Windows’ built-in firewall does not automatically alert you to phone-home sorts of behavior.
But you can alter the firewall’s default settings, either manually or with a free add-on tool.
Make sure your remote-control tools guard against man-in-the-middle attacks.
Here’s what to look for in remote control, remote access, and remote assistance software.
Libraries — special-purpose virtual folders — can be confusing at first. But they are extremely handy, once you get the hang of them.
How to use Libraries is hard to describe but easier to understand when you see them in action — and that’s what this article will show you.
The various e-mail clients and systems store messages in different ways, some of which might work at cross-purposes with one of the top PC-search tools — Google Desktop Search.
But with a few quick tweaks, all your e-mails should be able to be indexed and rapidly searched by Google Desktop Search.
A free tool from Microsoft’s Sysinternals can show you exactly what’s preventing smooth system shutdowns.
Process Explorer works on XP, Vista, and Windows 7 and is available in either a self-contained or a live, Web-based version.
The author of the Samy worm has released a new tool for creating permanent cookies that evade classic cookie-management tools.
Evercookies hide themselves in eight different places, and they can regenerate themselves if you delete them.
If you’re concerned about deleted-data security, you need to think about what happens when you move or cut-and-paste files.
It takes an extra step or two, but free software — including two little-known tools from Microsoft — can make all your deleted data safe from data snoops, regardless of how the files were originally deleted.
In just minutes, you can transform Word 2010 and other Office apps from general-purpose tools to custom software with exactly the features and functions you need.
Microsoft Word 2010, and all the Office 2010 and Office 2007 mainline applications, share a common interface that’s amazingly configurable, once you know the tricks.
Windows’ numerous ease-of-use settings are meant to help — but sometimes they backfire.
Accidentally triggering an assistive-technology setting can leave you wondering why Windows reacts to commands in a puzzling way.
When you want to grab an image off your screen, Windows’ own built-in image-capture tools will do the trick nicely most of the time.
And when the simplest methods don’t work, there’s extra help readily available — no matter what you’re trying to capture.