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Encryption is good for protecting sensitive data you don't want anyone else to see. If some bad guy nabs your laptop while you're out at a coffee shop or bar, you can rest assured knowing that the data is encrypted. The process of encrypting files is easy, and I'll to show you step-by-step how to do it.

It just wouldn't be New Year's without the climactic boom of fireworks. If you want to keep that memory all year -- or at least share it with all of your friends on Instagram -- these tips will help you get lovely photos with your phone, even if you're not a pro.

Identity theft is a huge black market industry, costing consumers in the US $US1.52 billion in 2011 and stealing headlines all last year. Here are four habits that all but guarantee you'll become just another statistic in 2013 -- and how to break them.

It just wouldn't be the New Year's Eve without the climactic boom of fireworks. If you want to keep that memory all year -- or at least share it with all of your friends on Instagram -- these tips will help you get lovely photos with your phone, even if you're not a pro.

Hipsters wear tight, tight pants. Getting your phone in and out of tight, tight pants may be difficult. Kiwi clothes-modder TeWharauNZ has created a series of Instructables aimed at maximising pocket versatility for smartphones, but the insertion of a PVC window into a pair of shorts is easily the most impressive.

We get it, your new laptop is shiny, super-fast and awesome. But don't forget about your old laptop! It doesn't have to sit around and collect dust. Here are five super easy things you can do to rejuvenate it.

The wrapping paper is gone. Your family has exited. The dust? Settled. So it's time to squeeze the most out of those terrific tech gifts you got—and we're here to help. Check below for our comprehensive setup guides.


Living in Australia can be a frustrating experience. You're always reading about the hottest new phone being released overseas, yet everytime you ask if you can buy it in Australia, you're met with a standard "wait and see" response. But thanks to the Internet, you don't really have to wait anymore - you can pick up phones online and have them shipped to you well before they even start getting tested in Australia. But there are a few important aspects you should consider before you spend a heap of cash on an international phone.

That rumour that Australian toilets flush the other way isn't true, so lets start a new one: In Australia, you can fix things by beating them. See you in my children, new trivia meme!

(AU:Um, looks like our US cousins are a little confused about us here in Australia. Firstly, the water does flush the other way, and secondly, everyone knows that you fix things by giving them a strong whack... it's the Australian way!)

Digital Photography School has a tutorial on how to photograph fire. Basically, spot focus on the flame and overexpose a few stops to compensate for the fire's brightness.

While most of us will never fight crime with an arsenal of custom gadgets, we could build our own net shooter to foil pesky coworkers who just want to use the copier.