How-to Tech

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How To Protect Against Identity Theft

The thought of having your identity stolen and your credit ruined can be terrifying. So what can you do to keep your personal information safe?

How to Back Up a Hard Drive

Your computer's hard drive has all your stored music, pictures and everything you've worked on for the past few years. What would you do if your hard drive crashed?

How to Defrag Your Hard Drive

Your computer is running slowly. You've checked it for viruses and spyware, but other than a few cookies, it's clean. So what's the problem and what can you do about it?

How to Remove a Computer Virus

So your computer got infected with a virus. It happens to the best of us. You've got to move on, but what do you need to do to get your computer back into shape?

How to Unlock a Cell Phone or Smartphone

If you switch cell phone providers in the United States, you can take your number with you. But you probably can't use your cell phone -- unless it's been unlocked.

How to Fix Your Zombie Computer

Installing malware on your computer could enable crackers to take it over as a zombie computer. So what happens once you find out your machine's been hijacked?

How to Choose a Surround Sound System

You thought your home theater setup was nice until you watched TV at your friend's house. He's got it equipped with a surround sound system. How can you match his movielike audio quality?

How to Play a Theremin

Ever wondered where that eerie music in old sci-fi movies comes from? It's someone playing the theremin. This instrument is tough to master -- even though your fingers never have to touch a string or key. How's that possible?

How to Build Your Own Arcade Machine From an Old Computer

If you love classic video games, have an old computer lying around and some skill with power tools, you could build your own home gaming machine.

How to Detect Online Scams

There's an old adage that says if something seems too good to be true then it probably is. It's true on the Internet, too. So why are people still getting scammed?

How to Keep Your Laptop Cool

A warm laptop might feel cozy when you're working on the couch, but that heat can damage your hard drive or burn your legs. How do you keep your machine cool?

How to Connect Your Computer to Your TV

You downloaded your favorite show to your computer, but now you're watching it on that tiny laptop screen. You could set up your computer to watch it on your TV instead. But how?

How to Go Completely Mobile

If your electronic devices' wires are starting to feel like chains, it might be time to go completely mobile. How do you cut the cord (figuratively speaking, of course)?

How to Cheat at Video Games

Cheaters never prosper, right? Apparently not in video games. Otherwise, developers wouldn't encode cheat codes right into the games themselves. But the easy road isn't always easy.

How to Reduce Your Technology Carbon Footprint

Preventing global warming means cutting down on carbon dioxide. But how do you know what your carbon footprint is, and how can you make your footprint smaller?

How to Clean Your Computer's Registry

Nobody likes to see the blue screen of death taunt you from your computer, but will fiddling with the Windows Registry fix the problem or make you live to regret it?

How do I know which cables to use?

The cables for electronics devices come in an astounding variety. Should you buy gold-plated connectors? Do expensive cables mean better quality?

How to Add RAM to Your Desktop

If your desktop computer is acting sluggish, it might need more memory. Adding more RAM will help your machine run more smoothly -- and it's not as difficult as it sounds.

How to Add RAM to Your Laptop

Unlike desktop computers, laptops are carefully designed to be extremely compact. That makes it difficult to get inside to add more memory, right? You might be surprised how easy it is.

How to Build a Computer

Why build your own computer? Because you can make it to fit your needs exactly and save some money in the process. Plus, it's fun and easy to do.