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How-To Chances are that Microsoft automatically encrypted your PC during setup. But don’t worry—that key should be safely stored. Here’s where to find it. How-To Skittish about storing sensitive documents on your PC? Microsoft's built-in OneDrive security feature might help. How-To Hotels and family homes don't always have a safe Wi-Fi connection — here's how you fix it.
How-To Whether you use Windows Pro's built-in Bitlocker or the free Veracrypt utility, encrypting a file, folder, or drive is an easy way to keep your sensitive documents secure. How-To Scam emails can cause massive headaches or, worse, financial ruin. Here are some telltale warning signs to look out for. How-To Here's how to change your Twitch password and set up two-factor authentication in the wake of a massive alleged hack. Updated Updating your BIOS can cut boot times, fix compatibility issues, and improve overall performance–or brick your system if you do it wrong. But with recent attacks on UEFI, an out-of-date BIOS can leave your PC vulnerable. How-To A step-by-step guide to make sure Office's Protected View is keeping you safe from the latest attack. How-To Ensure that the data on your old drives is safe from prying eyes with this simple guide to securely wiping your hard drives. How-To Learn why strong, secure paswords matter by seeing how easy it is to crack passwords with a common tool. Longer, more complex passwords are best, and you'll see why. How-To What's the best password? We'll show you the rules and strategies we'd recommend to pick a safe, strong password that will keep your data secure. How-To How can you tell if your password has been stolen or compromised as part of a password breach? We'll discuss free and paid services you can use, from websites to your browser or paid password managers. Tip Windows 7 went end-of-life today, but you can still take advantage of Microsoft's offer of a free Windows 10 upgrade, even though it officially ended years ago. How-To Windows 7 is officially end of life, meaning it will no longer receive security updates. If you're going to keep using it, here's how to stay as safe as possible. Updated Sure, you can remove your password from your Windows 10 PC, as long as it's in a very safe place. Here's how. Updated Microsoft's Windows Sandbox creates a safe space where you can try suspicious software or sites without risking your 'real' PC. Here's how to use it. How-To Protect yourself from online scams with these tips, including a detailed account of attempts to remove ransomware. How-To Google has launched a new privacy setting that lets you automatically delete your location and web activity data. Here's how to do it. How-To Internet fraud takes many forms, but they share a common goal: Extracting money or personal data from an unsuspecting user. Here's how to avoid their traps. How-To Is this site legit? Here's how to use ICANN and other databases to find out. But some honest sites may hide their identities for justifiable reasons.