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Change Windows Update Settings

Windows Update allows Microsoft to automatically send you patches for Windows Vista. Patches fix things like security holes and theoretically make Vista run more smoothly. You can change the Windows Update [more…]

How to Protect an Excel 2007 Workbook

Excel 2007 includes a Protect Workbook command that prevents others from making changes to the layout of the worksheets in a workbook. You can assign a password when you protect a workbook so that only [more…]

How to Restart or Shut Down a Locked-Up Computer in Windows Vista

In some cases, Windows fails to respond to keyboard and mouse commands. This is known as a locked-up or frozenstate. To restart or shut down a locked-up computer, you can try pressing special key combinations [more…]

How to Encrypt Important Files or Folders on Your Laptop

If your laptop’s hard drive is set up with NTFS formatting, Windows can scramble or encrypt your files. (This feature may not be available in some versions of Windows.) Encryption provides extra security [more…]

How to Disable the Windows Vista Guest Account on Your Laptop

The Windows Vista Guest account allows anyone to use your laptop. Even considering that the Guest account is highly limited, that's just enough for a data thief to get a foothold and start hacking away [more…]

How to Create a New User in Windows Vista

Even if you're the only one using your computer, you can safeguard your computer by adding another standard user in Windows Vista, which operates as the administrator account. Of course, you may also want [more…]

How to Lock Your PC

Consider locking your computer, rather than logging out. You can lock your computer if you need to go do something else but don’t want to shut everything down, like when you log out. To lock your computer [more…]

How to Log Off of Windows Vista

If someone else is going to use your computer, you don't have to shut down your computer. You just need to log out of your user account so that another user can access his account. Follow these steps to [more…]

Set Up Passwords in Windows Vista

Set up a password in Windows Vista if you want to make sure that only you can access your user account (or computer). Use the Create Your Password dialog box to set up your password. [more…]

Examining Different Types of Intrusion Detection Systems

Intrusion detection is defined as real-time monitoring and analysis of network activity and data for potential vulnerabilities and attacks in progress. One major limitation of current intrusion detection [more…]

Understanding the Different Kinds of Intellectual Property

Licensing violations are among the most prevalent examples of intellectual property rights infringement. Other examples include plagiarism, software piracy, and corporate espionage. [more…]

How to Disable the Windows XP Guest Account on Your Laptop

The Windows XP Guest account allows anyone to use your laptop. Even considering that the Guest account is highly limited, that's just enough for a data thief to get a foothold and start hacking away. [more…]

How to Log Off or Switch Users in Windows XP

If someone else is going to use your computer, you don't have to shut down Windows XP. You just need to log out of your user account or use the switch user option so that another user can access his account [more…]

Changing the Firewall Settings in Windows Vista

The Windows Firewall stops harmful files (viruses, adware, spyware) from infiltrating your computer from the Internet. Change the firewall settings as needed to provide a balance between usability and [more…]

Parental Controls in Windows Defender for Vista

Parental controls let you dictate what a person can and can’t do on the Internet. To set parental controls in Windows Vista, you must own an Administrator account. The administrator can follow these steps [more…]

The Windows Vista Security Center

The Windows Security Center has been improved in Windows Vista. The Security Center more closely resembles a large panel of On switches than a command post. It lists Windows Vista’s four main defenses, [more…]

How to Use Passwords on Your Laptop

Windows lets you slap a password on your account and then requires you to type that password before you can use Windows. Though this is optional, and seems kind of silly when you're the only one around [more…]

How to Lock Windows on Your Laptop

If you plan on leaving your laptop for a moment, Windows has a unique locking command that you can use to keep out anyone who doesn't know your password. That way, even if you trust the other folks with [more…]

How to Create an Effective Password for Your Laptop

If you travel a lot with your laptop or use it in an unsecured area, you should definitely add a secure password to your account in Windows, and change it regularly. [more…]

How to Log out of Your Windows Account

When several people have accounts on the same computer, you can log out to keep the computer on, toasty, and ready for someone else to log on and use it. Logging out of your Windows account is pretty simple [more…]

Avoid Viruses in Windows Vista

Viruses travel not only in e-mails and programs, but also in screen savers, themes, toolbars, and other Windows add-ons.Because Vista doesn’t include a built-in grogram to protect your computer from viruses [more…]

Windows Defender for Vista

Windows Defender is new in Windows Vista. Windows Defender stops some spyware from installing itself automatically and pries off spyware that’s already latched onto your PC. [more…]

Shutting Down Your PC

Many of these shutdown options are found on the official Shutdown menu, which you can access by clicking the triangle button in the lower-right corner of the Start button's menu [more…]

How to Change Privacy Settings in Internet Explorer

To protect your computer from intrusion or from viruses that could corrupt your system, you need to know how to change the privacy settings in Internet Explorer. By changing the privacy settings, you decide [more…]

How to Use the Content Advisor in Internet Explorer

You can set your computer to automatically block Web sites that contain material you find objectionable or that you want to shield your children from. When you enable the Content Advisor in Internet Explorer [more…]

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