Don't-Miss Security Stories

Reader Q&A: Gmail Without Web Access, Too Much Security

Readers ask if they can access Webmail without an Internet connection, and whether using multiple security apps is a problem--the answers are yes and yes.

Don't Overload Your PC with Security Software

Too many security programs can slow down your PC and actually cause security problems. A better bet: stick with a minimal set of utilities.

Is It Really Necessary To Logout of Web Sites?

Keith Stanley wants to know if he should logout of Web sites that require a login

Reader Feedback: Taskbar Tip, Gmail Management, Antivirus Help

Readers ask for help on managing Gmail messages and speeding up antivirus scans--plus offer a quick way to pin folders to the Windows taskbar.

Is Cloud-Based Backup Safe?

Melissa has her doubts about backing up online. Could her data be stolen?

Prevent Your Anti-Virus Software From Choking on Zip Files

Zip files can be huge, wreaking havoc with your virus scanner--and potentially your PC as well. Here are two ways to work around the problem.

Download the Latest Security Tools to Your Flash Drive with SSDownload

Talk about convenient! With this open-source gem on your flash drive, you can quickly and easily download all the latest versions of your favorite rescue utilities.

Cleaning Malware: Slave Drive or Bootable CD?

Kent asked the Antivirus & Security Software for the safest way to scan and clean an infected PC's hard drive

One Easy Way to Keep Neighbors From Stealing Your Wi-Fi

What's in a name? When it comes to keeping cheapskate neighbors from pilfering your Wi-Fi, everything.

Password Management: Idiot-Proof Tips

Only an alphanumeric string stands between a hacker and your bank account. Here's how to make sure your passwords are safe.

Mobile Malware Reality Check

Smartphone malware isn’t yet as big a threat as you might think, but it’s coming. Here are some tips to help you avoid it.


How Dangerous is Web Surfing?

Samantha asked about the likelihood of a web site infecting her PC, and whether certain types of web sites are more dangerous than others

How to Achieve No Fuss Antivirus

We show you the lazy way to protect your PC from viruses.