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How to Disable the Infrared Port on Your Laptop

According to computer security experts, some mysterious software out there can tunnel into your laptop via the infrared (IR) port. To stop this from happening, you can disable your laptop’s infrared port [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 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 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 Protect Your Laptop from Theft

You can protect your laptop from a disastrous theft by taking a few precautions. Here are some helpful hints and suggestions on things you can do ahead of time to help prevent theft or recover your laptop [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 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…]

Ethical Hacker's Guide to Tools and Resources

Stay up-to-date with the latest and greatest ethical hacking tools and resources. Finesse your ethical hacking skills by visiting these sites for security, tools, resources, and more. [more…]

The Role of a Computer Forensics Investigator

As part of the legal system, a computer forensics investigator helps build a case for or against a person or company accused of wrongdoing. Jobs that a computer forensics investigator might take on include [more…]

Computer Forensics: Where to Find Electronic Evidence

If you're working in computer forensics, knowing where to look for electronic evidence is critical. A computer forensics investigator seeks evidence in all the electronics on the following list: [more…]

Steps to Take in a Computer Forensics Investigation

Computer forensics is a meticulous practice. When a crime involving electronics is suspected, a computer forensics investigator takes each of the following steps to reach — hopefully — a successful conclusion [more…]

How Computer Forensics Is Used in Legal Cases

The science of computer forensics is increasingly used in legal cases. E-evidence can make or break a prosecutor's case. Here's a sampling of legal cases where electronic evidence plays a role: [more…]

Computer Forensics For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Computer forensics is often painstaking, but finding electronic evidence that helps convict or exonerate someone can be immensely satisfying. Find out what a computer forensics investigator does and where [more…]

How to Keep Your Laptop Safe When Traveling

Security is paramount when traveling with a laptop. Your notebook's hardware and software both need protecting when you're on the road. Start with physical laptop protection and then move onto software [more…]

Computer Security Information Resources

If you're looking for information about the latest tools, updates, and virus scans for your computer to boost security and protect your personal information, try the following websites for help: [more…]

Configuring Your Antivirus Software

Properly configuring your antivirus software now can make your life easier and less stressful down the line. To protect your computer from viruses, apply the following configuration settings in your antivirus [more…]

Tips for Safely Operating Your Computer

Antivirus software, when properly configured and maintained, is an important factor in protecting your computer and your information — but it can't do it all. Practice the following procedures when operating [more…]

How to Scan for Computer Viruses

Your computer consists of thousands of files, and your antivirus software is meticulous when it comes to examining everything. Fortunately, it's pretty easy to tell your antivirus software to do this. [more…]

Steps for Handling a Computer Virus

If you perform a virus scan on your computer and the scan locates a virus that crept in and camped out on a file somewhere, you've got a "situation" on your hands. What next? Follow these steps to deal [more…]

How to Disable Windows Remote Assistance

Windows comes with an option to allow someone else on the Internet or a local network to access your computer. It can be done to share files, but primarily the feature exists to let someone somewhere help [more…]

Know the Different Types of Malware

Malicious + Software = Malware. In other words, malware is the all-encompassing term to describe programs that can do damage to you or your computer. The best way to prevent malware from intruding on your [more…]

How Malware Finds Its Way onto Your Computer

There are lots of programs to protect your computer from malware, but first line of protection is knowing how malware propagates itself so you can avoid it in the first place. Malware will enter your computer [more…]

How to Access Windows Security Features

The average time an unprotected Windows computer spends on the Internet before malware controls the entire system is about 16 minutes. Therefore, you must take steps to protect your PC from the Bad Guys [more…]

How Antivirus Programs Work

To properly fight viruses, you should get an antivirus program. That’s because Windows itself doesn’t come with antivirus software. If your PC came supplied with antivirus software, it was most likely [more…]

What is an Antivirus Quarantine?

Often, when your antivirus software finds a sign of infection, it places the suspect file into quarantine. The quarantine concept can be a bit confusing, so here’s a brief explanation. [more…]

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