The Best Ask LH Tech Questions Of 2018
I took over the reigns of
‘Ask Lifehacker’ during my very first month at Lifehacker, and I’ve had a blast coming up with answers — occasional guesses, but mostly well-researched opinions — for your many tech questions.
Keep on sending
any and all tech questions you have to my email address. In the meantime, here’s a look back at some of the most popular tech dilemmas Lifehacker readers shared this year. I receive an overabundance of spam/junk email. Most, I block. However, the tricksters have found a way to send it, using my own email address as the return address. Since I can’t block my own email address, how can I find the true address they are being sent from, in order to block them? We recently upgraded our Comcast service to from 50 to 150 Mbps. That’s an important detail, because when I was checking the service from my Ethernet-connected desktop computer, I noticed I was only getting around 80–90 Mbps, not the 150–160 Mbps said landlord was finding on his tests. We repeated these tests across a number of days and times just to make sure there weren’t any weird network congestion issues affecting the speed results, and I consistently found that I could never break past 100 Mbps, whereas he could on pretty much every test he ran.
For several years now, my laptop (a refurbished 2016 Acer Aspire V-3) has been destroying my home internet soon after it connects to the router. Some times the internet crashes within seconds. Other times it takes days. But usually it is within 10 minutes. Is there a way to use my phone to provide wifi to my laptop and for on demand on my smart tv so we can say goodbye to the high price of internet via cable? I’m flabbergasted at the cost of internet! It’s safe to delete photos from my iPhone, right?
Why is there still no easy way to move text messages from an Android phone to an iPhone? I know, different formats and all, but come on! So, I’ll be honest, my boyfriend and I watch porn each separately on our phones. We each have gone through each others’ phone activity through Google, and when he looks at mine, there are items in there that I never Googled, like live cams chat room stuff. I have never in my life entered this into my Google search but I have a suspicion that they are pop ups from the porn sites. I want to know how and why they come up as my searches. And there are other things that show up that I supposedly googled but I know for a fact I didn’t. When the thing was up & running, I opened Safari for some reason. (OK it was a few months ago, so I don’t quite remember the sequence; don’t think it auto opened.) The VERY FIRST thing it did without any action on my part was to connect to a porn site. I immediately deleted it.