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July 20, 2017

3 Best Private Search Engines That Don’t Track You

Have you ever wondered why every time after your girlfriend uses your PC for just a couple minutes that somehow all the ads now try to convince you that Huggies diapers are far superior to Pampers? Well, the reason for this is because Google and other major search engines have sophisticated tracking mechanisms that track your online activity, logs your IP addresses, and even share the information with Government agencies such as the NSA.

For an idea of how comprehensive your search histories are, just simply check out your Google Activity Log and be impressed with just how much Google knows about you. It even rembers that search “you” made earlier which [...]

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July 19, 2017

8 Best CPU Benchmark Tools to Test Compute Performance

So you just purchased a new PC at Best Buy and the salesman assured you that it’s without a doubt the top of the line, fastest, best of the best PC money could buy. Naturally you buy it because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t want a top of the line best of the best PC? Now that you’ve taken the system home however, how do you actually know if it’s top of the line or not? The answer? Benchmarks.

While there are benchmarks that cover practically every since PC component along with the system as a whole, today we’ll be showing you the best CPU benchmarks we use here at Custom PC Review to specifically evaluate CPU [...]

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July 18, 2017

How to Delete Your Instagram Account Permanently

Instagram is a pretty awesome online service. What started as just a way to share mobile photos online using some filters has quickly turned into a massive social networking app with one of the largest user bases on the market.

Unfortunately, due to the sheer amount of content sitting on Instagram, it has also become a massive time drain for many people leading many to want to delete their account. However, one of the biggest issues with Instagram is that while Instagram offers an easy way to temporarily disable your account, permanently deleting your account is a bit more tricky. If you’ve been wanting to delete your Instagram for a while and still haven’t [...]

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July 18, 2017

How to Free Up Space in Gmail by Bulk Deleting Old E-Mails

Back in 2013, Google announced that it would increase Gmail/Google Drive to a combined 15GB of storage space which was quite revolutionary at the time. Thinking back to 2013, there could literally be no possible way to utilize more than 15GB of storage just for e-mails and documents alone, but sure enough in 2017 that e-mail box has gotten full to the point that it’s no longer allowing you to send and receive e-mails.

From this point, you have two options if you still want to continue to send/receive e-mail like you’ve done. Either free some space on your Gmail account, or pay up to upgrade the amount of storage. Since it’s pretty easy to pay a couple [...]

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July 20, 2017

How to Find Your Router’s IP Address

For many people, one of the biggest frustrations about setting up or configuring a router is simply finding the IP address of where it’s located. While accompanying mobile apps in newer routers and mesh Wi-Fi systems have made this process significantly easier, routers purchased just several years ago or older, or router/modem combo units issued by telecom companies frequently don’t have any sort of companion app, so changing simple things like a Wi-Fi password will require finding the IP address of the router.

To help make your life easier, today we’ll show you some of the easiest ways to find your router’s IP address.

 

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July 16, 2017

How to Use Opera Browser’s Free VPN to Protect Online Privacy

It’s an unfortunate yet inescapable fact of life that if you’re on the internet, chances are you’re being monitored in some way shape or form. While many websites have made the transition to HTTPS which has greatly improved security, HTTPS still allows anyone snooping around such as hackers, your ISP and the government to identify which websites you’ve visited as well as look at any content that isn’t secured by HTTPS.

The best way to improve security a bit further is to use a VPN, or Virtual Private Network. VPNs act as your proxies online and encrypts the data between you and the VPN to ensure that even if your connection was being [...]

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July 13, 2017

What’s the Difference Between a Modem vs a Router vs a Switch

In the computer networking world, the three most ubiquitous pieces of equipment are modems, routers, and switches. These are used everywhere from the datacenter hosting Google to the internet connection in your own home. However, despite how important these three pieces of equipment are, many people are completely oblivious as to what each piece of equipment does, so in this article, we’ll attempt to explain the difference between each piece of equipment and how it all fits in your home network.

 

What is a Modem?

A modem is the short way of saying “modulator, demodulator”. The primary purpose of a modem when used in a home [...]

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July 12, 2017

Five Best Free Encrypted Text Messaging Apps for Android and iOS

Back in 2013, privacy and encryption was thrust into the forefront of mainstream news when NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, leaked a huge repository of classified materials to the press, revealing a lot of very unnerving information about the NSA’s global surveillance programs. Among what was revealed included the NSA’s capability to monitor the online activities of US citizens which include everything from browsing activity to phone calls to e-mails to text messages and much, much more.

While government spying may be worrisome, what should be even more worrisome is the fact that unencrypted transmissions can literally be deciphered by anyone [...]

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July 10, 2017

How to Speed Up Steam Download Speeds

Generally speaking, Steam download speeds are pretty good. Steam was originally built as a game distribution platform, so by design they’re supposed to have a lot of capacity. For the most part, you should be able to max out your internet connection without any issues. However, if you’re not getting the maximum download speeds you’ve come to expect when downloading that new copy of Elder Scrolls Online, here’s a couple ways to try to speed up the download process.

 

Change Your Steam Download Server

By default, Steam selects the closest server to your location rather than by choosing intelligently based on the server load. As a [...]

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July 8, 2017

How to Overclock Your Monitor with an AMD Graphics Card

Not long ago, we wrote a guide on How to Overclock a Monitor with a Nvidia Graphics Card so naturally, the AMD version was on its way.

Today, it has arrived. In this guide, I’ll be showing you how to easily overclock your monitor using an AMD graphics card.

 

Overclock Your Monitor

Step 1

Download Custom Resolution Utility (CRU) here. This software will be needed to set a custom refresh rate for the monitor.

 

Step 2

Unzip and extract the zip file containing CRU to the desktop. Launch the CRU utility. You should be greeted to something like this.

 

Step 3

Click on the Add… [...]

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