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4 Secrets Hackers Don't Want You to Know
Are you afraid of becoming the next victim of a wireless hack attack? Here are 4 secrets that wireless hackers don't want you to know about wireless security. Learn the facts so you won't become their next victim.
How to Change the Password for Your Wireless...
Have you lost the admin password to your wireless router or need to change your wireless router password because you never changed it from the factory default. Here are some tips on how to reset / change your wireless router's admin password.
How to Change the Password for Your Wi-Fi Network
Do you think it's time to change your Wi-Fi password? Learn how to change it by checking out our guide
The 5 Things You Should Never Post on Facebook
For the sake of the safety of you and your family, there is some information that you should never post on Facebook. Here are 5 things you should consider removing or not posting to Facebook and/or other social networks.
5 Signs Your Tinder Match is a Scam Bot
Is your new Tinder match too good to be true? Here are 5 warning signs that they might be a scam bot in disguise:
10 Things You Should Never Post on Social...
For your safety and the safety of your family and friends, avoid posting these 10 things on any social networks.
Want to Hide Your Likes on Facebook? Here's How
Do you want to prevent people from seeing which pages you like on Facebook? Here's how to hide your liked pages on Facebook:
How to Avoid Credit Card Skimmers
Check out these tips on how to avoid credit card skimming before you swipe your card at the ATM or the gas pump.
Is Someone You Don't Know Using Your Wi-Fi?
How can you tell if someone is using your wireless connection without your permission? Let's take a look at what you can do to detect and remove wireless freeloaders from your network.
How to Delete Your iPhone's Data so That You...
Selling your iPhone or trading it in? There are a couple of steps you need to take to erase the data on your iPhone before you sell it.
How to Encrypt Your Wireless Network
Is your wireless network traffic safe from hackers and eavesdroppers? Learn why your current wireless encryption might not be adequate and what you can do to protect your network.
How Hack-proof is Your Wireless Network?
How potentially hack-proof is your wireless network? While no network is truly hack-proof, take this quick quiz to see how well protected your network is against hacking attacks.
How to Avoid Getting Scammed By Social Media...
Think you'll never fall for a phishing scam? Phishers are now using social media in sophisticated spear phishing attacks. Let's learn more about this new breed of scams and how you can avoid them:
The 8 Worst Privacy Settings to Leave Turned On
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How to Remove Geotags From Pictures Taken With...
If you don't like the idea of advertising the location where you took a picture with your iPhone, follow theses steps to remove geotags from your images:
How To Hide Your Wireless Network From the...
So you've got a wireless network setup but you noticed that something is slowing your internet browsing to a crawl. It could be your Internet leeching neighbor who is freeloading of your connection. Learn what you can do hide your wireless network so you can stop their bandwidth sucking gravy train.
DIY High-Tech Home Monitoring With a Dash of...
How to setup a iPhone controlled home security camera system for under $100.
How to Make Your Wireless Router Invincible to...
Is your wireless router a target for hackers? The answer is yes. We'll show you the steps you need to take to hack-proof your wireless router.
5 Tips for Securing Your Wireless Network
Is your wireless network secure? Here are 5 steps you can take to help better secure your wireless network.
How to Secure Your Facebook Timeline
Facebook's new Timeline is like a scrapbook for stalkers. Learn what you can do to secure it and make it safer.
How to Prevent Strangers From Following You on...
Are there sketchy people following you on Twitter? Learn how to get rid of unwanted followers and prevent them from following you in the first place.
Safeguard Your Privacy: How to Disable Facebook...
If you're a little freaked out by the fact that you can click the Facebook Places map and see everywhere you've taken a picture or checked in, you're not alone. Let's learn how to turn off this creepy feature.
How to Use YouTube's Parental Controls
Are you a parent trying to figure out if there are any parental controls for YouTube? We'll show you a couple of steps you can take to try and limit your child's access to inappropriate video content
How to Backup Your IP Security Cameras to the...
You've got IP security cameras setup and monitoring things 24/7 but have you thought about what happens if the bad guys steal the computer your saving your security camera footage on? Let's learn how to backup your IP security camera to off-site cloud-based storage so you can still catch the bad guys
Craigslist Dangers That Everyone Should Avoid
Craigslist can be a great resource for buying and selling things. Follow these tips to make your Craigslist experience a safe and profitable one.
10 Things You Need to Do After Being Hacked
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How to Safeguard Yourself after Your Facebook...
Was your Facebook account just hacked? Here is what you need to do to get things back to normal if you believe your Facebook account has been compromised.
Caller ID Spoofing
Is that really the president calling you at home or have you just been Caller ID spoofed?
5 Ways You Might Be Sharing Your Location...
Is your location being shared without your knowledge? Learn 5 ways it might be.
Change the Name of Your Wireless Network
The SSID is one of the pieces of information needed for a wireless device to attach to your wireless network. You should change the default SSID to something unique, but not something identifiable like your last name. This step-by-step guide will walk you through how to do that on a Linksys wireless router.
Protect Your Family with These Parental Control...
This article explains all the steps necessary to enable parental controls (restrictions) on your child's iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch.
Help! My Password Has Been Cracked
You just came to the realization that one of your account passwords has been cracked. Here are the first steps you should take to regain control of your account:
How to Secure Your Wi-Fi Hotspot Against Threats
Are you afraid of Wi-Fi freeloaders connecting to your hotspot and racking up data overages that you'll have to pay for? Learn how to keep Wi-Fi leeches and hackers from stealing your gigabytes by reading this article.
How to Change the Default Username or Password...
To secure your wireless access point or router you need to change the default username and password used to access the administration screen and change the configuration settings
How to Spot a Fake Friend Request
Let's learn why some people send out fake friend requests and how you can spot a false or malicious one:
Is It Safe to Jailbreak Your iPhone?
Moral and legal implications aside, is jailbreaking your iPhone a safe endeavor? Do the benefits outweigh the risks or is it the other way around?
See an Internet Scam/Fraud? Here's How to...
Information on how to report internet-based scams / fraud.
How to Enable Your Wireless Router's Built-in...
Did you know that your wireless router may have a built-in firewall hidden within its configuration settings? Let's learn how to enable your wireless router's built-in firewall:
5 Security Tweaks Every MacBook User Should...
5 quick and easy MacBook security tips you can use to make your MacBook an impenetrable and unstealable mobile data fortress:
What is Packet Sniffing?
A brief article introducing the concepts of packet sniffing- how it works, what information can be gathered, what you can do to protect yourself and how you might use packet sniffing information to help protect or secure your network
Tamper Data: The Firefox Addon That Hackers...
Tamper Data might just be one of the best kept hacker secrets. Learn what this innocent-looking browser plug-in can do and why web application developers should worry.
How to Prevent Your 'Find My iPhone' App from...
The Find My iPhone app is a great tool for tracking your iPhone provided thieves don't turn it off after they have stolen your phone. Let's find out how you can make it harder for thieves to turn off your iPhone's homing beacon.
How to Hack Your Way into Your Own Computer
Did you lock yourself out of your own computer and are trying to hack your way back in? Follow these tips to get your virtual house keys back so you don't have to start over from scratch.
How to Make a Strong Password
Tips to make your password really hard for bad guys to crack
Help! I've Been Scammed Online!
Have you just been scammed online? Here are some tips to help you stop the scammers before they make off with more of your money or open any more accounts using your identity.
What is a Packet Sniffer?
Do you know what a packet sniffer is or what it's used for? Let's learn how packet sniffers can be both a great diagnostic tool for network technicians and a dangerous weapon in the hands of hackers.
How to Strengthen Your iPhone's Passcode
Are you relying on a 4-digit passcode to protect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod? There is a simple settings change that can make your screen lock passcode a lot harder to crack. Let's learn how to set a complex password on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
8 Ways to Kid-Proof Your Parental Controls
How to keep your Internet Parental Controls from being circumvented by your curious kids.
Is Your Computer Vulnerable to Attacks? Learn...
Learn how to test your network firewall to see if it is doing its job?
Review: 2GIG Technologies Go!Control Wireless...
Learn why the 2GIG Go!Control Wireless Home Security system might just be considered the iPhone of Home Security Systems.
Filter MAC Addresses To Secure Your Wireless...
One way to protect your wireless network is to establish MAC address filtering. By only allowing the devices with the MAC addresses you identify to connect to your network you greatly reduce the ability for an attacker to gain unauthorized access.
How to Browse the Web Invisibly
Tips to make yourself virtually invisible online so you can remain anonymous, avoid targeted advertising, evade hackers, deter online stalkers, and prevent other invasions of privacy.
How to Beef Up Security on Your Home Wireless...
Think your wireless network is safe because you're using WPA2 encryption instead of WEP? Think again (but think
Remember: Remove All Your Data Before You Sell...
It's time to get rid of your old computer and get a new one. Let's review a couple of things you need to do before you chuck that old paperweight of a PC.
Is Your Wireless Network's Name a Security Risk?
Can something as simple as your choice of wireless network name make you a more appealing target for hackers trying to crack your wireless network's password? The answer is yes and here's why:
Google+ Security, Privacy, and Safety
Are you new to Google+ and wondering how to set your Google+ security and privacy settings to keep the world out of your business? Here are some tips on how you can use Google+'s security and privacy options to make your Google+ experience a safe one.
Not Sure Whether to Use IPSec or SSL for VPN...
VPN's: IPSec vs. SSL is an article comparing and contrasting internet protocol security (IPSec) virtual private networks (VPN) with secure sockets layer (SSL) VPN's from your About.com Guide for Internet / Network Security, Tony Bradley
The Dangers of Evil Twin Wi-Fi Hotspots
Is the free wireless hotspot you just connected to a legitimate one, or is it an Evil Twin hotspot setup to steal your passwords and other personal information? Let's learn about Evil Twin hotspots and how to guard against them.
Is Your Wireless Network Secure? Try these Easy...
Most home routers, wireless or wired, provide some form of DHCP which automatically assigns IP addresses to devices as they connect. To reduce the possibility of an unauthorized party accessing your network, you can disable DHCP and manually assign static IP addresses to your devices
How The Heck Did They Get My Password?
Have you ever wondered how hackers and scammers get a hold of your password? Here are a few methods they may have used to obtain it:
Rainbow Tables: Your Password's Worst Nightmare
Rainbow Tables may not sound like something sinister, but they are your password's worst nightmare. Rainbow Tables are yet another hacker tool in their ever growing arsenal. Don't let their cute name fool you, these things are scary.
Everything You Need to Know about Intrusion...
A brief article introducing the concepts of Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS)- how they work, what sorts of things they monitor for, what the results mean to you and how you might use an IDS to monitor for and detect suspicious or malicious activity on your network and alert you so that you can respond
Keep Your iPhone Safe with These 5 Must-Have Apps
From encrypting your phone calls, to arming your security system after you've already left the house, these must-have security apps for iPhone have got you covered.
The Dangers of Short Links
Learn why you should think twice before you click that short link
How to Spot a Tech Support Scam
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How to Disable Password Storage in IE
The Internet Explorer AutoComplete feature can remember Web addresses you have typed and form information such as your address. It can also remember your username and password for various sites. This may seem convenient, but it is also a huge security concern. Anyone who sits down at your computer is able to access your personal sites and information. This Quick Tip will show you how to turn off the AutoComplete feature, or at least disable the storage of usernames and passwords
Know if Your Cordless Phone is Being Hacked
Are hackers listening in to your cordless phone conversations or is it just your nosy neighbor? Learn how to protect yourself from cordless phone eavesdroppers.
How to Avoid Getting Catfished
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How to Hide Your Facebook Posts From Nosy Family
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Know the Dangers of Oversharing on Facebook
When does oversharing on Facebook become dangerous? Learn about the perils of oversharing and what you should keep in mind before you share too much.
How to Secure Your IP Security Cameras
Are your IP security cameras safe from Internet voyeurs and hackers? Check out these tips to help you secure your IP Security cameras:
Secure Your Wireless Network
Secure Your Wireless Network: Understanding the threats and how to protect your network against them
Don't Sell or Trash Your Hard Drive Before...
Deleting data or even formatting a hard drive before selling or disposing of it is not good enough. The data can still be recovered. This article describes the steps you need to take before getting rid of a hard drive.
I Just Fell For a PC Support Scam, Now What?
'Tech Support' just called you and said your computer has a problem. You let them into your computer and may have given them your credit card information before you realized it was a scam. What do you do now?
How to Start a High-Tech Neighborhood Watch
Is the crime rate up in your area? Are burglars treating your neighborhood like it's an all-you can-steal buffet? It's time to upgrade your neighborhood watch to version 2.0.
8 Free Tools to Monitor Your ISP for Suspicious...
Free intrusion detection (IDS) and prevention (IPS) software to help you identify and respond to malicious or suspicious network activity on your network and stop any hackers, viruses, trojans or other malware from spreading
10 Tips for Passing the CISSP Exam
This is part of an article I wrote for CertCities.com describing my top 10 tips to help people study for and pass the CISSP certification exam. Excerpted from CertCities.com with permission
Google Parental Controls
Check out these tips on how to make Google a little safer for your kids to search
What Not to Post on Facebook While You're on...
Are you on vacation and about to post a picture of your delicious meal to Facebook? Read this article before you post, or you might come home to an empty house.
Best Free Spyware/Adware Detection and Removal...
Free spyware removal tools and utilities to help you block, or at least detect and remove spyware and adware that can infest your computer and bog it down severely and may even perform malicious functions like capturing your passwords.
Foscam FI8905W Outdoor Wireless Security Camera...
A review of the Foscam FI8905W Outdoor IP Security Camera
How to Test Your Facebook Privacy Settings
Are your Facebook privacy settings working as intended? Here's how to test them:
Wondering How Port Scanning Works? Here's the...
Introduction to Port Scanning is a basic overview of TCP/IP port scanning - how to do it and what the results will or won't tell you- from your About.com Guide for Internet / Network Security, Tony Bradley
How to Protect Yourself from Premium SMS Text...
Did you just get a text that says you signed up for Trivia Facts, Ring Tones, or something similar? Did you get a bill saying you owe $9.99 for Premium SMS content? I bet you don't even remember signing up for it, because you probably didn't.
Keep Track of Your Kids With Geofences
Geofence Technology: Parental control on steroids and likely your child's worse nightmare.
Here's Why and How to Encrypt Your Email
A brief article describing why you should encrypt your email communications and some tips on how to do it
Securing Your New Wireless Router
Got a shiny new wireless router? Follow these tips to help make it more secure:
What Is A Bot?
If you read news headlines you may have heard about the overwhelming onslaught of 'bots' or 'zombies'. If you had no other context, you might think they were talking about an invasion of Earth
How to Avoid Clickjacking
Oh SNAP! You just got Clickjacked!! Learn more about clickjacking and find out how you can avoid getting your clicks jacked.
Don't Close That Pop-Up Window!
Pop-Up windows often appear to look like normal message windows. Users may feel that simply clicking
Computer Security 101
A short quiz to test how much you learned from the first lesson of the Free Computer Security 101 course.
How to Avoid the 'Ammyy' Security Patch Phone...
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Is Your Wireless Network Secure? Learn How to...
It is great to be able to transmit data back and forth from your wireless device to your wireless router or access point, but what if someone else intercepts those airwaves as well? You can protect your wireless data by enabling encryption.
How to Erase Your iPad Before You Sell it
Before you sell or trade your iPad make sure you wipe it clean of your personal data. Learn how in this article:
Wireless Security for Home Users FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions and answers for wireless security for home users.
Review: Alarm.com Interactive Home Alarm...
A review of alarm.com's interactive alarm monitoring service
Free Antivirus Detection and Removal Tools
Free software to help you detect and block viruses, trojans, worms and other malware and also to clean-up any infections that may slip into your computer system.
How to Test a Suspicious Link Without Clicking it
Does that link look infected? Want to find out how to check the safety of a link without actually clicking on it? Here's how:
How Criminals Use Google Maps Street View to...
Learn how criminals are using Google Maps Street View to help them 'case the joint' before they rob your house. We'll also show you how to protect yourself by making your property invisible in Street View so that all the bad guys will see is a big fat blur.
Disable SSID Broadcasting To Protect Your...
Wireless networks have a beacon which broadcasts information. Learn how to disable the SSID broadcast so no random wireless devices know your network.
LinkedIn Privacy and Security Tips
LinkedIn can be a great resource for professional networking but if you're not careful you might give out too much information to the wrong people. Here are some tips for staying safe on LinkedIn.
DIY Computer Forensics: How to Recover a...
Can you bring files back from the dead? In some cases, the answer is yes. I'm not talking about the recycle bin, I'm talking about when you deleted the stew out of them. Find out how to resurrect dead files.
Think You've Been Hacked? Here's What You Need...
An article on incident response when you think you've been hacked. how do you collect clues and evidence of your perpetrator- when they attacked? what they did? How do you restore your system and how do you protect yourself from future occurrences??
Why Stalkers Love Your Geotags
Are you being geo-stalked? Is someone using your location tags to hunt you down? Learn how to protect yourself from Geo-stalkers.
How to Unlock Your Android Phone With Your Fitbit
Wouldn't it be great if instead of typing in a PIN or passcode to unlock your phone you could unlock it by simply being near a Bluetooth device such as a Fitbit? NOW YOU CAN!! Here's how:
Webcam Safety: Make Sure No One's Watching You
Are you worried that someone is spying on you via your webcam? Here are some tips for securing your webcam:
Remove This Info From Facebook Right Now!
There are certain bits of personal information that you may want to leave out of your Facebook profile for privacy and safety reasons. Here are 5 of them:
Why You Need a Personal VPN Service
VPNs aren't just for big corporations anymore. Learn how a personal VPN service can help protect your privacy and keep the hackers at bay.
Don't Be a Victim of Identity Theft: Take These...
It seems like almost weekly a major security breach is announced involving the compromise of hundreds of thousands or even millions of customer's personal information. Some look to network security as the solution. Some look to legislation and penalties as the solution. The reality is that most identity theft is actually very low-tech and it is up to you to guard your own identity. These ten tips will help you protect yourself from identity theft.
Internet Parental Controls Start At Your Router
Wouldn't it be nice if you could block a site so that your children can't get to it no matter what device your child is using to try and access it? Let's look at implementing parental controls at the router level.
Google Chrome Security
A brief overview of Google Chrome security features and issues. Google jumped into the browser market with the Beta release of Chrome. Learn about the security
How to Transfer a Windows XP Activation Number
Since the introduction of product activation in Microsoft products, many people have complained. For those who dread having to activate the product again with Microsoft just because they reinstall the software, this tip will show you how to transfer the activation data over.
The Data on This iPhone Will Self-destruct in...
Did someone steal your iPhone or iPad? Learn how to remotely wipe its data so that the bad guys can't steal your personal information.
Protect Yourself From SMiShing (SMS Phishing)...
Smishing is basically phishing scams that are sent over Short Message Service (SMS) text messages. Here are a few tips to help you tell spot SMiShing.
Here's How Easy It Is to Create a Secure Password
Article on password security. Passwords need to be long enough and complicated enough to protect you, but not so complicated you forget them. Also, due to password cracking algorithms and the format of the encrypted password hash, sometimes a shorter password can be better than a longer password
How to Secure Your HomePlug Powerline Network
How secure is your HomePlug Powerline Network? Let's learn how you can implement the security features of your HomePlug Powerline Network.
What to Know about Foscam Security Pro for iPhone
Foscam Surveillance Pro is a great app for keeping an eye on your home from your iPhone. Check out our review for more information.
Stop Pop-Ups
Tips and tools to help you block pop-up ads while browsing the Web. Using these techniques can help you to reduce or eliminate pop-up ads and other Web-surfing annoyances.
The Dangers of Out-of-Office Auto-Reply Messages
Think twice before you set your out-of-office auto reply, you might reveal information that is useful to scammers and spammers.
6 Wireless Router Security Features You Should...
Consider turning on these wireless router security features ASAP to help make your network more secure:
How to Easily Backup Your Facebook Data
Is there an easy way to backup all the pictures, videos, links, etc, that you've ever posted to Facebook in case your account gets hacked, deleted, or disabled? The answer is yes, and I'll show you how to archive your Facebook content quickly and easily.
Is Ransomware Holding Your Computer Hostage?
Did your computer just pop up a message that won't go away? Is it demanding that you pay a fine? You've just become a victim of Ransomware.
How to Disable Facebook's Facial Recognition...
Does Facebook's facial recognition feature seem just a little creepy to you? Learn how you can disable it in just a few simple steps.
Book Review: Mac OS X Maximum Security
Book Review of Mac OS X Maximum Security: A Hacker's Guide to Protecting Your Mac OS X Workstation and Server by John Ray and William Ray from your About.com Guide for Internet / Network Security, Tony Bradley
iPad Security Tips
Follow these security tips to help turn your iPad into a mobile information fortress.
How to Safely Unfriend a Facebook Creeper
Are you trying to distance yourself from a Facebook creeper without hurting their feelings? Here is a kinder, gentler way to unfriend a creeper.
5 Tips for Staying Safe on Twitter
Learn what you need to do to help make your twitter experience a safe one
Popular Myths about Copying and Sharing MP3s...
There are many misperceptions and much confusion about where the legal and ethical line is for buying, downloading, sharing or copying music. This article addresses some common myths.
Charter Communications Hijacks Windows Live...
Since installing Windows Vista, I have used the default Windows Live Search to do my web searches from the address bar of my Web browser. One day, instead of Windows Live Search results, I got Charter.net search results, 'powered by Yahoo!'. Page 5.
iPhone Lock Screen Privacy And Security Tips
Your iPhone lock screen can be a billboard for personal information of all sorts. Your friends and nosy co-workers might see more than you want them to while it's lying unattended. Check out these lock screen privacy and security tips:
What Is A BHO (Browser Helper Object)?
A frequently asked question (faq) explainin what a BHO (browser helper object) is and how they can be used to attack your computer system.
How to Protect Your Facebook Account with Login...
Worried about Facebook hackers gaining access to your Facebook account? Consider using Facebook Two-Factor Authentication to protect your account. We'll show you how:
How to Get an IT Security Job
5 tips to help you get your foot in the door in the IT Security field.
Looking for Free Packet Sniffer Software?...
Links to free packet sniffer software to capture and analyze network traffic on your network
How to Spot an Online Scam
Do you have a sixth sense when it comes to detecting online scams? If not, then you should check out our article on how to spot an online scam for tips on developing your scam-detecting skills.
How to Enable Mac OS X’s Built-in...
This article provides will show users how ton enable the security features that are built-in to OS X, but are disabled by default.
How to Build an iPhone Accessible Pet-Cam for...
We all hate leaving our pets at home while we're at work. What if you could check in on them whenever your wanted from you iPhone or Android? I'll show you how to make a low-cost Pet Cam for less than $100
Facebook Friend or Facebook Hacker? Here's How...
Did your grandmother just post a Facebook link to Shocking Sexy Pics of Britney Spears? Maybe that's just how your grandma rolls, but chances are it's the hacker who just
Computer Security 101- Quiz 1
A quiz based on Lesson 1 of Computer Security 101 on the About.com Internet / Network Security site
Security Mistakes That Might Get You Fired
Do you like your job? Do you want to keep it? Avoid these security mistakes at work, or there might be a pink slip in your future.
Step-By-Step Configuration for McAfee Internet...
A step-by-step visual tutorial to help you configure and maintain McAfee antivirus in the McAfee Internet Security Suite 2005 (v 7.0).
How to Lock Your Home From Your Smartphone
Did you remember to lock your front door when you left the house this morning? Let's learn how you can remotely lock up your home and even turn lights on and off via your smartphone.
How Google Voice Can Be Used as a Powerful...
Let's learn how to use Google Voice as your very own telephone privacy firewall.
Why You Need a Second Opinion Malware Scanner
Your virus scanner says everything is OK, but your computer is acting very strange and won't let you open any files. It's time for a second opinion malware scanner to see what your antivirus software might have missed.
How to Store and Remember Passwords Securely
This article examines the challenge of trying to remember the passwords and usernames to a wide variety of sites and applications and discusses the tools available to help users securely store and remember their passwords
Password Policy: Minimum Password Age
A brief explanation of the Minimum Password Age setting in Windows Vista Local Security Policy - Account Policy - Password Policy settings.
Online Dating Security Tips
The online dating world can be a scary place if you're not careful. Check out these security tips to help keep you safe:
4 Steps to Ensure You're Safe on Peer-to-Peer...
A tutorial article providing tips to use peer-to-peer (p2p) networking sites such as BitTorrent or eMule safely and securely.
Encryption 101: Understanding Encryption
A hands-on approach to learning about encryption for those of us who aren't good at math.

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