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How to Download Absolutely Everything You Can Find on the Web

The internet is always there, vast and accessible, from wherever you happen to be—until it isn’t. Maybe you’ve got a long flight ahead of you and need some reading material, maybe you just want to store something for safe-keeping. Whatever your reason here’s how you can download just about anything you come across on the internet with free tricks and tools. Read More >>

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10 Hidden URLs to Help You Rule the Web

You’re probably used to bookmarking your favourite sites for easy access, but the web goes much deeper than the top domains you’re familiar with—from your social networks to your email box, having the right URL to hand can enable you to jump right into the page, feature, setting, or search you need. Here are 10 of the most useful ones. Read More >>

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11 Tell-Tale Signs Your Accounts and Devices Have Been Hacked

No one likes getting hacked, and it’s generally true that the quicker you can spot something has gone awry, the better your chances of minimising the damage. These are the main warning signs to look out for, what they might mean, and some quick pointers about what you should do next. Read More >>

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How to Properly Secure Your Accounts in Case You Forget Your Passwords

You’ve chosen a strong password and you’ve set up two-factor authentication, which requires an additional device to authenticate on log in, so your accounts are safe, right? Not so fast—all of your online accounts and apps will have recovery processes in place to help you, should you get locked out of your accounts, and it’s essential that these too are all shored up against the threat of being exposed. Read More >>

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Here’s How to Share as Little Data as Possible Without Deleting Facebook

As you may have realised by now, Facebook can’t be trusted with your data, and has been caught out time and time again letting it leak out to places it shouldn’t. If you can’t quite bring yourself to close down your account—maybe there’s a support group or family connections you’d like to keep active—then here’s how to restrict the amount of data Facebook has got on you. Read More >>

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10 Ways Shopping Online Sucks and How to Fix Them

Not so long ago, being able to click a button and have the goods of your choice delivered to your front door in a day (or less) would have seemed like some kind of black magic—but as convenient as online shopping is, it does come with its own set of frustrations and problems. Here’s how to fix the most common ones. Read More >>

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Who Actually Owns Your Content When You Post It to the Web

Thanks to the wonders of the web, you can get your content up and in front of an audience of millions in seconds—but that doesn’t necessarily mean you still own that photo of your dog once it is live. Signing the terms and conditions on your favourite social networks could mean signing away the rights to that video of your kid’s birthday party, or that sweet snapshot you took on vacation. So here’s what you need to know about copyright on the web, and how posting to your favourite social networks affects your ownership of what you’re posting. Read More >>

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How to Find Anyone Online

If your efforts to track down long-lost relatives and obscure musicians (or anyone else you’re looking for on the web) stop at Googling their name then you’ve come to the right place. Here’s how to seriously go about searching for people online, including some advice from the professionals who do it for a living, and if you’d rather not be found than read on to understand exactly how the pros go about finding those who’d prefer to stay hidden. Read More >>

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All the Secret Stuff That Happens When You Visit Google.com

From snapping photos with a cellphone to streaming music through a browser, much of the tech trickery we take for granted in 2017 looks simple on the surface but involves a complex series of computations and calculations behind the scenes to make the magic happen. As an example, take Google.com. Read More >>

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You Don’t Need Desktop Apps Anymore

Fire up your Start menu or Dock and think carefully for a moment: out of all your ageing desktop apps, how many do you really rely on these days—or even better, how many of them don’t already have very capable web app alternatives you could use instead? Unless you’re a film editor or a graphic designer, it’s probably time to let those old-fashioned, clunky desktop apps go. Read More >>

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Google vs Apple vs Microsoft: Which Online Office Suite Should You Be Using?

You don’t necessarily need to install a desktop application to get your hands on a decent office suite any more, and the biggest names in tech all have free, online productivity tools you can access from any browser—so which one should you be using? We take a look at the features, strengths, and weaknesses of each. Read More >>

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How to Browse the Web and Leave No Trace

On today’s web it’s hard to set a (digital) foot online without it attracting dozens of trackers and log entries, as companies look to learn everything about you and sell that data on to advertisers. To hide you’ve got a few tools at your disposal, many of which we’ve talked about in the past, and all of which add up to a largely anonymous browsing experience. What we can’t do is promise 100 per cent that you won’t be tracked—we’re not privy to the inner workings of the FBI or your employer’s IT system—but this is as much as you can do. Read More >>

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The Complete Guide to Dumping Google

Had enough of Google meddling in your affairs? Rather impressed by what Microsoft is doing with Outlook on the web? A little bit spooked by how much data Mountain View has on you? Whatever your reasons for splitting up with Google, here’s how to make sure it’s a clean and uncomplicated break. Read More >>

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How to Buy Second-Hand Tech Without Getting Ripped Off

There are some fantastic bargains to be had if you can live without the shiniest, newest gadgets—but diving into the second-hand market comes with its own set of potential pitfalls and problems. Read More >>

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How to Check If That Cool New App Is Actually Legit

You’ve spotted an app, site, or service you like the look of, it’s completely free to use, and so you’re ready to sign up — but how can you tell the service is above-board and legit? That you’re not going to be subject to nefarious dark pattern tactics or see you or your teens sensitive data shared with advertisers. Before joining a service that seems to good to be true take the steps below. Common sense and a little digging can usually save you from the shadiest apps. Read More >>