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Slacking on password security can have horrific consequences. Even so, it's easy to lose track of how many are vulnerable. With just a couple of files, you can steal passwords from nearly everywhere they're stored on a victim's Windows PC, including your own, just to see how secure they really are.

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Computer users everywhere are looking at the USB stick sat next to their computer this week with trepidation. Many are now wondering if this trusted friend has turned against them now that cybersecurity experts say they've found a massive flaw in the very make up of these devices. It seems the humble USB drive can easily be used to compromise basic security principles in your machine.

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Travelling doesn't mean you have to leave all of your data — or your storage — at home if you know you'll need it on the go. Lifehacker reader Ben sent in his DIY Raspberry Pi-powered NAS that's small enough to connect multiple drives and go just about anywhere you'll need all your files.

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If you need a way to charge your gadgets on the go, and you're not particularly fond of also having to charge a battery, let the sun do half of the work for you. Instructables user andrea biffi demonstrates how to make your own solar USB battery with four ports.

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You know the feeling: you look for somewhere to plug in a phone, a portable hard drive or some other peripheral, and discover you're completely out of USB ports. When that happens, it's time to buy a hub — but some hubs are definitely better than others. This week we're looking at five of the best, based on your nominations.

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Dear Lifehacker, I have a lot of chargers lying around from various mobile phones and laptops I've owned over the years. They all seem to work fine enough, but I'm a little scared after reading about the woman who was electrocuted by a charger. Does it matter which charger I use?