How to Reset Your Forgotten Password in Windows 10

We’ve all done it before. You sit down to log into your Windows machine, type in what you think is the password, and bang, you realize you forgot what it was! You scramble to try different combinations of letters and numbers to see what will fit, but nothing works. What do you do now?

How to Configure Folder Options in Windows 10

There’s a lot here that’s recognizable from Window OS variants running all the way back to 95, but as with many of the other standard Windows features, 10 has taken an old horse and coded an array of new tricks stashed in its toolkit.

How (and Why) to Encrypt Your Text Messages

With the NSA peering into everyone’s pockets without permission, and nosy siblings snooping through your message history while you’re away, there has never been a better time to start encrypting your text messages than there is today.

What is a NUC PC, and Should You Get One?

A few years back, Intel noticed that less and less people were as interested in buying desktop and tower PCs as they were during the roaring 90’s. As sales continued to decline for the dinosaurs of modern computing, the company decided to mix the best of both worlds up in a blender to see what came out the other side, and their new line of NUC computers are the result of that experiment.

Why Do We Still Use Analog Audio Ports?

When leaks about what the chassis of the iPhone 7 might look like hit headlines earlier this week, technology columnists and industry analysts jumped on the chance to report that Apple’s next device may finally ditch its 3.5mm audio port altogether. Instead of clinging to the nearly-ancient technology, the next iPhone could begin paving the road to a world where we’re finally past the point of relying on cords to listen to our audiobooks, podcasts, or playlists altogether.

How Do Movies Leak Before They Come Out on DVD and Blu-Ray?

At any given point, a large selection of recent movies show up on torrent sites, many of which haven’t even been released yet. For anyone who downloaded, streamed, or torrented these yet-to-be-seen-in-theaters selections, you might have noticed one common theme among all of them: they were stuck at DVD quality.

How to Create Your Own Recipes Using IFTTT on the iPhone

If This Then That is a series of programs and quick hacks that help your mobile devices better understand not just simple commands one at a time, but broad strokes of linear patterns that can be programmed in depending on how you use a particular piece of technology in the real world.

How to Customize Your Xbox One’s Privacy Settings

Microsoft is no stranger to controversy in the world of privacy, so it’s not too surprising that its flagship Xbox One console comes with such an extensive range of customizable privacy features. Users can configure dozens of settings, from how visible their gaming content is on Xbox Live down to whether a profile can connect to Live at all.

How to Restrict Access to Your Xbox One with a Passcode

Whether you’ve got kids in the house and want to keep them off certain streaming programs or roommates who have a bad habit of overwriting your progress in Fallout 4, creating a passkey for your Xbox One profile is a must for protecting your downloaded games, video app profiles, and game saves.

How to Prevent T-Mobile From Throttling Streaming Video

For a company that just announced a year-on-year increase of 8 million new customers, “cool uncle T-Mobile” is starting to look a little less perfect. After lots of controversy and confusion, T-Mobile has finally confirmed that they are throttling bandwidth for video streaming services for users of their Binge On program.

How to Customize Your Chromebook’s Keyboard and Touchpad

Chromebooks are known for their simplicity and unique design, but the keyboard and trackpad can take some getting used to for new users. Chromebooks don’t have the same layouts you’d find on a regular Windows or OS X laptop, with several different buttons that are exclusive to Google’s operating system.

How to Personalize Your Ad Settings in Hulu

Love them or hate them, advertisements are a necessary part of online video services like Hulu. If you have to deal with ads, you might as well keep them relevant using Hulu’s Personalized Advertisement Experience settings.

How to Set Up Parental Controls in Netflix

Netflix has tons of content, but not all of it is suitable for younger viewers. Popular shows that have become synonymous with the service like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black contain a lot of mature content. You may want to create a set of parental controls to prevent any kids in the house from starting up any shows that you don’t approve of beforehand.

How to Choose a USB Wi-Fi Adapter for Your Laptop

If you’ve bought a laptop within the past five years, it probably has a decent Wi-Fi card installed already. But if you’ve been experiencing a shoddy connection, spent too long waiting for Netflix to buffer, or missed that last fireball because of lag, then it might be time to consider adding on an external USB Wi-Fi adapter instead.

How to Manage Your YouTube Privacy Settings

Thanks to Google’s big Google+ push a few years ago, many YouTube accounts are connected with the real name of their owner. Punch your name into Google, and one of the first results could be your YouTube account, complete with a feed containing all the videos you’ve viewed and channels you’ve subscribed to over the past few years.

How to Disable Ads on Your Windows 10 Lock Screen

If you’re like me, you might have opened up your Windows 10 laptop today only to see a giant ad for Square Enix’s Rise of the Tomb Raider plastered across your login screen. This is the work of the “Windows Spotlight” feature in your Personalization settings, and thankfully, you can turn it off for good.

VR Is Almost Here: What Will I Need to Be Ready?

After years of waiting, dozens of different developer kits, and more beta tests than we can shake a stick at, the era of truly immersive virtual reality headsets is finally upon us. Both HTC’s Vive and Facebook’s Oculus Rift are primed and prepped to hit shelves for everyone to buy for themselves…but with HD screens and gigabytes of extra data for things like movement and spacial positioning, what do these systems really need to get up and running completely?