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Australians have one of the lowest broadband satisfaction ratings in the world, with a new Ipsos poll ranking us 23rd out of 26 countries. South Korea, with its average peak connection speed of 95.3Mbps, topped the list. (Well, duh.) The NBN clearly isn't doing its job.

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The deep web and its inner recess, the dark web — those less well-trodden parts of the internet beyond the reach of Google and Bing — are not for the faint-hearted or untrained. With the right tools, however, there's little to fear and plenty to discover. Here's how you can start exploring the deep web without having to worry about your digital well-being.

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Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) currently provides five wholesale access speeds known as "tiers". The highest tier (Tier 5) provides download speeds of up to 100 Mbps, while the lowest tier (Tier 1) barely rivals traditional ADSL2+. But how do they compare on price? Let's find out...

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We now have access to an internet containing a vast store of information much bigger than any individual brain can carry — and that's not always a good thing. Psychology professor David Dunning explains how you can stay smart online. (Step 1: Don't believe everything you see or read.)

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Not all virtual private networks (VPNs) are created equal. Some keep logs, some cap your traffic, some don't work on mobile, some don't work at all. This is what you need to know about choosing a VPN provider, as well as a few recommendations to get you started.

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Video: Chances are you watch and share videos online every day; it's become part of our normal routine, perhaps even more than flicking on the ol' TV. But what draws us to certain types of videos and why are we compelled to share them?

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More than 20 years after the first web server started bringing the internet into our lives, a recent conference in San Francisco brought together some of its creators to discuss its future. The general tone of the conference is probably best summed up by the Electronic Frontiers Foundation’s Cory Doctorow: "In the last twenty years, we’ve managed to nearly ruin one of the most functional distributed systems ever created: today’s Web". We take a look at what's wrong with the web today and how we can take steps to fix it.

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The internet is responsible for an immeasurable amount of technological advancement for seemingly every aspect of our daily lives. But which elements of human society have fallen by the wayside? What happened pre-internet that we just don't see anymore? While some of the entries are still clinging on for dear life (or may even see a resurgence thanks to hipster culture) this handy infographic sums it up pretty well.

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Dear Lifehacker, Ever since I bought my laptop there has always been trouble connecting to my home Wi-Fi. If the computer goes to sleep (set to 30 minutes of inactivity), then when it wakes up, the Wi-Fi won’t reconnect. The only way to get it working is to reboot the computer entirely. My siblings also have laptops on the same Wi-Fi, but there's work fine, so I think it must be my machine. Right now I have to reboot a few times a day - could this harm my laptop, and how do I fix it?

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If you're building a new home, or renovating your existing one, you have a great opportunity to update and future-proof your home's wiring — not only for power (like adding USB sockets to your wall outlets) but also for networking. Putting a bit of thought into how you set your home up can save you from the woes of dodgy Wi-Fi connectivity, unwanted buffering and black spots throughout your living space.

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"Your review on Yelp is destroying my business," he says to me, clearly clenching his teeth, "How long do I have to suffer because of your negative review?" A few weeks ago, I got a phone call from a contractor because of a review I'd left. What ensued was a weirdly emotional conversation that ventured between harassment and a plea for empathy.

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"There has not been a delay of the NBN… Because of Malcolm Turnbull’s management of the NBN, it will all be finished by 2020, not 2024 as Labor was promising, with speeds that people want and need."

These are the words of Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Christopher Pyne during this week's episode of Q&A on the ABC. Was Christopher Pyne right to say there has been no delay? We take a look at the facts...

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Bots tend to get a lot of bad press. And considering that bots tend to be involved in all kinds of malicious internet activity – including devastating DDoS attacks – it isn’t altogether unwarranted. However, the actual story behind bots isn’t quite so one-sided.