10 Sites to Send Free Text Messages to Cell Phones (SMS)

Even though users are slowly moving away from SMS text messages to other forms of text messaging, SMS text messages still have their uses. For example, if you have a family member with a dumb phone, they may only be able to receive SMS text messages. We’ve already covered various ways to improve your SMS experience: checking messages from a PC, using alternative SMS messaging apps, and scheduli...
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How to Unzip ZIP Files in Google Drive Without Downloading Them First

Wherever you are, you need a tool that can unzip compressed files. ZIP files are, after all, the digital couriers of the web — second only to PDFs when it comes to sharing files. On the desktop, you have utilities like WinZip and 7-Zip. But what if the ZIP is on Google Drive? What is a ZIP File? A ZIP file is a lot like a folder, except in this case; it’s compressed. A ZIP file can hold a lar...
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A Year Later, You Can Still Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free

Although Microsoft concluded its free Windows 10 upgrade program on July 29, 2016, the company has yet to close some of the loopholes that it originally opened for folks running Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. If you thought about taking advantage of the launch promotion but never got around to it, there's still nothing stopping you from downloading a free copy of Windows 10 from Microsoft's servers. Free ...
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Intel Core i9 vs. Core i7 vs. Core i5: Which CPU Should You Buy?

Drilling Down to the Cores For many consumers who are on the hunt for a new desktop or laptop PC, one of the biggest considerations is the type of processor. Two of the CPUs most often in contention are the Intel Core i5 and Intel Core i7. Discounting Core i3 and m3 (mainly found in budget systems), Core i9 (powerful CPUs for gaming and performance PCs), and AMD processors (another story entirely...
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Change of phone number

Special announcement In order to server our customers better, we have implemented a new phone system with a local Weston Creek number. Call (02) 6287 5597 for tech support, sales and any other general enquiries. As always you can book a time online or fill in the contact form if you prefer.   new timelyButton("craigthecomputergeek", {"style":"dark"}); or Contact Us   Than...
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Which Cloud Storage Solution Is Most Secure for Your Documents?

When deciding which cloud storage provider to use, most of us prioritize convenience over security. Of course, convenience is important. If you can’t get your hands on your files when you need them, there’s very little point in having a cloud storage account. At that point, you’d be better using a USB stick. However, security is equally as important. In fact, it’s arguably even more importan...
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Find Out Who’s Stolen Your Photos and What You Can Do About It

Photo theft is a sad fact of life in our digital world. If you share photos online, chances are pretty good that, at some point, you’ll have at least one of those images stolen with nary a whiff of credit or thanks. But that glass-half-empty outlook shouldn’t stop you from sharing snapshots of your cat. There are steps you can take to make things harder, if not impossible, for those who would s...
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Best Security Websites To See If Your Passwords Have Ever Been Leaked

These days, data breaches are growing more numerous — and more worrisome. After all, how are you supposed to protect your passwords and login information when they are being stolen from enormous company databases that you have no control over? That said, there are lots of ways to keep yourself protected including keeping an eye out for leaks that could involve your accounts. Unfortunately, ther...
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Complete Guide To Improve Your Cyber Hygiene in 5 Easy Steps

We all know that looking after our own personal hygiene is important for our health and well-being. In the digital world, we need to be aware of and look after our cyber hygiene. While the term is unusual, it means performing regular checks and modifying a few behaviors to secure ourselves online. It’s the kind of advice that we here at MakeUseOf offer regularly in the face of a new leak or attack...
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Top 7 Free Microsoft Paint Alternatives

While it will remain available through the Windows Store, this really spells the end for MS Paint. Microsoft is now squarely focused on the new Paint 3D; there’s only so much time the old version of Paint can remain available until it becomes a liability. Perhaps it’s time to start looking for free alternatives? Here are seven of the best for you to check out. 1. Paint.NET Paint.NET start...
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