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Screenshot Tour: The New Hotmail Wave 4

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/Copy of sshot-2010-07-28-[00-39-33].png" />Microsoft is in the process of updating the millions of Hotmail accounts to the latest version that runs faster and includes more features than before. Our account was recently updated, so here’s a tour of the new features.

How To Make a Private Tumblr Blog

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/Copy of sshot-2010-07-22-[18-05-44].png" />Tumblr is a great service for sharing media and blog posts, but what if you don’t want to share your experiences with the world? Here’s how to create a private, password-protected blog for your family or business.

Screenshot Tour: Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 Beta

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-07-20-[22-37-27].png" />The new beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials was launched yesterday to a limited amount of users. Here we’ll take a look at what you expect from the new version of How-To Geek’s favorite PC security application.

Add Automatic Website Encryption to Firefox

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/Copy of sshot-2010-07-14-[20-19-49].png" />Would you like to have websites automatically open encrypted and secure? Enable a set list of websites and the ability to create encryption rule sets of your own with the HTTPS Everywhere extension for Firefox.

Keep Your IM Conversations Private With Off-the-Record

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-07-10-[00-35-26].png" />There may be times when you don’t want “the man” knowing what your IM conversations are. Today we look at an Instant Messenger plugin that will keep your conversations completely private.

Using Local Users and Groups to Manage User Passwords in Windows 7

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-07-08-[23-50-28].png" />If you have multiple user on your local machine or manage workstations in an office, you might want to enable or disable their password protection for added security. Today we take a look at how to do it in Windows 7.

Create Your Own Twitter-style Group Blog With P2

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-07-07-[16-51-39].png" />Would you like a great way to post stuff quickly online and communicate with your readers? Here’s how you can use the P2 theme to transform WordPress into a great collaboration and communications platform.

Decrypt and Copy DVDs to Your Hard Drive Without Ripping

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-07-06-[16-35-53].png" />Have you ever tried to make a backup copy of a DVD in your collection only to be tripped up by the disc’s copy protection? Today, we’ll look at how to quickly decrypt DVDs on the fly with DVD43.

Beginner Geek: Remember Everything You See Online With Evernote for Chrome

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-07-06-[17-11-52].png" />Would you like to try out the nifty features in upcoming versions of Google Chrome, or would you rather switch back to the more stable full release version? Here’s how you can quickly switch between the dev, beta, and release versions of Google Chrome

View a Website’s Security Level in Firefox’s Address Bar

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-07-06-[18-21-30].png" />If you run a minimal UI and hide the status bar then you do not have access to the security level lock icon. View the security level using colors in the address bar with the Glassy Urlbar extension for Firefox.

Keep Google From Tracking Your Every Move Online

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/Copy of sshot-2010-06-28-[21-46-54].png" />Google offers many helpful web tools that make our lives easier, but it also collects an enormous amount of data about its users. Here’s how you can opt-out of some automatic data collection and preserve a bit more privacy.

How To Change the User Agent String in Firefox

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-06-24-1-21-27-02.png" />Do you need a quick way to change the user agent string in Firefox for a specific website? Here is the easy way to do it in Firefox.

Create Enhanced Bookmarks with Diigo

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-06-20-[17-56-48].png" />Do you want more than just tags and a few notes to go with your bookmarks? With Diigo you can add tags, personal & sticky notes, snapshots, comments, and share your new bookmarks with ease.

Microsoft Desktop Player is a Valuable Tool for IT Pro’s

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-06-06-[22-09-40].jpg" />If you are an IT Professional, a new education tool introduced by Microsoft is the MS Desktop Player. Today we take a look at what it has to offer, from Webcasts, White Papers, Training Videos, and more.

Beginner Geek: Scan Files for Viruses Before Using Them

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-06-04-[22-01-30].png" />To help avoid getting your computer infected by malicious software, it’s a good idea to scan files before executing them. Today we take a look at a couple of options that will let you scan files easily from your desktop.

How to Browse Without a Trace with an Ubuntu Live CD

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-05-31-[22-25-37].png" />No matter how diligently you clear your cache and erase your history, web browsing leaves traces on your computer. If you need keep your browsing private, then an Ubuntu Live CD is the answer.

Control Sysinternals Suite & NirSoft Utilities with a Single Interface

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-05-25-[17-30-18].png" />Sysinternals and NirSoft both provide helpful utilities for your Windows system but may not be very convenient to access. Using the Windows System Control Center you can easily access everything through a single UI front end.

Scan Your Thumb Drive for Viruses from the AutoPlay Dialog

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-05-24-[21-35-33].png" />It’s always a good idea to scan someone’s flash drive for viruses when you use it on your PC. Today we look at how to use Microsoft Security Essentials to scan thumb drives via the AutoPlay dialog.