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LoJack for Laptops

Laptop LoJack

Much like the famous LoJack for cars, LoJack for Laptops does nothing until needed; that is, when you report your laptop’s theft the company’s recovery experts start the recovery process. Over 100 devices are lost or stolen every minute and more than 12,000 laptops disappear weekly from U.S. airports alone. According to the Computer Security…

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Kodi, teamed with a VPN, is the best way to use the home theatre software

What is Kodi…and Which VPNs Support It?

Kodi is free, open-source, home theater software that turns any computer, smartphone or tablet into a digital set-top box or streamer. Kodi acts as a playable media library that not only stores and plays media files, but also intuitively organizes information on its own. That is, when you add movies you own, Kodi will download…

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WAN IP Address. LAN IP Address. What

Why Is My WAN IP Different from My LAN IP?

What do you mean I have two IP addresses? One day, as you’re poking around your computer’s networking preferences or maybe hooking up a new router, you might suddenly become aware of an interesting bit of information. There are two different IP addresses involved with you’re getting online and connected to the world. There’s the…

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The VPN Internet Kill Switch explained

The VPN Internet Kill Switch explained

VPN Kill Switch: What Is It There For? A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is essential for anyone who uses the Internet because it addresses the top three online concerns: Security Privacy Anonymity But not all VPNs are created equal. For instance, what happens if, for some reason, your VPN connection were to get disconnected while…

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Hey, Mom and Dad! I Need a Gaming Computer, and Here’s Why

Hey, Mom—you know how Uncle Steve gave me his old desktop to use when I started high school? Well, it works for school stuff just fine, but there’s a bit of a problem, at least in my eyes. That’s because the computer just doesn’t let me do other things I really want to do. You…

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Why an Ordinary Mouse Doesn’t Work for Gamers

From the beginning, computers had games you could play. Today, PC-based games have become more sophisticated because of the technological advances in computer chips, animation software, and computer hardware. Even though you can play many of today’s games on today’s new computers, to play the more sophisticated games, and to get more out of your…

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What Kind of Internet Connection Is DSL?

DSL stands for Digital Subscriber Line, and it’s one of the many technologies used to bring an Internet connection and information into homes and businesses. What makes DSL unique is that it uses existing telephone lines/connections, with special adaptations. DSL started to become popular in the 1980s and 1990s. In the early days of the…

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What’s a Dongle? Find Out, Because You’re Going to Need One.

Hard drive. Memory stick. Keyboard. Monitor. Those are all pretty straightforward and well-known computer terms. And then there’s the dongle. Yes, dongle. It must be the strangest name since the “scuzzy” port/connector from days past, which derived from “SCSI” (Small Computer System Interface). The word dongle has been around for a long time, but its…

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