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A Baker's Dozen Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Mac

Whether you're a recent convert, ambivalent veteran or one of those hardened Apple fanboys, let us remind you: a Mac, like any other computer, needs to be maintained. No, you probably don't need anti-virus software (yet), you may never have to fiddle with registry editing, and you'll likely never need to reinstall the operating system. But you may face a kernel panic, a raft of mysterious app c...

Hacked and Hijacked! What to Do if Your Identity Gets Stolen

Symptoms: Imagine the pit in your stomach: finding charges on your credit cards or bank statements for items you didn't buy; applying for credit or a mortgage and being denied due to delinquencies on accounts you didn't open. The amounts for the previous year's reported income on your annual Social Security statement is incorrect, and for more than you earned. Or you get a letter or call fr...

Hacked and Hijacked! What's Next When Your Facebook/Twitter Is Hacked

Symptom: Maybe your Twitter or Facebook friends have gotten viciously spammed with fake offers for a free iPad, or a link to a fake app -- from your profile. Or, maybe you've discover posts on your profile that you never wrote, often with links leading to websites, apps or coupons. You may discover personal messages sent to friends that you didn't write, perhaps asking them to wire money. Or,...

Hacked and Hijacked! How to Save Data if Your Portable Device Is Stolen

Symptom: You reach into your pocket or bag, and, well, it's empty! Diagnosis: Beyond the understandable distress of losing a pricey smartphone, laptop or tablet PC, the real trauma is the sudden and unfettered access afforded to the slippery-fingered jerk who took it. The cost of a new laptop is meager compared to the personal and even financial havoc that a motivated thief can wreak wit...

Hacked and Hijacked: What to Do if Your E-mail Account Gets Compromised

Symptoms: People listed in your e-mail contacts report being flooded with spam messages sent from your account. Or, you start receiving a bevy of "bounced" e-mails from random addresses you don't know. You aren't able to log into your account or change its settings, or you've discovered the settings have been altered. You attempt to use e-mail, and find it has been blocked by your provider. ...

Hacked and Hijacked: What to Do if Your PC Gets Compromised

Symptoms: There are a range of telltale signs that your PC has been infiltrated by a binary ne'er-do-well, but, counterintuitively, the worst case scenario is when there are no obvious symptoms at all. For starters, you may have an infection if your PC or Internet throughput has become consistently sluggish, and a restart doesn't cure it. Frequent, random pop-up windows with ads or system war...

Backups! How to Save Your Digital World From Doom

It's a fact of life that too many of us learn the excruciatingly painful way: hard drives, like humans, have an unpredictable lifespan. Sometimes they last a long time, but sometimes, well, they die suddenly. Now think of all the physical goods we used to store in shoeboxes and drawers that in today's world exist only in digital form on our PCs: photos, music, home movies, Hollywood movies and TV...

Electric Slide: Bring Your Photo Collection Into the Digital Age

A reader asks: Well, it finally happened. My parents sold their house, and have ordered me to trash everything in their basement, including a couple boxes worth of slides spanning half a century. I would love to digitize them, but having tried to do it myself, I've realized it would take me forever. I know there are pricey bulk scanners you can buy (which scare me), and then also online services ...

How to Strengthen Your Online Passwords

As computers, and specifically graphics cards, have gotten more powerful, our passwords have become increasingly vulnerable, and the days of eight characters being the standard password length are over. To be honest, they have been over for quite some time, but it's only now that the rest of the world is coming to realize that those eight letters you use to protect your e-mail could be cracked by ...

How to Disable Facebook Places and Protect Your Location

Share When Facebook launched its Places feature, it was, for some, just another chink in their online privacy armor. The world's most popular social network is quickly creeping into everything we do and turning our lives into easily digestible status updates. Understandably, there are some who would very much prefer that their personal information, especially their location at any given moment, r...

How to Make and Manage a Facebook Fan Page

@ Share We're sure that at least a few of you out there have a business, website or maybe a band that you want to promote on Facebook. Operating a standard Facebook profile for promotional purposes is hardly an ideal solution (and we're pretty sure, in the case of a business, a violation of the terms of service). So that's where pages come into play. Pages are distinct from profiles in several...

Fix DVD Scratches Using a Banana and Toothpaste

Share Whether it's from careless roommates or too many viewings, we've all had our favorite DVD get scratched and skip as a result. But you don't have to give up on your beloved disc; there could be hope for it yet -- in your pantry and bathroom. The folks over at Unplggd have compiled a step-by-step guide to removing scratches with nothing more than a banana, some toothpaste, and window clean...

How to 'Memorialize' the Facebook Pages of the Recently Deceased

Dealing with the death of a friend or relative is never easy. But in the era of social networking, many are taking to the Internet, grieving and paying their last respects by writing to the Facebook pages of the deceased. However, Facebook has never officially decided what should happen to a person's profile when he or she dies -- until now. Using a touching personal anecdote, Facebook employ...

Upgrading to Windows 7? Here's What You Should Know.

Do you want to enjoy all the goodies that Windows 7 offers without the work of installing a totally fresh operating system? While your more tech-savvy friends might look down their noses, a more simple "in-place upgrade" could be the better option for you. You just need to prepare yourself before tackling this task. Luckily, DownloadSquad has offered a few tips and tricks to make the upgrade pr...

Twitter Launches New How-to Site on Spruced-Up Homepage

If you still don't have a Twitter account (or just want to bone up on the best way to use yours if you do), then relax -- help is on the way. According to All Things Digital, Twitter just launched a new site called 'Twitter 101' and redesigned its homepage in a bid to make the site more intuitive than ever -- and hopefully attract more business users in the process. Co-founder Biz Stone said tha...