Apple releases first public betas of OS X El Capitan and iOS 9

As promised at its developer conference last month, Apple today is opening the doors to prerelease versions of OS X El Capitan and iOS 9. Apple unveiled the upcoming revisions in June at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference and said it would release public betas of both OSes this month.

Apple's goal with public betas is to give users a chance to preview what's coming and to submit feedback prior to the final releases expected this fall. Apple... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iOS , Mac , iPad , Mac OS X

Office 2016 for Mac levels the playing field

Microsoft today released Office 2016 for Mac, a significant -- and long-awaited -- update that should look familiar to those using Office for iOS and Windows. Office 2016 offers Mac users tools and services they've coveted in other editions of Office.

Microsoft's last major update to the Mac Office suite came in the fall of 2010. Much has happened around Office since then: Microsoft rolled out Office 365, a collection of software and services that takes Office apps to the cloud;... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Office Software , Mac Software , Office And Productivity

Tags: Microsoft , Office

How to make Google Drive more secure

If you have a Gmail account, you have 15GB of free cloud storage from Google. It's pretty handy, because it works across a variety of devices, and desktop users can create a special folder on their computer and drop files into it, and that folder syncs with your Drive account as fast as the file can be sent to the cloud. Of course, convenience isn't the only concern for cloud backup services, as we explained recently in our review roundup.... Read More »

Topics: Security Software , Windows Software , Mac Software , Security

Tags: Security Center , Guides

8 music discovery apps

Summer is music festival season. But with so many artists on the road, how do you know who is a must watch and who is a must skip? Check out our picks for the best music and festival discovery apps for summer.

Noon Pacific (iOS, Android)

A good mixtape gives you a sampling of the best under-the-radar tunes. Noon Pacific delivers a 10-song mixtape (minus the cassette) every Monday at noon PT.

MixRadio (iOS,... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

How to remove bloatware

Bloatware, aka junkware, is software that the PC maker preinstalls on your machine -- software you probably don't want. Bloatware comes in many varieties and levels of malignance, from extra icons cluttering your desktop to resource hogs that slow PC performance to computer-compromising malware. Read on to learn how to rid your PC of this unnecessary and sometimes dangerous baggage.

Uninstalling Windows bloatware

Removing bloatware can be easy or difficult, depending on how... Read More »

Topics: Security Software , Windows Software , Security , Utilities

Passwords 101

Passwords are stupid. Many of us choose weak passwords because they're easy to remember, and we use the same one or few everywhere, which is risky. Also annoying: each account that needs a password has different requirements ("Use six or more characters, a capital letter, a number, and any special character except % and @). Your resulting password is more secure than "pa55w0rd" or "12345," but some security analysts think passwords that meet standard requirements are... Read More »

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What is malware?

You know that viruses are bad for your system, but they are just one type of malicious software. Broadly speaking, malware is any software developed to disrupt your computer or device's normal functioning. Malware is often used to steal, to spy, or to destroy. It can target your personal information, corrupt your files, spam your contacts, use your computer for nefarious purposes, or even render it useless.

There are currently over 375 million malicious programs out there, with another 390,000 recorded... Read More »

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Tags: Security Center , Guides , malware

How to beef up your browser security

Browsers are your window to the Web, but while you're looking out, other people may be peeking back at you or breaking in to steal your stuff. Without the right tools, you can't block intruders -- you may not even know they're there. The good news: browser security tools are simple, and many are free. Read on to find out how to lock down Chrome and Firefox, check for encrypted sites, and practice safer browsing.

Google Chrome settings

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Topics: Browsers , Security Software , Windows Software , Mac Software , Security , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Security Center , Guides , browsers

What to look for in a password manager

Why use a password manager? Because it's one of the best apps you can invest in, saving you time and protecting all the accounts you need a password for. A good password manager generates and stores passwords and makes it easy to change them. Many managers offer other features, like filling in your information in online forms. However, not every password manager is worth its weight in code. To be truly useful, a password manager must provide good... Read More »

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The best password manager

Best Password Manager: Dashlane Password Manager & Secure Digital Wallet

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

Price: $19.99 to $39.99 for 1 year; free 30-day trial

A password manager is your first line of defense against snoops and identity thieves. But some perform far better than others, as we discovered over months of hands-on testing. We looked for password managers that are easy to set up and use, generate excellent passwords, work across all major platforms, and offer... Read More »

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