Hide Text in Word

You probably know that Microsoft Excel allows you to hide certain columns or rows in a spreadsheet in order to make it easier to read, but did you know that Word also allows you to hide text in a Word document for the same purposes. This very useful feature is often overloo...

Secure Email Communication with Outlook 2003

If you use Outlook 2003 to read your email with a Microsoft Exchange email server, you should ensure that you are using secure encryption for all communication between Outlook and the server, in order to prevent eavesdroppers from being able to intercept your email messages....

Is Windows 8 the World Beater Microsoft Need?

The consumer preview version of Windows 8 has been around for a few weeks now, and I've spent the last month or so giving it a good test driv...

Boot Straight Into Your Windows Desktop

In a newsletter a few days ago I mentioned in passing that it is possible to configure Windows 7 and earlier versions to boot straight into your desktop, without prompting you for a password. A reader wrote in asking exactly how you do this – it actually isn’t obvious si...

Security Alert: Backdoor.Whalfrost

Backdoor.Whalfrost is a Trojan infection that opens a back door on infected machines and may download further infections. It creates the following files on infected systems:

  • %UserProfile%Application Datamsupdater.exe
  • %UserProfile%Application DataFAVORITES...

Troubleshoot Bandwidth Problems when Watching Online Videos

I heard from a reader the other day who was having problems watching videos on his PC. It seems that whenever he tried to view a video on YouTube or a similar site, the video pauses from time-to-time while playing. This is a classic sign of network bandwidth problems – you...

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