There's one thing you can do to avoid being the victim of identity theft: follow this 10-step PC security plan.
Encrypt your network connection Most popular sites offer HTTPS connections at least some of the time. In Gmail, click the gear icon in the top-right corner and select "Always use https" under the General tab.
To select Facebook's HTTPS setting, click the down arrow in the top-right corner and choose Account settings. Select Security in the left pane and Edit in the Secure Browsing section of the main window. Check "Browse Facebook on a secure … Read more
If you're worried about the street address of your home Wi-Fi hotspot being public, Google has a solution.
The Mountain View, Calif.-based company late today announced a way for the owners of Wi-Fi networks to be removed from Google's crowdsourced geolocation database, which it reworked this summer after CNET drew attention to privacy concerns.
It's simple: all you need to do is append "_nomap" to the name of the Wi-Fi network. So "theharrisons" becomes "theharrisons_nomap".
"As we explored different approaches for opting-out access points from the Google Location Server, … Read more
Apple's Mission Control option in OS X Lion is useful for keeping track of windows and open applications, but its default view can be a bit limiting, especially if you have multiple applications and windows open.
For instance, if you open a few windows in Safari and TextEdit, then Mission Control will group both Safari's and TextEdit's windows and stack them on top of each other, making them difficult to see. If you then open a few other programs, the stacks of Safari and TextEdit windows in Mission Control will become even smaller, sometimes to the point … Read more
Time can be a difficult thing to keep track of when you're at your computer listening to music or playing a game. Sometimes you don't realize how loud the audio is and whether it's disturbing the people living with you or next to you. Volume Concierge is a simple and small app that can adjust your system's audio level at set times so you don't have to worry about it. Read on to learn how to set it up.
Step 1: Download and install Volume Concierge.
Step 2: The program should run automatically after … Read more
Windows 7 is a good operating system right out of the box, but tweaking some of the settings and using keyboard shortcuts can enhance the Windows experience.
Here are seven useful Windows tips and tricks to help you get more out of Windows 7:
1. Bypass the Recycle Bin The Windows Recycle Bin is a good safeguard against accidental file deletions. However, when you know you want to permanently delete a file, you can bypass it. Instead of pressing the Del key, press Shift+Del, then Shift+Enter to confirm.
If you prefer, you can also permanently disable the Recycle … Read more
While the OS X Finder handles files and folders similarly to how they're handled in Windows, there are some nuances to which Windows users may be accustomed that are different or missing on Mac systems. For instance, the ability to cut and paste files is missing in OS X 10.6 and earlier, but while Apple added this function in Lion, its implementation is still a bit different and requires different keystrokes than the Windows Ctrl-X and Ctrl-V combination.
Another Windows feature you won't find in OS X is the Windows Explorer "Send To" option for … Read more
You're responsible for securing the private information you store on your computer or transmit over the Internet. But what about your personal data that's in the hands of some organization you've trusted with it?
From the IRS to your local florist, your private information is widely shared. And every day some organization loses sensitive data about its clients or customers--whether due to a hack attack or (more likely) from the loss or theft of a computer or storage device.
Here are three recent examples from the Open Security Foundation's Data Loss Database:A disgruntled employee steals … Read more
If you want to save that long Web article for later, it's easy enough to bookmark it or send it to a consolidation site. But what if you want to take a look at your leisure using your favorite e-reader?
That's quite a bit trickier, or at least it used to be. There's a nifty bookmarklet called DotEPUB that will convert whatever page you're currently on into the widely used EPUB format. Here's how to use it:Point your browser to the DotEPUB page. (Note: the bookmarklet will not work using Internet Explorer, but … Read more
If you use an e-reader, it's probably a Kindle, which means it can be a pain to use open-source e-book formats like EPUB. Calibre is a free, open-source e-book manager that lets users convert EPUB files to Kindle-readable MOBI files. Here's how to use it:Download and install Calibre. When you first run it, Calibre will ask what language you want to use, and to select a folder to use as your e-book library. Next, select your primary reader. From the main screen, you can choose to add books by clicking the large icon in the top left. … Read more