​Backup basics

The rule of thumb for PC backup is simple: just do it. If you've ever lost data as a result of a computer crash, you know what a long, expensive process recovery can be. It's far easier just to restore data from a backup, whether that's the cloud, network-attached storage, or a USB device. Here's an overview of your backup options and a step-by-step guide to backing up your Windows PC.

Built-in Windows backup

Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 contain... Read More »

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Two-step verification 101

Two-step verification is just an app's way of asking you for two forms of ID. You keep a lot of private information in your apps and online accounts -- home address, photos of your kids, credit card numbers, maybe even health details -- and usually that sensitive data is secured with just one line of defense, your password. A strong password helps, and so does a password manager, but for a hard-to-hack second line of defense,... Read More »

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A buyer's guide to VPNs

You can't always trust your Internet connection, but virtual private networks (VPNs) give you some protection and privacy on the Web. Find out why you may want a VPN, what to look for when choosing a service, and whether it's worth paying for one.

Why use a VPN?

Virtual private networks used to be chiefly a workplace tool, so employees could connect securely to the company server. VPNs have evolved into a tool for personal anonymity online -- provided... Read More »

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The best paid VPN for Windows

Best paid Windows VPN: IVPN

Price: $100 per year or $15 per month

IVPN is not the cheapest choice, but it's the one that inspires the most confidence. You can spend a lot less (or nothing) for a virtual private network, but you may end up getting what you pay for. We like IVPN for its privacy protection, cross-platform compatibility, client and payment options, and helpful, transparent guides to what VPNs can and can't do to... Read More »

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The best cloud data backup

Best cloud data backup service: SOS Online Backup

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

Price: $80 per year or $8 per month

It's important to back up your entire hard drive, but sometimes you just want copies of your documents, photos, and other media. You also want access to your files anywhere, on any device. That's why so many of us have turned to online data backup. You... Read More »

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Apps for traveling like a local

Planning a trip this summer? You can easily arrange flights with Kayak (iOS, Android), train or bus rides with Wanderu (iOS, Android), or automotive adventures with Roadtrippers (iOS, Android). But it's trickier figuring out where to go, what to do, and who to talk to once you reach your destination. Go from outsider to insider with these travel apps.

Airbnb (iOS, Android)

Anyone can stay in a sterile hotel room devoid of... Read More »

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6 apps to better manage your photos

Your photo app could have been a gallery to showcase your best shots, but instead it's become a cluttered storage unit that no one -- not even you -- wants to sort through. Get a photo management app to do the dirty work: we've picked six apps to help you organize, maintain, share, and even sell your best photos.

Sort and tagPhotoTime (iOS)

Photo editing can be time-consuming, especially when you have to sift through hundreds of shots to find the... Read More »

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Apple WWDC 2015 recap

Today's keynote from the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference was long on software announcements and short on hardware. This summer and fall, we'll see OS X updates, iOS 9, Apple Music, Apple News, and enhancements to Apple Pay, Maps, Notes, and more. Read on for our highlights from the keynote.

OS X El Capitan

Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, announced the forthcoming Mac OS X update, El Capitan, named after the famed granite monolith at Yosemite National... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software

Windows 10 arrives on July 29

After revealing Windows 10 eight months ago, Microsoft has finally announced a release date for the free upgrade from Windows 7 and 8.1: July 29, just eight weeks from now. This is a little earlier than expected, and there are a few strings attached. First, this date is for the upgrade only. Microsoft has not announced availability of the retail version of Windows 10 or of a standalone download. So, if you prefer to start fresh with a clean installation... Read More »

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9 self-promotion apps

Whether you're a recent college graduate, you're looking for a career upgrade, or you want to diversify your work portfolio, you need more than a resume and a LinkedIn account. To connect to the right company and the right job, you need to let prospective employers see who you are and what you can do. Showcase your talents and engage in some shameless self-promotion with these nine apps.

YouNow (iOS, Android)

With YouNow, live-broadcast yourself to... Read More »

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