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Protecting yourself from POODLE attacks

No, this isn’t about Fluffy gone rogue. To keep our online browsing safe, we rely heavily security protocols — the “S” in HTTPS. But a new exploit — POODLE — shows that commonly used security protocols aren’t as secure as we thought; websites and browsers will both need an upgrade.

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How to safely test-drive Win10 — step by step

As with any product that’s still in development, running Windows 10 Technical Preview has risks. The safest and easiest way to install and work with the preview of the next Windows is within a virtual machine — here’s how.

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Why you should join Win10′s tech-preview process

Given the complaints about Windows 8, the next version of Microsoft’s OS has to be more than good — it must be superb. We’re still a long way from shipping Windows 10, but based on the recently released Technical Preview, it appears Microsoft is firmly back on track.

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What ‘Shellshock’ means to you and me

A Linux/Unix-based vulnerability, Shellshock, has an impact that reaches far beyond one operating system. As with Heartbleed, Windows users can’t ignore this threat. But the most difficult aspect of this outbreak is determining which devices are actually vulnerable.

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Enhance Windows’ online security with EMET 5

Microsoft recently updated its Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit, a free application that can protect you from dangerous zero-day attacks. Here’s a review of what EMET does — and why and when Windows users should run it on business and personal systems.

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Sneak peek: An early look at the next Windows

After months of speculation, we’re now seeing some credible leaks showing parts of the next Windows.

Invitations are going out now for Microsoft’s Windows Technical Preview debut, scheduled for Sept. 30 in San Francisco; here’s what the current tea leaves portend.

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Turn your Windows PC into a Wi-Fi hotspot

Using a feature built into Windows, all your Wi-Fi-based devices can access the Web through a single Internet connection — no additional hardware or software required. This capability isn’t new; Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) has been around for years. But it’s somewhat hidden on some Win8 systems. Here’s how to find it, enable it, and use it.

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Why the U.S. needs better privacy laws, now!

Microsoft recently published an open letter to President Obama, condemning some government surveillance techniques and calling for federal data-privacy legislation. While some industry heavyweights such as Amazon, Twitter, and Google would probably prefer fewer privacy rules, Microsoft weighs in on the side of consumers.

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The Windows Maintenance Challenge: Part 2

Can commercial, third-party maintenance software outperform Windows’ built-in, free tools? This is the conclusion of a two-part series that will help you determine which PC maintenance tools — free or paid — yield the best results on your specific system.

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The fight for net neutrality goes to round two

With 1.1 million (and counting) consumer comments to ponder and an alliance of tech companies nipping at its heels, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission enters round two of the fight for net neutrality. The end of the 120-day public-comment period ends Sept. 15 — at which time the real fight over access to the Internet begins.

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