Last Week's 10 Biggest Posts

We looked at how often we should restart our computers, showed you where to enable two-factor authentication, discussed the necessity of VPNS and overdosed on slurpees. Kick off your Monday by checking out the 10 most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week.

  1. Why You Need A VPN (And How To Choose One) You might know what a virtual private network (VPN) is, but the odds of you actually using one are low. You really should be using a VPN — ultimately, you may end up seeing it as just as vital as your internet connection. We’ll tell you why, explain how to choose a VPN provider and list five that are worth considering.
  2. Ask LH: How Often Should I Shut Down And Restart My Computer? Dear Lifehacker, I’ve heard it’s bad to shut down your computer every night. Is it really better to leave it on all the time? I have a high-end machine and want to take care of it, but I don’t know the best way to do that.
  3. Two-Factor Authentication: The Big List Of Everywhere You Should Enable It Right Now Two-factor authentication is one of the best things you can do to make sure your accounts don’t get hacked. Here’s a list of all the popular services that offer it, and where you should go to turn it on right now.
  4. Top 10 Simple Things Every Computer User Should Know How To Do No matter how tech savvy you are, there are certain things every one of us has to deal with when using a computer, but we don’t always deal with them in the most efficient ways. Here are 10 things that everyone can — and should — learn to keep their computer fast, safe and easy to use.
  5. 7-Eleven BYO Cup Day Is Tomorrow: Prepare Your Enormous Vessels Yes, the day is almost here. Nutritional concerns fly out the window and your deep inner craving for iced sugary drinks at a bargain price takes hold. Wednesday September 5 is BYO Cup Day at 7-Eleven. Slurpee frenzy!
  6. Practising The Defence Of The Australian Way To Spell Licence Can’t tell ‘practice’ from ‘practise’? Don’t know whether to use ‘licence’ or ‘license’? Don’t know why the Department of Defence isn’t called that in the US? Mind Your Language is here to help.
  7. What The Qantas-Emirates Deal Means For Australian Passengers Qantas and Emirates have announced a 10-year partnership which will see Dubai become the main connecting hub for European flights, timings change for flights to Asia and Qantas’ long-standing partnership with British Airways effectively end. How will that alter your flying habits? Here’s what you need to know.
  8. Qantas Versus Emirates: Who Has The Best A380? Presuming the Qantas-Emirates alliance is approved, from April next year you’ll have a choice of 98 flights a week between Australia and Dubai on an A380. Given that there will be points equivalence and lounge access, how will you choose between the two? Scheduling aside, the biggest difference will be how the planes are rigged out, so let’s see what is currently on offer.
  9. How Many People Should Eat Pizza Hut’s Plank? One of Pizza Hut’s current offers is The Plank — almost a meter of pizza in the form of three deep pan pizzas in a long square box. Clearly it’s intended as food for a large group, but just how many people should you invite to the party if you don’t want to absorb far more kilojoules than necessary?
  10. Sorry, Apple: Samsung Is Winning The 4G War In light of the much-publicised dispute over handset design patents between Apple and Samsung, many commentators have cast Samsung as the “fast-follower”, while Apple is pushing at the frontier of innovation. I would argue such commentators have things very wrong.


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