Ask Leo: How do I keep my information on a shared computer private?

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By Leo Notenboom

A reader asks: “I share a computer and I want to know how to
keep my information private.”

Ultimately … you can’t. At least not easily, and even then
it depends on the data that you’re attempting to keep
private, and the technical savvy of the individuals that
you’re attempting to keep it private from.

There’s nothing like your own computer. But if you have to
share, there are a couple of things that might help. A
little.

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Ask Leo: Your computer was stolen. What should you do?

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By Leo Notenboom

My computer was stolen. It’s password protected, what files can the thieves see?

A reader asks: “My mid-tower computer was recently stolen in
a burglary. The Windows Vista home ultimate system was
password protected at start-up. What files can be accessed
by those trying to enter the system?”

It’ll take a computer savvy thief about 5 minutes to gain
access to everything on your computer.

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10 Rules to Protect your Passwords

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If you have been following the news, the social media web site Twitter was compromised last month. When the story hit, the “hacker” had copies of Twitter’s most intimate information – financial forecast, employee rosters, etc. Roll back to the 2008 American presidential candidate race, and Sarah Palin, vice president hopeful, was also “hacked.”

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The Candidates and Computing

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Everyday we’re bombarded with segments on the worlds sinking economy. Satellite and cable delivers spin on everything from Housing to the cost of corn. But what I don’t see is how the candidates view computing and the internet. It may not seem as important as other issues but since my livelihood depends on it, I worry. Will someone try to limit my access? Will congress tax it out of reach for the average citizen? Will the next president support censoring it into impotency?

What does the next nicely wrapped, political present, have in store for us? That’s what I’m worrying about, and if your job is linked to computing, you might be too.

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July 2008 Newsletter

*Become a PC Pitstop Affiliate
*My Buddy, Windows XP
*Remove Hijackers & Trojans
*Windows XP SP3 Cheat Sheet
*Bits from Bill: Domains Will Never Be the Same
*Tech Support Survey Results
*Pitstop Research: Storage Trends
*PC Pitstop CSI
*Tip #1: Folder Thumbnails
*Tip #2: Yahoo, Hotmail and Others
*Tip #3: Sound Effects

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