When asked, “What do you do to protect your personal privacy?” you answered!
The e-mails poured in for this special issue, and here are some of the very best privacy-related tips, techniques, and tools recommended by your fellow readers.
Malware researchers are now finding the same kinds of Microsoft Security Essentials problems reported earlier in Windows Secrets.
Clearly, MSE is far from perfect. Should you dump it? Let’s sort out the facts.
Every copy of Windows 7 includes a complete suite of backup tools. The suite contains everything you need to back up (and restore) your entire system.
What’s more, after you’ve set up your initial backup, future backups happen automatically.
When Win7′s network-location setting fails, you may need to sneak in the back way.
A mangled location setting can make a PC think that safe home or work networks are unsafe Public networks — and prevent you from correcting the problem!
Readers’ PCs suffer “Invalid System Disk” errors and a doubled boot time.
From XP onward, Windows rarely suffers serious boot problems. But when they do happen, help is close at hand.
The recent LizaMoon Top Story generated a deluge of reader e-mails!
Some of the letters criticized my actions — but most of the letters requested additional details and some asked excellent “what if?” questions.
It’s one of those “What the heck!” moments: an alert pops up, stating, “Windows has blocked access to this file.”
This little annoyance started in XP, became common in Vista, and is still hanging around in Windows 7; but a fix is easy and the same for all three OSes.
Adobe’s offerings can present more than their fair share of installation issues.
But there are plenty of options for repairing, reinstalling, or replacing problematic software.
A nasty piece of malware known as LizaMoon has hijacked links on millions of websites in the past weeks, including some normally safe iTunes and Google links.
Fortunately, LizaMoon is easy to avoid if you know what to look for.
Free tools from Microsoft, other software publishers, and RAM vendors all can work together to solve your PC’s memory troubles.
In Windows 7 and Vista, an easy-to-use Memory Diagnostic Tool is built right into the operating system; XP users have other choices.