Lincoln SpectorContributing Editor, PCWorld

When he isn't bicycling, prowling used bookstores, or watching movies, PC World Contributing Editor Lincoln Spector writes about technology and cinema.

Can I Safely Open Suspected Spam?

C. Corder asked if it's safe to open an email that landed in the spam folder

International Travel and Your Laptop

Your laptop could be stolen at the airport, in your hotel, or when you're walking down a street. A few precautions should provide protection.

Remove an Email Address in Gmail

MLStrand56 asked the Answer Line about something that should be easy: How do you delete an email address in Gmail?

Windows 8: Two Operating Systems Barely on Speaking Terms

Ericuse165 asked people on the Windows forum what they thought of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. I offer my two cents.

Will I Be Able to Activate XP after 2014?

Snorg asked the Answer Line forum if Microsoft will activate new Windows XP installations after the company stops supporting the operating system

How Do I Back Up?

I keep telling readers to back up their hard drives. Starlla Dupert asked me how.

Why Did the Taskbar Suddenly Move?

MLStrand56's taskbar suddenly moved to the left side of the screen. The Answer Line forum offered help.

Looking for an Information Program

Pilege21 asked the Other Software & Services forum to recommend a program that can provide hardware information

My PC No Longer Hibernates

When Rusparadox tries to hibernate his PC, the screen goes black for a few seconds, then wakes up. He asked the Desktops forum for advice.

My PC Doesn't See My Hard Drive

When Wendell tries to boot his PC, an error message announces a disk read error. It's as if his hard drive--with three year's worth of work on it--doesn't exist.

How Secure is My Facebook Information?

Spiderowych found some private Facebook information online, and asked the Web Browsing and Email forum if the social network is safe

How Do I See Who's Been Using My PC?

AzharIqbal asked the Other Hardware forum how to see who else is using his computer.

Can I Safely Open a File That Contains "Macros?"

Ronald Albaitis tried opening a file and got a warning that it contained "macros." He asked me what they are and whether he should be concerned.

How Do I Make Web Mail My Default Email, Part 2

I offer another approach to integrating Web-based email with Windows.

How Do I Make Web Mail My Default Email, Part 1

Skicrazer asked the Web Browsing and Email forum what to change so that clicking a mailto link would bring up a Web-based mail account