Ask LH: Can I Demand A Laptop Refund Because Of Superfish?

Dear Lifehacker, With recent events such as the Lenovo Superfish malware problem, I was wondering if it is possible to return an item discovered to have unexpected features. If it turns out that my laptop was shipped with Superfish, is that grounds to return it? And could I return a Lenovo laptop that didn’t have the problem based on the lack of trust?


Bundled Crapware Has Come To Macs, So Hone Your BS Detectors

There’s an old belief that Macs don’t have the same crapware/malware problem that Windows does. However, with the rise of Macs over the past few years, that’s no longer true. Our friends at the How-To Geek explain how OS X crapware works, and how to avoid it.


The Other Superfish-Like Malware You Should Check Your PC For

Last week, the internet erupted in anger after discovering Lenovo has been bundling Superfish, a horribly insecure piece of adware, on new machines. Superfish isn’t the only program of its type out there, though. Here are a few others you should check your PC for.


How To Test Your PC For The New 'Superfish' Security Vulnerability

Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in a piece of adware called Superfish that makes your computer vulnerable to all kinds of attacks. Superfish ships preloaded on many Lenovo computers, but can also be installed on any machine. Here’s what’s going on and how to test if you’re infected


What To Do If You Lose The Master Password To Your Password Manager

Using a password manager is smart security. That’s nothing new. However, the best password managers keep your credentials locked behind a single “master” password that only you know. But what happens if you lose that master password?


DeGeo Updates With iOS 8 Support To Quickly Strip Location From Photos

iOS: If you share a lot of photos on social media, you’re also probably accidentally sharing your location. DeGeo is a simple app that strips away that location information before you share. A recent update makes it even easier to use.


How to Get Hacked This Valentine's Day

On the most romantic day of the year, it’s easy to over-share information and become a victim of hacking or fraud. Here are five tips on how to guarantee your Valentine’s Day will be ruined by hackers, spammers or scammers.


How To Hide Your House From Google Street View

Google Street View is useful, but it can also be an invasion to your privacy, depending on when and how they snap those photos. Thankfully, it’s also easy to blur out your house if you want.


Apple Enables Two-Factor Authentication For iMessage And FaceTime

Two-factor authentication is one of the most important security features you can enable. We’ve had it on Apple IDs for a while, but it didn’t work with all Apple services and apps. Today, Apple enabled the feature for iMessage and FaceTime.


How To See If Your VPN Is Leaking Your IP Address (And How To Stop It)

VPNs are great for security, but one of the big reasons many people use one is to mask or change their IP address. This lets you get around location-based restrictions on content, or check if your provider is throttling your connection. Unfortunately, a new security flaw can reveal your real IP address to prying eyes, even if you’re using a VPN, and it’s easy to exploit. Here’s how it works and what you can do about it.