Windows Software

How to beef up your Chrome and Firefox security in 2019

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

A buyer's guide to virtual private networks (VPNs) in 2019

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

3 Windows tools for snipping, pasting, and previewing

Even people who consider themselves Windows experts might be surprised by the number of tools built into the operating system. These utilities often go unnoticed, but they can save you time, improve your work flow, and maybe even make you look like a wizard. Let's look at the three big hitters.

Cut and paste without formatting annoyances

You know about Ctrl-V to paste text, but do you know about Ctrl-Shift-V?

If you frequently paste text from the Web into an email or... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Windows software , Windows 7 , utilities , utility

Take 20 percent off the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan

UPDATED 5/11/2016: Time is running out on this deal! Be sure to sign up by June 30, 2016 to get 20% off for a whole year!

Hey Downloaders, get an entire year of the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan, which includes the popular Adobe Photoshop CC and Adobe Lightroom CC, for only $8/month. That's 20 percent off the regular $9.99/month!

We've teamed up with Adobe this month to bring you the tools... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software

Tags: Windows software

Microsoft Office 2016: buy vs. subscribe

Microsoft's game plan, from Office to Xbox to Windows 10, is to get users to think of its products as services, and to subscribe rather than to pay one time. There will be casualties of this strategy. This week Microsoft released Office 2016 for Windows and Mac (following Mac's Office 365 edition in July), and now comes the reckoning of what you get if you buy the suite outright, versus what you get if you opt for Office... Read More »

Tags: Microsoft , Windows software , Office

Driver Booster 3 celebrates launch with 30 percent off deal

To celebrate the release of the all-new Driver Booster 3, IObit is offering its one-click hardware driver finder for 30 percent off -- only $17.46 (Reg. $25).

Outdated, missing, and faulty drivers can affect your PC performance and cause system instability. Driver Booster 3 supports more than 200,000 drivers, covering over 3,000 driver factory brands, and making even those hard-to-find drivers a cinch to update. The expanded Game Components Database will prevent annoying pop-ups, such as splash screen and... Read More »

Tags: Windows software

Master Windows processes for better performance

Does your Windows computer seem slow, or does it seem to be running a number of mysterious processes like svchost.exe? If you've looked at your list of running processes in the Windows Task Manager (press Ctrl-Shift-Esc on your keyboard and click the Processes tab), you've probably seen a lot of things that you don't recognize. These can eat up system RAM, which can affect functionality, like how many applications and browser tabs you can have open at once. It's a... Read More »

Topics: Utilities & Operating Systems

Tags: Guides , Windows 10 , Windows , Windows software , optimize

Google spruces up Drive apps templates

Google is rolling out a new collection of templates for its Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps to give you a running start on creating good-looking documents. The premade forms range from report and invoice templates to photo-album galleries and offer a clean, modern look. Access the new template gallery from within each app by choosing File, New, From Template.

The 30-plus Docs templates include ones for creating resumes, lesson plans, and school reports.

Sheets offers 15 templates for wedding planning,... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Android , Windows , apps , Google , Windows software , Cloud , Mac OS X