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As disasters spread, so do online scammers

The outpouring of generosity from people all over the world following the earthquake in Japan has been accompanied by a profusion of donation scams.

These scams no longer prey on the simply gullible but have moved to less obvious ruses such as malicious websites that use clickjacking and drive-by attacks.

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Caution: Bumps in the road to IPv6

Although the consequences aren’t as dire as it sounds, the Internet ran out of IP addresses (roughly analogous to telephone numbers) last month.

While the Web won’t come crashing down anytime soon, you’re going to be affected by the new numbering scheme — and some details may catch you unawares.

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Make the most of Windows 7′s Libraries

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.

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Windows Secrets personal security baseline

Frequent Internet users get mixed messages about data privacy.

We worry about data miners and identity theft but put our life stories up on Facebook. Here are some basic steps to enhance your personal security.

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What you need to know about Windows 7 SP1

With Windows 7 Service Pack 1 generally available, Win7 users need to know what SP1 brings — and doesn’t bring — to the game.

In short, this service pack adds surprisingly little to Windows 7. You’ll want to install it — eventually.

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A complete guide to Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts

One of the best ways to increase your computing productivity doesn’t cost a cent: learn the keyboard shortcuts for your most-used commands.

To help you stop mousing around and become a keyboard maestro, I rounded up the best resources for finding, using, and creating shortcuts.

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Unlock the power of the Quick Access Toolbar

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.

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Watch out for ‘Microsoft Tech Support’ scams

“I’m from Microsoft and I’m here to help.” At least, that’s what reader MP thought he heard when he answered the phone. It wasn’t.

Con artists all over the world are bilking big bucks out of unsuspecting Microsoft customers — including savvy Windows users.

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Seven simple steps for setting up Windows 7

When you’re the designated alpha geek for your family, friends — and maybe the office, too — you know certain duties come with the territory.

One of those duties is setting up new PCs. Here’s my quick-and-easy checklist of tasks to do it right.

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CES report: Far more than tablets and 3-D TV

Windows takes a back-row seat to everything Apple or tablet.

Or so it would seem. But beyond the hype, there was a wealth of interesting technology on display at CES.

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