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Tracey Capen

About Tracey Capen

Editor in chief Tracey Capen was the executive editor of reviews at PC World magazine for 10 years, from 1995 to 2005. He was InfoWorld's managing editor of reviews from 1993 to 1995 and worked in the magazine's test center and as networking editor from 1989 to 1992. Between his stints at InfoWorld, he was senior labs editor at Corporate Computing magazine.

Protecting your personal information online

All those things we have connected to the Internet, from our cell phones to our desktop PCs (and even possibly our kids), are ratting on us to online marketers and hackers.

Our second theme issue of 2011 tackles the thorny topic of personal privacy and security on the Internet and provides a wealth of tips on how to protect your children and yourself.

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WindowSecrets.com 2.0 formally launched

Nearly a week ago, the new Windows Secrets site moved from beta to the real thing.

The migration was far from easy and we’re still working out a few kinks, but our updated site is live for all to see.

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Portable black hole gives employee access to all

Here’s a video we’ve used before, but we think it’s both appropriate for this issue’s theme and certainly humorous enough to repeat.

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Special report on small-business security

This issue marks what may be a first for Windows Secrets — an entire issue devoted to one topic.

The theme for this week is small-business security. It’s the first of a series of special issues we plan to publish each year.

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Visit the new Windows Secrets beta site

We are now in our second preview week for the new WindowsSecrets.com.

The beta test is going well, and we appreciate the many helpful comments from our early visitors. But before the site goes live, we want to make sure it’s rock-solid.

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An update on the Windows Secrets newsletter

Every month, we get one or two reader letters asking about the relationship between our stories and our ads. To put it bluntly, there isn’t any.

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An especially busy week for computing oddities

New this week in the Lounge: Excel doesn’t print the numerals 6 or 8, a user’s machine thinks Windows 7 is fake, and some very old calendars show up in Outlook.

Lounge member farscape_fan, an Exchange admin, reports the strange case of many old calendars showing up in some of his users’ Outlook Calendar views.

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Beta Windows Secrets Lounge launched

The new year brings a crop of new beta websites, including our very own Windows Secrets Lounge.

Lounge member t8ntlikly posted a URL (see below in Other Applications) for a French startup company that hopes to be an app store for Windows and a lot of other products. T8ntlikly invites everyone to watch that beta website.

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WOT gives shocking warning during Web browsing

A Web of Trust (WOT) warning about a seemingly innocuous site has a Lounge member wondering whether WOT is crying wolf.

Lounge member peterg was doing research on the Web and received a “ferocious” WOT screen. It even refused to let him read the intended site’s content.

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When Microsoft claims your Windows is invalid

Operating-system installation surprises include a variety of validation error messages.

You may have a perfectly legitimate reason to swap out a factory-installed operating system for an older version, but brace yourself for possibly startling reactions to your product key.

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