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  • Three easy ways to separate work and play on the same PC

    All of us lead double lives these days since we both work and play online. During the day you may be working on a company document in Google Drive, while at night you're kicking back and chatting with friends on Skype.

  • How to use OpenPGP to encrypt your email messages and files in the cloud

    Putting sensitive data in email messages or cloud storage should give you the heebie-jeebies, but a good dose of cryptography can give you peace of mind. Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) or its open-source implementation, OpenPGP, is the gold standard of encryption online, and when used properly, has the potential to thwart even the likes of the NSA.

  • Have a company laptop? Here's how to keep your browsing private

    Sj often takes an office laptop home. He wants to know if "the System admin from my office" can see what websites he visits at home.

  • Virtual hard drives: The IT pro trick that lets you back up your data for free

    Once you finally start backing up your data (like you’ve been told to over, and over again), consider using a virtual hard drive (VHD). VHDs have been used by IT professionals for years in virtual machines and server applications, but you can also use them as a free, easy-to-use backup format—especially since the tools required to use it come with Windows

  • How to hide games in your Steam library

    It's happened. It's finally happened. After years of pleas, begging, and cajoling from PC gamers, Valve has at long last added the ability to hide games in your Steam library in a recent update. Not that the newfangled feature is easy to find—you'll have to dig deep into submenus in order to cast your unwanted titles into the corner.

  • How to use Gmail 2-step verification on multiple devices

    After reading my article on taking precautions when using Gmail, Bill Snyder asked about accessing Gmail on other programs and devices.

  • Not sure you want to buy a Chromebook this fall? Try out Chrome OS in Windows first

    With the back-to-school season gearing up, PC shoppers are going to have a lot of choices in front of them: hybrids, convertibles, Windows tablets, and Chromebooks. Although they've been around for several years, Chrome OS-powered laptops have gained in popularity recently as they shed their browser-in-a-box, online-only reputation.

  • Why spammers persist despite filters and well-informed users

    Matilda Reich asked why, in a world where everyone knows about the dangers of spam, and every email program has a spam filter, these dreadful messages just keep coming.

  • How to switch Chrome channels to test new features before they're cool

    Google Chrome's coolest new features are available only to those who want to live a little closer to the edge. Want a 64-bit version of Chrome? How about DRM support in HTML5? You're not going to find those in vanilla Chrome just yet. 

  • Dress up your Word document with page numbers, a table of contents and more

    No matter how great your idea is, the difference between your business proposal and someone else’s could boil down to the look and feel. A title page, header and footer, table of contents, and other elements separate a professional-looking document from a dull sea of text. It’s worth your time to learn how Word’s tools and wizards make such formatting easy—and keep exploring other ways to present your work in the best possible light.

  • How to securely overwrite deleted files with a built-in Windows tool

    Most Windows users know that when you delete a file on a PC, it isn't truly gone and can still be recovered. In fact, those deleted files are actually just sitting there on your hard drive until they are overwritten with new data.

  • How to install a new hard drive in your desktop PC

    Installing an internal hard drive is one of the more straightforward upgrades out there—and is often a better option than using external drives that are slower and may be dropped or misplaced. 

  • How to kill unwanted processes and applications that slow down Windows

    Bobby Ekwere asked "Is there any free software that allows me to see and disable unwanted programs running in the background?"

  • These 3 Chrome extensions make encryption easier for everyone

    Thanks to the fallout from the revelations about the U.S. government's surveillance tactics, people are starting to take interest in using encryption tools for keeping email, files, and instant messaging private. Just recently, Yahoo said it would build encryption into Yahoo Mail and Google is doing something similar with Gmail.

  • How to fix your Internet connection in Ubuntu Linux

    Ubuntu’s included NetworkManager software aims to make your network connections “just work.” Nevertheless, sometimes thing go awry. There are times you have to adjust or change your connection settings, especially when using a laptop—just like in Windows.

  • How to test the speed of your USB drives

    After reading my article on USB 3.0 speed, Mark Gold asked “How can I check the speed of my USB devices, both 2.0 and 3.0?”

Spotlight
  • 'Xbox One Hotel' to open in Paris
    Relaxnews - 2013-11-13 2:45 PM

    To mark the launch of its latest games console, Microsoft France will transform the Hôtel O in Paris into a space dedicated entirely to the Xbox One.

  • Most plan on starting holiday shopping earlyMost plan on starting holiday shopping early
    thecanadianpress.com - 2013-11-04 5:15 PM

    Nearly three-quarters of Canadians recently polled say they plan to start their holiday shopping early this year, and will use the Internet to check and compare prices before buying gifts, two holiday retail studies suggest.

  • Five things you must do to prepare for the end of BlackBerryFive things you must do to prepare for the end of BlackBerry

    With BlackBerry on life support, it’s time to accept the likelihood that there won’t be a BlackBerry a year from now