Author Archives: Becky Waring
It’s a sad fact of computing life that we obsess over upgrading to the latest smartphone or laptop while allowing key supporting hardware to languish until it’s dead or obsolete.
Your network, for example, is only as good as its weakest link. Save time and money with these often-overlooked yet relatively easy upgrades for home or small-office networks.
Small businesses tend to skate by the Wi-Fi security front; turning on encryption and changing the router password is about as far as many SMBs go.
But with sensitive customer and business data at stake, can you really afford not to take Wi-Fi security seriously? The answers are cheaper and easier than you think.
Although the Wi-Fi arms race isn’t going to let up any time soon, wireless can never be as fast and reliable as wires.
So why fight it? Get the best of both worlds with a hybrid Wi-Fi and powerline network, perfect for streaming high-def video.Read More
One of the best ways to increase your computing productivity doesn’t cost a cent: learn the keyboard shortcuts for your most-used commands.
To help you stop mousing around and become a keyboard maestro, I rounded up the best resources for finding, using, and creating shortcuts.Read More
Tablets, smart phones, connected TV apps — this year’s Consumer Electronics Show was replete with the latest fad products.
But there were also many electronic gems with some staying power. I found a bunch — including the best way to send video from your laptop to your TV, alternatives to the fading Windows Home Server platform, and routers with muscle.
The secret to choosing the right set-top box for your TV is managing your expectations.
Although these devices give TVs access to more of your audio, video, and Web media, none of them provides the one thing we really want — lower cable bills.Read More
Once hailed as the perfect compromise between pricey solid-state drives and cheaper-but-slower platter models, hybrid hard drives quickly became a technological flash in the pan.
But new models from Seagate have resuscitated the technology — the Momentus XT line offers many of solid state’s benefits without the sticker shock.Read More
If you’re suffering from poor Wi-Fi performance, dropouts, or dead zones despite having the latest and greatest router, it’s time to check your airwaves.
Metageek’s inexpensive Wi-Spy spectrum analyzers will root out rogue access points, interfering neighbors, cordless phones, and more — giving you back control over your Wi-Fi net.Read More
The disclosure of a back door allowing bad guys to repeatedly guess Gmail passwords should remind us all to protect our accounts with long and strong character strings.
There’s a straightforward way to protect your online accounts — use sign-in phrases that are easy for you to remember but hard for others to guess.Read More
Windows Secrets editors frequently recommend OpenDNS, a free service that blocks dangerous sites so you can browse the Web securely.
Unfortunately, OpenDNS has a few tricky gotchas for the unwary, but most of the problems can be solved if you set up an account and take advantage of a few tweaks.Read More