AdBlock Plus, the most popular ad-blocking extension around, is now available for Internet Explorer. It's still in the experimental stages, but it works quite well.
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If you're really lucky, you won't have to deal with too much spam making its way into your inbox. Email providers have never been better at blocking and filtering spam, but you still probably get unwanted newsletters and notifications. Here's how to deal with the spam that makes it through your filters.
There are many interesting things you can do with a Raspberry Pi, but this one offers privacy protection from prying eyes. All you need is a Raspberry Pi, a Wi-Fi adaptor and some time.
Android: Most phone recovery apps require you to install the app before you lose the phone. Android Lost, however, can be remotely installed, and it comes with a slew of useful features beyond just locating your phone.
When you use HTTPS or SSL, your web browsing traffic is encrypted. When you use a VPN, all of your traffic is encrypted (usually). Sometimes, even with HTTPS and VPNs in play, DNS requests — or the way your computer translates "lifehacker.com" into numbers that your computer understands, like "18.104.22.168" are completely unencrypted, leaving you open to spoofing and man-in-the-middle attacks. DNSCrypt can lock that down. Here's how.
Dashlane, one of our favourite password managers, just took the wraps off a major update. It includes two-factor authentication via Google Authenticator, a completely overhauled interface for all apps, and a wizard to help new users boost their security.
Dear Lifehacker, I've read about why I really should use a VPN, and I've been looking into different providers, but there's one thing I'm worried about. Can't a VPN provider just look at my traffic all they want and see what I'm doing? Don't I just have to trust them not to spy on me?
Dear Lifehacker, I have an old laptop running Windows XP, and I love it. I've upgraded my other machines to Windows 7 and 8, but this laptop is too old to do so. Now I'm hearing Microsoft will stop issuing any updates at all for XP next year. What does that really mean? What will happen if I continue to use XP, will it get hacked or viruses without Microsoft's "support"?
Today, Facebook introduced a new feature called Trusted Contacts that allows you to choose three to five people to help you regain access to your account if you ever lose your password. After you choose your friends, if you ever have trouble getting into your account, you'll have the option to recruit their help.
If your windows or sliding doors have locks that slide vertically or horizontally, a simple paint trick will help you tell at a glance and from a distance if they're locked. Reddit user HandCannon painted the bottom of the sliding glass door lock white, so it's easy to tell when the lock is in the locked position.
There are lots of browser extensions that promise to protect your privacy, which leads to some natural questions: Which is the best? Do they all do the same thing? What should I really download? In this guide, we're going to look at the most popular browser extensions that promise to protect your privacy online, and give you our recommendations.
Two-factor authentication is one of the best things you can do to secure your online accounts. Today, Microsoft is rolling out this important feature for Microsoft accounts — the key to Outlook.com, Windows 8 PCs, SkyDrive, Skype and Office. Here's how to enable it on yours.