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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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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?

Travel safely with your tech: How to prevent theft, loss and snooping on the road

All your pricey electronics are juicy targets for hackers and sticky-fingered thieves. Here's how to reduce your risks while traveling.

How to protect yourself from PC tech support scams

In the third time since 2011, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has shut down another operation selling bogus tech support to Windows PC owners.

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How to encrypt sensitive data? Put it in an encrypted container

We all have files that we'd rather not share with hackers and thieves (and maybe even our spouses). Here's how to put them in a place where no one else can open them.

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How to keep your personal stuff private when lending your phone to a friend

Just because they're your friends doesn't mean they won't totally troll your Facebook if given the chance.

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Need help? Microsoft Stores offer free tech support, PC tune-ups, malware removal

If you've got a problem with your PC. The Microsoft Store may be able to fix it for you for free.

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Safe from Shellshock: How to protect your home computer from the Bash shell bug

The 'Shellshock' Bash shell bug is a big deal, but it's relatively easy to keep your home PC safe.

Three warning signs that email is malicious

You can't always count on your spam filter to keep you safe. For those times, it pays to keep your scam sleuthing skills sharp.

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One of the best password managers for your PC, devices, and the cloud

You need a password manager; it's as important as antivirus. KeePass can do the job on all of your devices.

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How to use OpenPGP to encrypt your email messages and files in the cloud

When online services lack privacy controls, you can roll your own using near military-grade encryption.

How to use Gmail 2-step verification on multiple devices

You use Google's security tools to protect your Gmail account in your browser. Here's how to use them with applications and devices.

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Why spammers persist despite filters and well-informed users

Our email clients filter them out. We know all of their tricks. Yet the spam keeps coming. Here's why.