Lincoln SpectorContributing Editor, PCWorld

Freelance journalist (and sometimes humorist) Lincoln Spector has been writing about tech longer than he would care to admit. A passionate cinephile, he also writes the Bayflicks.net movie blog.

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How to handle a Facebook bully or stalker

Bad people stalk the social network. Here's what you need to do if someone continually gives you trouble.

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Is your backup drive full? Here's how to make space

Windows and third-party utilities can help you clean out older backups or older versions of files that you don't need anymore.

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How to set Windows desktop items as public or private

You can see all of the shortcuts and files on your desktop. Other people can see some of them. Here's how to control who sees what.

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You can encrypt your hard drive, but the protection may not be worth the hassle

Encryption could impact other computer activities, and it could also make file recovery harder. Here's how to encrypt without regrets.

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GPT vs. MBR: How the humble drive partition led to the larger hard drives we all love

The newer (GPT) standard solves some limitations of the older (MBR) standard. Here's how to tell which standard your drive uses.

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Why you might still want an optical drive

Not that long ago, every PC could read and write CDs and DVDs. Not anymore. The disappearance of optical drives has its advantages, but also its problems.

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You don't need to back up Windows to the cloud

Backing up your library files to the cloud provides more safety than backing them up locally. But backing up Windows itself that way makes no sense.

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How to stop autoplay videos

You open a webpage and start reading. But after a few seconds, you hear someone talking. A video has started automatically without your permission. Here's how to keep this annoyance from happening.

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Take precautions when using public Wi-Fi networks

When you take your laptop to a library or café, you take a risk. But if you know what you're doing, you can minimize that risk.

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How to save a webpage as a PDF or MHT file

You don't need to be online to read a webpage. You can save one, with formatting and images, to local storage and read it later offline.

Use third-party ink at your own risk

You may think you're saving money on ink by buying third-party supplies, but expect some hassles.

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Keep encrypted files encrypted when you back them up to the cloud

You keep selected files or folders encrypted on your internal drive. But are they protected when you use an online backup service?

A few good reasons to partition your SSD or hard drive

It's not something you'd do every day, like making and deleting file folders, but it can be helpful. Here's why.

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Does your computer have malware? Here are the telltale signs

Viruses, Trojans, and worms, oh, my! These symptoms are warning signs that you might have an infected PC.

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What you need to know about the cloud

We all talk about the cloud, and most of us use it. But some basic understanding can help you use it better.