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How to Use OpenPGP to Secure Email

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In 1991, Phil Zimmermann created Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), a cryptographic program that, for the first time, gave the average individual near military-grade encryption. Over the years, PGP’s source code was released and an open standard—OpenPGP—was eventually born. This opened the way for a myriad of open source products that continue to offer some of […]

2 Tools to Perform Reverse Image Searches Online

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Ever found an image on Instagram or Facebook and wanted to see if that picture shows up anywhere else on the Internet? Or maybe you want to see if an image of yours was stolen by someone else who published it without authorization? In any of these cases, you need to perform a reverse image […]

Capture, Save or Record Screenshots in Mac OS X

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Looking for an easy way to take screenshots, screen captures, or even screen recordings in Mac OS X? There are some convenient keyboard shortcuts and built-in OS X tools that make taking screenshots on a Mac easier than ever. To get daily tips on Apple related products, such as Macs, iPhone, iPad, etc, check out […]

HDG Ultimate Guide to Taking Screenshots in Windows 10

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Taking screenshots has always been fun in Windows, especially with Windows Vista and 7, which included the new Snipping Tool. Basically, since Vista, there have been two ways to take screenshots in Windows without third-party software: using keyboard shortcuts or using the Snipping Tool. Before Windows 7, it was very complicated to take screenshots of […]

Create Custom Environment Variables in Windows

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By default, Windows uses certain environment variables to allow users to quickly access certain paths and directories within the operating system. This helps to make Windows easier to navigate. By defining and setting up your own custom environment variables, you can create direct paths and shortcuts to apps, directories, URLs and more. Environment variables in […]

Create a Windows 10 System Image Backup

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Windows 10 is probably the most stable and usable OS Microsoft has released since Windows 7. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t run into serious issues at some point. I always make sure I create a full system image of my Windows 10 PC every several months. When you create a system image, you can […]

View the List of Services Hosted by the svchost.exe Process in Windows

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Svchost.exe is a process that hosts other Windows services that perform various system functions. There can be multiple instances of svchost.exe running on your computer, with each instance containing a different service. We published a post a while back on what you can do if svchost.exe is using up a high percentage of your CPU. […]

How to Change a Drive Letter in Windows

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A task you will most likely have to perform a few times in Windows is changing the drive letter for an external hard drive, mapped network drive, or DVD drive. Sometimes when you plug in a USB flash drive, it doesn’t automatically get a drive letter assigned to it and it may not show up […]

How to Delete the Windows.old folder in Windows 7/8/10

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If you have tried upgrading your Windows PC and it has failed a couple of times due to various annoying reasons, you’ve probably come to realize that there is a large chunk of disk space being eaten up by a folder called Windows.old. Windows.old is automatically generated whenever you perform an installation of Windows with […]

Use Reliability Monitor to Check Windows Stability

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Ever had to purchase a used computer with Windows already installed and wanted to know if the operating system was stable or not? Sometimes with just a cursory look, you won’t be able to tell if Windows is corrupt or having other issues. A quick way to see the state of a Windows machine is […]