Hardware Security Keys Keep Getting Recalled; Are They Safe?

We recommend hardware security keys like Yubico’s YubiKeys and Google’s Titan Security Key. But both manufacturers have recently recalled keys due to hardware flaws, and that sounds a little worrying. What’s the problem? Are these keys still safe? | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 1 day ago

Windows 10’s Linux Kernel Is Now Available

Microsoft just released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build featuring the Windows Subsystem for Linux 2. WSL 2 includes a real Linux kernel that lets you run more Linux software on Windows and with better performance than WSL 1. | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 7 days ago

Mac Users Should Ditch Google Chrome for Safari

Listen: I know you love your Google Chrome. You’ve got your massive collection of extensions, your favorite pinned tabs, and there’s even that colorful theme you added sometime in 2013. You’re comfy in Chrome. I get it. | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 16 days ago

Fake LinkedIn Profiles Are Impossible to Detect

Don’t trust everything you see on LinkedIn. We created a fake LinkedIn profile with a fake job at a real company. Our fake profile garnered the attention of a Google recruiter and gained over 170 connections and 100 skill endorsements. | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 19 days ago

It's Time to Stop Buying Phones from OnePlus (2018)

OnePlus hasn’t been making Android phones for a very long time, but over its four years in existence it has made numerous screw ups. This all finally led up to last week’s massive credit card breach. It’s time we stop trusting a company with such clearly low standards. | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 1 month ago

How to Stop Google’s Sensorvault from Sharing Your Location with Law Enforcement

Google’s Sensorvault is a location history database that police can query to see phones near the location of a crime. Google is the only company with such a database—and innocent people have been arrested because of it. | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 1 month ago

Stop Criticizing Apps for “Phoning Home”. Instead, Ask Why

Windows 10 is controversial partly because it “phones home” so much. That’s true, but so does every other operating system–and practically every single program you use. Saying a program “phones home” doesn’t have meaning anymore. It’s why a program phones home that’s important. | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 2 months ago

When Can Headphones and Earbuds Damage Your Hearing?

Conversations about headphone-induced hearing loss have faded away, but headphones and earbuds still pose a serious risk to your ears. How loud is too loud, and how do you protect your ears without giving up music? | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 2 months ago

Fake job recruiters try to scam job seekers

Fake recruiters are catfishing desperate job-seekers, seducing them with the promise of a high-paying job before stealing their money and identity. We recently posed as a gullible recruit and let a scammer sucker us so we could learn their tricks. | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 2 months ago

End of an Era: Adobe Shockwave Dies Today

Adobe pulls the plug on Shockwave—no, not Shockwave Flash, which is different—today. Dating back to 1995 when it was named Macromedia Shockwave, this plugin was used for games, presentations, and other multimedia on the web. | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 2 months ago

Microsoft Abandons Windows 10’s Constant Forced Updates

Microsoft has a major announcement today: Windows 10 will no longer automatically install those big feature updates every six months. Home users can pause smaller updates, too. In fact, Windows will even let you pause updates after checking for them! | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 2 months ago

HP’s Ink Subscription Has DRM That Disables Your Printer Cartridges

Printer ink is expensive. HP promises to help with a subscription service for ink, complete with cartridges that stop working when you cancel your subscription. But HP makes you count pages, and I’d rather print as much as I want. | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 4 months ago

The Future of Software on Windows: What Is an MSIX File?

A file with the .msix extension is a Windows application installer. Microsoft recently introduced MSIX as an alternative to EXE, MSI, and even AppX packages. Exercise caution and ensure you trust an MSIX file’s source before running it. | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 4 months ago

What Is the “God Mode” Folder in Windows 10, and How Do I Enable It?

What if Windows let you quickly access administrative tools, backup and restore options and other important management settings from a single window? If that sounds good, look no further than the so-called “God Mode.” | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 4 months ago

Smart TV Crapware Era Has Already Begun

Geeks often ask for dumb TVs. But, as the CTO of Vizio recently explained, smart TVs are cheaper than dumb TVs. TVs are so cheap that manufacturers make their profit by tracking your viewing habits and selling ads. | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 4 months ago

Encrypted WPA2 Wi-Fi Networks Are Still Vulnerable to Snooping (2014)

By now, most people know that an open Wi-Fi network allows people to eavesdrop on your traffic. Standard WPA2-PSK encryption is supposed to prevent this from happening — but it’s not as foolproof as you might think. | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 5 months ago

Windows 10 Is Only Making Windows Fragmentation Worse

With Windows 10, Microsoft wanted to get every Windows user on the same platform. Now, the opposite is happening. Just 6.6% of Windows 10 PCs have the October 2018 Update over three months after its release. | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 5 months ago

Google Drive Has a Serious Spam Problem, but Google Says a Fix Is Coming

Google Drive has a pretty bad spam problem, and it seems Google doesn’t care. Spammers can share files that automatically appear in your Drive, and there’s no way to stop it. | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 5 months ago

RAM Is Cheap So Why Don’t We Run Everything from It?

RAM modules are cheaper than ever before, so why aren’t we running our entire operating system off super speedy RAM banks? | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 6 months ago

Windows 10 Sends Your Activity History to Microsoft, Even If You Tell It Not To

Windows 10 collects an “Activity History” of applications you launch on your PC and sends it to Microsoft. Even if you disable or clear this, Microsoft’s Privacy Dashboard still shows an “Activity History” of applications you’ve launched on your PCs. | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 6 months ago

Now Windows 10 Has C, B, and D Updates. What Is Microsoft Smoking?

According to Microsoft, Windows 10 has “B,” “C,” and “D” updates—but never “A” updates! These updates are released at different times, contain different things, and are offered to different people. Let’s break all this down. | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 6 months ago

Now Windows 10 Has C, B, and D Updates. What Is Microsoft Smoking?

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@howtogeek.com | 6 months ago

Windows Isn’t a Service; It’s an Operating System

Microsoft just put out a blog post about Windows 10’s quality, and it’s very defensive. Microsoft doesn’t explain what happened with the October 2018 Update at all, nor does it promise to change the development process in the future. The only real commitment is to more transparen … | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 7 months ago

How I Used Technology to Get in the Best Shape of My Life and Save My Son

In 2013, I weighed 210 pounds. In October of 2017, I weighed 136 pounds and donated a kidney to my youngest son, Ax. This is our story. | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 7 months ago

Windows 10 Still Won’t Let You Use These File Names Reserved in 1974

Windows “reserves” certain file names and doesn’t let you use them anywhere. Forget calling a file “con.txt” or “aux.mp3”. This is all because of a choice made in 1974 and Microsoft’s thirst for eternal backwards compatibility. | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 7 months ago

Microsoft Broke Windows 10’s File Associations with a Botched Update

File associations no longer work properly on Windows 10 after a buggy update. Windows won’t let you select certain applications as your defaults. We tested multiple PCs running the stable version of Windows 10, and they all had this problem. | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 7 months ago

Bing Is Pushing Malware When You Search for Chrome

You launch Edge on your new PC, search for “download Chrome,” and click the first result headed to “google.com” on Bing. You’re now on a phishing website pushing malware, disguised to look like the Chrome download page. | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 7 months ago

How to Stop Chrome from Automatically Signing You into the Browser

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@howtogeek.com | 8 months ago

Free Download: Winamp 5.8 Beta Is Official, Now Llama-Friendly

The tech world got really excited the other day with the news that Winamp was supposedly returning with an all-new version that would solve all of our music-listening problems. And now the official Winamp 5.8 is available for download. Great, right? | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 8 months ago

Microsoft Is Killing Skype Classic on November 1. Here’s Why People Are Upset

After some delays, Microsoft is finally going to kill Skype Classic on November 1. If you’re a Skype user, you’ll have to upgrade from Skype 7 to Skype 8 or stop using Skype. Here’s what’s different, and why people are upset. | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 8 months ago

Could KGB Archiver Be the Best Compression Tool Available? Or Just the Slowest?

File compression is so ubiquitous that it is now built into many operating systems as a standard feature. Zip files are generally the default archival format – occasionally replaced by RARs – but KGB Archiver is a tool that offers unparalleled levels of compression, although it d … | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 8 months ago

Bing Is Suggesting the Worst Things You Can Imagine

If you use Bing’s image search, you’re going to see the worst filth you can imagine.  Bing suggests racist terms and shows horrifying images. Bing will even suggest you search for exploited children if you have SafeSearch disabled. | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 8 months ago

Safari 12 Finally Supports Favicons in Tabs

Safari 12 is here with a feature we’ve all been waiting for: favicons. Here’s how to enable them on macOS and on your iPhone or iPad. | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 9 months ago

Dark Patterns: When Companies Use Design to Manipulate You

Ever feel like you’re being prompted into going along with something you don’t want because better options aren’t clearly being presented? You probably just found a dark pattern. | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 9 months ago

People think their passwords are too awesome for 2FA

Two factor authentication vastly improves your security, but hardly anyone uses it: only 10 percent of Google users enable the feature, for example. Why is that? | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 10 months ago

Why You Shouldn’t Use Firefox Forks Like Waterfox, Pale Moon, or Basilisk

Mozilla Firefox is an open source project, so anyone can take its code, modify it, and release a new browser. That’s what Waterfox, Pale Moon, and Basilisk are—alternative browsers based on the Firefox code. But we recommend against using any of them. | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 12 months ago

Why People Don’t Pick Up the Phone Anymore

Remember running to the phone to make sure you didn’t miss a call? Yeah, no one does that anymore. | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 1 year ago

What’s New in Windows 10’s Redstone 5 Update, Available Fall 2018

Windows 10’s Redstone 5 update is scheduled for release in fall 2018. This major upgrade includes tabs for almost all your applications, a clipboard history that syncs between your devices, and a long-awaited dark theme for File Explorer. | Continue reading


@howtogeek.com | 1 year ago