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Setting up a complete home network can be both extremely frustrating and exceedingly rewarding. Well-designed home networks give quick access to documents, storage, printing, and the Internet from anywhere in your house.

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New Microsoft patch dedicated to Fred Langa

We’re all used to the constant stream of patches from Microsoft. Windows Secrets covers them in the twice-monthly Patch Watch column. Most of these patches are initiated by the diligent work of security specialists. But a recently released Microsoft Fix it patch, KB 2578723, springs from our very own ace writer Fred Langa, and his weekly LangaList Plus column. In his May 12 article, “Win7 network stuck in ‘Public’ mode,” Fred gave his steps for fixing network-location problems. Later, Fred wondered if those steps could be made more simply with a Microsoft Fix it button. So he contacted fellow columnist Woody Leonhard, a Microsoft Thailand MVP. Woody in turn passed the suggestion on to Microsoft, and the rest is, as they say, history. Congratulations Fred! This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.

Windows Secrets privacy policy changes

A summary of the changes (Effective Sept. 03, 2011) We are revising the Windows Secrets Privacy policy. You’ll find the changes highlighted below. We encourage you to read the entire policy, but here is a quick summary of the changes: 1. We’ve clarified that iNET Interactive LLC owns and operates Windows Secrets. See the new Definitions section. 2. We’ve updated point 2 in our Ironclad Privacy Policy to include announcements for new products or services. See section 2. Revised Privacy Policy All subscribers to the Windows Secrets Newsletter and visitors to the Web site are covered by our Ironclad Privacy Policy: 1. We will never sell, rent, or give away your address to any outside party, ever; 2. We will never send you any unrequested e-mail, besides newsletter updates e-mail communications regarding the Windows Secrets Newsletter, newsletter updates, or announcements for new products or services we might develop; 3. All unsubscribe requests are honored immediately, period. Definitions: The terms, “we” and “us” represent iNET Interactive, LLC, a web-centric media company serving special interest communities, through prominent online properties, events, and publications. Windows Secrets is owned and operated by iNET Interactive, LLC. What this Means This Privacy Policy applies solely … Read More »

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You’re more advanced than the typical Windows user — you read Windows Secrets! So what do you do when you have PC trouble?

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Extend the life of your PC with Windows Secrets’ best tips

Over the years, Windows Secrets has accumulated a vast amount of information about Windows and Windows-related hardware and software. To make your computing life easier, the Windows Secrets editors pored through several years of published information and compiled the PC Maintenance Guide — an e-book with the best tips from Fred Langa and the other Windows Secrets contributors.

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Google silently corrects Gmail CSRF hole

The good news is that Google has eliminated a security hole that could allow a hacker to get into your Gmail account, as I reported in an
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The bad news is that Google chose to remain so tight-lipped about the change that even its own engineers and many security researchers were unaware of the fix, something that doesn’t inspire confidence.

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