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Windows 10 sometimes uses encryption by default, and sometimes doesn’t—it’s complicated. Here’s how to check if your Windows 10 PC’s storage is encrypted and how to encrypt it if it isn’t. Encryption isn’t just about stopping the NSA—it’s about protecting your sensitive data in case you ever lose your PC, which is something everyone needs.
When burning a CD or DVD at home, you might find yourself wondering why data is always added from the center outwards? Would it really matter if the data was added in the opposite direction like old vinyl records were fixed? Is there more to it? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question.
If your house ever gets broken into or—God forbid—catches on fire, you’ll want an inventory of all your stuff, so that your insurance company will fairly compensate you for the items that you lost. Here are some different ways you can create that inventory.
The take-for-granted features we enjoy when using an on-screen keyboard—like auto-corrections and auto-capitalization–quickly become a hindrance if you’re using a physical keyboard with your iOS device. Let’s look at how to quickly turn off those features so your physical keyboard acts the way you expect.
TPM hardware provides a tamper-resistant way to store encryption keys on a computer. On Windows 10, 8, and 7, a TPM is normally required to enable and use encryption features like BitLocker. Here’s how to check whether your PC has a TPM chip, enable your TPM if it’s disabled, or add a TPM chip to a PC without one.
The NES Classic Edition is a new, official clone of the original Nintendo Entertainment System, and one of the best ways to play your favorite retro games. Unfortunately, it’s so popular that it’s nearly impossible to get your hands on one. Don’t pay $300 on eBay when you can use the modestly-priced Raspberry Pi to build your own—with even more games.
When we are working on our laptops, we tend to keep other devices like our mobile phones nearby for easy access and use, but what do you do when devices in close proximity start causing the laptop’s display to turn off? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a frustrated reader’s question.
Windows PCs have historically had worse touchpads than Macs. Microsoft is trying to fix this problem with “precision touchpads”, but not every PC manufacturer is on board. Some PCs ship with precision touchpads, but others include older, traditional technology instead.
While we do what we can to protect our laptops, there are times when the keyboards get damaged no matter what precautions we take. Is it better to only replace the keys you need or the entire keyboard? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has some helpful advice regarding a reader’s keyboard woes.
Smartphone cameras are getting better and better every year, and while no one would argue DSLRs are the best choice for serious photography, smartphones have made middle-of-the-road point-and-shoots all the more rare in people’s arsenals. But there are still a few areas in which point-and-shoot cameras are superior to the phone in your pocket.
When you are setting up new Ethernet cables for your computers, is it possible to get twice the punch for each cable? Is it wise to even try it or should you look into an alternative hardware solution? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question.
If your home’s Wi-Fi signal sucks, you might be looking at mesh solutions like the Luma Home Wi-Fi System. Luma consists of multiple Wi-Fi extenders that you spread across your house in order to cover every nook and cranny with an excellent Wi-Fi signal. Here’s how to set it all up and how to configure it to deliver the best Wi-Fi possible all around your home.
There are a thousand potential reasons your Mac is having problems. Maybe an application is hogging resources. Maybe your hard drive is failing. Or maybe you’ve got malware. EtreCheck is a free program that runs over 50 diagnostics on your Mac, then gives you a tidy report outlining all of them—so you know where to start looking.