How-to Tech

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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?

By Ed Grabianowski

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?

By Josh Briggs

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?

By Peter May

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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?

By Jonathan Strickland

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.

By Ed Grabianowski

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?

By Jonathan Strickland

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?

By Jane McGrath

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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?

By Jane McGrath

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.

By Jonathan Strickland

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?

By Jonathan Strickland

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?

By Julia Layton

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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?

By Dave Roos

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)?

By Julia Layton

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.

By Jonathan Strickland

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?

By John Fuller

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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?

By Jacob Silverman

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

By Dave Roos

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.

By John Fuller

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.

By John Fuller

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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.

By Marshall Brain & Jonathan Strickland