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Secure Your Wireless Network

After the DDoS attack over the weekend that brought down many major websites on the net, it's a good idea to check your own router and make sure that it's as secure as it can be. These Denial of Service attacks rely on 'bot nets' that are actually made up of unsecure computers on unsecured networks all over the world. Here are some basic steps you can take to make sure your network is protected:

Free Up Space on an Android Device

There are many inexpensive, or even free, Android phones being offered by carriers that may seem too good to turn down. Unfortunately, they may be too good to be true, though. Some of these phones are crippled with very limited internal storage space, and they may not even have an SD card slot for expansion. It's also important to remember that the actual usable space on the device will be less than what is advertised, because the operating system itself takes up space.

Access Devices on Your Home Network Without a Static IP

If you have a device on your network, such as a security camera or even a server that you want to access remotely, this can be difficult without a static IP address. An IP address is a number assigned to each device on a network that uses the internet. For most home users with residential internet service, this number can change periodically. When that number changes, it is referred to as a Dynamic IP address. It's possible, however, to pay more to get a Static IP address, which doesn't change. When the address is static, it's much easier to access devices and servers remotely.

Prevent Windows From Rearranging Your Desktop Icons

For many users, the Windows desktop is a quick and easy way to get to frequently used files and applications. Sometimes, however, Windows will rearrange all of your icons on its own. This can happen if you plug in another display or play a game that changes the display resolution. In some cases, just logging out or restarting the PC could rearrange the icons. There are a couple of things you can do to prevent this from happening in the future, though.

Add Skills to Your Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo is a black cylinder that you can actually talk to. It can tell you the news, weather, can help with math, find information, and more. It's abilities can be expanded on even further with the use of Alexa Skills.

You can search skills that others have created at the Alexa Skills Store. You can add games like Jeopardy and math games for kids, a workout routine, and connect your internet-of-things devices like Nest and Honeywell.

Create Your Own Customized Google Maps

Google Maps has a feature that makes it possible to create your own customized maps that you can then share with friends or embed on a website. To do this, go to and sign in with your Google login. Then click the "Create a New Map" button. This will take you to an interface where you can add various things to the map. You can drop pins and label them, draw a line or shape, define a driving, biking, or walking route, add directions and more.

Set Up a Metered Connection in Windows 10

If you're using your mobile phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot for your Windows PC, or just trying to stay within a data cap from an internet service provider, you'll want more control over what things get downloaded and when.

First of all, you can easily see in Windows how much data you've used. In Control Panel --> Network and Internet, there's a data usage tab. This will show you how much data has been used and which apps have been using data.