Don't-Miss Security Stories

Install Windows 10 with privacy settings

The Express settings option will make your installation go faster, but you might inadvertently agree to conditions you wouldn't choose for yourself.

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A beginner's guide to BitLocker, Windows' built-in encryption tool

Here's how to get started with BitLocker, the encryption tool Microsoft built right into many versions of Windows.

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How to make sure you're using the latest version of LastPass for Firefox

LastPass just patched a major security flaw that allowed an attacker to remotely compromise an account. Here's how to make sure you're not vulnerable.

How to remove malware from your Windows PC

Has a malware infection taken your PC hostage? Here's how to clean it out and restore your PC to a pristine state.

Why you should use two-step verification even if it's a hassle

No one really likes two-step verification. It's annoying. And yes, it can be hacked. But you're still far safer with it than without it.

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How to secure your router and home network

Many users don't realize it, but their internet router is the most important electronic device in their home and is an attractive target for attackers.

How to remove your Windows 10 password

Windows 10 wants you to enter your password all the time. You can remove your password, or reduce how often you have to enter one, but there are security risks to doing so.

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How to tell if your Android phone has spyware

You know that Google, your service provider, and Facebook follow what you do on your phone. But what about your employer, your spouse, or a criminal? Find out if you have spyware on your Android phone and what to do about it.

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How to set up two-factor authentication on your Google account

Keep your Google account data safe with this essential security feature.

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How to find out if you have the latest Android security patch

Software updates don't always guarantee you're up to speed with security. Here's where to look.

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When to choose a password, when to choose a PIN

You understand that you need to protect your PC, phone, and online accounts. But do you always have to use a long and complex password?

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5 ways to stop spam from invading your email

We're all sick of spam, whether it's Nigerian banking scams, pseudo-sexy invitations, or click-for-malware buttons. Here's how to get them out of your life.

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All about your 'fullz' and how hackers turn your personal data into dollars

Piecing together a full financial and medical profile—a so-called "fullz"—is how hackers turn your data into dollars. We talk to the experts about the fullz problem and what you can do about it.

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How to keep USB thumb drive malware away from your PC

Maybe you know not to plug strange USB drives into your computer, but trends indicate that most people think nothing of it. Here's how security experts keep USB malware at bay.

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How to change your passwords automatically with Dashlane and LastPass

It's a pain to change your passwords manually. These two password managers make it easier by doing it for you.

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How to stop ransomware: Backup can protect you, but only if you do it right

No one wants to give hundreds of dollars to extortionists. But if you take the right precautions beforehand, ransomware probably can't hurt you.

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What to ask your doctor, lawyer, and accountant about protecting your personal data

Criminals file for fraudulent tax refunds using consumers' information. Law firms are being hacked. The trend is clear: People have to worry about the security of their third parties. Lessons for consumers on what they should do to check out their providers' security.