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Ready to ditch your old flash drive? Don't just erase and recycle

When it's time to donate or ditch an old flash-memory drive that stored sensitive information, deleting those files isn't enough. The safest way to wipe the slate clean is actually to encrypt it -- and that's not as hard as it sounds.<p>The computer industry’s migration from hard drives to flash …

Wi-Fi’s getting a crucial WPA3 security upgrade, starting today

After more than a decade of using the same security standards, more than 500,000 consumer-grade routers around the world were breached last year by …

This 30-second change to your computer settings is the easiest way to stop hackers

With just a few clicks, you could better arm yourself against hackers and block advertisers from tracking you online.<p>Load Error<p>Cybercrime is …

Best Cheap Android Phones in 2018

The Motorola Moto G6 currently offers the best combination of performance, features and value. It overshadows the competition with its wide …

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 …

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5 tips to prepare your PC for Windows 10 April 2018 Update

The next big version of Microsoft's PC operating system is imminent. Windows 10 April 2018 Update -- previously known as Windows 10 Spring Creators …

5 annoying computer problems you can probably solve yourself

Computers live by Murphy’s Law: “Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.” Which is why, at some point, your computer will freeze, or flicker, or even shut down. Most of us are comfortable using computers as long as everything is going smoothly.<p>Maybe your old computer is just running slowly. Click …

'Incognito' browsing isn't really private, and 4 other privacy myths

Many Internet users are rightfully questioning how secure their private data really is.<p>But it takes an explosive scandal like Facebook's acknowledgement that 87 million users may have had their information improperly shared with political ad targeting firm Cambridge Analytica to shine a bright …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

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

11 tips for using the app on your PC and phone including how to share files, access previous file versions and more<p>Formerly known as SkyDrive, …

How to send large files for free: the easiest ways to send massive files

For bigger file transfers, 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, …

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Speed freaks rejoice, because USB could get twice as fast

USB's performance is doubling right now, but you speed freaks should be pleased to hear another doubling is possible for the ubiquitous connection technology.<p>USB, short for Universal Serial Bus, is the wildly successful port that you probably use to plug your phone in to a charger and plug your …

Computer Hardware

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 …

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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. …

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 …

6 steps for organizing your messy photo library

Using the most basic digital or smartphone camera, you can shoot thousands of photos, dump them onto a computer, and then shoot thousands more. In seconds, you can edit a photo series in ways that would take days to develop in the darkroom. But our images are usually stored on our various devices, …

Gmail for Android: How to do everything

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 …

Technology

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 …

Avoid leaks and floods with the 6 best smart leak detectors

Whether it's frozen pipes in the dead of winter or a washing machine that springs a leak, you need to keep your home protected against water damage. Luckily, there's a new crop of smart leak detectors that can beam alerts about leaks to your phone almost instantly, even if you're hundreds of miles …

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 …

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 …

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 …

​Slideshow feature joins a slew of new Google Photos abilities

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, click on a photo and select Slideshow from the dropdown menu," the Google Photos …

Home networking: Everything you need to know

<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 networking, there's a soup of technical terms, LAN, WAN, broadband, Wi-Fi, CAT5e, just to name a few. If you're having a hard time with these basic …