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.
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.
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.
It’s time to retire the “Firefox is safer” conventional wisdom.
Follow a few rules, and you can securely surf the Web with any of today’s major browsers — including Fred’s personal choice, Internet Explorer.
Sometimes, to fix a Windows problem you have to take the gloves off.
Slow Windows shutdowns are almost as annoying as long startups — but there are ways to force a quick shutdown.