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Unless one is completely neurotic about someone trying to resurrect their "secret" data and you know that your household trash goes to the incinerator...
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Just curious, what kind of super sensitive data is on these things that you want to completely destroy them? Why not just keep using them until they q...
Comment by Doug on Erasing a Hard Drive? Not so Fast... (April 16, 2014 04:35 PM)
If you erase then fill the drive with country music, rap or Justin Beiber and appropriately label the drive ... nobody would ever care to even look at...
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Hey Bob, Great article! It's very honest and it helped me make my final decision to go with Credit Karma, even if they don't give FICO. I also found ...
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I created a System Image Backup as you recommended. It went to completion, and my external drive has a new folder called WindowsImageBackup. A lot of...
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Thanks Bob. I've always had an urge to try Linux, but all the comments about printers and modems having problems bothers me. I've been quite busy at w...

Social-Networking Articles

 

Are Social Networks Committing Suicide?

Lots of people are finding that the popular social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) are becoming more annoying, more expensive, and less useful. Here's how I see the problem, and my take on what the future of true social networking should look like.

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Back Up Your Social Media and Webmail

Stop and think about your social media and webmail accounts. How important to you are all the conversations you have had, all the photos you have saved, all the contacts, friends and followers you have made? If the answer is 'pretty important' or better, you need to back up that data just as much as the data on your local hard drive. Here's how...

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How to Fix Facebook Annoyances

There's no denying that Facebook is enormously popular, with over one billion members. But it's also enormously frustrating and annoying sometimes. Some things are hidden or hard to find. Others just won't go away. Navigating the ever-changing interface is daunting. What if you could fix all that with just a few clicks? Read on to learn how….

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FREE: Encryption Tools to Protect Your Data

With the U.S. government ignoring the 4th Amendment, data breaches in the news every week, and identity thieves everywhere, more and more people are wondering how to protect their data and personal information. The answer is encryption, and it's no longer rocket science. Here's what you need to know about using encryption...

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Disqus: Bad for Public Discourse?

Anonymity is mainly to blame for the decline in online civility; people tend to act more irresponsibly when they believe they can get away with it. But a popular website plugin designed to solve that problem may also compromise your privacy. Here's what you need to know about Disqus...

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Facebook Phones Home

The long-rumored Facebook phone is finally here. Except it's not really a phone. It's YOUR phone, with a new face. But is it a friendly face, or another 'in your face' intrusive reach by Facebook into your privacy? Here's the scoop on Facebook Home, and your phone...

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Forgot Facebook Password

Did you forget your Facebook password? Having trouble logging in? Or did you forget the email address for your Facebook login? Maybe your email account is not working, so you can't change your password. Or maybe it's something with a simple fix. Here's the scoop on Facebook and password issues...

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Very PINteresting!

Pinterest is a social network for people who embrace the notion that a picture really is worth more than a thousand words. Pinterest is one of the fastest growing social sites, surpassing both Google+ and LinkedIn by attracting over 100 million visits per month. Here's what you need to know...

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Are You Linked In?

Are you getting invitations from strangers or people you barely know, wanting you to join LinkedIn? Maybe you're wondering if LinkedIn can really help you find a new job, or if it's just another Internet scam. Here's the scoop on LinkedIn, and how it can benefit you...

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Are You Addicted To Social Media?

How many times per day do you check your Facebook page? How many Tweets do you read or post? How many social networks do you belong to? When is the last time you went 24 hours without updating your status? Is it possible that you are addicted to social media?

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Five Free Blogging Tools

If you've been thinking about starting a blog, you may be wondering where to host it and what tools are available to make blogging easier. Here's a brief look at five of the most popular blogging tools...

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Will Google+ Kill Facebook?

Google+ is the search giant's emerging social network. I say emerging because it's only in a limited testing stage right now, with invitations issued to some key influencers. But Google+ could pose a viable challenge to Facebook. Here are some of the features of Google+ and how it compares to Facebook...

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Got Your Groupon?

A couple of my friends are trying to get me to join a site called Groupon, I can see that it has something to so with online coupons, but I'm wary because of multi-level marketing scams that have bitten me in the past. What exactly is Groupon, and if it's legit, can it save me money with no downside?

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Social Network Surveillance

You can't have too many friends is a proverb coined long before Facebook arrived. The fact is, you certainly can have too many friends on Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and LinkedIn, especially when you don't know who they really are...

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Making Money In Second Life

I've heard reports about people making pretty good money inside Second Life. How can I get started in the business of making money for (virtually) nothing?

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What is Craigslist?

Who is Craig, and what's on his list? If you have something to sell, or something to say, and you haven't heard of Craigslist, read on...

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Facebook Privacy

I've switched from Myspace to Facebook because I was unhappy with the privacy controls there, and I've been told that Facebook lets you control this much better. Would you please go over the Facebook privacy settings and recommend which ones I should focus on?

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World Of Warcraft

My nephew plays the World of Warcraft online game for hours at a time. I've watched a little bit, but don't really understand the game, or its appeal. Can you explain what the World of Warcraft game is all about, who plays it, and why?

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Facebook - Getting Started

Looking for an alternative to an oversaturated MySpace? Facebook is a great alternative for the college and professional set. A little more serious than MySpace, Facebook is more than just competing to see who can have the most friends. Facebook boasts over 25 million members, and is the number one photo sharing site on the Web. Here's the scoop on getting started with Facebook...

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Social Bookmarking

What is social bookmarking, and how is it different from a regular bookmark or favorite in my browser?

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What is Second Life?

Some of my friends are really into Second Life, they say it's the future of the Internet. Looks like Sim City on drugs to me... What is the big deal with Second Life -- who is playing and why?

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