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  • How-Tos: How to check your Android device for malware

    The amount of malware designed to infect mobile phones running Google's Android has surged, security researchers have revealed.

  • How-Tos: Password Management: Idiot-Proof Tips

    Before the Internet, passwords played only a tiny role in everyday life. Think about it: Except for your ATM PIN, what important codes did you need to remember? Probably none. But now, you can’t click a link without hitting another site that requires a password. Doesn’t matter if it’s a big-name destination like Google Docs or Mint.com, or a smaller, more private site such as your local library or company intranet. You want in? Password, please.

  • How-Tos: How to update Adobe Flash Player

    Hackers are constantly exploiting bugs in software that's related to surfing the web, and Adobe Flash Player is no exception.

  • How-Tos: Recover a Stolen Laptop with Free LockItTight

    In the last month, two family members and one friend have had laptops stolen right out of their homes. Sadly, none of the systems were equipped with remote-monitoring software, meaning the chances of recovery are just about zero.

  • How-Tos: Top 5 Tips for protecting your mobile from phone hacking

    Phone hacking can happen to anyone. Here's how to secure your phone.

  • How-Tos: How to Stay Safe on Campus: 5 Easy Tips

    You're starting school this fall. You've got your classes. You've got your books. You may even have a new laptop. But how can you keep your PC and gadgetry safe and secure while you're at school?

  • How-Tos: How to enable cookies in Internet Explorer 9

    When surfing the net, websites will leave little bits of information, known as cookies, stored on your PC. These cookies allow your browser to remember your login details or site preferences. It's very easy to enable and disable them

  • How-Tos: How to enable cookies in Firefox 5

    When surfing the net, websites will leave little bits of information, known as cookies, stored on your PC. These cookies allow your browser to remember your login details or site preferences. It's very easy to enable and disable them. Here's how to do it in Firefox 5.

  • How-Tos: Did Facebook Give me a Virus?

    Facebook told QueenPendragon that her PC was infected. The message looked very much like rogue malware trying to trick her into downloading something vicious. She asked the Antivirus & Security Software forum for advice.

  • How-Tos: How to track down lost or stolen tech

    Gadgets are lost or stolen all the time, and usually are never to be seen again. Hardware-tracing services can improve your odds of getting them back.

  • How-Tos: How to create friend 'lists' on Facebook

    Social networking Facebook is great for sharing the latest news and photos from your life with your friends.

  • How-Tos: Password management systems: How to compare and use them

    With username and password prompts coming at users with every personal and professional login, every once in a while they're bound to forget which combinations go with which access requests.

  • How-Tos: Avoid Getting Scammed by Fake Tech-Support Calls

    Scams come in all shapes and sizes. The evildoers who create viruses and spyware, for instance, often rely on scare tactics, like a pop-up window with an alarming message like, "Your computer is infected! Click here to scan your system and remove the malicious software."

  • How-Tos: What to do if you receive a suspect email

    A reader received an email that he thought might be a phishing attack. But how to respond?

  • How-Tos: How to stop automatic photo-tagging on Facebook

    Facebook has recently come under fire for rolling out Tag Suggestions, an automatic photo-tagging tool, to its users without alerting them first.

  • How-Tos: Avoiding Embarrassing Photo Sharing on Twitter

    In light of Rep. Anthony Weiner's embarrassing announcement Monday that he had sent inappropriate pictures of himself to six different women on Twitter it seems that now is the ideal time to discuss how you can avoid suffering a similar fate. After all, posts to social networking services are becoming ever more scrutinized by employers and, in the case of public figures, the press. So we're proud to present PCWorld's 4 step plan to avoid embarrassing photo sharing on Twitter.

  • How-Tos: How to run Defender in Windows Vista

    Advice on what to do if you can't get Defender to work correctly in Windows Vista.

  • How-Tos: How to shop safely online

    PC Advisor explains the selling regulations that exist to protect your purchase online, and what to do if you are unhappy with a product you have purchased over the web.

  • How-Tos: Keep Your Data in Sync Across Platforms and Devices

    People are no longer tied to any specific location or device as they roam about getting work done on laptops, tablets, or even smartphones. The challenge is to keep everything synced so you can access the same data from each of those platforms.

  • How-Tos: How to prevent Windows Security Center switching itself off

    I'm having problems with Windows Security Center, which keeps switching itself off. I get a warning flag pop-up in the Taskbar, but when I try to activate the service Action Center reports that 'The Windows Security Center service can't be started'. When I restart it in Control Panel Services, Action Center immediately reports it's off again.


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