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When and How to Disable Antivirus Software

Sometimes an installation program requests that you disable your antivirus software. The reason is that the antivirus software has difficultly determining whether the program you’re installing is a legitimate [more…]

How to Recognize a Phishing Scam

The phishing scam is so deceptively simple that you would think for a moment it could never work. Often, it starts with a phony email message. The message looks like it’s from your bank, the government [more…]

How to Fight Phishing in Internet Explorer

Phishing is a scam. It begins with an email that compels the recipient to provide personal (e.g. Social security number) or financial information (e.g. account numbers) via email or a website. Like most [more…]

How to Block Phishing in Windows E-Mail Programs

Phishing is a scam. It begins with an email that compels the recipient to provide personal (e.g. Social security number) or financial information (e.g. account numbers) via email or a website. Your email [more…]

What is Spyware?

Spyware was designed to help customize advertising on the Internet. Based on which web pages you visited, advertising was targeted specifically for you. That sounds good. But this fresh concept quickly [more…]

How to Put Windows Defender on Your PC

If your PC is rapidly slowing down, moving so slow that you have to wait for minutes to see what you have typed on the screen, you may have spyware on your computer. One of the best ways to fight spyware [more…]

How to Put Windows Defender to Work Fighting Spyware

If your PC is rapidly slowing down, moving so slow that you have to wait for minutes to see what you have typed on the screen, you may have spyware on your computer. One of the best ways to fight spyware [more…]

How to Schedule Automatic Spyware Scans in Windows Defender

If your PC is rapidly slowing down, moving so slow that you have to wait for minutes to see what you have typed on the screen, you may have spyware on your computer. One of the best ways to fight spyware [more…]

How a Computer Firewall Works

What the firewall does is monitor both incoming and outgoing Internet traffic. When a firewall is properly configured, only the information you request from the Internet is allowed in. Outgoing information [more…]

How to Set Up a Router with a Firewall

If you are a broadband Internet user, the best way to keep malware out of your computer is to set up a hardware firewall. A hardware firewall is an electronic gizmo installed between the broadband modem [more…]

How to Use the Windows Firewall

Two types of firewall are available for your computer: hardware and software. A hardware firewall is an electronic gizmo installed between the broadband router and your computer. It’s often included as [more…]

How to Disable Windows Firewall

If you are running Windows Firewall and decide to switch to a hardware firewall, you will want to disable the Windows Firewall so the two don’t conflict. To disable the Windows Firewall, you follow unique [more…]

How to Turn the Windows 8 Firewall On and Off

After you've established your Internet connection, enabling the built-in firewall in Windows 8 can be your first (and best) line of defense against viruses and other malware. You can easily turn the Windows [more…]

Utilizing a Fingerprint Reader on Your Windows 10 Laptop

Fingerprint readers are a great security feature on your laptop. Fingerprint readers use biometric technology that identifies you by a unique physical characteristic. Here’s what you should know about [more…]

How to Allow Firewall Exceptions on Your Windows 10 Laptop

When you have a firewall active on your Windows 10 laptop, you can allow certain programs to communicate through that firewall. For example, you might want to allow live apps such as Weather or Video to [more…]

Specify What You Want to Share over a Network on Your Windows 10 Laptop

Many people use networks to share content such as word-processing documents or pictures, or even a printer connection. When you’re using a network to go online, you might not want to share your valuable [more…]

How to Change Microsoft Edge Privacy Settings

You can modify how Microsoft Edge deals with privacy settings to keep information about your browsing habits or identity safer. [more…]

Safe and Private Browsing on Your Windows 10 Laptop

Most web browsers feature tools that are useful for surfing the web on your laptop without your having to worry whether anyone is snooping on you or trying to pull a fast one. These tools include private [more…]

Using Windows Defender on Your Windows 10 Laptop

Worry not your weary head over the prospect of nasty programs descending from the Internet and infecting your Windows 10 laptop. That’s because Windows comes with an antivirus program called Windows Defender [more…]

How to View the Action Center on Your Windows 10 Laptop

The first location for checking security issues on your laptop is the Action Center. To view the Action Center in Windows 10, click the Notifications icon on the taskbar. The Action Center lists items [more…]

How to Set an Account Pin on Your Windows 10 Laptop

In order for a password to be useful on your laptop, it needs to be complex. That makes such a password a pain in the rump to type on a tablet PC, or any other time you turn on a Windows computer. To alleviate [more…]

How to Set Up the Windows Firewall on Your PC

You will want to set up the Windows Firewall on your PC. In construction, a firewall slows the advance of a fire. It’s created from special slow-burning material and rated in [more…]

Windows 10 Privacy Options on Your PC

The Windows 10 Settings app features a long list of privacy settings on your PC. These allow you to control which programs or apps have access to specific PC features as well as how your personal information [more…]

How to Secure a Laptop

This video offers a number of considerations for securing your laptop and the the personal information on it, both mechanical - like buying an inconspicuous laptop case and using a hotel safe - and electronic [more…]
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