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Beef Up Mobile Security

Being mobile exposes you to additional dangers, especially if you use wireless networking. Here are some pointers for improving your security.

• In the Control Panel's Power Options menu, go to the Advanced tab and check on the box Prompt for password when computer resumes from standby.

• Use a firewall (see the "Networking" section in this story).

• Be cautious about enabling file and print sharing, especially if you have wireless networking turned on. You can control sharing on a drive-by-drive or even folder-by-folder basis (Start | My Computer, then right-click on a drive or folder and select Properties | Sharing) or by user (look for and click on your user name in C:\documents and settings to access file sharing).

• Turn off wireless networking if you're not using it. Go to the tool tray in the lower-right corner of the screen. If there's a LAN (Wireless) icon, right-click on it and choose Disable. This gains you an extra 10 to 20 minutes of battery life.

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