Author Archives: Fred Langa

Fred Langa

About Fred Langa

Fred Langa is senior editor. His LangaList Newsletter merged with Windows Secrets on Nov. 16, 2006. Prior to that, Fred was editor of Byte Magazine (1987 to 1991) and editorial director of CMP Media (1991 to 1996), overseeing Windows Magazine and others.

Protect yourself from the next big data breach

Huge online attacks, such as the recent Adobe break-in, bring to mind a pressing question: What should we do if our credit-card data or sign-in credentials are stolen? Plus, what steps will help minimize future exposures when large corporate sites are cracked — as they no doubt will be — by malicious hackers and cyber thieves?

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Creating customized recovery images for Win8

Windows 8’s easy-to-use and built-in backup, restore, and rebuild tools go far beyond those found in previous versions of Windows. When using Win8’s Refresh option, the advanced Recimg tool can preserve your current Win8 setup — including desktop apps that Refresh would, by default, remove.

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A clean-slate reinstall for Windows 8

Windows 8’s built-in, automated ‘Remove everything and reinstall’ option provides a fast way to give systems a totally fresh start. Used properly, it can clear up even the worst types of software trouble and malware infections — it can even help improve your privacy and data security.

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