You'd be forgiven for thinking RSS died off with the passing of Google Reader, but our old friend Really Simple Syndication (or Rich Site Summary) still has a role to play on the web of 2017. It's faster, more efficient, and you won't have to worry as much about accidentally leaking your news reading habit to all your Facebook friends. Whether you've never heard of it before or you've abandoned it for pastures new, here's why you should be using RSS for your news instead of social media.
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Big fans of the cloud as we are, there's no doubt relying solely on keeping your stuff stored remotely is a risky strategy. Accounts get hacked. Companies fold. And if you don't have backups of your most precious Snapchats and Gmails, then they can disappear in a puff of data center smoke. Here's how to make sure you've got local copies of everything.
These are troubled times for SoundCloud, with staff lay offs, changing CEOs, and talk of emergency investment securing its future for the time being. As with any service that's looking shaky, users will be (and should be) worried about getting their stuff out — you may have years of playlists, uploads, and podcasts collected on the service. Here's how to get all that audio and data into safer locales.
If your efforts to track down long-lost relatives and obscure musicians (or anyone else you're looking for on the web) stop at Googling their name then you've come to the right place. Here's how to seriously go about searching for people online, including some advice from the professionals who do it for a living, and if you'd rather not be found than read on to understand exactly how the pros go about finding those who'd prefer to stay hidden.
You don't necessarily need to install a desktop application to get your hands on a decent office suite any more, and the biggest names in tech all have free, online productivity tools you can access from any browser — so which one should you be using? We take a look at the features, strengths, and weaknesses of each.
Thanks to the helter-skelter pace of modern living it can be all too easy to sign up for a free trial or a month's worth of a particular service, and then before you know it, you're getting billed for a ton of apps you're not using and don't really need. Checking up on your subscriptions could save you a serious chunk of change — here's how to do it.
Having to close a tab with audio blaring from an auto-play ad is one of the web's greatest annoyances, but at the same time, most of us want to hear videos coming from YouTube or Netflix. How do you mute one without the other? Fortunately, there are a couple of easy solutions available.
It's easy to become desensitised to the never-ending procession of data hacks in news headlines, but once someone starts stealing your identity or taking control of your social media accounts, you'll probably give it your full attention. If you ever want to find out if one of your accounts has been compromised, there are some simple-to-use tools that can help.
The deep web and its inner recess, the dark web — those less well-trodden parts of the internet beyond the reach of Google and Bing — are not for the faint-hearted or untrained. With the right tools, however, there's little to fear and plenty to discover. Here's how you can start exploring the deep web without having to worry about your digital well-being.
The number of views YouTube videos get in a single day is up to the billions now, with hundreds of hours of new content uploaded every minute, versus the month it would take twelve years ago when YouTube launched. Searching through that deluge of video can be harder than searching the entire web, so here's a helpful guide to find that weird Wonder Woman video you found in 2007 that you can't stop thinking about, but haven't seen since - provided its still on Youtube.
On today's web it's hard to set a (digital) foot online without it attracting dozens of trackers and log entries, as companies look to learn everything about you and sell that data on to advertisers. To hide you've got a few tools at your disposal, many of which we've talked about in the past, and all of which add up to a largely anonymous browsing experience.
Sick of Snapchat? Tired of Twitter? Fed up with Facebook? This is a great time to completely eradicate yourself from social media. All of these online services let you scrub out your accounts if you want a cleaner, leaner life online. Even better, plenty of them let you export your data for safekeeping before you do. So you can always remember that time The Rock answered your desperate tweets or your roommate plastered your Facebook wall with photos of your dog.
You may have noticed in your travels around the internet that your browser's address bar occasionally turns green and displays a padlock — that's HTTPS, or a secure version of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol, swinging into action. This little green padlock is becoming vitally important as more and more of your online security is eroded. Just because your ISP can now see what sites you browse on doesn't mean they have to know all the content your consuming. Below is the rundown on HTTPS, so you can better understand this first, and easiest line of defence against potential snoopers and hackers.
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.
Touring around the pages of the web isn't always the one-way street you might think it is: most sites are eager to leave a calling card or two on your local machine in the form of cookies. Here we'll lay out what's being saved in your browser, why it makes a difference, and what you can do about it.
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.
There's no doubt Google runs a tight ship as far as security goes, if you're hacked using Google services its usually (but not always) because of something you did, not Google. If you want to keep your emails on Google's services more secure you'll need to do more than just enable two-factor authentication. You need to practice safe browsing, steering clear of sites and emails that could steal your info.