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If your device, your carrier, and your data plan allows it, you can turn your mobile phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot to get your laptop online. But just because it's a hotspot doesn't mean the rules of data uses don't apply. You'll still want to keep data usage down to a minimum. Here's how you can enjoy all the perks of a mobile hotspot without wrecking your wallet.
Even as our tech gets increasingly sophisticated and intelligent, sometimes it's falling for the oldest tricks in the book that breach the security walls we've put in place — like clicking on dodgy links or shady attachments that we shouldn't. You don't have to get tripped up by these simplest of scams though, if you know what you're looking for.
Once upon a time in the not-too-distant past, getting an email or a weather forecast popping up on a smartphone felt like magic — but now the technological novelty of these alerts has worn off. We're growing sick of the constant interruptions. Mobile notifications are undoubtedly useful, but you need to make them smart.
If you want to enter the modern age and listen to all your music online then streaming is the only way to go. While iHeartRadio and Pandora have both become the poor man's Spotify — demanding costly monthly fees for so so music selection there's still genuine free music available online. Internet radio gives you an endless amount of free music with just a few clicks of the mouse...provided you know where to look.
Maintaining social media accounts while staying as anonymous as possible isn't easy — just ask the Director of the FBI — but you can put your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other accounts into a locked-down, private mode to evade detection.
You don't have to wait around like a normal person for the Creators Update to drop — it's available to download right now, if you're a Windows Insider. The Windows Insider program lets you beta test advance versions of the OS for free, if you don't mind the occasional bug, and here's what you need to do to get enrolled
Chances are you've signed up to at least one streaming service — but are you making the most of the best-quality music on offer? A quick audit of your apps can boost both streaming and downloaded bit-rates, so you're always assured of the highest fidelity audio flowing through your pricy headphones to your eardrums. Which means you hear more of the music and a little less of the noise that can accompany lower quality music files.
It's a scary fact of digital life that there are a lot of ways your PC can be exposed. Maybe you've been hacked by a state agent, or cracked by weird Nazi trolls. Fortunately you're not powerless, and there are lots of ways to fight back. You don't need to be a hacker, cracker, or computer savant to protect your laptop.
Your existence is scattered across the internet. You likely have accounts at forums you haven't been to in a decade, and social media services so bereft of users they resemble graveyards. And each and every one of those accounts is a potential avenue into your private life for a hacker. So you need to secure them.
The web can be a lot of fun, but it's also a pretty dangerous place to venture out into — with phishing sites, drive-by downloads and other nasties lurking around every corner. If you're browsing on Firefox or Chrome you should give your browser some extra muscle for keeping you safe online by installing one or more of these security-focused add-ons.
Ten years ago the first thing you needed to load on a brand new computer were anti-virus and malware applications. The internet was a mine field of malicious content that could infect your entire home network with one errant click. Yet things have changed dramatically. Windows has much more robust security options built in, browsers are smarter, and, hopefully, so are the users.
Whether it's a cyclone or a thunderstorm or 260km/h winds, sometimes your power goes out and takes your internet with you. Any way you look at it, when the internet is down your life is effectively on hold until it's back up again.
AMD has just released its fastest processor yet after more than a half decade of research and development, and Intel's Kaby Lake processor is now available in every form that matters for a PC builder — so how you do choose the brains of the operation when you're piecing together your own P? This guide will take some of the guesswork out of the decision for you.
As capable as Chromebooks have become, there are times when you might need to load up Photoshop, iTunes or something else that relies on Windows or macOS. Not only can Chrome OS do this, it's not that difficult to set up...if you know the right plug-ins to use. Here's how to get started.
Starting out in Photoshop can be scary, especially if you've never used a graphics tool as robust as it. With a little effort anyone can learn to be comfortable with Photoshop, but there's a difference between being comfortable in Adobe's flagship software and being useful with it.