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How to Set Up BitLocker Encryption on Windows
BitLocker is a tool built into Windows that lets you encrypt an entire hard drive for enhanced security. Here’s how to set it up. When TrueCrypt controversially closed up shop, they recommended their users...
16 Finder Shortcuts Every Mac User Should Know
The Finder seems pretty basic, but there are all kinds of things hidden just below the surface. Whether you want to cut and paste files or jump to a particular folder, it’s all about knowing the right keyboard...
Why Are the PCI Express Ports on My Motherboard Different Sizes? x16, x8, x4, and x1 Explained
The PCI Express standard is one of the staples of modern computing, with a slot on more or less every desktop computer made in the last decade. But the nature of the connection is somewhat nebulous: on a new PC, you...
10 Useful Windows Commands You Should Know
There are some things you can only do from the command line—even in Windows. Some of these tools don’t have graphical equivalents, while others are just plain faster to use than their graphical interfaces. If you...
How to Stream Videos from Your iPhone or iPad to an Apple TV Using AirPlay
When it comes to getting content from your phone to your TV, there’s really no shortage of ways to make it happen. Our favorite is Google’s Chromecast —it’s affordable and does the job well. But if you’re invested...
How to Fix the Most Common Problems With LCD Monitors
Computer monitors are fairly simple, in use if not in actual construction: plug ’em in, turn ’em on, look at your computer stuff on the brighter part. But misleadingly easy as they might seem, there’s a lot of stuff...
What to Do When Windows Won’t Boot
You turn on your computer one day and Windows refuses to boot—what do you do? “Windows won’t boot” is a common symptom with a variety of causes, so you’ll need to perform some troubleshooting. Modern versions of...
How to See Which Group Policies Are Applied to Your PC and User Account
We have shown you a lot of tips and tricks over the years that involve modifying Local Group Policy. If you would ever like to see all the Group Policy settings in effect on your PC, here’s how to do it. In the...
How to Recover Your Forgotten Gmail Password
As one of its earliest services, Gmail remains the cornerstone of Google’s online presence. So when you forget your Gmail password, and I don’t want to overstate things here, it’s basically like you’re an Internet...
HDMI vs DisplayPort vs DVI: Which Port Do You Want On Your New Computer?
It doesn’t seem so long ago that we had only one reliable way to connect a computer to an external monitor. Now the good old VGA port, may it rest in peace, is only found on designated “business” machines and...

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