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    A reader found he couldn't install software from the PC Advisor cover disc. Our Helproom Expert explains the problem, and how to solve it.

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    A reader was warned by his security software of a 'rogue program' attempting to connect to the internet from his PC. But is it a virus, or a false positive? Our Helproom Expert outlines how to approach the problem.

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    Online shopping across Europe in the eight weeks to Christmas looks set to hit €52bn (£44.98bn).

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  • How-Tos: How To Lock Down Your Wireless Network

    If you operate a wireless network for your home or business, it's important to ward it against opportunistic hackers seeking to steal your data or hijack your Wi-Fi for their own nefarious purposes. We spoke to Steven Andrés, CTO of security consulting firm Special Ops Security, to learn about the best ways to lock down your Wi-Fi. To get started, you'll need to log in to your router's administrative console by typing the router's IP address into your Web browser's address bar. Most routers use a common address like 192.168.1.1, though alternatives like 192.168.0.1 and 192.168.2.1 are also common. Check the manual that came with your router to determine the correct IP address; if you've lost your manual, you can usually find the appropriate IP address on the manufacturer's website.

  • How-Tos: How to protect a smartphone against malware

    Smartphone malware has surged by 800% in last four months. PC Advisor explains how you can secure you mobile phone against future attacks.

  • How-Tos: Protect a wireless network without using a password

    One contributor protects his Wi-Fi network without using a password.

  • How-Tos: Can I use an older software licence key with a newer product?

    A reader wanted to know if she could use her older BullGuard Internet Security licence with an updated version of the software. Our Helproom Expert explains.

  • How-Tos: Speed Up Windows on What Should be a Fast PC

    LiveBrianD asked the Windows forum for advise on improving performance on a slow PC. Given the PC's hardware, Brian feels that it should be faster.

  • How-Tos: How to remove an autorun worm

    If your Word documents suddenly have the file extention .exe, rather than .doc, and other files have been converted to link files, your PC has probably been infected by an autorun worm. Our Helproom expert explains what you should do.

  • How-Tos: How to remove your general location from Facebook posts

    Following changes rolled-out on social network Facebook in September this year, you may have noticed that some of your posts, or those of friends, feature a location next to the timestamp.

  • How-Tos: How to set-up two-step authentication on Facebook

    Google launched a new campaign with the Citizens Advice Bureau this week in a bid to promote online safety to Brits.

  • How-Tos: How to view active sessions on Facebook

    Facebook's Active Sessions feature allows social networkers to see a list of locations and times their account was recently accessed from, as well as the type of device was used.

  • Video: Video: Idaho National Laboratory show how to avoid industrial attacks

    A group of experts from the Idaho National Laboratory are playing hackers bent on industrial destruction.

  • How-Tos: What to do if you think you have been hacked

    Whether you were conned into sharing your details on Facebook, had your bank card cloned or use an online gaming service that was hacked, you need to be proactive about clawing back your privacy and protecting your identity.

  • How-Tos: How to Recover a Lost Phone, Tablet, or Laptop

    The bad news: At some point, your cell phone is likely to go missing. Whether it falls out of your pocket in a cab, or you leave it unattended in a public place for a few seconds only to have it swiped by someone with sticky fingers and low moral fiber, your phone is vulnerable. In fact, according to a report from security software company Symantec, 36 percent of U.S. consumers have had a cell phone disappear on them.

  • How-Tos: How to set-up a SIM lock on a BlackBerry

    If you're unlucky enough to lose your smartphone or have it stolen, as accidents happen to all of us, it's not only the hardware that could fall into the wrong hands.

  • How-Tos: How to set-up a SIM lock on an Apple iPhone

    If you're unlucky enough to lose your smartphone or have it stolen, as accidents happen to all of us, it's not only the hardware that could fall into the wrong handsets.

  • How-Tos: How to set-up a SIM lock on a Google Android device

    If you're unlucky enough to lose your smartphone or have it stolen, as accidents happen to all of us, it's not only the hardware that could fall into the wrong handsets.

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