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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.

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For reasons I can't fathom, Microsoft removed the ability to delete Wi-Fi networks from the network list if the network isn't in range. Manage Wireless Networks is also gone from the control panel. If you want to better manage Wi-Fi networks in Windows 8, you'll need to head to the command line.

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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 "199.27.72.192" are completely unencrypted, leaving you open to spoofing and man-in-the-middle attacks. DNSCrypt can lock that down. Here's how.

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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"?

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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.

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Windows: You may already know that when you buy music from iTunes and other digital music stores some personal information, like your account ID or username, are embedded in the track metadata. Desiccate is a free Windows utility that scrubs them clean.