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3 free ways to really delete your data

The next time you get a new computer, you may want to give your old one away. But what if the sensitive financial info on your hard drive winds up in the wrong hands? Fortunately, my friend Kim Komando has some suggestions about ways to delete sensitive data forever from ...

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Use alternate browsers in wake of IE security flaw

If you're like 40% of people, chances are you use Microsoft's Internet Explorer to surf the web. But right now, doing so could pose a serious threat to your computer's safety. The Internet Explorer browser has a security flaw that could allow hackers to gain access to your computer. I ...

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Automated viruses plague online banking

RIP-OFF ALERT: Newly sophisticated Trojan horse viruses developed in Europe are expected to pose a threat to anyone who does online banking here in the United States. Criminal rings out of Eastern Europe are bringing a new level of threat to web users who encounter the common SpyEye and Zeus ...

Mac users face virus attack

If you're a Mac user, you may think your computer is impervious to viruses. But that's no longer the case. For a long time, it was accepted as gospel that if you wanted to avoid viruses on your computer, you got a Mac instead of a PC. Now estimates suggest ... and The Clark Howard Show offer more money-saving advice on your electric bill

Remote charging of electric devices coming soon

It seems that charging electric devices is just part of our lives now. But it could get a lot easier in the very near future. is one company that has a device that can recharge a smartphone from several feet away, using magnetic induction. The Watertown, Mass., company is ...

Free software download automatically powers down unused PCs

MONEY-SAVING MOMENT: A little-known download that was used to reduce PC energy consumption in Japan after nuclear plants were taken offline can help you save money every month too. Granola is a free download that automatically powers down desktops when they're not being used, similar to a dimmer switch for ...

Free Antivirus and Spyware Protection

You already know how important it is to have good antivirus and anti-spyware programs on your computer. But did you know that some of the most effective programs out there are free? See our guide.

The best free anti-virus programs

When it comes to protecting your computer, the best anti-virus programs may be free. PC World recently published its list of the Top 10 Antivirus Programs for 2011 and everything on the list was a pay service. On a scale of 5 possible stars, the lowest rating anything got was ...

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