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Monitor your credit report and guard against ID theft with FICO Ultimate 3B.

Even if you're not overly concerned about identity theft and mistakes on your credit report, it's good to know what's going on. Monitor your scores and credit activity with FICO Ultimate 3B.

Lock down your personal info with LifeLock, 10% off now

If you're concerned about your personal information being stolen (for instance, in the recent Equifax data breach), get LifeLock to protect yourself from identity theft.

Monitor family and friends and with Google's Trusted Contacts

Google's new Trusted Contacts app for Android lets you check on family and friends to see if they are safe and OK.

Block Apple Calendar spam on iOS and MacOS

Get rid of those pesky Calendar spam invites once and for all.

Norton Security Deluxe (2017) review

Using artificial intelligence to meet threats on day one.

McAfee LiveSafe (2017) review

McAfee's scanning brain extends to the cloud -- but you might not be able to tell.

Bitdefender Mobile Security

Bitdefender Mobile Security offers reliable protection against malware without a lot of fuss for you or strain on your Android's resources.

Facebook Messenger unveils Secret Conversations

Get your first look at the messaging app's much-anticipated new feature.

Find, download, and install iOS apps safely from the App Store

Bend Apple's iTunes to your will, find the right iOS app, spot the fakes, install manually or automatically, and delete apps.

Pokemon Go's major security loophole

If you signed up for Pokemon go with your Google account on iOS, you need to change a setting to protect your info.

Private browsing on iPhone and Mac

Surf Safari discreetly on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

How to choose an Android antivirus app

Malware has gone mobile. Here's what to look for in an Android antivirus app.

Stop or roll back a Windows 10 update

Windows 10 has been installing itself on PCs with Windows 7 or 8.1. If you want to stick with a previous version of Windows, you can in a few easy steps.

6 mobile payment apps you can trust

Protect your purchases with two-factor authentication, encryption, and tokenization.

Keep your Android phone secure

Don't succumb to Stagefright. Follow these eight commonsense steps to safeguard your phone and your info.

Instagram privacy and security

Share your photos without compromising yourself.

Microsoft addresses your privacy in Windows 10

More details about what user data Microsoft collects and why.

How to use the Microsoft Edge browser privately and securely

Better living through fiddling with settings.

Stay secure and protect your privacy on Twitter

Promote yourself without sacrificing your security or risking your privacy.

Back-to-school security

Five tips for protecting your electronics, your network, and your info on campus and beyond.

A guide to Windows 10 security settings

Tweak settings for passwords, Wi-Fi, Cortana, system updates, and more.

How to stay secure on Facebook

Take these five steps to enhance your social security.

Mac backup basics

A Mac backup plan doesn't have to be complicated. Here are four ways to to safeguard your files.

Windows 10 privacy settings

Decide which features to lock down or liberate.

How to protect your privacy on Facebook

Tweak your Facebook privacy settings so that you don't share more than you mean to.

Location Services 101

Learn how native and third-party apps use your location info and how to manage access.

Shred, don't trash, your Windows files

Your files don't disappear when you hit the Delete key. Here's how to shred them completely.

How to disable the Adobe Flash browser plug-in

Block Flash in a few easy steps to avoid its critical security flaws.

Make Google Drive more secure

Get file encryption and strong password protection to secure your stuff.

A gamer's guide to online security

How to protect your passwords, online accounts, and credit cards.

Beef up your browser security

When you're looking at the Web, don't let the Web look back at you. These quick tips will help you plug privacy and security holes in your browser.

How to remove bloatware

Bloatware is annoying at best; at worst, it's malware like Lenovo's Superfish that puts your system at risk. Here's how to scrape the bloatware barnacles off your shiny new Windows PC.

What to look for in a password manager

Password managers save you time and protect your accounts. You want one with good password generation, encryption, autofill, and cross-platform compatibility.

What is malware?

To combat malicious software, you must first know your enemy. Find out how to identify and remove malware.

The best paid VPN for Windows

Virtual private networks offer a number of advantages: secure Internet access, greater privacy when you're Web browsing, and access to geo-restricted content. We've tested paid VPN services to find out which one is worth your money.

A buyer's guide to VPNs

If you want to hide your IP address or browse with more privacy, tunnel into the Internet with a VPN.

Passwords 101

Passwords guard your most private and sensitive information. Here's how to make sure they're strong enough for the job.

Two-step verification 101

A strong password is a good start, but a second form of ID leaves your info much safer. Learn a few quick settings tweaks to lock down your email, social media, cloud storage, and other accounts.

​Backup basics

Don't lose your information to hacks or hardware blowout. We show you how to prevent data loss and recover from PC failure.

5 tips for running Windows XP relatively safely

Microsoft has stopped supporting Windows XP. If you can't upgrade (or don't want to), follow these tips to continue running Windows XP with a little security.