Whether you’re trying to destroy or erase data from your hard drives when the FBI knocks on your door, or just want to securely, and permanently do emergency data destruction to protect yourself from identity theft, before you sell or recycle your computer, there’s an easy solution.

The free open-source boot disk utility, called Darik’s Boot and Nuke (DBAN), automatically and completely deletes the content of every hard disk it can find on, or connected to, your computer when you run it.

The bootable DBAN can run from CDs, DVDs, thumb drives, and floppy disks. More »

Microsoft Windows XP was designed to make it easy to connect computers together and to give you access to everything the Internet has to offer, while still keeping your computer as safe as possible from potential threats.

After you add your computer to your home network, you’ll be able to print to a printer on your home network (the printer will no longer need to be attached directly to your computer) and access the other computers and devices connected to your home network. You’ll be able to share files, which means you can get data from any computer you connect to the network. You can even share one Internet connection among all your computers. More »

Microsoft has enhanced security features in XP including the ability to create a floppy diskette to recover your password in case it is forgotten.

. Click Start > Control Panel > User Accounts.
. Click on the account which you want to create a password disk.
. Click Prevent a forgotten password which starts the Forgotten Password Wizard . This is found under Related Tasks.
. Insert a blank, formatted disk into drive A, and click Next.
. Enter the password in the Current user account password box.
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