We’ve talked before about how syncing files across all your devices is only as useful as your ability to put the files you need in the right place. When that doesn’t happen, it’s handy to have a back-up plan for accessing critical files remotely.
Previously, we took a look a Chrome Remote Desktop as a potential solution. Here’s a look at two other ways you can get remote access using apps and services that might already be part of your everyday routine.
Back in the spring we talked about TunnelBear for Chrome, an extension that adds an encrypted proxy to your browser. At the time, there weren’t many great options for Firefox, but since then Hotspot Shield rolled out its own free proxy add-ons for Firefox and Chrome.
Encrypted proxies are a fast and lightweight alternative to virtual private networks (VPNs). They don’t offer the full breadth of protection that VPNs do since a proxy only protects your browser. But if all you want to do is view the U.S. Netflix catalog overseas or protect your browsing on a public Wi-Fi network, then an encrypted proxy should work just fine.
The best part about Hotspot Shield is that its proxy is free to use with unlimited bandwidth—TunnelBear on Chrome limits free users to 500 megabytes per month.
Google started working on a great new print option for Chrome early in November called “simplify page.” This feature will strip out all the superfluous items on a page that you really don’t need to print, like ads, logos, and menu options. The result is not only easier to read, but also saves on costly printer ink.
Sadly, simplify page isn’t ready for prime time yet and is only available in Chrome beta right now.
But you don’t have to wait a few months or weeks for the feature to show up in Chrome to stop wasting printer ink. Here’s how to print a simplified page on Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge.
Thanksgiving is over, Black Friday is behind us (did you see all those crazy Vines?), and December is already here. There’s no doubt about it: Christmas is coming. If your first thought after reading that is, “Nooooo!” a new Chrome extension can help alleviate the holiday overload by blocking out festive cheer on select popular websites.
The Ho Ho No extension from U.K.-based gadget insurance provider Insurance2Go puts a big Bah Humbug stamp on any Christmas-related items it finds on social networks like Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. It also works on some regular sites such as BuzzFeed and Mashable by blocking out the word ‘Christmas’ and ‘Xmas.’
In Windows 10 you’ve got tons of choices for desktop programs, and apps from the Windows Store can be useful too. But there are still probably a few key webpages you turn to every day instead of a desktop program or modern UI app.
Wouldn’t you love to have those key sites available to you on the Windows 10 Start menu? Here’s how to do that.
Editor's note: This article originally published in 2014, but the timeless advice still applies.
Sometimes the biggest pain with a new PC is simply buying it, especially if you’re eyeing one of those Black Friday deals set to go live later this week. Thanksgiving weekend can be a great time for deals, but it’s also notorious for massive crowds and long waits.
This year, try something new. Instead of leaving your Thanksgiving dinner and the warmth of family and friends behind, fire up your laptop, tablet, or smartphone and shop for deals online.
Microsoft’s November update for Windows 10 has probably rolled out to most of us by now. As I noted last week, the update installs as if it were a fresh version of Windows 10. Not only does that mean the new features were significant additions, it also means there are a whole lot of update files sitting in your internal storage taking up space.
Just as we did when the Windows 8.1 update rolled out, you can use the Disk Cleanup utility to get that storage space back. I was able to save more than 20GB post-November update, which is a good amount of storage.
Just keep in mind that if you dump these files there’s no going back. Once these files are gone you cannot roll back your Windows installation to a previous version should problems arise. Make sure you’ve been running the November update for at least a few days, if not a week, before you think about doing this. Personally, I got the update on the day it rolled out and everything’s been working fine since so, I dumped the files. Your experience may vary.