Stories by Scott Spanbauer

Easy ways to keep the Internet safe

You wouldn't allow your young children to watch Sex in the City, would you? Then why give them unimpeded access to the Web, where much more salacious content is just a google away?

Find e-mail freedom in IMAP servers

Whether it's Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, or something else, most people have a favorite e-mail app for storing messages in folders, filtering spam, and saving copies of sent mail. Chances are, the program talks to your ISP's mail server v...

Real virtuality

Virtual computing is the flavour of the moment. Scott Spanbauer lets you in on the best ways to keep your os at arm's length.

At arm's length

There are installation CDs and Live CDs, but did you know that you can install Linux over the Internet as well?

Making your Linux installation (more) malware-proof

Windows XP, left unpatched, is vulnerable to malware that can make it shrivel up and die within a few minutes of being connected to the Internet. Even after patching, Windows is still subject to virus and spyware attacks that make third-party securit...

Boot camp

Not all of us are ready to go completely linux. Here's how you can have your cake and eat it.

Longhorn 64-bit build 5048

The newest versions of the next generation of Windows add graphics sizzle and more search features, but lack visible productivity enhancements.

Web&You: A grown-up's guide to Instant messaging

Most people believe instant messaging is something kids use to chat online, yet this medium is also proving a useful communication tool in the business sphere. If you've shied away from this internet phenomenon, read on - you may want to give it anot...

Tweak SP2 security to benefit you

Windows XP is a safe and secure operating system. Really, it is -- as long as you don't connect it to the Internet. To be fair, other operating systems, including Linux and Mac OS X, are vulnerable to online attacks, too. But Windows gets more attent...

DIY Net defence

Go online without a firewall and you’re asking for trouble. Why risk it? There are lots of products — including free software — out there that can help. Here’s how to set one up.

Microsoft goes virtual

If you frequently boot your PC into different versions of Windows to enable software compatibility or to support other computer users, Microsoft’s $219 Virtual PC 2004 can simplify your life. The program allows you to install and run Windows 95/98/Me...

The PC World password safety test

Life online means living with--and trying to remember--passwords. Lots of them. Your Internet, e-mail, and instant messaging accounts require you to enter a user name and a password. So do secure online bank, credit card, mutual fund, and shopping We...

Beat the broadband blues

Are you getting all the ISP you pay for? Here’s how to make the most of your connection, and what to do if it’s time to switch providers.

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