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LastPass - How to Import and Export Passwords
If you want to backup of your LastPass passwords, have them available on an USB stick or simply exchange them manually between computers, here's how to do it. This tutorial shows all you need to know about exporting and importing LastPass passwords.

How To Protect Your Computer Files
Here is tutorial that explains how to use Truecrypt software to protect your computer files. Truecrypt is freeware open source software that allows you to encrypt your files , such way that they cannot be used by anybody else, without using your password. We’ll create virtual disk , and all files stored on the virtual disk will be protected with password. The same way you can protect the files on your USB disk .

Securing Windows 7
Learn about: Overview of how to make a Windows 7 computer more secure

Local Security Policy in Windows 7
Learn about: How to change most important Local Security Policy settings in Windows 7.

Take Ownership and Change Permissions of Files and Folders
Switching to another operating system or importing data can lead to the impossibility of accessing your files and folders. This is result of the fact that your user has lost ownership of those files & folders or it no longer has the required permissions. Also accessing certain system protected files or folders involves sometimes modifying the file permissions for those resources. When you cannot read or change files/folders from your disk, it means that either you need to take ownership of them or you need to change your user's permissions. In this article you will learn how to change ownership of a file or folder and how to manage permissions for accessing and modifying them.

Restore Windows Firewall Defaults
In our previous tutorials about the Windows Firewall we've shown everything you can do with it: beginning with how to enable it, accessing defined rules, creating new ones, checking advanced reports and defining advanced communication rules. If you've done lots of configuring on it, something might stop working at some point. In such cases, it would be best to reset all rules to the default ones created by Microsoft and start from scratch. In this tutorial I will show how to do just that.

Windows Firewall Tutorial
The Windows Firewall has been changed quite a bit since Windows XP. Windows 7 now allows this tool to filter both inbound and outbound traffic or set rules and exceptions depending on the type of network you are connected to. Considering there are quite a few changes, we will start a small series presenting all the capabilities of this security tool. For starters we will show how to access the Windows Firewall, present the basics about how it works and show how to turn it on or off.

Enhance Parental Controls with Windows Live Family Safety
Windows 7 allows you to integrate parental control functions from other software companies (called service providers) with its own. While many security solutions providers offer parental control applications, one of the best solutions comes from Microsoft and it is called Windows Live Family Safety. This application can be installed on top of your Windows 7 installation and allows you to filter web sites, access activity reports which tell you what your children are doing on their computers, administrate the contacts with whom they communicate, allows children to ask permissions to access different web sites that you have already blocked, etc. In this article I will show you where to download Windows Live Family Safety from, how to enable it and manage the user accounts which you want to monitor.

Web Filtering With Windows Live Family Safety
We continue our previous article on Enhancing Parental Controls with Windows Live Family Safety with a tutorial on how to setup web filtering. Web filtering means setting up what kind of pages you allow your children to visit. With Windows Live Family Safety you are able to select between pre-defined sets of settings but you may also add your custom exceptions. In this tutorial I will show everything you can do on the web filtering side.

Get Activity Reports for Your Children With Windows Live Family Safety
Windows Live Family Safety can record & report the activity that your child has on his/her computer both online and offline. In this tutorial I will show how you can see the websites he/she has visited and block them if you think they are inappropriate. Then, I'll show how to view statistics like: how many times you child has logged in and amount of hours spent at the computer, the list of programs ran, the files downloaded and the games played.

How to Work with the Action Center
Windows 7 comes with a convenient way to help you review the state of your system and find solutions to security and maintenance issues. The feature which facilitates this is called Action Center and it is built upon the foundation set by the Windows Security Center, which was first introduced by Windows XP Service Pack 2 and then tweaked by Windows Vista. In this article I will explain all the functionality of the Action Center and show how to configure it so that you receive only the notifications you desire.

Step by Step: Encrypt Files and Folders
Do you know that you can encrypt files and folders in certain editions of Windows 7?

Set up Windows 7 Parental Controls
Set up Windows 7 Parental Controls for all your children with the help of our video tutorial. In the video, we demonstrate the powerful and flexible parental controls available to Windows 7 Home, Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate users.

Configuring the Windows 7 Firewall
This video tutorial demonstrates the most common configuration options for the Windows 7 Firewall and discusses when you might need to use them. If you need to turn off the Windows Firewall for any reason, the video will also show you how to do that. Finally, we'll also show you how to access the advanced options for the firewall, although these options are not covered in this tutorial.

User Account Controls in Windows 7
It's time to take a look at the often unfairly criticized User Account Control security mechanism. User Account Controls (UAC) were introduced in Windows Vista and were immediately unpopular with users migrating from Windows XP. However, they drastically improved security and when used in conjunction with limited user accounts, can actually save a great deal of time, as we'll demonstrate in the video

How to Apply Group Policies to a Specific User or Group in Vista and Windows 7
This will show you how to apply group policy to only a specific user or group instead of all users in Vista and Windows 7. You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do this tutorial.

Allow or Prevent Changing the Time Zone
This will show you how to allow or prevent specific users and groups from being able to change the computer time zone in Windows 7 and Vista.

How to Allow or Prevent Users and Groups to Shut Down the Computer
This will show you how to allow or prevent specific users and groups from being able to shut down the computer in Windows 7 and Vista.

How to Allow or Prevent Users and Groups to be able to Take Ownership
This will show you how to allow or prevent specific users and groups from being able to Take Ownership of items such as a file, folder, registry key, drive, or other objects in Windows 7 and Vista.

How to Allow or Prevent Specific Users and Groups from Changing the Date and Time
This will show you how to allow or prevent specific users and groups from being able to change the computer date and time in Windows 7 and Vista.

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