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Windows Data Backup Tips

Cloud-based data backup is excellent for the advantages that it offers: not only is it easy and automatic but it also cannot be destroyed by either natural or manmade disasters. That said, backing up your data might be good but this isn’t that effective if you want to backup Windows. This is for the simple reason that backing up your data involves copying the files that you wish to save but when it comes to saving Windows safely involves cloning or creating an image of your drive. For that matter, system backup is not as important as data backup...

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3 Tips to Keeping Your Laptop Safe While You Travel

If you’re off on a holiday trip, then there’s no question that the laptop will be coming with you. As you all know, there’s just no way you can fully escape work. However, there are times when things can go wrong and you might end up having your laptop stolen or lost. For this, here are 3 security tips that you can consider when traveling: #1: Ensure you carry it in a padded bag Your laptop is not for carrying around your arm, book bag or backpack but requires a decent one that is padded. The reason for this is that travel involves a lot of pushing bags into tight spots and so, if you shove a little too hard, the laptop can get damaged quite easily. So, ensure you pick a bag that has plenty of protection while also having separate sections for power cables and accessories. #2: Switch it off No matter what you do, don’t leave your computer on when placing it in a padded bag. The heat can damage the computer in a number of ways and is probably your laptop’s worst enemy. So to be on the safe side, instead of hibernating the laptop, it’s a good idea to turn it off completely. #3: Back it up and lock it down It’s a disaster losing your laptop which would contain files of sensitive information...

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Why You Shouldn’t Share Your Internet Connection with Neighbors

Considering the strength of your Wifi signal, all you have to do if you want to share your connection with your neighbor, is to give them your Wifi password. If your houses are as tightly knit as they are, in case of apartments, then it should easy. However, when it comes to stand-alone homes, the situation is a little different and might require you to use a couple of methods to boost the signal for your neighbor’s benefit. That said, it still isn’t a good idea to share your connection with anyone else as performance might take a hit. Of course, you can always pay more for a faster internet but that would effectively eliminate any savings that you might make from sharing one with a neighbor. And then there are other complications which involve losing a connection when you need it most only to find that rebooting the modem and router isn’t a possibility especially if your neighbor is on vacation and hasn’t left you a key – for obvious reasons. Which raises another question: how well do you know your neighbors in order to share an internet connection with them? Are they trustworthy enough, comes to mind? You never know how they might be using the internet connection whether against you or for questionable activities – for which, the latter might cause law enforcement agencies to question...

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4 Steps to Compressing (and Uploading) Your iPhone Photos

Whether you’ve taken too many photos or are upgrading to the latest version of iPhone, at some point of time or the other, you’ll need to save your photos somewhere. With Flickr being the best option online, you’ll still need to compress them, thanks to limited space (about 1 Terabyte), before uploading these pictures. So, here are 4 steps to compressing iPhone photos: Step #1: Import Photos to iPhoto The first step involves connecting your iPhone to your Mac so as to open iPhoto. Create a new folder and add your iPhone photos to this folder. Now, select all these photos. Step #2: Export Photographs and Progress Once you’ve selected these photos, then click File and Export. Under Size, select ‘Custom’ which will open up a drop-down box. The reason for this step is to decide the reduced file size for each photo that you would like to upload online. Now select Export and save these compressed images to another folder created on your Desktop. A progress bar will appear indicating progress. Step #3: Upload to Flickr Once you’ve completed exporting all the photos to that file, now log in to Flickr, and look for the ‘Upload’ button on the top task bar. Before you upload your pictures, determine whether you want to these photos to be kept private or public. Step #4: Photo Upload Action and Progress When...

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3 Ways To Use An Old Hard Drive

Putting an old hard drive to good use is easier than you think even if you don’t see how that’s possible.  Of course, if you think that all it can be used for is as a paperweight or you have no other options but to get rid of it, that’s not true. With that said, here are 3 ways by which you can use an old hard drive: #1: You can donate it Just because you might find little or no use for an old hard drive, that doesn’t mean there are others who might have no need for it either. In fact, the simplest way you can extend the use of an old hard drive is to find out whether you can donate it to a school, local non-profit organization or even family and friends who can find some use for it. Of course, remember to format your hard drive before you do so. #2: Use it with your desktop The next option would be to use it on your desktop so as to get extra space. Again, the ability to use the hard drive is more likely to work with a desktop rather than a laptop. Another factor that might work in your favor is if the drive connects via the SATA interface, but more importantly if your computer has an extra drive bay. #3: Turn it...

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