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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5 common SMS text scams, and how to avoid them

You can't trust every text message that crosses your phone.

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3 ways to speed up Windows 10 without buying new hardware

Why wait? A few simple tweaks will improve Windows 10's performance without an expensive hardware upgrade.

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How to control your kids’ computer and Internet use

Children and teenagers have legitimate reasons to go online, but if they're not controlled, they can wreak havoc—sometimes without trying.

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Protect your Android phone from loss or theft

Every mugger and pickpocket in the world knows that your smartphone represents hundreds of dollars in hardware and information. Here's how to protect that asset.

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How to change the look of Windows 10's desktop with native settings or Aero Glass

When it comes to visual aesthetics, Windows 10 is reasonably configurable. Adjust color schemes and backgrounds easily with these tools.

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Move your Windows 10 libraries to a separate drive or partition

Physically separating programs and data protects them both and makes for easier backups

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If error messages appear when your PC boots, try this

Error messages on your PC are always annoying and worrying, even if nothing actually appears to be wrong. Here's how to stop a message that comes up every time you boot.

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3 ways to make it easier to search for photos on your PC

You probably have thousands of photos in your PC. Use folders, tags, and handy utilities to sift through them in reasonable time.

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5 ways to troubleshoot Windows 10 update problems

Windows 10 automatically updates itself…unless it doesn't. When you hit a wall, it's time for some detective work.

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Why upgrading to Windows 10 is less alarming than it used to be

Windows 10's been out for six months now, and most of the big bugs have been squashed. It just might be time to make the leap.

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Online privacy tips: 3 ways to control your digital footprint

You leave records of who you are and what you like all over the Internet. Here's how to limit the tracks you leave behind.

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What to do when a power outage or surge damages your PC

A power outage can be bad for your PC, but a power surge can severely damage your hardware. In all but the worst cases, however, you should be able to revive the PC, or at least retrieve any files stored on it.

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The tricks for using Gmail folders vs. labels

The way Gmail's organization works, a label can be a label, but it can also be a folder. Here's how to work with the two features.

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You can open old Office files with these settings

Office versions may change, file formats may change, but your words and images can live on, if you adjust certain settings in the software. But there are risks.

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When you can't create the Windows 10 Recovery Drive, try these three fixes

If you're running Windows 10, you need to create a Windows 10 Recovery Drive. But sometimes, instead of a bootable flash drive, you get the error message "We can't create a recovery drive on this PC." Try these workarounds.