Lori Kaufman

Lori Kaufman is a freelance technical writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.

We spend a lot of time online, whether it be on a PC or a mobile device, searching for information. Most people use Google to find information online, sometimes searching for answers about personal matters that we might not want anyone else to see.

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You may not realize this, but if you have a Facebook account, you also have a Facebook email address based on your profile name. People can easily guess this email address (<your profile> and send you email using it or even use it in a malicious manner.

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In June 2014, Microsoft raised the amount of storage you get with a free OneDrive account to 15GB, from 7GB. Now that you have all this free online storage, why not use it? I use Ubuntu, not Windows, you say. No worries. There is a solution.

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Many programs in Windows add themselves to system startup when you install them, allowing them to automatically start up when you boot your computer. You can also have other programs automatically start and files and folders automatically open when Windows starts.

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When working in Microsoft Office, you may have files you open often or a specific folder you use to store all your Office documents. Office programs allow you to pin most-used files and folders to the “Open” screen for quick and easy access.

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There are many tools out there for taking screenshots in Windows. However, it’s not necessary to install a third party application for this purpose. The Snipping Tool, included in Windows Vista and later, allows you to take various types of screenshots and edit and annotate them.

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Have you noticed your usually speedy Google Chrome 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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The boot options have been consolidated in Windows 8 and 10 into a single menu, called the “boot options menu,” providing access to repair tools and options for changing Windows startup behavior, such as enabling debugging, booting into safe mode, and launching into a recovery environment.

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The more software you install on your computer, the longer it may seem to take to start up Windows. Many programs add themselves to the list of programs started when you boot your computer, and that list can get long.

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If you have a lot of blank rows in your Excel spreadsheet, you can delete them by right-clicking each once separately and selecting “Delete,” a very time-consuming task. However, there’s a quicker and easier way of deleting both blank rows and blank columns.

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Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to try a new version of Ubuntu while knowing you can return to the previous version if you don’t like it? We’ll show you a tool that allows you to take a snapshot of your system at any time.

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If you need to reinstall Ubuntu or if you just want to install a new version from scratch, wouldn’t it be useful to have an easy way to reinstall all your apps and settings? You can easily accomplish this using a free tool called Aptik.

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You take pictures on your Android phone, download and add music, videos, eBooks, and audiobooks, then you realize you’re running out of space. With so many files on your phone, how are you supposed to figure out which files are taking up the most space?

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When you install an app in the Google Play Store, a shortcut is automatically added to the Home screen. This can be handy, making it easier to find the app once it’s installed. However, you may not want new shortcuts added to your Home screen.

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Is your Android Home screen getting a bit crowded? You’ve probably installed a ton of useful apps and are running out of room. However, there are probably apps you use more often than others. There is an elegant way of curing a crowded Home screen.

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Your phone stores a wealth of information such as apps you download, websites you visit, and searches you perform. Clearing out the caches and data for apps will clear out this information, however, you must clear the cache and data for each app separately.

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Your Google Play Store search history includes previously searched for apps, movies, books, music, etc. and is saved and stored in your Play Store account. Also, every app you’ve downloaded, whether free or paid, is stored in your “My Apps” list.

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By default, the Google keyboard does not display a row of numbers at the top of the main keyboard. If you spend a lot of time typing numbers, there’s an easy way to add a dedicated row of numbers to the top of the keyboard.

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Tired of all the annoying app notifications that just keep coming? Besides bugging you, they can also drain your phone’s battery. If you want to disable some notifications you don’t need, we’ll show you how to do this on Google devices and Samsung devices.

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You’ve set up the programs you need. Your windows are arranged just right. Then, something else demands your attention and you have to shut down. No worries. You can have Ubuntu remember all your running applications and restore them the next time you log in.

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If you’ve tried to install Google Chrome in Ubuntu Linux, you may have noticed that it’s not available in the Ubuntu Software Center. However, it’s easy to download a package file for Google Chrome and install it on your system, and we’ll show you how.

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When you enter a long command into the Terminal window that you found on the web or in a document, you can save yourself some time by easily copying and pasting the command at the prompt.

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The Unity Launcher in Ubuntu is locked to the left side of the screen. If you would rather have a launcher at the bottom of the screen, there is a way to convert the Unity Launcher into a dock-style launcher at the bottom of the screen.

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By default, Android apps downloaded from the Google Play Store are automatically updated. If you would rather review the updates and any new or changed permissions associated with the updates, you can choose to disable automatic updates.

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If you’re using an Android phone or tablet, you know that you need to add a Google account to the device to use it. However, you can add more than one Google account to your device.

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