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Have a company laptop? Here's how to keep your browsing private

Your employer may let you take a company laptop home, but that doesn't mean they're not looking over your shoulder.

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Virtual hard drives: The IT pro trick that lets you back up your data for free

IT professionals have used virtual hard drives for years in servers and virtual machines, but you can also use VHDs to back up your data. we'll show you how and when to do this.

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How to hide games in your Steam library

After years of begging from PC gamers, you can now hide games from your Steam library—though the secretive feature is hard to find. Here's how to do it.

How to use Gmail 2-step verification on multiple devices

You use Google's security tools to protect your Gmail account in your browser. Here's how to use them with applications and devices.

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Not sure you want to buy a Chromebook this fall? Try out Chrome OS in Windows first

Chromebooks are still a drop in the bucket of PC sales overall, but there's no denying they are growing in popularity. If you're not sure you want to buy in just yet, Google offers a way to test drive Chrome OS in Windows 8.1.

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Why spammers persist despite filters and well-informed users

Our email clients filter them out. We know all of their tricks. Yet the spam keeps coming. Here's why.

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How to switch Chrome channels to test new features before they're cool

Chrome's newest features aren't available to the typical installation. But there's a way you can get them early, before the public knows about them.

TechTip: How to see when an email you sent is opened

Signals by Hubspot is a free app for Google’s Chrome browser that tracks when someone opens your email. See how it works in this Tech Tip.

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Dress up your Word document with page numbers, a table of contents and more

Word's tools and wizards make it easy to show off your work with professional-looking formats.

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How to securely overwrite deleted files with a built-in Windows tool

When you delete a file in Windows, you're just removing the pointer. The data is still there. Here's how to make sure that data is gone, baby, gone.

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How to install a new hard drive in your desktop PC

Don't be afraid of cracking open your desktop PC's case. Installing a new 3.5" hard drive is a basic task anyone can accomplish.

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How to kill unwanted processes and applications that slow down Windows

Windows PCs run a whole lot of code in the background, much of which slows you down and provides little or no benefit. Here's how to stop them.

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These 3 Chrome extensions make encryption easier for everyone

Want to use encryption tools, but you find most too hard to use? Check out these Chrome-based tools aiming to take the difficulty out of protecting your data online.

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How to fix your Internet connection in Ubuntu Linux

Ubuntu's networking should work out of the box with NetworkManager, but sometimes things go wrong. Here's how to get back online.