Your Twitter account has been hacked! Here's what to do about it.

Lincoln Spector Contributing Editor, PCWorld

When he isn't bicycling, prowling used bookstores, or watching movies, PC World Contributing Editor Lincoln Spector writes about technology and cinema.
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Kirsty woke up to find that someone else had taken control of her Twitter account. I tell her how to get it back.

You have to fix this immediately. When someone else is sending out tweets and DMs under your name, you're in danger of losing your credibility.

The first thing you need to do is try to log onto Twitter. If you can do that, change your password. This will stop the Twitter thief in his or her tracks, and regain you control of your account--if the thief hasn't already changed the password and locked you out.

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Keep other people off of my PC

Lincoln Spector Contributing Editor, PCWorld

When he isn't bicycling, prowling used bookstores, or watching movies, PC World Contributing Editor Lincoln Spector writes about technology and cinema.
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Aris Cristian doesn't mind friends using his PC, but he worries that they might damage Windows or his files.

Generosity is a virtue, but so is taking precautionary measures. If a visiting friend needs larger-than-mobile Internet access while at your home, you don't want to deny it. But neither do you want new browser settings, a malware infection, or a formatted hard drive.

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Sync Google Earth placemarks across different PCs

Lincoln Spector Contributing Editor, PCWorld

When he isn't bicycling, prowling used bookstores, or watching movies, PC World Contributing Editor Lincoln Spector writes about technology and cinema.
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Dick uses Google Earth on more than one PC. He asked how to sync placemarks between them.

Oddly enough, Google's extensive cloud services don't do much for Earth (the program, not the planet--although it probably doesn't do much for that, either). You'd expect that if you have a Youtube, Gmail, or other Google account, Earth would sync automatically. But it doesn't.

Luckily, there is a workaround, even if it's a bit clumsy.

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Convert text to image, and image to text

Lincoln Spector Contributing Editor, PCWorld

When he isn't bicycling, prowling used bookstores, or watching movies, PC World Contributing Editor Lincoln Spector writes about technology and cinema.
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Arcticsid asked the Answer Line forum about turning text into a .jpg. I'll also explain converting an image back into text.

Double-click any word in this paragraph. Your browser will select the word, and you'll be able to copy and paste it into your word processor or email program. But try double-clicking a word in the picture above (or in any of the other pictures in this article). It doesn't work. In the digital world, there's a big difference between real text and an image that looks like text--even if it's not always obvious to the user. Fortunately, there are ways to turn either one into the other.

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The best Windows 8 Start menu programs

Lincoln Spector Contributing Editor, PCWorld

When he isn't bicycling, prowling used bookstores, or watching movies, PC World Contributing Editor Lincoln Spector writes about technology and cinema.
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TTGSteve asked the Windows forum to recommend a good Start Menu program for Windows 8.

Like a lot of people, I have a very low opinion of Windows 8's user interface. And one of the things I like least about it is the lack of a Start menu. That's hardly a unique opinion.

(And yes, the image above is a fake. I know of no program that can put the Windows 7 Start menu over the Windows 8 Start screen.)

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How to find a lost message in Gmail

Lincoln Spector Contributing Editor, PCWorld

When he isn't bicycling, prowling used bookstores, or watching movies, PC World Contributing Editor Lincoln Spector writes about technology and cinema.
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Vicki Pen lost three important messages from her Gmail inbox. I help her find them.

I know of only three ways to completely and permanently destroy a message in Gmail:

  1. Mark the message as spam, then empty the Spam folder.
  2. Delete the message, then go to Trash and delete it again.
  3. Delete the message, then wait 30 days, after which Gmail will automatically erase it.
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Overclocking: Why you should and should not do it

Lincoln Spector Contributing Editor, PCWorld

When he isn't bicycling, prowling used bookstores, or watching movies, PC World Contributing Editor Lincoln Spector writes about technology and cinema.
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Arcticsid asked the Answer Line forum to explain overclocking, and why it is, or is not, a good idea.

When you overclock a hardware component--usually the processor--you trick it into working faster than the manufacturer's recommended maximum speed. Every processor is packaged and priced to run at a particular clock speed--for instance, 3100 MHz.  But that speed is an estimate, and usually a conservative one. You can usually bump it up a bit without causing problems. Sometimes, you can bump it up quite a bit.

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