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How to the Monitor the Bandwidth and Data Usage of Individual Devices on Your Network

July 23, 2015 - 3:39 am in Gadgets

How much bandwidth and data are the devices on your network using? Bandwidth hogs can slow down your entire network, and per-device data usage is important if your Internet service provider imposes a bandwidth cap. Unfortunately, it’s tough to get a complete…


You’re Not Backing Up Properly Unless You Have Offsite Backups

June 22, 2015 - 12:24 am in Articles

Backups are critical. But, if you’re just performing regular backups to a nearby external hard drive or USB drive, you’re missing an important part…


How to Clean the Dust Out of Your Laptop

August 18, 2014 - 9:41 am in Articles

If you’ve had your laptop for a year or two, it may be full of dust. Dust clogs fans, vents, and heat sinks, preventing your PC from cooling down properly.…


Buy Your Cable Modem Instead of Renting It to Save $4-8 Per Month

April 16, 2014 - 6:22 pm in Articles

When you sign up for cable Internet service, you need a modem. You’re often asked to choose between renting the modem from your Internet service provider for a monthly fee or buying it outright. If you’re already signed up for cable Internet service, you…


Hard Disk Passwords Explained: Should You Set One to Secure Your Files?

April 14, 2014 - 7:34 pm in Articles

Many computers give you the option to set a “hard disk password” along with operating system passwords and BIOS passwords. This is different from encryption — a hard disk password doesn’t actually encrypt your files. Hard disk passwords fall into…