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  • How-Tos: How to enable Family Safety features in Windows 8

    The Internet? Kind of a cesspool. And as the parent of kids who are now old enough to operate a Web browser, you can bet I'm keen on checking their activities and filtering out the inappropriate content.

  • How-Tos: Back up, wipe and restore your iPad

    If you're planning to sell or give away your iPad, then it is essential that your personal information and data be erased from it. If it's running sluggish after a few years, sometimes backing up your data, erasing it from the tablet and restoring it might improve performance.

  • How-Tos: Wi-Fi & router acronyms in a nutshell

    SSID, WEP, WPA2, TKIP, CCMP, PSK and more – few other areas of PC expertise are quite as filled with cryptic acronyms as the router configuration. Here's what they all mean and which you should choose.

  • How-Tos: 12 simple steps to safer social networking

    Confession time: I'm an inveterate social media junkie. From Facebook to Instagram to Diaspora, whenever a new communication platform rolls around--or comes back around--I'm ready to leap aboard.

  • How-Tos: How to share folders without homegroups in Windows 7

    The homegroup function of Windows 7, while convenient, is by far not everybody's cup of tea. It is neither compatible with older Windows versions or Linux, nor does it give access to certain system-wide folders. Here's how you can share folders with the old, but trusty Network Sharing Settings.

  • How-Tos: How to gain access to your Windows account if you lose your password

    If you're using a single account, it's surprisingly easy to lock yourself out of your own computer by losing your password. Luckily, its just as easy to get back in again without leaving a trace – so long as you haven't misplaced your Windows Installation DVD. Here's how.

  • How-Tos: Protect your Gmail account with Google's two-step authentication

    If you want your Gmail account to be as safe as possible, using the optional two-step authentication is the way to go. We'll show you how it works and what it involves.

  • How-Tos: How to hide user accounts from the log-on screen in Windows 7

    Not every user account is meant to be seen by other people. When password-protection just doesn't cut it and you want that extra bit of discretion, you should hide your accounts from the log-in screen altogether. Here's how.

  • How-Tos: Windows 8 picture passwords: Their great untapped potential

    Love it or hate it, Windows 8 is the bellwether for PCs. Where Microsoft goes, PCs follow. And now Microsoft is making a grab for the mobile market, too. The latest version of Windows is designed with touchscreens in mind, and one bright side of that evolution is the addition of features that make Windows more intuitive and easier to use on all devices.

  • How-Tos: Windows 8: Put its hidden security features to work!

    Don't let the Windows 8 haters brainswash you: Microsoft actually introduced a few great features in its new operating system, some of which will help keep you safer from malware and other security threats. Though most of these security enhancements are active by default, you still must be proactive to get the most from them. Also, one new Windows 8 feature presents specific security concerns that must be addressed to keep your PC--and your data--as safe as possible. Let's jump in and investigate.

  • How-Tos: How to unlock an Android phone/tablet

    It's wise to use a security measure to protect from unauthorised access your Android smartphone or tablet, whether you use a pattern, PIN, password or face lock. But what do you do when you forget your own access code?

  • How-Tos: Get free web filtering

    Keep your kids safe online by using this free website filtering tool. Here's how to set it up.

  • How-Tos: How to temporarily disable Microsoft Security Essentials

    When it comes to keeping my PC secure, I rely on a small handful of tools: Windows 7's built-in firewall, Gmail's spam filtering, Web of Trust's helpful browser plug-in, and Microsoft's free Security Essentials anti-virus utility.

  • How-Tos: Encrypt (almost) anything

    It's all too easy to neglect data security, especially for a small business. While bigger organizations have IT departments, service contracts, and enterprise hardware, smaller companies frequently rely on consumer software, which lacks the same sort of always-on security functionality.

  • How-Tos: 'Red October' malware: what you need to know

    Kaspersky Lab this week announced that it had found what it described as a shadowy group of hackers who had been harvesting date from various diplomatic, government, and scientific research computer networks. According to the Kaspersky Lab report, the Red October hackers have been specifically targeting high-ranking individuals in public sector roles in so-called 'spear phishing' attacks (targeted phishing). Here's everything you need to know about Red October.

  • How-Tos: Answer Line: Malware or false positive?

    Davikokar launched a program even though Norton warned that it was a Trojan. A subsequent hard drive scan revealed nothing bad. Davikokar then asked the Antivirus & Security Software forum if Norton had given a false positive?

  • How-Tos: How to encrypt a file in XP

    Our Helproom Editor explains how to password-protect files when using a PC or laptop running Windows XP.

  • How-Tos: Three New Year's resolutions for PC users

    A new year is upon us, and that can mean only one thing: resolutions. For most folks, these tend to be of the "get in shape" or "quit smoking" variety. But if you're a PCWorld reader, consider adding some PC-specific resolutions to the mix.

  • How-Tos: How to activate Windows Defender in Windows 8

    Like every new Windows release, Windows 8 is more secure than the operating systems that came before it. That's due in large part to three major enhancements: An increased emphasis on UEFI Secure Boot optimizations, the extension of the SmartScreen Filter across the operating system, and the default inclusion of a more robust version of Windows Defender, which now protects against all kinds of malware--not just spyware.

  • How-Tos: Lock and encode your flash drives with BitLocker To Go encryption in Windows 8

    Losing your USB flash drive before a big presentation is a terrible way to start a Monday. Losing a drive that also contains valuable personal data or confidential company information will ruin your whole week—and maybe your career. Luckily, Windows users can easily hedge their bets against such disasters by using the free BitLocker To Go utility to quickly encrypt portable drives.


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