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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…