Most people use the default DNS settings provided by their ISP, and while they are usually sufficient for most purposes, there are plenty of free options out there, like OpenDNS and Google DNS. Namebench is a free app that checks to see whether your current settings are optimized and, if not, which free option is best for you. Here's how to use it:Download and install Namebench here.Fire it up and choose your settings. Keep the top two boxes checked. If you're concerned about network censorship, check the third box, and if you want to help … Read more
Sometimes it may seem safer to go back to the days of the Pony Express rather than deal with the multitude of online threats, but there are some simple steps you can take to minimize the risks you face.
First, get a security suite. CNET gave Avast Free Antivirus 7 (download) and Bitdefender Total Security 2012 (download) Editors' Choice Awards recently, although there are about a dozen good suites, free and paid, out there. Go with one that gets good ratings and that you trust, and make sure that you let it update and scan regularly.
Second, I strongly recommend … Read more
We all have an expertise or passion we love sharing and teaching others about. The Internet has made it extremely easy to teach people all over the world, be it through YouTube or a personal blog. But, an elaborate video setup can get expensive, and managing a blog can be time-consuming. The next time you want to create a guide, grab your iPhone and give Snapguide a try. You'll be surprised how easy it is to create and publish a guide, using only your iPhone.
How many phones does a person need, anyway?
Chances are you're paying more for telephone service than you need to. If you've been tempted to drop your landline but hesitated because you didn't want to lose your old phone number, get ready to save some dough.
NetTalk is one of a handful of VoIP services that port your existing number to an inexpensive Internet-phone account. Visit the NetTalk porting page to determine whether your current number is portable. If it is, you can submit a Number Porting Authorization when you complete your order or afterward by signing … Read more
With smartphones boasting excellent lenses and good point-and-shoot cameras becoming more affordable, photography has become a greater part of everyone's life. Just look at some of the most popular apps and Web sites, like Instagram, Flickr, and even Facebook Photos: they've exploded in activity as people discover a previously untapped passion for capturing moments and quickly sharing them with the world.
As a fellow everyday photographer, I scoured blogs, Pinterest, and (unashamedly) previous How To posts to dig up the tips, tricks, and tutorials that take this newfound passion for photography to greater heights.
Whether your smartphone is … Read more
Whether you already run a blog or you're thinking of starting one, this collection of apps is for you. Perhaps you're tired of being tethered to your computer, or you think you don't have enough time to blog because you're always mobile. Fortunately, these apps offer enough utility to get the job done. Read on to find the app that best suits your needs.Blogger
No doubt the most simplistic of the three, Blogger is Google's, well...blog platform. The app only has a couple of screens to look at, but that isn't always … Read more
Remember than one thing that was so funny from last month? If you ever scratch your head trying to find a fact or joke or link, but can't remember the source, CloudMagic can be quite a help. It lets you search through many Web apps simultaneously, and while it doesn't quite cover everything yet, it's a great help nonetheless. Here's how it works:Navigate to CloudMagic and set up an account. It's very simple and just requires an e-mail address. Link your online accounts to CloudMagic. For now, you're limited to … Read more
A lot of instant messaging or tech-help software includes a feature for sharing your screen with other people. Unfortunately, not everyone uses the same applications, which requires one or more parties to download something in order to see the shared computer screen. Instead of worrying about creating new accounts or downloading software, ScreenLeap offers a super easy way to share your screen to any device, or look at someone else's shared screen.
Note: This service requires Java Runtime Environment (JRE), which most users will already have. If not, it's a free download that is useful for other … Read more
You are a Pinterest power user. You spend quite some time curating your boards, pinning original content, and you might even have a substantial following. Your friends flock to you with Pinterest-related questions, and as Pinterest veteran, you're always ready with the answers.
Considering all the time you spend on Pinterest, you might benefit from a new set of tricks that will help you streamline your pinning and even solve a few issues you run into all too often.
Check out these tricks, and leave yours in the comments section.
1. Find the original source of a photo. How … Read more
The Google search bar saves you the step of opening a new window or tab to search for something, should you endeavor to copy and paste or type a search term into it. With Search Highlighter, you save another step between you and your Google results, needing only to highlight a word in Chrome and hit return.
The extension adds a menu bar below your bookmarks bar with either a Google or Bing search bar (your choice). Any word you highlight shows up in the search bar; hit return or click the magnifying glass button to initiate a search.
If … Read more