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BadUSB: What you can do about undetectable malware on a flash drive

We've known for years that malware can spread via portable storage. But BadUSB shows that scanning the drive may not be sufficient.

How to get rid of Firefox's new ads on the New Tab page

As promised, ads have finally hit Firefox's New Tab page. Here's how to make them go away.

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Office 2013 tips: How to open common files quickly and save to any cloud storage service

Office 2013 has a bunch of handy tricks that make you more productive. Here's a reminder about two of them.

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Too much tapping? Create your own Android and iOS keyboard shortcuts

Speed up your touchscreen typing by setting up oft-repeated words and phrases in your phone's settings.

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How to encrypt sensitive data? Put it in an encrypted container

We all have files that we'd rather not share with hackers and thieves (and maybe even our spouses). Here's how to put them in a place where no one else can open them.

TechTip: Controlling your Samsung device with your computer

If you think controlling your Samsung device with your computer might be easier and more efficient, I'll teach you how in today's Techtip. Follow me on Twitter @nickjb

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How to automatically delete your cookies every time you close your browser

Firefox's new Forget button is great for infrequent cookie flushing, but if you want to erase cookies on a more frequent basis here's how to do it in Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.

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When your ethernet won't connect

A wired connection should be simple plug-and-play, but all too often that's not the case. Here's what to do if your ethernet connection seems dead.

How to create a high-quality animated GIF

Two free tools are all you need to transform a video into a high-quality GIF. Let the amusement begin!

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How to open files in desktop apps from Google Drive on the web

Google's latest 'blend online with offline' trick is automatically opening Google Drive files from the web with your desktop apps.

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Windows autoloading programs: You don't want too many, but you may want these

Your PC probably autoloads too many programs at startup. You'd be wise to disable most of them. But here are some you should keep.

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Test your Android phone's performance with these free benchmarking tools

These 8 apps tell you everything you need to know about your Android device, and they don’t cost a dime.

3 things to consider before ditching your laptop for a tablet

We're finally at a point where dumping your laptop for a more mobile tablet is pretty realistic. Just make sure you choose the tablet that will do everything you need it to.

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Clear your app caches to clear up Android phone issues

Is an app on the fritz? Fixing the problem may be only a few taps away.