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How Pirates Pirate Stuff: How Bad Guys Steal Movies, Music, and Games Online

How Pirates Pirate Stuff: How Bad Guys Steal Movies, Music, and Games Online

You’ve no doubt seen the warnings against copying DVDs and sharing or selling copyrighted materials. With all the legal issues and Digital Millennium Copyright Act infringement notices, though, how does piracy actually happen? September 19th is “International Talk Like a Pirate Day,” so let’s talk about piracy (and privacy). Disclaimer: We’re not advocating pirating or bootlegging […] Read More

Is Your Password Safe Enough? [Infographic]

Is Your Password Safe Enough? [Infographic]

Passwords are the Achilles’ heel of online security. Well, to be accurate, they’re one of several heels, making this a really bad analogy. But if you rely on just a couple of passwords for all of your sites, your passwords are easily guessed, or they can be cracked in minutes by a hacker’s computer. It’s […] Read More

Volume, Loudness, and More Cowbell (Or: Why Commercials are So Darned Loud)

Volume, Loudness, and More Cowbell (Or: Why Commercials are So Darned Loud)

It’s Friday night, your work week is over, and you’re ready to hit the couch for some lazy television watching.  You stumble upon an old episode of The Office and settle in.  After a few laughs, your eyes start drooping, so you give in to the fuzzy warm feeling and drift off to sleep. …you’re floating on a […] Read More

Should Your Next Laptop Be a Chromebook?

Should Your Next Laptop Be a Chromebook?

I am jealous of my son. He just started middle school, you see, and with entrance into the 6th grade comes entrance into the school’s computer program. My original plan was to send him with a hand-me-down Windows 7 laptop I’d abandoned about a year ago. It seemed perfect, but two days after school began, […] Read More

Is the Apple Watch Enough to Excite You About Smartwatches?

Is the Apple Watch Enough to Excite You About Smartwatches?

Apple’s media event on Tuesday revealed, in addition to interesting things about the new iPhones, “one more thing:” The Apple Watch. Like many others, I had been eagerly anticipating this smartwatch, hoping it would be the watch to replace my “dumb” one. Let’s take a look at what Apple has finally unveiled and whether it’s right […] Read More

Pirating Movies? Viruses May Be the Least of Your Problems

Pirating Movies? Viruses May Be the Least of Your Problems

Downloading pirated movies and music is risky business. Even armoring up with antivirus software may not protect you from getting infected or hacked. But viruses could be the least of your problems if you fall prey to new movie studio traps designed to catch pirates in the act. The movie industry’s efforts to sue illegal downloaders […] Read More

Clean All the Junk Software Off Your New PC

Clean All the Junk Software Off Your New PC

Windows PCs seem to always come with additional software you probably don’t want. PC manufacturers are paid to include this stuff, so they make a profit — but it means your new PC starts slower than it could and you have to content with nag screens and other clutter. I remember buying my first laptop after having built […] Read More

6 Surprising Things About the iPhone 6

6 Surprising Things About the iPhone 6

The wait is over. Apple just took the wraps off two new iPhones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and although the rumor mill did a pretty good job churning out accurate predictions, Tim Cook and Co. managed to sneak in a fair number of surprises (not the least of which was the Apple […] Read More

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