Lincoln SpectorContributing Editor, PCWorld

Freelance journalist (and sometimes humorist) Lincoln Spector has been writing about tech longer than he would care to admit. A passionate cinephile, he also writes the Bayflicks.net movie blog.

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How to lock and unlock your USB ports

External flash and hard drives can be used to deliver malware or steal sensitive files. Here's how to control who can use them.

How to share a video privately on YouTube or Vimeo

You can control who has access to your video (but you can't control who's sitting next to them while they watch it).

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Upgrading to Windows 10: One good reason to wait

Windows 10 is a major and exciting upgrade that some people will download right away. Anyone with older hardware or software should do a little research first, though.

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When Wi-Fi doesn't work, try these things first

Wi-Fi problems could be caused by your computer or your router, or some interaction that's gone awry. Here's how to identify and fix the problem.

Windows Sticky Notes isn't made for backup, but these alternatives are

Windows' Sticky Notes program may seem like a convenient tool for jotting down reminders and miscellaneous stuff, but it's really a disaster waiting to happen.

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Five ways to add SSD speed to your laptop without losing storage capacity

Using an SSD and a hard drive together offers both speed and storage space. But most laptops won't let you install two drives.

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How to diagnose and fix a dead laptop keyboard

You can't write that report with a dead keyboard. A few tests can tell you how to bring it back to life.

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What to do when your email address sends spam

Spam is going out in your name to everyone you know. A few precautions can keep this from happening again.

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Find duplicate photos: Two utilities that can help

Duplicate Cleaner and Free Duplicate Photo Finder can both sift through your digital images for identical or similar ones, but there are limitations to the free versions.

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When Windows refuses to eject mass storage: 5 ways to safely remove a USB drive

The whole point of external USB-connected storage is that you can easily unplug it, but Windows's Eject Mass Storage option balks sometimes. Resist the urge to yank out the drive and try one of these solutions instead.

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How to find the secret Start Menu built into Windows 8.1

Yes, it's true. You can add a Start menu--of sorts--to the Windows 8.1 taskbar without installing a third-party program. All of the code is built into Windows itself. You just have to know the trick that makes it appear.

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The dangers of Android malware may be exaggerated, but you should still play it safe

Not everyone agrees that Android malware seriously threatens security. But taking precautions is still a good idea.

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How to run Android apps in Windows with a virtual machine

Android and Windows are totally different operating systems. But that doesn't mean they can't work together on the same machine.

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How to stop autoplaying HTML5 videos

Just when you thought you were safe from autoplay videos, you now have to block them in HTML5 as well as Flash. Here's how--but sorry, there's no solution for Explorer.

Is your PC overheating? Here's how to tell

An overheated PC can reduce efficiency and wear down components. Here's how to find out if yours is running too hot.