Mark Hachman

Senior Editor

As PCWorld's senior editor, Mark focuses on Microsoft news and chip technology, among other beats. He has formerly written for PCMag, BYTE, Slashdot, eWEEK, and ReadWrite.

How to remove ransomware: Use this battle plan to fight back

The 7 security threats to technology that scare experts the most

The 7 security threats to technology that scare experts the most

Researchers from the SANS Institute outline the top seven threats that security researchers dread this year—and ransomware's just the beginning.

The best consumer antivirus products of 2016 are Avira and Norton, test labs say

The best consumer antivirus products of 2016 are Avira and Norton, test labs say

AV-Test and AV-Comparatives have published their end-of-year awards for the best antimalware products of 2016, selecting Symantec's Norton and Avira as the ones to buy.

Bill Gates backs the U.S. government in Apple's iPhone privacy standoff

Bill Gates backs the U.S. government in Apple's iPhone privacy standoff

Microsoft's founder says the FBI's request to access a terrorist's iPhone is justified, given that it's a one-time deal.

Strong Taiwan quake appears to have little effect on chip industry

Strong Taiwan quake appears to have little effect on chip industry

An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale struck close to a major chip manufacturing hub in Tainan, Taiwan on Saturday morning local time. Some damage was reported to TSMC, a major chip manufacturer.

Microsoft’s Windows Defender antivirus is less awful than it used to be

Microsoft’s Windows Defender antivirus is less awful than it used to be

Windows Defender has risen from dead last in independent testing to somewhere in the middle, actually outperforming some paid competitors.

How to buy the best productivity-focused Android, iOS, or Windows tablet

How to buy the best productivity-focused Android, iOS, or Windows tablet

Avoid the low-cost throwaways. We'll help you find a quality device with the features you'll need day in and day out.

Surface Book vs. Surface Pro 4: Picking the best came down to just one thing

Surface Book vs. Surface Pro 4: Picking the best came down to just one thing

The Surface Book's a great convertible laptop. The Surface Pro 4's a great tablet hybrid. Mark Hachman and Gordon Mah Ung debate which is better, and it's not an easy question.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 review: It's faster, it's better, and it has more competition

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 review: It's faster, it's better, and it has more competition

Microsoft re-engineers the Surface Pro 4 tablet for performance, adding a new Intel Skylake processor, an improved Type Cover, and even a better Surface Dock.

Microsoft accidentally releases Windows 7 'test' patch, freaks out users

Microsoft accidentally releases Windows 7 'test' patch, freaks out users

If you run Windows 7 and saw an unknown patch this morning that seemingly disappeared, relax. It was a Microsoft error.

How Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Google sell your information to advertisers

How Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Google sell your information to advertisers

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and others collect data about you as you use their services. Here's what they snag, and how to stop them from doing it.

Microsoft's updated privacy policy makes it clear it's not selling ads against your words

Microsoft's updated privacy policy makes it clear it's not selling ads against your words

Microsoft said Wednesday that an updated privacy and services policy will go into effect by the end of July. Here's what you need to know.

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