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Back Up Your Web Based Email

Most of us use an email service on the web, such as Gmail, Outlook, or Yahoo Mail. That means that our email messages are stored on their servers in the cloud, and typically isn't ever downloaded to your local system. There are some ways you can do this, however, to keep your own copy of those valuable email messages.

First, check for a download option that may be provided to you by the email service itself. It may let you download a copy of your messages directly to your computer.

How to Crack the Password on an Old Windows PC

In older versions of Windows, security wasn't a priority as it is in modern operating systems today. If you've forgotten the password for an older Windows PC, there are options to either get around it or crack the password itself. One quick and easy thing to try first is to type in "admin" in the user field, and leave the password field blank. If that doesn't work, there is a hidden administrator account that can be activated.

Send Postcards with PhotoCard for iOS

Leo Laporte recently interviewed Bill Atkinson, one of the fathers of the Mac, on Triangulation episode 244. During his time at Apple Computer, he created QuickDraw, an integral part of the graphical user interface, MacPaint, and HyperCard, which made programming accessible to non-programmers. In addition to this, he's been a lifelong photographer and pioneer of digital printing technologies. Recently, Bill Atkinson created an iOS app called PhotoCard, an app for sending quality photographs as postcards.

Prevent Your PC From Upgrading to Windows 10 with Never10

In the past, we had recommended using GWX Control Panel to get rid of the Windows 10 popup notification. But since Steve Gibson wrote a utility called Never10, we now recommend that instead.

Never10 simply performs the system editing required to stop Windows from automatically upgrading to Windows 10. This means there is no software that needs to remain installed on the computer, and Never10 can be deleted immediately after you run it.

Stay Secure on Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

If you travel frequently, you're probably relying on public Wi-Fi hotspots often. While they are convenient, you should be aware that some of the things you do while connected to that hotspot could be visible to others. Many of the tasks that people do online, including banking, Amazon, Facebook, and most email providers, are already encrypted using https. This means that everything on that connection is secure. You can find out if you're on an encrypted connection by checking the URL in the navigation bar.

Find Out If Someone Else Has Accessed Your Gmail Account

If you suspect your Gmail account may have been hacked, there's a quick and easy way to get an activity log. When looking at your inbox, just scroll down to the bottom of the page and look in the lower right side. It will tell you when the last account activity was, and it has a link to "Details." Clicking on that link will show a log of all the recent activity on your account. It will show the IP address of the computer used for each login, as well as the physical location for where that login originated. It also will show you the browser and apps used with the account.