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July 6, 2017

Is Incognito or Private Browsing Mode Actually Private?

Chances are if you’ve used a modern internet browser in the past few years, you probably know that each browser has some sort of private mode. In Google Chrome, it’s called Incognito, in Microsoft Edge, it’s called InPrivate, and in Mozilla FireFox, it’s called  Private Browsing.

While many have used this type of private browsing functionality, one of the biggest questions that I get is, “Is private browsing actually private?” and the simple answer to this is no.

In fact, each of the browsers specifically warn you before surfing the internet in their respective private browsing modes that while private browsing will keep your [...]

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July 21, 2017

How to Use an IPLeak Test to Check if Your VPN is Actually Secure

A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is one of the best ways to keep information about your internet usage private from hackers, your ISP, and the government. However, if it’s not setup properly or if the VPN service only secures your connection in some ways and not others, then you still leave yourself vulnerable to monitoring and security issues.

Today we’ll be discussing how to check if your VPN actually secure and how to check for any IP Leaks.


What is an IP Leak?

Before we begin, the most important thing is to understand what an IP Leak is. An IP Leak is broad term that covers any instance where your real IP is “leaked”, [...]

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April 21, 2017

Unicode Vulnerability Discovered in Chrome, Firefox, and Opera

A vulnerability has been exposed in Chrome, Firefox, and Opera browsers. In certain scenarios, the affected browsers may incorrectly render Unicode into ASCII characters via Punycode, tricking visitors into believing that it’s the official site.

The tip came from Xudong Zhen, who demonstrated the vulnerability by constructing a site for the domain ““. When entered into the URL bar, a browser could incorrectly translate it to Pair it with SSL and a well-copied template of the original, it can even fool seasoned web users.

The danger of this vulnerability is evident to see. If the domain was registered [...]

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July 26, 2017

The Best Browser for Battery Life: Chrome vs Edge vs Firefox

If you’ve used a PC lately, you’ve probably seen messages from both Microsoft and Google trying to coax you into using their respective web browsers. Google’s iconic “Get Chrome” banner on appears so often that many people just download Chrome simply to get rid of it. Microsoft on the other hand peppers your Windows 10 desktop with persistent notifications, constantly reminding you about the new Edge browser and how much safer, faster, or power efficient it is. Then you have Mozilla Firefox, the humble, open-source browser silently watching from the sidelines.

While all three browsers have their pros and cons, one thing they all claim [...]

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February 23, 2017

Microsoft Releases Patch for Adobe Flash Player on Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge

Check your Windows Updates as Microsoft has just released a new patch for the notoriously insecure Adobe Flash player running on the equally notoriously insecure Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.

According to the patch notes, an attacker could execute malicious code on a exploited system by directing users to a specially crafted website designed to exploit the vulnerabilities.

In a web-based attack scenario where the user is using Internet Explorer for the desktop, an attacker could host a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit any of these vulnerabilities through Internet Explorer and then convince a user to view the website. An attacker [...]

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March 5, 2019

Why is My Computer Running Slow and How to Fix It

“Why is my computer so slow?” or “How do I fix my slow computer?” This is a question we get asked on a regular basis both here at Custom PC Review as well as in our daily personal lives. While the simple answer is just to upgrade the PC to something better and faster or call a computer technician, sometimes even the fastest systems out there can be taken down by a simple malware infection or outdated drivers.

In the latest of our how to guides, here are 10 things you can try to fix your slow computer before calling a technical expert. Without further ado, let’s take a look!


Clean Your System

When we use our computers, [...]

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January 8, 2016

Microsoft Ending Support for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10

The day has finally come for Microsoft to retire its aging browser versions. The software giant has officially announced the end of support for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 on January 12, 2016.

The end of support means that Microsoft will no longer be releasing security, performance, and stability patches to the versions of IE mentioned above. This is done to reduce support cost and allocate more resources to supporting IE 11 and Microsoft’s latest browser Microsoft Edge.

IE 11 will continue to receive support until at least the end of Windows 10’s life cycle, which is October 13, 2020. However, IE 11 is the last version of Internet Explorer [...]

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September 7, 2015

Google Chrome Allegedly Bypasses AdBlock, Forces Video Ads On Youtube

Google may have found a way to bypass the AdBlock plugin on its Google Chrome browser. The controversial AdBlock browser extension has been curbing internet ads ever since 2006, including the unskippable video ads that are implemented on Google’s Youtube videos.

In the past week, many users on Twitter have complained that despite having the AdBlock extension enabled, the unskippable, lengthy video ads were still appearing on Youtube. The ads can often last more than 3 minutes, which sometimes exceeds the length of video the user actually wants to watch. Google offers the option of skipping the ads halfway through, but only if the AdBlock extension is disabled or [...]

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July 29, 2015

Microsoft Officially Launches Windows 10

The wait is over boys and girls, Microsoft’s latest and greatest operating system has landed!

As the successor to Windows 8 and 8.1, Windows 10 brings some much needed improvements to the popular operating system. Aside from a plethora of under-the-hood performance optimizations, Windows 10 also features a desperately needed UI overhaul that merged the traditional look of Windows 7 and the new card system from Windows 8 for a more intuitive experience. For example, the start button is finally back. It now properly launches the start menu and also displays tiles on the side. There is no longer two desktops to fiddle around with like we had to in Windows 8. Users [...]

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February 13, 2015

Review: Crucial M500 480GB SSD

Crucial Reliability and Solid Pricing – Meet the Crucial M500.

When your parent company is the owner of one of the largest NAND fabs in the world, it gives you some perks. Your cost of NAND is lower, your engineers know the NAND better, and you’re able to obtain creme of the crop NAND that, quite frankly, you don’t want anybody else to have. I generally refer to these lucky guys as Tier 1 SSD manufacturers and it pretty much only consists of Intel, Micron, Samsung, SanDisk, Toshiba, and SK Hynix.

Now a little more than two years ago, Crucial introduced their M4 SSD which was pretty revolutionary at the time. Most of the Tier 1 SSD manufacturers had little to [...]

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