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3 Ways to Speed Up Windows 10

Windows 10's settings offer a few surprising ways to make the OS run faster.

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How to protect your privacy with a VPN on Android

You don't necessarily have to spend money, but free VPN apps come with some drawbacks.

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How to kick out Windows malware for free

Like it or not, your PC is susceptible to malware. These videos will teach you how to locate the bad stuff, then remove it from your system

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How to remove malware

If you've found malware on your system, what should you do about it? This video walks you through the steps of getting the bad stuff off your PC.

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Free backup tools for your PC

What's it gonna take? These free backup tools are a good start.

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How to Clean-install Windows without Bloatware

You can get rid of bloatware or other troublesome software by doing a clean install of Windows 10. Here’s how it works.

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How—and why—you should use a VPN any time you hop on the internet

We'll show you how to protect your online privacy as governments around the world, including the U.S., step up their online surveillance efforts.

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8 data storage and recovery tips

Data storage experts share their advice regarding the best ways for small and midsized businesses to protect electronic information.

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Why Linux users should worry about malware

From updates, to VPNs, to firewalls and AV, there are several steps Linux users should take to stay safe.

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8 tech dangers every novice can avoid with these tips

Tech novices are easy targets for malware, phishing, and sleazy salespeople. Protect the novices you know with these tips to help them be smarter about buying and using their tech devices.

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How to recover your system from a Ransomware attack

After infecting a system with Locky Ransomware, CSO attempted to recover it using basic tools and backups

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What a Locky Ransomware attack looks like

CSO Online's Steve Ragan infects a laptop with Locky Ransomware

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Switch from Yahoo Mail to Gmail, and turn your phone into a physical key

Yahoo suffered the world's biggest hack on 1 billion users. Google is the safest choice for personal email.

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How to replace 5 major Yahoo services and delete your Yahoo account

Yahoo users have 1 billion more reasons to switch another major hack. Here's how to replace major Yahoo services with rivals and delete your Yahoo account.

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Fighting ransomware: A fresh look at Windows Server approaches

Make sure your backup files really work -- test them! -- or else they will be no use to you in this situation.

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Google Photos tips and tricks

Google Photos has some powerful tools for tweaking and editing images. We show you how to take advantage of them to enhance and display your photos.

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Facebook encrypted messages: Setting up Secret Conversations in Messenger

Even Facebook lets you have a little privacy, letting you send encrypted messages using the Secret Conversation feature in Facebook Messenger. Here’s how it works.

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How to Block Ads in Windows 10

Some Windows 10 ads are pretty unobtrusive, but several get right up in your face. Here’s how to disable them with a few simple menu tweaks.

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