Cloud storage alternatives: Three ways to sync your own data securely and privately

Robert D Lonsdale, Jr runs his business from two computers in different states. He needs to keep files synced between them, but he would “prefer not to use a cloud service.” I love cloud storage and syncing, but I can’t completely ignore its flaws. If you need a lot of storage, you have to pay…



Use Windows 10′s individual display scaling to perfect your multi-monitor setup

The toys for power users in Windows 10, a.k.a. Microsoft’s Windows 8 apology letter, keep on coming. Today, we’re looking at a great tweak for anyone running a multi-monitor setup, especially for folks rocking 4K monitors. Windows 10, like Windows 8.1, includes an option to adjust the DPI (dots per inch) scaling on a per-monitor basis…



Killing Cortana: How to disable Windows 10′s info-hungry digital assistant

Cortana, Microsoft’s smart, snarky digital assistant, is one of the highlight features of Windows 10, imbuing the operating system with a sense of presence that never existed in previous versions of Windows. Cortana’s natural language search capabilities rock, and her intelligent surfacing of news and notifications that matter to you help to tailor Windows 10…



How to play DVDs in Windows 10 for free

Windows 10 brings a lot of good stuff to the table, but it also takes away some key functionality that Windows 7 users might miss. In Windows 10, you have to say goodbye to Windows Media Center and with it, the ability to play DVDs natively. Microsoft said in May it would have a native…



How to maximize your first 30 minutes with Windows 10

Windows 10 is here! Windows 10 is here! Now what? By now, you’ve seen our review of Windows 10. It’s one of the best operating systems Microsoft has ever produced, and it’s worth the download. But if you’re new to Windows 10, it can feel a bit daunting. Actually, it’s more familiar than you think….



How to install Windows 10 on your PC

You’ve read the review, pored through the tips and how-tos, and have waited breathlessly for the day that you can download Windows 10. So how do you do it, exactly? We’ve got you covered. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here



5 must-know Windows 10 tips and tricks

Windows 10 is finally here, and Microsoft’s latest, greatest operating system is chock full of tricks and tweaks that can enhance your experience—and tailor Windows to your personal needs. Here’s a look at five of the most useful. (Pssst: Our massive Windows 10 tips and tricks guide has much, much more.) Make Cortana more useful…



Set Windows 10′s Wi-Fi connections as metered to download forced updates at your own pace

When Microsoft rolls out a new version of Windows, the company always likes to rearrange the furniture a little bit and put old features in new spots. If you’re coming to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1, one such feature is the ability to mark a Wi-Fi connection as metered (a.k.a. data capped). Identifying an Internet…



How to schedule when Windows 10 updates restart your PC

Windows 10 is here, and with it a change that may surprise some home users used to handling Windows updates on their own. Microsoft will not support manual updates on Windows 10 Home PCs. Instead, all updates are automatically downloaded to your machine and then scheduled to install when your PC is idle. There are…



3 tips for a hassle-free Windows 10 upgrade

The waiting is almost over. On Wednesday, Microsoft starts rolling out Windows 10 upgrades to Insider members, followed by users who’ve made a reservation, and then the general public. If you’ve got a Windows 7 or 8.1 PC, you’re eligible for a free upgrade, and there’s a lot to love about Windows 10, from new…



Meet Cortana: The ultimate guide to Windows 10′s helpful digital assistant

So long, search. Windows 10’s file-scouring functions have been assumed by Cortana, Microsoft’s smart, sassy digital assistant, which debuted with roaring success on Windows Phone 8.1. But Cortana does a lot more than simply poke through your local documents. This virtual assistant lives up to its title: setting reminders, tracking your schedule, surfacing news she…



How to disable Windows 10′s Wi-Fi Sense password sharing

Windows 10’s new Wi-Fi Sense feature is a powerful tool that takes the headache out of managing Wi-Fi connections on the run. With Wi-Fi Sense enabled, Windows 10 will automatically sign you into open Wi-Fi networks, as well as private networks that your Outlook.com, Skype, and Facebook contacts have logged into—so you won’t have to…



How to use Windows 10′s Task View and virtual desktops

Windows 10 brings a lot of great features to the PC, but one that power users are greeting with an exasperated “finally” is virtual desktops. This longstanding productivity powerhouse has long been standard on OS X and Linux distributions. Windows has actually supported the feature for a while despite not making virtual desktops available natively, but now…



How to lock and unlock your USB ports

Sourav Mallick says that “I want [to] protect the USB ports of my laptop from unauthorized access. Is there any software that can be used to lock the USB ports with a password and then unlock them when needed?” Yes, and the program is called Microsoft Windows. You can disable and re-enable USB storage access…



How to use Microsoft Edge, Windows 10′s new browser

Microsoft’s Edge aspires to be your browser for the modern Web, the board on which you surf the Internet within Windows 10. It’s certainly functional. But how do you use it effectively? We can show you. Like Windows 10, Edge aims to make life simple. The interface is basic, urging you to pay more attention…



How to integrate Dropbox, OneDrive, and other cloud storage on your Chromebook

Chromebooks have always made sense for heavy Google services users.  But they’ve been less ideal for devotees of Dropbox, OneDrive, or other cloud storage services, since Google Drive was the only service that talked to the file menu. No more. With some simple setup, you can now view and open anything from your preferred non-Googley…



How to install Linux on a PC with Secure Boot enabled

Eradicating Windows and slapping Linux on your computer sure isn’t as easy as it used to be. Modern Windows PCs produced after Windows 8’s release have UEFI firmware with “Secure Boot” enabled. This helps protect against rootkits and other malware infecting the Windows boot loader, but it can also prevent Linux and other non-Windows operating…



How to share a video privately on YouTube or Vimeo

Dan Keinan wants “to share a private video with a few individuals,” but doesn’t want those individuals to share it with others. Video services offer various ways to control who can and cannot watch a particular video. But for the most part they’re not all that secure. For instance, if you password-protect a video, your…



How to squeeze more battery life from your Linux laptop

Linux has a lot of advantages, but long battery life on a laptop isn’t usually one of them. Manufacturers optimize their device drivers to work best on Windows, and while a laptop may perform just as well with Linux as on Windows, it will often eat through the battery more quickly. New versions of the…



Stop pesky HTML5 videos from auto-playing with this helpful Firefox add-on

Mozilla is already working on the ability to detect and silence tabs with auto-playing audio or video in Firefox, and I recently told you about a Firefox add-on called Open Link in Silent Tab that helps you take control of noisy tabs. Today, I’d like to revisit the topic and tell you about another add-on…