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How to Secure Your Wireless Access Point

After connecting the wireless access point (WAP) for your home network to the Internet, it’s time to configure the wireless settings so your wireless network devices [more…]

Wireless Security Protocols: WEP, WPA, and WPA2

Various wireless security protocols were developed to protect home wireless networks. These wireless security protocols include WEP, WPA, and WPA2, each with their own strengths — and weaknesses. In addition [more…]

Setting Up User Accounts and Passwords on a Windows 7 Home Network

Creating new user accounts and passwords is a basic network administration task for a Windows 7 home network. With multiple user accounts, several people can use the same computer without affecting each [more…]

Creating a Password Reset Disk for a Windows 7 Home Network

Even for the most savvy Windows 7 user, it happens. You can’t remember your password! How will you ever get access to your e-mail and personal files on your home network so that you can start piecing your [more…]

Setting Up an Encrypting File System for a Home Network

The Encrypting File System (EFS) is a Windows program that encrypts files and folders so that if someone gains unauthorized access to your home network, they can’t just go waltzing through your most sensitive [more…]

Networking Your Home Security System

There are many home networking security solutions available today through professional security companies such as ADT, Broadview Security (formerly Brinks), GE Security, and others. Alternatively, you [more…]

How to Rename User Accounts on a Windows 7 Home Network

With Windows 7 user accounts, several people can use the same computer or network without affecting each other’s personal settings or files. You can rename your Windows 7 user account at any time — you [more…]

Changing File Encryption Settings on a Windows 7 Home Network

Typically, you want to use the strongest encryption available in Windows 7 to protect the files on your home network. If you have a device that does not support the maximum encryption setting in Windows [more…]

Turning Off and On Password Protected Sharing in a Home Network

In a Windows 7 home network, a username and password is required (by default) to access shared files and folders across your home network. You can easily turn off password protected sharing if, for example [more…]

Changing HomeGroup Connection Settings on a Windows 7 Home Network

Letting Windows 7 manage your homegroup connections is the easiest way to share files and printers on your home network. But if some computers on your network are running Windows Vista, Windows XP, or [more…]

How to Share Miscellaneous Files and Folders on a Windows 7 Home Network

In addition to Windows 7 libraries, custom folders, and Public folders on a home network, you can share any folder on your computer. When sharing a folder, you also share all of the files and folders within [more…]

How to Share an Entire Hard Disk on a Windows 7 Home Network

You can easily share an entire hard disk on a Windows 7 home network if you don’t need to control who has access to the files and folders on your computer. Sharing the entire disk means anyone you give [more…]

Changing the HomeGroup Password on a Windows 7 Network

When you set up a homegroup in Windows 7, the homegroup password that Windows 7 automatically generates is a bit cryptic, but you can change it at any time. Windows 7 initially supplies an obscure password [more…]

Viewing and Deleting Old Backups on a Windows 7 Home Network

The Windows Backup feature in Windows 7 is great for scheduling automatic backups to help ensure your important home network files are regularly backed up. Unfortunately, Windows 7 doesn’t offer an automated [more…]

Turning the Backup Schedule Off and On in Windows 7

Windows 7 allows you to temporarily disable (or re-enable) your backup schedule via the Windows Control Panel. If you need to turn the backup schedule for your computer or Windows 7 home network off or [more…]

What is the Windows 7 Action Center?

The Action Center is a feature in Windows 7 that monitors various security and maintenance-related items on your computer. It helps you keep your computer up to date and notifies you when there is an issue [more…]

Changing Action Center Settings for a Windows 7 Home Network

There may be situations in which you decide to change or turn off certain monitoring settings in Windows 7 Action Center for your home network. Generally though, you should enable monitoring of all of [more…]

How to Change Problem Reporting Settings in Windows 7

Windows Problem Reporting (also known as Error Reporting) collects information from your computer when a hardware or software problem occurs and sends it to Microsoft. Windows Problem Reporting is a triggered [more…]

How to Change User Account Control Settings in Windows 7

The User Account Control (UAC) settings in Windows 7 notify you before computer changes that require an administrator account are made. You can change the User Account Control notification setting to one [more…]

How to Allow and Block Programs through Windows Firewall

You can use Windows Firewall to allow or block specific programs from accessing your computer and home network. Windows Firewall helps to prevent malware from accessing your computer via your home network [more…]

Turning Windows Firewall On or Off and Changing Notification Settings

Like many Windows settings and features, Windows Firewall notifies you when certain events occur. For example, if a program is blocked, a pop-up window will alert you. For some people, this is fine. Others [more…]

How to Restore Your Windows Firewall Default Settings

There are a lot of settings that can be configured in Windows Firewall, but Windows 7 allows you to easily restore the default settings. When you lose track of what you’ve configured, the risk with Windows [more…]

Changing Windows Firewall Settings with Advanced Security Properties

There are many advanced security properties that can be configured in Windows Firewall. You should not change these settings if you are a relative security neophyte. For those who have a specific advanced [more…]

How to Scan Your Computer for Spyware with Windows Defender

Windows Defender is configured by default to scan your computer daily for spyware, and to provide real-time protection (scan any program that attempts to install on your computer). To manually scan your [more…]

How to Change Previous Actions in Windows Defender

Windows Defender makes it easy to change previous actions that you might want to undo, such as responding to a pop-up window about possible spyware too quickly [more…]


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