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3 Ways to Use Your Smartphone for Family History

In the old days, researching your family’s history probably required making a trip to the library while lugging around a briefcase stuffed with pads …

Genealogy

ProtonMail makes its free VPN service available to everyone

ProtonMail, the encrypted email created by CERN and MIT scientists, has released a new product in response to the administration's roll back of Obama-era internet privacy rules. Starting today, you can try out the company's VPN service, which was in beta testing by 10,000 initial users for a year, …

Internet

How a Record Helped Me Uncover a Family Story

Historical records tell stories about our ancestors, stories we might not learn in any other way. Census records, vital records, military records, …

Scientists Find Genetic Mutation That Could Increase the Male Lifespan

Professor S. Jay Olshansky once told Gizmodo, “In the world of aging sciences, if you want to live a long life, choose long-lived parents.” So …

Longevity

This Study is Forcing Scientists to Rethink the Human Genome

The more data, the better, right? When it comes to genetics, it turns out that might not be the case.<p>As both genetic sequencing has gotten cheaper …

Genetics

Six Google search tips to find anything faster

Start searching smarter.<p>Google is the go-to destination when you need to find something on the web—the verb "to google" even made it into the dictionary. But while everyone's heard of the popular search engine, very few know how to make the most of it.<p>Behind the unassuming Google interface, you'll …

SEO

6 display settings you should be using in Windows 10

Use Window 10's built-in tools to tune your display.<p>Windows 10 Creators Update added two display settings that make sitting in front of your laptop or PC a more pleasant experience. I'll cover these two new display settings along with some old standbys so you can get Windows 10 ($199.99 at Dell …

Tutorials

New houses will have Alexa and Wi-Fi built into the walls

The Wi-Fi Alliance, the non-profit organization that certifies Wi-Fi enabled products, is ready to usher in a new era of the smart homes.<p>Traditionally, there have been no set standards for integrating a wireless network directly into home blueprints, unlike other essential utilities, such as …

Wi-Fi

How to stay safe on public Wi-Fi

5 tips for roaming without fear.<p>Whether it's your local bar, a city-wide access scheme, or hotspots from your phone carrier, public Wi-Fi networks continue to proliferate. Especially in urban areas, you're more and more likely to find a high-speed network you can connect to when you're away from …

Wi-Fi

5 Simple Habits to Keep Your Photos Organized

<b>Archive and Backup</b><p>If you haven’t digitized your printed photos yet, now is the time. By scanning your photos, you can share them with multiple family …

Google Photos

The Gift of a Family Tree

Genealogists know that a person’s family tree is an incredibly important piece of their family story. It can be difficult to put together, especially …

Genealogy

DNA Testing at Family Reunions

<b>Test the oldest generation first.</b> Note that not everyone needs to be tested if your focus is on family history. Remind your family that testing the …

Genealogy

Windows metadata bug has been waiting to cripple older machines (updated)

If you're still using Windows 7 or Windows 8, there's <i>another</i> security issue you need to be aware of aside from Wannacry. This one won't hold your computer ransom for bitcoin, though. Actually, it might be more annoying than it is dangerous. Researchers from Aladdin RD, an information security …

Microsoft

Five Apps That Make Including Photos in Your Family Story a Cinch

Photos and videos are an important part of family histories. More than just preserving names and dates like documents do, they offer more complete …

Genealogy

Preserve the Stories of Grandparents Forever with These Expert Tips

Grandma and grandpa. Nana and papa. Grammy and pappy. Whatever we call them, our grandparents mean the world to us. Even their nicknames conjure …

Genealogy

Always Forgetting to Share Pics? Google Photos Can Help

Always Forgetting to Share Pics? Google Photos Can Help<p>Google Photos is getting an upgrade to help you more easily share your photos.<p>Google is moving …

Save Your Video Tapes

<i>by Thomas Watson</i><p>A General Guide to Converting Your Tapes into Digital Files<p>You’ve gone through storage boxes and stumbled across a massive collection …

Streamlining Your Family History with Family Tree Lite

In recent years, FamilySearch has added a variety of tools that can both enrich your tree and make your research experience faster and more …

Genealogy

How to remove malware from your computer

Banish those internet nasties<p>Disaster has struck—an unwanted piece of malware took root on your computer. So what's your next step? While the potential damage viruses can cause shouldn't be underestimated, you might be able to get your computer back on its feet without too much difficulty, thanks …

Windows 10 tip: Stop using the horribly insecure SMBv1 protocol

For years, Microsoft has been recommending that you disable the vulnerable SMBv1 protocol. The recent WannaCry ransomware outbreak underscores the …

Apple Plans Major iCloud Data and App Security Change

Apple will soon change the way users access iCloud data through third-party apps.<p>Starting on June 15, Apple (aapl) will require iCloud users to …

iOS

10 Ways to Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal

10 Ways to Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal<p>Check out these quick tips to get the strongest signal from your wireless router, extend and optimize your Wi-Fi …

Six Steps to Digitizing Your Family Photos

<i>by Logan Metcalfe</i>If you have boxes full of old photos, you’re not alone—billions of lonely family photos gather dust in closets and attics around the …

Photography

If You Still Use Windows XP, Prepare For the Worst

As a vicious new strain of ransomware swept the UK’s National Health Service yesterday, shutting off services at hospitals and clinics throughout the …

Microsoft

26 Google Maps Tricks You Need to Try

Home<p>/<p>Reviews<p>/<p>Software<p>/<p>26 Google Maps Tricks You Need to Try<p>26 Google Maps Tricks You Need to Try<p>The mapping product that can do everything can …

After international cyberattack, update your Windows systems now. Right now.

Are you one of those people who ignores prompts to update your Windows system? Well, Friday's massive international cyberattack may give you the best reason of all to hit "update" when prompted.<p>Reports suggest that the vulnerability exploited by the worm responsible for the attack is the same one …

Running Windows? How to protect against the big ransomware attack

SAN FRANCISCO — A fast-moving ransomware variant has infected tens of thousands of computers in at least 112 countries. Though the initial infection was stopped by a quick-thinking security researcher, at least 452 variants on the malware are currently infesting the Internet. Here's what you should …

Ransomware

Creating Traditions That Make Family Memories

<i>by Cora Foley</i>When you were young, family traditions probably seemed like something that happened naturally—and for you as a child, they probably did. …

Christmas

Quick-finding Irish Ancestry: New Treasures Un-Corked!

People with Irish roots have never had a better time to start searching for their Irish ancestors than they do today. With all the top notch tools …

Genealogy