Clean out junk files in Windows 7, 8.1, and 10

Just like your fridge, a computer's storage space needs to be cleaned out every once in a while to keep things running smoothly. "Temporary" files can get left behind permanently, and big updates to Windows may create many gigabytes of backup files that you never end up using. However, many junk file cleaning apps go too far, such as deleting your web browser cache, which will refill itself anyway over time and whose files help you load websites faster.... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Guides , Windows 10 , Windows 7 , Windows 8 , Files , optimize

A buyer's guide to virtual private networks (VPNs) in 2018

On April 4, 2017, a measure was signed into federal law that allows Internet service providers to collect and sell your personal data without your consent. Things including your physical location, your favorite websites, and what Internet apps you use are all valid targets for a price tag. One of the ways you can maintain your privacy is with a virtual private network (VPN). While these were originally designed for business users, VPNs have greatly expanded in recent years... Read More »

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

Tags: Security Center , Guides , security , Windows software , VPN

How to beef up your Chrome and Firefox security in 2018

Despite the existence of millions of popular apps and services today, the humble little web browser keeps on trucking. However, online security and privacy has gotten a lot trickier over the years, and both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox arguably need a few tweaks to their settings to help you stay safe on the web. Let's get you up to speed on password management, Google account management, two-factor authentication, spyware, virtual private networks, and more.

Google Chrome settings

1. Disable Chrome's... Read More »

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

Tags: Security Center , Guides , security , Windows software , browsers

Monitor which Websites Your Kids Visit with These Apps

Monitoring apps let you track another person's activity on their iPhone or iPad, from messages and phone logs to app installations and phone locations. While parental control apps can be used by parents to track and restrict their children's activities or for employers to monitor their reports' actions on company devices, monitoring apps can also be used as illicit spying tools on untrustworthy lovers, for example. Just beware that iOS devices are harder to crack than... Read More »

Topics: Privacy Software , Popup Blocker Software , Parental Control , Corporate Security Software , Anti-Spyware , Firewall Software , Internet Security Software Suites , Security Software , Password Managers , Monitoring Software , Security , iOS Software , Antivirus Software , Encryption Software

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8 Father's Day apps for dads

Call us sentimental, but we think Father's Day gifts should be meaningful. So before you pick up one more striped tie or boring bottle of cologne, check out these eight fun, free (or low-cost) apps to keep your pappy happy and create lasting memories. For some gadgets to go with those apps, check out CNET's Father's Day Tech Gift Guide.

Best Father's Day apps

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Tale of the tape: What's the best video streaming service?

Is your cable TV bill too damn high? Or maybe you don't have cable but want to watch the cool new shows. Well, you can find solid alternatives to cable these days, and we're not just talking about Netflix (Android, iOS). With a collection of video apps on your smart TV or with an inexpensive streaming hardware hooked up to it, you can watch, pause, and record live channels and wade in an ocean of live... Read More »

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

Tags: Guides , video , streaming

Microsoft Windows 7: Your questions answered

About Windows 7

Windows 7 is an operating system released by Microsoft in 2009. Active development ended in January 2015, so there will be no further service packs, but Windows 7 security updates will continue... Read More »

Topics: Utilities & Operating Systems , Windows Software , Operating Systems & Updates

Tags: Guides , Windows 7

The hottest games of winter

This time of year brings all kinds of reasons to stay in and play a video game, whether you prefer console or computer. As the nights grow longer, we'll be firing up the hottest games of the season: Here are the four you won't want to miss this month and next, three more coming at the top of 2017, and the holiday deals and discounts to watch for.

Dishonored 2 Release date: November... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Guides , games , shopping

Find, download, and install Android apps safely

Android users have over 2 million apps to wade through when they visit the Google Play Store. And lots of third-party websites, including, also offer app downloads. How can you find the right app in a reasonable amount of time, make sure it's compatible with your device, and figure out whether the app and the store are legit? Here's how to safely and efficiently find, download, and install Android apps.

Where to get Android... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Android Software

Tags: Guides , security , Android apps , shopping

Stop or roll back a Windows 10 upgrade

Update (May 24, 2016): On July 29, 2016, Microsoft will stop offering free upgrades to Windows 10. The company's attempts to get Windows 7 and 8.1 users onboard have become increasingly, shall we say, enthusiastic. When you are confronted with the pop-up window telling you that Microsoft has taken the liberty of scheduling an upgrade, it's disappointingly difficult to figure out how to block the process. Can you spot it in the image below?

Give up? It's the word... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Guides , Windows 10 , Windows 7 , Windows 8 , updates