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How to Keep Your Software Up-to-Date

Use automatic security updates to ensure that your system has maximum protection.

How to Encrypt a Hard Drive

Use encryption to prevent outsiders from gaining easy access to data on your hard drives and flash drives.

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How to Secure Your Home Wi-Fi Network

Protect your wireless network against intrusion.

How to Use Virtual Credit Card Numbers to Shop Online

Increase your online security by creating a protective wrapper for your credit card information.

Windows 8 and Lion: Different Takes on Computing's Next Steps

Mac OS X Lion and Windows 8 reflect Apple and Microsoft's views on the future of the PC.

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avast! Pro Antivirus

Customized protection against on-line threats and malware

Are You a Data Breach Victim? Here's What to Do

Sony Pictures suffered a massive data breach that may impact up to 1 million users, but data breaches are fairly common. Here's a checklist of what to do--and what to watch for--if you fall victim.

LulzSec Hacks SonyPictures.com; 1 Million Accounts Exposed

You read that correctly: Another Sony-branded site got broken into, and the hackers claim to have access to 1 million user accounts.

Microsoft Introduces Windows 8: One OS for Desktops, Laptops, and Tablets

Microsoft gives the world a glimpse of Windows 8, a tablet-friendly overhaul to its operating system.

Kinect Hack Lets You Juggle Virtual Balls, Doesn't Make Up for Lack of Skills

This Kinect hack won't make you a better juggler, but it looks like a lot of fun.

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Potential Facebook Scam Uses Age Progression as a Lure

Want to see what you'll look like in 20 years? Wait 20 years instead of being taken by this apparent Facebook scam.

Reports: 77 Million PlayStation Network Accounts Compromised

Sony PlayStation Network accounts may have been compromised in the recent hack attack. Here's how to protect your personal information.

Secure Your Life in 12 Steps

Lock down your computer, your home network, your identity--even your phone.

Apple Product Rumors: Essential or a Complete Waste of Time?

Two PCWorld editors square off over the value of the Apple rumor mill. Is the big buzz before an Apple product launch good clean fun or just a drain on the Internet?

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What Are Smartphone Apps Telling Advertisers? New Research Takes a Look

An app security firm cracks open one of the smartphone apps being investigated by the Federal government to see what data it's sharing with advertisers.