Don't-Miss Security Stories

Is It Really Necessary to Update Windows?

Patches for Windows seem to arrive in a constant, annoying stream, but avoiding them is a bad idea.


The 21 Greatest PC Mysteries--Solved!

Find out why your documents won’t print, where your downloads disappear to, what a .dat file is, how those infernal toolbars invaded your browser, and much more.

How to Tell Whether a Website Is Safe

A free browser plug-in will help you avoid sites that might threaten your PC.

Why Do Adobe Reader and Java Update So Often?

The frequent patches for Reader and Java may seem like a hassle, but installing them is important.

How to Avoid Unwanted Browser Toolbars

If you're not careful, your browser might become cluttered with toolbars--both benign and malicious.

How to Completely Erase a Hard Drive

These tips and tricks will help you destroy old data and make sure that your old drives are wiped clean.

Move Your Security Career Forward by Looking Back

If you work in IT security, these tips can help make your work better in 2011 by reviewing the highs and lows of the past year.

Could Malware Render Your PC Unbootable?

A lot of people see a PC that won’t boot, and assume that it’s infected. That’s the least likely cause.

The Bumpy Road to Private Clouds

When we first heard about cloud computing, public clouds got most of the attention. But private clouds are set to grow in popularity.

Jackass IT: Stunts, Idiocy, and Hero Hacks

Sometimes you have to get a little crazy to find the right solution to technology problems gone absurd.

Protect Your Laptop

Laptops can be stolen. Neoflyer asked the Answer Line forum for tips on protecting them.

What Google's Search Change Means For Your Website

Now that Google tweaked its search algorithm to downgrade sites like DecorMyEyes that have bad reputations, small businesses should re-examine their search engine optimization strategies.

Bank Online Safely

NB asked me about precautions for banking online