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Extra security for Gmail.

Q: I have read that I should turn on "two-step" authentication for my Gmail account to keep it safe from getting hacked. What is this and what do I do

A: Google's two-step verification (authentication) for Gmail users requires both your account password and a numeric code from Google sent to your mobile phone to log in. When you sign up for the extra verification step, you can choose to have the mobile code required each time you log into your account, or just each time you log in from a new computer or device.

So even if someone swipes your Gmail password and tries to log into your account from his or her computer, the required verification code is still sent to your phone (which, let's hope, you still have in your possession). You can set up two-step verification in the security area of your Gmail account settings page. Google has setup instructions (and troubleshooting tips for applications) at

Custom folders in Windows 7

Q: In Windows 7, when I arrange a folder the way I like it with details view, is there a way to make all my other folders automatically look the same way by default

A: Windows 7 offers a way to save personalised folder settings as a default for all your other folders of the same type. So, those designated as "Pictures" folders will all use the same settings.

Windows 7 has five folder types: General items, Documents, Pictures, Videos and Music. These folder types show certain information about the files inside, like "Album" for a Music folder or "Date modified" for a Documents folder.

To see or change a folder's type, right-click on it and select Properties. In the Properties box, click the Customise tab. Under "Optimise this folder for," use the drop-down menu to select the folder type you want to use and click OK.

When you have selected the type of folder you want to use, open the folder and select the View (Details, in this case) from the "Change your view" menu at the top of the folder window. You can rearrange the columns of information within a folder window (like Name, Size, Type and so on) by clicking on a column header and dragging it to a new position.

You can remove column categories by right-clicking on a column header and removing the checkbox next to a column name in the list.

If you want to add additional information to your columns, (like Date Created) right-click a column header, select More from the drop-down menu and turn on the checkboxes next to the columns you want to display.

Clicking on a column header sorts the folder items in that order and clicking the header again will reverse-sort the list.

When you are satisfied with the folder's look, go to the Organise menu in the folder's window and select "Folder and search options."

In the folder's Options box, select the View tab, click the "Apply to folders" button and hit the OK button. Your other folders of the same type should now look like the folder you just customised. Microsoft has more information at

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