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Microsoft adds ransomware protection and file restore to OneDrive cloud storage

Outlook.com also gets encrypted email support<p>Microsoft is introducing a new OneDrive feature this week that will make it easier to recover from ransomware attacks. Files Restore is making its way over from OneDrive for Business to personal OneDrive accounts. The catch is you’ll need an Office 365 …

Ransomware

3 ways to clean up your online history on Facebook, Google and Apple's Safari

Your computer stores a huge amount of browsing data, and in places you might never think to look. This meticulous chronology makes you vulnerable to snoops and advertising trackers. The solution: eliminate it.<p>1. Erase your Google search history<p>Google’s mission is to know everything, so few are …

Google

10 incredibly useful online sites you didn't know about

If you had to guess, how many different websites do you think exist in the world today? From simple blogs to complex businesses, the Internet spans the gamut, dispensing and gathering information. Keep your answer in your head because, at the very end of this article, I’ll tell the closest estimate …

Information Systems

Your smartphone camera can help you shop faster. Here's how.

Unless you’re a serious photographer, you probably don’t carry a digital camera anymore. There’s no need: A typical smartphone comes with at least one camera, and lenses are sharper and more dynamic than ever. Even pro photojournalists often turn to their Samsung Galaxy, and entire feature films …

Mobile Photography

How to use OneDrive: our guide Microsoft’s free cloud storage service

Tips for using the app on your PC and phone including sharing files, accessing previous file versions and more<p>Formerly known as SkyDrive, OneDrive is …

How to send large files for free

For bigger file transfer, email is a no-go. So what are your options?<p>E-mail is creaking under the demands of the internet, and nowhere is that more …

10 Ways To Engage With Your Customers On Instagram

People are much more attracted to brands and influencers that are constant when they post. Keep a schedule and don’t stray from it. Stay consistent when you post so people know when to expect your work to be live. People can then prepare for when you release new content and you’ll receive more …

20 handy things you didn’t know Google Photos could do

Most people think of Google Photos like a dusty old album on the shelf. Every once in a while, you flip through those old snapshots with a friend. Remember that trip to the beach? That was so nice.<p>Like most Google services, Photos is overflowing with helpful features, which can manipulate, …

Google Photos

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Featured News<p>This new $99 robot vacuum has quickly become one of the top-rated models on Amazon<p>Major dog food brands recalls shipments tainted with …

Speed freaks rejoice, because USB could get twice as fast

The port's data speed is doubling today, but another doubling is possible. That would help when copying files and plugging in big monitors.<p>USB's performance is doubling right now, but you speed freaks should be pleased to hear another doubling is possible for the ubiquitous connection …

Thunderbolt

It's December. These simple tricks will keep you sane through the holidays

December is a month of simple pleasures: evergreens in the living room, gingerbread in the oven, and carols on the stereo. What could be better?<p>But the holidays are also hectic, and technology affects every aspect of our winter existence. We shop online. We book e-tickets. We download recipes and …

Google Flights

How to keep mooches and spies off your Wi-Fi network and files

People love to mooch Wi-Fi. They don’t mean any harm. They just find an unprotected signal and sign on. Why not? It’s free, and nobody will even know. Your neighbor won’t mind if you steal a little broadband to watch Netflix, right?<p>But criminals also love unsecured Wi-Fi, and they do mean harm. …

Wi-Fi

The best way to protect your bank account after Equifax

The name “Equifax” now sends shivers down our spines. The company we once trusted to handle our credit scores has become a pariah of the financial world, ever since Equifax allowed hackers to steal vital information from 145 million American adults.<p>How much information was stolen? Let’s start with …

Identity Theft
Mobile Photography

Gmail: Everything you need to know

With over a billion monthly active users, Gmail is one of the most popular email clients around. The service has come a long way from its inception …

Apps

What's the best way to back up your iPhone or Android?

Smartphone owners carry important files on them – documents, irreplaceable photos and videos, for example. What are you doing to back-up your device in case it’s lost, stolen or damaged?<p>There are a few solutions, such as syncing the phone with a computer via USB, or inserting a microSD card (for …

Apps

Avoid leaks and floods with the 6 best smart leak detectors

<i>— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.</i><p>Whether it's frozen pipes in the dead of winter or a …

Home Automation

The best ways to back up all your photos to the cloud

Keep your digital memories safe<p>If your mobile phone (or laptop) falls in a lake, what happens to those years of digital photos you've been saving up? Unless you've got them safely backed up somewhere else, they're likely to be gone forever. Which is why getting them synced to the cloud is such a …

Software

Windows 7: Microsoft Says ‘Early Goodbye,’ Users Should Update To ‘Modern’ System

Microsoft Windows 7 users should be looking to upgrade the operating systems for their computers, as the software company has announced that support …

Microsoft Windows

How to get the Internet performance you’re paying for

You’re paying a lot of money for your Internet connection, whether it’s a basic 1.5 megabits a second package or a top-tier 100+Mbps screamer. It only takes a few minutes to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case.<p>If your internet feels like it’s …

Wi-Fi

​Slideshow feature joins a slew of new Google Photos abilities

Google's photo storage and sharing service gets new features every few weeks.<p>The Google Photos team, steadily improving its service for saving and sharing pictures and videos, has added a new ability to show slideshows.<p>"It's now possible to play a slideshow from any album. Just open the album, …

Google Photos

Home networking: Everything you need to know

Wi-Fi, access point, router, 802.11ac... networking can be a pain! But it doesn't have to be if you know what you're doing. This is where you start.<p><b>Editors' note:</b> This story was originally published on Dec. 9, 2014, and has been updated frequently with latest information.<p>When it comes to home …

Wi-Fi

Photomyne grabs $2.6 million to bring your old photos online

If you have albums and shoeboxes stuffed with old photos, a startup called Photomyne wants to help you scan those photos, in order to bring them online where they can be saved and shared. Now the Tel Aviv-based company has raised $2.6 million in seed funding to continue to grow its business, which …

Apps

How to set up a Chromecast with your Android phone

Have you just purchased a brand new Chromecast without having a clue how to set it up? Don’t worry — <i>Android Authority</i> is here to help you through the Chromecast setup process.<p>If you haven’t yet purchased a Chromecast, you might want to consider doing so. It’s only $35 for the base model and allows …

Android News

Q&A: Get better Google search results

<b>Q. I do a lot of Google searches for broad topics. How can I narrow down my results?</b><p>A. You can always make your searches more specific, but sometimes you want to see everything but one type of result. That's when you use the minus sign. For example, if you want sites about puppies, but aren't …

Text Messaging

How to give your email a security checkup

<b>Q. Now that you’ve got me worried about the security of my e-mail, how can I make sure my own correspondence isn’t getting read by strangers?</b><p>A. USA TODAY columnist Steven Petrow got a nasty surprise the other week when a stranger on the same flight told him he’d been reading his e-mail over the …

Information Systems

Don't click any link before asking these questions

Clicking or tapping a link in an email, text or just on a website is always a bit of a gamble. On the other end of a link could be the information you want to see, or it could be a malicious website, virus-filled download or inappropriate content. Sometimes the only way to know for sure is to …

Online Privacy

Five Windows 10 tricks you need to know

Windows 10 is now installed on more than 200 million gadgets worldwide. That's quite a feat in the tech world since its official release was only 6 months ago on July 29, 2015. If your computer is one of those gadgets, you've probably found Windows 10 has its share of sheer winning features and …

Software

How to use free Wi-Fi safely for banking, shopping and browsing

Public Wi-Fi is a convenient way to check Facebook, browse the Internet or do some online shopping on the go without putting a dent in your cellular data plan. (Use this free app to find Wi-Fi anywhere you go.) Unfortunately, if there are hackers on the same network, there’s a good chance they can …

Information Systems
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