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Ask LH: Am I Breaking The Law By Viewing Streaming Fileshare Sites?

Hey Lifehacker, What’s the legal status of viewing movies and TV shows that link to either streaming versions of torrents or content that wasn’t uploaded by the creator? Will I be busted for doing that?


Ask LH: Can I Trust OneDrive With My Personal Data?

Hi Lifehacker, I recently signed up for Microsoft’s OneDrive, but I’m still not sure: can data I store there be manipulated, copied or accessed by Microsoft staff? I have all the personal information on my drive now synced, and it’s something of a concern.


Ask LH: Which NBN Provider Is The Best For Streaming Media?

Hi Lifehacker, The NBN is about to go active in my area. What is the best plan for someone who’s into streaming a lot of content (like Netflix)? And which providers won’t suffer from congestion?


Ask LH: What's The Best Way To Backup And Share Business Files In The Cloud?

Hi Lifehacker, We’re thinking about updating our file server in the office so that it automatically backs up data to the cloud. We would ideally want to continuously sync the data as users modify the files quite often.


Ask LH: How Can I Share Streaming Services With Others?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m thinking about subscribing to Netflix, Stan and Presto, but I’m wondering about the best way to share services with others. In my case we have four adults in the house and my preference would be for each to have their own account and password. Is that possible?


Ask LH: How Can You Trust A VPN Provider?

Hey Lifehacker, It seems that VPNs are about to become a lot more attractive to Australian downloaders. Some claim not to keep any logs of any traffic or meta-data, but how can one trust that this is actually the case? It would be a perfect honeypot for a government agency or media organisation to set up and catch people specifically trying to hide their traffic. Would there be any recourse if that happened?


Ask LH: Should I Mention Dropping Out Of University On My Resume?

Hi Lifehacker, I plan on submitting my resume for a couple of new jobs soon. One thing I feel that I should put in it (but which I also feel ashamed of) is that I withdrew from university earlier in my life; even though I didn’t complete any courses within the degree or learned much from it. In fact, I left after the first week.


Ask LH: Should I Defragment A Hybrid Drive?

Hi Lifehacker, I just bought a new Seagate 1TB SSHD. I’m wondering whether or not this hybrid drive can be defragmented, as I have been seeing some very conflicting answers when Googling.


Ask LH: Are Politicians Allowed To Spam Me Via SMS?

Hi Lifehacker, Just before the NSW election, I received an sms from Mike Baird about voting for him or something. I tried replying to the number but Android would crash every time — I guess I wasn’t the only person who was annoyed by this.


Ask LH: Can A Home Network Use More Than One Frequency?

Dear Lifehacker, My question is about dual-band routers: can they create a single network that uses both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies? More specifically, if my newer PC is connected to the 5 GHz frequency, and my older wireless printer is connected to the 2.4 GHz frequency, can I print wirelessly?