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The Best How-To Geek Articles for August 2012

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This past month we covered topics such as how to make Mozilla Firefox fast again, 11 ways to make your LastPass account even more secure, how to install extensions from outside the Chrome web store, and more. Join us as we look back at the best articles for August.

The Best Articles of August

Note: Articles are listed as #10 through #1.

Your Kindle Is More Than an eReader: 5 Hidden Kindle Features

It’s easy to think of a Kindle as just an eBook reader, but it’s so much more than that. It’s an MP3 player, portable web browser (with free Wikipedia access over 3G), gaming device, and image viewer.

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What Happened to Solitaire and Minesweeper in Windows 8?

The desktop versions of Solitaire and Minesweeper are gone in Windows 8, replaced with Xbox-integrated full-screen versions. While the classic desktop versions are missing in action, there’s a way to get them back.

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10 Awesome New Ubuntu Apps Developed for the Ubuntu App Showdown

The Ubuntu App Showdown resulted in the development of 133 new applications for Ubuntu. Soon, you’ll be able to install these apps from the Ubuntu Software Center and vote on your favorites – the voting decides which apps win.

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How to Secure SSH with Google Authenticator’s Two-Factor Authentication

Want to secure your SSH server with easy-to-use two-factor authentication? Google provides the necessary software to integrate Google Authenticator’s time-based one-time password (TOTP) system with your SSH server. You’ll have to enter the code from your phone when you connect.

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6 Ways to Customize Android that iOS Users Can Only Dream About

Android is very customizable – many of its features are just defaults and can be swapped out for third-party alternatives without any rooting required. Some of these things are possible on a jailbroken iOS device, while some remain impossible.

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How to Install Extensions From Outside the Chrome Web Store

Try to install an extension from outside the Chrome Web Store and Chrome will tell you that extensions “can only be added from the Chrome Web Store.” However, this message is incorrect – you can still install extensions from elsewhere.

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HTG Explains: How Scammers Forge Email Addresses and How You Can Tell

Consider this a public service announcement: Scammers can forge email addresses. Your email program may say a message is from a certain email address, but it may be from another address entirely.

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11 Ways to Make Your LastPass Account Even More Secure

LastPass offers a lot of security options for locking down your account and protecting your valuable data. We’re fans of LastPass here at How-To Geek – it’s a great service that a lot of you already use.

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Java is Insecure and Awful, It’s Time to Disable It, and Here’s How

As usual, there’s yet another security hole in the Java Runtime Environment, and if you don’t disable your Java plugin, you’re at risk for being infected with malware. Here’s how to do it.

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Browser Slow? How to Make Mozilla Firefox Fast Again

Have you noticed your usually speedy Firefox browser slowing down, or even crashing on you? Unnecessary plugins, extensions, and even browsing data can slow your browser down to a crawl, or make it crash. Here’s how to fix it.

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Akemi Iwaya (Asian Angel) is our very own Firefox Fangirl who enjoys working with multiple browsers and loves 'old school' role-playing games. Visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 09/1/12

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