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How to download YouTube videos to watch offline

We can stay up from dawn till dusk and we will never run out of YouTube videos to watch, but what do you do when you have to stray from your faithful …

Apps

Samsung phones sent photos to random contacts, users say

Samsung is investigating reports that its default text messaging app on the Galaxy S8 and S9 smartphones is sending photos to random contacts without permission.<p>Users posted complaints on Reddit and Samsung’s support forums about a strange issue that appears to be silently sending photos to random …

Apps

App developers are going through your email — here is how to stop them

The Wall Street Journal reports that application developers, both mobile and desktop, are busy rummaging through the email of thousands and thousands …

Apps

How to set up Android Messages for web

After years and years of patiently waiting, Google finally launched a way for users to natively send and receive text messages from their computer. …

Apps

How to prepare your Google account for when you pass away

It's not something we like to talk or even think about, but we're all going to die one day. I sincerely hope that day is far off for all of us and …

Google Pay

15 tech upgrades you can get for free

You’ve spent so much money already – on a laptop, tablet, computer, router, network extender, printer and smartphone. You’ve signed up for the internet, and you’re paying monthly fees. You’ll be relieved to know that a lot of tech is free.<p>Open-source software is like the generic brands you find in …

Software

How to Download Absolutely Everything You Can Find on the Web

The internet is always there, vast and accessible, from wherever you happen to be—until it isn’t. Maybe you’ve got a long flight ahead of you and …

How To Scan Your Computer For Malware With Google Chrome

In the 9-plus years it’s been around, Google Chrome has become one of the best — and most popular — web browsers in the world. One reason for its rapid rise has been Google’s focus on security.<p>Protecting Chrome users from malware remains a top priority today. What you may not have realized is that …

Malware

How to protect your router and Wi-Fi from Russian hackers

A few weeks ago, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) issued an alert about state-supported Russian hackers carrying out attacks against a large number of home routers in the U.S. These hackers are organized, motivated and well-funded.<p>They’re not a bunch of misanthropic …

Information Systems

How to get the most space in your cloud storage—without paying to upgrade

Free up some spare room.<p>Cloud storage services have given us an easy, hardware-free way to back up and transfer files. Some of them even give you a little space for free. However, the key word is "little." Once you start uploading files and folders, that free storage fills up fast.<p>Before you go …

Best Smart Home Security Systems of 2018

Like all things technology touches, home security systems are evolving. There is still a need (and thus, a market) for traditional monitored security …

Hacker Kevin Mitnick shows how to bypass 2FA

A new exploit allows hackers to spoof two-factor authentication requests by sending a user to a fake login page and then stealing the username, password, and session cookie.<p>KnowBe4 Chief Hacking Officer Kevin Mitnick showed the hack in a public video. By convincing a victim to visit a …

How to connect Google Home and IFTTT to do amazing things with your connected tech

One of the cool things you can do with your Google Home is using your voice to control connected items around your house. While there are native …

How to save your privacy from the Internet’s clutches

Another week, another massive privacy scandal. When it’s not Facebook admitting it allowed data on as many as 87 million users to be sucked out by a developer on its platform who sold it to a political consultancy working for the Trump campaign, or dating app Grindr ‘fessing up to sharing its …

Privacy

10 Hidden URLs to Help You Rule the Web

You’re probably used to bookmarking your favorite sites for easy access, but the web goes much deeper than the top domains you’re familiar with—from …

Apps

Google Files Go: Everything you need to know

If you browse the Play Store, you'll come across a litany of optimization apps that claim to speed up your phone. More often than not, they're just …

How to get all of your data back from Google

When a company is interested in getting as much of your personal information as it can the most important thing you need to look into is how you can …

Seven automated smartphone commands you should try

Teach your old phone some new tricks.<p>Your smartphone is supposed to make life easier. Good news: You can step up its convenience by automating some of the ways you use it. With these seven automated commands, you get to spend less time fussing with your device and more time on the stuff that really …

Spotify: Everything you need to know

One of the most popular names in the music world today isn't a band or a record label: it's an app called Spotify. Spotify was one of the earliest …

How to add custom ringtones and sounds to your Android phone

Don't like your launcher? Get a new one. Don't like your gray keyboard? Change it up! Got the same ringtone as that annoying co-worker at the other …

Any lamp in your home can be motion activated with this $18 box

Do you love the idea of having your lights turn on automatically when you enter a certain room? Do you hate the idea of having to spend hundreds of …

Smart Homes

Best Chrome extensions you didn't know about but should be using

The amount of time most people spend browsing the internet continues to rise each year, and Google's Chrome browser attempts to be the most …

This phishing trick steals your email and then fools your friends into downloading malware

Researchers have noticed a sudden spike in a phishing attack that sends malware-ridden attachments as replies to real email conversations.<p><i>Video: No</i> …

This simple script renders data collected by your ISP unusable

After voting last month to strip Obama administration guidelines, the Federal Communications Commission ceded control of the internet to ISPs, at least for now. Corporations like Comcast and Verizon won the right to police themselves, operating on a scheme tantamount to the honor system.<p>With a …

Google’s Location History feature is tracking more than we thought

Smartphones have revolutionized the way in which we travel, but getting you from point A to point B is only part of a whole range of location services Google provides. <i>Quartz</i> recently dug into the ways in which a specific part of Android’s location features, Location History, is tracking users—and …

10 best free music apps for Android

Finding free music is a lot easier than it used to be. No longer is piracy the easiest way. These days, you can find pretty much any song you want using just a few apps. Streaming services pop up and go down every year, but there are a few that have managed to stand out above the rest. Let’s take a …

Best tip ever: Set up Find My Device as soon as you get your phone

There are several options available for remotely tracking your phone, but Google's own Find My Device service is one of the most convenient around. …

Akita Might Be The Smartest Investment For Any Smart Home

We're at a crossroads — smart home products have never been more affordable and accessible to the general public, but at the same time, they're often …

How to set up "Hey Google" command for Assistant on your phone

• You can now summon Google Assistant with the command “Hey Google” on your phone<br>• The hotword began rolling out in October but now appears to be hitting more devices<br>• You can now choose between “OK Google” and “Hey Google” to activate Assistant<p>There’s an advert currently doing the rounds for Google Home …

How to get free mobile hotspot from your Android phone

While most carriers now offer some sort of unlimited plan, but most of these have some restrictions (which is the textbook definition of irony, but I …