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uBlock Origin Can Speed Up Your Web Browsing

Ad Blockers can go a long way towards fixing two chronic problems we experience while browsing the web: Annoying ads, including pop-up and flash video ads, and Websites that are sometimes surprisingly slow loading pages.   One of the more

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Email Encryption for Gmail… Yes We Can!

For a long time now, I’ve used Gmail because of how convenient it is. From a security perspective, Google encrypts all the traffic between your computer and their servers using HTTPS, however if you send an email to a non-Gmail

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Free & Effective Anti-Virus & Anti-Spyware for Windows

Tired of being asked to shell out cash for the anti-virus software that came with your new computer last year?  If so, then look no further.  I’ve been using Microsoft Security Essentials for almost a year now, and it has

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How Much Security Is Too Much?

Yes, there is such a thing as too much computer security! If password rules that make passwords too difficult to remember, and people will write them down and leave them under their keyboards… From the Desk of David Pogue –

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Family Friendly Home Internet Setup – Redux

A couple of years ago I wrote a blog post about how to create a family friendly internet setup in your home.  Given how quickly technology changes, I thought it was time to revisit the topic to see what has

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Family Friendly Internet – Easy and Free using OpenDNS!

Being the father of five children under the age of 13 years old, and having 4 computers in our home, I’ve been experimenting with software over the past few years to try make my children’s’ experience on the internet wholesome…

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Mozy: Pain Fee Computer Backups

Protect yourself against hard drive failure, theft, fire and natural disasters… As the systems administrator at the UVic Faculty of Law every semester I see one or two students who have lost everything… documents, pictures, music… Everything on their laptop

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