Stories by Roger Gann

Whats Up Doc?

Given the complexity of modern operating systems, it can be challenging to monitor and manage a single computer, let alone a network full of them.

Advanced ADSL

A while back, I devoted an article to basic ADSL trouble­shooting, what to do if you couldn't connect, and how to possibly rectify that problem. Now I'm returning to that subject, but going a stage further. This time around, I'll be looking at more s...

Trend Micro PC-cillin Internet Security 14.0

Trend's 2006 PC-cillin Internet Security suite features a much-improved user interface compared with last year's version. The core bundle remains the same - antivirus, antispam and firewall - but you get some extra protection against phishing and spy...

Security stumbles

If you haven't got Network Stumbler for Windows - NetStumbler to its friends - you should. This utility can be found at www.netstumbler.com. NetStumbler is an all-purpose software tool that, among other things, lets you detect unauthorised "rogue" ac...

Virtual privacy, part 2

My previous column was devoted to VPN theory - the various technologies that underpin Virtual Private Networks. This column is devoted to VPN practice.

Virtual privacy

Out on the road and need to access your office LAN? Worried about security? Fear not, Roger Gann can show you the way.

Zetadocs PDF

Equisys is best known for its network fax software, Zetafax. As the sun sets on faxing, it has turned its attention to emailing documents. The best format for this has to be Adobe PDF (portable document format). There's no shortage of PDF-authoring a...

Emergency service

Losing your internet connection is no laughing matter. Here's what to do when disaster strikes.

Come together

Bridging the MAC/PC divide once seemed like a distant fantasy, but these days it's not so difficult - as long as you pay attention to these useful networking pointers.

Softwin BitDefender 8.0 Professional Plus

The speed with which an unprotected PC picks up malware from the Internet can be truly scary, hence the rise in popularity of security bundles that combine antivirus, firewall and spam protection.

ScanSoft PDF Converter Professional 3.0

This recently updated package is in essence, a bundle of ScanSoft's PDF Create 3.0 and PDF Converter 3.0. The basic deal remains the same - PDF Converter Professional 3.0 comprises a printer driver that lets you create a PDF (portable document format...

Remote control

It's undoubtedly handy to be able to access your computer without physically needing to be there - but it can be tricky to set up. Port forwarding is the easy answer.

NAT's the way

Network address translation means that your networked PCs can share IP addresses with other systems. And it can repel Internet nasties, too.

Waking the dead

Ever had a computer spring to life even though it was switched off when you last looked? here's how to exorcise The ghost in the machine.

Home improvement

Having reception problems with your home Wi-Fi network? There are lots of simple ways to improve its performance and cut down on interference without spending a fortune.

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