How-To

How To Set Up & Use a Browser Sandbox On Windows

Imagine being able to test out any software or visit any website without having to worry that your computer might get a virus. That’s what a browser sandbox does. It can be done with the Sandbox app built into Windows 10 or another free app called Sandboxie. However, the Sandboxie …

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How To Track Windows Computer and User Activity

There are many reasons to track Windows user activity, including monitoring your children’s activity across the internet, protection against unauthorized access, improving security issues, and mitigating insider threats. Here will discuss tracking options for a variety of Windows environments, including your home PC, server network user tracking, and workgroups. Check …

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Move Photos to a Different Album in Facebook

Did you know that Facebook gets 4,000 photo uploads every second? The social media platform has more than a billion users worldwide, and that number is expected to go up by 690 million in 2020. That’s an overwhelming number of photos being uploaded every day. If you have a collection …

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Find and Fix Damaged MP3 Files

MP3, like many other file types, can get corrupted and damaged due to various reasons. When these files are damaged, they won’t play in any media players on your computer. You’ll need to first repair those MP3 files before they can be played again. Damage to your MP3 files could …

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Perform a Zero Fill Using a Linux Live CD

The most important and dangerous component in any PC is the hard drive. Dangerous, not because of any physical risk, but because of the data it holds. Privacy information, important documents, sensitive pictures—it potentially has it all. That’s why it’s important to safely erase any hard drives you’re no longer …

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How to Create an XML Sitemap for Your Site

If you run a website of any kind, you should probably have an XML sitemap. It will help your search engine optimization (SEO). But you might be wondering what an XML sitemap is, and even if you knew, how would you create an XML sitemap?  The good news is that …

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How to Stop Autofill Passwords From Showing in Chrome

In this guide, we will be taking a look at how you can stop your autofill passwords from showing in Chrome. We will offer tips on how to remove passwords completely, or just get rid of them from one computer, whilst still having them available across other devices when using …

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How to Use Handbrake to Convert MKV to MP4

If you frequently download videos, then you’re probably no stranger to the MKV file format. It also means you’re familiar with its quirks. As much as a blessing MKV is to some users, there are those who just can’t seem to play their videos after opening the file. This results …

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How to Find NTP Server in a Domain to Sync All PCs

To keep all PCs synchronized, updating the internet time will help you pull it off. And to do that, you need to find the NTP (Network Time Protocol) server first. Windows’ Command Prompt will get you there. And if you don’t know where to begin, don’t worry. In this post, …

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How to Migrate a Firefox Profile the Right Way

So you’ve scored a new Windows machine. Congratulations! But now comes the annoying bit: Firefox profile migration. You’re now tasked with migrating your web browser profile to your new computer. Where do you even begin, right? Well, there’s no need to worry. It’s not as complicated as you might think. …

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How to Block Someone on Gmail The Easy Way

Don’t want to receive those annoying product reviews from a person or company you once liked? There’s an easy solution for that: block them. And you can get around to it by sending them to your spam folder. Sadly, though, that doesn’t always cut it. An email you don’t want …

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How to Password Protect a PDF to Keep It Safe

If you have confidential PDF files, you don’t want just anyone to access them. Otherwise, they can change what’s inside. The next thing you know, you can’t recognize the original version. To protect your PDFs, lock them up with a password. It’s doable. It’s also easy and free! Don’t worry …

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How to Block Websites on Google Chrome

Living in an age with high-speed internet is incredible. With all the information that can be easily yours, you can learn how to do almost anything. And with all the possibilities it can bring, it seems like the world is your oyster! But as awesome as it is, having internet …

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How To Get As Much Free Cloud Storage As Possible

Many cloud storage providers offer free storage to entice new customers to sign up with them. What’s great is that storage is often available for life, so you can get by just by taking as many free cloud storage offers as possible. In this article, we will be taking a …

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How To Hide Your WiFi & Stop Strangers Logging In

You pay full price for your Internet access. So why let leeches piggyback for free? Wireless connectivity has its strengths but it’s far from perfect. A tech-savvy person can tap into your WiFi and leave without you knowing. Even worse, the culprit can pass along information about your WiFi’s vulnerability …

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4 Ways To Edit a PDF File

When John Warnock, co-founder of Adobe, developed the Portable Document Format (PDF), he wanted to make it easier for people to distribute documents without the need to print them. Surprisingly, it didn’t turn out to be very user-friendly. Not only were the files large in size, but the format didn’t …

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Fix Repeating Keys With These Tips

If you’ve ever had a repeating key, you will know how annoying it can be. Every time you have to double back to erase a duplicate “i” or “s,” you lose a little time. It may even interfere with your thought flow, killing your productivity throughout the day. The good …

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How To Safely Destroy An Old Hard-Drive

The age of privacy appears to be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean you should willingly give up all your information. Yet that’s what thousands of people do everyday when they throw out an old computer. That hard drive, even if you don’t think it still works, can …

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How To View A Password Behind The Asterisks In a Browser

When you’re on a website whose login details are saved in your browser, the browser automatically fills-in both the username and password fields for you. You may have noticed this behavior while visiting a website where you hold an account. While the username is clearly visible, the password is hidden …

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How To Add GPX Files To Google Maps

Google Maps’ map data format of choice is KML, but they do support many other formats including GPX. GPX, also commonly referred to as GPS eXchange format, is an open standard XML type that contains Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates on top of additional map data. The format has seen …

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How To Check Your Router For Malware

Your router is a prime target for hackers who want to freeload off your WiFi connection or infiltrate your network. If it’s compromised, they can redirect your personal or business internet requests to malware-infected servers. However, most people don’t realize the magnitude of the problems that come with a router …

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How To Remove EXIF Data From Your Photos

If you make photos with any of the modern devices available out there, it is likely the device also adds extra information to those photos when they are captured and saved. This extra information, called EXIF data, usually includes the camera model, the date when the photo was taken, your …

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How To Capture Full Page Screenshots In Chrome & Firefox

Thanks to the built-in screen capture utilities, you can take screenshots on both Windows and Mac machines without the need to install a third-party app. These built-in utilities also offer custom options so you can capture your screenshots the way you want. There are a few areas though where these …

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How To Speed Up Any WordPress Site Using .HTACCESS

Is your WordPress website taking too long to load? Do you know that a slow site will affect your SEO and user experience? There are several different ways to speed up your site besides using plugins. One way is to leverage browser cache and another way is to compress your …

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How to Convert Your Analog Files to Digital Format

Every few years, it seems some form of technology has been replaced by something new. But for many of us, older media holds valuable memories. You may have a VHS tape with your elementary school play or a stack of old albums your grandparents passed down to you. Whatever the …

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How To Set Up Dual PC Streaming With No Capture Card

It’s surprisingly easy to set up dual PC streaming with no capture card by using OBS NDI. The performance is great and it requires no extra purchase. OBS NDI will use your network to send your gaming PC content to your streaming PC. This guide will take you through every …

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How To Set Up Your Own Tor Relay

The Onion Router (Tor) runs on the support of a network of volunteers offering up their computers and internet bandwidth to make it all come together. There are millions of users around the world who place their trust in Tor for the purpose of online privacy protection and the ability …

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How To Create a Chatbot For a Website Or Facebook Page

If you’ve tried ordering a pizza for delivery or contacted tech support about an issue with an app, you’ve probably encountered a chatbot. They may take your order or answer your question, sometimes even give you suggestions based on what you’re asking, and more. By adopting bots, small and large …

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How To Create Animated Videos Using VideoMakerFX

Most businesses already know that not using video is no longer an option. Did you know that 87% of online marketers use video as part of their digital marketing strategy? If your company isn’t using video, you are missing out on a lot of eyeballs on your business message.  This …

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How To Set Up Your Own Email Server

If you’re a privacy lover in search of a nice alternative to popular web-mail providers like Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo, you’re in luck. You can learn how to set up your own email server and escape the routine scanning of emails these providers perform on millions of users, and enjoy …

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7 Technical SEO Optimization Tips for Any Website

Are you wondering why your helpful, relevant, and valuable content isn’t ranking well? If you haven’t performed technical SEO optimization for your website, you will continue to struggle. Technical SEO deals with the infrastructure of your website. In summary, there are 7 basic steps to technical SEO optimization of your …

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How to Create Your Own Onion Site on Tor

When looking to remain anonymous while deep-diving through what the dark web has to offer, The Onion Router (Tor), is your safest bet. The Tor browser is a powerful free tool used for browsing the Internet anonymously, where you can discover varying websites utilizing the onion domain.  Anonymity is seemingly …

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How to Access Linux Partitions in Windows

If you have a Linux distribution sitting alongside Windows on your PC, you’ll have no problem accessing your Windows drive. NTFS, the default Windows file system, is well supported, and most Linux distros will be able to mount NTFS drives with ease. The same can’t be said for Windows users, …

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How To Create a Shared Storage Drive For Dual-Boot Systems

While it’s possible to access your Linux partitions in Windows, it’s a buggy solution at best. You can’t easily add or change your files without relying on software that’s no longer actively being developed. Rather than risking your files, there’s an obvious solution for most users who need to share …

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How to Restore a Deleted Mailbox with PowerShell

No matter how you accidentally deleted a person’s mailbox in Exchange, you can probably restore it using PowerShell (PoSh). The key is doing it as soon as you realize the mailbox has been deleted.  It’s a heart-jumped-into-my-throat moment when we realize we’ve accidentally done this. If you’ve only deleted a …

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How To Extract Files From Corrupted Zip Folders

The best option for transferring multiple files together has to be through the use of zip file compression. Doing it in this way offers hassle free, lossless file compression when relocating files from one storage area to another.  There are plenty of ‘packing’ programs available that allow zip file compression. …

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4 Ways To Find Large Files In Windows 10

If you quickly want to free-up memory space on your Windows machine, the best way to do that is to find large files on your Windows 10 PC and get rid of them if they’re no longer useful. The question though is how do you go about searching for large …

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How To Change Your Router SSID & Why You Should

SSID stands for Service Set Identifier and is the primary name of your WiFi network. If you tap on the WiFi icon on your phone or computer, it’ll pull up a list of available networks within a range that have different names consisting of letters and/or numbers. For example, you …

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How to Use DiskPart Utility in Windows

The Disk Management Tool is a useful, effective tool for managing your Windows disks and partitions, but it isn’t as powerful to use as Diskpart. This command-line tool lets you delete, create and modify partitions on any hard drives or USB storage your PC can detect. We’d recommend using the …

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How To Refurbish a Computer

That old computer taking up space and collecting dust has become an eyesore. You’ve long since moved on to a bigger, better, more technologically advanced computer and no longer have any use for such a relic. Programs run smoother, games look more vibrant, what possible reason could you have for …

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Remove or Uninstall a Printer Driver from Windows 10

If you connect to different printers across several locations all the time, you’ll probably not use all of the printers installed on your device – probably just once or twice. However, your device ends up with many printers installed on it without you realizing it. Thankfully, you can remove any …

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Prevent Files From Being Deleted Or Renamed In Windows

No matter what purpose you use your computer for, there are likely some files on your machine that you don’t want anyone to rename or delete. But unfortunately the way Windows works, there’s really no default mechanism to help you prevent your files from being deleted on your computer. Any …

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How To Turn Your Computer Into a DVR

Long gone are the days of dealing with videotapes in order to record your favorite television programs (80s kids know what I’m talking about). You can now buy a device that will do the same task in just a few clicks of a remote control. Yet, even in today’s digital …

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How To Dual Boot Linux Mint and Windows

When you have more than one operating system (OS) on your computer, you can reboot from one into the other. This allows you to use the best application for the job at hand.  What are some of the reasons you might want to have multiple operating systems on one computer? …

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Spyware Removal Tips for Your Computer or Smartphone

Spying is a terrible invasion of a person’s privacy, and most of its forms aren’t just offensive, but also illegal. It’s common with paranoid spouses and partners looking for the tiniest shred of evidence of a potential affair. Similarly, an ex could’ve put spyware on your phone just to see …

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Open Notepad as Admin to Avoid “Access is Denied”

If you’ve ever tried to edit a system file using Notepad on your Windows PC, you’ve likely seen the error that says “Notepad access denied”. It usually happens when you try to modify a system file from a standard user account on a PC. Windows does this to ensure your …

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How To Use WiFi To Make Cellphone Calls

WiFi calling is the ability to use a cellphone, without a cellular connection, to make a phone call through a WiFi connection.  In many parts of the world, the Internet reaches more places than the cellular network does. You might have seen this out at the cottage or when visiting …

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How To Convert a Dynamic Disk Into a Basic Disk

For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, the basic disk is used for primary logic drives and partitions, and serves as the storage disk type most often used with the Windows operating system. The basic disk provides a simple storage solution, and allows for the creation and deletion of …

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How to Restore Old or Damaged Photos Using Digital Tools

Photos are precious keepsakes of the past. They evoke memories of wonderful times with friends and family. However, those photographs can get stained, torn, faded, and creased over time.  Luckily, with the help of digital technology, there are many tools to help you clear up blurry images, edit and enhance …

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How to Bypass Copy Protection on Old iTunes Music Files

In 2009, Apple dropped the annoyingly restrictive FairPlay DRM (Digital Rights Management) protection from the iTunes music library. The anti-piracy technology was put in place to curb illegal sharing of music files, which meant you could only play songs on Windows PCs and Macs, as well as Apple devices like …

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How To Sort Gmail By Sender, Subject, Or Label

If you have an active email account, you most likely receive hundreds of messages from people vying for your attention in your inbox. Consequently, sifting through each new email to pick out the important ones becomes a daunting task. Fortunately, if you use Gmail, you have dozens of features and …

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How to See/Find All Your Likes on Facebook

If you’re an avid Facebook user, you probably like dozens of posts each day from your profile on the site. By liking a post, you’re actually telling the author of that post that you acknowledge their work. In the background, you’re also actually creating a list of curated items that …

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Block Websites From Your Router or Using DNS

The internet is chock full of content, but not all of it is wholesome for general consumption by all. Thankfully, you can block certain websites to ensure no one accesses them on your home network, especially the kids. It may seem unfair to restrict internet usage at home, but it …

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How To Connect a Computer To a Mobile Hotspot

WiFi is almost as basic a need as electricity – you tend to notice its existence when it’s not working – and then panic sets in. If you’re stuck in such a situation, probably because the WiFi connection keeps dropping, no device can connect, or the network disappears entirely, you …

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Fix Background Intelligent Transfer Service Will Not Start Error

The Windows Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) is an essential component that helps programs download data and files from the internet. Nowadays, programs need the latest updates, new content, or configurations, and BITS intelligently handles network interruptions even after a reboot by pausing and resuming transfers. The ‘intelligent’ in BITS …

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What Is Windows PE & How To Make a PE Rescue Disk

Windows PE (or Windows Preinstallation Environment) is a scaled-down version of Windows. This custom environment is useful in an emergency, letting you run Windows commands or custom, third-party tools to resolve issues with your Windows installation or, in a worst-case scenario, to recover your files. There are several third-party Windows …

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How to Tunnel VNC over SSH

If you’re connecting to a remote desktop using the Virtual Network Computing (VNC) protocol, your connection might not be secure. Some VNC clients, like the popular TightVNC, don’t encrypt your connection beyond the initial sign-in stage. To get around the problem, you can tunnel a VNC connection over a Secure …

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Using the Transmission Web Interface

When you talk about downloading a torrent file, it’s normally assumed that you’re looking to download some illegal and copyright protected content from the Internet. This belief is so popular that many companies have simply blocked access to torrents from their internal networks.  The question is, how do you download …

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How To Get Around Your School Or Workplace Firewall

It’s becoming increasingly common today for schools or educational institutions, workplaces, and governments to block websites. One of the most popular examples of such restrictions is the Great Firewall of China, which enforces internet censorship in the country to slow down cross-border internet traffic, and block access to certain foreign …

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How To Preserve & Extend Your Device’s Battery Life

Technology is continually enhancing the way we communicate and make our lives easier to manage. You have your laptop for completing projects. Your tablet for surfing the net, and your smartphone for staying connected to it all.  Although it presents many possibilities for managing your life, it also comes with …

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How To Know If Your School-Issued Laptop Has Spyware Installed

Schools aren’t legally allowed to spy on their students through school-issued laptops or webcams for that matter. However, there have been several reported cases where schools or colleges install spyware, or require parents to put spyware on their children’s devices. Remember the “WebcamGate” scandal that led to the Robbins v. …

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How To Install Only Safe Browser Extensions

Browser extensions can improve your browsing experience, block intrusive ads, or bring new functionality to your everyday internet usage. There are thousands of browser extensions and extension developers, so it’s smart to be cautious about the extensions you use.  When you install an extension, you give it permission to use …

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How to Protect Your Phone’s SIM Card From Hackers

Years ago it would have been hard to imagine that a good portion of your life would be spent scrolling through webpages and texts on a single device. Let alone that device being a mobile phone. Nowadays, thanks in very large part to the boom of social media and their …

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