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Solutions: Software blocks others from copying DVD content

I make my slide shows in Adobe Premier Elements. I would like to put a block on my DVDs so that no one can copy them. How do I do this?

To allow others to look at but not copy your DVDs, you will need to purchase software capable of copy protection. Two such programs are Ulead DVD and WTM Copy Protection. You can Google them, as well as others, try and then buy what you think will best fit your needs. Keep in mind that DVD copying software is continually updating to keep up with the latest protections, so it will always be a game of technological leapfrog, and nothing is 100 percent protected.

I may be the last person to give up on floppy disks, as I have put everything on a 4 GB thumb drive. I've heard recently that those drives can also fail. How do I go about copying all the data from the thumb drive to another without copying each file separately?

Since flash drives have no moving parts, they are capable of lasting as long or longer than most other data storage mediums, but yes, they can fail. The first rule of keeping your data safe is to make sure you always have it in two places at once. The chance of both storage devices failing at the same time is very low.

To copy from one to another: open up a File Explorer window on the first drive (My Computer, double-click on the flash drive). Click anywhere within the white space of that window and press ctrl and A at the same time (ctrl-A). This will select all folders and files on that drive. Right-click in the selected area and select Copy. Now open the second drive in another USB port in the same way you opened the first drive and click anywhere within the window. Right-click and select Paste. This will initiate the copy. Sit back and watch the files fly by.

In a recent article you advised to install Microsoft Security Essentials, and to uninstall the current antivirus software. I want to do this, but I don't want to lose the firewall. I am using McAffee Antivirus Plus, McAffee Security Scan Plus and McAffee Virtual Technician. Specifically, what do I uninstall?

All of it. If you're not already using Windows Firewall, then I recommend that you do. Here is how to check it and turn it on after you remove McAffee: Click the Start button, Control Panel, Security and then click Windows Firewall. Click Turn Windows Firewall on or off. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation. Click On and then click OK. For the average home PC user, Windows Firewall is as good or better than many "pay for" offerings. And it's free.

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Solutions: Software blocks others from copying DVD content 11/28/10 [Last modified: Sunday, November 28, 2010 3:30am]

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