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What to do when ransomware strikes your Mac

When ransomeware strikes, it’s hard not to panic. A ransomeware attack may cause your Mac to shut down and then restart into a lock screen. A message appears, demanding ransom to provide a six-digit unlock code, which can’t be bypassed. This can occur even with two-factor authentication enabled. Crackers appear to be making use of passwords from other sites that have had password breaches in the past—and iCloud accountholders re-use those passwords with their iCloud account. With Find My Mac…

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How to Speed Up Your VPN

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are a great way to protect online privacy or disguise your location from snooping eyes. You can opt for one of best free VPNs if you want to see how they work, or there are a number of paid VPNs that come with additional features (our top pick is NordVPN). Either way, you might experience performance issues from time to time, so we’ve put together five quick ways to speed up your VPN when it starts…

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How to set up your iPhone for disaster alerts

This week I’ve been in Chicago for a conference, and people keep coming up to me to ask if I’ve been impacted by the horrible fires ravaging the Bay Area this month. Fortunately, beyond all the smoke in the air making it hard to breathe outside, my family has been unscathed. But just a couple dozen miles to the north, whole neighborhoods have burned and people have lost their lives. One story that stuck with me last week was about…

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When Can I Upgrade? How To Find Out When Your Phone Contract Ends

If you don’t remember exactly when your phone contract first started, chances are you won’t know when it ends. Knowing how long you’ve got left on your contract is useful: it enables you to know when to start thinking of upgrading and when you can renew or start researching other providers. (Our article on the best phone networks might help). It’s also really important to know when your contract ends in order to ensure that you don’t get charged for…

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Top professional development tips for programmers

Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Google Plus Developers and engineers may be in high demand in the UK but that’s not to say that competition for roles isn’t tough. The most innovative companies (and best roles) require employees who balance excellent technical ability with a number of soft skills. After all, there is more to being a good developer than just coding. If you really want to excel in the industry there’s a number of ways you can deepen your knowledge…

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How to watch the USA Grand Prix online or on TV

Ever since Sky started showing Formula 1 it’s been tricky to watch it on terrestrial TV in the UK. If you don’t have Sky and subscribe to the F1 channel, you’ll be limited to watching on Channel 4 which took over from BBC a few years back. How to watch F1 without Sky Unfortunately, Sky has the most rights and is the only provider which broadcasts every single race in full and live. You can get Sky here. The alternative is…

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How to Update Bixby – Tech Advisor

Yesterday Samsung announced Bixby 2.0, an updated version of its smart voice assistant built into the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, Galaxy Note 8, and we hope soon Bixby Smart Speaker. Here’s how to tell whether you’re running the latest version of Bixby. If you’ve ever updated Bixby before, chances are your device will have already updated to the new software. You can check by opening Bixby settings, scrolling down to About Bixby, then checking the version number next to…

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Safari bookmark sync out of whack? Here’s the solution

iCloud has a feature that lets you sync your Safari bookmarks across your Macs, iPhones, and iPads. However, Macworld reader Mark has a tale that sounds nearly appropriate for Halloween: disappearing and haunted bookmarks: I upgraded my MacBook recently and transferred everything across surprisingly easy. After a few weeks, the bookmarks disappeared in favor of the defaults (Apple, Netflix, BBC iPlayer, YouTube, Facebook). I recovered following your advice with Time Machine, but after a few minutes or hours or even…

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How to set up multiroom audio on Google Home

Those who pre-ordered may have received a shiny new Google Home Mini yesterday. If you already own a standard Google Home, or perhaps have bought multiple Google Home Mini devices, it’s easy to pair the speakers to play audio from all devices at once. Here’s how to set up multiroom audio on Google Home. How to set up a Google Home group 1. Having set up your Google Home open the Home app on your phone or tablet and tap…

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How to Use Windows 10 OneDrive Files On-Demand

In Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you can now easily see and download files that aren’t stored locally from your OneDrive account. Here’s how to set it up. PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. I use OneDrive constantly, especially to save all the articles I write for PCMag so that they’re accessible from anywhere. I also sync all the photos I shoot on my iPhone so that…

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