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12 Tools and Apps That Make Working From Home Easier

More and more of us are ditching the traditional office environment for anywhere we can get wi-fi. Working away from an office presents its own unique set of challenges. If you haven’t yet made the switch to an online office suite (like the ones made by Google, Apple, or Microsoft), then we’d recommend that as a first move. Not only does it mean you can log in and work from any computer, it makes sharing your work and collaborating with others much more straightforward. 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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How to Find Almost Anything on YouTube

The number of views YouTube videos get in a single day is up to the billions now, with hundreds of hours of new content uploaded every minute, versus the month it would take twelve years ago when YouTube launched. Searching through that deluge of video can be harder than searching the entire web, so here’s a helpful guide to find that weird Wonder Woman video you found in 2007 that you can’t stop thinking about, but haven’t seen since — provided its still on Youtube. Read More >>

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How to Spot a Link You Shouldn’t Click On

Even as our tech gets increasingly sophisticated and intelligent, sometimes it’s falling for the oldest tricks in the book that breach the security walls we’ve put in place—like clicking on dodgy links or shady attachments that we shouldn’t. You don’t have to get tripped up by these simplest of scams though, if you know what you’re looking for. Read More >>

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Your Favourite Music App Has Higher Quality Audio Than You Think

Chances are you’ve signed up to at least one streaming service—but are you making the most of the best-quality music on offer? A quick audit of your apps can boost both streaming and downloaded bit-rates, so you’re always assured of the highest fidelity audio flowing through your pricy headphones to your eardrums. Which means you hear more of the music and a little less of the noise that can accompany lower quality music files. Read More >>

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The Best Add-ons For Protecting Your Gmail Account

There’s no doubt Google runs a tight ship as far as security goes, if you’re hacked using Google services its usually (but not always) because of something you did, not Google. If you want to keep your emails on Google’s services more secure you’ll need to do more than just enable two-factor authentication. You need to practice safe browsing, steering clear of sites and emails that could steal your info. Read More >>

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How to Make Your Web Browser Less Annoying

The simple HTML websites of old knew their place in your browser, but today’s sites are bursting with video, audio, and notifications that can be a constant distraction. Read More >>

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How to Delete Your Online Existence, But Save All Your Data 

Sick of Snapchat? Tired of Twitter? Fed up with Facebook? This is a great time to completely eradicate yourself from social media. All of these online services let you scrub out your accounts if you want a cleaner, leaner life online. Even better, plenty of them let you export your data for safekeeping before you do. So you can always remember that time The Rock answered your desperate tweets or your roommate plastered your Facebook wall with photos of your dog. Read More >>

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No One Uses Computers At The Weekend Anymore

A study from publishing analytics company Parse.ly shows that after clocking-off time on Friday, desktop web use plummets and we all start reading the internet on our phones instead. Read More >>

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4 Computer Security Threats You Might Not Be Protecting Against

Most of us know the drill of getting an antivirus program up and running or relying on the built-in security protections that come with our computers, but there are some less well-known threats that it’s important to look out for too. Here’s how to stay safe. Read More >>

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5 Reasons to Give Microsoft’s New Browser Another Chance

You may be so well used to Chrome or Firefox that Microsoft’s new browser Edge may not be on your radar. It probably should be though, because it was built for Windows 10 and includes a bunch of great new tricks that other browsers don’t have. No matter what your experiences with the old Internet Explorer was like, Edge is still worth a look. Here are 5 reasons to give Microsoft’s new browser another chance. Read More >>

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8 Ways to Stop Your Web Browser From Crippling Your Computer

Many of us spend most of our time on the web, but all too often browsing sessions can descend into a sprawling mess of memory-hogging, audio-playing tabs that bring your computer and your productivity to a shuddering halt. It doesn’t have to be that way. Read More >>

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How to Turn YouTube Into the Ultimate Music Player

YouTube’s not just for toy dissections and mannequin challenges, it’s the world’s biggest jukebox too, though it may lack some of the refinements of your favourite desktop music player. Here’s how to queue up an endless list of songs you’ll love, old and new, without having to constantly search for and select each track at a time. Read More >>

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The Most Useful Firefox Extensions Ever Made

Firefox was fighting the good fight against Internet Explorer long before Chrome showed up, and since its launch in 2002, Mozilla’s famed browser has been attracting third-party developers in their droves. The add-ons and plug-ins are what make Firefox the powerhouse browser it is, and these are some of the very best you can install. Read More >>

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How to Use Gmail’s Labels To Keep Your Inbox Neat and Tidy

Labels are Gmail’s secret weapon that let you organise your inbox on your own terms. Once they’re set up, they do most of your message processing automatically and make it easier to skim through your inbox. If you’re not using labels in Gmail yet—or not using them with any kind of method—here are 6 ways you can start organising your inbox immediately. Read More >>