secrets of Lions Spotlight menu

    The handy Spotlight menu, at the far right of your menu bar, is even handier in Lion because it offers new ways to work with the list of search results. Click the magnifying glass icon or use the default Command-Spacebar shortcut to open the menu, and type in your search term. Then, use these tips to go from searching to doing.

  • How-Tos: How to stop your BlackBerry being stolen

    Use your phone's GPS to locate your lost phone via a map on the internet, display a message on your phone's screen e.g. 'reward if returned to…', it also lets you back-up, wipe and lock your phone remotely.

  • How-Tos: How to transfer photos from a BlackBerry smartphone to a PC

    More and more smartphone users are utilising the camera on their handset to capture great digital snaps, and BlackBerry users are no exception. However, if you get too snap happy, you may find your phone's memory gets clogged up with pics of your holidays, your mates and even your pets.

  • How-Tos: Can you use a PCI Express card in a PCI card slot?

    QUESTION I have a Dell Dimension 2400 PC running Windows XP SP3. Can I use a TP-Link TL-WN781ND PCI Express card in its PCI slots? Jim Melvin

  • How-Tos: Help! Windows Vista won't update

    A reader found they couldn't update their Windows Vista PC to SP2. Our Helproom Expert diagnosed the problem, and offered a solution.

  • How-Tos: How to check Twitter for potential security threats

    Social network's are a breeding ground for spam, malware and malicious content, and micro-blogging service Twitter is no exception.

  • How-Tos: How to find and replace a missing video codec

    A reader wrote to us complaining that she couldn't get video files to play in Windows Media Player. Our Helproom expert diagnosed a missing codec, and set about solving the problem.

  • How-Tos: How to transfer photos from a Google Android smartphone to a PC

    More and more smartphone users are utilising the camera on their handset to capture great digital snaps, and Google Android users are no exception.

  • How-Tos: How to lock apps on a BlackBerry

    Here is how you can lock specific apps on your BlackBerry for free and subsequently hand over your BlackBerry, safe in the knowledge that important emails and messages won't be read by the wrong people.

  • How-Tos: How to copy BlackBerry contacts to a memory card

    While backing-up the contacts on your BlackBerry to a SIM card is a great way to ensure you don't lose names, numbers and emails if your handset has to be wiped, it doesn't protect you if you lose the smartphone itself.

  • How-Tos: How to clone a PC's hard drive

    If you're about to upgrade your hard drive or your operating system, you should play it safe and clone your hard drive first. Here's how.

  • How-Tos: Upgrade a PC to make it fast, stable and secure

    Get your hands dirty, and you can get a lot more from your PC hardware. We look at how to tweak a processor, install a faster CPU, switch to a more powerful graphics card or cool things down for improved efficiency.

  • How-Tos: How to copy BlackBerry contacts to a PC

    While backing-up the contacts on your BlackBerry to a SIM card is a great way to ensure you don't lose names, numbers and emails if your handset has to be wiped, it doesn't protect you if you lose the smartphone itself.


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