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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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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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Easy and Simply Tips On How To Extend Your Phone’s Battery Life

AS MOBILE phone users, all we want is enough battery life to last the day. Frustratingly, the older the device, the less power it seems to have. In fact, the amount of battery life our mobiles have on any given day depends on two key factors: how we use them on that particular day, and how we used them in the past. Mobile phones use lithium-ion batteries for energy storage. In this type of...
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Save Your Hard Drive With These Laptop Computer Temperature Monitor Apps

Heat wreaks havoc on computers, especially laptops. Tight cases and dust buildup can lead to poor air circulation, and without circulation, the heat generated inside has nowhere to go. Indeed, ignoring heat problems is the surest way to destroy a laptop. You thought it slowed down because it’s old and contains outdated hardware? That’s partly true, but not the whole story. Heat can severely impa...
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How to Delete All the History on Your Android Device

Do you want to cover your tracks? I don’t blame you. It seems everyone from the government to your family wants to peek inside your phone to see what you’ve been looking at. A vital part of keeping yourself safe is deleting your history. And I’m not just talking about your browser’s history. Your Android device is full of content that hackers and snoopers would love to get their hands on. Wo...
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