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September 20, 2017

How to Unblock Websites Blocked by School or Work Internet Filters

Internet filters suck. Period. Whether you’re at school trying to access a website that could potentially contain essential information for a research project you’re working on or you’re at work trying to access a how to video on YouTube, schools, workplaces and even governments are all too often way overzealous in their attempts to restrict internet access.

For those affected by ridiculous internet filters, here are a few ways to to bypass the filters to access the blocked websites.

 

Unblock Blocked Websites 1. Use HTTPS

HTTPS stands for Hyperlink Text Transport Protocol Secured. Unlike regular old HTTP, HTTPS is encrypted, so many [...]

 
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September 8, 2017

Why You Need a VPN If You Use the Internet

Internet security has become one of the most prevalent issues in the past few years and while not as popular as it should be, one of the best ways to stay safe online is to use a VPN service. In this article, we’ll discuss what a VPN is, why you need a VPN service, and how to choose a good VPN provider.

 

What is a VPN

A VPN is an acronym for Virtual Private Network. As its name implies, VPNs were originally designed primarily to allow users to connect computers in different locations onto the same “virtual” private network. At first, corporations adopted VPN technology to allow its employees to use a shared drive or an intranet [...]

 
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September 7, 2017

How to Turn Off ‘OK Google’ Voice Assistant in Android

Over the years, Google’s voice assistant has become significantly more powerful than it has been ever before, but it’s unfortunately still not for everyone. For some it simply doesn’t work well enough, for others the drain on battery life is unacceptable, and for some just simply knowing that Google is always listening is a bit paranoid inducing. While everyone has their reasons for disabling Google Assistant, finding the option to do so isn’t as easy as just heading to the settings menu.

Today we’ll show you how to turn off Google Assistant in Android once and for all.

 

Turn Off Google Assistant (Android) Step 1

Open [...]

 
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September 6, 2017

The Best PC Benchmarking Tools (System, CPU, GPU, RAM and Storage)

If you recently purchased or built a new PC, or upgraded an older PC, the most important thing to do aside from stress testing is to benchmark. Whereas stress testing helps ensure the PC is completely stable not only during idle but also during heavy load, benchmarking will help ensure that the PC is operating at the appropriate level of performance for the components installed. As simple issues such as an outdated driver or an improperly configured component may significantly degrade performance, benchmark testing will allow you to quickly catch any issues and to fix them immediately so you can take full advantage of the new hardware that you’ve spent your hard [...]

 
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August 19, 2017

How to Turn On/Off WiFi

 

WiFi is one of the most important features in computers, but sometimes you may want to turn it off for some reason or you just can’t figure out how to turn it on. Today we’ll show several methods for turning on/off your computer’s WiFi.

 

Turn On/Off WiFi Hardware

For those with laptops, the easiest way to turn on/off WiFi is to search for the dedicated WiFi or Airplane Mode button/switch located on the laptop.

If there isn’t a physical button/switch, the enable/disable WiFi switch may be a simple combination of the Fn key and a F-key combined. In the case of this MSI GS40 gaming laptop below, the key combination for [...]

 
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August 9, 2017

How to Download Facebook Videos on PC, Mac, Android, iOS Free

It’s been a decade since Facebook launched their videos feature and while it’s still not quite as popular as YouTube, Facebook video is still one of the most popular video platforms out there.

However, just like YouTube, watching videos on Facebook requires an internet connection, so if you know you’ll be away from an internet connection for a while, or you know your data plan simply isn’t up to snuff, you may want to just download the video to your computer or smartphone to watch offline.

As such, today we’ll show you how to download and save Facebook videos to watch offline on your PC, Mac, Android, or iOS [...]

 
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August 21, 2017

Top 5 Uses for a Home Server or NAS

As prices of last generation servers continue to decrease, internet speeds continue to increase, and NAS systems become much more feature rich, many people are now opting to setup their own home servers or NAS systems.

If you don’t own your own home server or NAS system, here are five top uses for a home server or NAS.

 

Network Storage

The most common use for a home server or NAS is using it as a network storage. After all, the acronym NAS itself stands for Network Attached Storage.

Typically referred to as a “shared drive”, network storage typically employs the NFS (Network File System) or SMB (Server Message Block) [...]

 
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July 29, 2017

5 Easy Steps to Remove Adware, Spyware, and Malware from Your PC

For anyone using a Windows PC, malware infections are simply a fact of life. Nefarious programmers have figured out ways to make money, destroy systems and make your life a living hell, and while it’s difficult to completely prevent malware infections, it’s important to know how to get rid of them.

Today we’ll show you five easy steps that will help you remove the most common malware infections.

 

Remove Malware, Adware, Spyware Step 1: Unplug Yourself

When you’ve been infected with any sort of malware whether it be adware, spyware, ransomware, a trojan, or something else, the first step to eradicating it is to completely [...]

 
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August 27, 2017

The Best Torrent Clients of 2017

Torrents have gotten a bad rap over the years as a platform for sharing illegal movies, music, TV shows, and software, but they have quite a few legitimate uses as well. For example individual developers, content creators and non-profit organizations can simply set up a Torrent, share it with a couple people and let it self propagate, significantly reducing the cost overhead of purchasing file hosting or content delivery.

However, unlike traditional file delivery methods such as through HTTP/HTTPS or through FTP, in order to download a Torrent file, a Torrent client is needed and of course not all Torrent clients are created equal. As such, today we’ll be [...]

 
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July 27, 2017

How to Upload Pictures to Snapchat from Gallery

Although this may be the first time you’re using it, Snapchat is one of the most popular social networking platforms on mobile devices. Snapchat’s major differentiating factor is that photos or videos are sent out as what they call “Snaps” to either users you select or you can post them as stories so others can see what you’ve been up to.

However, one thing about the Snapchat is that if you’ve been a user of Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, Snapchat’s interface isn’t the easiest to figure out. There are very few instructions in the app on how to use it, which makes it difficult to do simple things like upload a [...]

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