Don't-Miss Security Stories

Answer Line: Why do I get so much spam?

Spam! Spam! Spam! Spam! Spam! Carol asked why there's so much of it.

Answer Line: Change your Wi-Fi password on various devices

1gynRat258 asked the Windows forum how to change the password for a home Wi-Fi network.

Windows 8: Put its hidden security features to work!

Lost among Windows 8's many controversies is a raft of useful security tools. Here's how to leverage them to the max.

How to prevent 'zombie accounts' from haunting your digital identity

All those online services and accounts you've let languish are like zombies waiting to rise from the grave and bite you. Here's how to deal with the digital undead.

TrueCrypt vs. encrypted .zip files

Trinu, who keeps sensitive data inside AES-encrypted .zip archives, asked the Answer Line forum about the advantages and disadvantages of switching to TrueCrypt.

Lock and encode your flash drives with BitLocker to Go encryption in Windows 8

How Windows 8 Professional and Enterprise users should encrypt their external drives—for free.

How to bypass the Windows 8 password screen

Tired of entering your password every time you boot your PC? Here's how to turn that option off.

Beyond antivirus software: Eclectic PC security tools for system-wide audits

Are you doing everything necessary to keep your PC safe? These utilities can fill in the gaps left by traditional antivirus software.

The Malicious Safety OneCare Essential Defender: Straightening out Microsoft's confusing security tools

Microsoft has released a confusing selection of security programs over the years. Deborah Armstrong asked me to make sense of them.

How (and why) to surf the web in secret

We give you essential tips and tools for hiding your IP address and surfing the Web in blissful anonymity.

Peek behind abbreviated Web links with Unshorten.it

Not sure where that tiny URL will lead? This handy service/browser extension will tell you if it's safe.

How to avoid fake Download buttons

It's all too easy to click the wrong button or link on an otherwise legitimate download page. Here are three ways to protect yourself.

Can I recover a stolen laptop?

Justin Yuen asked if it's possible to recover a stolen laptop.